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Fernando Gallo

Fernando Gallo, Adviser

Faculty Adviser Fernando Gallo is a versatile multimedia journalist with 15 years of experience across multiple platforms and a proud alumnus of both Sacramento State and The State Hornet (Class of 2008). Fernando has filed stories for San Francisco Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports, Associated Press and Capital Public Radio, and worked as a daily crime reporter for the Lodi News-Sentinel in 2010-11. He has taught college journalism since 2015 at multiple campuses across the San Francisco Bay Area, including Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, Contra Costa College and San Francisco State University.
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Let’s get it started

Fernando Gallo
October 29, 2008

The temperature is cooling down, the Sacramento State sweatshirts are out in full force, and the leaves are changing colors, which means that basketball season is upon us. And nowhere does basketball seem...

Basketball’s new face

Fernando Gallo
April 23, 2008

After a month-long selection process, Sacramento State Athletic Director Terry Wanless announced Friday that Brian Katz has been named as the 13th men's basketball coach in school history. Katz received...

Report: Brian Katz to be hired as men’s basketball coach

Fernando Gallo
April 14, 2008

San Joaquin Delta College men's basketball coach Brian Katz will be named the new head coach for Sacramento State's men's basketball team, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Bee cites an unnamed source...

Women’s tennis clinches regular season conference title with wins over Montana and Montana State

Fernando Gallo
April 6, 2008

The Sacramento State women's tennis team clinched the regular season Big Sky Conference championship today with a pair of victories over conference opponents. The Hornets began the day by beating Montana...

Nike Elite Meet wraps up with several Hornets qualifying for conference championship

Fernando Gallo
April 6, 2008

Sacramento State track and field saw several players qualify for the Big Sky conference championship on Saturday from both the men's and women's squads. Additionally, junior Kristina Holtz and freshman...

San Jose State spoils baseball’s comeback attempt, prevails 5-4

Fernando Gallo
March 18, 2008

Late-game heroics by the Hornets were not enough to stop San Jose State from beating the green and gold 5-4 Sunday. Sacramento State tied the game at four in the top of the ninth inning only to watch Jason...

Softball finishes Capitol Classic at 4-1

Fernando Gallo
March 18, 2008

The Sac State softball team completed the Capitol Classic Softball Tournament today with a 4-2 victory over Northern Colorado. Sac State finishes the tournament at 4-1 after the Hornets' red-hot bats piled...

Men’s basketball coach Jerome Jenkins will not return next season

Fernando Gallo
March 12, 2008

The contract of men's basketball coach Jerome Jenkins is not being renewed, according to a press release from the Sacramento State Athletics Department. The team's season ended Tuesday with an 89-69 loss...

Men and women ready for victories

Fernando Gallo
February 25, 2008

Sacramento State's golf teams were in transitional periods at this time last semester, both getting used to a new coach in former PGA pro David Sutherland, who joined the Hornets just weeks before the...

Women’s tennis beats Northern Arizona 4-3

Fernando Gallo
February 19, 2008

The Sacramento State women's tennis team won its conference opener versus the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona on Friday, 4-3. The Hornets were bested by the Lumberjacks in the doubles matches, 2-1, but...

VIDEO: On 2nd Thought: Superbowl recap

Fernando Gallo
February 13, 2008

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No Huddle – Super Bowl Recap

Fernando Gallo
February 6, 2008

Giants 17 Patriots 14 - The Impossible Dream Comes True for the Giants Incredible. Amazing. Unexpected. Stunning. These are all words that can be used to describe Super Bowl XLII. It was supposed to be...

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No Huddle: NFL Week 15

Fernando Gallo
December 13, 2007

You couldn't make this stuff up if you tried The sad, strange saga of the Atlanta Falcons just keeps getting more bizarre. First, Bobby Petrino decided to start Chris Redman in Monday night's loss to the...

No Huddle – NFL Week 14

Fernando Gallo
December 8, 2007

The Silver and Black go back-to-back The Raiders won their second consecutive game on Sunday, beating the Broncos to notch consecutive wins against divisional foes after their much-publicized 17-game division...

Top notch netting

Fernando Gallo
December 7, 2007

Men's basketball junior guard Loren Leath always admired NBA stars Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant and shares a very special characteristic with both of them: No matter what the situation, opponent or venue...

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No Huddle: NFL Week 13

Fernando Gallo
December 1, 2007

Raider Nation can be proud? at least for this week The Raiders played like a great football team in the fourth quarter of last week's 20-17 win, finishing the game off the way you're supposed to. After...

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No Huddle: NFL Week 11

Fernando Gallo
November 29, 2007

So much for third year's the charm The 49ers lost in primetime last week, falling 24-0 to the Seahawks on Monday night, and a national audience was able to witness the horror that is San Francisco's offense....

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No Huddle: NFL Week 12

Fernando Gallo
November 29, 2007

How do you spell overrated? D-A-U-N-T-E The Raiders lost again last week (big surprise!) to the Adrian Peterson-less Minnesota Vikings, 29-22. Quarterback Daunte Culpepper used to be MVP-caliber, but he...

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Women’s soccer stunned 7-0 by Stanford; Hornets eliminated from NCAA tournament

Fernando Gallo
November 20, 2007

Sacramento State's women's soccer team lost to No. 1 Stanford by a score of 7-0 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It is the first time the Hornets have been shut out since Oct. 19 at...

Bettencourt cousins 2:Cousins Adam (17) and Chris (12) Bettencourt fight to move the ball upfield. The cousins scored both goals in the 2-0 victory over No. 10 UC Irvine.:Brittany Bradley - State Hornet

VIDEO: Women’s soccer wins Big Sky Championship, advances to NCAA tournament

Fernando Gallo
November 19, 2007

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Reaching for the ‘Sky’

Fernando Gallo
November 17, 2007

Click here to view a video recap of this and Friday's games. At the end of the 2006 season, the Sacramento State women's soccer team suffered a close loss in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference...

Women’s soccer blanks Bears 3-0, wins first-ever Big Sky Conference Championship

Fernando Gallo
November 14, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team beat the Bears of Northern Colorado today 3-0 to win the first ever Big Sky Conference Championship in program history. "It's been a great season," said Hornets...

Women’s soccer beats Vikings 2-1; advances to championship match

Fernando Gallo
November 14, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team beat Portland State today 2-1 to advance to the championship game of the Big Sky Conference tournament for the second straight year. "Nobody's celebrating yet,"...

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No Huddle: NFL Week 10

Fernando Gallo
November 9, 2007

Watching Bay Area football should be considered a form of torture The Raider and 49er recap has been condensed into one part today because they have become virtually the same team and there are far more...

Women’s soccer silences Vikings 1-0; wins first-ever regular season conference championship

Fernando Gallo
November 7, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team beat Portland State today 1-0 to clinch the first regular season Big Sky Conference championship in school history. "It's a great accomplishment for the team,"...

No Huddle – Week nine

Fernando Gallo
November 1, 2007

Another game, another beatdown in San Francisco The 49ers were beaten soundly by the resurgent Saints 31-10 Sunday, dropping their fifth straight game. New Orleans controlled the game from the get-go,...

A ‘freaking’ good time

Fernando Gallo
November 1, 2007

Whenever someone hears the initials KFC, he or she is more likely to think about greasy fried chicken or biscuits and mashed potatoes. For the members of the Sacramento State women's soccer team, it has...

Women’s soccer ends road trip with 1-1 tie at Northern Colorado

Fernando Gallo
October 29, 2007

Sacramento State settled for a 1-1 tie with Northern Colorado today in its last regular season road game of 2007. Senior Katie McCoy put the Hornets on the board in the 43rd minute by beating the goalkeeper...

Out of the Gray area

Fernando Gallo
October 29, 2007

The Hornets senior forward Amanda Gray always knew she could make an impact on the soccer field. All she needed was the opportunity to show it. "I was basically waiting for a chance to prove myself to...

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No Huddle

Fernando Gallo
October 18, 2007

They Didn't Even Have to Cheat This Time

So I ended up being wrong about the Patriots, who trashed San Diego 38-14 Sunday. They've had back-to-back strong performances against two playoff teams, and definitely look like the team to beat this year. Randy Moss, that miserable bum, also had another great game for his new team. But the problem with Moss has always been that if the team plays badly, he starts dogging it. We'll see what happens with him when the honeymoon is over and the Patriots lose some tough games...if they actually end up losing any games this season, that is.

Raiders Shocked to Learn Game Doesn't End Halfway Through the 4th Quarter

After coming back from a double-digit deficit for the second week in a row, the Raiders managed to choke worse than A-Rod does every postseason. On Sunday, they had two great chances to win the game, first in the last 30 seconds of regulation and then in overtime, but couldn't capitalize on either. Good teams know how to finish games, so clearly the Raiders are not a very good team. I don't know how you teach a team to win close ones at the end, but I think it starts with expecting to win every game. Right now, it's hard to imagine the Raiders, or their fans, expect anything but more losing and frustration.

They're Just Warming up the First Three Quarters

That other Bay Area team showed the proper way to finish a game in St. Louis, as the 49ers won their second consecutive game late in the 4th quarter. The Rams dominated every statistical category except for the one that mattered most: the final score. Frank Gore showed why he might once again lead the NFC in rushing, as he rushed for 81 yards and 2 touchdowns just days after the death of his mother. It's hard not to root for Gore, who has overcome two major knee injuries in addition to his mother's passing, to be a top running back in the NFL.

I knew it All Along...

The list of unbeaten teams after two weeks has some expected names on it, but also several surprises. Green Bay, Washington, Detroit, Houston and San Francisco are 2-0 after they were all in the top half of last April's NFL Draft. It's too early to know if these teams will make the playoffs, but they're all certainly off to unexpectedly great starts. Somebody ask Brett Favre where he found the fountain of youth at.

Peyton Manning, Tom Brady... and Derek Anderson!?

Speaking of unexpected performances, Quarterback Derek Anderson took over the starting job in Cleveland after Charlie Frye was run out of town and was supposed to be just keeping the seat warm for QB of the future, Brady Quinn. Apparently nobody told him that, because he played like an all-pro Sunday and dismantled the Bengals' defense in Cleveland's 51-45 win. Anderson, a sixth-round pick in 2005, threw for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns, which are more than Brady, Manning, Donovan McNabb and Drew Brees had this past week. Sure, the Bengals' defense is terrible, but this is ridiculous. The only person who should be more upset than the Bengals' secondary coach is Quinn. Quinn waited much longer then he wanted to on draft day to get selected after being viewed as a possible first overall pick. If Anderson proves to be more than a fluke and continues to play like this, Quinn will be holding a clipboard on the sidelines for a long time.

NFL Picks: Week 3

Week 2 Picks: 2-2; Season Overall: 2-2

Here are some notable games coming up in Week 3 (odds as posted Sept. 19 on Yahoo! Sports):

Dallas at Chicago (-3) - Last week the Bears managed to beat Kansas City easily, but didn't seem to give their full effort against the struggling Chiefs. They'll have to bring their A-game against the Cowboys, whose offense has been on fire so far this season, scoring more than 35 points in both of their games. Miami's defense did limit Tony Romo last week, but Dallas' defense made up for it. Expect them to harass Rex Grossman and find a way to win on the road.

My Pick: Dallas 20-17

Cincinnati at Seattle (-3.5) - Cincinnati got burned by unknown Derek Anderson last week, but did score 45 points against the Browns. Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson cannot be contained, and I don't think Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander can keep up with the Bengals' offense. Cincinnati will win, but they might have to score 35 to do it.

My Pick: Cincinnati 27-24

St. Louis at Tampa Bay (-3.5) - Something is very wrong with the Rams. They have everything you need to be successful on offense and yet they cannot seem to put it all together. Tampa Bay has looked both very good (week 2) and very bad (week 1) this season. Neither team takes your breath away, but the heat in Tampa is too much for a dome team to handle. Just look at what happened to the Saints when they visited the Bucs last week.

My Pick: Tampa Bay 24-17

"Bet the Farm" Lock of the Week: San Francisco at Pittsburgh (-9) - The 49ers could easily be 0-2 but are undefeated after two very unimpressive performances. Still, they have managed to win both games in the final moments, so they deserve some credit. Pittsburgh has looked so strong this season, the Niners could play well the whole game this week and still probably lose by ten. I expect Pittsburgh's defense to be the star in this game, and I hope Alex Smith has a big bottle of aspirin at home because he's going to be hurting on Monday.

My Pick: Pittsburgh 27-13

Fantasy Game-breaker: Patriots Running Back Laurence Maroney vs. Buffalo - Buffalo hasn't been very good against the rush or the pass this year, and New England has been on a tear. The Patriots are favored by an incredible 16.5 points this week, and they have a solid chance of winning by three touchdowns. They will pass early to take the lead, but I think they will let Maroney run all over the Bills in the second half as they sit on a comfortable lead.

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Eye on the prize

Fernando Gallo
October 18, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team began conference play with a 1-0-1 record and enters the home stretch of the season with its eye on a championship. "We have the mentality going in that we're going...

Shut-out queen

Fernando Gallo
October 16, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team is off to a great start this season, and sophomore goalkeeper Mandy Trojan has been a large part of the Hornets' success so far. "She's played really well," said...

No Huddle: Week 5

Fernando Gallo
October 8, 2007

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse? I hate to break it to you 49er fans, but I think those preseason playoff talks were a little premature. San Francisco got pummeled 23-3 Sunday against a...

Loving the game

Fernando Gallo
October 4, 2007

If you're going to be a defensive enforcer, it's important to have the look of an intimidating force, something Sacramento State senior midfielder Katie Burton knows very well. Decked out in a knee brace...

Hornets win third in a row, beat Miners 1-0 in overtime

Fernando Gallo
October 1, 2007

TODAY The Sacramento State women's soccer team won its sixth straight home game today, besting the UTEP Miners 1-0 in overtime. Although the score was 0-0 at halftime, the first half was far from uneventful....

Hornets shut out Roadrunners 2-0

Fernando Gallo
September 29, 2007

TODAY The Sacramento State women's soccer team won its fifth consecutive home game Friday at Hornet field, shutting out the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners 2-0. It is the Hornet's fourth shutout this...

No huddle-Week 4

Fernando Gallo
September 26, 2007

TODAY It's a Good Thing He Doesn't Act His Age Oakland Head Coach Lane Kiffin learned from what veteran Broncos coach and Raider-hater Mike Shanahan did to Oakland in week 2 when he called a very late...

Full of passion

Fernando Gallo
September 25, 2007

Newly promoted Sacramento State women's soccer coach Randy Dedini may not have had the title, but he's been playing the role of head coach for quite some time. Dedini served as an assistant under former...

Hornets picked to win title

Fernando Gallo
September 14, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team will have teams gunning for them all season, and the players are well aware of it. "We will, in a way, have a target on our back," said first year head coach Randy...

Women’s Soccer Team Faces High Expectations

Fernando Gallo
September 12, 2007

The Sac State Women's Soccer team will have teams gunning for them all season, and they are well aware of it. "We will in a way have a target on our back," said first year head coach Randy Dedini. "That's...

Bulldogs feel Hornet’s sting

Fernando Gallo
September 10, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team dismantled Fresno State's defense Sunday, cruising to a 5-1 victory at Hornet Field. The Hornets waited until the 51st minute to score their first goal in Friday's...

Women’s soccer team off to strong start

Fernando Gallo
September 10, 2007

The Sacramento State women's soccer team has lived up to their billing so far, getting their second win in as many games Friday by beating the San Jose State Spartans 2-0. "I think we did pretty well,"...

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