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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor
Hugo Quintanilla

Hugo Quintanilla, sports reporter

(he/him)

Hugo Quintanilla joined the State Hornet in spring 2022, and now covers sports for the State Hornet. He moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento in the summer of 2021. He hopes to cover football/soccer in Europe in the future.
All content by Hugo Quintanilla
Sacramento State senior closer Jack Zalasky stands on top of parking structure three overlooking John Smith field on Wednesday, April 20, 2023. Zalasky ranks third in Sacramento State history career saves with 23 saves.

Like father like son: Sac State closer follows in his dads steps

Fifth-year pitcher leaves mark at John Smith field
Hugo Quintanilla
May 2, 2023
Followed his dad’s steps to baseball, now he's making a name for himself
El mediocampista de tercer año de Sacramento State Francisco Magaña, espera el balón para enfrentarse al defensor de Sonoma State en el Hornet Field el sábado 8 de abril de 2023. Magaña juega su última temporada en el otoño de 2023 y busca hacer de su último baile con los Hornets algo memorable.

‘Podemos ganar esta cosa’: equipo de Fútbol masculino de Sac State cree en su carrera de Big West

Victoria de exhibición 3-1 sobre los Seawolves muestra los prospectos jóvenes de los Hornets
Hugo Quintanilla
April 19, 2023
Los Hornets solo perdieron cuatro jugadores mientras continúan su temporada de primavera.
Sacramento State junior midfielder Francisco Magaña waiting on the ball to take on Sonoma State defender at Hornet Field Saturday, April. 8, 2023. Magaña will be a senior in the fall of 2023 and looks to make his last dance with the Hornets something memorable.

‘We can win the thing’: Sac State men’s soccer believes in a Big West run

Hornets only lose four players as they continue their spring season.
Hugo Quintanilla
April 12, 2023
Hornets only lose four players as they continue their spring season.
Rhys Hoskins swings at a pitch in his Sacramento State uniform and stands on the right in his Philadelphia Phillies attire. Hoskins is just one of four former Sac State players to find themselves on a MLB 40-man roster this season. (Photo: State Hornet and Ian D’Andrea [Flikr], Graphic made in Canva by Jack Freeman)

Three Hornet alumni crack Opening Day MLB rosters

Keep an eye for these Hornets next time you watch a baseball game
Hugo Quintanilla
April 9, 2023
Three of 23 Hornets drafted over past decade were under Reggie Christiansen
Senior Amber Koeth performs her final floor routine with a smile on her face at The Nest on senior night Friday, March 3, 2023. Koeth’s routine tied two school records, scoring 9.950 in both her beam and floor routine.

Sac State gymnastics suffers loss in final home meet of season

Hornets host four-team competition during historic senior night
Hugo Quintanilla
March 5, 2023
Sac State gymnastics makes hisotry despite losing final home meet of the season.
Graphic created in Canva.

Buzzin’ Dozen — Edition 6

Women’s basketball player takes the top spot alongside new names
Arely Duran and Hugo Quintanilla
February 24, 2023
A big change of names coming in this week’s Buzzin Dozen.
Senior center Callum McRae spectates his teammates in front of Idaho State defender Saturday, Feb. 18, 2023, in a 70-65 win over Idaho State. McRae led the Hornets win with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

RECAP: Sac State men’s basketball defeats idaho State 70-65 on senior night

McRae leads Hornets to bounce back victory in home regular season finale
Hugo Quintanilla
February 19, 2023
Hornets snap their losing streak and win it during senior night
(L-R) Juniors Mate Voros and Mark Keki during their home match versus Saint Mary’s at Sacramento State Tennis courts on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023. The duo went 20-1 in doubles play during the 2022 season. 

Photos by Hugo Quintanilla. 
Graphic created in canva by Chris Woodard

Two is better than one: Hungarian national champions serve aces for Sac State

Mark Keki and Mate Voros bring European success to Sac State tennis
Hugo Quintanilla
February 11, 2023
Sac State men’s tennis doubles team goes 20-1 in their first season at Sac State
Graphic created in Canva.

Buzzin’ Dozen — Edition 5

Women’s basketball takes the top two spots once again
Hugo Quintanilla and Nathan Cromwell
February 9, 2023
Sac State sees new athletes come into the Buzzin' Dozen this week.

[Video] Shamelessly Relevant Episode 2: Coming Out

December 18, 2022
An honest discussion about the challenges and nuances of coming out as queer to family, friends and community members.
Junior forward Austin Wehner during the men’s soccer practice at Hornet Field on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. Wehner transferred from San Diego State to Sacramento State after three seasons with the Aztecs men’s soccer team.

From newcomer to captain: Sac State men’s soccer forward makes immediate impact

Austin Wehner makes All-Big West first team in his first season on campus
Hugo Quintanilla
December 6, 2022
In his first season Wehner played 1,358 minutes in his first season, scoring four goals with three assists.
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Swarm Report Week 10: Cross Country’s last race, 68th Annual Causeway Classic and More

Zach and Hugo go through Hornet sports for the week, highlighting notable performances and awards as well as discuss upcoming games
Sac State junior forward Austin Wehner passes the ball before a UC Irvine defender can get to him on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, at Bren Events Center. The Hornets were eliminated from the Big West tournament after suffering a 2-0 loss on the road to the Anteaters.

Sac State men’s soccer season ends after 2-0 loss to UC Irvine

The Hornets suffer back-to-back losses, now eliminated from the postseason
Hugo Quintanilla , Men's Soccer Beat Writer
November 3, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer gets shutout in the first round of the Big West tournament after a loss against UC Irvine and are eliminated:
Junior defender Jaime Robles poses for a portrait during the men’s soccer practice at the Hornet field on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2022. Robles, a 6’3” junior from Fremont, California, joined Sacramento State men’s soccer in 2019.

Decision Time: Sac State men’s soccer captain still determining his future

Jaime Robles unsure what’s next for him
Hugo Quintanilla , Men's Soccer Beat Writer
November 1, 2022
‘Having his dream of making it pro – is something I want to accomplish’
LEAD: Junior midfielder Cody Sundquist runs back on defense trying to recover the ball from University of California, Davis’ junior defender Sean Bilter at Hornet Field on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022. The Hornets fell to the Aggies 2-1 at home.

Down goes Sac State men’s soccer after a 2-1 loss to UC Davis

The Hornets clinched playoffs even after their loss
Hugo Quintanilla, Men's Soccer Beat Writer
October 30, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer moves down in Big West standings after their loss to UC Davis.
(FILE) Sacramento State sophomore midfielder Ali Sasankhah recovers the ball from University of California, Riverside senior midfielder Issa Badawiya at Hornet Field on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2022. The Hornets came back to win the game 2-1 after the Highlanders took an early lead.

Last minute sting gives Sac State men’s soccer 1-0 win over Fullerton

Gutierrez heads in winner over Titans goalkeeper to give the Hornets a win
Hugo Quintanilla, Men's Soccer Beat Writer
October 23, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer moved to 6th in the Big West standings, making a run for the Big West Conference playoffs.
Sacramento State junior defender Genaro Alfaro defends Cal Poly’s sophomore forward Ocean Salari at Alex G. Spanos stadium Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022. Alfaro scored off a freekick in the Hornets 4-0 win over the Mustangs.

Sac State men’s soccer stings Cal Poly in a 4-0 win

Hornets second win in a row helps them move up Big West standings
Hugo Quintanilla
October 21, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer moved up to 7th in the BIg West standing, one place from a playoff spot.
Freshman defender Justin Faison takes on UC Riverside junior forward Armando Ibarra at Hornet Field on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2022. The Hornets hosted the University of California, Riverside, Saturday afternoon. The Hornets came back to win the game 2-1 after the Highlanders took an early lead.

Sac State men’s soccer wins 2-1 over UC Riverside

Hornets break four-game losing streak with road win
Hugo Quintanilla, Men's Soccer Beat Writer
October 16, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer moves back over .500 after second Big West win.
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State Hornet Buzzed: Hispanic Heritage Month special, Growing up in Hispanic and Latinx culture

This special Hispanic Heritage Month edition of Buzzed features four of our Hispanic and Latinx staff getting to talk about the culture and lifestyle
Sacramento State junior defender Genaro Alfaro dribbles up Hornet Field on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Genaro played all 90 minutes in the Hornets 2-0 loss to University of California, Santa Barbara.

Sac State men’s soccer loses 2-0 to UC Santa Barbara

Hornet’s drop fourth straight loss in conference
Hugo Quintanilla
October 13, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer loses 2-0 to UCSB, unable to win at home.
Sac State junior forward Austin Wehner battling for possession against UC Irvine Saturday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Bren Events Center. The Sacramento State Hornets found themselves on the road suffering a 1-0 loss to the Anteaters.

Sac State men’s soccer suffers 1-0 loss to UC Irvine

Another loss for the Hornets after conceding an early second half goal
Hugo Quintanilla, Men's Soccer Beat Writer
October 9, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer fall three games in a row after a loss to UC Irvine
Sac State junior midfielder Cody Sunquist takes a freekick outside the box versus CSU Northridge at Hornet Field in Sacramento on Oct. 5, 2022. Suquist has scored two goals this season, one of them gave the Hornets a win in Bakersfield.

Sac State men’s soccer battles CSU Northridge, concedes 2-1 loss

Back-to-back losses for the Hornets in Big West play
Hugo Quintanilla
October 6, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer loses at Home after conceding an 84th-minute goal.
 [FILE]: Sac State junior forward Michael Gonzalez dribbles the ball through the Loyola Marymount University defense on Sept. 8 in a 2-1 win for the Hornets. Gonzalez is tied for second on the team with two goals scored this season.

Sac State men’s soccer win first conference match 1-0 to CSU Bakersfield

Early goal gives the Hornets the win in Big West opener
Hugo Quintanilla, Men's Soccer Beat Writer
September 29, 2022
Sac State wins 1-0 to CSU Bakersfield keeping a clean sheet in their first conference win.
Sac State’s junior forward Austin Wehner gets ready to go on for the ball, taking on University of San Francisco junior defender Elias Thomas at the Hornet Field on Thursday, Sept. 22. Wehner played 81 minutes versus the Dons and has played a total of 547 minutes this season.

Sac State men’s soccer loses 2-1 to USF

Hornets unable to score game-tying goal in first home loss this season
Hugo Quintanilla
September 24, 2022
Sac State loses 2-1 to University of San Francisco. The Don’s junior goalkeeper Eric Waltz makes a last minute save stopping the Hornets from tying.
FILE: Sophomore defender Alejandro Padilla defends against Loyola Marymounts graduate student midfielder Leo Zulli at the Hornet field on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Hornets went down a man against LMU but still secured the win at home.

Sac State men’s soccer draws 2-2 against UNLV in Vegas

Hornets draw for the second time this season.
Hugo Quintanilla, Men's Soccer Beat Writer
September 20, 2022
Sac State ties 2-2 to UNLV after the hornets give up the lead early in the second half.
Freshman defender Justin Faison and sophomore middle fielder Ali Sasankhan are defending against a Utah Tech forward Friday, Sept. 16 at Greater Zion Stadium. Sac State has matched their five-win total from 2021 seven games into this season with the 1-0 win against the Trailblazers.

Sac State men’s soccer winning streak extends to three games

89th-minute goal secures Hornets the 1-0 win against Utah Tech
Hugo Quintanilla
September 18, 2022

With a slow start to the match — and not having many chances on offense — the Sac State men’s soccer team took a 1-0 win over the Utah Tech Trailblazers after a late diving header goal from junior...


Sophomore Sac State defender Alejandro Padilla steps up to defend a Gonzaga forward at the Hornet Field on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. Padilla played all 90 minutes of the match in the Hornets 3-2 win over the Bulldogs.

Sac State men’s soccer extends their winning streak, win 3-2 over Gonzaga

Junior midfielder Francisco Magaña’s hat trick edges Hornets past Bulldogs.
Hugo Quintanilla
September 13, 2022
Sac State wins 3-2 over Gonzaga, Hornet junior midfielder Francisco Magaña scores a hat trick.
Freshman midfielder Danny Govea takes on LMU defender at the Hornet field on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2022. Govea helped control the pace in the midfield in the first half for the Hornets in their 2-1 win.

Sac State men’s soccer wins 2-1 over LMU

Hornets score a late goal to secure the win
Hugo Quintanilla
September 9, 2022
Sac State wins 2-1 against LMU, Hornets played 10 on 11 for second straight
Genaro Alfaro steps up to take a late freekick at the Hornet field on Sunday. With this freekick, Hornet junior defender Alfaro helped tie up the match 1-1 to Pacific.

Sac State men’s soccer draw 1-1 to Pacific at home

Hornet Men’s soccer game was moved up to beat the heat
Hugo Quintanilla
September 5, 2022
Sac State men’s soccer draw at home to Pacific 1-1, after being down a player for more than half the match.
Communications studies major Charlene Francisco poses in front of the water fountain on the library quad on Friday, April 22, 2022. Francisco spent the day promoting the Christian Brotherhood International club that she is a member of.

Sac state grads frustrated over quantity of commencement tickets

‘I do think there should be more tickets given out besides the 6’
Hugo Quintanilla
May 10, 2022

As the semester is coming to an end, many seniors are preparing to graduate. There's been one question asked as seniors prepare for their commencement. Why just six tickets?  Some Sacramento State...

Sarah Putirka, a second year studio art major, sits outside of the university theatre on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Putirka says she is not surprised that Arts and Letters won best college for Best of Sac State.

Best of Sac State 2022: College of Arts and Letters wins best college

Hugo Quintanilla
May 4, 2022

For the fourth consecutive year, The College of Arts and Letters has won the best college in the State Hornet’s “Best of Sac State” student-centered poll.  With over 4,000 students, Arts and...

Studio art sculpture student Ember de Boer poses for a portrait on April 8, 2022 at the arts and sculptures lab at Sacramento State. “The environment is something my brain can wrap around and keep working on,” de Boer said.

Meet the women-led group of eco-artists for environmental change

Oakland-based coalition connects creators via virtual exhibitions
Hugo Quintanilla, staff writer
April 9, 2022
Sac State senior art major Ember De Boer expresses her connection with Women Eco Artists Dialog.
Sac State sophomore Rudolfs Aksenoks returns a serve to teammate Mate Voros on the other side of the court, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, Asenoks is 4-0 this season in singles matches.

PREVIEW: Sac State’s men’s tennis team faces Saint Mary’s after two straight losses.

Hornets kickoff their season with a 5-3 record
Hugo Quintanilla
February 20, 2022
The Sac State men’s tennis has won five of their first eight matches going into their game against Saint Mary’s.
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