The Orion

Wildcats look back at their athletic heroes

Wildcats look back at their athletic heroes

Nicholas Woodard

February 28, 2014


Filed under Sports

It seems like every weekend one Chico State athlete or another is making a huge play or part of a heroic accomplishment. But even heroes need heroes. Many Wildcats have their own personal sports icons to thank for greatly influencing the way they play their respective sports. ...

Faces in the Crowd: Former professor tutors, cheers for baseball team

Faces in the Crowd: Former professor tutors, cheers for baseball team

Nicholas Woodard

February 26, 2014


Filed under Sports

Meet Madeline Keaveney. Keaveney, 68, is a retired communications studies professor that happens to be a dedicated baseball fan. Her favorite teams are the Boston Red Sox and Chico State Wildcats. Keaveney, originally from Boston, moved to California in 1974 to teach at Chico State she’s caught a few games since the...

Announcer recalls calling ‘Cats games

Announcer recalls calling ‘Cats games

Angelo Boscacci

February 26, 2014


Filed under Sports

May 17, 1939 marked the first time a baseball game was broadcast on TV. Princeton beat Columbia 2-1. People had two options for catching the game before television made its way into homes — buy a ticket and sit in the stands or turn the dial on the radio. Mitch Cox, associate director of athletics, ha...

Baseball player breaks hit by pitch record

Baseball player breaks hit by pitch record

Emerson Keenan

February 25, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

In baseball, being struck with a pitch is usually avoided. For senior first baseman Eric Angerer, getting out of the way is the last of his worries. Angerer broke the school record for most hit by pitches in a season in 2013 after being plunked 29 times, breaking the previous record of 28. That record was set by Robby Poole, who was on ...

Sweet sweep for ’Cats baseball team

Sweet sweep for ’Cats baseball team

Ryan Grady

February 24, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Wildcats combination of red hot offense and a pitching staff that only allowed one run made for another successful day at Nettleton Stadium. The 'Cats batted around for 14 hits, recording a new season high during the 9-1 win over Academy of Art. Every starter contributed to the 14 hit day. Rube...

Athletes prepare for high-pressure situations

Athletes prepare for high-pressure situations

Sergio Sanchez

February 24, 2014


Filed under Sports

The bases are loaded with nobody out and the cleanup hitter steps into the batter's box. On the court, there are five seconds left on the clock and the team is down by a bucket. These are examples of pressure situations teams and athletes go through during a season. Practice and mental preparation help Chico ...

‘Cats dominate in series opener

‘Cats dominate in series opener

Ryan Grady

February 21, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

  The Chico State baseball team cruised past Academy of the Arts Friday 8-2 on a warm day at Nettleton Stadium. Starting pitcher Nick Baker set the tone by throwing six and two-thirds scoreless innings. Baker struck out six and walked only one. The win now puts Baker at a 2-1 for the season. ...

Long distances do not derail family support

Long distances do not derail family support

Nicholas Woodard

February 18, 2014


Filed under Sports

Family matters; in life and in sports. Chico State athletics are no exception. Family plays a huge role for many Wildcats in their respective sports, regardless of distance. For players like Sarah Rebibo, a junior guard on the women’s basketball team, family is the very reason she got into the sport. Rebibo said she began playi...

Wildcats achieve Saturday sweep against UC San Diego

Wildcats achieve Saturday sweep against UC San Diego

Greg Silvia

February 16, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

The Chico State baseball team swept a doubleheader on the road against UC San Diego Saturday.   The 12th-ranked Wildcats had two stellar starting pitching performances from its two starting pitchers, Marcos Lara and Brad Lohse.   Lara pitched five and one third shutout innings, allowing only tw...

Wildcats share gameday preparation rituals

Wildcats share gameday preparation rituals

Ryan Grady

February 13, 2014


Filed under Sports

  Gameday preparation can determine if athletes hurdle their way over the competition or get hit in the head with a bat. Keeping the energy up throughout the day is most important, said Michael Kicenski, a junior who competes in the high jump for the Chico State track and field team. ...

Wildcat baseball catches preseason awards

Wildcat baseball catches preseason awards

Nicholas Woodard

February 12, 2014


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Pitching and defense go hand in hand. A pitcher needs his defense to make plays behind him and the defense relies on the pitcher to set the pace of the game. Luckily, the Chico State baseball team has two of the best players covering these positions. Senior pitcher Nick Baker and junior shortstop Cody Slader lead in pit...

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