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The State Hornet

The student news site of Sacramento State University

The State Hornet

Student news without fear or favor

Mike Mcgough, Author

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Pi Kappa Phi displays two junk cars outside the Hornet Bookstore on Thursday, March 3. Students could donate $3 to smash these cars with sledgehammers as part of the fraternitys Breaking through Barriers exhibition.

Fraternity smashes cars for fundraising

March 3, 2016

Pi Kappa Phi offered students a chance to smash donated junk cars in a philanthropic fundraising effort Thursday at Sacramento State. The event, referred to as “Breaking through Barriers” by...

Justin Strings moves the ball down the court just before making a basket while Mitchell Badillo trys to defend during Sacramento States mens basketball game against Incarnate Word on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 at the Hornets Nest.

Hornets beat Incarnate Word for sixth win

December 7, 2015

The Hornets celebrated the return to their home court Monday night, as men's basketball won 73-70 over the University of the Incarnate Word. The win pushed Sacramento State to a 6-2 start to the...

Hornet comeback effort falls short

December 2, 2015

A poor shooting night by Sacramento State's men's basketball team led to a 66-61 loss Wednesday at UC Davis. The Hornets chipped away at an early 13-point deficit in the first half to tie the game...

Guard Marcus Graves drives into the lane to attempt a layup against Pacific at the Hornets Nest on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. Graves led the Hornets in scoring with 19 points in a 79-71 win.

Hornets bounce back with win over Pacific

November 29, 2015

Sacramento State's men's basketball team recovered from Saturday's loss with a 79-71 win over Pacific on Sunday to close out the Sacramento State Invitational. With the win, the Hornets improved...

Mens basketball suffers first loss of the season

Men’s basketball suffers first loss of the season

November 28, 2015

The Hornets came up short of setting a new school record Saturday afternoon. With a chance to open the season at a perfect 5-0, Sacramento State's men's basketball team suffered its first loss of...

Womens basketball drops home opener to USF

Women’s basketball drops home opener to USF

November 28, 2015

In its regular season home opener on Saturday afternoon, Sacramento State's women's basketball team was defeated by University of San Francisco by a 95-94 final. The loss, which dropped the Hornets'...

Lawrence White from UC Davis grabs the ball while Dreon Barlett stuggles to hold on during a game between Sacramento State and UC Davis on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015 at the Hornets Nest.

Hornets win causeway matchup 84-79

November 24, 2015

In their first meeting since 2013, Sacramento State and UC Davis' men's basketball teams faced off Tuesday night, with the Hornets coming out on top, 84-79, at the Hornets Nest. With the win, the...

Mens basketball improves to 3-0 in home opener

Men’s basketball improves to 3-0 in home opener

November 20, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team continued its hot start to the season with a 96-56 victory over Holy Names University in the Hornets' regular season home opener Friday. "I thought they...

Mens basketball beats Seattle U 77-65

Men’s basketball beats Seattle U 77-65

November 15, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team won both games on its season-opening road trip after finishing off a 77-65 win at Seattle U on Sunday afternoon. What started as a back-and-forth game...

Hornets upset Pac-12s ASU in basketball opener

Hornets upset Pac-12’s ASU in basketball opener

November 13, 2015

The Hornets pulled off a big upset Friday, defeating Arizona State’s men’s basketball team 66-63 in Sacramento State’s regular season opener in Tempe, Arizona. The game was tight throughout,...

Hornets score triple digits in exhibition win

November 7, 2015

The Sacramento State men's basketball team began the 2015-16 season in dominant fashion with a 103-63 victory in Friday's home exhibition game against Simpson University. "We were pretty good early,...

Former Hornet basketball player joins D-League

November 2, 2015

Former Sacramento State men's basketball player John Dickson was picked by the Bakersfield Jam in this weekend's NBA Development League draft. Dickson, a forward, was taken by Bakersfield in the...

Image of Ernest Tschannen

October 27, 2015

Men's basketball coach Brian Katz (right) introduces philanthropist Ernest Tschannen (left) at the eighth annual Men's Basketball Hall of Fame & Tip-Off Banquet at Harper Alumni Center on Tuesday,...

Philanthropist gives $750,000 toward event center

October 27, 2015

It was a Swiss philanthropist who stole most of the show at Tuesday evening’s Men’s Basketball Hall of Fame & Tip-Off Banquet by announcing a donation of $750,000 toward a potential event center...

Men’s soccer earns 1-0 win against Pacific

September 18, 2015

In the team’s last non-conference home game of the season, Sacramento State men’s soccer earned a 1-0 win Friday evening over the University of the Pacific at Hornet Field.The victory brought the Hornets’...

Men’s soccer earns 1-1 tie on late goal in first home game

September 6, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s soccer team (0-3-1) snapped their three-game losing streak with a 1-1 tie in the Hornets’ home opener against CSU Bakersfield on Sunday afternoon.Midfielder Paul Geyer had...

Katz receives contract extension as men’s basketball coach

September 3, 2015

Sacramento State men's basketball coach Brian Katz was given a five-year contract extension that will keep him as head coach until at least 2020, the athletic department announced this afternoon."The man...

Volleyball dominates CSU Bakersfield 3-1 in home opener

September 1, 2015

Sacramento State volleyball (3-1) dominated CSU Bakersfield (0-4) in the Hornets’ home opener Tuesday night, winning 3-1 (22-25, 25-13, 25-8, 25-16).After losing a closely fought first set, the Hornets...

Cross country coach Laura Harmon watches her runners as they stretch out following practice Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 at Hornet Stadium.

Track, cross country see coaching, personnel changes

August 31, 2015

Sacramento State’s track and field department saw significant changes in its personnel over the summer, including the departure of its director and the hiring of a new coach.Laura Harmon was announced...

Former Sac State first baseman gets minor-league promotion

June 25, 2015

Former Sacramento State first baseman Rhys Hoskins was promoted to the Florida State League's Clearwater Threshers on Wednesday.Hoskins, 22, was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round...

Big Sky to host next three men’s, women’s basketball tournaments in Reno

April 24, 2015

Both the men's and women's basketball tournaments for the Big Sky Conference will be hosted at a neutral site in Reno, Nevada for the next three years, Big Sky officials announced today."Our committee...

Men’s basketball beats Portland 73-66; will host second round of CIT from The Nest

March 18, 2015

In the team’s first postseason action as a Division I program, Sacramento State men’s basketball beat the University of Portland Pilots 73-66 tonight to advance to the second round of the

Men’s basketball falls to the University of Idaho, 69-58

February 14, 2015

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team suffered a road loss to the University of Idaho Vandals Saturday night by a final score of 69-58.The loss dropped the Hornets’ record to 16-8 overall and...

Men’s basketball loses first place position with 64-61 loss to Eastern Washington

February 12, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team had its seven-game win streak snapped Thursday with a 64-61 road loss to Eastern Washington University.With the defeat, the Hornets fell to 10-2 in Big Sky...

Men’s basketball secures winning record for 2014-15 season

February 10, 2015

As men’s basketball at Sacramento State continues to win, the buzz surrounding the team grows louder and louder.With a 64-60 win over the Portland State Vikings at the Hornets Nest Saturday afternoon,...

Football signs 29 out of high school on National Signing Day

February 7, 2015

Sacramento State’s football team signed 29 athletes Wednesday, all from California high schools, who will join the Hornets in 2015.Known as National Signing Day, the first Wednesday of February marks...

Sacramento State senior Dylan Garrity drives past Portland State senior Gary Winston during the second half of the basketball game between Sac State and Portland State on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. Garrity scored 16 points in Saturdays game.

Men’s basketball beats Portland State 64-60 for seventh straight win

February 7, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team defeated the Portland State Vikings Saturday afternoon by a final of 64-60 after dropping a 14-point lead built in the first half.Placing the Hornets at 16-6...

Senior Mikh McKinney makes a two point shot to cut Montanas lead to 64-61 during the basketball game against Montana on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The game ended with a score of 70-69, with Sacramento State as the winner. This was the teams sixth win in a row.

McKinney and Garrity among best in school history

February 2, 2015

When future generations look at the history of men’s basketball at Sacramento State, two players from the 2014-15 roster will stand out as all-time greats.Dylan Garrity, 22, and Mikh McKinney, 23—both...

Garrity buries a clutch 3-pointer to get the 70-69 comeback win against Montana

February 1, 2015

Fans swarmed the court at the Hornets Nest Saturday night after Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team pulled off a come-from-behind 70-69 victory over the University of Montana.The win, which kept...

Senior guard Dylan Garrity of Sacramento State cuts past Montana State guard Michael Dison as he looks for an open teammate to make a pass to during a mens basketball game in the Hornets Nest on Thursday Jan. 29, 2015. Garrity broke Sac State’s all time record of career assists, ending the game with a new record of 504.

Garrity and McKinney fuel men’s basketball’s 75-59 win over Montana State

January 30, 2015

Seniors Dylan Garrity and Mikh McKinney helped the Sacramento State men's basketball team continue its best-ever beginning to the Big Sky Conference season Thursday night, as the Hornets improved to an...

Senior guard, Takara Burse powers past Weber State guard Brianna Averette at the Hornets’ Nest on Saturday Jan. 24, 2015. The Hornets trampled Weber State 108-65.

Women’s basketball leads Big Sky with best-ever start to conference season

January 26, 2015

Sacramento State’s women’s basketball team is off to its best conference start in program history with a 7-1 record in the Big Sky Conference.After dropping nine of 11 preconference games and losing...

Senior guard Mikh McKinney powers past Trey Kennedy of Southern Utah at the Hornets Nest on Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015. McKinney scored a game-high 21 points in a 90-75 victory over the Thunderbirds.

Hot start puts men’s basketball atop Big Sky Conference

January 26, 2015

Through eight games of conference play, Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team has compiled a 7-1 record that places the team alone atop the Big Sky Conference standings.The hot start for Sac State...

McKinney dominates as men’s basketball beats Weber State 78-71

January 24, 2015

A career night for senior guard Mikh McKinney pushed the Hornets’ win streak to four games, as Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team earned a 78-71 victory Saturday on the road against the Weber...

Men’s basketball takes close game, wins 62-59 at Idaho State

January 22, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team picked up its sixth conference victory of the season with a nail-biting 62-59 win Thursday at Idaho State.The victory put the Hornets’ record at 12-6 overall...

Men’s basketball earns top record in Big Sky with 90-77 victory over Eastern Washington

January 17, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team took care of business Saturday night with a 90-77 victory over Eastern Washington that gave the Hornets a conference-leading 5-1 record in the Big Sky.With...

McKinney leads men’s basketball in 79-76 comeback win over Idaho

January 15, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team earned its fourth Big Sky win of the season in comeback fashion Thursday night, as a monstrous second half from senior guard Mikh McKinney propelled the Hornets...

Men’s basketball loses 84-73 for first Big Sky loss of season

January 10, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team suffered its first Big Sky loss of the 2014-15 season Saturday night, falling to the Northern Colorado Bears on the road by a final score of 84-73.The loss...

Men’s basketball earns 3-0 Big Sky start with 63-61 win over North Dakota

January 8, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team remained undefeated (3-0) in Big Sky Conference play with a Thursday night road win over North Dakota by a final of 63-61.The game was a tight one, coming down...

Men’s basketball defeats Southern Utah 90-75, starting season 2-0 in Big Sky

January 3, 2015

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team defeated Southern Utah by a final of 90-75 Saturday night to improve to 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference and 8-5 overall on the season.Five Hornets finished with...

Garrity leads Hornets past Utah Valley

December 27, 2014

In its final non-conference game of the season, Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team defeated the Utah Valley Wolverines by a final of 74-49 on Saturday night.  The win improved the Hornets’...

Men’s basketball falls to Seattle U

December 21, 2014

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team dropped to 5-5 on the season with a 66-47 loss at Seattle University on Sunday night.The defeat put the Hornets’ road record at 1-4 early in the 2014-15 season.The...

The Portland Pilots defeat Sac State, 80-75, to hand the team their first loss at the Hornets’ Nest

December 14, 2014

Despite a career night for senior Mikh McKinney, Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team fell to the Portland Pilots 80-75 Sunday evening in the Hornets' first home loss of the season.The highly competitive...

Men’s basketball beat Cal State Fullerton, stay undefeated at home

December 12, 2014

Entering the game on a two-game losing streak, Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team defeated the Cal State Fullerton Titans Thursday night by a score of 73-59.The Hornets improved their overall...

Hornets take advantage of playing on campus

December 10, 2014

The importance of home court advantage over the past four weeks, with a sweep of its opening home stand has been essential to the Sacramento State Hornet’s men’s basketball team this season.With solid...

Second loss on the road for men’s basketball

December 6, 2014

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team lost its second straight game as the Hornets fell 74-62 to the UC Irvine Anteaters Saturday night.Playing just two days after an 11-point loss to Abilene Christian...

Men’s basketball lose 72-61 at Abilene Christian University

December 4, 2014

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped Thursday night with a 72-61 loss at Abilene Christian University.Sac State’s record fell to 4-2 on the season and...

Tale of two seasons for both teams

December 4, 2014

It turned out to be a tale of two seasons for Sacramento State’s men’s and women’s cross country teams, which ended their season on different notes.A 14th place finish by the women’s team out of...

Men’s basketball continues winning streak

December 2, 2014

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team extended its win streak to four with a 65-56 victory Monday night against the Utah Valley Wolverines.With the win, the Hornets improved their record to 4-1...

Senior Mikh McKinney breaks past a Bristol player as he prepares to take a shot durning a non-conference game Tuesday Nov. 25. McKinney led the Hornets with 22 points in the 97-63 victory that evening.

Men’s basketball defeats Bristol University, improves season record

November 26, 2014

Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team improved its record to 3-1 with a Tuesday night victory over Bristol University, winning by a final of 97-63.The win came six days after a 74-42 win over Simpson,...

Hornets preparing for the NCAA Division I Cross Country West Regional

November 24, 2014

After a disappointing race at the Big Sky Conference Cross Country Championships in North Dakota, Sacramento State’s team hopes for a bounce back performance when they race Friday at the NCAA Division...

Men’s basketball takes down UC Riverside 70-69

November 18, 2014

Coming off a 46-point loss at Gonzaga Friday, Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team rebounded with Monday’s 70-69 win over the UC Riverside Highlanders in a hard-fought road game.A 2-point jumper...

Men’s basketball drops season opener against No. 13 Gonzaga

November 14, 2014

Facing one of the nation’s top teams, Sacramento State’s men’s basketball team lost 104-58 in Friday’s regular season opener against Gonzaga University.The Hornets had their work cut out for them...

Sac State places 14th in NCAA West Regional at Stanford

November 14, 2014

Rebounding from a disappointing performance at the Big Sky Conference Championships Nov. 1 in North Dakota, Sacramento State’s women’s cross country team finished 14th of 34 qualifying teams in Friday’s...

Doc Adams Invitational, last race for men’s cross country team

November 8, 2014

After more than two months of ups, downs and injuries, Sacramento State’s men’s cross country team ended their season Saturday at the Doc Adams Invitational in Davis, while three runners from the women’s...

Berlioux highlights Big Sky Conference cross country championships

November 1, 2014

Sacramento State’s cross country team competed in the 2014 Big Sky Conference Championships on Saturday in Grand Forks, North Dakota, where senior Chloe Berlioux was a bright spot amidst some struggles.Berlioux...

Men’s basketball not focused on preseason Big Sky predictions

October 29, 2014

With the men’s basketball season starting up in November, several publications—including Blue Ribbon Yearbook, Athlon Sports and ESPN—have predicted Sacramento State to finish top 3 in the Big Sky...

Berlioux leads team this season

October 27, 2014

For some athletes, it can take over a decade to excel at a sport. Chloe Berlioux, a fourth-year student and runner on Sacramento State’s cross country and track and field teams, has had a quicker...

Women find success, men struggle at Santa Clara Bronco Invitational

October 18, 2014

Sacramento State cross country competed at the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale on Saturday, with the women’s team finishing fifth and the men’s team placing 19th.Jacob Huston and Chloe...

Baseball excited to compete in 2015

October 14, 2014

Sacramento State’s baseball program has announced its schedule for its upcoming 2015 season.The Division I team went 40-24 in a 64-game 2014 regular season before becoming Western Athletic Conference...

River Cats’ Affiliation switch unfair for A’s fans

October 7, 2014

The Sacramento River Cats inked a deal in mid-September to become the San Francisco Giants' Triple-A affiliate beginning in the 2015 season.The move is a sensible business decision by both organizations....

Rhys Hoskins primed for MLB success

October 7, 2014

To those who love the game of baseball there is no bigger dream than to make it to the big leagues.For Rhys Hoskins, a 21-year-old first baseman who spent three years playing baseball for Sacramento State,...

Cross country preparing for conference and cold

October 7, 2014

Sacramento State's cross country team is gearing up for the remainder of its season.With two races scheduled before they compete Nov. 1 at the Big Sky Championships in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the Hornets...

Stanford Invitational, new terrain for cross country team

September 27, 2014

Sacramento State cross country competed Saturday at the Stanford Invitational. The men’s team took 15th place out of 18 teams while the Hornet women finished seventh out of 21.The Hornet women finished...

Hornets find success at Mustang Challenge

September 20, 2014

Sacramento State cross country came up big at the Mustang Challenge at The Master’s College in Santa Clarita Saturday. Jacob Huston and Chloe Berlioux led the way once again as the Hornets finished third...

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