“Alley-Oop” Elevated Pleasant Grove To State Title

Pleasant Grove player Crivello (No. 15) gives Matthew Hayes a championship hug after the Eagles won the Division I State Championship at Sleep Train Arena on March 23. Pleasant Grove beat Santa Monica 73-57 (OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey)

NORTH NATOMAS — After senior point guard Malik Thames threw a lob, alley-oop pass to sophomore center Marquese Chriss with four minutes left in the Division I State Finals, fellow Pleasant Grove teammate Matthew Hayes snapped his fingers. The dunk was good, and Hayes was sure the Eagles locked up the victory. The Pleasant Grove […]

Pleasant Grove Wins NorCal Division I Regional title; Plays for State Title


NORTH NATOMAS – In order to beat Deer Valley of Antioch and its 6-foot-10 senior Marcus Lee, Pleasant Grove of Elk Grove knew that its 6-foot-7 sophomore Marquese Chriss had to have a decent game on Sleep Train Arena’s floor. Chriss had 10 points, eight rebounds, and two blocked shots against Lee and the Pleasant […]

Sheldon’s Boys Ranked No. 4 Inaugural Open Division; Sac High Girls seeded No. 5


SACRAMENTO – After beating Pleasant Grove in a knock-down-drag-out fight at Sleep Train Arena over the weekend, the No. 4 Sheldon Huskies will start the CIF Northern California Regional playoffs against No. 5 Serra in the newly-formed Open Division. Bishop O’Dowd, ranked No. 3, will play No. 6 Modesto Christian while No. 2 Archbishop Mitty […]

Mayor Kevin Johnson Inducted into 2012 National High School Hall of Fame


NASHVILLE – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was inducted into the 30th Annual National High School Hall of Fame at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Mayor Johnson joins other notable athletes including former NBA player Fred Hoiberg and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan as one of 12 national inductees in […]