The State Hornet

Consistency is key for Sac State baseball team entering new season

Sac State sophomore outfielder Trevor Doyle poses for a photo at practice on Thursday, Feb. 6 at John Smith Field. Doyle started in 49 games as a freshman and had eight multi-hit games in 2019.

Shaun Holkko

February 10, 2020

The most consistent sports team at Sacramento State will begin its 2020 season Friday night with a three-game series against No. 22 University of California, Santa Barbara.  The baseball team, led by Reggie Christiansen in his tenth season as coach, will attempt to win at least 30 games for the ninth c...

‘I never thought she could be an athlete’: The story of senior guard Gabi Bade

Sac State senior guard Gabi Bade crosses over while wearing her Philippines national team jersey on Monday, Jan. 26 at the Nest. Bade is one of three seniors on the Hornets' young roster.

Shaun Holkko

February 6, 2020

At a young age, Sacramento State senior guard Gabi Bade struggled to walk, often stumbling and falling down as she tried to keep her balance. Because of these early struggles, her father Chris Bade, never thought she would follow in his footsteps and become a basketball player. However, it was Bade...

Sac State student goes viral for Jimmy Garoppolo impersonation

Sac State senior Nate Baba poses for a photo in Yosmite in 2015. Baba went viral on Twitter after posting a video of himself impersonating 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jason Gallardo

January 31, 2020

When the San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game to secure their spot in Super Bowl LIV, 49ers fans celebrated the team’s seventh Super Bowl appearance in franchise history with joyous enthusiasm.  Nate Baba, a Sacramento State senior, and 49ers fan decided to c...

Sac State sports alumni adding a baby Hornet to their team

Sac State alumni Nick and Kimberly Mazza take their pregnancy announcement photos Tuesday, Nov. 26 at Hornet Stadium. The couple met as student athletes at Sac State.

Brooke Uhlenhop

December 16, 2019

The sky was grey and the ground was wet. Their photographer canceled because of the weather but they were still determined to have their announcement photoshoot at the place where it all started: Sac State and Hornet Stadium.  In 2013, Nick and Kimberly Mazza were Sacramento State student athletes a...

Sac State senior guard recalls journey from NBL to NCAA

Sac State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa dribbles at practice on Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Nest. Mauriohooho-Le'afa was a finalist for the Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year award in the 2018-19 season.

Garry Singh

December 14, 2019

Growing up in New Zealand, Sacramento State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa (pronounced Mo-dee-oh-ho-ho Lee-ah-fuh) always had a love for basketball. “It's in my blood, I was born and raised in a basketball family,” Mauriohooho-Le'afa said. Imagine playing for two basketball teams a...

Sac State women’s tennis team ready for challenge of new season

Sac State women's tennis coach Cami Hubbs works in her office at Yosemite Hall. Hubbs is entering her third year as head coach of the Hornets.

Shikhar Mohan

December 12, 2019

Cami Hubbs has been coaching women’s tennis at Sacramento State since 2017 and is ready for the challenge that awaits in her third season as head coach. “I’ve learned a lot from the past,” said Hubbs, who has spent 10 years on the coaching staff of various schools. The Hornets will travel t...

Sac State men’s rugby club aims to become official varsity team

Sac State men's rugby club captain John Joshua Bocalan Reyes safely receives a pass from his teammate during a game. The rugby team qualified to compete in Nationals after their Pacific West Sevens Tournament win.

Jasmin Acosta

December 12, 2019

The Sacramento State men’s rugby club is focused on becoming an official varsity team for Sac State after their recent win of the Pacific Western Sevens Tournament. The ruggers will now be competing in the USA Rugby Division 1-AA Sevens for the first time since 2000, almost two decades later. A...

Sac State sophomore golfer attributes growth as player to his mental game

Sac State sophomore golfer Ethan Davidson works on hits out of the sand trap at Valley Hi Country Club. Davidson was named an All-Big Sky honorable mention following his freshman season.

Nijzel Dotson

December 9, 2019

Sophomore golfer Ethan Davidson grew up in Southern California but knew after his first visit with Sacramento State’s men’s golf team that he was meant to be a Hornet. Davidson, who hails from the San Fernando Valley, said he’s been playing golf since he was 16 months old. His father Gary D...

Senior golfer emerges from sister’s shadow to lead Sac State women’s team

Sac State senior golfer Nishtha Madan practices putting at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento, California. She's intent to improve her 71.9 average.

Regina Reddick

December 4, 2019

Nishtha Madan followed the path that her sister Astha Madan blazed for her, leaving India to join her older sister on the Sacramento State women’s golf team.   Astha Madan was entering her junior year at Sac State when her younger sister left India to join her. The two sisters had committed t...

Underdogs to champions: A recap of the Sac State football team’s regular season

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson stands in the pocket amid pressure from UC Davis against the Aggies on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Hornet Stadium. The No. 4 Hornets host the second round of the FCS Playoffs at 6 p.m. next Saturday, Dec. 7 at Hornet Stadium.

Mack Ervin III

November 30, 2019

One season was all it took for the Sacramento State football team to taste success and a playoff berth under the guidance of new head coach Troy Taylor. The Hornets entered this season with the goal of turning around the program after finishing with a 2-8 record in 2018 and firing head coach Jody S...

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