The Orion

Wildcats on the prowl for playoff glory

The Chico State men's basketball team's starting five players huddle up prior to a play in a game against Cal State L.A. on Jan. 30. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Julie Ortega

March 11, 2015

In its 100th season, the Chico State men's basketball team has made the NCAA Championship Tournament for the fourth time in a row. The Wildcats' success this season has set the team's bar high for expectations. Before clinching a spot in the playoffs, the team went on a 10-game winning streak — one of the longest since 2...

Chico State athlete GPAs on the upswing

Freshman soccer player Matthew Tarr studying before class begins Photo credit: James Groh

James Groh

February 1, 2015

Chico State athletes are putting up big numbers not just on the scoreboard but in the classroom as well. During the past seven years the average GPA of Chico student athletes has steadily risen to 2.9, according to an article by Luke Reid, Chico State's sports information director. More than...

Wildcat basketball senior breaks records, blocks shots

Wildcat basketball senior breaks records, blocks shots

Lars Gustafson

January 21, 2015

By the end of Chico State's 2014 men’s basketball season, the record books are going to be rewritten because of senior forward Jordan Semple, who is now the all-time leader in blocked shots and rebounds in the program's history. Semple chose Chico State over multiple full-ride scholarship offers in ...

Wildcat athletic squads nab new recruits

New men's golf recruit Matt Hutchins finishes his swing. Photo courtesy of Matt Hutchins.

Nick Reddy

December 1, 2014

National Signing Day was Nov. 12 for many high school and junior college student-athletes around the country. The Wildcats made the most of the occasion. Future NCAA participants signed their letters of intent to compete at the next level of competition. Chico State athletic programs brought in fresh...

Chico State breaks six school records

Left to right, Jordan Semple (Orion file photo), Dani O’Keefe, Kristyn Casalino and Lindsay Quigley  (Photographs by John Domogma/The Orion)were all part of record-breaking performances during the fall season.

Samuel Wolfson

December 1, 2014

There's an old saying that claims records were meant to be broken. The Wildcats are taking it quite literally this year. Some of Chico State's athletes have broken six school records this fall between golf, basketball and volleyball. The men’s basketball team started its 100th season off right ...

Wildcats enter season highly ranked by NCAA

Freshman Jalen McFerren gets around senior Mike Rosaroso during a practice early last week. Photo credit: John Domogma

Angelo Boscacci

November 9, 2014

Last season ended at the NCAA Elite Eight in Indianapolis for Chico State's men's basketball team, after losing by 15 to University of South Carolina Aiken. Fresh off that historic appearance, the Wildcats come into the new season ranked 15th in the nation by the NCAA Division II preseason coaches poll."...

Wildcats alumni take their game worldwide

Former Chico State basketball player Sean Park prepares to take a shot for his new team overseas. Photo courtesy Sean Park

Angelo Boscacci

September 29, 2014

Transitioning from team to team can be tough, and even tougher when your new team is in another country.Amir Carraway and former teammate Sean Park underwent a life transition after both played and saw success as Chico State basketball players. Now the alumni have taken their game to the international ...

Basketball coach reaches 100-win milestone

Chico State men's basketball coach Greg Clink poses in front of his former players plaques. Photo credit: Alex Boesch

Sergio Sanchez

March 25, 2014

The 11th head coach in the 99-year history of Chico State men’s basketball became the first to win 100 games in his first six seasons. He does not look at those 100 wins as anything special or as a goal he could have accomplished without the help of his staff and team, said head coach Greg Clink....

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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