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Anita Barker takes a victory lap

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

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 Barker's constant hard work and the rejection of mediocrity, she has been honored as the Division II...

The past and future of Chico State football

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

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 been just what the Chico State athletics program needed.Despite wide protest, the footb...

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

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

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 to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Championship tournament. His start, at an astoni...

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

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

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 students have expressed various emotions on each of these fees at five open forums this semester....

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

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

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 students, players, coaches, faculty and alumni to come to terms with the fact that football had be...

Smarty ‘Cats succeed in class and competition

Illustration by Adriana Macias Photo credit: Adriana Macias

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 Harder." A record 64 Wildcats garnered Academic All-California Collegiate Athletic Association r...

Mike Baca: Voice of the Wildcats

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

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 on the cassette recorder and tape himself talking over the plays, Baca said. “It was like tunnel vision,” he said.Baca has been covering Ch...

Chico State football and swim teams remembered

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.

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 1991. “We didn’t know it was going to be our last season,” said Debra Roth, former swimming head coach and current kinesiology department profe...

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