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10 years of playing hard at the WREC

Curtis Sicheneder addresses the crowd at the 10 year anniversary of the WREC. Photo credit: Melissa Joseph

Melissa Joseph

October 14, 2019

Students, athletes and alumni gathered to celebrate the hard work it took to successfully upkeep the Wildcat Recreation Center (WREC) over the past decade. The iconic Chico State gym officially turned 10 years old on Thursday. Before the event commenced, guests were greeted by Willy the Wildcat and ...

Governor Gavin Newsom asks NCAA to play fair and pay fair, student-athletes respond

History of the NCAA Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Kimberly Morales

October 6, 2019

For years, student-athletes have fought for the right to earn benefits in return for the work they put into playing in order to place their school on the map. On Sept. 30, California changed the game forever as it became the first state to bring this issue into the spotlight, as Governor Gavin Newsom si...

Photo of the day

Ashley Brown adjusts her headphones during the biking portion of the Wrec's Tough Cat event on Friday. The event was a triathlon with swimming, biking and running. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Olyvia Simpson

October 8, 2018

Ashley Brown adjusts her headphones during the biking portion of the Wrec's Tough Cat event on Saturday. The event was a triathlon with swimming, biking and running.

Chico State athletics and alcohol don’t mix

Chico State lays out their alcohol policy very clearly to all of its athletes when the athlete first arrives at Chico State. Photo credit: Diego Ramirez

Andrew Baumgartner and Courtney Chapman

April 15, 2018

As we move on from cold and rain to nicer weather, there will be no shortages of partying Chico State students. This narrative of a typical weekend is different for student-athletes who are bound by a drinking policy through the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics."We want people to have a good co...

Inside the life of an athlete

Photo credit: Nick Martinez-Esquibel

Marc Wilson

March 8, 2017

Nothing makes an athlete happier than playing the sport they love, whether it is preparing for the upcoming season with offseason workouts or stepping out onto the field or court to open the season. There's just something about those sweaty workout shirts, the double practice days and the bruises all...

Full Disclosure: Student-athletes getting paid

Kenta Mcafee

October 25, 2016

The only difference between college athletes and high school athletes is the workload. Although the collegiate level is more competitive, with only 7.8 percent of all athletes able to compete, the players are treated the same. There is no benefit available for the athletes who suffer broken bones an...

Redshirting allows Wildcats to develop skills, work on academics

Sophomore hurdler Sam Peters, who has redshirted during this season, practices with the track and field team. Photo courtesy of Samuel Peters

Breanna Barnard

May 4, 2015

Cardinal and white are known to be the official Chico State colors, and athletes represent these colors on their jerseys while they are competing. Some athletes choose to be different from the rest and "redshirt" during a season. These athletes do not physically wear a red shirt while they play, but these ...

Athletes shine through rain

Senior catcher Jake Bailey discusses playing in the rain. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Ryan Grady

March 11, 2014

Slippery hands, drenched uniforms and muddy cleats all come along for the ride while competing in a downpour.Adjusting to the differences in game play while at the whim of the weather is another task completely for three Chico State athletes.Sometimes baseball games are called due to the rain. This is the worst...

Wildcats look back at their athletic heroes

Nate Appel, senior men's basketball player, uses a ball with hero Larry Bird's name on it. Photo credit: Quinn Western.

Nicholas Woodard

February 28, 2014

It seems like every weekend one Chico State athlete or another is making a huge play or part of a heroic accomplishment. But even heroes need heroes. Many Wildcats have their own personal sports icons to thank for greatly influencing the way they play their respective sports. ...

Men’s basketball team break starting record

The 2014 men's basketball team matched the 1941 Wildcats' best start of 14-4. Photo courtesy of Chico State.

Lee Masten

February 19, 2014

After a convincing 71-57 defeat over San Francisco State on Feb. 1, the Chico State men’s basketball team repeated history, playing its best start since 1941. The Wildcats tied its best starting record through 18 games by going 14-4. For the 2014 Wildcats, 10 of those wins came from within the...

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