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Big things ahead for track and field

Natalia Marcus
February 28, 2017
Filed under Sports, Track and field

With our women’s cross-country team making it on the podium for the first time ever and the men’s team ranking fourth in the nation, it is safe to say that the teams have out shined all previous expectations. The Chico State men’s cross-country team had previously won every race it...

’Cats dominate a win over East Bay

Marc Wilson
February 28, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports

After a 2-0 win over Cal State East Bay Pioneers in the first game of a doubleheader the ’Cats offense exploded for 11 runs in the second game for a convincing 11-5 win. While the ’Cats gathered nine hits, the offense was helped out by East Bay’s carelessness.The ’Cats, led by so...

MLB puts in new rule changes

MLB puts in new rule changes

Jordan Jarrell
February 28, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Baseball is one of the last sports to allow their athletes to use metal cleats. Getting spiked can give a player nightmares. The bottom of a player’s foot now becomes a weapon that leaves permanent damage. The cleats don’t actually use spikes like they use to run track. These cleats have rec...

Golf star Colby Dean is moving up

Golf star Colby Dean is moving up

Christopher Hendrickson
February 28, 2017
Filed under Golf, Sports

Colby Dean, Junior, is on his way up and has been since he first been since he stepped onto the Chico State campus. Dean moved from Idaho to Chico with intent to play golf for the Wildcats, and equal intent to help himself and the team be their absolute best.   As a true freshman, Dean was...

Demarcus Cousins is finally free

Patrick Pace
February 24, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Sacramento Kings must have the dumbest personnel in the NBA. On Feb. 19, just minutes after the All-Star game, the Kings traded Demarcus "Boogie" Cousins, their best player by far, to the New Orleans Pelicans for two halfway-decent players, a mediocre rookie and two draft picks. A team that was ...

What makes an athlete great?

Marc Wilson
February 24, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Basketball, Football, Sports

In the sports community, a phrase we so often hear is “Oh they are destined for greatness.” But how we define and measure the greatness of an athlete?In the sports world, we have some greats: Serena Williams, Mia Hamm, Tom Brady, Kobe Bryant, Cristiano Ronaldo. But, what is it that really ma...

Looking for Revenge

Looking for Revenge

Natalia Marcus
February 23, 2017
Filed under Softball, Sports

With five wins under their belt, the undefeated Chico State softball team plans to build on last season's success. The 'Cats ranked number 13 in the nation after their last season, and they seem to only be improving. The team motto is "person over athlete," and sophomore Megan Bowley says “bu...

Wildcat of the week: Whitney Branham

Wildcat of the week: Whitney Branham

Franky Renteria and Patrick Pace
February 23, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Junior guard Whitney Branham is the leading scorer for the Chico State Wildcat's women's basketball team. She averages 14.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and is an 89 percent free throw shooter. After two losing seasons, Branham has been the most important player on a team that currently sits at 14...

Ex 49er and Chico State legend dies at 83

Ex 49er and Chico State legend dies at 83

Jordan Jarrell
February 21, 2017
Filed under Football, Sports

George Maderos, 83, was a four-sport Chico State athlete from 1951-1955. He was involved with the football, boxing, basketball and track team during his collegiate career at Chico. Maderos lived a very eventful life, the Chico faculty and local community are still in mourning after his passing Feb. 2. Maderos...

Men’s basketball is bouncing back

Patrick Pace
February 20, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports

Robert Duncan scored 18 points on 7-13 shooting and led the Wildcats to a convincing win against Cal State Stanislaus in the last regular season home game of his career.It was senior night for Duncan and forward Michael Bethea Jr. They opened the game by scoring 8 eight points for the ‘Cats. The ̵...

Women’s basketball third straight loss

Patrick Pace
February 20, 2017
Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State women's basketball team dropped it's second game in a row to Cal State Stanislaus, making their next two games crucial if they want to participate in the postseason tournament. The Wildcats opened the game up strong, scoring the first 11 points and sending the Warriors into a panic....

Haworth pulled before breaking school record

Haworth pulled before breaking school record

Jordan Jarrell
February 20, 2017
Filed under Baseball, Sports

Junior pitcher Hunter Haworth's day on the mound Saturday afternoon against Simpson University was almost perfect. He struck out 13 batters in six innings while only giving up a single hit and a walk. Haworth came within one strikeout of tying Chico States all-time record of 14 by a single pitcher in...

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