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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...

Reno Bighorns Guard Michael Bethea during the NBA G-League Basketball game between the Reno Bighorns and the Memphis Hustle.

Photo courtesy of Michael Bethea

Michael Bethea: a journey

Andrew Baumgartner and Justin Couchot // January 24, 2018

Current Reno Bighorns guard Michael Bethea Jr. has had quite a journey to get to where he is now including a memorable stop at Chico State.Bethea grew up in Staten Island, NY where he graduated from Curtis...

Photo credit: Andy Wilhelm

’Cats are electric in the NCAA

Patrick Pace // March 21, 2017

Chico State went from being the fourth best team in the conference to the champion of the West region of the NCAA Championship Tournament. The ’Cats utilized every player in the rotation to the best...

Men’s basketball is bouncing back

Patrick Pace // February 20, 2017

Robert Duncan scored 18 points on 7-13 shooting and led the Wildcats to a convincing win against Cal State Stanislaus in the last regular season home game of his career.It was senior night for Duncan and...

The ‘Cats on a losing streak

Marc Wilson // February 14, 2017

The Wildcats has lost three games in a row and its grip on first place in conference, with its last game to the Cougars of Cal State San Marcos. Junior guard, Jalen McFerren started out by scoring 9 of...

Junior Isaiah Ellis dunks the ball over his opponent in a game. Photo credit: Jacob Auby

Men’s basketball loses first game

Kenta Mcafee // November 13, 2016

The Chico State men's basketball team found its first loss of the season Nov. 12 against fourth-ranked National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school Biola. The loss marked the Wildcats first...

Junior forward Isaiah Ellis dunks during a Chico State scrimmage. Photo credit: Royal T Lee-Castine

Chico State wins opening Exhibition

Esther Briggs // November 4, 2016

A 57 point win for the Chico State men's basketball team is only one small indicator of how it will do in the upcoming season.Currently ranked sixth in the nation, the team played against Future College...

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