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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...

Coach Gary Towne (second from left) talks to the Chico State Wildcats before they compete in the mens 2019 NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships at Haggin Oaks Golf Course on Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Sacramento, Calif.

Chico State Athletics await return

Connor McPherson, Reporter // February 7, 2021

Chico High and Pleasant Valley both competed on Jan. 30 in their first joint cross-country matches since March 2020, giving hope for some non-contact high school sports to make a spring return.  But...

History of the NCAA Photo credit: Kimberly Morales

Governor Gavin Newsom asks NCAA to play fair and pay fair, student-athletes respond

Kimberly Morales // October 6, 2019

For years, student-athletes have fought for the right to earn benefits in return for the work they put into playing in order to place their school on the map. On Sept. 30, California changed the game forever...

California MLB teams make final cuts, prepare for the season

Austin Schreiber // March 27, 2018

With opening day a week away, it's time to start thinking about Major League Baseball again. Spring training is wrapping up and teams are making their final roster cuts. With Chico having no professional...

The fencing will be up in front of Bell Memorial Union until the statues unveiling on April 19 Photo credit: Lizzie Helmer

New Wildcat statue funded exclusively from donations

Lizzie Helmer // February 14, 2018

A new Wildcat statue is coming to Chico State and it’s funded in a way that’s the first of its kind. The about $145,000 necessary for the project came from a collaborative donations effort...

Brittni and Brynn Frace were killed in a car crash this week. Photo credit: Photo Courtesy of Highlands Church

Chico State sisters die in fatal car crash

Alejandra Fraga // January 19, 2018

Brittni Frace, a returning student at Chico State, and her sister Brynn died due to a car accident while returning back to Chico Tuesday. The incident occurred on Highway 198 west of Interstate...

IRA Fee Breakdown by Program Photo credit: Daniel Wright

Students spend $200 to fund sports annually

Daniel Wright // May 11, 2017

Chico State students pay 196 dollars annually for the sports program, in instructional-related activities fees. Every student who attends Chico State pays 280 dollars every year in Instructionally Related...

Sonny Cortez warms up, getting ready to bat. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Chico State baseball loses on a walk off

Anna Baytosh // February 7, 2017

On Saturday morning, the Wildcat baseball team was defeated by Point Loma with a walk off win in San Diego. This match was the third in a four game series against the Sea Lions.Chico State started the...

Four-year-old Davan Jones receives her gift as student athletes look on. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

TBT: Chico State athlete looks back on Make-A-Wish event

Anna Baytosh // May 5, 2016

I stood alongside my peers on the Nettleton Stadium baseball field anticipating the arrival of a very important four-year-old girl. I was surrounded by fellow student athletes who were all there for the...

First-year runner Veronica Garcia representing her school. Photo credit: Veronica Garcia

Former McFarland runner carries high school legacy

Esther Briggs // March 15, 2016

For first-year cross-country and track runner Veronica Garcia, the movie "McFarland, USA” (2015) is more than an inspirational sports dramatization. The story of a 1987 cross-country team put together...

First-year McKena Barker hugs a teammate after a game against Cal Poly Pomona. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Wildcat women end season on the road

Esther Briggs // February 29, 2016

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...

Sophomore Haley Gilham winds up to pitch during the Dominican University game on Feb. 7.

Softball team wins second of doubleheader

Esther Briggs // February 17, 2016

The Chico State softball team won the second game of their Feb. 13 doubleheader against the Sonoma State Seawolves, 5-0. The win brings the Wildcats' record to 2-2 in their conference. The second...

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