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Coach Clink: Recruiting winners, making champions

Coach Clink: Recruiting winners, making champions

Lars Gustafson

March 7, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

They say “Once a Chico State Wildcat, always a Chico State Wildcat.” Chico State men’s basketball head coach Greg Clink lives the popular motto to the max as a former player turned head coach for the 'Cats. Twenty-four years ago, Clink was in his first year as a player for the men’s basketball...

Stop hating on greatness

Stop hating on greatness

Patrick Pace

March 4, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

I hate Stephen Curry. I hate how he can make a shot from basically anywhere on the floor. I hate how perfect his jump shot looks. I hate how well he runs his team. Being a Los Angeles native, I especially hate how he and the Golden State Warriors rarely lose a game.Though I dislike him and his team, I can...

‘Cats lose in CCAA opening round

‘Cats lose in CCAA opening round

Patrick Pace

March 2, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

The No. 1 seeded Chico State men's basketball team lost their second game in a row to the eighth seeded Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles 37-54 on March 1 at home. This loss knocked them out of the CCAA championship tournament in the first round. The team has lost two games to the Golden Eagles in the...

Heart of a Wildcat: Women’s basketball player overcomes adversity

Heart of a Wildcat: Women’s basketball player overcomes adversity

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Two spinal surgeries, one foot surgery and having a birthday every four years sounds like the beginning to a sad story. For women's basketball player, sophomore Whitney Branham, these life events have only made her stronger and proven that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.Branham faced adv...

Patience is a virtue: Sophomore has breakout year

Patience is a virtue: Sophomore has breakout year

Patrick Pace

March 1, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Sophomore forward Isaiah Ellis got a rude awakening when he came onto campus as a first-year at Chico State. "I went from being the go-to-guy and winning two section championships on my high school team, to redshirting my true freshman year of college," Ellis said.Redshirting is when college athletes...

Wildcat women end season on the road

Wildcat women end season on the road

Esther Briggs

February 29, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Sophomore Whitney Branham led all scorers with 20 points in the last season game against the Cal State L.A. Eagles where the Wildcats fell 83-61 at The Eagles' Nest in L.A. on Feb. 27.Branham started off the night hot. The sophomore guard knocked down four 3-pointers, giving her 41 treys for the seaso...

‘Cats finish regular season with a loss

‘Cats finish regular season with a loss

Kenta Mcafee

February 29, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Sophomore forward Isaiah Ellis was unable to lead his team to a win over the Cal State L.A. Eagles, despite his three dunks and 23 points, as the 'Cats lost 64-65 on Feb. 27, in LA.This is the 12th game in a row that Ellis has proven himself to be a leader in the Wildcat offense, by scoring at least ...

‘Cats clinch second straight CCAA title

‘Cats clinch second straight CCAA title

Patrick Pace

February 27, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Sophomore Tyler Harris scored a team high 13 points for the men's basketball team in their conference-clinching 64-57 victory against the Cal State Dominguez Hills Toros on Feb. 25 at home. On a night where starting sophomore point guard Jalen McFerren was ill, the Wildcats needed the next man to...

Wildcats extend kind gesture to injured player

Wildcats extend kind gesture to injured player

Gabriella Bermudez

February 27, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

Visiting senior Monay Lee was commended during the Feb. 25 home game by receiving the honor of scoring the first basket after enduring her season-ending injury of a torn ACL. At the end of the game however, the Chico State women's basketball team lost in the battle against the Cal State Dominguez Hills Tor...

Basketball teams push toward playoffs

Basketball teams push toward playoffs

Kenta Mcafee

February 25, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

As the Chico State men's basketball team contends for the top spot in the CCAA, the women's team needs everything to fall in place to make it to the playoffs. MenThe men's team has an overall record of 21-4, and a conference record of 15-3, giving them a one-game lead over second place UC San Diego. The team's confidence has soared with a 9-1 record in its last 10 games. O...

ESPN3 comes to town to cover Wildcat basketball

ESPN3 comes to town to cover Wildcat basketball

Carlos Islas

February 24, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The national spotlight and the eyes of an entire country were on Chico State and both of its basketball teams on Friday, Feb. 19 when the cameras of ESPN3 broadcasted the Wildcat games against the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. The game was available through ESPN3 which was accessible through WatchESPN.com, on phones...

Men’s basketball rebounds from Friday’s loss

Men’s basketball rebounds from Friday’s loss

Patrick Pace

February 23, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State men's basketball team bounced back from a disappointing loss the night before to beat the Humboldt State Lumberjacks 82-74 on Saturday, Feb. 20.The win puts the Wildcats at 21-4 on the season and 15-3 in conference play. The team is still in first place in the CCAA standings, with UC S...

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