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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...

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...

Sac State alumnus, Stockton Kings’ guard on season’s swift end

Cody Demps poses for a photo on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019 at Roosevelt Park in Sacramento. The Stockton Kings guard had his season canceled due to COVID-19.

Jason Gallardo

April 22, 2020

March 11 was the day that seems to have halted what the majority of sports fans know as normal life as the NBA announced the suspension of the season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with other professional leagues quickly following suit.   On the same day, Sacramento State alumnus and Stockton Kings’ ...

Sac State alumnus among top NBA writers at The Athletic

Sac State alumnus Sam Amick interviews Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin

Shaun Holkko

April 17, 2020

As a 7-year-old boy, Sam Amick found himself at the Super Bowl XIX media day between the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium. This was not Amick’s only exposure to the sports media world as a boy, as his dad Bob Amick, a sweet-talking salesman, always found a way to get his sports-lovin...

Sac State students reflect on their time playing basketball at The WELL

Oku Best-Wilson, Ben Smith, and Presley Ehezue (left to right) pose for a photo. The three friends met playing intramural basketball at The WELL.

Nijzel Dotson

April 15, 2020

Sac State junior and ethnic studies major Oku Best-Wilson has been playing intramural basketball at The WELL since he was a freshman. When The WELL announced its indefinite closure on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Best-Wilson was left disappointed and without a place to play.  “Basketball is thera...

DOUBLE COVERAGE S1E11: Trump’s call with commissioners, MLB in May, Basketball Hall of Fame

Graphic courtesy of Angel Casillas

Mack Ervin III, Shaun Holkko, and Robbie Pierce

April 8, 2020

This week on Double Coverage, Mack and Shaun discuss President Donald Trump’s conference call with sports commissioners and whether sports are ready to reopen. Specifically, they talk about whether the MLB can resume next month like some officials are saying and they also cover the latest admission...

Another first-round exit ends Sac State women’s basketball team’s season

Sac State sophomore point guard Milee Enger dribbles the ball up court against Northern Colorado on Monday, March 9 at CenturyLink Arena. The Hornets' season came to an end with a 79-61 loss to the Bears.

Shaun Holkko

March 9, 2020

For the fourth year in a row, the Sacramento State women’s basketball team’s season ended with a first-round exit in the Big Sky Tournament. The Hornets (8-22, 6-14 Big Sky) came into the tournament as the ninth seed to play the University of Northern Colorado (13-17, 9-11), who was the eighth ...

‘I was definitely a late bloomer’: Sac State sophomore forward continues to evolve

Sac State sophomore forward Tiana Johnson prepares to shoot at Yosemite Hall. Johnson has averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the 2019-20 season.

Shaun Holkko

March 9, 2020

Rafting, fly fishing, hiking and swimming are just a few activities that Sacramento State sophomore forward Tiana Johnson grew up doing in Kalispell, Montana. Johnson was born to parents Tryg and Lynette Johnson, who encouraged Johnson and her three older sisters to get outside and enjoy recreatio...

Sac State men’s basketball team drops Big Sky play finale 76-72

Senior forward Chibueze Jacobs attempts a free throw against Portland State at the Nest on Thursday, Jan. 24. The Hornets dropped their final regular season game on the road to the Vikings 76-72.

Dylan McNeill

March 8, 2020

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team dropped a close game Saturday night to the Portland State University Vikings by a score of 76-72 on Portland State’s senior night.  The Hornets (15-14, 8-12 Big Sky Conference) sit tied at eighth place ahead of the Big Sky tournament while the Vikings...

Sac State women’s basketball team loses to Portland State 91-68 on Senior Night

Sac State sophomore forward Tiana Johnson gets instruction from assistant coach Derrick Florence against Portland State on Friday, March 6 at the Nest. The Hornets fell to the Vikings 91-68 on Senior Night.

Shaun Holkko

March 7, 2020

The Sacramento State women’s basketball team took the court at the Nest for the final time this season to play Portland State on Senior Night Friday. The Hornets (8-21, 6-14 Big Sky Conference) were unable to overcome several injuries, leading to a 91-68 loss to the Vikings (15-15, 9-11). Sac Sta...

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