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#22 Morgan Mathis throws up a shot in a basketball game at Buchanan High School in Clovis, Calif (Chico State Sports Information)

Morgan Mathis: the Wildcats’ three-point sharpshooter

Alex Martin, Sports Editor // February 26, 2021

Morgan Mathis is a freshman at Chico State and is one of four new recruits to join the women’s basketball team along with India Starr, Stella Rollo and Jazmyne Lillie. She has not played in a game yet...

Joshua Curls driving pass a defender while playing for the Wildcats.

Chico athletes reflect on Black History Month

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 24, 2021

February is Black History Month in the United States. The month honors and remembers important African American figures and events throughout history.   In the sports world, many Black athletes have...

Kayak Fishing Town Lake Feb 2012

Bass Fishing Team eager to bait hooks

Melvin Bui, Reporter // February 24, 2021

The Chico State Bass Fishing Team hasn't been able to fish any tournament waters because of COVID-19 restrictions from the California State University office. The Bass Fishing Team is a student run...

Chico State mens soccer player Noah Ross controls the ball on the field.

Chico State athletes have mixed feelings about paying student athletes

Connor McPherson, Reporter // February 23, 2021

Over these past couple years, the United States has passed a few laws opening the door for athletes to sign name, imaging and licensing agreements. California, specifically, introduced the Fair Pay to...

Dakota Ochoa teeing off during a tournament last season. Photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics

Dakota Ochoa: an emerging golf star for the Wildcats

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 22, 2021

As many athletes are eager to get back to their respected sports, Chico State golf star Dakota Ochoa is no different.  Ochoa a sophomore at Chico State, only participated in five events last spring...

#15 Sara Mitrano throws up signs while catching in a softball game at Chico State (Ryan McCasland/Chico State Sports Information)

Softball gives take on COVID-19 vaccine while hoping to return soon

Alex Martin, Sports Editor // February 21, 2021

It’s been almost a year since the softball team at Chico State played a game. Their most recent game was against San Francisco State on March 8, 2020 in which the Wildcats secured a win 5-3. Prior...

#23 Haley Ison goes up for a shot in a basketball game at Chico State (Ryan McCasland/Chico State Sports Information)

Women’s basketball hopes to return in Fall 2021

Alex Martin, Sports Editor // February 18, 2021

It’s been almost a full year since the Chico State women’s basketball team played a game. Their most recent game was a playoff match on March 3, 2020 in which the Wildcats lost to the Cal State East...

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban made the decision to stop playing the anthem before their home games.
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Mavericks plan to stop playing anthem denied by NBA

Connor McPherson, Reporter // February 17, 2021

On Wednesday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban announced that his team would no longer play the national anthem before games. This inevitably caused controversy, although this is not the first time that...

Aaron Rodgers getting ready to throw a pass to a teammate. Photo credits: elviskennedy

Chico legend Aaron Rodgers captures 3rd NFL MVP, gives back to community

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 17, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback and Chico native Aaron Rodgers has won his third NFL Most Valuable Player award this past season. He became the fourth player in NFL history to be awarded the MVP on more...

Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer throws a pitch for the Cleveland Indians. Bauer was recently acquired by the Dodgers in free agency. 
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Dodgers, Padres favorites in NL West; A’s, Angels still chasing Astros in AL West

Connor McPherson, Reporter // February 17, 2021

Major League Baseball will be returning to a 162-game season on April 1. A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend MLB games without showing proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination....

#24 Vanessa Holland dribbles a ball in a basketball game at Chico State (Ryan McCasland/Chico State Sports Information)

Vanessa Holland: a point guard and leader for the Wildcats

Alex Martin, Sports Editor // February 15, 2021

Vanessa Holland is a senior at Chico State and is one of the leaders on the basketball team. She was born in Eureka, but grew up in Humboldt County where she developed a passion for basketball from her...

Aaron Rodgers, NVCF partner to create the Aaron Rodgers Small Business COVID-19 fund

Jacob Milligan, Reporter // February 12, 2021

Chico native and current Green Bay Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the North Valley Community Foundation have partnered to help locally owned businesses in Chico amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  Rodgers...

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