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

Baker, Furner named Wildcats of the Year

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: J Patrick Smith

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Kasey Barnett

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Alex Molina

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Sean Park

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Courtney Hamilton

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Nick Baker

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...

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

Wildcat of the Year nominee: Lee Gearhart

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,...

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