John R. Hull

John R. Hull I am a sportswriter for the Elk Grove Citizen. Daily, I blog with the latest sports news from the City of Elk Grove.

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McClain Hired At PG/Fiery End To Larson’s Day

Aug 18, 2014
McClain Hired At PG/Fiery End To Larson’s Day

A former Elk Grove High School and Sacramento State baseball coach, Rusty McClain was hired Friday as the new baseball coach at Pleasant Grove High School.He replaces Nolan Dunkly who resigned last week after barely a week on the job. Dunkly cited diff...

Dunkly Resigns PG Baseball Job, After One Week

Aug 14, 2014

Barely a week after he was hired to coach varsity baseball at Pleasant Grove, Nolan Dunkly today resigned the post.The Eagles' athletic director Bruce Belden confirmed the resignation Thursday evening saying Dunkly felt as though he couldn't devote the...

Football Previews/Valley, Monterey Trail Improved

Aug 13, 2014

This time of year at the Elk Grove Citizen Jon Gudel and I are busy interviewing our area football coaches and writing previews of the upcoming season. Below are links to the previews we've published thus far.ValleyFlorinMonterey TrailSheldonBradshaw C...

Rinaldi Will Coach PG Frosh Baseball; Reed Transfers To Tokay

Aug 11, 2014
Rinaldi Will Coach PG Frosh Baseball; Reed Transfers To Tokay

In his first move on the job, Nolan Dunkly hired his former boss, Rob Rinaldi, to become the freshman baseball coach at PGHS.

Rinaldi had resigned the varsity post July 6 citing burn-out as the reason for stepping down. He has coached at Pleasant Grove since 2004 when the school opened and prior to that...

Dunkly Named PG’s Baseball Coach

Aug 10, 2014

Pleasant Grove High School has named Nolan Dunkly as its new varsity baseball coach.Dunkly, a former football and baseball player at Elk Grove High School, has been involved in the baseball program at Pleasant Grove for the past seven years, coaching t...

Advice For New EGUSD Superintendent: End Open Enrollment For Athletes

Aug 9, 2014

Elk Grove Unified School District is searching for a new superintendent. Steven Ladd is retiring next month.During his tenure open enrollment was the case at most schools - that is, schools with enrollment numbers less than capacity would accept studen...

H.S. Sports Participation At All-Time High

Aug 8, 2014

High school sports participation continues to increase in California and is at an all-time high for the second consecutive year according to the 2014 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Sports Participation Survey.  Up by 0.64% since the previous survey in 2013, 763,306 student-athletes are competing in California high school athletic programs.

“With CIF celebrating its 100th anniversary...

Larson Finishes 11th At Pocono; Wiggins Getting Reps With Chargers

Aug 3, 2014

Kyle Larson held the pole position on Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Pocono, but ended up with an 11th-place finish.Winning the pole for the 400 was a career first for Larson, in his rookie season on NASCAR's top circuit. His best lap...

EG Ripken 9s Win; Laguna 12′s Take Second At Ripken Regionals

Jul 27, 2014

Elk Grove Youth Baseball's 9-year-old All-Stars defeated the Laguna Youth squad, 15-5,  Saturday in the championship game of Cal Ripken Baseball's Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament in Panguitch, Utah.The 12-year-old squad representing Laguna Y...

Jr. Football Drills Underway

Jul 25, 2014
Jr. Football Drills Underway

There are more football teams than the NFL clubs in camp this week. It's the opening week of drills for our area junior football squads. Below are some photos of the Elk Grove Jr. Thundering Herd Pee Wees, working out at their long-time practice field ...

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