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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

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Sac State sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway (12) prepares to throw against Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. In his first start of the season, Dunniway completed 27 of 44 passes for 384 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the 38-34 win at Northern Arizona on Saturday.

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Junior quarterback Jake Dunniway’s road to greatness at Sac State

November 19, 2021

Sac State sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway (12) prepares to throw against Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. In his first start of the season, Dunniway completed 27 of 44 passes for 384 yards,...

Sac State student Jayda Preyer photographed inside her apartment Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Proposition 21 would allow cities and counties to apply rent control to most properties over 15 years old.

[Photo] Experts explain: California propositions, what they’ll cost

October 15, 2020

Sac State student Jayda Preyer photographed inside her apartment Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019. Proposition 21 would allow cities and counties to apply rent control to most properties over 15 years old.

Sac State wide receiver Dewey Cotton, right, and tight end Marshel Martin, left, celebrate after Cotton scored a touchdown against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept.14, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. Cotton had a total of 14 yards receiving and one touchdown against the Bears.

[Photo] This week in Hornet sports history: Week of 9/14

September 18, 2020

Sac State wide receiver Dewey Cotton, right, and tight end Marshel Martin, left, celebrate after Cotton scored a touchdown against Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept.14, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. Cotton...

Sac State softball coach Lori Perez throws the ball during practice Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Shea Stadium. Perez said the cancellation of the season was a huge disappointment for her senior athletes.

[Photo] Sac State coaches forced to adapt recruitment efforts amid stay-at-home order

May 15, 2020

Sac State softball coach Lori Perez throws the ball during practice Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Shea Stadium. Perez said the cancellation of the season was a huge disappointment for her senior athletes.

Sac State juniors, quarterback Kevin Thomson and running back Elijah Dotson, run an option play against Montana State on Oct. 19, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets main home jersey features a dark green look.

[Photo] Sac State football team wins ‘Best Team Uniform’

May 4, 2020

Sac State juniors, quarterback Kevin Thomson and running back Elijah Dotson, run an option play against Montana State on Oct. 19, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets main home jersey features a dark green...

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson prepares to throw a pass against Northern Colorado on Sept. 14, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. Thomson had 361 passing yards, 53 rushing yards and five touchdowns in the 50-0 win.

[Photo] Sac State quarterback wins ‘Best Male Athlete’ following historic 2019 season

May 4, 2020

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson prepares to throw a pass against Northern Colorado on Sept. 14, 2019 at Hornet Stadium. Thomson had 361 passing yards, 53 rushing yards and five touchdowns in...

From left to right, Sac State senior football players, defensive lineman George Obinna, defensive back Caelan Barnes and defensive lineman Dariyn Choates pose for a photo after practice. Obinna signed with the Cleveland Browns as a free agent Saturday after going undrafted in the 2020 NFL Draft.

[Photo] Sac State defensive lineman signs with NFL’s Cleveland Browns after going undrafted

April 25, 2020

From left to right, Sac State senior football players, defensive lineman George Obinna, defensive back Caelan Barnes and defensive lineman Dariyn Choates pose for a photo after practice. Obinna signed...

Sac State Career Center Director Melissa Repa talks about Tara O’Sullivan at a press conference in front of Sacramento Hall on Thursday, June 20, 2019. OSullivan was a Sacramento Police officer and Sac State alumna who was killed in the line of duty June 19 while responding to a domestic violence call.

[Photo] Prosecutors seek death penalty for suspect in killing of Sac State alumna

January 24, 2020

Sac State Career Center Director Melissa Repa talks about Tara O’Sullivan at a press conference in front of Sacramento Hall on Thursday, June 20, 2019. O'Sullivan was a Sacramento Police officer and...

Marvin Maldonado, owner of Neighborhood Pizzeria, adding the final touch to their popular pizza named Notorious P.I.G. They cook the pizza at 600 degrees and it bakes in 10 minutes according to Maldonado.

[Photo] Neighborhood Pizzeria bakes its way into the hearts and stomachs of Sacramento

December 11, 2019

Marvin Maldonado, owner of Neighborhood Pizzeria, adding the final touch to their popular pizza named "Notorious P.I.G." They cook the pizza at 600 degrees and it bakes in 10 minutes according to Maldonado.

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson throws a pass against Austin Peay on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Hornet Stadium. Thomson completed 21 of 53 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 13 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

[Photo] Sac State football team’s season ends with 42-28 thrashing from Austin Peay

December 7, 2019

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson throws a pass against Austin Peay on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Hornet Stadium. Thomson completed 21 of 53 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 13 times...

Graphic by Eucario Calderon.

[Photo] OPINION: BEST OF THE DECADE: Defining Songs of the Decade

December 7, 2019

Graphic by Eucario Calderon.

Sac State womens soccer junior midfielder Skylar Littlefield poses for a photo at Hornet Field. Littlefield suffered a concussion after being hit in the head by a soccer ball during a match in the 2019 season.

[Photo] Sac State women’s soccer midfielder prioritizes health after concussion

November 28, 2019

Sac State women's soccer junior midfielder Skylar Littlefield poses for a photo at Hornet Field. Littlefield suffered a concussion after being hit in the head by a soccer ball during a match in the 2019...

Sac State sophomore setter Ashtin Olin poses for a photo Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Yosemite Hall. Olin has been named second team all-Big Sky Conference in consecutive seasons (2018-19).

[Photo] ‘This is where I’m meant to be’: Sac State volleyball player sets team up for success

November 25, 2019

Sac State sophomore setter Ashtin Olin poses for a photo Wednesday, Nov. 20 at Yosemite Hall. Olin has been named second team all-Big Sky Conference in consecutive seasons (2018-19).

Members of the Sac State football team walk off the field against Montana Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornet Athletics department is the organization in the Big Sky that receives the largest amount of its funding from its schools general fund.

[Photo] SPORTS PODCAST: What’s going on with Sac State’s Athletic Department budget?

November 21, 2019

Members of the Sac State football team walk off the field against Montana Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornet Athletics department is the organization in the Big Sky that receives the largest...

The Sac State Dance Team practicing a dance routine at  Yosemite Hall on Friday, Nov. 15. To prepare for their performances, the dancers practice for three hours every Tuesday and Friday to perform throughout the semester.

[Photo] Sac State’s Dance Team is all heart and passion when performing

November 20, 2019

The Sac State Dance Team practicing a dance routine at Yosemite Hall on Friday, Nov. 15. To prepare for their performances, the dancers practice for three hours every Tuesday and Friday to perform throughout...

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson throws a pass against No. 3 Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. Thomson returned from injury Saturday to lead the Hornets to a 31-7 road win at Idaho.

[Photo] No. 6 Sac State football team crushes Idaho 31-7, keeps conference championship hopes alive

November 16, 2019

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson throws a pass against No. 3 Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. Thomson returned from injury Saturday to lead the Hornets to a 31-7 road win at Idaho.

From left to right, Sac State senior football players, defensive lineman Dariyn Choates , defensive back Caelan Barnes and defensive back George Obinna pose for a photo. In total, the Sac State defense has allowed 29 touchdowns, the third least in the Big Sky.

[Photo] Dominant defense leads way for Sac State football team

November 15, 2019

From left to right, Sac State senior football players, defensive lineman Dariyn Choates , defensive back Caelan Barnes and defensive back George Obinna pose for a photo. In total, the Sac State defense...

Sac State freshman tight end Marshel Martin (left) celebrates a touchdown with freshman wide receiver Parker Clayton against No. 3 Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets play at Idaho this Saturday in their final road game of the regular season.

[Photo] PREVIEW: No. 6 Sac State football team readies for Idaho in penultimate regular season game

November 14, 2019

Sac State freshman tight end Marshel Martin (left) celebrates a touchdown with freshman wide receiver Parker Clayton against No. 3 Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets play at Idaho this...

Photo illustration. The nursing program at Sac State is extremely competitive, accepting a maximum of 80 students per semester. While the GPA requirement for admission is a minimum of 3.3, the average GPA for those admitted the last four years has been over 3.95.

[Photo] Impacted Sac State nursing program’s limited enrollment requires ‘perfectionists’

November 13, 2019

Photo illustration. The nursing program at Sac State is extremely competitive, accepting a maximum of 80 students per semester. While the GPA requirement for admission is a minimum of 3.3, the average...

Sac State sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway prepares to throw against Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. In his first start of the season, Dunniway completed 27 of 44 passes for 384 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in the 38-34 win at Northern Arizona on Saturday.

[Photo] No. 5 Sac State football team escapes with close 38-34 win at Northern Arizona

November 9, 2019

Sac State sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway prepares to throw against Weber State on Nov. 2 at Hornet Stadium. In his first start of the season, Dunniway completed 27 of 44 passes for 384 yards, four...

Sac State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Leafa goes in for a layup during practice Monday, Nov. 4 at The Nest. Mauriohooho-Le’afa was a finalist for Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year in the 2018-19 season.

[Photo] Sac State men’s basketball team looks to build upon last season’s success

November 7, 2019

Sac State senior guard Izayah Mauriohooho-Le'afa goes in for a layup during practice Monday, Nov. 4 at The Nest. Mauriohooho-Le’afa was a finalist for Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year in the 2018-19...

From left, Sacramento State womens basketball seniors, guard Camariah King, forward Kennedy Nicholas and guard Gabi Bade pose for a photo Thursday, Oct. 31 at Yosemite Hall. The Hornets ended the 2018-19 season with a record of 10-19 and a six-game losing streak.

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball team shakes up its strategy for new season

November 4, 2019

From left, Sacramento State women's basketball seniors, guard Camariah King, forward Kennedy Nicholas and guard Gabi Bade pose for a photo Thursday, Oct. 31 at Yosemite Hall. The Hornets ended the 2018-19...

Sac State sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway prepares to throw against No. 3 Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Hornet Stadium. Dunniway will start at quarterback for the No. 5 Hornets this Saturday at Northern Arizona if junior Kevin Thomson is unable to play due to injury.

[Photo] No. 6 Sac State football team shut down by No. 3 Weber State in 36-17 loss

November 2, 2019

Sac State sophomore quarterback Jake Dunniway prepares to throw against No. 3 Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Hornet Stadium. Dunniway will start at quarterback for the No. 5 Hornets this Saturday...

Sacramento State juniors, quarterback Kevin Thomson and running back Elijah Dotson, run an option play against Montana Oct. 19 at Hornet Stadium. The No. 6 Hornets host No. 3 Weber State Saturday night.

[Photo] PREVIEW: No. 6 Sac State football team faces off with co-Big Sky leaders No. 3 Weber State

October 31, 2019

Sacramento State juniors, quarterback Kevin Thomson and running back Elijah Dotson, run an option play against Montana Oct. 19 at Hornet Stadium. The No. 6 Hornets host No. 3 Weber State Saturday night.

Voters cast their ballots at the vote center in Modoc Hall Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 59 which prioritizes placing vote centers on college campuses.

[Photo] Sac State vote center provides real-world example for new California election law

October 30, 2019

Voters cast their ballots at the vote center in Modoc Hall Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently signed Assembly Bill 59 which prioritizes placing vote centers on college campuses.

Sacramento State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson and junior running back Elijah Dotson look towards the sideline against Montana Oct. 19 at Hornet Field. The Hornets defeated Cal Poly 38-14 Saturday night.

[Photo] No. 7 Sac State football team runs over Cal Poly in 38-14 victory

October 26, 2019

Sacramento State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson and junior running back Elijah Dotson look towards the sideline against Montana Oct. 19 at Hornet Field. The Hornets defeated Cal Poly 38-14 Saturday night.

Members of the Sac State offense walk off the field against Montana Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets play at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Saturday night.

[Photo] PREVIEW: No. 7 Sac State football team prepares for Cal Poly’s triple-option offense

October 24, 2019

Members of the Sac State offense walk off the field against Montana Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets play at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo Saturday night.

Sac State sophomore forward Benji Kikanovic balances the ball on his head Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Field. Kikanovic has been playing soccer since he was five years old.

[Photo] Sac State sophomore forward was drawn to soccer at a young age

October 24, 2019

Sac State sophomore forward Benji Kikanovic balances the ball on his head Saturday, Oct. 19 at Hornet Field. Kikanovic has been playing soccer since he was five years old.

Sac State junior Jayda Preyer photographed inside her apartment Thursday, Oct. 17. Preyer is currently working with CARES to help students who are facing housing insecurities.

[Photo] Sac State student speaks out about experience with homelessness

October 23, 2019

Sac State junior Jayda Preyer photographed inside her apartment Thursday, Oct. 17. Preyer is currently working with CARES to help students who are facing housing insecurities.

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson celebrates as he scores a touchdown against Montana Saturday, Oct.19 at Hornet Field. Thomson finished the game with a total of 2 rushing touchdowns in the win.

[Photo] No. 15 Sac State football team dominates No. 5 Montana 49-22

October 20, 2019

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson celebrates as he scores a touchdown against Montana Saturday, Oct.19 at Hornet Field. Thomson finished the game with a total of 2 rushing touchdowns in the win.

Marc E. Bassy performed for his fourth time at Sac State for a concert hosted by UNIQUE Programs Thursday, Oct. 17.  Before putting out his own work, Bassy was a songwriter for artists such as Sean Kingston, Wiz Khalifa and Ty Dolla $ign.

[Photo] Q&A: Singer-songwriter Marc E. Bassy shares his inspiration and creative process

October 19, 2019

Marc E. Bassy performed for his fourth time at Sac State for a concert hosted by UNIQUE Programs Thursday, Oct. 17. Before putting out his own work, Bassy was a songwriter for artists such as Sean Kingston,...

Sac State softball head coach Lori Perez prepares to hit a ball during practice Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Shea Stadium. Perez has 19 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player (1999-02), nine years as an assistant coach (2005-13) and six seasons as the head coach (2014-now).

[Photo] Sac State softball head coach builds players into winners

October 17, 2019

Sac State softball head coach Lori Perez prepares to hit a ball during practice Wednesday, Oct. 9 at Shea Stadium. Perez has 19 years of experience at Sacramento State, including four seasons as a player...

Sac State junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos kicks the ball at practice Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Hornet Field. Kim-Bustillos has scored 7 goals and made 3 assists thus far in the 2019 season.

[Photo] Small wonder: Kim-Bustillos leads Sac State’s women’s soccer team

October 11, 2019

Sac State junior forward Kylee Kim-Bustillos kicks the ball at practice Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Hornet Field. Kim-Bustillos has scored 7 goals and made 3 assists thus far in the 2019 season.

Sac State student, Denisse Garcia, ASI Vice President of Finance, takes notes during an ASI meeting Wednesday, Oct. 4. Garcia is a DACA recipient who is currently studying business.

[Photo] ‘Nothing in my life is secure’: Sac State DACA recipients speak out

October 9, 2019

Sac State student, Denisse Garcia, ASI Vice President of Finance, takes notes during an ASI meeting Wednesday, Oct. 4. Garcia is a DACA recipient who is currently studying business.

Sac State senior defender Mac Harrington runs toward the camera in this photo illustration Thursday, Sept 19, after a game against the University of San Francisco. Harrington is coming back from a torn ACL that prematurely ended his junior season Sept. 29, 2018.

[Photo] Sac State senior defender poised for comeback season after ACL tear

October 7, 2019

Sac State senior defender Mac Harrington runs toward the camera in this photo illustration Thursday, Sept 19, after a game against the University of San Francisco. Harrington is coming back from a torn...

Jay Cruz, Sac State alumnus, was photographed on Oct. 1 inside his home studio. Cruz is a music producer, rapper, singer, DJ, and entrepreneur based in Sacramento.

[Photo] Sac State alumnus turns making music into a business

October 6, 2019

Jay Cruz, Sac State alumnus, was photographed on Oct. 1 inside his home studio. Cruz is a music producer, rapper, singer, DJ, and entrepreneur based in Sacramento.

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson poses for a photo Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Sac State. Through four games this season, Thomson has completed 95 of 153 passes for 1,160 yards, 13 touchdowns and two interceptions. Five of those touchdowns came in the 50-0 shutout win against Northern Colorado.

[Photo] Kevin Thomson’s elbow cost him 2 seasons. Now, he’s getting them back

October 3, 2019

Sac State junior quarterback Kevin Thomson poses for a photo Wednesday, Sept. 25 at Sac State. Through four games this season, Thomson has completed 95 of 153 passes for 1,160 yards, 13 touchdowns and...

Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis poses for a photo before practice on Monday, Sept. 23 at The Nest. Davis has been named to the all-tournament team three separate times this season.

[Photo] Sac State volleyball player exhibits exceptional leadership as team’s lone senior

September 28, 2019

Senior outside hitter Sarah Davis poses for a photo before practice on Monday, Sept. 23 at The Nest. Davis has been named to the all-tournament team three separate times this season.

Sac State senior goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans watches her team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Hornet Field. Evans tore her ACL in the first team practice of her senior year on July 22.

[Photo] Senior goalkeeper focused on career after season-ending ACL tear

September 24, 2019

Sac State senior goalkeeper Kaylyn Evans watches her team practice on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at Hornet Field. Evans tore her ACL in the first team practice of her senior year on July 22.

Bianca Ventura goes on air from the KSFM studio on Friday, Sept. 20. She is the on-air host from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

[Photo] Sac State alumna and 102.5 KSFM radio personality shines on air

September 24, 2019

Bianca Ventura goes on air from the KSFM studio on Friday, Sept. 20. She is the on-air host from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week.

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