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Sac state soccer player overcomes rare blood disorder, torn ACL

Sac State soccer player Christina Lazar poses at Kaiser Hospital in Roseville. Lazar was diagnosed with a rare blood disease and had to heal from a torn ACL before she could return to playing for Sac State's team in March. Photo courtesy of Christina Lazar.

Jason Gallardo

May 19, 2020

On March 8, Sacramento State soccer player Christina Lazar played her first game in over a year following her battle with a rare blood disorder and a torn ACL.  Lazar grew up in Rocklin and has been playing soccer since she was in preschool. She was introduced to the sport because she wanted to co...

Sac State coaches forced to adapt recruitment efforts amid stay-at-home order

Sac State baseball coach Reggie Christiansen poses for a photo at John Smith Field. Christiansen has been relying on high school and travel ball coaches to get opinions on potential recruits.

Garry Singh

May 15, 2020

College sports coaches have been fostering new and innovative ways to recruit players amid the stay-at-home order to ensure they still have successful teams and are able to bring in the right players for their programs. The year-round recruitment process usually entails visits to the campuses, facilities...

DOUBLE COVERAGE S1E16: Double Double Coverage

Graphic courtesy of Angel Casillas

Mack Ervin III, Shaun Holkko, Garry Singh, and Robbie Pierce

May 14, 2020

For the season finale of Double Coverage, Mack Ervin III and Shaun Holkko host a double-sized special edition. In it, they discuss the most recent UFC fight card, analyzing the hypothetical NFL season schedules and speculating when sports might be able to start up again. Then, they are joined by the sh...

Sac State alumna makes history as first female MLB coach

Sac State alumna Alyssa Nakken poses for a photo at Oracle Park. Nakken made history when she was named as the first female MLB coach.

Jason Gallardo

May 14, 2020

While working to produce the Spartan Race at Oracle Park as an intern for the San Francisco Giants, Sacramento State alumna Alyssa Nakken passed by the office of manager Gabe Kapler. Nakken stopped to ask a simple question, not knowing that this would be one of the first steps in becoming the firs...

Sac State Athletics Department will no longer broadcast games with student radio station

Former KSSU Sports Director Anthony Rifenburg (left) and Keith Jouganatos broadcast a men's basketball game on Nov. 11, 2018 at the Nest. The KSSU sports department's agreement with the Athletics Department has expired, and will not be renewed.

Magaly Muñoz

May 11, 2020

With the cancellation of spring athletics at Sacramento State due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a lull in sports broadcasting, and there will continue to be one indefinitely. In April, the sports department at KSSU, Sac State’s student-run radio station, was informed by the athletics...

DOUBLE COVERAGE S1E15: USWNT equal pay claim denied, NFL free agent signings, Marshawn Lynch vs. Frank Gore

Graphic courtesy of Angel Casillas

Mack Ervin III, Shaun Holkko, and Robbie Pierce

May 6, 2020

On this week’s episode of Double Coverage, hosts Mack Ervin III and Shaun Holkko discuss the U.S. Women’s National Team having their claims of discrimination in pay and playing conditions denied, several NFL free agency signings and who will have a better 2020 season between two of the NFL’s “e...

Sac State athletes torn between returning and moving on following NCAA’s eligibility relief announcement

Sac State student-athletes Michael Birch, Sofie Babic and Ryan Walstad. After the cancellation of their seasons, all three senior athletes were left with unknowns about their future. Photos of Birch and Babic courtesy of Hornet Athletics.

Jason Gallardo

May 4, 2020

The Sacramento State Athletics Department announced in March that all spring sports would be canceled for the remainder of the academic year due to COVID-19, leaving many seniors deprived of competing in their final season as college athletes. Many seniors across the nation pleaded with the NCAA to grant t...

OPINION: The US Women’s National Team deserves equal pay and denying that is insulting

A judge dismissed the U.S. Women's National Team's claim for equal pay on the basis of lack of evidence Friday, May 1. The team has been fighting for equal pay from the United States Soccer Federation since 2016.
Graphic by Brooke Uhlenhop

Robyn Dobson and Brooke Uhlenhop

May 2, 2020

Ruling that there is “insufficient evidence” that the United States Women’s National Team is paid unequally is a giant slap in the face.  Not just to them or female athletes around the world, but to all women who are working to end the pay gap. On Friday, a U.S. District Court judge for the ...

Sac State men’s basketball coach on contract extension, basketball shutdowns

Sac State head coach Brian Katz instructs one of his players to enter the game against UC Davis at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019. Katz recently signed a multi-year extension with the Hornets.

Ian Edwards

April 30, 2020

After taking a 62-54 win over Weber State University in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament, the Sacramento State men’s basketball team was prepared to take on the number one seed.  The Hornets were prepped and ready to go out and play in their quarter-final matchup against Eastern Washing...

DOUBLE COVERAGE S1E14: 2020 NFL Draft Recap

Graphic courtesy of Angel Casillas

Shaun Holkko and Mack Ervin III

April 29, 2020

This week on Double Coverage, hosts Shaun Holkko and Mack Ervin III go over the NFL’s first virtual draft, and talk about where the top rated quarterbacks went, how they feel about their favorite picks, which draftees have Sacramento connections, their favorite moments and more. Music: Funkorama ...

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