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Ailene Voisin’s Monday Morning High Five: L.A. Kings, Spurs/Heat, Hornets... and those Bret Harte High Bullfrogs

06/02/2014 6:18 AM

06/03/2014 10:08 PM

•  Kudos to the Kings: You have to give props to a Kings team that can win a seventh game in the conference finals – and three in the same postseason. My only complaint about Los Angeles’ clinching road victory over the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night was that it ended too quickly. These guys make a living in Hollywood. Couldn’t they have extended the drama a little longer? The game was just too good – and too intense – to end so early. Alec Martinez’ wrist shot decided the outcome at 5:47 of sudden death overtime, moving the Kings into the Stanley Cup Finals against the New York Rangers. Wonder where Phil Jackson’s loyalties lie?
•  Here we go again: The Spurs and Heat came through like champs, securing the NBA Finals matchup most folks outside Oklahoma City and Indianapolis wanted to see. And nobody wanted this rematch more than the Spurs, who feel like they blew the championship last year (they did), squandering opportunities in games 6 and 7.
•  Riding their aces: The Giants and A’s ended the week with the best records in their leagues, and coincidentally, with their aces ( Tim Hudson and Sonny Gray) on the mount, both accounting for another victory.
•  Good vibes among the chaos: Sacramento State’s baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Regional by host Cal Poly, but not before claiming the school’s first Division-1 victory – a 5-4 victory over Arizona State. Let’s just say ... the Hornets needed a boost. Within the past several weeks, football coach Marshall Sperbeck resigned amid murky circumstances and longtime athletic director Dr. Terry Wanless announced that he was leaving at the end of June, though on his terms.
•  Setting an example: I am giving the last high-five to Michael Chimente, the principal at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp for his clever sales pitch to get students to drink water instead of sodas and sugar drinks that experts say contribute to childhood obesity and other health issues. Sodas already are banned on campus, and Gatorade will be gone by next year. Bottles of water instead are distributed when the students arrive, and there are two hydration stations – where kids can fill and re-use their water bottles – on the same premises where UFC Bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw starred for the Bullfrogs wrestling team.

About This Blog

Ailene Voisin, who has been with The Sacramento Bee since 1997, writes columns on a variety of sports, from the NBA, NFL and baseball to local high schools. Voisin previously worked for the San Diego Union, Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has been a beat writer covering the Dodgers, Angels and Clippers. Contact her at avoisin@sacbee.com or 916-321-1208. Twitter: @ailene_voisin.

 

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