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New Day….New Energy…..I Believe

Tommy Lasorda was asked after a tough loss once how he slept ?

“I slept like a baby, one hour up and one hour down.”

I imagine the Chico State Wildcats baseball team had a few restless hours after laying their heads on the pillow last night. The magical comeback resulting in victory was not to be at the Division II West Region Baseball Tournament and now the #1 ranked in the nation Wildcats have no more tomorrows, because today, and today only is their day of reckoning.

The Wildcats will take on Division-I bound Cal Baptist this morning in an elimination game at this regional. The winner gets to keep playing while the loser sees their season come to an unceremonious end.

In my 20 years calling Chico State baseball this team ranks right up there with some of the best and most fun I have ever called. At no time do I ever believe this team is out of a game. As I sit writing this I don’t see a daunting task in front of them that may seem to the outsider as insurmountable. I see another challenge laid down before this incredibly competitive and talented group.

How does a club win four or five games in four days against really good teams ? Ahhhh, there’s the trap. Chico State doesn’t have to win four or five games in four days. All they have to do is win today. That’s it. Just win today. Win the moment. Win the present. Be aware, with laser like precision of this very  moment and the Wildcats will be fine.

This team has always wanted to do things that this historic program has never done. Here is their chance. No Chico State baseball team has ever come back to win a regional, let alone play for a regional or World Series title after dropping their first game. The gauntlet has been cast. The challenge is before them.

I am excited to see them get after it today !!!

 

Giants keep pace while Kaepernick goes after Hillary and Trump

 

(AP) — Buster Posey homered for his 1,000th hit, Hunter Pence also went deep one batter later and the San Francisco Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 12-3 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Crawford tripled twice for San Francisco, which remained a half-game behind the Mets for the top NL wild card and one game up on the Cardinals for the second spot.

Matt Moore (12-12) matched his career high with 11 strikeouts over 7 2/3 innings, rebounding from his worst start this season.

Posey and Pence hit consecutive solo shots, the fifth time the Giants have had back-to-back homers this year. Each player drove in two runs on the night. Conor Gillaspie added a two-run homer in the eighth.

(AP) — Rookie Jefry Marte hit his first career grand slam in a seven-run fourth inning Tuesday night and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 8-1.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco (8-14) held the A’s to one unearned run in eight innings. After going 0-4 with a 5.70 ERA in his first five starts since being acquired from the Minnesota Twins on Aug. 1, Nolasco has gone 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA in his last six starts.

The Angels had 12 hits, seven for extra bases. Right fielder Kole Calhoun had two doubles and a triple for the Angels, who have won six of their last seven games.

The A’s dropped to 67-90, giving them consecutive 90-loss seasons for only the second time in Oakland history (1977-79). The A’s have lost seven of eight.

Right-hander Daniel Mengden (2-9) continued his difficult rookie season for the A’s. He was charged with eight runs in three-plus innings. He gave up nine hits and a walk.

(AP) — San Francisco 49ers backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has become a key figure in a growing protest against racial inequality, had a harsh assessment of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump a day after the first presidential debate.

“To me, it was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates,” Kaepernick said Tuesday. “Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point, talking with one of my friends, it was, you have to pick the lesser of two evils, but in the end, it’s still evil.”

Kaepernick also responded to a statement Trump made during an August radio interview in which he said Kaepernick’s anthem protest wasn’t “a good thing” and that the athlete might want to find a country that works better for him.

Kaepernick said it was “a very ignorant statement, that if you don’t agree with what’s going on here and that if you want justice and liberty and freedom for all that you should leave the country.”

By Luke Reid

@http://www.chicowildcats.com

It’s taken a total of five days for the Chico State men’s golf team to put to rest any talk that this might be a “down” year for the program. The Wildcats wrapped up their second
tournament of the season with a second-place showing at the Western Washington Invitational Tuesday. Saturday, they won the Saint Martin’s Invitational just down the road in Olympia.

They may have lost their head coach and four key components to last season’s run to the NCAA Championship medal/match play final, but the Wildcats have not lost their mojo.

Tuesday it was Serge Kiriluk leading the way with a 4-under par 68, including an eagle on his final hole of the day. That briefly pulled the Wildcats into a tie with the University of British Columbia. But UBC – last year’s NAIA Championship runner-up and the No. 3 team in the NAIA national rankings – responded with an eagle of its own and won by two shots at 6-under par.

Chico State, the 5th-ranked team in Division II, finished at 4-under par, four shots clear of third-place Concordia (OR). Tenth-ranked Cal State Monterey Bay finished tied for fourth with Victoria (BC) at 5-over par.

The Wildcats have now finished first or second in 14 consecutive tournaments.

Kelley Sullivan shot a 73 Tuesday and nabbed his second consecutive top-10 finish by tying for sixth among 96 individuals. It marked the sophomore’s best finish in seven career starts.
Kelley Sullivan snagged his second straight
top-10 finish Tuesday.
Cole Chavez carded a 74 on Tuesday to finish in a tie for ninth and notch his first career top-10 finish. Kirluk climbed 21 spots up the leaderboard during his round of 68 to finish in a tie for 14th. That is the sophomore’s top collegiate finish.

Colby Dean (73-71-74) tied for 23rd and TJ Kathrineberg (78-77-76) tied for 69th.

 

The Wildcats will be back in action this Monday and Tuesday for their lone home tournament of the season – The InterWest Insurance Wildcat Classic – at Butte Creek Country Club.
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Raiders and 49ers fall; Giants sputter against Birds

(AP) — Cam Newton threw for 353 yards and four touchdowns, and the Carolina Panthers overcame four turnovers to beat the San Francisco 49ers 46-27 Sunday in their home opener.

Newton threw two TD passes to Kelvin Benjamin and one each to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess to pass Jake Delhomme for most TD passes in franchise history with 122.

Blaine Gabbert threw for 243 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score in the loss. Gabbert pulled the 49ers within 34-27 late with a 75-yard touchdown pass to Vance McDonald, but threw two interceptions in the game’s final five minutes.

Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson scored his first career touchdown when he scooped up Carlos Hyde’s fumble and returned it 9 yards to give Carolina a 7-3 lead.

(AP) — Justin Hardy caught a deflected 8-yard touchdown pass to break a tie midway through the fourth quarter and the Atlanta Falcons held on to beat the Oakland Raiders 35-28 Sunday.

Matt Ryan threw three TD passes, but got a little lucky on the go-ahead one in the fourth quarter. His third-down throw to Tevin Coleman was broken up, but the ball bounced high in the air and Hardy caught it in the end zone to put Atlanta (1-1) up 28-21.

The Raiders (1-1) appeared to have tied the game on the next drive when Amari Cooper caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr.

But officials ruled Cooper went out of bounds voluntarily before making the catch, although the Raiders contended he was pushed by Desmond Trufant.

Oakland coach Jack Del Rio then decided to go for it on fourth-and-2, but Jalen Richard was stopped on a 1-yard gain.

(AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says there is “still a lot of work to be done” before the NFL considers Las Vegas as a possible destination for a franchise.

Goodell spoke before the Minnesota Vikings hosted the Green Bay Packers on Sunday night, three days after a Nevada oversight committee voted to recommend spending $750 million in public money on an NFL stadium. The project is being discussed to lure the Raiders away from Oakland.

Goodell says it is ultimately up to the owners to decide if Las Vegas is a viable city to host the NFL. He says he is still evaluating whether having a team play in a casino-filled city is a good idea.

As for Oakland, Goodell says “I think there’s a solution, but it takes the community to help identify it.”

(AP) — Alex Reyes pitched seven dominant innings in his third major league start, fellow rookie Aledmys Diaz hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals moved up in the tight NL wild-card race, blanking the San Francisco Giants 3-0 on Sunday.

The Giants dropped one game behind the New York Mets for the top wild-card spot. The Cardinals closed within one game of San Francisco.

St. Louis split this four-game series, winning the final two. The Giants finished up a 2-5 homestand, and have won just one series at AT&T Park since the All-Star break.

Reyes (3-1), considered one of the majors’ best pitching prospects, hasn’t disappointed since he was called up from the minors on Aug. 9 when Michael Wacha went on the disabled list with shoulder discomfort.

Reyes gave up four hits, striking out six with two walks. Seung Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save.

Diaz hit his 16th homer, a two-run drive in the third off Albert Suarez (3-4). The Giants and the first-place Dodgers open a three-game series at Dodger Stadium tonight. Los Angeles leads the NL West by 5 games over the Giants with 13 games left to play.

AP) — Khris Davis homered twice, giving him 40 for the season, and the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 5-2 on Sunday to keep the Rangers from moving closer to the AL West title.

Davis is the first A’s player to hit 40 homers since Jason Giambi had 43 in 2000. Davis has 10 homers in 15 games against the Rangers.

With two weeks left in the regular season, the magic number for the AL-leading Rangers (88-62) to clinch the division title remained at five games. Seattle and Houston, who were playing against each other Sunday, started the day tied for second in the AL West.

While already guaranteed consecutive losing seasons for the first time since 2007-09, the A’s (66-83) won two of three in Texas to wrap up a 6-1 road trip in which they scored 65 runs.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCORES 

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The 13th ranked Chico State (4-2-1, 0-2) women’s soccer team suffered a couple of tough losses to open CCAA play falling to San Francisco State 2-1 on Friday and 1-0 to Monterey Bay on Sunday.

The Chico State (1-3-2, 0-1-1) men’s soccer team lost 1-0 to San Francisco State on Friday as the Gators scored a goal with only 26 seconds left to upend the Cats. Chico and Monterey played to a scoreless draw on Sunday.

The Chico State volleyball team rolled to a couple of victories at home this weekend sweeping both Cal State East Bay and Monterey Bay. The Wildcats now sit at 8-3 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA

The Butte College Roadrunners moves to 2-1 with a 20-10 win over Chabot on Saturday night. Quarterback and Chico High product Clayton Welch ran for two scores in the first half and threw a 25-yard toss to CJ Walker in the 3rd quarter. Butte’s defense held Chabot to only 80 yards rushing.

The Roadrunners are home this weekend hosting San Mateo at 1pm.

2012 Chico State Basketball Regional Montage

 

Kpay Sports will celebrate some exciting sports moments we have covered through the years with some musical montages that we created in our coverage of Chico State athletics. This montage celebrates the 2012 Chico State men’s basketball team as they won the CCAA regular season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in seven years

Picture courtesy of Chico State athletics. Visit them at http://www.chicowildcats.com/

Chico State opens 8-game roadie versus the Gators LISTEN LIVE HERE !

The Chico State Wildcats open a four game series and an 8-game road trip in San Francisco today against the San Francisco State Gators. You can hear today’s game on this page by clicking the LISTEN LIVE icon on this page or the STREAMING banner to the left.

Chico comes in 28-14 on the season and is clinging to a one game lead in the North Division of the CCAA over Monterey Bay. The Cats are 1.5 games clear of Cal State East Bay and 3.5 clear of Sonoma State. Chico’s magic number to clinch a spot in the post-season is FIVE. Any combination of Chico wins and Sonoma losses totaling five clinches a spot in the CCAA Conference Tournament for Chico.

We are on the at 2:35pm with our pre-game with first pitch at 3pm.

Saturday’s double-header can also be heard here at 12 noon with pre-game at 11:45am. Sunday’s series finale is also at 12 noon with pre-game at 11:45am.

*PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS VISIT THEM AT http://www.chicowildcats.com

 

Butte College Cruises; NCAA Tournament whittles Sweet Sixteen

TWO DOMINANT WEST REGION PROGRAMS GET READY TO TANGLE AT NETTLETON STADIUM TONIGHT

(By Mike Baca) The Butte College Roadrunners moved to 9-1 in Golden Valley Conference play and 17-4 overall with a 7-0 win over the Shasta Knights on Thursday afternoon.

Tevin Cadola twirled a gem throwing a 4-hit  complete game shut-out striking out 11. Cadola wiggled out of a bases-loaded second inning jame to pick up his 6th win of the season. Dominic Visentin hit a 3-run first inning home run that highlighted a four run frame. The Roadrunners have now won 8 in a row and will play a double-header at 12 noon today in Redding against Shasta.

The Chico State Wildcats (17-6; 7-4 CCAA)  host the UC San Diego Tritons (20-8; 10-6 CCAA)  at Nettleton Stadium tonight in game one of a three-game showdown CCAA series. Chico State has captured 9 of the last 19 west region championships, while the Tritons won titles in 2009 and 2010.  You can hear the game by hitting the LISTEN LIVE button at the top of this page, you can also listen to Chico State baseball tonight at 5:35pm on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and the KPAY Sports app that you can down load for free in the app store.

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(AP) It’s been 31 years since Villanova played its so-called “perfect game” against Georgetown to win the 1985 NCAA title. The Wildcats weren’t perfect against Miami, but they were plenty good enough to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 2009.

In South Regional play, second-seeded Villanova shot 63 percent from the floor and 18 of 19 from the free throw line in eliminating Miami 92-69. Ryan Arcidiacono (ahr-chee-dee-ah-KOH’-noh) and Kris Jenkins combined to make 9 of 13 from behind the arc to score 21 points apiece.

That sends the Wildcats to the Elite Eight and a Saturday game against Kansas for a shot at the Final Four. Top overall seed Kansas defeated Maryland 79-63 to reach the South Regional final behind Perry Ellis’s 27 points. Wayne Selden Jr. added 19 in the Jayhawks’ 17th straight victory.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — At the West Regional, second-seeded Oklahoma placed five players in double figures in the Sooners’ 77-63 win over Texas A&M. Jordan Woodard scored 22 points and Buddy Hield (HEELD) had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sooners, who now play Oregon in Saturday’s West regional final.

Top seed Oregon eliminated fourth seed Duke 82-68. Dillon Brooks led the Ducks’ scoring parade with 22 and added five rebounds and six assists. Fellow forward Elgin Cook added 16 points in help Oregon to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2007.

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Super Sophomores and meticulous game planning lead to big Wildcat Win

Rarely does a first place showdown live up to its billing,  Friday night was the exception. Behind 41 points from sophomores Isaiah Ellis and Corey Silverstrom and a well devised and executed defensive game plan against the sharp-shooting UC San Diego Tritons, the Chico State Wildcats vaulted into first place in the CCAA with a 77-71 win.

The victory moves the 9th-ranked Wildcats to 19-3 overall and 13-2 in the CCAA putting the Cats in the driver’s seat for their third conference title in five years. Ellis scored 20 of his career-high 26 in the second half and Silverstrom scored 12 of his 15 in the second stanza, which included a sequence where he railed a three from the top of the key to put the Cats up six, and then picked the pocket of a Triton and went coast-to-coast for a lay-up giving Chico an 8-point lead with two-and-a-half minutes to go.

The game had everything…. drama, competitiveness and stakes. The winner not only put themselves in position for the CCAA title, but also solidified their spot in the Western Regional rankings with March Madness fast approaching.

Coming into the game Chico knew the potency of the Triton offense. Their ability to stroke the three was a vital part of their arsenal. Chico’s version of the no-doubles defense worked like a charm, holding the Triton sharp-shooters to 5-for-17 from three point range. Drew Dyer, who victimized the Cats in Chico’s visit to La Jolla last year, was held to 13 points and ONLY attempted TWO three-point shots. Dyer came into the game shooting 51 percent from three point range and had made 65 THREES on the year. Everywhere the savvy veteran turned there was a Chico defender in his face.  Chico was switching screens with constant flawless rotations.  It wasn’t just one guy doing the job. Robert Duncan had the majority of the covers, but we also saw Silverstrom, Ellis, Tanner Giddings, Jalen McFerren, Nate Ambrosini, Tyler Harris……heck even Chris Magalotti got switched out on him. Every time he “thought” he had a look the Wildcats would close out beautifully, hand in face, up against him.

It was stellar ball denial and close-outs.

Hopefully when the Wildcats woke up from their dreamy slumber this morning they realized yesterday’s gone, and all that matters is today. The Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes are lying in wait. The Yotes are playing some great ball and they are looking to make a late push to get into the CCAA Conference Tourney after struggling early in the campaign. This is not the same team that stumbled out of the gate.

I would be really surprised if a Greg Clink coached team isn’t ready to go tonight. He is so good at re-focusing his group and living in the present.

It’s a big day for Chico State Athletics. The Chico State baseball team plays a double-header against Academy of Art looking to avenge their first loss of the season yesterday. The double-dip starts at 12 noon. Chico State softball takes on 19th-ranked Sonoma State in Rohnert Park after splitting yesterday’s double-header. And Chico State basketball is on Newstalk 1290 KPAY tonight at 5:06 with the women at 5:30 and men at 7:30.

Hit the LISTEN LIVE links above to listen to Chico State baseball at noon and also Chico State basketball at 5:06. Mitch Cox will provide Wildcat softball updates during the Chico State baseball broadcasts.

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LISTEN to Chico State and Academy of Art Baseball…HIT LINK BELOW

The Chico State Wildcats baseball team looks to continue their impressive early season start with a three game series that opens today against the Academy of Art Urban Knights from the Pacific West Conference.

The D-II series comes on the heels of last weekend’s impressive three game sweep of the Point Loma Sea Lions, a series in which the Wildcats held the visitors to three runs in three games. Wildcat pitchers also only yielded four walks in 28 innings.

To listen to Chico State Wildcat baseball on Friday at 2pm and on Saturday at Noon……just HIT THE LINK BELOW

http://portal.stretchinternet.com/chico/

 

FIRST PLACE SHOWDOWN in La Jolla ! Chico and UCSD tangle tonight !

The Chico State Wildcat men and UC San Diego men’s basketball teams have been on a collision course for several weeks, tonight they meet for the only time during the regular season in a match-up that could determine the regular season champion in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.

UCSD comes in at 18-3 overall and (13-2) in the CCAA, while the Cats are also 18-3 overall and (12-2) in CCAA play. Both squads are three games clear of their closest pursuers which means the winner of tonight’s match-up at Rimac Arena has a leg up for the regular season conference title.

Chico keys tonight hinge on their ability to defend the potent multi-faceted attack of the Tritons. Senior Drew Dyer is having a great year hitting 51 percent of his three’s and he has made 65 treys on the year. The Tritons have had contributions up and down their roster after losing two starters to injury during the year.

The Wildcats have a starting five that all average in double figures. The defending CCAA Player of the Week Robert Duncan leads the way averaging 15 points and better than 6 boards a game.

Its’ the only time they will meet during the regular season, but with a conference tournament and a possible West Regional in the offing, it may not be the last time the Wildcats and Tritons tangle.

Its an early serving of March Madness on February 12th…..

HIT THE LISTEN LIVE TAB FOR CHICO WILDCATS BASKETBALL BEGINNING AT 5:06PM TONIGHT ON NEWSTALK-1290 KPAY !!!

 

Chico State Baseball Beats Point Loma; Gelfand shines again

By Mike Baca

Four pitchers combined on a 5-hit complete game shut out as the Chico State Wildcats knocked off the Point Loma Sea Lions in the opening game of a pivotal three game in-region series this weekend at Nettleton Stadium

Clayton Gelfand shined again for the Cats as he pitched six innings scattering five hits and giving up no runs. Gelfand only walked one hitter, his first in 12.1 innings on the season. Last year Gelfand was his own worst enemy at times walking a batter every two innings but he has been a more aggressive pitcher this year, pounding the strike zone and using his defense. Chico manufactured runs early with stolen bases, good reads on the bases and heads up situational hitting to grab a 4-0 lead after 4 innings.

Gelfand went six solid innings with relief help from Stuart Bradley, Torgen Soderlund and Hunter Haworth. If Chico State wants to make a post-season run a successful weekend against the Sea Lions would help. Point Loma won 33 games last year and has 21 returners  from their regional squad. Chico knows winning the series will strengthen, what they hope is a glowing resume in May.

The Wildcats will play two games tomorrow against the Sea Lions with both games on KpaySports.com and ChicoWildcats.com and at least the first game of the double-dip on AM-1290 KPAY.

CLICK LINK BELOW TO LISTEN TO THE SATURDAY DOUBLE-HEADER OR CLICK THE “LISTEN LIVE” AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE

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