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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...

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...

SPORTS PODCAST: Stories of underrepresented sports

Sports editor Shaun Holkko and copy editor Robbie Pierce. Both of these State Hornet editors participated in sports they felt had lower profiles in high school.

Shaun Holkko, Robbie Pierce, and Will Coburn

December 5, 2019

Golf and cross country might not draw the largest crowds but they’re still fairly popular sports. Sports editor Shaun Holkko and copy editor Robbie Pierce go over what it was like to play sports that get less of the limelight in high school. Music: Rumble by ...

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...

Q&A with Sac State women’s golfer Sofie Babic

Sacramento State's Sofie Babic competes in the Sacramento State Invitational on Monday, March 19, 2018. Babic spoke to The State Hornet about the Women's Golf Team's Big Sky Conference victory.

Shiavon Chatman

May 6, 2019

For the second time in three seasons, the Sacramento State women’s golf team won the Big Sky Conference championship and qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The State Hornet sat down with team leader Sofie Babic to talk to her about golf and her progression at Sac State. Babic, a native of Sweden, said she has been...

OPINION: Tiger Woods pulls off greatest comeback in sports history

Tiger Woods walks off the sixth green during a practice round on Tuesday April 7, 2015. He would go on to finish tied for 17th at the event.

Aaron Jackson

April 14, 2019

Arguably the greatest golfer of all time, Tiger Woods, has pulled off the greatest comeback ever after winning the 2019 Masters Tournament Sunday. Woods, who was two shots back at the beginning of the final round, is now a five-time champion of the event. His other victories were in 1997, 2001, 2002 and 20...

Hornet captain Eric Olsem leads team after coming from community college

Eric Olsem before teeing off at the 10th hole at Valley Hi Country Club.

Rudy Obstaculo

October 23, 2018

Sacramento State junior golfer Eric Olsem stood over the ball, rehearsing his swing and looked down at his target, before executing the swing and hitting a piercing shot. Olsem comes from an athletic family with three brothers, all of whom played various sports, but were mainly competitive in baseba...

VIDEO: Eric Olsem Sac State men’s golf

Rudy Obstaculo

October 9, 2018

Sacramento State men's golfer Eric Olsem talks about the differences between junior college and D1 and why he focused on just golf. RELATED: Team chemistry leads men’s golf into season

Women’s golf has slow opening to season despite returning starters

Sac State junior golfer Sofie Babic is one of four returning starters from last season's team. The Hornets didn't finish in the top 10 in either of their first two tournaments in September.

Jose Fabian

October 2, 2018

The Sacramento State women’s golf team has yet to repeat last year’s success even with four of its five starters returning. The Hornets placed 12th as a team at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Wolcott, Colorado which was held Sept. 24-25. The team also placed 11th at the Mary Fossum...

Team chemistry leads men’s golf into season

Junior Eric Olsen (left) and freshman Ethan Davidson (right) are looking to learn from their play and improve throughout the rest of the season.

Steven Bryla

October 2, 2018

The Sacramento State men’s golf team is off to a difficult start this season as they finished in a tie for 15th place in the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Cedar Rapids, Iowa held on Sept. 16-18. The third round of the tournament was cancelled and the course deemed unplayable due to heavy rain. I...

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