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Canton grounds Hawks’ playoff hopes, 52-51

Eagles come out on top in physical battle MOUNT VERNON – Some nights, the magic just isn’t there, and the other team gets to celebrate like it just won the Biggest. Game. Ever. Canton (14-20) came to play, fought from opening tip to final buzzer, and emerged with a hard-fought, if unexpected, 52-51 bi-district playoff win over the Pleasant Grove Hawks Tuesday...

District champions hungry for more

Hawks have tools to make deep playoff run As a player at New Boston and in 13 years as a head coach at Clarksville and Pleasant Grove, Billy Brewer has been a part of many great teams but has never advanced beyond the fourth round, the regional semifinals. The Hawks playoff journey begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday night against Canton at...

Hawks nail down district championship

Pleasant Grove assured No. 1 playoff seed In a bruising and contentious affair, Pleasant Grove slipped past North Lamar, 46-43, Friday night at Hawk Gym to lay claim to its first District 14-4A championship in four years and a No. 1 seed heading into the state playoffs. The Hawks rode a tenacious defensive effort and balanced scoring from Aaron Harmon, Kameron...

Texas Sports Writers love the Hawks

Coach, eight players earn all-state honors             Josh Gibson is coach of the year and Caleb Porchia the defensive player of the year in the Texas Sports Writers Class 4A all-state football team which included eight Pleasant Grove players, according to the Houston Chronicle. Tackle Nick Gavriel and fullback TJ Cole were named to the first team offense. Xavier Benson earned second-team honors,...

Hawks reap fruits of labors

Like puppies getting their bellies rubbed, the undefeated, state champion Pleasant Grove Hawks spent Tuesday basking in the glow of success. It was National Signing Day and 10 Hawk athletes – eight in football, one in baseball and one in golf, accept scholarships that will allow them to continue their playing careers while receiving an education, something that happens for...

Caleb Portia Texas Class 4A defensive player of year

Hawk defense led by headhunter in the middle If defense wins championships, Pleasant Grove started its quest for a 16-0 season with a leg up – a middle linebacker who would go on to become the Texas Sportswriters Class 4A defensive player of the year. Many an opponent went home with a headache and a sore body after running into Caleb...

Watkins makes most of shot he has

Houston, we have a golfer After facing down death at 13, Braxton Watkins doesn’t see a bad golf lie as such a big deal. Watkins, son of Barry and Hollye Watkins, on Tuesday signed a national letter of intent with Houston. The only thing that might surprise the people who knew him in seventh grade, when doctors discovered a brain tumor,...

Cox a star at whatever he does

Carson Cox was the leading receiver on Pleasant Grove’s 16-0 state championship team, amassing 842 yards and school-record 13 touchdowns on just 31 receptions. A pair of first-quarter TD receptions, of 90 and 60 yards, floored Gladewater early to give PG a district championship and its first undefeated regular season. A 30-yard TD reception, in which he outwrestled the defender...

Shut-down corner a key to Hawk defense

In Pleasant Grove’s championship season, Cameron Wells made dozens of great plays that no one ever saw, and that’s how you know he made them. He never never ran the ball, never caught a pass, was 11th in tackles, but he did lead the team in passes broken up with 19. If there was a way to measure how many...

Martin a dependable playmaker

Star played through injury in final title push The enduring question of Pleasant Grove’s 41-21 win over West Orange-Stark in the Class 4A, DII, state championship game is how much wider the final margin would have been larger and how much sooner would the game have been over with a healthy No. 21. Through the first 13 wins of the season,...