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NCAA CANCELS ALL WINTER AND SPRING SPORTS AS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC FEARS ESCALATE......
Chico State men's basketball sees 23 win season come to abrupt end as NCAA cancels Championships.....
Coronavirus pandemic sees Chico State Baseball and Softball seasons cut short......Track & Field and Golf also sees seasons end
Butte College Spring Sports suspended indefinitley
Local Little League's in Chico and Paradise suspend play over Coronavirus fears.....
Local high schools still slated to play.......for now amid Coronavirus pandemic
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NCAA CANCELS WINTER AND SPRING SPORTS AS CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC FEARS ESCALATE

 

     The Chico State Basketball team was holed up in their hotels while the Chico State Baseball team was on a bus heading to Los Angeles for a four-game series with Cal State Los Angeles. By days end, both teams would be back in their respective busses headed back to Chico with their seasons coming to a premature end as the ever-changing Coronavirus pandemic hits the United States.

 

     The Wildcat men were slated to play in a 1st Round NCAA Tournament game versus Seattle-Pacific at RIMAC Arena. As of 11:30am on Thursday morning the 1st Round games were still on with teams practicing on the UCSD campus. But, less than two hours later, after widespread cancellations of Division I postseason conference tournaments. The decision was made to not only scrap the men's and women's basketball tournaments, affectionatley known as March Madness, but they also cancelled spring sports.

 

     The decision was a shock to the Chico State men's basketball team which rebounded from a 9-14 season to win 23 games and earn the 4th seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament. Their season ends, and so ends the career of their lone senior Justin Briggs who set a new school record for career blocked shots. Briggs was also named the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year in the CCAA.

 

     When word leaked out that spring sports were cancelled it was a major gut punch to the Chico State Softball team which was ranked 2nd in the nation with a record of 19-2. A crushing blow to a team that was dominating CCAA and West Region competition. The Chico State Baseball team was having a great bounce back year and was 15-7 overall and 11-5 in CCAA play.

 

     It also ends the seasons for the highly touted Chico State men's and women's Track and Field teams as well as Chico State men's and women's golf.  

Chico State men win THRILLER over Stanislaus in CCAA Tourney Opener

 

WILDCAT MEN SURVIVE CCAA TOURNEY OPENER

 

March Madness is about surviving and advancing.....the Chico State men were the definition of that on Tuesday night.

 

Despite 21 turnovers and twelve missed free throws the Chico State men outlasted Stanislaus State in overtime 75-73. The Wildcats trailed for much of the game and at times couldn't get out of their own way, but with their CCAA Tourney life hanging in the balance the Cats made their biggest plays of the night.

 

Down eight (61-53) with under five minutes to go the Wildcats would rally with an indominable will to win. Chico would survive three point blank Warriors looks with under 7 seconds to go. Kevin Warren led Chico with 21 points. Justin Briggs scored 12 points pulled 6 rebounds and blocked four shots, while changing several other attempts with his 6'10 frame. Gritty point guard Isaiah Brooks shook off a second half tumble to score 10 points dish off 4 assists and Calvin Geraci scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 3-of-4 from deep.

 

Chico will now head to La Jolla and RIMAC Arena where they will play Cal Poly Pomona for the third time this year. The Broncos have won the previous two match-ups. A Wildcat win puts them in the CCAA title game. The game will be broadcast on KPAYSPORTS 1290am at 11:35am on Friday morning with tip-off set for 12 noon. You can also hear the game by hitting the LISTEN LIVE tab on this page. The game is also available on the KpaySports app that you can download for free in the app store and on your Amazon Alexa with the skill of "Alexa, play KpaySports dot-com."

 

CHICO STATE WOMEN SEE SEASON COME TO AN END

 

It was an amazing late season run for the Chico State women winning six in a row to secure a home playoff game, but in the end they had no answer for nearly a flawless 1st half from the Cal State East Bay Pioneers in the 1st Round of the CCAA Basketball Tournament.

 

While the Cats came out tentative, East Bay came out looking for a fight and they took it to the Wildcats building a 12-point 1st quarter lead and then stretching that lead to 47-20 by halftime.

 

The 78-53 final score was not indicative of the great year the Wildcat put together as Chico won 18 games and surged to a 4th place finish in the CCAA.

 

The game ended the amazing career of senior Madison Wong who finished her Wildcat career with 226 three-pointers. That whopping number is not only the best in Chico State history but its the most in CCAA history. She also nailed 87 three's during the 2019-2020 campaign setting a single season mark.

 

The Cats finish the season at 18-11

 

SCOREBOARD FOR STATE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL SOCCER PLAYOFFS

 

Division III BOYS

#8 Pleasant Valley 58 #9 Central Catholic 55

#11 Foothill 68 #6 Palma 51

 

Division V BOYS

#1 Pierce 61 #16 Durham 46

#5 Eastside Prep 62 #12 Oroville 48

 

Division IV GIRLS

#5 Pleasant Valley 52 #12 El Dorado 46

#2 Argonaut 64 #15 Chico 49

 

Division V GIRLS

#6 Gridley 63 #11 Durham 30

#3 Monte Vista Christian 64 #14 Colusa 32

 

SOCCER

Pleasant Valley Girls 3 West Valley 0

Chico High Girls 8 Ben Holt 0

Cardinal Newman 4 Pleasant Valley High Boys 3

Encina 2 Corning Boys 1

 

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS http://www.chicowildcats.com

PV rallies to Division III title

 

LATE RALLY BY VIKING BOYS BRINGS HOME TITLE

 

     Good teams that make their free throws have chances to do special things. The Pleasant Valley Vikings boys basketball team did special things last night rallying from an early onslaught of Foothill Cougar three pointers to stun the top-seeded rival 47-45 to capture the Division III Northern Section Boys Basketball Championship.

 

     The Vikings hit 11-of-12 from the free throw line in the 4th quarter to seal the deal. Foothill came out early railing threes from long distance building a seven-point 1st quarter lead but the Vikings hung close. 

 

     Early in the 4th Pleasant Valley trailed 36-30 but rattled off a 12-0 run to grab a 42-36 lead and then would secure the game from the charity stripe in the waning minutes to secure the title. It was the third time the teams had played this year with Foothill taking the two previous match-ups. The Vikings were led by junior Aaron Gomez who scored 17. PV now awaits the CIF Northern Regional Playoff brackets which will be revealed on Sunday. 

 

VIKING GIRLS LEAD NEARLY WIRE-TO-WIRE TO CAPTURE CHAMPIONSHIP

 

     Sometimes the bitter taste of defeat can be provide the impetous for a crowning achievement.....for the Pleasant Valley girls basketball last year's section semi-final loss to Foothill stung, they were determined not to experience that again. 

 

     The Pleasant Valley girls led for virtually the entire game in knocking off Enterprise in the Division III North Section Championship game on Friday afternoon beating the Hornets 48-33. The Vikings were led by Cassidy King with 13 points. King was one of five juniors who start for the Vikings all of whom played in the North Section playoffs last year. 

 

     The Viking girls got to the title game with a thrilling 50-49 win this week when Christianne Carlisle hit a three-pointer with 4 seconds left to stun Foothill and advance to the title game. The Pleasant Valley girls now await their CIF Northern Regional Playoff match-up. The brackets will be revealed on Sunday

Stunning rally as Chico women shocks Jacks

 

CHICO STUNS HUMBOLDT IN ARCATA    

 

 They kept climbing back from double-digit deficits, but the Chico State women would be throttled by a Lady Lumberjack three........until they weren't.

 

     The Chico State women closed the game on a 9-0 run over the final couple of minutes to pull out a thrilling 70-67 win over Humboldt State. With the win the Cats have now won a season high five straight, their longest win streak of the season, and can secure a home playoff game with a win over Stanislaus on Saturday night.

 

     Chico trailed by 17 early in the 2nd quarter and it looked like it might be a joyous Senior Night for the Lumberjacks. But the Cats kept chipping away to keep the game close. Chico trailed by 14 early in the third quarter but by the end of the third had whittled the deficit to five. 

 

     It looked like Humboldt was in control leading 65-57 with 3:45 to go but Chico would grind their way back into it. A Haley Ison offensive rebound and put-back cut the deficit to six and then Ison would hit a turn-around jumper from the baseline to cut the Jacks lead to 65-61 with 2:53 to play. After a couple of Alexia Thrower free throws gave Humboldt a 67-61 lead with 2:25 to go, the Cats would close the game on a 9-0 run. 

 

     Ison would hit another jumper with 2:09 to go to make it 67-63. Hannah Washington would follow with a scoop shot in the lane with 1:25 left. The ensuing Chico possession would be the memorable moment of the night. With the shot clock running down Daisha Abdelkader would steal the ball, push into the forecourt, kick it to Hannah Washington who found Arcata-native Vanessa Holland camping out in three point land. Holland would hit the biggest shot of her Chico State career a three pointer to give Chico a 68-67 with 52 seconds left.

 

     Chico would bury two free throws after a Humboldt miss and then the Jacks would miss a couple of jumpers in the waning seconds setting off a wild Chico State celebration. For Chico it was a season sweep of their long-time rivals and sets the stage for a big showdown Saturday night in Turlock with a home playoff game hanging in the balance. 

 

WILDCAT MEN CRUISE TO 21st WIN

 

     The Chico State men's basketball team used a 35-13 1st half surge over an 11-minute stretch to put this game away early. Chico came to Arcata looking to sweep the season series from a Lumberjack team that has struggled for much of the season.

 

     With the Lumberjack seniors being honored before the game, Chico wanted to leave no doubt and their 1st half shot making would put this one out of reach as Chico rolled to an 86-57 win.

 

     Chico was led by Kevin Warren with 15 points and 7 boards. Justin Briggs had 14 & 8 while Malik Duffy had 13 & 5. Chico shot 47 percent from field and was 11-of-26 from downtown while dominating the boards, out-rebounding the Jacks 44-30.

 

     Chico looks to avenge an early season loss against Stanislaus State on Saturday notch win number 22 on the season. Chico will play a 1st Round CCAA playoff game at home next Tuesday. The Cats could finish as high as second in the conference but will not finish lower than fourth. The Cats were recently ranked 4th in the latest NCAA West Region rankings with the top-eight teams getting an invite to the NCAA Tournament on March 8th. 

 

*PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS*

 

 

PV Edges Chico to advance to Northern Section Championship

 

PV BOYS PUNCH TICKET TO SECTION TITLE TILT

 

     The Pleasant Valley boys basketball team won the most important match-up with their cross-town rivals on Wednesday night and now get ready to play in their fourth straight section title game. 

 

     The Vikings came up clutch late to knock off Chico High 60-52 and will take on Foothill in the Division III Northern Section Championship on Friday at 4:15 at Butte College. 

 

     Junior Aaron Gomez scored 18 including a dagger three with just under two minutes to go and the shot clock expiring. Lone senior Jake Kremer scored 15 and the Vikings took the rubber game from the three the schools have played against one another this year. 

 

     Chico falls to 18-9 and barring a team opting out of the CIF Playoffs sees their season come to and end. 

 

Northern Section Playoff Friday Schedule 

ALL GAMES AT BUTTE COLLEGE 

 

               2:30pm #2 Enterprise vs #1 Pleasant Valley Girls

         4:15pm #3 Pleasant Valley Boys vs #1 Foothill

6:00pm Durham Girls vs #1 Portola 

 

Wildcat Hoops hits road for final roadie of the year

 

CHICO STATE BASKETBALL HITS ROAD

 

     Its the longest road trip of the year for both the Chico State men's and women's basketball teams, but it could be the start of a wonderful stretch of basketball affectionately known as March Madness.....

 

     The Chico State men (20-6) have not only secured a first round home game in the CCAA Basketball Tournament next Tuesday, but they held firm with the number four ranking in the NCAA Division II West Region rankings. The top eight teams in the west head to the NCAA Tournment in the three weeks.

 

     The picture is different but just as exciting for the Chico State women. After missing out on the post-season the last two years the Wildcats emphatically punched their ticket to the post-season with a thrilling win over Sonoma State last weekend to win their fourth in a row. Now, the Wildcat women (16-10) want to lock up a home game and to do that they will need to take care of business on a very difficult road trip.

 

     The Wildcat men and women head to Arcata to take on Humboldt State on Thursday only to hop in the vans and head to Turlock and Stanislaus State on Saturday. This most difficult and longest of trips can turn into a joy ride for both teams if they can win these match-ups against long-time foes.

 

     For the men they look to sweep the season series from Humboldt and avenge an early season loss to Stanislaus, while the women look to sweep the season series from the Lumberjacks while gaining a measure of revenge against Stanislaus after the Warriors tripped up the Cats in November.

 

     You can hear the women's games on Thursday and Saturday night's at 5:05pm on KpaySports 93.9. You can hear the men's game at 7:30 both night's as well. Mike Wessels will bring you play-by-play.

 

*PHOTO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS*

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