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The ‘self-defense’ club: MMA enthusiasts practice punches on campus

The ‘self-defense’ club: MMA enthusiasts practice punches on campus

Noah Alvarez

December 10, 2016

After hearing about a kidnapping near the dorms in 2010, Andrew Verdi, the founder of the Sacramento State mixed martial arts club, had one goal: to teach students self-defense. Verdi lived in the American River Courtyard dorms when a fellow resident was abducted by three men in a van and later assaul...

Former high school teammates bring water polo to campus

Former high school teammates bring water polo to campus

Noah Alvarez

December 9, 2016

After a mournful trip to their hometown of Porterville, Sacramento State students Luis Barraza and AJ Dodd found the inspiration to start a water polo club after the passing of their former teammate. Barraza and Dodd both attended Harmony Magnet Academy, a school located outside of Porterville. Both ...

Men’s rugby team rejoins Division I-A, aims for national success

Men’s rugby team rejoins Division I-A, aims for national success

Stephanie Beachley

November 12, 2016

The Sacramento State men’s rugby team has high expectations as it aims to finish top 20 in the nation after rejoining Division I-A with five other California universities in 2016. “We have a lot of new guys that have experience, which is really new and different for our club,” Sac State men's rug...

Women’s rugby club readies for Division II competition

Women’s rugby club readies for Division II competition

Ryan Lewis

October 31, 2016

Sacramento State women’s rugby has successfully made a return to Division II competition and are on a mission to show that the sporting club is here to stay. Former club President Kristina Johnson worked to fight for the reinstatement and after successfully accomplishing her goal, Johnson hopes...

Men’s volleyball club set on bringing back national success

Men’s volleyball club set on bringing back national success

Noah Alvarez

October 29, 2016

After finishing in ninth place for three straight years before a 19th-place finish in 2015, the Sacramento State men’s volleyball club is hungry to bring a national championship to campus. Sac State’s success in the last half decade is largely in part to head coach Sukhjit ‘Suji’ Dhillon,...

Senior grappler aims for All-American status on wrestling mat

Senior grappler aims for All-American status on wrestling mat

Noah Alvarez

October 20, 2016

After a four-year hiatus from wrestling, Sacramento State senior Tony Delgado has reached nationals and is aspiring to achieve more in his second year with the club. Delgado, 23, discovered the team during his first semester orientation. By the time he joined the club, however, the wrestling seaso...

Students help bring new sporting clubs to campus

Students help bring new sporting clubs to campus

Noah Alvarez

September 21, 2016

After piles of paperwork, countless efforts spent promoting and dozens of hours of completing miscellaneous tasks, the women's softball club and the lacrosse club were introduced as the two newest sporting clubs on the Sacrament State campus. Lacrosse returns to Sac State after a 20-year-long hiatus, and the sof...

Club sports excel at the national level

Spencer Thompson

April 21, 2016

The Sacramento State Racquetball Club and the Ski and Snowboard Club both attended nationals this spring, competing strongly on the courts and in record-setting fashion on the slopes. These sport clubs are two of the seven clubs that competed in their respective national competitions throughout ...

Title IX impacts men’s athletics with unintended effects

Title IX impacts men’s athletics with unintended effects

Andrew Brown

April 7, 2016

Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 has helped provide an avenue for female college students to be more involved in NCAA-sanctioned sports. Athletics was just one factor in a long list of changes the act created, but with sports being a financial juggernaut, it has been the most di...

Sports clubs a way to enhance your college experience

Sports clubs a way to enhance your college experience

Spencer Thompson

March 18, 2016

Whether academic, social, spiritual, or athletic, there is a wide variety of ways for students to define their own college experience. One of these ways of getting involved is to join a Sports Club. The Sacramento State Sport Club program consists of 19 highly competitive clubs that compete against ...

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