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Where to find disc golf courses in Chico and Paradise

Where to find disc golf courses in Chico and Paradise

Jason Spies

May 11, 2016


Filed under Sports

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

Wildcat moves from the ice to the green

Jason Spies

May 10, 2016


Filed under Golf, Sports

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

Men’s golf team wins NCAA Regional Championship

Jason Spies

May 6, 2016


Filed under Golf, Sports

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’

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

Jason Spies

May 3, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Sports

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

Men’s golf team collapses in CCAA Championship

Jason Spies

April 25, 2016


Filed under Golf, Sports

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

Pitcher overcomes obstacles to follow in father’s footsteps

Jason Spies

April 7, 2016


Filed under Baseball, Sports

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

Chico State women’s basketball team falls short

Jason Spies

March 21, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Showcase, Sports

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

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

Jason Spies

March 8, 2016


Filed under Sports, Track and field

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

Gearhart wins second golf tournament in a row

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016


Filed under Golf, Sports

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

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

Jason Spies

March 2, 2016


Filed under Basketball, Sports

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

Gonzalez shines as softball team splits double header

Jason Spies

February 23, 2016


Filed under Softball, Sports

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

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

Jason Spies

February 17, 2016


Filed under Softball, Sports

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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