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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Colby Case

Colby Case, staff writer

Colby Case is the esports beat writer for The State Hornet. This is his second semester on staff, with graduation planned for the end of the spring 2021 semester. He likes to travel, primarily out of state or country.
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 Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games.

Sac State takes first in ECAC Valorant championships: E-Swarm Report

Smash Ultimate cements third place finish after opponents forfeit
April 29, 2021
The Hornet Valorant team took first in ECAC seasonal playoffs, and SSBU took third from the opponents’ forfeit. NECC Valorant lost in semifinals, and Metashift earned a default win.
 Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games.

Finals-bound Sac State Valorant avenges Smash Ultimate team’s loss: E-Swarm Report

SSBU to fight for third in ECAC playoffs
April 24, 2021
After a tight 2-1 match, the Sacramento State Valorant team won against Wayne State College, avenging the Smash Ultimate team’s loss to the same team. The NECC Gold Valorant team is headed to the NECC semifinals.
Sacramento State Esports club member Aaron “BioBanana” Than plays League of Legends at his house, March 10, 2021. The 24-hour Extra Life charity stream will start at 8 p.m. April 24 and be hosted by the Esports Club’s Twitch channel and all donations go to hospitals and children in need.

Hornets Esports Club participating in 24-hour charity stream

April 24, 2021
Sac State Esports club helps the popular charity organization Extra Life raise money for hospitals and kids in need with a 24-hour stream on their Twitch channel.
 Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games.

Sac State Smash Ultimate and Valorant secure ECAC semifinals spots: E-Swarm Report

Sac State NECC Valorant enters playoffs
April 17, 2021
The Sac State Green Super Smash Bros. Ultimate team made it to the semifinals after playing two back-to-back matches Monday, April 16. The Hornets Valorant team emerged victorious in a revenge match against Catawba in a 2-0 sweep Tuesday.
 Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games.

E-Swarm Report: First games of the ECAC playoffs bring mixed results

Sweeping victories for NECC Matches
April 9, 2021
Sweeping wins for Valorant and mixed results for SSBU, Valorant and Rocket League in the beginning of the ECAC playoffs.
 Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games.

E-Swarm Report: Sac State League of Legends’ undefeated streak snapped in Big Sky finals

Hornet Smash Ultimate player Rodriguez wipes out entire team alone, twice
April 2, 2021
Wins across the board for the Super Smash Bros. and Valorant teams. Heartbreaking losses in League of Legends. ECAC Playoffs start next week.
 Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games.

E-Swarm Report: Sac State ECAC Valorant team narrowly loses after risky plays

Smash Ultimate teams overcome Peach but fall to Corrin
March 19, 2021
Hornet Esports teams took close losses in Valorant, MetaShift League of Legends and Rocket League matches. The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Green team.
Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games. Heavy losses in the Valorant scene and glorious victories for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and League of Legends.

E-Swarm Report week of March 12: Sac State esports teams destroy in SSBU

League of Legends gets swept
March 13, 2021
Significant losses in Valorant Matches and promising victories for League of Legends, Rocket League and Smash Ultimate teams in this E-Swarm Report for the week of March 11.
New member of the League of Legends Gold team Aaron BioBanana Than plays a game of LoL at his home. Members of the Gold team will play to practice for the MetaShift League, rank up or for fun.

Hornets Esports club hosts tryouts for new seasonal league

Up to $500 to the winning team
March 10, 2021
With $500 for first place, find out who the Esports club has found for the MetaShift seasonal tournament.
Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games. The Sac State League of Legends team is poised to go into the playoffs undefeated March 6.

E-Swarm Report: Hard-fought wins, losses for Sac State in SSBU, NECC Valorant

Final League of Legends game March 6, ECAC Valorant team gets bye
March 6, 2021
Hard fought losses and victories all around for NECC and SSBU, Rocket League and ECAC victories by default in this week's E-Swarm Report for the week of March 1.
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STATE HORNET BUZZED: The video game episode

March 5, 2021
This week on State Hornet: Buzzed, podcast editor Robbie Pierce talks first, favorite and most underrated video games with opinion staffer Shelby Tolly, esports beat reporter Colby Case and multimedia reporter Blynn Beltran.
Each week, The State Hornet will recap all the action from Sac State’s esports games. The Sac State Valorant Hornet team (4-0, ECAC) won a narrow victory against Johnson & Wales University on Feb. 23.

E-Swarm Report Feb. 28: Sac State esports teams take heavy losses, closer victories

NECC Valorant teams take losses, ECAC team maintains undefeated season
March 1, 2021
Significant losses in Valorant NECC play and promising victories for ECAC Valorant and Smash Ultimate teams in the E-Swarm Report for the week of Feb. 27.
Aaron ArgonGaming George beats Concord University players with Captain Falcon, Feb. 15. George was however supposed to be playing State University New York: Canton. Taken via screenshot

E-Swarm Report: Resounding victories for League and Valorant

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Rocket League lose flawless status
February 22, 2021
Major victories and hard-fought losses in the E-Swarm Report for the week of Feb. 15.
The Sacramento State Hornets League of Legends team engages the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds in a team fight behind the dragon pit in the first game of the series on February 13. Screenshot taken by Michael Pacheco

Sac State League of Legends team dominates Southern Utah in 2-0 series

Third win in the Big Sky Conference season
February 15, 2021
Sacramento State’s Hornets League of Legends team secured a dominating victory over Southern Utah University’s Thunderbirds in a 2-0 series.
Don’t know what League is? This crash course in League of Legends will teach you most of what you need to know to get started with one of the most popular esports games out there.

[Photo] In two minutes: A crash course in League of Legends

February 15, 2021

Don’t know what League is? This crash course in League of Legends will teach you most of what you need to know to get started with one of the most popular esports games out there.

Christian “xShadowStarx” Archbold plays a game of Teamfight Tactics at his desk on Dec. 10, 2020. He is practicing for his next tournament, which may not be for a while due to their scarcity. Photo taken over Zoom.

Sac State esports member wins $1,250 in Teamfight Tactics tournament

Christian Archbold took 3rd place of around 120 contestants
December 16, 2020
Two Sac State esports team members competed, with one taking third out of around 120 players
Sac State junior point guard Milee Enger dribbles up court against Idaho on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Nest. Enger lead the team in both defensive rebounds and assists in the loss.

Sac State women’s basketball team drops first game of the season

Hornets handed a blowout loss by the Idaho Vandals, 97-73
December 5, 2020
The Sacramento State women's basketball team lost their first game of the season to the University of Idaho 97-73.
Cam Camtwo Harding (Mii Brawler, left) KOs Jahque “JJ$TATIC Wilson (Snake, right) with a back air as Wilson attempts to land, defeating Sac State in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Both teams were tied in stocks after Wilson won the previous set in a three-stock. Screenshot taken via Navarros Twitch.

Sac State esports team finishes playoffs 2nd in Valorant, 3rd in Smash Ultimate

Catawba College ends Sac State Valorant team's undefeated streak in Eastern College Athletic Conference finals
November 24, 2020
The Valorant loss ended the Hornets’ eight-win undefeated streak. The Smash Ultimate team’s final crew battle with Wayne State College went back and forth, with the Sac State team taking an early lead in their set before being stonewalled by a Mii Brawler for two sets.
Sacramento State hosted a panel discussing the election with Rita Gallardo Good, Dr. Kimberly Nalder and Andres Guerra Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The panel discussed the impacts of the presidential election as well as California propositions. Screenshot via Zoom taken by Colby Case.

Sac State hosts panel discussing 2020 election results and impacts

November 4, 2020
Sacramento State hosted a panel discussing the 2020 election and its impacts, including California propositions and the presidential race.
Every week The State Hornet compiles crimes recorded in the campus crime log into a map detailing their location and current status.

CRIME MAP: 4 crimes on campus over last 2 weeks

Campus crime map from Oct. 18-31
November 4, 2020
Only four crimes, compared to 14 in fall 2019, took place at Sac State during the eighth and ninth weeks of this semester.
Measure C if passed, would establish an elected rent control board that would regulate rent for affected units and limit the ability of landlords to terminate leases, according to the impartial analysis of Measure C prepared by Sacramento’s city attorney.

FAQ: All about Measure C on Sacramento’s ballot

Measure C proposes an elected rent control board
October 22, 2020
Measure C on Sacramento’s ballot this year, also known as the Sacramento Community Stabilization and Fair Rent Charter Amendment, proposes the creation of a rent control board. The State Hornet has put together an FAQ answering the most common questions about the measure on the ballot.
Professor Andrew Connelly inspects the mould for the small trial versions of a piece titled Tributary, at the Art Sculpture Lab, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. The full size piece is expected to be completed and installed near the new Welcome Center in fall 2021.

Sac State art students collaborate on on new sculpture for Welcome Center

Tributary expected to be completed by fall 2021
October 1, 2020
A new sculpture named Tributary is being made for Sacramento State, commissioned by Vice President of Student Affairs Ed Mills.
A modern take on a classic painting with  Lupita Nyongo as The Girl with a Pearl Earring chalked in John C. Fremont Park by Beth Mederros during the annual Chalk It Up! Festival. The festival was held throughout the greater Sacramento area on Sept. 5 through Sept. 7, 2020 to allow for social distancing at each site.

Chalk It Up! holds annual local festival despite coronavirus, fires

September 9, 2020
Local organization "Chalk It Up!" held its annual festival where chalk artists decorate sidewalk squares over Labor Day weekend.
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