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Pitch perfect: Making decisions on the mound

Pitch perfect: Making decisions on the mound

Dylan Wakefield

February 18, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Softball, Sports

Pitchers have endless combinations, hundreds of distinctive styles, but one common goal in mind — strikeouts.Every batter is a different fight, and a pitcher on the mound has to decide whether to take a risk and throw a weaker pitch or set the tone and throw mastered ones. For pitchers, their decisions depend heav...

Chico State battles Sunbirds in season opener

Matthew Vislosky

February 16, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

Chico State Wildcats took on Fresno Pacific in a double header, with both teams coming away with a win. Game one: The wildcats jumped out to a quick lead in the third inning when senior Danny Miller drove in two runs off of a single, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. The Wildcats held the lea...

‘Cats come from behind, win 10th game in a row

‘Cats come from behind, win 10th game in a row

Julie Ortega

February 15, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State men's basketball team added another win to their streak. The Wildcats defeated Cal State San Bernardino in overtime, with a final score of 73-72.Cal State San Bernardino led against the Wildcats in majority of the first half. And by the end of it, Chico State was down by nine points.In the second half, with 15 minutes left in regul...

‘Cats struggle, lose to third place Cal Poly Pomona

‘Cats struggle, lose to third place Cal Poly Pomona

Matthew Vislosky

February 10, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Wildcats could not stop the scoring of the Broncos, who came out on top with a final score of 72-57. Within the first three minutes of the game, Cal Poly Pomona jumped out to a five point lead, but the lead was quickly diminished to two, when junior forward Brooke Bowen connected on a three-point play. The Wildcats acquired their only lead of the night...

Wildcats break 2 game losing streak

Wildcats break 2 game losing streak

Julie Ortega

February 7, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Wildcats defeated UC San Diego on Friday night to end their losing streak, finishing the game with a final score of 76-70. Junior guard Chanelle Di Croce scored the first 3-pointer of the night for the Wildcats. Di Croce was also one of the four top scorers of the night finishing the game with 10 points.Midway into the first half Chico State lead UC San Diego by 12 points. The Wildcats were...

Senior catcher thrives in Wildcat baseball program

Senior catcher thrives in Wildcat baseball program

Dylan Wakefield

February 3, 2015


Filed under Baseball, Sports

In baseball every ground ball and pop fly counts, every at-bat sends a message and every practice is the difference between playing a part in the starting lineup or not. According to Dave Taylor, the baseball team's head coach, returning senior catcher Peter Miller has made all of his opportunities count since ...

First-year Wildcat makes strides on basketball team

First-year Wildcat makes strides on basketball team

Matthew Vislosky

February 1, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

For first-year forward Isaiah Ellis, basketball was the first sport he played and it turned out to be the only one he wanted to be a part of.Ellis grew up watching basketball and following his favorite team, the San Antonio Spurs, and credits his aunt with getting him started in the sport. "My aunt got me int...

Wildcats tied atop conference with another win on the road

Kevin Lucena

January 29, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State men’s basketball team turned what was a three-point game at the half into a 78-56 victory on the road over Cal State Monterey Bay, using a lockdown defensive effort in the second half.The Wildcats remain tied atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings at 9-3, with the win. It ...

High school powerhouse to join Wildcat volleyball team

High school powerhouse to join Wildcat volleyball team

Julie Ortega

January 26, 2015


Filed under Sports, Volleyball

Volleyball high school standout Natalia Betancourt officially signed her National Letter of Intent to play for Chico State in the fall of 2015. Betancourt ended her high school career with 1,624 digs. In her final season with Santiago High School in Corona she earned 398 digs and was awarded a S...

Wildcats winning streak ends against Cal State East Bay

Wildcats winning streak ends against Cal State East Bay

Matthew Vislosky

January 24, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State women's basketball team failed to extend its winning streak to three on Friday, losing to Cal State East Bay with a final score of 75-56.Cal State East Bay brought the offensive pressure from the start, jumping out to a 9-1 lead within the first three minutes of the game. Chico State's senior guard...

Q&A: Gary Towne, CCAA cross-country Coach of the Year

Q&A: Gary Towne, CCAA cross-country Coach of the Year

Lars Gustafson

January 20, 2015


Filed under Cross Country, Sports

During the past 19 years, Gary Towne has become one of the most decorated head coaches in Chico State's history. Towne has turned Chico State's cross-country team into a national powerhouse that has reached the NCAA championships every year since 1999. During this previous fall season, the Wildcat men’s and w...

‘Cats pass Gators in triple overtime

‘Cats pass Gators in triple overtime

Breanna Barnard

January 17, 2015


Filed under Basketball, Sports

The Chico State men's basketball team won at home in a competitive match up against San Francisco State on Friday night, with a final score of 61-59. Junior center Tanner Giddings was taken down to the ground in the last second of the first half, but he was able to finish the game with no serious injuries. Giddings f...

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