August 25, 2011

Kings Share Insider's View of NBA with Elk Grove Fans

Sacramento Kings staff and other basketball experts spent some time with Elk Grove fans Wednesday night breaking down the intricacies of college and professional hoops.

The 'Basketball 101' class, held at California Family Fitness on Bond Road, was one of a series the Kings are offering at six different CalFit locations in the Sacramento area. While the classes were originally limited to season ticket holders and CalFit members, the team recently opened them to members of the public as well.

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(Note: Collaboration with editor Felicia Mello)

July 1, 2011

La Sierra Skate Park to Stay Open

It was widely anticipated that the Carmichael Recreation and Park District was going to shut down the La Sierra Skate Park because of “extreme budget constraints.” For now, that’s not happening.

“As far as I can tell, we’ve raised enough money to keep us open until the end of the summer,” skate park manager Bob Kerr said. “Now we’re just buying more time to hopefully buy more time.

Kerr, who’s a longtime skater, said they raised “around $5,000” to keep the skate park open for the summer. Built in 2002, the skate park has been a place for skaters to ride for free at a designated area and off the streets. He said he thinks it would be a bad idea if the park ever shut down.

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Kings trade Casspi for Hickson

After drafting Tyler Honeycutt and re-acquiring John Salmons, it was only a matter of time until the Sacramento Kings cleared the logjam at small forward and it was done just before the lockout.
The Kings traded fan-favorite Omri Casspi and a future first-round pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for power forward J.J. Hickson.
Hickson, a 6-foot-9-inch, 242 pound player who averaged 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Cavs. After a slow start to the season, the 22-year-old turned into a double-double machine at the turn of the new year averaging 16.1 points from January to the end of the season.
The Cavs drafted Tristian Thomas with the No.4 pick, making Hickson expendable with their logjam at power forward. A player that says he gives everything he has, Hickson is ready for a fresh start.
“I’m looking forward to meeting my new teammates and getting out and playing some basketball,” Hickson said in a conference call. “I think we have a lot of good pieces on this team. We’re young, athletic and it’s going to be fun to see how it plays out this year.”

June 12, 2011

Lance Briggs Hosts Youth Football Camp at ARC

Hundreds of kids took the field for the Lance Briggs Nor-Cal All Star Football Camp in Beaver Stadium at American River College on a sunny Saturday.
Briggs, a Sacramento native and offensive linebacker for the Chicago Bears, and Seneca Wallace, another Sacramento native and Cleveland Browns quarterback were on deck with other players to teach kids the fundamentals of football. Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher was scheduled to join in but did not attend.
The kids that participated in the camp took part in drills in passing, receiving and blocking among other techniques. The camp even featured a doctor from the University of California, Davis, who talked about sports injuries, emphasizing on concussions.

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day Ceremony Held in Carmichael

Dozens of spectators gathered for a Memorial Day ceremony at the Earl J. Koobs Nature Area at the La Sierra Community Center, formerly La Sierra High School.
Spectators and war veterans gathered at the La Sierra Vietnam Veterans Memorial for a short ceremony. Koobs, a 91-year-old World War II veteran who prefers to be called Jack, was also in attendance.
When the memorial was dedicated in 1973, it was one of the first Vietnam War memorials in California and one of the first in the country.
“This is one Memorial Day that we decided to do it a little bit different than the past,” Koobs said. “And that was to have people in the audience come out.”
A few audience members did stand up to announce veterans who recently passed away.