The Orion

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Kasey Barnett

Kasey Barnett, former Chico State pole vaulter, during practice in 2014. Orion File Photo

Lars Gustafson

December 8, 2014

Whether it’s on the track or in the classroom, Wildcat of the Year nominee Kasey Barnett was on top during her senior season.Now the former pole vaulter has been nominated for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Growing up in Chico, Barnett started her athletic career as a gymnast until her freshman year at Chico High. Barnett sta...

Former Wildcat finds success as water skier

Marcus Brown practicing at sunset. Photo courtesy of Marcus Brown

Lars Gustafson

December 2, 2014

Marcus Brown knows his way around the water.Brown, a Chico State alumnus, has made himself into a professional water skier. But it wasn't an overnight process. In fact, it was far from it. Brown’s water skiing career began in his hometown of Biggs, just 32 minutes from Chico State. His passion for water sports and the lake lifestyle beg...

Womens basketball falls just short at Thanksgiving Classic

Annie Ward scored 15 points for Chico State on Saturday night. Orion file photo.

Lars Gustafson

November 22, 2014

[box]Alaska Fairbanks 81, Chico State 77Scoring: Annie Ward (15); Hannah Womack (12); Lauren Johnson (12); Courtney Brignac (10).Rebounds: Chanelle Di Croce (9).[/box]Coming off a comeback win against Dixie State where the Wildcats scored eight points in the final 18 seconds to secure a 70-68 victory, the Chico State women's basketball team lost 81-77...

Wildcats succeed with higher fan count

Lars Gustafson

November 19, 2014

Each Chico State sport has experienced highs and lows in terms of average attendance over the past decade. The Orion looked at year-by-year attendance with the best performances of each team. Here's what we found. Volleyball: In 2007, the women’s volleyball team reached the second of ...

Women’s soccer team advances to championship game

Lindsey Dias had the game-winning goal in double overtime on Friday. Photo credit: John Domogma

Lars Gustafson

November 7, 2014

[box]Chico State 1, Cal Poly Pomona 0 (2OT)Goals: Lindsey Dias (1)Saves: Brianna Furner (8)[/box] After a long defensive battle with the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos, Chico State's women's soccer team won in double overtime 1-0 to advance to the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship game. The ...

‘Cats compete at water-ski nationals

Sami Miller, a freshman, practices for her national competition. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Lars Gustafson

October 21, 2014

Over the weekend, the Chico State Water Ski Team competed in the 36th Collegiate Water Ski National Championships and placed 10th overall out of 12 Division II schools, with the women's team taking first in slalom. Chico State sent five men and four women to compete at nationals, with Sean Crossland and S...

Chico State women’s golf places 6th at GolfWeek Fall Invitational

Freshman golfer Illeana MacDonald competed at the GolfWeek Fall Invitational for Chico State. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

Lars Gustafson

October 8, 2014

The Chico State women’s golf team had their best tournament of the season so far at the GolfWeek Fall Invitational and placed sixth out of 12 teams. The team had its best overall team round so far this season on Sunday, combining for a 13-over par 297. As a team, the Wildcats shot a total score of 47-ov...

Chico State Dirt Riders gears up for new year

Chico State dirt biking club vice president Scotty White catches air as he heads up a hill during a ride. The club has 50 active members this year. Photo Courtesy Scotty White

Lars Gustafson

September 24, 2014

The Chico State Dirt Riders is shifting into gear and twisting the throttle for an exciting year full of racing competitively and tearing up cross-country events. The Dirt Riders is a club team that formed in 2008 for Chico State student dirt bikers to come together. The Dirt Riders expects to have 50 active members this year, a step up from rou...

Chico State women’s golf takes 6th at Torrey Pines

Chico State women's golfer Bianca Armanini took 22nd in the team's season-opening tournament Tuesday. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

Lars Gustafson

September 17, 2014

The Chico State women’s golf team opened up the season at the Point Loma Nazarene Fall Preview tournament and placed sixth out of 12 teams that competed. The Wildcats shot a 26-over par 323 during the first round of the tournament. The ‘Cats finished the tournament in the second r...

New coach, players to lead women’s golf team

Chico State golfer Dani O'Keefe is one of the team's key returners from a year ago. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats

Lars Gustafson

September 15, 2014

The Chico State women’s golf team is coming off a successful 2013 season where it placed in the top five in seven of the nine tournaments they competed in. With a new coach and a mix of incoming and returning golfers, the team is ready to build on their previous success. Last year, the Wildcats were...

Wakeboarding team readies for upcoming season

Chico State wakeboarder Colton Duncan sails through the air and over the wake in practice. Photo credit: Brandon Foster

Lars Gustafson

September 7, 2014

[metaslider id=34586]Photographs by Brandon FosterWith eight years of experience under its belt, the Chico State wakeboarding team is primed for another year of shredding the wake. The team, which was formed in 2006 and won the 2012 Collegiate Wakeboard National Championship, is hard at work this offs...

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