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Lady Hawks take different path to similar results

Defend like your hair is on fire, run like the wind, and shoot, shoot, shoot. Since 2012, that formula has been a good one for coach Jason Boston and the Pleasant Grove Lady Hawks: a 124-61 record, five straight playoff appearances and, in the past four years, two district championships and two second-place finishes. Heading into the homestretch of the 2017-18...

Boys win, girls fall short against North Lamar

PARIS, Texas – It’s never easy on the road. Pleasant Grove’s Lady Hawks dropped their first District 14-4A contest of the year when a three-point try bounced off the rim as time expired, while the boys’ team stayed in first with a furious rally in the final two minutes to close out a bruising affair. The results left the Lady Hawks...

Hawks, Lady Hawks stay atop district

With first place on the line, Pleasant Grove’s boys and girls both let Liberty-Eylau know Friday night that Hawk Gym is their house. Both squads stayed unbeaten in 14-4A play. The girls now own wins over all five district foes after a 65-62 battle that was closer than it sounds. The boys’ game was less dramatic: The Hawks moved to...

Undefeated Champions

photos by Kevin Cook Hawks take defending champs, bring another trophy to title town   ARLINGTON, Texas – Dreams do come true, especially when invested with heart and soul. Pleasant Grove capped a perfect season with its first football championship to make Texarkana, Texas, the first city in the state with three high schools to win championships in both baseball and football. To get there,...

Pick ‘Em likes the long shot

“Ohhhh, wooooooe is meeee!” “Pick ‘Em, why are you in such a pickle?” I asked. “What’s the predicament? “Enough alliteration, you aimless and apprehensive autocrat,” he admonished. “I can’t make head or tails of this.” “Wait, wait, wait,” I replied, as I curiously eyed a voodoo doll with a Mustang head wearing pink mini-panties. “After a week of reading tea leaves, sorting...

Hawks already winners

Four falls and half a summer ago, I had an epiphany. After interviews with Josh Gibson, the new coach of a team that won five games in two the two years prior, plus watching practices and talking with players, I sat down and wrote the season preview for the 2014 Pleasant Grove Hawks. Extra time and effort went into this because...

15-0, and one more to go; Pleasant Grove in championship game

Hawks roll, 45-14; championship game next FRISCO, Texas – To be the best, you must beat the best, and Pleasant Grove will get its shot. A real shot; indeed, anyone who saw the Hawk Headhunters deconstruct the high-flying Graham Steers, 45-14,  at The Star Thursday night will wonder if PG should be the favorite when it ventures into AT&T Stadium next...

Pick ‘Em sees Hawks in final

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  Whap-Whap! I’m not sure which surprised me more, the earliness of the hour or the beating on my bedroom door by the tiny fist of a creature for whom being hard-to-find is an art form. The dogs, of course, love him. As soon as I opened the door, they bounded out, knocked him to the ground and flipped him high, his...

Fourteen and counting

Pleasant Grove dominates Melissa, 55-14 to capture first regional championship PARIS, Texas – And then there were four, as in final four. Pleasant Grove locked down the first Region 2 championship in school history with a dominating, 55-14 win over Melissa Friday in front of an enthusiastic crowd that made Wildcat Stadium in Paris feel like home. It wasn’t as close as the...

Hawk Headhunters

Linebackers' rule: smart, hard, fast The past is but prologue, Shakespeare said, and the current crop of Pleasant Grove linebackers seem to be the proof of that, looking every bit the avatar of a defense that led PG to its first playoff berth nearly 30 years ago --  “Hawk Headhunters.” Inside linebackers Caleb Hemphill and Caleb Porchia, and outside linebackers Jacob Barbour,...