The State Hornet

Sac State men’s rowing club aims to build character

The Sacramento State men's rowing club won the 2016 Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championship after defeating UC Barbara and UC Berkeley last season. (Photo courtesy of Morgan Mahan)

Noah Alvarez

February 9, 2017

It’s 5:30 a.m. and most Sacramento State students are sleeping, but the men’s rowing club is on its way to Lake Natomas for an intense workout. Five days a week you can catch the club at the crack of dawn on the lake, working out in less than ideal temperatures. Club president David Granicher...

Sac State rower pursues dance career after car crash

Sacramento State student Vuong Nguyen suffered injuries in a January 2015 car crash that halted his ability to compete on the rowing team and his progress as a dance minor. (Photo by Diana Rykun)

Will Moon

December 14, 2016

Though some suggested he blacked out, Sacramento State student Vuong Nguyen remembers closing his eyes and screaming as his foot bent backward and pain surged through his body. The Elk Grove native was driving 55 mph through the intersection of Bond and Waterman Roads in Elk Grove in January 2015 w...

Sport Clubs rise above challenges to bring pride to campus

Sacramento State men's rugby club captain and senior Nick Weeder motivates his teammates before a match. (Photo Courtesy of Sac State Sport Clubs)

Stephanie Beachley

December 11, 2016

Pride is a quality that derives from achievement, and the athletes of Sacramento State Sport Clubs exude plenty of it. Consisting of 21 teams, Sport Clubs represent Sac State at both local and national levels. Each team is a student-run organization that functions in collaboration with the University’s S...

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

Sacramento State mixed martial arts club's goal is to teach students self-defense. Andrew Verdi, the founder of the club in 2010, thought of the idea after hearing about a fellow resident of the American River Courtyard dorms abduction and assault. (Photo Courtesy of Melissa Enamorado/Sac State MMA Club)

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

Sacramento State water polo club at the pool at Yosemite Hall on Sunday, Dec. 4. Co-founder and junior Luis Barraza was able to get the club recognized as an official club sport in only four days. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

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

The Sacramento State men's rugby club practices behind Yosemite hall on Oct. 27. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

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

Sacramento State  head coach Inoke Waqavesi guides the women's rugby club during drills next to Hornet Field on Oct. 20. The club has made a return to competing at the Division II level. (Photo by Matthew Dyer)

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

Sacramento State men’s volleyball club looks to get back into the top 10 in the 2016-17 season after falling out of it with a 19th-place finish last season. (Photo courtesy of Sac State men's volleyball club)

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

Sacramento State senior Tony Delgado prepares to grapple against a Fresno State opponent in his first season with the wrestling club. Delgado qualified for nationals after placing third in the 165-pound weight class at the West Coast conference tournament. (Photo courtesy of Tony Delgado)

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

From left, Nutritional Advisor Randi McCreary, Lacrosse Club President Charles Serna and goalie Nicolas Plata-Escobar sit at the booth for their new club that brought lacrosse back. (Photo by Francisco Medina)

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...

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