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How young talent is recruited

Freshman Liz Geraghty positioning her free kick against Sonoma State. Photo credit: Mary Vogel

Karina Cope

December 3, 2019

For young teenagers in high school, being admired by, sought after and recruited by a college can seem like the beginning stages of stardom. However, this process can also be intimidating and stressful for many. It is common for star athletes to start forming college connections during their junior year ...

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...

Men and Women’s Track split ways in CCAA championships

Jason Adams trails behind in 110 men's hurdles at Chico Multi Classic. Photo credit: Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

May 6, 2019

The Chico State track and field teams finished their season with record-breaking performances at the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships hosted in La Jolla, California.Women’s trackAdelae Fredeen was the first Wildcat to earn a total of four team points in the heptathlon on Th...

It’s Wyatt Baxter’s time

#16 Wyatt Baxter is a dual-sport athlete who runs cross-country in the Fall and the men's 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters for track in the spring. 
Image courtesy: Chico sports information

Noah Andrews

April 17, 2019

Growing up with a sibling that plays the same sport as you has positives and negatives.On the one hand, you always have somebody to practice or play with. On the other hand, they often become your greatest competitor. And what do you tend to try and do to your greatest competition? Beat them in every way...

Wildcat Rumble: Was Lebron’s first year in LA a failure?

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Matthew Ferreira, Noah Andrews and Ricardo Tovar bring their takes on the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NCAA

Ricardo Tovar

April 5, 2019

The Wildcat Rumble returns this week with sports editor Ricardo Tovar and a returning Matthew Ferreira. New co-host to the program, The Orion's sports writer, Noah Andrews brings his unique sports takes with Ferreira and Tovar. They speak on the NCAA tournament, MLB season, NBA season and much more! Ag...

March Madness brings the most exciting time of the college basketball season

March brings the March Madness Tournament for the NCAA 
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Matthew Ferreira

March 19, 2019

Saturday and Sunday were huge days in the National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s basketball world and as a result, we now have the official NCAA March Madness bracket.The tournament favorite among many, Duke University, won the ACC championship over Florida State on a terrific performan...

The past and future of Chico State football

Chico State running back Glenn Witherspoon takes a handoff during the 19787 season. Image from The Orion vault.

Connor Mcpherson

December 22, 2018

1997 marked the final year for Chico State football. The players hung up their uniforms one last time and walked out of the locker room. The cancellation of the football team was sad at the time, but could’ve been just what the Chico State athletics program needed.Despite wide protest, the footb...

Wildcats softball earn spot in NCAA West Regional Final with 2-0 start

Wildcats softball earn spot in NCAA West Regional Final with 2-0 start

Katalina Santamaria and Justin Couchot

May 12, 2018

After winnings the first two games at home of the NCAA West Regional, the Chico State softball team has now won 27 in a row and has earned a spot in the NCAA West Regional final on Saturday morning. The Wildcats are now 52-3 on the season.Chico State entered the NCAA West Regionals tournament as the No. 1 se...

Three home runs lead Wildcats softball in game one of CCAA Championship

Wendy Cordial concentrating while at bat where she finished Friday's victory with 3 RBIs including a home run. Photo credit: Caitlyn Young

Katalina Santamaria

May 5, 2018

The Chico State softball team continue to prove why they are the No.1 ranked team in the California Collegiate Athletic Association Tournament after beating Cal State San Bernardino 12-0 in five innings in the opening game of the tournament. The Wildcats scored eight runs in the first inning, followed ...

Photo of the day

Chico State softball puts their dominating 17-0 record on the line this weekend as they head out of town on March 3rd to take on Stanislaus State. Good luck wildcats and go get em! Photo credit: Kelsey Veith

Kelsey Veith

March 2, 2018

Chico State softball puts their dominating 17-0 record on the line this weekend as they head out of town on March 3rd to take on Stanislaus State! Good luck wildcats and go get em!

NCAA policies are hurting student athletes

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Patrick Pace

April 19, 2017

The long list of banned substances put in place by the NCAA comes with serious consequences. Regardless of whether it is a performance-enhancing or recreational drug, use of any banned substance will result in repercussions. The fallout ranges from fair to excessive, eventually ruining the career of...

Improvements needed for concussion protocols

Marc Wilson

March 5, 2017

The concussion protocol for collegiate and professional sports is flawed and needs to be improved. Athletes who have suffered any dramatic head injury should not be allowed to return and play that same day. Although professional sporting leagues and collegiate sports have implemented concussion protocols...

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