Category Archives: Chico State

Sobering reality as Wildcat men face final two week sprint……

For some Chico State men’s basketball fans participation in the Division II NCAA men’s basketball tournament is the program’s birthright, but with last Thursday’s loss versus Stanislaus the Wildcats tournament hopes could rest on their final four games.

This week the first of three regional rankings will be released. The rankings determine the teams that will comprise the 64-team field and the NCAA Tournament. For the past six seasons, the unveiling of the rankings were a culmination of three months of stellar play and only reinforced the Wildcats deserved recognition as one of the best basketball teams in the West.

Wednesday will be different…..

When the rankings are unveiled the Wildcats will most likely not see their name in the top-8 meaning they have some work to do to make a 7th straight trip to the NCAA’s. The Wildcats have a very difficult schedule down the stretch, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Chico NEEDS quality on their schedule and with this quality they need wins. The criteria to get into the NCAA Tournament are pretty clear. There are actually sophisticated formulas based on wins, wins against good and bad teams, and your strength of schedule. For the purpose of this column, let’s just simplify it, because int Chico’s case it is simple.

  1. Beat the teams on your schedule
  2. Beat as many good teams as possibly, preferably on the road
  3. Don’t lose to teams under .500
  4. Win games head-to-head against NCAA Tourney teams

While the Wildcats have compiled a 16-6 record, only 15 of those wins actually count when determining post-season consideration. Chico’s win over Simpson College doesn’t count since Simpson is an NAIA school. Of the Wildcats 15 wins only THREE have come against D-II teams with better than .500 records. Chico has lost 5 games to teams that are .500 or better and one to a sub .500 Dominguez Hills team. They don’t have any road wins against teams over .500. San Bernardino is 12-11 and Chico beat them on the road. But, one of their wins is against Vanguard University, which means they are 11-11 in the eyes of the committee. Chico could certainly use the Coyotes finishing over .500.

Yes, the situation for Chico State is serious.

With San Diego and San Marcos coming to town this week its the perfect opportunity for the Wildcats to strengthen a resume that needs some polishing. Next week the Wildcats will play road games against San Francisco State and Sonoma. The Gators are over .500 and  are always tough in The Swamp. Pat Fuscaldo always has his Sonoma club ready for Chico and is a tough get in Rohnert Park. This four-game gauntlet is not Chico’s only chance to jump into the top-8. They still have a life-line in the CCAA Tournament. If Chico were to win the post-season conference tournament they would get the automatic qualifier to the NCAA’s. But, a strong showing over the next two weeks could mean winning the CCAA Tourney isn’t their only hope.

Fans might be asking why is this year different than others ? The Wildcats are tied with San Diego and San Marcos in the CCAA standings, why are those teams in better shape ? Well, San Marcos beat Chico earlier this year by 18 and the Tritons beat Chico by 23 a few nights later. That is why this week’s games are VITAL.

Also, Chico isn’t only competing for NCAA spots with teams from the CCAA but also the Great Northwest Conference (GNAC) and the Pacific West Conference (Pac-West)

In many cases there are teams with similar records but much stronger resume’s and better wins than Chico State. For example St. Martin’s from the GNAC is 16-6 against D-II opponents and has a couple of losses against sub .500 teams but they also have 4 ROAD wins (@CalBaptist, @CWashington, @SPU, @WWU) against teams over .500 three of these will probably be ranked in the first regional ranking. In this case, similar record, but St. Martin’s, at least now, a much stronger resume than Chico State.

The good news for the Wildcat faithful is they have their playoff destiny in their own hands. They can surge into the discussion in a big way with wins this weekend. They can put an end the question with wins over the next two weeks and a run in the CCAA Tournament.

The other bit of good news. This great group has been through the battles. I simply don’t see seniors Jalen McFerren, Isaiah Ellis and Corey Silverstrom, possibly the greatest triumvirate of Wildcats ever assembled at the same time, going out with a whimper. I’ve seen this group win CCAA Titles, a West Regional and dazzle us with some of the most electrifying basketball venerable ole Acker Gym has ever seen.

I expect this Chico State team to play the next four games like their NCAA Tournament lives depend on it, because it does.

 

PHOTO COURTESY of Chico State Athletics http://www.chicowildcats.com

 

Big weekend for Basketball, Baseball and Softball for Chico State

As the Chico State basketball teams enter the home stretch, the Wildcat baseball and softball teams open their 2018 seasons this weekend.

The Chico State Softball team was picked to finish 2nd by the conferences coaches. The Cats are coming off of an impressive 39-18 season where they advanced to their third straight NCAA Championship Tournament. The Wildcats will be trying to do something they have never done and that is advance to four straight NCAA Championships. The season opens in Las Vegas where the Wildcats will play five games in three days.

Feb 2 vs Eastern New Mexico & Academy of Art

Feb 3 vs Azusa Pacific & Western Washington

Feb 4 vs Concordia

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The Chico State Baseball team opens their 2018 season with a three game home series against the Fresno Pacific Sunbirds. Chico is coming off of a record-setting regular season in going a CCAA record 34-4. They captured the regular season and post-season conference tournament titles, only to fall in the West Regional. The Cats were picked by the conference coaches to win their third straight CCAA title.

To do it the Cats will have to replace a ton of offense which made the Wildcat lineup as potent as we’ve seen in years. Chico does return the CCAA Player of the Year Cameron Santos and a stable of power arms that should ease the transition. Head coach Dave Taylor is excited by several of the new faces that will dot the Wildcat lineup that should have the Cats in the mix again.

Chico opens with a double-header on Friday at 12 noon and a single game at 12 noon on Saturday. You can hear the Friday games on the KpaySports app and right here

http://radio.securenetsystems.net/v5/KPAY

at 11:40am on Friday. We are on the app, website and on AM-1290 KPAY on Saturday at 11:40am as well.

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The Chico State Basketball teams are in action this week as well.

The Chico women 10-9 overall and (8-7) in CCAA play look to break a three game losing streak. Whitney Branham is averaging better than 18 points a game and hopes to lead the Cats to more home success on Thursday night against Monterey Bay. Women will tip at 5:30pm with our pre-game at 5:06pm on AM-1290 KPAY. The women host Cal State East Bay on Saturday at 5:30pm

The Chico State men are rolling. After losing three straight games over an eight day stretch from Dec 31-Jan 6th the Cats have won five in a row, including a double-header sweep of  Dominguez Hills and Cal State Los Angeles on the road last weekend.

Chico is 14-5 overall and 11-4 in the CCAA. They host Monterey Bay at 7:30pm on Thursday and East Bay on Saturday

Redemptive Weekend has Wildcats primed for rivals….

After a disastrous eight day stretch which saw the Chico State Wildcat men’s basketball team lose games by 18 (Dominguez Hills) 18 (San Marcos) and 23 (UC San Diego) the Cats got their groove back this past weekend at Acker Gym with solid wins versus Cal State San Bernardino and Cal Poly Pomona.

With the wins the Cats are now 11-5 overall and 8-4 in the CCAA. The Cats now ready themselves for their arch-rivals Humboldt State who come to town Saturday night. Humboldt started the season 0-6 in CCAA play but have  gone 3-3 in their last six conference contests with wins over Cal State LA and Dominguez Hills and a road win against San Marcos. They also had a near misses against conference co-leaders San Diego and Pomona.

The Chico State women look to stay undefeated at home and look to sweep the season series from Humboldt State when they host the Jacks at 5:30 on Saturday. Chico is 7-0 on their home floor and are coming off of home wins against San Bernardino and Pomona. Chico extended some payback versus the Coyotes and Broncos after losing to both teams in early December.

Chico is led by the conference’s leading scorer in senior Whitney Branham who is averaging 18.8 points per game. In mid-November the Wildcats beat Humboldt 77-67. The Lumberjacks struggled early but won seven straight games from November 25th thru January 5th. Chico and Humboldt come into the Saturday match-up tied for the 3td in the CCAA with records of 8-4.

The women play at 5:30 with the men taking the floor at 7:30. You can listen on AM-1290 KPAY also on the KpaySports app and also right here on KpaySports.com

Celebrate New Year’s with 24 hours of Chico State Baseball Glory…….

We bring you an encore presentation of our celebration of great Chico State Baseball.

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Day we will bring you 24 hours of some of the best Chico State Baseball games from the past 20 years including rebroadcasts of National and Regional Championships. You can hear the games right here on the KpaySports.com and the KpaySports app that you can download for FREE in the app store……..

 

Our schedule….

12:00am-2:42am  CHICO vs UCSD 2014 West Regional @La Jolla

2:43am CHICO’s RALLY AT RALEY vs Sonoma State in 2012

3am-7am CHICO vs POMONA in the 2017 CCAA TOURNEY

7am-10:19am Dalton Erb 1-hits SONOMA in 2016

10:20am-10:40am CHICO rallies in 9th winning 1997 National Title

10:40am-11am CHICO STATE BASEBALL MUSICAL MONTAGES

11am-1:34pm CHICO vs FORT HAYS 1997 Regional Final @NETT

1:34pm-2pm CHICO wins the 1999 National Title over Kennesaw

2pm-6pm CHICO vs ASHLAND at 2006 D-II World Series (thriller)

6pm-9pm CHICO vs MONTEVALLO at 2006 D-II World Series

9pm-11pm CHICO beats SONOMA to win 2004 West Region Title

11pm-11:30pm CHICO walks off MESA STATE 2005 (Ryan Martin)

11:30pm-12:00pm CHICO beats UCSD in 2014 West Region Final

Broadcast Schedule for KpaySports App Nov 30-Dec 4

BROADCAST SCHEDULE FOR KPAYSPORTS APP & KPAYSPORTS.COM

THURSDAY November 30, 2017

9:30am Chico State vs Kennesaw State 1997 (short)

10am-2:50pm Chico State vs East Bay Hoops Men’s & Women’s Feb 2016

2:50pm-3pm Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma RALLY AT RALEY

3pm-6pm Chico State Baseball vs Cent Missou Minute Maid Feb 2017

6pm-10:35pm Chico State Basketball vs San Marcos Hoops Men’s & Women’s Feb 2016

10:35pm-11pm Chico State Baseball vs Pomona 2002 (short)

11pm-12am Chico State Baseball vs UCSD 2014 Regional (short) Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma 2000 (short)

FRIDAY

12am-5am Chico State Baseball vs SF State April 2016 DH

5am-8:36am Chico Heat vs Medford Rogues Game 2 2016 Championship Series

8:36am-9am Chico State vs Kennesaw 1997 (short)

9am-11am Chico State men’s hoops vs Dominican Nov 2017

11am-1pm Chico State men’s hoops vs Monterey Bay Jan 2015

1pm-5pm Chico State Baseball vs Pomona CCAA Tourney May 2017

5:05pm-10pm CHICO STATE @ POMONA LIVE from Kellogg Gym Mike Baca (play-by-play)

10pm-11pm Chico State women vs Bakersfield 2005

11pm-12am Chico State Baseball vs C.Missouri 2006 (short) and the Chico State vs Sonoma 2000 (short)

SATURDAY

12am-3am Chico State vs Central Missouri State MINUTE MAID PARK Feb 2017

3am-7:18am Chico State vs East Bay Hoops Men’s & Women’s Feb 2016

7:20am-8am Chico Heat vs Medford Rogues 2016 Title Game LAST THREE INNINGS…

8am-1pm Chico State vs Humboldt State Men’s & Women’s Hoops Nov 2017

1pm-3:40pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Arizona November 2017

3:40pm-4pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs SF State 1993 Tony Prescott half-court heave to win it !

4pm-6:45pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Stanford Nov 2017

6:45pm-7pm Sleepy Floyd Quarter

7pm-12am Chico State Men’s & Women’s Hoops vs Pomona Feb 2016

SUNDAY

12am-2am Chico State Men vs Hawaii Pacific NCAA Tourney 2017

2am-4:24am ALMOND BOWL 2017 Chico High vs PV

4:25am-5am Chico State Baseball vs Mesa NCAA 2005 (short)

5am-11:35am Chico State Baseball vs Stanislaus DH May 2016

 

11:35am-5pm CHICO STATE @ SAN BERNARDINO LIVE from San Bernardino Mike Baca (play-by-play)

5pm-7pm Chico State Women’s Hoops vs Seattle Pacific 2006 West Region Title Game from Bellingham

7pm-8:24pm Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Stanislaus 1993 NCAC TITLE GAME

8:25pm-9pm Chico State vs Central Missouri 2006 (short)

9pm-12am Chico Heat vs Medford Rogues Game 2 2016 GWL Championship Series

MONDAY

12am-12:37am Chico State Men vs Stanislaus 2014 NCAA REGIONAL FINAL Amazing comeback !

12:38am-12:49am Sleepy Floyd Quarter

12:50am-1am Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma RALLY AT RALEY

1am-4am Butte Football vs Chabot Sep 2017 Mike Wessels (play-by-play)

4am-6am Chico State Men’s Hoops vs Dominican Nov 2017

6am-9am Chico State Baseball vs Sonoma April 2016

 

 

 

KPAYSPORTS Broadcast Schedule…..

Wednesday November 29, 2017

6am-10am Chico State @ Humboldt Hoops 2017
10am-2:30pm Chico State vs Humboldt Hoops 2016
2:30pm-3pm Chico vs UCSD Baseball Regional Final 2014
3pm-6pm Chico State Hoops vs Arizona in 2016
6pm-9pm Chico State vs Central Missouri in Feb 2017 from Minute Maid Park
9pm-12am Chico State @ Stanford men’s hoops 2017

Chico State Thanksgiving Championship Thursday

On Thanksgiving Chico State fans can relive some of the greatest recent moments in their history as we replay some of the amazing Championship events of the last 25 years……Below is a schedule of our broadcast day on the KpaySports app (download for FREE in the app store) and right here on KpaySports.com. Just hit the “LISTEN LIVE” on the home page to access to listen to the events…..

12:00am 2017 1st Round NCAA Tourney Chico State men’s hoops vs Western Washington (2nd half)
1:00am 2017 2nd Round NCAA Tourney Chico State men’s hoops vs Hawaii Pacific
2:00am 2017 2nd Round NCAA Tourney Chico State men’s hoops vs Hawaii Pacific
3:00am 2006 Regional Final Chico State women’s hoops vs Seattle Pacific
4:00am 2006 Regional Final Chico State women’s hoops vs Seattle Pacific
5:00am 2014 Regional Final Chico State men’s hoops vs Stanislaus (Final 2 mins)
6:00am 1992 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs UC Davis (KCSC broadcast)
7:00am 1992 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs UC Davis (KCSC broadcast)
8:00am 1993 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs Stanislaus (KCSC broadcast)
9:00am 1993 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs Stanislaus (KCSC broadcast)
10:00am 2014 Regional Final Chico State baseball vs UCSD
11:00am 2014 Regional Final Chico State baseball vs UCSD
12:00pm 2014 Regional Final Chico State baseball vs UCSD
12:45pm SLEEPY FLOYD QUARTER 1987 vs Lakers in NBA Playoffs play-by-play Greg Papa and Chick Hearn
1:00pm 2016 Chico Heat: A Championship Season
2:00pm 2014 Regional Final Chico State men’s hoops vs Stanislaus (Final 2 mins)
3:00pm 1992 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs UC Davis (KCSC broadcast)
4:00pm 1992 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs UC Davis (KCSC broadcast)
5:00pm 1993 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs Stanislaus (KCSC broadcast)
6:00pm 1993 NCAC Title Game Chico State men’s hoops vs Stanislaus (KCSC broadcast)
7:00pm 2017 Regional Final Chico State men’s hoops vs UCSD
8:00pm 2017 Regional Final Chico State men’s hoops vs UCSD
9:00pm 2017 Regional Final Chico State baseball vs UCSD
10:00pm 2017 Regional Final Chico State baseball vs UCSD
11:00pm 2017 Regional Final Chico State baseball vs UCSD

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.

*PHOTOS courtesy of ChicoWildcats athletics at ChicoWildcats.com

Rough day for the Wildcats…..

Rough day for the Chico State Wildcats…..Chico State women’s soccer team sees their season end in West Regionals falling 3-0 to Concordia (Portland) Great season for the Chico State women as a mad dash at end of season got them into NCAA party 👏👏👏
Both the Chico State men and women fall in their season openers. The men commit 16 TO’s and fall to Concordia-Irvine 82-78. Isaiah Ellis led Cats with 15p/6r. Chico will face Biola on Saturday at 4:35pm on AM-1290 KPAY.
The Chico State women coughed up a 14-point 4th quarter lead and lost to Dominican 83-81. Senior Whitney Branham led the Cats with 27. Chico committed 28 turnovers in the loss. Chico is in action tomorrow at 1:50pm in AM-1290 KPAY

Saturday’s broadcast schedule…..

1:50pm-Chico State women’s basketball vs Notre Dame de Namur  on AM-1290 KPAY, Kpay.com and Kpay app

3:35pm-Butte College football vs Sacramento City on KpaySports app & right here on KpaySports dot-com

4:35pm-Chico State men’s basketball vs Biola University on AM-1290 KPAY, Kpay.com and Kpay app

 

Photo courtesy of ChicoWildcats.com