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Anita Barker takes a victory lap

Anita Barker is one of nine women ever selected for the Division II West Region Athletic Director of the Year Award. She has worked for Chico State for 17 years alongside her husband, Scott Barker, the head athletic trainer. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Noah Andrews

March 25, 2019

The job of an athletic director is often thankless. There's a lot of work behind the scenes that go unnoticed. However, this is not the case for Chico State's Athletic Director, Anita Barker. Due to Barker's constant hard work and the rejection of mediocrity, she has been honored as the Division II...

Chico State raises thousands on Giving Tuesday

Chico State alumni, Dylan Wakefield, gave to the Chico State men's soccer team. Image Credit to Bertin Loyola.

Luke Dennison

November 30, 2017

Chico State raised a total of over $214,910 through a campus wide, 24 hour long, giving day fundraiser Tuesday.Community members, alumni, students and faculty of the university took part in the all day national event. Chico Cares, Support Your Favorite Wildcat Team? and Miles For Teaching Fund were participating cam...

Language matters and internet trolls are proving it

Photo credit: David Molina

Whitney Urmann

November 9, 2016

Last week the Chico State Athletics Department released a campaign put together by the student athletes. The campaign featured students in their uniforms with a pull-quote next to them that identified what word or phrase they saw as offensive and why they choose to not use that word or phrase. The...

Women’s volleyball swept by Cal State LA

The Wildcats slam down a spike in the tough loss against Cal State L.A. Photo credit: John Domogma

Jason Spies

September 21, 2015

The Wildcats' great start to the 2015 season sputtered in Los Angeles as they were swept by the Golden Eagles in three sets. Sophomore outside hitter Olivia Mediano led Chico with 12 kills while junior setter Torey Thompson had a team high of 33 assists. Even with great play from both 'Cats, the ...

An essential guide to understanding sports lingo

An essential guide to understanding sports lingo

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

May 12, 2015

While "putting some mustard on it" and a "can of corn" might sound like requirements for a cooking recipe, the terms mean something completely different in sports. Throughout the years, athletes and coaches have developed a sports lingo that only savvy sports fans, coaches and players can understan...

Top-notch basketball recruit signs with Chico State

Top-notch basketball recruit signs with Chico State

Dylan Wakefield

May 1, 2015

Wildcat cub Justin Briggs will be joining the Chico State men’s basketball team in the fall. The 6 foot 9 inch power forward of River City High School in West Sacramento signed his Letter of Intent to become a Wildcat on April 20. Briggs was a top-notch recruit and was receiving attention fr...

Pioneers pillage ‘Cats

First year outfielder Sean Smith batting against Cal State Dominguez Hills on April 12. Photo credit: Ryan Pressey

Dylan Wakefield

April 29, 2015

Stretching zero runs to the seventh inning, the Chico State baseball team lost their Friday night home opener against the visiting Cal State East Bay Pioneers. The game started off scoreless in the first inning. Leading off the second inning, Cal State East Bay squeezed in a run to open up the...

Wildcats struggle in 10-2 loss

Senior third baseman Dylan Garcia runs to first base during a game against Cal State Dominguez Hills on April 11. Photo credit: Ryan Pressey

Lars Gustafson

April 18, 2015

The Chico State Wildcats struggled on offense and defense during a 10-2 loss in Turlock against Cal State Stanislaus. With only six hits and 14 base runners left on base, the ‘Cats only scored two runs in nine innings of play. The Wildcats first scored in the 5th inning with a single up the middl...

4×400 relay team generates synergy on the track

Tristan Lake hands off the baton to Lane Andrews on March 14 at the Chico State invitational. Photo courtesy of Phillip Bailey.

Dylan Wakefield

April 12, 2015

For the four men on Chico State's track and field 4x400 relay team, it is the collective mindset and support within the quartet that makes them successful. The four-man band consists of: junior hurdler Tristan Lake, junior 400-meter runner Geoff Brown, sophomore decathlete Lane Andrews and juni...

Wildcat transfer claws his way to top of pack

Junior infielder Andrew Carrillo bats against the the Cal State Monterey Bay Otters on March 27. Photo credit: Ryan Pressey

Dylan Wakefield

April 8, 2015

From Cougar to Wildcat, junior transfer Andrew Carrillo is playing a major role on the Chico State baseball team for the 2015 season. In his first year as a Wildcat, Carrillo has earned his spot as the starting second baseman and No. 2 hitter in the team's batting order. So far he has been a consistent playe...

‘Cats score zero dropping both games of double-header

Freshman pitcher Haley Gilham launches the ball at the Chico State softball field in a game against University of Hawaii on Feb 12. Photo Courtesy: John Domogma

Dylan Wakefield

April 5, 2015

The Chico State softball team went toe-to-toe against the formidable UC San Diego Tritons Friday at University Softball Stadium. Game 1 The Wildcats and the Tritons dueled the length of seven standard-time innings sharing zero runs in the process. It wasn’t until the extra inning where UC San Diego sn...

Men’s rugby breaks away from pack, secures playoff spot

Jeff McKinley, left, slips through two defenders in a game on Feb. 14 against San Jose State. The men's rugby team is 6-1 for the season and is ranked No. 2 in the Pacific West Conference. Photo courtesy of Jeff McKinley.

Dylan Wakefield

March 28, 2015

The Chico State men's rugby team has clawed its way to a successful season, locking in the second place spot for playoffs set to take place in April.The team made its way into the No. 2 spot in the Pacific West Conference with major wins in March over Stanford and University of Nevada, Reno, which put...

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