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COVID-19 infects NCAA playoffs

COVID-19 infects NCAA playoffs

Karina Cope, Staff Writer

March 30, 2020

Coach Greg Clink watches his team play from the sidelines.Photo courtesy of Ryan McCasland/Chico State Athletics. The cancellation of various athletic programs across not only the country, but the globe due to COVID-19 has devastated many. Chico State athletes have felt this hard loss first hand...

Brothers represent their hometown on the baseball diamond

Brothers represent their hometown on the baseball diamond

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 28, 2020

From playing Wiffle Ball together in 2010 to entering a new decade on the same collegiate baseball team, times have changed for the two Grissom brothers. Yet, their love and passion for baseball along with their brotherly bond still remains strong.  The elder brother, second baseman Tyler Gri...

Wildcat Spotlight: Jacqueline Massey-Blake

Wildcat Spotlight: Jacqueline Massey-Blake

Alex Martin and Lucero Del Rayo-Nava

March 27, 2020

Jacqueline Massey-Blake is a sophomore from the Bay Area and came to Chico State to pursue her degree as a business information systems major. Massey-Blake has a very diverse background in sports but she ultimately fell in love with running.  “I ended up my junior year of high school deciding ...

Freshmen Athlete Watchlist

Freshmen Athlete Watchlist

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

Alani Nguyen has primarily filled the role as the designated hitter for the softball team and has made an immediate impact at the plate. She is leading the team along with veteran Kristin Worley and fellow freshman Drew Rodriguez with a .400 batting average. Nguyen also leads the team with a slugging ...

Women’s lacrosse leaning on first year head coach to rebuild program

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

March 26, 2020

When Dexter O'Connell moved to Chico for work, he thought his days of lacrosse were far behind him. However, he thought wrong.  One morning, O'Connell was picking up bagels when he stumbled upon an advertisement on a wall that was looking for a Chico State women's lacrosse club team coach. O’...

Stars on both sides of the field

Stars on both sides of the field

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 21, 2020

Photos Courtesy of Chico State Sports Information The Chico State softball team (19-2) has made a statement so far this season, largely in part due to the play of Kristin Worley and Brooke Larsen. The duo made an appearance last week on the Top 50 "Watch List" for the 2020 Schutt Sports/National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division II National Player and Pitcher of the Year award. Larsen and Worley have worked their way up to this point and are both regarded as extremely hard workers by coaches and teammates.  ...

Get ready with me: Athlete Edition

Get ready with me: Athlete Edition

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Before Brooke Larsen steps out onto the dirt of the softball field, you can find her with her teammates chatting at Starbucks and getting prepared to take on their opposing match-up. Larsen always orders her usual iced caramel macchiato for her pregame drink.  Larsen, a junior from Sacramento, is one so...

Block record shattered

Arrow VanAbrams, Staff Writer

March 20, 2020

Justin Briggs, the 6-foot-10 senior center of the men's basketball team, broke Chico State’s all-time block record with 154 total blocks.  Briggs went out with a bang, heading into his last few months of being a Wildcat. However, he has no plans of ending his basketball journey anytime soon. B...

Women’s basketball star, Maddy Wong, ranks high

Women’s basketball star, Maddy Wong, ranks high

Matthew Wreden, Staff Writer

March 17, 2020

.Photos courtesy of Ryan McCasland / Chico State Sports Information Maddy Wong, point guard of the Chico State women’s basketball team, is one of the deadliest three point shooters in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). This is done largely in part by her ability to be consist...

Three runners with three different backgrounds

Three runners with three different backgrounds

Alex Martin, Staff Writer

March 11, 2020

Three standout athletes on the track and field team have shown exceptional talent this season. They come from different backgrounds and participate in different events, yet share the same love for Chico State athletics. Paul Kostyshak is a sophomore pole vaulter and exercise physiology major. He i...

Solid pitching and defense earns a series win

Solid pitching and defense earns a series win

Matthew Wreden

March 9, 2020

The Wildcats picked up a series win at Nettleton Stadium on Sunday after taking down the Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes 9-0. This makes for back-to-back series wins for the Wildcats.     Skylar Limonchi and JT Navarro helped carry the Wildcats (15-7, 11-5 CCAA) to their win. ...

Wildcats take the series lead

Wildcats take the series lead

Arrow VanAbrams

March 8, 2020

The Wildcat baseball team (14-7) flipped the script on Cal State San Bernardino (7-14) on Saturday, winning 3-0 after losing their last matchup 0-3.  Chico State had the four-game series tied up 1-1 prior to the game against the significantly lower-ranked Coyotes. The Wildcats toughed out this win...

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