Bouncing around the sporting regions in a forward lean:
Madrigal moment – Talk about a charmed baseball life.
Nick Madrigal was paramount in leading the Laguna Youth Baseball 10-under team to the 2007 Cal Ripken World Series championship, punctuated by a police escort down Laguna Boulevard upon their return from Indiana.
At Elk Grove High School, Madrigal starred on two Sac-Joaquin Section Division I title teams. And he's coming off of a College World Series title run as the lone captain at Oregon State.
And more: The second baseman has signed with the Chicago White Sox, the No. 4 pick in the draft reportedly collecting the bonus slot sum of $6.4 million. That's the highest signing bonus for a regional player.
Only Bill Cartwright of Elk Grove went higher in a major sports draft, going third overall out of USF to the Knicks in 1979.
J.D. time – J.D. Davis of Elk Grove roots and a slugger for the Fresno Grizzlies was named to the July 11 Triple-A All-Star Game to be played in Columbis, Ohio.
In his fifth season with the Astros with two stints with the big-league club, Davis is batting .337 with three four-hit games. On May 17 at El Paso, he hit for the cycle. Davis has too much clout and hunger not to get back to the Astros in a sport that can be equal parts exhilarating and frustrating.
Vander Now – Tyler Vander Waal of Christian Brothers has been named the starting quarterback at Wyoming after a strong spring showing.
The redshirt freshman was recognized by Street & Smith's 2018 College Football Yearbook as the top freshman in the Mountain West Conference. Vander Waal has size at 6-foot-4, a good arm, and legs that love to chug for first downs and a bit of swagger.
Pope dreams – Malik Pope wears No. 23 for the Lakers summer league team, and should he buck the long odds and make it to training camp, might he broker a deal with the "other" No. 23 of note in Los Angeles? As in, a cash sale of sorts? That would be LeBron James.
Pope of Laguna Creek and San Diego State will play for pay somewhere this season, likely overseas. He is 6-10 with an inside-outside game and can protect the rim. Pope did not play in the Lakers' opener at the California Classic at Golden 1 Center and scored five points in limited minutes in his second game.
Orr for more – Sacramento State athletic director Mark Orr of Christian Brothers and Cal has been named to the Division I Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association for the upcoming academic year to represent the Big Sky Conference.
With 10 players back with All-Big Sky honors, Sac State is ranked 23rd in the Athlon Sports' Top 25 preseason list of FCS teams.