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

Chico’s notable sports figures, past and present

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...

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

Chico’s notable sports figures, past and present

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...

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

From Chico State student to setting MLS history: Christian Wondolowski

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...

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.

Wondolowski and San Jose held scoreless in home finale

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

Soccer program celebrates 50th anniversary

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...

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

Wondo sets sights on return to national soccer team

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...

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...

Octavio Guzman. The Orion file photo.

Former Wildcat soccer players get closer to dream goal

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...

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