Basketball state finals: Boys take home the title, girls fall short

Both the boys and girls Pleasant Valley High School basketball teams competed in the CIF State Championships at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento Saturday. The boys took home the Division III title, while the girls came up short in the Division II final.

It was already a historic season for the boys and girls teams at Pleasant Valley High School this year as the first Northstate school, and second in state history, to send both teams to the championship game in the same season. To top it all off, the boys won the schools first CIF boys basketball championship. Senior Kevin Kremer came up big with 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead the team to the 70-65 win over Notre Dame of Riverside, California.

The girls had their hands full with a physical battle earlier in the day. Senior Sirena Tuitele did all she could in her final game with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots. In the end, their opponent, Redondo Union, was too strong for the Vikings and took the win 57-42.

The coach of the boys said that they had been preparing for this game all year, working on a lot of little things that just came together.

"90 percent of this game just came down to heart and hustle," said PVHS boys coach Tim Keating.

The players and coaches agreed, that seeing the support from their fans that traveled to Chico was inspiring. A sea of blue could be seen in the stands, rooting for both the girls and the boys.

"I was really surprised by the turnout. I didn't think that many people would come, but it was really great to see Chico come out and support us. It was an amazing feeling," Senior Peyton Schneringer said.

Coach Keating agreed: "It's a great feeling to look up and see a sea of blue".

The teams got support, both financially and morally, from PVHS alumnus Aaron Rodgers. He helped pay for buses and more for both teams, and on Saturday he tweeted well wishes.

In April the boy's team will have the mayor's proclamation. In May, on a date yet to be set, a parade has been promised.

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