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Two steps from State

Lady Hawks sweep tough Rusk   LONGVIEW – In a clash of talented and determined volleyball squads Tuesday night, Pleasant Grove took every punch Rusk could throw and swept the 16-4A champions right out of the state championship tournament. A 33-31, 27-25, 27-25 thriller in an energized Lobo Gym came as a sweet reward for Madeline Haak, Britton Anderson, Allison Michaels and...

Lady Hawks rally for area win, face Rusk next

LONGVIEW – Down 2-1, Pleasant Grove rallied past Bullard Thursday night to capture an area-round volleyball tilt. Pleasant Grove (27-12) squeaked past the Lady Panthers 23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17, 15-13. Bullard finished its season with a 29-13 record. “The kids didn’t give up and kept battling point-for-point,” said coach Amy Collvins. The Lady Hawks, 14-4A co-champs, will next advance to the regional...

Pick ‘Em likes Hawks, Hogs, and Aggies

  “Hey, Mr. Math Guy!” I knew this was coming. “Yes, Dr. Pick ‘Em?” What is 12 out of 13? “If you divide it, you get 0.923,” I said, stalling the inevitable. “So that’s like, what, 92.3 percent?” he said through a wide grin. “Yeah.” “Would picking Pleasant Grove to win by 15, and they win by 18 also be pretty good?” “Yep.” “And picking Arkansas to edge past...

Lady Hawks sweep Mabank for bi-district

  LONGVIEW – Pleasant Grove made short work of a Class 4A bi-district playoff tilt, sweeping Mabank 25-20, 25-19, 25-22, Tuesday evening at Pine Tree High School. It seemed that every time Mabank, which ended its season 26-17, thought it might get something going, PG outside hitter Macey Adams pounded some sense into the Lady Panthers. The junior ended the with...

Taking care of business

8-0 Hawks throttle Pittsburg; tie best start in school history   PITTSBURG, Texas – Calm, collected, certain. Challenged early by a solid Pittsburg team battling for first place, the Pleasant Grove Hawks did what is becoming commonplace: They got down to business. PG’s swarming defense figured out how to shut down a Pitt offense that hung 100 points on its first two district foes, and...

Dr. Pick ‘Em returns

Whuuummmp! Plop! Ka-thunk, Ka-thunk! What the…? I’m a reasonably well-read fella, and I’d like to think that if there was a meteor, or a piece of space junk headed for my backyard, I’d have a clue. I swung open the patio door and was immediately caught up in a vortex whipped up by a pair of dogs who, to my surprise, did not...

Deee-fense

  Hawks feast on Rabbs to move to 7-0 By Bill Owney TheGroveNow.com It’s an old saying, trite but true: Defense wins championships. Pleasant Grove (7-0, 2-0) Friday night took a critical step toward the school’s first district title in a decade by riding a dominant defensive performance to stifle Atlanta (3-4, 0-2) and ignite a second quarter rally that put the Rabbs away...

Hawks bring down the giant

PG nips state-ranked Gilmer, 41-38, moves to 6-0 By Bill Owney TheGroveNow.Com   Will be updated   GILMER – One for the ages. David finally took down Goliath. In a game destined to live always in the hearts of all present – it sure seemed more came from Pleasant Grove – PG held off Gilmer, 41-38, to hand the Buckeyes their first home district loss since 2001. A...

Gilmer JV escapes with narrow win

By Bill Owney TheGroveNow Sports In a game neither side was willing to lose, Gilmer edged Pleasant Grove, 33-30, in junior varsity action Thursday at Hawk Stadium. Five times, the Buckeyes’ powerful offense drove for touchdowns, and five times PG found a way to answer. The game ended with the Hawks in Gilmer territory, desperately trying to hit one more big play. “We...

Showdown

State-ranked Gilmer and PG open district play By Bill Owney TheGroveNow Sports GILMER – It’s Goliath vs. David’s grown-up brothers. Three years ago, Pleasant Grove’s Josh Gibson took the helm of a program that won but five games in three prior starts. He has led the Hawks to back-to-back-to-back playoff appearances and this year has them off to a 5-0 start and ranked...