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Where to find disc golf courses in Chico and Paradise

A driver disc sits in the chains of the target. Photo credit: Nick Martinez-Esquibel

Jason Spies

May 11, 2016

Summer is coming fast and what better way to relax and enjoy the sunny weather than to grab a few discs and hit the nearest disc golf course with a group of friends. For those who do not know or haven’t heard what disc golf is, the concept is basically that of golf. Only instead of hitting ...

Wildcat moves from the ice to the green

Docherty watches the ball as it flies through the air. Photo credit: Allisun Coote

Jason Spies

May 10, 2016

At the age of 13, senior Alistair Docherty moved from Canada to the United States, and the only sport he’d ever played was hockey. Two concussions and two very worried parents later, Docherty was in need of another sport and along came golf. “My dad was the one who really got me into golf, and th...

Men’s golf team wins NCAA Regional Championship

The Chico State golf team celebrates its regional championship. Photo credit: Chico Wildcats

Jason Spies

May 6, 2016

Led by first-year Matt Hutchins, who had the best day of golf in his collegiate career, Chico State was able to climb out of second place and win with a six-stroke lead and a team score of 852. After the first day of the three-day long NCAA West/South Central Regional Championships, the Wildcats found ...

Coach Taylor: ‘I have the best job in the country’

Head coach Dave Taylor looks at his bench during a game against Sonoma State. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Jason Spies

May 3, 2016

When Chico State baseball head coach Dave Taylor sits new players down to explain how the program and the team dynamic works, he promises to help them achieve two things. One, that they will graduate in four years with a degree and he will do everything he can to help them. Two, that they will play in...

Men’s golf team collapses in CCAA Championship

The Chico State men's golf team celebrates after the Cal State San Marcos Invitational. Photo credit: T.L. Brown

Jason Spies

April 25, 2016

It’s been over a month since the Chico State men’s golf team has placed lower than first in a tournament, but on Wednesday, April 20, they were brought down to earth as they fell to Sonoma State in a 3-2 decision at the Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa. Despite destroying the competition on Monday...

Pitcher overcomes obstacles to follow in father’s footsteps

Junior pitcher Grant Wright launches the ball from his unorthodox side-arm delivery. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Jason Spies

April 7, 2016

For junior pitcher Grant Wright, playing the game of baseball runs in his veins. His father, Scott Wright, is the all-time saves leader at Cal State Fullerton and was drafted by the Pirates. He went as far as triple A, and is a big reason that Grant Wright loves and plays the game today. “I love the ga...

Chico State women’s basketball team falls short

Sophomore Natalie Valenzuela prevents her opponent from getting to the basket in a game against Simpson University. Photo credit: Jordan Olesen

Jason Spies

March 21, 2016

The Chico State women’s basketball team had high hopes that this would be the year it would get back to its winning ways and put the losing seasons behind. Unfortunately those expectations came up short as the team finished the season with a record of 10-16, missing the playoffs for a second straight...

Chico State vaults into action at first track meet of the season

Track and field pole vaulters warm up before practice on a cold day. Photo credit: Cam Lesslie

Jason Spies

March 8, 2016

The Wildcats walked away from the final day of the Kim Dust Invitational as winners. It was the first track and field meet of the season, and Chico State looked ready for it. The men and women scored 221 points to win top team honors and held off second place Modesto College.   Men’s Re...

Gearhart wins second golf tournament in a row

Chico State senior and All-American Justin Wiles looks to improve his score on the day. Photo credit: T.L. Brown

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016

Senior Lee Gearhart came from three shots back to win medalist honors for the second tournament in a row, as Chico State finished second on March 1 at the NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional Preview in Florida. Gearhart was down three shots behind teammate Alistair Docherty and Manuel Tores...

Heart of a Wildcat: Women’s basketball player overcomes adversity

Sophomore Whitney Branham attempts a free throw in a close game. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016

Two spinal surgeries, one foot surgery and having a birthday every four years sounds like the beginning to a sad story. For women's basketball player, sophomore Whitney Branham, these life events have only made her stronger and proven that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to.Branham faced adv...

Gonzalez shines as softball team splits double header

Junior Cailin Garmon swings at the ball during the game against Dominican University on Feb. 7. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Jason Spies

February 23, 2016

Chico State senior first base Desiree’ Gonzalez had a monster day going 4-5 with two RBIs, she reached base seven times and hit a home run as the Wildcats split the double header against Cal State Monterey Bay Feb. 21 at University Softball Field. Gonzalez, Chico State’s all-time home ...

Softball team’s grand slam not enough as they lose game one of the double header

Senior Brynn Lesovsky swings at the ball during the game against Dominican University on Feb. 7. Photo credit: Lindsay Pincus

Jason Spies

February 17, 2016

In a game where Chico State trailed by four runs to the Sonoma State Seawolves, they fought their way back to tie the game at 5-5, but still fell short losing 6-5 in the first game of a double header on Feb. 13. The loss brought them down to just one game above 500 with a record of 4-3 and a confe...

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