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Anita Barker is one of nine women ever selected for the Division II West Region Athletic Director of the Year Award. She has worked for Chico State for 17 years alongside her husband, Scott Barker, the head athletic trainer. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Anita Barker takes a victory lap

Noah Andrews // March 25, 2019

The job of an athletic director is often thankless. There's a lot of work behind the scenes that go unnoticed. However, this is not the case for Chico State's Athletic Director, Anita Barker. Due to...

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

The past and future of Chico State football

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...

Head mens soccer coach, Felipe Restrepo, started coaching at the age of 13. Image courtesy of Chico Wildcats

Chico State mentor leads by example, from coaching soccer to coaching life

Wesley Harris // October 15, 2018

Coach Felipe Restrepo, thrives for an impact even outside the lines of the soccer field. His aspirations for spreading the power of the game are a defining reason why his team has taken three expeditions...

Aldon Perez, a freshman distance track and field athlete, speaks in favor of the student fee increases at an open forum on March 6.

Proposed fee increases could initially cost students up to $380 more per year

Grayson Boyer // April 24, 2018

On Wednesday around 8 a.m. students received a link in their email to submit an advisory vote on three proposed fee increases; a Health Services Fee, Student Learning Fee and an Athletics Fee. Several...

Anita Barker, Athletic director. Photo courtesy of Chico State Athletics.

The future of Chico State football doesn’t look too bright

Jason Spies // September 15, 2015

Let's take a trip back in time— back to 1996 when Chico State played its final game against Sonoma State and won 25-20. The following year, the football program was cut. It was hard for the loyal...

Illustration by Adriana Macias Photo credit: Adriana Macias

Smarty ‘Cats succeed in class and competition

Nick Reddy // September 6, 2015

If Chico State student-athletes ever had time to create their own version of iconic rapper Wiz Khalifa’s “Work Hard Play Hard," they might want to name their rendition “Play Hard, Study...

Mike Baca (right) talking to co-host Mike Wessels. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Mike Baca: Voice of the Wildcats

James Groh // February 9, 2015

Since he was 5, Mike Baca, Chico State’s basketball and baseball broadcaster, knew he was going to be a sports announcer.Even at an early age, he would turn down the volume of Warriors games, turn...

From left to right: Gene Fournier, Clint Lancaster, Tony Bertuca and Doug Guillon smile after practice during the 1981 season. Photo courtesy of Doug Guillon.

Chico State football and swim teams remembered

Angelo Boscacci // May 7, 2014

Sports come and go, but the memories of them last a lifetime. In the past, a football and swim team once called Chico State home. Swimming Chico State was once home to a swim team until it was cut in...

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