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San Francisco Giants in hunt for playoff spot

A photo of Oracle Park, where the Giants play their home games

Nick Despotakis, Reporter

September 16, 2020

The San Francisco Giants were projected to come in last place in the NL West with a 25-35 record and a 9% chance of making the playoffs in the shortened 60-game season.  Giants fans were spoiled the past decade as they got to see the team win three World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 ...

Los Angeles Lakers chasing first championship since 2010

Los Angeles Laker player takes a technical free throw during a game at Staples Center in a game against the Sacramento Kings.

Alex Martin, Reporter

September 14, 2020

The Los Angeles Lakers are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-2013 NBA season where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. They are chasing their first championship title since 2010 and their 17th in franchise history. In each round, the Lakers lost the first ga...

Chico State softball continues to push through pandemic

#15 Sara Mitrano catches a pitch in a game at Chico State

Alex Martin, Reporter

September 10, 2020

Before COVID-19 shutdown sports in March, the Chico State softball team was riding a 19-2 record, including 8-0 on their home turf. Sam Mulock and Kristin Worley, who were seniors the previous school year, purposely came back to school for a fifth year with the intention of playing another year of ...

Chico State baseball players discuss unorthodox recruitment process

Jordan Mello, third-year transfer student from Monterey Peninsula College, signed his National Letter of Intent in April, 2020 to play baseball at Chico State

Nick Despotakis, Reporter

September 8, 2020

COVID-19 has been a catastrophe for college sports teams and has led to an abnormal recruiting process for players and coaches. The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) was forced to cut the baseball season short in March which left players nervous on how to showcase their talent...

Chico State runners adjusting to canceled season

Matt Herrera running in the 2019 season.

Matthew Wreden, Sports Editor

September 5, 2020

Cross country head coach Gary Towne instills a very simple catchphrase for his team to follow: If you aren’t taking steps forward then you are taking big steps backward. This catchphrase seems easy to understand, but as we enter another month of COVID-19, it’s important that his athletes conti...

Wildcat Alumni Spotlight: Corey Silverstrom

Wildcat Alumni Spotlight: Corey Silverstrom

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

May 26, 2020

Photo By Tom Andreason A Chico State education can give someone the skills needed to excel in their future career. Alumni Corey Silverstrom’s career of choice is basketball. After a successful European league rookie campaign, you could say he is excelling.   Silverstrom’s rookie year in pro...

Chico State baseball reflects on cancelled season

Chico State baseball reflects on cancelled season

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

April 24, 2020

Jorge Perez (44) scores against Fresno Pacific University and fist bumps Turner Olson (35). Photo Courtesy of Chico State Sports Information. About a month has passed since the Chico State baseball team heard the devastating news of their season ending due to the coronavirus. The team was on a bu...

Closing of the WREC takes away more than just a workout

Closing of the WREC takes away more than just a workout

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

April 13, 2020

The WREC during the April shutdown. Photo courtesy of Arrow VanAbrams. The closing of the Wildcat Recreation Center may have stung the morale of the student body more than the closure of any other campus building. Many students heavily depend on the WREC to help them cope with the stress of studies ...

19-2 softball season comes to an abrupt finish

Alex Martin, Staff Writer

April 7, 2020

The Chico State softball team was preparing for its next series against Sonoma State when they received unfortunate news. Following a redhot 19-2 start, the Wildcats stood at first place in the CCAA standings. Soon after, however, the team found out their season would be cut short due to the COVID-19 pa...

COVID-19 infects NCAA playoffs

COVID-19 infects NCAA playoffs

Karina Cope, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

Coach Greg Clink watches his team play from the sidelines.Photo courtesy of Ryan McCasland/Chico State Athletics. The cancellation of various athletic programs across not only the country, but the globe due to COVID-19 has devastated many. Chico State athletes have felt this hard loss first hand...

Brothers represent their hometown on the baseball diamond

Tyler left, Hewitt Middle, Carl right

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

From playing Wiffle Ball together in 2010 to entering a new decade on the same collegiate baseball team, times have changed for the two Grissom brothers. Yet, their love and passion for baseball along with their brotherly bond still remains strong.  The elder brother, second baseman Tyler Gri...

Wildcat Spotlight: Jacqueline Massey-Blake

Wildcat Spotlight: Jacqueline Massey-Blake

Alex Martin and Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

March 27, 2020

Jacqueline Massey-Blake is a sophomore from the Bay Area and came to Chico State to pursue her degree as a business information systems major. Massey-Blake has a very diverse background in sports but she ultimately fell in love with running.  “I ended up my junior year of high school deciding ...

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