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     KpaySports is proud to announce that we will be your home for the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournment. We will be broadcasting 33 NCAA Tournament games, including the Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four and title game. We will also bring you 16 Championship Week games and wall-to-wall coverage of the Big Ten Tournament.

     We will also carry the Women's NCAA Title game and the Division II National Championship.

CCAA Pulls Plug on 2020-21 Athletic Competition......




Next possible Chico State sporting event could be in August of 2021


     It was the news nobody wanted to hear. University President's in the California Collegiate Athletic Association voted to not move forward with athletic competition for the 2020-2021 season.

     The move was not entirely unexpected but is disappointing nontheless as numerous student athletes at a dozen institutions hung on for a chance to participate during the fall and spring seasons. For many of the seniors it means their athletic careers are over and the next chapter in their lives is here.

     The CCAA is one of the largest Division II conferences in the country and this move will resonate across the athletic spectrum. The decision means the highly touted programs at Chico State will go roughly a year-and-a-half without playing sports. It also ends the careers of several exciting student athletes who provided such excitement before their seasons were abruptly ended with the Coronavirus pandemic.....



Klay Thompson tears achilles lost for the 2020-21 season



(AP) — The Golden State Warriors said Thursday that Klay Thompson has suffered a torn right Achilles tendon and is expected to miss the upcoming season. The team said in a tweet that an MRI done in Los Angeles confirmed the injury.

             Thompson was injured during a pickup game in Southern California on Wednesday. Thompson didn’t play at all during the coronavirus-shortened season as he worked his way back from surgery for a torn ACL in his left knee. He suffered that injury during the 2019 NBA Finals.



(AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo was one quarter away from possibly winning the Super Bowl MVP before San Francisco’s fourth-quarter collapse handed the title to the Kansas City Chiefs.



That loss back in February set the tone for what has turned out to be a frustrating 2020 for Garoppolo and the 49ers. Garoppolo has been hampered by a pair of ankle injuries that have sidelined him for significant time and struggled to match last season’s production when he was able to play, raising questions about his future in San Francisco.




A's host White Sox in Best-of-Three Wildcard



     For the sixth time in the last nine years the Oakland A's are in Major League Baseball's postseason. But, unlike recent visits the A's will get a mulligan should they stumble in their first game. The A's and their loyal fan base have been tormented by excruciating exits in one-game playoffs in 2015, 2018 and 2019. This time they not only get a game to play with, but also will be hosting their first round series versus the upstart White Sox.


     A's manager Bob Melvin has tapped lefty-phenom Jesus Luzardo as his opening game starter, Chris Bassitt will get the ball in game two.


     One concern the A's have coming into this series is their suddenly slumbering offense. They have cooled off of late and even with their consistent starting rotation and exemplary bullpen they will have to score runs to make a deep run in October.


     The White Sox are a big surprise, but should we really be awe-struck with a franchise that sold off their pricey assets for young prospects. Those youngsters propelled the White Sox to an exciting 60 game run. Led by their elder statesman in first baseman Jose Abreu the Chisox made a run at the AL Central title. Luis Robert and Eloy Ramirez are young power bats in the middle of the Chicago line-up. On the mound Lucas Giolito has come into his own and leads a staff looking to pull an upset of the A's in the three-game wildcard round.


     Many experts saw the White Sox being a contender, but to say they would be a serious threat for an AL Pennant ? Not many saw that.


     This should be an entertaining series and if the A's advance from the three-game gauntlet their depth in the bullpen could prove to be a huge advantage in this month-long postseason where there are no days off between games. This is the year depth could lead to the hardware. 

Chico State fall sports still on target to play in the spring.....



Confernece hoping to have sports compete in seven-week windows





      The NCAA announced that all fall sports will be canceled this year. It means that both the spring and fall championships in the 2020 calendar year have been scrapped because of the Coronavirus pandemic. But, the chance to compete may not be lost.


     The California Collegiate Athletic Association (Chico State's home conference) has put plans in place to move their fall sports to the spring. Commissioner Mitch Cox told KpaySports in an exclusive interview that the best case scenario has fall and spring sports competing during a staggered seven-week schedule. 


     Cox says their initial plan has soccer and basketball competing at the same time with  basketball playing on Thursday's and Saturday's while soccer competes on Friday's and Sunday's. The hope for basketball is to get at least 15 games in while only playing teams in their regions.


     For instance, Chico State would not play teams from Southern California, they would only play teams from the north, Humboldt State, Stanislaus State, East Bay, Sonoma, San Francisco State and Monterey Bay. Tentative plans have the basketball season starting on January 21st. with an initial practice date set for January 2nd.


     Baseball, softball and volleyball would be played later in the spring with a staggered schedule as well. It is not known how Cross Country, Track & Field and men's and women's golf schedules fit into this model yet. 


     Cox says there are several factors at play including financial, logistical and of course the progression of the Coronavirus and COVID-19. A large outbreak could squash any plans to compete during the spring. Cox also says testing protocols still need to be addressed as student athletes will need to be tested on a regular basis. He says the costs associated with this testing is prohibitive and paying for these tests is still being studied at the national level.


     Cox says fans will not be allowed to attend events making their CCAA Network AND their radio broadcast partners vital to the spring season (KPAYSports is Chico State's flagship station.)


     Cox says while the fall sports will not be able to compete for a national championship, if all things go right, they will be able to compete for CCAA Conference Championship. He says it's too soon to determine whether spring sports championship plans are on the chopping block. The hope is that the country can get a handle on the Coronavirus through social distancing or a vaccine that will help the spring athletic competition format and the championship schedule can move forward. 







Several high profile Chico State sports affected......


     The NCAA Division II President's Council CANCELS Fall Championships and will not postpone them until the spring. Division II schools, like the Chico State Wildcats in the CCAA, can still choose to play at some point. The parameters, opponents and dates are unclear.


     In their statement they also doesn’t mention basketball which bridges both the fall and spring semesters in Division II. How this affects the Chico State men’s and women’s basketball teams is unknown at this time


     The fall sports at Chico State includes men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, cross country and volleyball. Today’s decision by Division II Presidents Council means those sports will not have an opportunity to compete for NCAA Championships in 2020. It remains to be seen if those sports join with other institutions in the West Region (Great Northwest Conference & Pacific West Conference) and try to play a season during the spring semester. 


     In the NCAA press release they stated they canceled the championships because of the operational, logistical an financial challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Local Health Officials Will Not Decide When North Section Sports Begin.......





Earlier this week North Section officials said high school sports 
can be played as long as local health officials give their approval....
It raised eyebrows after the CIF Scholastic Federation ruled 
that high school sports wouldn't be played until December at the
    Now, Butte County's Health Director is refuting the North 
Section's claim about local control of when high school sports 
are played...



    That is Danette York. She says she doesn't know where 
the North Section got their information but said their statement
was misleading....



    She says Health Departments from all over Northern California
called their offices inquiring as to what the North Section 
was talking about....



    Just minutes after the State CIF Federation said that high 
school sports would not be played until December, the North Section
released a statement saying they would "begin league play when the 
member school districts' county health officers approve implementation
of youth sports, including high school sports."
    The statement went on to say the decision could "result in the 
removal of some sports from CIF State Championship level playoffs."
    The North Section added that "teams may compete outside
league play when the member school districts' health officers approve
youth and high school sports." 
    Ultimately local health officials will have to give their final stamp 
of approval on the start of high school athletics, but as York clearly
stated high school athletics can not start until the state gives
clearance for them to do so. The state has given no indication they 
are close to allowing youth athletics to begin any time soon. 

North Section Goes Rogue





     The Northern Section is going rogue. Just minutes after the CIF Interscholastic
Federation announced high school sports can not be played until December
at the earliest.....the North Section released a statement saying member school districts'
seasons can begin only when county health officers approve implementation of youth sports.

    Butte County officials have already said they can not make that decison and 
that its a State Health Department call. State Health officials have regulated youth 
sports since the pandemic began in Mid-March. There has been no indication from 
state officials that they will allow local youth sports in the forseeable future.


     One of the concerns that North Section officials are  trying to navigate is the preponderance of small schools with overlapping schedules in their region. In many cases athletes play multiple sports during the fall and spring. The belief is that this decision gives the Section

the autonomy to play sports on their timetables giving athletes the best chance to participate in sports, should the health crisis come to an end. 

    The North Section decision comes as young athletes ramp up for their upcoming
fall seasons. Sources tell KPAY that during a North Section call on Friday they discussed
various models, settling on a plan that has them operating separate from the CIF 
Federation. If local schools decide to operate outside of CIF oversight they relinquish
their right to play in the state high school playoffs. 





Butte College Suspends Fall Sports


California Community Colleges Athletic Seasons Suspended


     If the Butte College Football team is going to play, it won't be this year.

Community Colleges all over the state had their athletic seasons suspended 

by the Community College Governing Board.

     The on-going Coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible to safely plan

for athletic competition. The soccer, volleyball, cross country, golf and men's

and women's basketball seasons are also being suspended.

     The hope is that sports will return in 2021 and resume play at some point in

January. Spring sports, including baseball, softball and track-field would start their

seasons no sooner than late March.

     The Governing Board also determined that if games are played the teams 

in the Community College system would only play 70 percent of their normal 





KPAY SPORTS 1290 !!!!!


     The deal is done !!! KpaySports 1290 has finalized an agreement with the Oakland A's to carry all 60 games during the 2020 season.

     The A's will open the season on Friday July 24th against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in Oakland. KpaySports will carry every game home and away including the post-season.

     "We are very excited to carry A's baseball. Northstate fans are hungry for sports and there is nothing like having a great team, with great broadcasters deliver it to the rabid baseball fans here in Northern California," said KpaySports Program Director Mike Baca.

     The A's are coming off a playoff season in 2019 and have several young talented stars entering the prime of their careers. Shortstop Marcus Semien was in the running for the AL MVP. Gold Glove winning third baseman Matt Chapman is coming off a fantastic campaign, while first baseman Matt Olson provides some left-handed pop in the middle of the lineup.

     On the mound the A's are excited about hard-throwing left-hander Jesus Luzardo and a stable of young power arms that should have them contending for the American League West.

     The A's will play two exhibition games against the San Francisco Giants on July 20th and 21st before opening the regular season against the Angels.

     Oakland opens the season with a 6-game homestand before hitting the road for their first road-trip of the season.


Baseball owners want 16 teams in the post-season


     Major league baseball owners have blinked in their stand-off with the Major League Baseball Players Association. After answering the players 114 game proposal for resuming the season with 50 games, owners now have proposed 76 games. But, in return owners want a playoff that includes half the league, 16 teams. The players would also not get any more money for the longer playoff season. Players have said no increases in revenues is a non-starter 



     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




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."




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




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



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




PV rallies to Division III 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. 




     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




 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. 




     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. 





PV Edges Chico to advance to Northern Section Championship




     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 



               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




     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.