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Chico’s notable sports figures, past and present

Notable Chico sports figures who attended Chico State: Grant Larson (top), Michael Bethea Jr., (left), Chris Wondolowski (right). 
Illustration by: Ricardo Tovar

Matthew Ferreira

March 27, 2019

Over the years student-athletes have made the choice to come to Chico State to continue their academic and athletic careers. Some of these students have even moved on to the professional level in their sport.Basketball player Michael Bethea Jr. played for the Wildcats as recently as the 2016-17 season a...

Chico’s notable sports figures, past and present

Grant Larson delivers a pitch to a Stanislaus State Warriors batter in Sunday's game on Feb. 17, 2019. Photo credit: Olyvia Simpson

Matthew Ferreira

March 26, 2019

Over the years student-athletes have made the choice to come to Chico State to continue their academic and athletic careers. Some of these students have even moved on to the professional level in their sport.Basketball player Michael Bethea Jr. played for the Wildcats as recently as the 2016-17 season a...

From Chico State student to setting MLS history: Christian Wondolowski

Wondolowski has not only represented Chico State, but also the USA national team. Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images.

Ricardo Tovar

November 14, 2018

Chico, not just the university, has a history of nurturing some notable sports figures. These figures include the owner of the Oakland Raiders, Mark Davis, an alumnus of Chico State, to Super Bowl winning and two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers, who was born and raised in Chico.While both these men have ...

Wondolowski and San Jose held scoreless in home finale

San Jose forward and former Wildcat, Chris Wondolowski, failed to score against the Colorado Rapids to tie the all-time MLS goal scoring record. Image courtesy of Getty Images, photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire.

Wesley Harris

October 22, 2018

The San Jose Earthquakes 20 shot attempts were not enough to get past Tim Howard and the Colorado Rapids. Colorado's defense held things down in their goal territory the majority of the game. They shadowed former Chico State Wildcat, Chis Wondolowski, the number 2 leading scorer in MLS history, to preven...

Soccer program celebrates 50th anniversary

Former men's soccer player Michael Janjigian sets up on defense against Cal State Dominguez Hills last season. Photo Credit: John Domogma

Nick Martinez-Esquibel

April 28, 2015

Although the name has changed from the original Soccercats to Wildcats, one thing has remained the same for Chico State soccer during the last 50 years — a winning tradition. Former coach Don Batie started that tradition when he took over in 1967. He went on to lead the team to a 326-153-45 rec...

Wondo sets sights on return to national soccer team

Former Chico State student Chris Wondolowski talks to the media after playing for the U.S. Men's National Team against Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in May 2014. Photo Courtesy Jason Halley/University Photographer.

Dylan Wakefield

January 19, 2015

Seven months after debuting as a rookie last summer in the 2014 World Cup, former Chico State men's soccer player Chris Wondolowski has returned to the national team once again, this time as a veteran player. Not only is Wondolowski becoming a regular in the national scene, but he is a potential leader to ...

Wondo takes Wildcats to World Cup

Emerson Keenan

August 27, 2014

Former Chico State soccer player Chris "Wondo" Wondolowski continued what has been a storied soccer career, playing in the World Cup in Brazil this summer with the United States men's national team. The immersion in soccer at the World Cup was something he will always remember, but being a professional on ...

Former Wildcat soccer players get closer to dream goal

Octavio Guzman. The Orion file photo.

Sergio Sanchez

February 5, 2014

The dream of playing for a professional team could come true for three former Chico State men's soccer players.Tyson Crim, Octavio Guzman and Jake Ward completed round two of tryouts for Sacramento Republic FC, the expansion team from the United Soccer League.Round one was held in December with five to seven spots available to 25-28 college players. Chico State p...

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