The Orion

Giddings thrives in 1st season with Wildcat basketball

Junior center Tanner Giddings takes a jump shot over a Cal State L.A. defender at Acker Gym on Jan. 30. Giddings was a transfer student from Fresno State and will be returning to play with the Wildcats next season during his senior year. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Julie Ortega

April 4, 2015

Fresno State transfer and men's basketball team center Tanner Giddings went from batting baseballs to making dunks. Initially a baseball player in his youth, Giddings' mother signed him up for the basketball team after the father of a teammate convinced her. It was during fourth grade when he began to pl...

Wildcats on the prowl for playoff glory

The Chico State men's basketball team's starting five players huddle up prior to a play in a game against Cal State L.A. on Jan. 30. Photo credit: Caio Calado

Julie Ortega

March 11, 2015

In its 100th season, the Chico State men's basketball team has made the NCAA Championship Tournament for the fourth time in a row. The Wildcats' success this season has set the team's bar high for expectations. Before clinching a spot in the playoffs, the team went on a 10-game winning streak — one of the longest since 2...

Chico State holds top spot in conference

Point Guard, Robert Duncan, maneuvering around the UCSD defense. Photo credit: Gustavo Ornelas

Breanna Barnard

February 7, 2015

The Chico State men's basketball team sealed their fifth win at home by beating UC San Diego on Friday, with a final score of 72-64. The Tritons who were number two in the conference standings gave the Cats' competition to defend their spot. The first half started with an immediate foul by the ...

Wildcats tied atop conference with another win on the road

Kevin Lucena

January 29, 2015

The Chico State men’s basketball team turned what was a three-point game at the half into a 78-56 victory on the road over Cal State Monterey Bay, using a lockdown defensive effort in the second half.The Wildcats remain tied atop the California Collegiate Athletic Association standings at 9-3, with the win. It ...

‘Cats pass Gators in triple overtime

Point Guard Jalen McFerren getting ready to attack against a San Francisco State defender Photo credit: Gustavo Ornelas

Breanna Barnard

January 17, 2015

The Chico State men's basketball team won at home in a competitive match up against San Francisco State on Friday night, with a final score of 61-59. Junior center Tanner Giddings was taken down to the ground in the last second of the first half, but he was able to finish the game with no serious injuries. Giddings f...

First-year versus transfer experiences

Chico State cross country runner Steven Martinez. Photo courtesy Chico Wildcats.

Jose Olivar

September 21, 2014

First-year and transfer athletes go through many of the same experiences. A new school in a new place, not to mention a new team to fit into. But what are the differences? The Orion talked to both transfer and first-year athletes about this transition. Here's what they had to say:What is the most challenging p...

Division I basketball transfer to suit up for Chico State

New Chico State basketball player Tanner Giddings practices dunking the ball at the Acker Gym. Photo credit: Emily Teague

Nick Reddy

September 10, 2014

It’s still two and a half months until the men’s basketball season tips off, but Tanner Giddings has high hopes for his new team.Giddings spent the past two seasons playing for the Division I Fresno State team. This year, the 6 feet 11 inches athlete is joining the Chico State basketball team in t...

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