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Wildcat photos of the year

Photo credit: Andy Wilheln

2017 has been a historical year for Chico State sports teams so far. From basketball to track, most Wildcat teams enjoyed a high level of success in the spring.

Photo credit: Andy Wilhelm

Isaiah Ellis celebrates a win in the NCAA Championship Tournament. The now-senior forward averaged 13.2 points per game last season and emerged as one of the leading contributors on the Chico State men’s basketball team.


The Chico State baseball team had an amazing season. The team went 45-11 on the season, and won both the California Collegiate Athletic Association regular season title as well as the CCAA Championship tournament. Although their run came to an end in the NCAA West Regional, the team had an incredible season; better than any Chico State has ever had before.

Photo credit: Carlos Islas

The women’s softball team faced a rebuild after losing most of their main contributors the season before. However, the team stepped up to win 39 games and continued on with their winning tradition.

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The Chico State track team won the CCAA championship this year. The men’s team has won the title 13 out of the last fourteen years, and the women’s team has won the championship eight years in a row.

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One of the biggest blows the Wildcat baseball team last season was the loss of senior infielder Andru Cardenas. Cardenas fell ill with a rare disease called Guillain-Barre Syndrome. The Chico State baseball team continued to play inspired ball for him throughout the season. However it was for him, instead of with him.

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Photo credit: Andy Wilheln

The Chico State basketball team made it to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Championship Tournament last year. Though they went into it as the 6 seed, they were able to beat three teams that were ranked higher than them to continue on to the next round. Now-senior point guard Jalen Mcferren shared a hug with head coach Greg Clink after winning the region.

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