Wildcats take down Jacks in CCAA Opener while women find podium in Cross Country

The Chico State men’s and women’s basketball teams disposed of Humboldt State on Saturday night in the CCAA opener for both teams in Arcata. The women used a career high 31 points from Whitney Branham as she knocked down 7-3 pointers giving the Cats a 70-58 win. Chico (1-2; 1-0 CCAA) was finally able to hold on to a double-digit 4th quarter lead after letting a couple of big leads get away in their season opening Sonoma State Tournament.

The Wildcat men got a 20 point 4 rebound 4 block and 4 steal performance from Isaiah Ellis and took down the Jacks 70-58. Chico jumped out to an early lead despite struggling offensively early. Despite the many missed shots, Chico’s defense would put the clamps down on the Lumberjacks early, holding them to 26 1st half points.
With the win Chico is now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCAA.

Both the Chico State men and women get ready for their home openers on Wednesday. The women host Holy Names at 5:30pm on Wednesday while the men take on Dominican at 7:30. Both games can be heard on the Newstalk 1290 KPAY, the KPAY sports app and right here on KpaySports.com

The Chico State volleyball team saw their season come to an end despite a spirited run through the CCAA Championship Tournament. The Wildcats took down San Marcos on Thursday and then swept Cal State Los Angeles on Saturday, avenging early season losses in both cases, but the Cats ran into perennial power San Bernardino in the title tilt Saturday. After taking the first set, the Cats would fall in four. It was another great late season run for the Cats who finish their season at 17-14

Both the Chico State men’s and women’s cross country teams finish in the Top-10 at the National Championships in Evansville, Indiana. The women gritted their way to another 4th place podium finish. Sometimes athletes get in “the zone” and for Karlie Garcia, of the Wildcat women’s team, she found it. In only her second race of the season Garcia had the best NCAA Championships finish in the history of the Wildcat program finishing in 11th place. The solid senior class did great again with Hannah Dorman finished 16th, Alex Burkhart 42nd and Haley Kroll 65th.

The 4th place finish was far from a certainty. With 1000 meters to go the Cats were in a struggle for the final spot on the podium with defending national champion Grand Valley State and Alaska Anchorage, who beat the Cats at the regional two weeks ago. Chico was able to hold off those two powers for the hardware and a podium finish.

For the men Kyle Medina finished his Chico State career in style with a 4th place nationals finish. But, the Cats were plagued with injuries that struck during the race and made the possibility of a top-4 finish nearly impossible.
Three runners either didn’t meet their expectations because of injury or had to drop out of the race completely.
Still, the Wildcats were able to garner a 9th place finish. It is their 18th top-10 finish in the last 19 years.

The Butte College Roadrunner saw their football season come to an end with a 44-21 loss to Fresno City on Saturday. The Roadrunners finish the year at 5-6.

It was Almond Bowl Part II and for the Pleasant Valley Vikings that was not a good thing. For the Chico High Panthers it was glorious. For a program that had to watch the Viking Nation celebrate a state championship last year, the Panthers were able to sweep the 2017 regular season and post-season match-ups in dominant fashion.

The Panthers controlled the line of scrimmage running for 311 yards on 48 carries. Pleasant Valley couldn’t run the ball as they were held to 7 rushing yards on 17 carries. The 28-7 Chico High win was after a 23-3 win during the Almond Bowl on October 20th. The Panthers will play in the Section Title game this Saturday against Shasta High.

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