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Jack Freeman

Jack Freeman, Managing Editor

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Jack Freeman joined The State Hornet in spring 2022 as a staff writer and is currently a junior majoring in journalism. He returns as a Managing editor, resident Indoor football aficionado, and Kellen Moore fan.
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Senior running back Marcus Fulcher runs ahead against South Dakota Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023. Fulcher scored twice against the Coyotes in his final game as a Hornet.

Sac State loses heavyweight playoff bout against South Dakota

Hornets surrender 21 points in second quarter, season ends with 34-24 loss
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
December 2, 2023
Sacramento State saw their season come to an end in South Dakota after a quarter where everything fell apart.
Senior running back Marcus Fulcher runs downfield against Cal Poly Saturday, Nov. 11, 2023. Fulcher was held to just 48 yards on 10 carries against North Dakota

Sac State’s explosive offense meets South Dakota’s stonewall defense

The Hornets visit a Dakota school’s hostile environment for the second week in a row
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 30, 2023
Sacramento State rolls into another FCS playoff game to take on South Dakota who brings a fearsome defense and another loud dome.
Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett scrambles while looking downfield against UC Davis Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Bennett led the Sac State offense in passing yards and rushing yards in the 42-35 win over North Dakota.

Sac State’s high-powered offense lifts Hornets over Fighting Hawks

Kaiden Bennett stars as the Hornets keep FCS playoff run alive
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 25, 2023
Sacramento State advances to the FCS second round for the fourth straight year in a row after their shootout victory over North Dakota 42-35.
Freshman quarterback Carson Conklin throws a pass Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Conklin is the first true freshman quarterback to play for Sac State since 2015.

‘All gas, no brakes’: Sac State heads into program’s first FCS playoff road game

Hornets on the road again taking on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 24, 2023
Sacramento State is on the road for the first time ever in the FCS playoffs taking on the North Dakota Fighting Hawks this Saturday.
Junior wideout Anderson Grover runs upfield Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. Grover transferred to Sac State after spending his first two years at Washington State.

Sac State gets shut down in must-win Causeway Classic

Hornets’ playoff chances up in the air after 31-21 loss to UC Davis
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 18, 2023
Sacramento State’s FCS playoff hopes have been pushed to the brink of extinction after their 31-21 loss to UC Davis in the 69th Causeway Classic.
Senior linebacker Armon Bailey flexes after making a tackle against UC Davis Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. Bailey leads the Hornets’ defense with 73 tackles in just nine games.

Sac State meets UC Davis for monumental 69th Causeway Classic

Playoff implications and a trophy on the line, could there be a nicer matchup?
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 17, 2023
Sacramento State has beaten UC Davis three times in a row; now the Hornets are ready for the Aggies with playoff implications on the line in the 69th Causeway Classic.
Sac State announced that all indoor sports would be moving to a new event center in The WELL as soon as fall 2024. The Board of Directors of Union WELL Inc. voted to approve $5.2 million from reserves to complete the project. (Credit: State Hornet Archives, Graphic created in Canva by Jacob Peterson)

Sac State announces new event center in The WELL

New home for Hornets’ indoor sports to be done before fall 2024 semester
Jack Freeman and Myla Booth
November 16, 2023
Sacramento State announces a new home coming soon for the Hornets as they plan to renovate The WELL to host collegiate sports and more
Sac State senior linebacker Armon Bailey jumps over the pile in an attempt to stop a Montana quarterback sneak Saturday, Nov. 4, 2023. Bailey had four tackles against Montana.

Sac State runs out of gas early against Montana

Hornets fall apart after first quarter burst, drop third game against a ranked opponent
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 4, 2023
Sacramento State started the game red hot, but the Montana cold iced their hopes quickly.
Montana’s senior running back Nick Ostmo runs through a tackle of senior linebacker Armon Bailey Saturday, Oct. 23, 2022. Sac State took down Montana 31-24 on ESPN2 last season.

Get to know Montana before Sac State’s top 10 showdown

Max Dupras of the Montana Kaimin gives the run down on all things Griz
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
November 3, 2023
Sacramento State is still searching for a signature win in the Big Sky, they’ve got another chance this week against the Montana Grizzlies.
Freshman running back Zeke Burnett breaks away from an Idaho State defender Saturday, Oct. 28, 2023. Burnett went for a career high 143 yards on just nine carries.

Sac State’s freshman shine as Hornets trounce Idaho State

Freshman Carson Conklin and Zeke Burnett lead offensive onslaught
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 28, 2023
Sacramento State rolled the Idaho State Bengals in their homecoming game, 51-16.
Sac State freshman running back Zeke Burnett sidesteps a Montana State defender Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023. Due to injuries in the running back room, Burnett has had to step up and has 76 yards and one touchdown.

Football Mailbag: Sac State is down, but not out

From Big Sky implications to special teams, all your questions will be answered
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 26, 2023
Sacramento State is back in action for their homecoming game this weekend against the Idaho State Bengals, here are the answers to your burning questions.
Sophomore running back Elijah Tau-Tolliver searches for a running lane Saturday Oct. 22, 2023. Tau-Tolliver had a career day with 100 rushing yards and two touchdowns.

Sac State struggles while Montana State runs away with victory

Bobcats total over 300 rushing yards and take down Hornets by 12
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 21, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets had no answer on the ESPN broadcast for the Montana State Bobcats’ rushing offense on Saturday, allowing over 300 yards in a 12-point loss.
Sac State hosts Montana State on ESPN2 for the school’s second appearance on national television. The Hornets beat Montana on ESPN2 last year in overtime. (Photos: (L-R) James Fife, Graphic created in Canva by Siany Harts)

Sac State readies for top 5 brawl against Montana State

The Hornets make their return to national television
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 20, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets host the Montana State Bobcats on ESPN2 this Saturday in what could decide the Big Sky conference.
Sac State sophomore tight end Coleman Kuntz high steps after a touchdown Sept. 30, 2023. Kuntz’s 24-yard reception was the longest pass of the day for Sac State against Northern Colorado.

Sac State escapes own mistakes to beat Northern Colorado

Hornets’ last four games have come down to the wire
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 14, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets found themselves in another one-score game, just barely getting by Northern Colorado 21-13
(L-R) Senior linebacker Brock Mather, senior cornerback Dillon Juniel and junior safety Cameron Broussard stand together before a play Sept. 30, 2023. Juniel will be a key player in the game against Northern Colorado.

Sac State revs up for trip to Northern Colorado

Hornets want to break out in the Big Sky Conference
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 13, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets football team is back in action after last week’s bye, traveling to Greeley, Colorado to take on the Northern Colorado Bears
Sophomore wide receiver Devin Gandy walks on the sidelines after making his lone catch against Northern Arizona Sept. 30, 2023. Gandy missed most of his 2022 season rehabbing after a partially torn ACL, he suffered against Idaho State in 2021. (Credit: Malachi Parker)

Sac State wide receiver finds blessing in disguise

Devin Gandy is breaking out after a long recovery due to a knee injury
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
October 12, 2023
Sacramento State wide receiver Devin Gandy suffered a partially torn ACL last season, after a long season of rehab he is breaking out for the Hornets
Sac State junior safety Kameron Rocha holds up the ball after his game-sealing interception Sept. 30, 2023. This was Rocha’s first career interception.

‘I’m really proud of him’: Sac State safety elevates to hero against Northern Arizona

Backup safety junior Kameron Rocha caught the game-saving interception
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 30, 2023
It wasn’t pretty, but Sacramento State football took care of Northern Arizona at Hornet Stadium, thanks to the heroics of Kameron Rocha.
Swarm Report #3- Football: The thrill of the upset, sadness of loss, suspense of the next game

Swarm Report #3- Football: The thrill of the upset, sadness of loss, suspense of the next game

Neill Little and Jack Freeman
September 30, 2023
Sports editor Jack Freeman joins us again to update us on his travels down to the Farm in Palo Alto and check in with him on how our football team is doing.
Sac State is hosting Northern Arizona for their second home game of the season on Sept. 30, 2023 at 6 p.m. This game is Sac State’s pink out game, where fans are encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness. (Photos courtesy of NAU Athletics and James Fife, graphic made in Canva by Siany Harts)

Sac State starts new climb up to the top of Big Sky Conference

Hornets dropped first in-conference game since 2019 last week
Jack Freeman and Ryan Lorenz
September 29, 2023
Some Sacramento State players had never dropped a game in conference before last week; now it’s time for a response from the Hornets against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks.
Junior defensive back Tommy McCormick knocks a pass away from senior tight end Marshel Martin IV in the end zone Saturday Sept. 23, 2023. Martin had only two catches for 14 yards against the Vandals.

Sac State’s upset hangover looms large against Idaho

Hornets take huge loss in the Big Sky conference
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 23, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets put themselves in a hole against the Idaho Vandals they couldn’t climb out of, snapping a 12-game road game winning streak.
Swarm Report #2- Futbol Week

Swarm Report #2- Futbol Week

Neill Little, Jack Freeman, and Rinn Lee
September 22, 2023
Soccer reporters Rinn Lee and Joey Aguirre join Neill Little on the Swarm Report to give an update on how our men’s and women’s teams are doing this season as conference play begins.
Sac State senior running back Marcus Fulcher heads up field against the Idaho Vandals Saturday Oct. 29, 2022. Fulcher has led the Hornets’ running back room this season with 44 carries for 216 yards.

Sac State football opens Big Sky play with massive test

Hornets face up and coming Vandals in top 10 brawl
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 21, 2023
From Palo Alto to Moscow, Idaho, the Sacramento State Hornets are on the road for a top 10 brawl at the Kibbie Dome.
Sacramento State celebrates their win after beating Stanford 30-23 at Stanford Stadium on September 16th, 2023. The Hornets move on to 3-0 on the season after their revenge game against Troy Taylor.

‘They can have him’: Sac State chops down Stanford in a classic

Kaiden Bennett’s heroics lead Hornets to 30-23 win
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 16, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets stun former head coach Troy Taylor in an upset against Stanford.
Swarm Report #1- Spikes, Strikes, and Touchdowns: Welcome Back Fall Sports

Swarm Report #1- Spikes, Strikes, and Touchdowns: Welcome Back Fall Sports

Neill Little, Myla Booth, and Jack Freeman
September 15, 2023

Welcome to the Swarm Report for the fall semester. We have an awesome sports department ready to bring you all the insight on Sac State sports this season. Each week we will feature a different sport and...

Sacramento State heads south to play Stanford in Palo Alto Saturday at 5 p.m. for a match versus their former head coach Troy Taylor. Senior running back Marcus Fulcher expressed frustration at Taylor’s exit from the team, “It was crazy, he kinda left with ease.” (Graphic created in Canva by Siany Harts. Photos L-R: James Fife, Shaun Holko)

‘He left with ease’: Sac State meets familiar face against Stanford

Hornets look to play spoiler in Troy Taylor’s home opener
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 15, 2023
In the span of 12 hours Sacramento State’s hearts were broken twice, now it’s time for the Hornets’ turn to play. Here’s what to watch for this week against Stanford.
Senior safety Eian Moore leads the Sacramento State Hornets out of the tunnel for their first home game of the season Saturday Sept. 9, 2023. Sac State’s defense dominated the game, shutting down Texas A&M-Commerce’s offense holding them to six points.

Sac State puts on defensive clinic against Texas A&M-Commerce

Hornets allow 63 passing yards in 34-6 victory
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 9, 2023
Sacramento State’s Hornets shut down Texas A&M-Commerce in front of 12,000 Hornet fans.
Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett looks toward the sideline during practice on Sep. 21, 2022. Bennett was named the starting quarterback this week by Sacramento State head coach Andy Thompson.

Sac State seeks steady home opener against Texas A&M Commerce

Hornets look to extend the longest regular season win streak in FCS
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
September 7, 2023
The Sacramento State Hornets jumped off to a hot start, and now they’ll look to clean things up in their home opener.
Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett drops back and looks to throw during practice Thursday Sept. 24, 2020. Bennett led Sacramento State to a 38-24 win on 11-16 passing and three total touchdowns.

Sac State quarterback leads second-half scoring spree; argues case for starting job

Kaiden Bennett established himself as the Hornets’ starter in 38-24 win
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
August 31, 2023
Kaiden Bennett’s second-half heroics see Sacramento State taking home a 38-24 win against Nicholls State.
Two Sacramento State football players battle it out in a blocking drill at practice on Tuesday, August 22, 2023. Both the offensive and defensive lines will be critical in the continued success of the Hornets.

Sac State looks to answer questions down south

Hornets make long trip on a short week to open title defense
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
August 29, 2023
Sacramento State football opens their season with unknowns aplenty against Nicholls State, here’s what to watch for Thursday.
Junior quarterback Kaiden Bennett takes a snap during redzone drills in Sacramento on Aug. 23, 2023. Bennett is competing with junior quarterback Carson Camp for the starting job this season.

PREVIEW: A new era dawns on Sac State football before 2023 season

A refreshed team looks to claim the school’s fourth Big Sky championship
Jack Freeman, Sports Editor
August 23, 2023
Sacramento State football season is just around the corner; see how the Hornets can maintain success in 2023
Marte Mapu makes a hand signal to the defense at Sacramento State on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. Mapu became the highest draft pick in Sac State history when he was selected by the New England Patriots at 76th overall.

Marte Mapu becomes highest drafted Hornet into NFL

New England Patriots select the swiss army knife defender
Jack Freeman and Isaac Streeter
April 28, 2023
Swiss army knife defender makes school history being selected 76th in the NFL draft.
Graphic made in Canva by Isaac Streeter

Swarm Report Week 8: Football Spring Game Preview

Sports editor Jack Freeman and Sports staffer Isaac Streeter take a look at football as spring practices pick up steam
Sac State has hired Aaron Kallhoff as the newest women’s basketball head coach. Kallhoff comes over from BYU, boasting over 20-years of coaching experience in NCAA women’s basketball. (Graphic made by Tony Rodriguez, Photo courtesy of Sac State Athletics)

BREAKING: Sac State hires new women’s basketball head coach

Hornets bring Aaron Kallhoff from BYU as new headman
Jack Freeman and Dylan McNeill
April 17, 2023
Sac State finds their Mark Campbell replacement
If the Kings make a deep playoff run, Sacramento State has confirmed that graduation will be moved to Hornet stadium. Graduation has been held at Golden 1 Center every year since it opened in 2017. 

(Photo Credits: Nathan Ray Seebeck - USA Today (Kings), Emily Rabasto - State Hornet (Graduation), Sac State Athletics (Hornet Stadium), Jacob Peterson - State Hornet (Golden 1))
(Graphic made in Canva by Jack Freeman)

[Photo] How Kings playoff run could interfere with Sac State’s graduation ceremony

Nathan Cromwell
April 10, 2023

If the Kings make a deep playoff run, Sacramento State has confirmed that graduation will be moved to Hornet stadium. Graduation has been held at Golden 1 Center every year since it opened in 2017. (Photo...

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)

[Photo] Three Hornet alumni crack Opening Day MLB rosters

Hugo Quintanilla
April 9, 2023

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...

Head coach Mark Campbell yells offensive plays to his team against San José State on Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021. Campbell accepted the job of Texas Christian University head coach Tuesday after two seasons at Sac State.

BREAKING: Hornet women’s basketball head coach accepts TCU coaching job

Exit comes after leading Sac State to first NCAA Tournament appearance
Jack Freeman and Dylan McNeill
March 21, 2023
Second Hornet coach to leave for new job in last four months
Inside Sac State women’s basketball’s journey to NCAA tournament

Inside Sac State women’s basketball’s journey to NCAA tournament

Dive into the Hornets’ historic 2022-2023 season heading into March Madness
The Sacramento State women’s basketball team will be playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history after winning the Big Sky Conference tournament Wednesday March 8, 2023. The Hornets will find out their opponent for the tournament on Sunday as they try to win a national title.

Graphic created in Canva by Jack Freeman

[Photo] Sac State women’s basketball takes over Big Sky, wins championship

Myla Booth
March 8, 2023

The Sacramento State women’s basketball team will be playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history after winning the Big Sky Conference tournament Wednesday March 8, 2023. The Hornets...

FILE: Sophomore guard Quadry Adams passes to a teammate against Eastern Washington Thursday Feb. 2, 2023, at The Nest in a 82-63 loss. The Hornets were eliminated from the Big Sky tournament after their loss to Weber State Monday in Boise, Idaho.

Sac State men’s basketball Big Sky title hopes end where they began

Hornets trail Weber State wire to wire, lose 70-64
Dylan McNeill and Jack Freeman
March 7, 2023
Fifthteen turnovers undo Hornets in Boise.
Sac State junior center Isnelle Natabou’s 2022-2023 stats as of Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Natabou has over 100 more rebounds than any of her teammates this season. Made in Canva by Jack Freeman

[Photo] Hornets’ center is a force in the interior amidst record season

Dylan McNeill and Myla Booth
February 27, 2023

Sac State junior center Isnelle Natabou’s 2022-2023 stats as of Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023. Natabou has over 100 more rebounds than any of her teammates this season. Made in Canva by Jack Freeman

The newest Sac State head football coach Andy Thompson holds up a Hornet jersey with Athletic Director Mark Orr Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022, in the Welcome Center at Sacramento State. Thompson was the defensive coordinator for the past four years under former head coach Troy Taylor until his announced promotion Thursday.

Sac State introduces Andy Thompson as new head football coach

Former defensive coordinator accepted job Tuesday
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
December 15, 2022
Thompson becomes the 12th head football coach in school history, get to know the new headman at Sac State.
(L-R) Gene and Kyle Sentkowski stand together outside of the Sac State Broad Fieldhouse on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2022. Sentkowski is the school record holder for most field goals in a single season with 21.

Burger King and skating shoes: Family motivates Sac State kicker

Kyle Sentkowski’s journey to becoming the most prolific kicker in school history
Jack Freeman and Arely Duran
December 10, 2022
Sac State kicker comes from a long line of kickers who continue to support him to this day
Sac State head coach Troy Taylor talks with referees on the sideline Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Hornet Stadium. Taylor was reportedly named one of two finalists to become the newest Stanford head coach.

BREAKING: Troy Taylor leaving Sac State for Stanford head coaching job

Hornet football on the market for a new head coach
Jack Freeman
December 10, 2022
Most prolific Sac State head coach has accepted an offer to coach the Stanford Cardinal.
(L-R) Sophomore wideouts Devin Gandy and Jared Gipson sit solemnly reflecting on the final scoreboard, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. After an undefeated regular season, Sac State’s season ended 66-63 to Incarnate Word in the FCS Quarterfinal.

RECAP: Sac State football’s dream season ends in the FCS Quarterfinals

Cardinals defeat Hornets 66-63 in highest-scoring FCS playoff game ever
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
December 10, 2022
Turnovers undo Hornets’ dream season, in an all-time shootout:
Sac State head coach Troy Taylor talks with referees on the sideline Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at Hornet Stadium. Taylor was reportedly named one of two finalists to become the newest Stanford head coach.

BREAKING: Troy Taylor reportedly named finalist for Stanford football head coaching job

Taylor visited the Palo Alto campus this week
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
December 8, 2022
The most successful head coach in Sac State history alleged to be interested in Stanford head coaching position.
Sac State special teams walks off the field after a successful try on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets are hosting Incarnate Word in their first ever FCS Quarterfinal appearance on Friday.

PREVIEW: Sac State football prepares for high scoring affair against Incarnate Word

Hornets face Cardinals in first FCS Quarterfinal appearance in school history
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
December 8, 2022
On a short week, the Hornets host their first FCS Quarterfinal game against the Cardinal’s dominant offense.
Freshman linebacker Oge Feo, junior linebacker Jeremy Harris and junior tight end Charlie McBride congratulate redshirt freshman running back Eljiah Tau-Tolliver after his 95-yard kick return touchdown Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, at Hornet Stadium. Tau-Tolliver’s return was instrumental in the Hornets comeback for their first FCS playoff win in school history.

Sac State football storms back for first FCS Playoff win

Hornets barely escape Spiders’ web, win 38-31
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
December 3, 2022
Hornets avoid self-inflicted wounds against Spiders, find way to keep their season going.
Sac State offense lines up for a first down play against UC Davis at Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. The Hornets will need their offense to have a big day as they seek their first FCS playoff win.

PREVIEW: Sac State football continues hunt for first FCS Playoff win

For the third straight season, the Hornets attempt a playoff run
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
December 1, 2022
The Hornets are back in the FCS playoffs, hosting their third straight home playoff game.
Sac State football and fans holding up the Big Sky Conference trophy in celebration of the Hornets clinching a share of the title after a 27-21 win against UC Davis Saturday, Nov.19, 2022, at Hornet Field. The Hornets also clinched home-field advantage throughout the 2202 FCS playoffs with the defeat of the Aggies.

‘Job’s not finished’: Sac State football holds off Aggies in 68th Causeway Classic victory

Hornets win Big Sky Conference and playoff automatic qualifier
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
November 19, 2022
Hornets keep dream season alive with third straight Causeway Classic win
State Hornet Spotlight: Jared Gipson’s breakout season and TikTok success

State Hornet Spotlight: Jared Gipson’s breakout season and TikTok success

Jack Freeman and Zachary Lallian
November 19, 2022
Get to know Jared Gipson, one of the rising stars of Sac State football, in this State Hornet Spotlight episode.
Sac State freshman running back Cameron Skattebo (32) celebrates his first-quarter touchdown run against UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at UC Davis Health Stadium. The Sacramento State Hornets return home to Hornet Stadium Saturday to host the annual Causeway Classic matchup against the UC Davis Aggies.

PREVIEW: Sac State football readies for historic 68th Causeway Classic

First undefeated season in Hornet history and Big Sky title is on the line
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
November 17, 2022
Sac State is a team with championship aspirations. To get there, they’ll need to get through rival UC Davis.
[FILE]: Junior guard Austin Patterson guarding UCLA senior guard Jaime Jaiquez Jr. against UCLA Monday, Nov. 8, 2022, at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. The Hornets snuck out of Magness Arena in Denver, Colorado with a 73-69 win over the Denver Pioneers Monday night.

Sac State men’s basketball second-half storm overwhelms Denver

Hornets win second straight game after defeating the Pioneers
Jack Freeman
November 15, 2022
McRae’s dominant performance pushes Hornets past Pioneers in a close game.
Sac State senior quarterback Jake Dunniway passing from the pocket against Portland State Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, at Hillsboro Stadium. The Hornetss’ 45-17 win tied the school record for wins in a single season with 10.

RECAP: Sac State football holds on to undefeated record, beating Portland State

Hornets’ 45-17 win keeps school’s best season going
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
November 11, 2022
Hornets score 31 answered points as they cruise to a 10-0 record, inch closer to third straight Big Sky title.
Sac State senior quarterback Jake Dunniway drops back and looks for an open receiver against Weber State on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Stewart Stadium. Dunniway rebounded against the Wildcats with no turnovers, a feat he looks to continue against Portland State.

PREVIEW: Sac State football faces short week against Portland State

Hornets continue quest for third straight Big Sky Conference title
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
November 9, 2022
The Hornets are on the road for the final time this season against Portland State. Will the short week spell trouble for the cruising Hornets?
Senior quarterback Asher O’Hara sprints down the field with his blockers against Weber State, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 at Stewart Stadium in Ogden, Utah. O’Hara scored two touchdowns, bringing his season total to 16 scores.

RECAP: Sac State football’s record stays clean in rainy contest against Weber State

Hornets take down Wildcats 33-30 on the road
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
November 5, 2022
The season of dreams stays alive as the Hornet swarm overpowers the Wildcats in a close contest. Relive the historic win, right here.
Sac State freshman offensive lineman Tyler Perez battles with a fellow Hornet during offensive walk-throughs in Sacramento on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. With a physical game in store for both teams, Sac State has to win in the trenches to have a chance against Weber State.

PREVIEW: Sac State football continues Big Sky gauntlet against Weber State

Undefeated Hornets take their historic season on the road
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
November 3, 2022
The #2 Hornets are playing their first top-five showdown in school history. Here’s everything you need to know before the game.
State Hornet Spotlight: Football recruit Carson Conklin comes to Sac State

State Hornet Spotlight: Football recruit Carson Conklin comes to Sac State

In this new episode of Spotlight, quarterback Carson Conklin talks to Isaac Streeter and Jack Freeman about playing football at his level and why he chose Sac State.
Senior Sac State quarterback Asher O’Hara twisting mid-air into the endzone to score the Hornets game-winning touchdown over Idaho Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 at Hornet Stadium. Sacramento State held off an upset-hungry Vandals team Saturday with a 31-28 victory.

RECAP: Sac State football staves off hungry Vandals in thrilling victory

Hornets come back on their last drive to end Vandal run, win 31-28
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 29, 2022
Sac State’s last drive pulls them above Idaho to remain undefeated in Big Sky Conference play
Senior wideout Pierre Williams finishes his 45-yard touchdown run, making the score 14-17 in Hornet Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2022. Williams ended with three catches for 68 yards and this touchdown.

RECAP: Sac State storms back against Montana in overtime thriller

Hornets remain undefeated in 31-24 win
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 23, 2022
Hornets overcome 10-point deficit as fans stormed the field on National TV:
Senior quarterback Jake Dunniway checks to sophomore running back Cameron Skattebo during the offense’s walkthrough at practice in Sacramento on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022. This duo should get a lot of play against a blitz heavy Montana Grizzly squad this Saturday.

PREVIEW: Sac State football readies for Top 10 Brawl against Montana

A historic 7-0 start is within reach
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 21, 2022
A national television debut, the highest ranking in school history, and a top-10 matchup. Here’s everything you need to know before Saturday’s historic game.
Cameron Skattebo attempts to leap over an Eastern Washington defender on Roos Field, Saturday Oct. 15, 2022. Skattebo put up a career high 201 rushing yards against the Eagles helping the Hornets to a 6-0 record.

RECAP: Sac State football out duels Eastern Washington, moves to 6-0

Hornets topple Eagles 52-28, 6-0 for second time; a historic feat
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 15, 2022
Skattebo’s 200-yard performance overpowers Eagles, Hornets now 6-0 for the first time in Division 1.
Junior tight end Marshel Martin (16) celebrates a fourth down conversion by signaling for a new set of downs Saturday, Oct. 7, 2022, at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento. Sacramento State has a 5-19 lifetime record against Eastern Washington, with only one win on the road.

PREVIEW: Sac State football prepares for shootout against Eastern Washington

Hornets looking for 6-0 start for second time in program history
Jack Freeman
October 13, 2022
Sac State football is back on the road this week in Cheney, Washington against the Eastern Washington Eagles. Can the Hornets overcome history and take home a win?
Sacramento State senior quarterback Asher O’Hara leaps into the endzone for his 8th rushing touchdown against University of Northern Colorado on Saturday Oct.8,2022 during the Hornets’ 55-7. O’Hara is second in the Big Sky Conference in rushing touchdowns.

RECAP: Sac State dismantles Northern Colorado to move to 5-0

Hornets take home a 55-7 victory in return home
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 8, 2022
Sacramento State football shut down the Northern Colorado Bears at Hornet Stadium, moving to 5-0 for the second time in program history.
Assistant head coach and offensive line coach Kris Richardson watches as senior quarterback Asher O’Hara receives the snap at practice on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Sac State has never started 5-0, a feat they wish to conquer this Saturday at home against Northern Colorado.

PREVIEW: Sac State Football seeks second 5-0 start in program history

Hornets host Northern Colorado in first home game in a month
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 6, 2022
A historic start is within reach for Sacramento State football. Read here to find out what Sac State has to do to reach 5-0.
The Sac State offensive line squared up against Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Saturday, Oct.1, 2022, at Alex G. Spanos Stadium The Hornets got out to their second 4-0 start in school history with a commanding 49-21 win over the Mustangs Saturday.

RECAP: Sac State advances to 4-0 for third time in program history

Hornets beat Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo 49-21 on the road
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
October 1, 2022
Sac State football opened Big Sky Conference play in San Luis Obispo with a win over the Cal Poly Mustangs.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Dorian Hale fires up a deep throw as the starting defense rushes after him during practice on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Sac State is seeking their first 4-0 start for the second time in program history.

PREVIEW: Sac State Football opens Big Sky Conference play against Cal Poly

Hornets look for second 4-0 start in program history
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
September 28, 2022
Sacramento State football is close to a historic start against Cal Poly. The Hornets are going after their second 4-0 start in program history. Get to know the game before Saturday.
Sacramento State dominated their lone FBS opponent, blowing past the Colorado State Rams 41-10 Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Canvas Stadium. A stifling Hornet defense, and a pair of senior Asher O’Hara touchdowns helped the Hornets cruise to 3-0 in a dominant showing in Fort Collins, CO.

RECAP: Sac State stays undefeated against FBS opponent Colorado State

The Hornets roll past Rams 41-10, start 3-0 for the first time in 30 years
Jack Freeman
September 24, 2022
Hornet football made a trip to Fort Collins and picked up their third victory of the year. For the first time in a decade, The Hornets dominated in their first win over an FBS opponent:
Sac State football running through team drills at practice Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022, at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets are taking a trip to Fort Collins, Colorado for a clash with Colorado State on Saturday.

PREVIEW: Sac State looks for first 3-0 start in 30 years against Colorado State

Hornets seek first win over an FBS opponent in 10 years.
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
September 22, 2022
The Hornets look to stay undefeated in their only match up against an FBS opponent this year. Here’s everything you need to know before Saturday’s game.
Junior tight end Marshel Martin carries the ball after a reception on Sept. 17, at UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa during a 37-21 victory over Northern Iowa. Martin led the Hornets in receiving yards on Saturday with 76.

RECAP: Sac State football sneaks out with 37-21 victory over Northern Iowa

Hornets move to 2-0 for the first time since 2000
Jack Freeman
September 17, 2022
Hornet football picks up road victory with 37-21 win against Northern Iowa. The #8 ranked Hornets hold on to move to 2-0.
The Sacramento State Hornets offensive line prepares for the snap in practice Wednesday Sept. 14, 2022 at the Hornet practice field. The Hornets allowed just one sack in their 56-33 Week 1 victory over Utah Tech.

PREVIEW: Sac State looks to avenge defeat against Northern Iowa

Hornets look to put last year’s 34-16 loss in the past this week.
Jack Freeman, Football Beat Writer
September 16, 2022
The Hornets travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa for their matchup against the winless Northern Iowa Panthers. Here’s what you need to know to get ready to watch the game:
Sophomore Sac State running back Cameron Skattebo posing in the middle of Hornet Stadium Thursday, Sept.15, 2022. In week one of the 2022 Sac State football season against Utah Tech,  Skattebo rushed for 153 yards, caught one touchdown, ran for a second and took an onside kick back for a third in the Hornets 56-33 win over the Trailblazers.

‘85 Yards or More’: High Expectations Drive Sac State Running Back

Cameron Skattebo was named Big Sky special teams player of the week
Jack Freeman
September 14, 2022
Cameron Skattebo dominated in Sac State’s week 1 game against Utah Tech, but there’s so much more to know about the young running back.
Junior Sac State Cornerback Dillon Juniel flips the ball in celebration after picking off a Utah Tech pass for the Hornets third interception in the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, against the Trail Blazers at Hornet Stadium. The Hornets started their season off 1-0 after their 56-33 win against Utah Tech Saturday.

Sac State cruises to 56-33 victory over Utah Tech in season opener

Hornets rush for over 350 yards, most in 20 years
Jack Freeman
September 4, 2022
Sac State football enjoys Week 1 win over Utah Tech, totaling over 350 rushing yards, six combined touchdowns between Asher O’Hara and Cameron Skattebo in 56-33 rout.
Sac State sophomore receiver Chris Miller running a route against cornerback Jalin Speed at practice Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2022, at the Hornet practice field. The Hornets open their season Saturday against Utah Tech at Hornet Stadium at 7:30 p.m PST as the Hornets begin their pursuit of a third straight Big Sky title.

PREVIEW: Sac State football gears up for home opener against Utah Tech

The defending Big Sky Champions look to start on the right track Saturday
Jack Freeman
September 2, 2022
Hornet Football is back this week, with a rematch against Utah Tech. Prep for this Saturday’s game with our game preview.
Sac State professor Daniel Bethel stands between Caleveras and Alpine Hall holding the first four volumes of his comic Long John on Tuesday, May 3, 2022. Bethel said he’s proud of these books because they reflect the two things he loves doing: English and art.

Sac State English professor by day, self-proclaimed ‘Comicker’ by night

Daniel Bethel’s ‘Long John’ to become a TV show
Jack Freeman and Collin Houck
May 16, 2022

On a cold night in 2001, Sac State professor Daniel Bethel laid in his bed having a dream that would change his life forever. “It was a super stylized comic-style dream,” Bethel said. “I had no...

Junior history major Sarah Williams sits in front of Mendocino Hall on Wednesday, April 13, 2022. WIlliams called the pause frustrating and says she dreams of a more affordable higher education in the future.

Ready or not, students must start paying back loans in 3 months

Jack Freeman
April 20, 2022

A pause of Federal student loan payments was extended by President Joe Biden until September, giving Sacramento State, among many other university students, three months until loan collectors can start...

Former Sacramento State receiver Isiah Hennie tries to juke University of Incarnate Word freshman cornerback Marquis Britten Sept. 9, 2017 at Hornet Stadium. Hennie has spent the last four years searching for an opprotunity to play professional football. (Photo by Matthew Nobert. Graphic made in Canva by Mack Ervin III)

Sac State alumni’s up-and-down football journey and USFL dream: STATE HORNET SPOTLIGHT SHORT

Jack Freeman
April 11, 2022
A former Sac State wideout looks forward to a revived spring football league in the USFL to continue his journey to play professional football on this episode of The State Hornet Spotlight.
Lead actress McKenna Sennett sits on a bench in front of Shasta Hall theater on Thursday, April 7, 2022. Sac State’s production of “Hamlet” runs from April 1 to April 10 and can be attended in the theater.

‘To be or not to be’: Meet the leading lady of Sac State’s ‘Hamlet’

Senior McKenna Sennett steps into the Prince of Denmark’s shoes
Jack Freeman, staff writer
April 8, 2022
Senior theater major McKenna Sennett performs live for her first time at Sac State as the leading role of “Hamlet.”
Sophomore forward Cameron Wilbon tries to create space against a Northern Colorado defender in the low post in The Nest Thursday, Feb. 10. Wilbon finished with 14 points as the Bears routed the Hornets in a 79-61 loss for Sacramento State.

[Photo] Sacramento State men’s basketball crushed at home by Northern Colorado 79-61

Jordan Latimore
February 11, 2022

Sophomore forward Cameron Wilbon tries to create space against a Northern Colorado defender in the low post in The Nest Thursday, Feb. 10. Wilbon finished with 14 points as the Bears routed the Hornets...

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