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Baker, Furner named Wildcats of the Year

Former Chico State pitcher Nick Baker has been named the 2014 Orion Sports male Wildcat of the Year. Photo courtesy of Nick Baker.

Nicholas Woodard

December 14, 2014

The inaugural Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year voting has come to a close. And with that, the first Wildcats of the Year have been selected.Nick Baker is your 2014 male Wildcat of the Year, and Brianna Furner has been named as your 2014 female Wildcat of the Year. Baker, a former pitcher on the Chico...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

J Patrick Smith, third from left, competes alongside Olympic medalist Ashton Eaton in March 2014. Photo courtesy of Kevin Brunk

Nick Reddy

December 10, 2014

J Patrick Smith set a new standard of excellence for the men’s track and field program that has won 11 consecutive California Collegiate Athletic Association championships. The Santa Barbara native and Dos Pueblos High School star graduated in May with a degree in nutrition and food science. For his senior season in which he garnered numero...

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...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Alex Molina

Former Chico State pitcher Alex Molina in the middle of her delivery in a game last season. Orion file photo

Angelo Boscacci

December 3, 2014

Starting pitcher Alex Molina did her best Babe Ruth impression. She pitched and hit the ball through rain or shine. Because of her accomplishments on the mound and at the plate, the former Chico State softball player has been nominated for the 2014 Wildcat of the Year."I had great hitting coaches growing up and I've always stuck ...

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 ...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Courtney Hamilton

Courtney Hamilton, a former Chico State basketball player, has been nominated for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Orion file photo

Jose Olivar

November 19, 2014

For the first time in four years, former Chico State women’s basketball team point guard Courtney Hamilton was not on the court for the season tip-off. Hamilton graduated last spring with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. During her final season as a Wildcat, Hamilton was placed her on the All-America Honorable Mention list for the 2013-2014...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Nick Baker

Former Chico State pitcher Nick Baker has been nominated for the Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year. Orion file photo

Emerson Keenan

November 18, 2014

When athletes are deciding where to go to school, it sometimes comes down to where they can make the biggest impact right off the bat. For former Wildcat pitching ace Nick Baker, that was just one of the reasons he chose Chico State.Baker is currently a candidate for the 2014 Orion Sports Wildcat of the Year, after going 10-2 in 16 sta...

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Lee Gearhart

Chico State men's golfer Lee Gearhart in a match earlier this season. Photo credit: John Domogma

Samuel Wolfson

November 12, 2014

Lee Gearhart has been hitting golfballs since the age of 12, though he was much more interested in playing baseball, basketball and football at that age. Gearhart said his dad inspired him to pursue golf, which has led him to win three tournaments, one of which Senator John McCain congratulated him for, and an A...

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