The Orion

Aaron Rodgers keeps raising the bar

Photo credit: Trevor Ryan

Kevin Lucena

January 19, 2015

When Green Bay Packers' starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers stepped onto the Pleasant Valley High School campus in the fall of 1997 he was only 5-foot-2 and 130 pounds. Now standing at 6-foot-2 and weighing 225 pounds, the Chico native is the favorite to win his second NFL MVP award after leading Green Bay to a f...

Cat Bites: New 49ers stadium isn’t crammed enough

A view of the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium, Levi's Stadium, in Santa Clara. Photo credit: Kevin Lucena

Kevin Lucena

December 9, 2014

Nineteen feet. That’s all the room fans had while walking the concourses inside Candlestick Park. For 43 seasons, the San Francisco 49ers played at Candlestick Park. Now, compared to that, a jumbo jet could be landed on the 63-foot-wide concourses at the team’s new stadium, Levi’s Stadium, locat...

Women’s basketball falls in first CCAA bout

Chico State basketball player Brooke Bowen led the team in scoring and rebounding Friday night against Cal State Dominguez Hills. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

Kevin Lucena

December 6, 2014

After going 3-1 in the non-conference games to start their season. The Chico State women’s basketball team opened conference play on the road, losing 64-42 against Cal State Dominguez Hills on Friday night. Chico state was led in both scoring and rebounding by junior Brooke Bowen, who scored 13 points w...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Sean Park

Chico State men's basketball player Sean Park gets airborne in a game last season. Orion file photo

Kevin Lucena

November 28, 2014

Before the crowd gets riled up, before the sneakers hit the hardwood floor, before that first tipoff, Sean Park catches up on sleep.Park, a former Chico State men's basketball player, has been nominated for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Last year, Park started in 33 games for the Wildcats, bringing his career total to 119 games, tying him ...

Women’s cross-country team headed for CCAA championship

The Chico State women's cross-country team in Upper Bidwell Park earlier this season. The team is currently preparing for the California Collegiate Athletic Association championships. Photo courtesy of Gary Towne

Kevin Lucena

November 5, 2014

After watching her teammates run toward the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship title last year, junior Quetta Peinado will compete in the Nov. 8 CCAA title meet in San Bernardino. “Having my last three seasons end injury-riddled, this will be my first time competing at the conference championship," Peinado s...

Men’s golf finishes 3rd of 3 teams

Alistair Docherty lets a shot fly in a match earlier this season. Photo credit: John Domogma

Kevin Lucena

November 5, 2014

[box]Dominican Tri-MatchChico State: 586 (third place)Top performers: Alistair Docherty (72, 71); Lee Gearhart (73, 72)[/box]The fourth-ranked Chico State men's golf team wrapped up the fall portion of its schedule Monday in Fairfax. Playing in the Dominican Tri-Match against fifth-ranked Cal State Monterey...

Men’s golf team climbs to fourth in final round

Chico State golfer Alistair Docherty finishes his swing in an event earlier this season Photo credit: John Domogma

Kevin Lucena

October 22, 2014

[box]Chico State at Otter InvitationalTeam score: Chico State 43-over par (4th place)Individual Scores: Alistair Docherty 2-over parIndividual finishes: Alistair Docherty (2nd place); Lee Gearhart (22nd).[/box] Lee Gearhart and Alistair Docherty posted the low scores of the day to help the Chico State men's golf tea...

Former Wildcat to make marathon debut

Former Chico State distance runner Kara Lubieniecki, left, competes in a race. Photo Courtesy Gary Towne

Kevin Lucena

October 15, 2014

Wake up at 5 a.m. Go for an eight-mile run. Work in the Integrative Physiology of Aging lab at the University of Colorado from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take another eight-mile run, head home for dinner, then off to bed to be ready to do it all again tomorrow.For former Chico State long-distance runner Kara Lubieniecki, t...

Men’s golf wins title at home course

Chico State golfer Alistair Docherty watches his shot. Photo credit: John Domogma

Kevin Lucena

October 7, 2014

The Chico State men's golf team, ranked fifth in the nation, recovered from an up and down first round to shoot matching team scores of 284 to claim its first team title of the season. In the only tournament appearance in Chico, played at Butte Creek Country Club, the Wildcats were the...

Amateur athletes teach mixed martial arts

Amateur athletes teach mixed martial arts

Emerson Keenan

October 6, 2014

  Veronica "Ronnie" Carousos, 20, and Alex Thill, 28 both instruct the mixed martial arts program at the WREC on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. While both teach the classes, Carousos is pursuing a possible career in MMA. Thill is her trainer, boyfriend and an amateur fighter as well. The Ori...

Men’s golf team in 2nd place after two rounds

Kevin Lucena

September 29, 2014

[box]Chico State Golf at Western New Mexico InvitationalTeam Scores: Round 1: 292 Round 2: 281 Total: 573 (2nd place team)Top performers on the day:Justin Wiles: R1: 71 R2: 67 Total: 138 (t-1st overall)Alistair Docherty: R1: 69 R2: 71 Total: 140 (t-4th overall)[/box]The Chico State men...

Women’s golf team takes 10th in Arizona

Chico State freshman golfer Ileana MacDonald finished tied for 14th on Tuesday. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

Kevin Lucena

September 24, 2014

The Chico State women’s golf team shot a 315 as a team to finish 10th at the Western New Mexico Intercollegiate Championship played in Avondale, Arizona. After posting their best team round of the season in Monday’s first round the Wildcats fell three spots in the 16-team event.Th...

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