Randall Benton rbenton@sacbee.com Marquese Chriss, left, battles Marcus Lee of Deer Valley in the NorCal Division I title game. Chriss, a sophomore, has been a force in the paint for Pleasant Grove.


Do you prefer a printed or digital program?

Leading Off: CIF should get with the program at title games

Published: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Wednesday, Mar. 27, 2013 - 5:15 pm

So you're planning to take in Friday's CIF Division I boys championship between Pleasant Grove High School and Santa Monica?

Round up the spouse and two kids and head over to Sleep Train Arena. When you arrive, be prepared to spend $12 to park – cash only, please – and $52 ($16 each for adults, $10 for children) for your four general admission tickets to the evening session's two games (Division I girls at 6 p.m.; boys at 8).

After paying $64 to get in the arena, you'd probably have no problem paying another $5 or so for the program, the magazine-style guide to the 24 teams playing in the 12 games on Friday and Saturday.

But you won't find it at Sleep Train Arena.

What? No program? Seriously?

Oh, there'll be a program, CIF officials assure us, just not a printed one.

If you have a smartphone or tablet, you can go to the CIF's website (cifstate.org) from your seat, navigate through a maze (it took us six clicks, and we've been to the site many times) and find a PDF of the program.

When the PDF is available today, we'll post it on sacbee.com so you can print the entire thing – or just the pages related to the game(s) you'll be watching.

Call us old-fashioned – it wouldn't be the first time – but we'd rather pay for a printed program than bring along some printed pages or use our phone to find out who No. 1 is for Pleasant Grove (guard Malik Thames) or No. 24 for Santa Monica (guard Jordan Matthews).

What to do

NBA, Kings vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m., Sleep Train Arena: Can the Kings continue to play as well as they did against the Clippers?

Today's poll

Do you prefer a printed or digital program?

• Printed

• Digital

• No preference

Vote above or leave your comments in the comment field; or, go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Wednesday's results

Which best defines Joe Montana's career?

• 31 fourth-quarter comeback victories: 24%

• Most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback (4): 66%

• Won 71.3 percent of his starts: 9%

• Two MVP awards: 1%

Total votes: 299

Call The Bee's Tom Couzens, (916) 321-1097. Follow him on Twitter @tomcouzens.

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