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Another gut wrencher for Sacramento?

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By: Todd Mordhorst Journal Sports Editor
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I’m still trying to find a bright side to the Kings’ impending move to Anaheim, from any perspective.
It’s been tough to get fired up for a Sacramento game in the last five years, but even if the team remained in the bottom half of the league for several more years the capital city would really miss it.
Fans have shown that if the team is competing and playing hard, they will go to Arco Arena, Power Balance Pavilion, or any other venue in the greater Sacramento area. That loyalty will be tough to find in apathetic Orange County.
The Kings bring jobs, tax revenue and quality entertainment to Sacramento. The hundreds of businesses on Truxel Road, near Power Balance Pavilion, will take a major hit. The city will also miss out on the thousands of dollars spent every time folks from Placer, El Dorado and Yolo County flock to the arena for games.
The team is also a rallying point for the city, which seems to be lacking in that department.
Employment numbers released recently showed Sacramento lost some 14,000 jobs in 2010 — more than any other city in the country. Losing the Kings would deal another upper cut to the morale of the region, which is already in shambles.
Let’s hope there’s a buzzer beater that can save the Kings, and rescue Sacramento from this nightmare.

The Del Oro High girls basketball team earned a nod this week from NorCalPreps.com as the top Sacramento-area team this season. The Golden Eagles were No. 6 in NCP’s final rankings of the season, just ahead of St. Francis and Sacramento High.
Del Oro’s spectacular 27-5 season included two losses to St. Mary’s of Stockton, which won its third straight CIF State Championship last weekend at Power Balance Pavilion.
The Golden Eagles say goodbye to one of the best group of seniors the school has ever seen, but don’t expect them to fall off the map. Brianna Ruiz will be one of the top players in the section next season as a junior and classmate Stephanie Geyer is a force in the post at 6-2. Also, look out for sophomore-to-be Mia Miglinte

I’m still trying to find a bright side to the Kings’ impending move to Anaheim, from any perspective.
It’s been tough to get fired up for a Sacramento game in the last five years, but even if the team remained in the bottom half of the league for several more years the capital city would really miss it.
Fans have shown that if the team is competing and playing hard, they will go to Arco Arena, Power Balance Pavilion, or any other venue in the greater Sacramento area. That loyalty will be tough to find in apathetic Orange County.
The Kings bring jobs, tax revenue and quality entertainment to Sacramento. The hundreds of businesses on Truxel Road, near Power Balance Pavilion, will take a major hit. The city will also miss out on the thousands of dollars spent every time folks from Placer, El Dorado and Yolo County flock to the arena for games.
The team is also a rallying point for the city, which seems to be lacking in that department.
Employment numbers released recently showed Sacramento lost some 14,000 jobs in 2010 — more than any other city in the country. Losing the Kings would deal another upper cut to the morale of the region, which is already in shambles.
Let’s hope there’s a buzzer beater that can save the Kings, and rescue Sacramento from this nightmare.

The Del Oro High girls basketball team earned a nod this week from NorCalPreps.com as the top Sacramento-area team this season. The Golden Eagles were No. 6 in NCP’s final rankings of the season, just ahead of St. Francis and Sacramento High.
Del Oro’s spectacular 27-5 season included two losses to St. Mary’s of Stockton, which won its third straight CIF State Championship last weekend at Power Balance Pavilion.
The Golden Eagles say goodbye to one of the best group of seniors the school has ever seen, but don’t expect them to fall off the map. Brianna Ruiz will be one of the top players in the section next season as a junior and classmate Stephanie Geyer is a force in the post at 6-2. Also, look out for sophomore-to-be Mia Miglinte

Basketball teams like Butler and Virginia Commonwealth may not have the talent and athleticism to match some of their opponents in the NCAA Tournament. But unlike a lot of the teams from “major” conferences, they have seniors.
Many of the top tams from the BCS conferences lose their top players after one or two seasons as they bolt for the NBA. Players at smaller schools often like the size, skill or athleticism to leave early for the NBA and thus, they usually play four, sometimes five years of college ball.
While experience is often overrated in college hoops, it’s the type of X-factor that can really help teams win close games. It also makes for an interesting contrast when young teams with dynamic athletes (UCOnn) meet savvy, experienced teams (Butler).

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Most folks in the foothills still think of Bear River High as a new school. Believe it or not, the Bruins are celebrating their 25th year in 2011. Part of the festivities include a new Bear River Athletic Hall of Fame.
The list of inductees in the inaugural class is impressive: Matt Robbins (1989), Rob Tucker (1990), Jenny Shayani (1994), Diane Pascua (1995), John Anderson (1995), Jon Morrisey (1996), Michelle St. Clair (1997), Kelsea Halverson (1997), Elisha Thomas (1999), Braidy Halverson (2001) and Matt Logue (2002).
The school will hold open house tours on April 9 from 1 p.m. to 5, highlighting the library, pool, gym, theater and other facilities. There will also be a silent auction throughout the day to support the Hall of Fame.
The inductees will be honored at the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner on April 9 at 6 p.m. at Bear River. Tickets are $25, or $45 for two, and can be purchased at the school.
For more information, call Patti Ehlers at (530) 268-3700, ext. 4826.