The State Hornet

Academy Award winner and consulting producer performs in Davis

Nadine Tanjuakio l @nadinetanj

September 16, 2015


Filed under Culture

Academy Award winner and consulting producer Steven Wright has an upcoming comedy show at UC Davis’s Mondavi Center on Sept. 17. “I’m gonna talk about women, the universe, ADD… Just so many things. It’s almost like a Mosaic painting you know?” Wright said. “There’s so many fragments...

Berlioux, Huston win individual titles at Aggie Open

Christopher Bullock

September 5, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Sacramento State Hornets' cross country team kicked off their 2015 season in winning style at the 12th annual Aggie Open at the Putah Creek Reserve Course in Davis this morning. Jacob Huston, on the men's side, won first place in the individual 6K race with a time of 18:27, placing him four...

Local races get communities in the holiday spirit

Marisa Hildebrand

November 17, 2014


Filed under Culture

Thanksgiving morning is commonly known for helping mom wrangle stuffing into an oversized turkey and keeping Uncle Jim away from the bourbon cabinet; but many people have also taken it upon themselves to make Thanksgiving morning a time to earn that extra slice of pecan pie by running a few miles.Rain or shine...

College newspapers are a vital part of campus life and worth the funding

State Hornet Staff

March 6, 2014


Filed under Editorials

A student newspaper is a vital part of campus life, providing breaking news as well as student spotlights. But it also provides an opportunity for students to gain legitimate journalism experience while learning to write, edit, design, photograph, manage and report. The loss of a college publication woul...

Men’s basketball takes down Central Arkansas

Joe Davis

November 24, 2012


Filed under Sports

The Sacramento State men’s basketball team proved to be cool under pressure as it pulled out a come-from-behind road victory against Central Arkansas. Central Arkansas was led by head coach Corliss Williamson. Although Williamson won a National Championship with University of Arkansas in 1994 and lat...

Football ends season with a loss to Davis in Causeway rivalry

Football ends season with a loss to Davis in Causeway rivalry

State Hornet Staff

November 17, 2012


Filed under Football

DAVIS – No one is favored in a rivalry game.Although Sacramento State came in on the cusp of its first 7-win season since 1992 and even had a chance to make the postseason, the Hornets fell to UC Davis in the 59th annual Causeway Classic 34-27 on Nov. 17.This makes it three seasons in a row the Ag...

Men’s basketball remains undefeated after a Pac-12 upset in Utah

Men’s basketball remains undefeated after a Pac-12 upset in Utah

Joe Davis

November 16, 2012


Filed under Sports

Another Sacramento State athletic program has shown it can hang with the big dogs of the Pac-12 after the Hornet men’s basketball team knocked off Utah on the road tonight. The Hornets trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half before clawing their way back into the contest and eventually t...

A house divided: Causeway Classic splits relationships

Joe Davis

November 13, 2012


Filed under Sports

All is fair in love and Causeway Classic. Although overused, this sentiment certainly holds true for some Sacramento State athletes. For Hornets like defensive lineman Matt Lawrence, linebacker Jeff Badger and Sac State women’s volleyball setter Katie Aprile, the enemy takes the form of a loved on...

Necessary roughness

State Hornet

November 6, 2012


Filed under Sports

Russell PrestonWhile most fans would assume Sacramento State’s fall sport with the largest fan base, in the largest venue, gathering the most attention would be poised for the most success in 2012 (I’m looking at you, football), the sport with the real threat for a conference title should be women’s volleyball.After finishing the 2011 season with an overall record of 17-15 and a 10-6 Big Sky conference record, finishing third for the Hornets was a step in the right direction after failing to finish above fifth place since 2007.Women’s volleyball has been one of the strengths of Sac State’s athletic program in the last 15 years. Since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996, Sac State has made the Div. 1 NCAA tournament 10 times (six more than any other member of their conference).Last year, under the leadership of Head Coach Ruben Volta, the team was one of the best in the conference when it came to home-court advantage (8-5 record). In fact, since 1996 the team has posted a 175-48 record on its home court.What made them so good last year was their team defense. In 2011, the team was ninth in the nation in digs per set (18.39) and 13th in blocks per set (2.76). They were the only team in the nation to rank in the top 35 in both categories.As for the offense, they finished in the bottom half of the Big Sky conference in kills per set (11.93) and hitting percentage (.171). With Coach Volta implementing a new 6-2 offense, it will allow the setter to stay in the back while three attackers up front can get aggressive.Although the team lost four of its top players to graduation last spring, there are still doses of optimism with the nine returning players and six newcomers (including two transfer students coming from Div. 1 teams).It’ll be interesting how the team chemistry develops, but rest assured, this team will be competing for another Big Sky conference title in 2012.Russell Preston can be reached at asports@statehornet.com.Jillian KwellerFall sports are under way and the Sacramento State women’s soccer team has the most potential and promise to take home a conference championship.After missing the Big Sky conference championships by two places last season, women’s soccer is back with a 30-player roster and the intensity to win.The women of Hornet soccer have already shown improvements by winning the first game of the season to University of Nevada Reno, which they lost to last year by a score of 2-1.The players have the agility, strength and endurance to beat every team in the conference as long as they stay consistent, which should not be too hard considering the lengthy roster.The depth in the roster will allow the players more efficient playing time. If someone is winded and needs a break, the bench is full of fresh bodies to put on the field.To make the long list of players even more impressive, nine of them are incoming freshman, meaning they are younger, fresher and less injured.One of the freshmen is Hannah Gendron, a goalkeeper out of Davis. She is replacing 2011 senior Savannah Abercrombie, who gave up 22 goals during the last season.Gendron gave up only six goals during her varsity season last year in high school and not one goal her 2010 26-game junior varsity season.Senior forward and team captain Jordan Carlberg will also be a huge contribution to the team this year by looking at last season’s records. She led the team in shots and shots on goal, was second in assists, third in points and fourth in goals.Overall, Sac State women’s soccer is secure with a variety of diverse players and will be a dominant force in the Big Sky conference this 2012 season.Jillian Kweller can be reached at asports@statehornet.com.James Heck The 2011 Sacramento State football team finished with a 4-7 record, but there are reasons to believe a winning season is around the corner. Regardless of the team’s record the previous year, it can adopt a winning mentality if they focus on becoming better today than they were yesterday.At the start of training camp, there were more than 40 new players vying for a spot on the 2012 Sac State football team.With the addition of new players comes the question of how they will mesh with the returning members of the team. Football is a team sport, one composed of three facets: offense, defense and special teams.After losing team leaders such as quarterback Jeff Fleming to graduation, some may view the abundance of new players as a question in regards to building team chemistry and cohesion.Perhaps it is this new element that will spark a surge in production.After all, the team is led by Marshall Sperbeck, the sixth-year head coach who led the Hornets to a stunning 29-28 win over the Oregon State Beavers last season. This win marked the first against a Football Bowl Subdivision team in 11 attempts, arguably making it the Hornets’ biggest victory in school history.The overtime victory against Oregon State gained nationwide attention, and the sense of pride and hope that resulted should be remembered and carried over into this season.Last season, the Hornets lost three games by seven or fewer points. If the team can work out the kinks of last season, there is reason to believe they can be a winning team this season.A fuel to light their fire could come from the recent preseason polls released predicting their success, or lack thereof. The Hornets were picked to finish ninth in the Big Sky Conference by the coaches and 10th by the media.For the players on the football team, a sense of “us against the world” would certainly be an acceptable feeling. And it is this feeling that has often lifted teams out of seeming obscurity and into the spotlight.James Heck can be reached at asports@statehornet.com. 

Cross country has strong showing in Davis

Cross country has strong showing in Davis

James Heck

November 3, 2012


Filed under Track And Field

The Sacramento State men’s cross country team finished second and the women’s team finished first today at the Doc Adams Invitational at the Putah Creek Reserve course in Davis. Junior Reesey Byers led the men’s team with a third place overall finish in the 8k with 24:08. On the women’s side, Jus...

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