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Freshmen Athlete Watchlist

Freshmen Athlete Watchlist

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Alani Nguyen has primarily filled the role as the designated hitter for the softball team and has made an immediate impact at the plate. She is leading the team along with veteran Kristin Worley and fellow freshman Drew Rodriguez with a .400 batting average. Nguyen also leads the team with a slugging ...

Women’s lacrosse leaning on first year head coach to rebuild program

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

When Dexter O'Connell moved to Chico for work, he thought his days of lacrosse were far behind him. However, he thought wrong.  One morning, O'Connell was picking up bagels when he stumbled upon an advertisement on a wall that was looking for a Chico State women's lacrosse club team coach. O’...

Stars on both sides of the field

Stars on both sides of the field

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 21, 2020

Photos Courtesy of Chico State Sports Information The Chico State softball team (19-2) has made a statement so far this season, largely in part due to the play of Kristin Worley and Brooke Larsen. The duo made an appearance last week on the Top 50 "Watch List" for the 2020 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year award. Larsen and Worley have worked their way up to this point and are both regarded as extremely hard workers by coaches and teammates.  ...

Get ready with me: Athlete Edition

Head Coach, Angel Shamblin, cheering on her team after another homerun.

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Before Brooke Larsen steps out onto the dirt of the softball field, you can find her with her teammates chatting at Starbucks and getting prepared to take on their opposing match-up. Larsen always orders her usual iced caramel macchiato for her pregame drink.  Larsen, a junior from Sacramento, is one so...

Block record shattered

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Justin Briggs, the 6-foot-10 senior center of the men's basketball team, broke Chico State’s all-time block record with 154 total blocks.  Briggs went out with a bang, heading into his last few months of being a Wildcat. However, he has no plans of ending his basketball journey anytime soon. B...

Women’s basketball star, Maddy Wong, ranks high

Senior guard Maddy Wong being introduced at Acker Gym.

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

.Photos courtesy of Ryan McCasland / Chico State Sports Information Maddy Wong, point guard of the Chico State women’s basketball team, is one of the deadliest three point shooters in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). This is done largely in part by her ability to be consist...

Three runners with three different backgrounds

Photo by Julian Mendoza

Alex Martin, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Three standout athletes on the track and field team have shown exceptional talent this season. They come from different backgrounds and participate in different events, yet share the same love for Chico State athletics. Paul Kostyshak is a sophomore pole vaulter and exercise physiology major. He i...

Solid pitching and defense earns a series win

Wildcat batter takes a swing in a home game against Cal State San Bernardino.

Matthew Wreden

March 9, 2020

The Wildcats picked up a series win at Nettleton Stadium on Sunday after taking down the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes 9-0. This makes for back-to-back series wins for the Wildcats.     Skylar Limonchi and JT Navarro helped carry the Wildcats (15-7, 11-5 CCAA) to their win. ...

Wildcats take the series lead

The Wildcats warm up going into the third inning against Cal State San Bernardino.

Arrow VanAbrams

March 8, 2020

The Wildcat baseball team (14-7) flipped the script on Cal State San Bernardino (7-14) on Saturday, winning 3-0 after losing their last matchup 0-3.  Chico State had the four-game series tied up 1-1 prior to the game against the significantly lower-ranked Coyotes. The Wildcats toughed out this win...

Wildcats split opening doubleheader with Coyotes

Alex Martin

March 6, 2020

The Wildcats opened up a big series at home with a doubleheader against the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes on March 6. They won the first game by a final of 5-2, but dropped the second that resulted in a 0-3 shutout. https://twitter.com/amjournalism130/status/1236109876528443392 In game one, the southpaw Grant Larson got the ball for the Wildcats. Larson pitched a complete game with four strikeouts while allowing j...

Wildcats rally to win the first home playoff game

Isaiah Brooks dribbles the ball down court in round one of the CCAA playoffs.

Matthew Wreden

March 5, 2020

The Wildcats escaped with a crucial win at Acker Gym Tuesday night as they took down the Stanislaus State Warriors by a score 75-73 in overtime. It was a back and forth battle throughout game one of the CCAA playoffs with the Wildcats trailing most of the night. Quite possibly the most nail biting ...

Wildcats say farewell to their 2019-2020 season

Maddy Wong pulls a jumper from the 3-point line.

Alex Martin

March 5, 2020

It was an intense night in Acker Gym as the Wildcats took on the Cal State East Bay Pioneers in the first round of the CCAA playoffs. Unfortunately, Chico State exited the playoffs early as they lost by a final score of 53-78. Sophomore forward Mikaila Wegenke was the team’s leading scorer and the only one ...

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