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Women’s soccer lose home opener 2-1, start season 0-3

Jeremiah Martinez

August 30, 2015

In their first home game of the season, the Sacramento State women's soccer team was defeated by San Jose State University by a 2-1 score this afternoon.The loss dropped the Hornets' record to 0-3 to start the season.Sac State played an even, competitive game throughout, but were outshot by the Sparta...

Sac State not intimidated by Pac-12 team Cal

James Frazier

September 4, 2014

The college football season is in full swing, and Sacramento State is off to a blazing start.After cruising to a 49-13 victory over Incarnate Word in the season-opener on Aug. 30, the team is looking to carry that momentum into it’s big matchup against Pac-12 opponent UC Berkeley on Saturday.The Golden...

Athleticism provides healthy outlets for people living with disabilities

State Hornet Staff

March 11, 2014

Even with growing up in a wheelchair, loving your body is no different than the average person, but what matters in how someone views their body and having a support systems. In the disabled community, if someone has a strong support system full of athletic in-shape individuals, they are more likely ...

‘Superfan’ a fixture at Sacramento athletic events

Clifton Jones

October 9, 2013

Team spirit does not always come from players who shed blood, sweat and tears toiling away at practice – sometimes it is the fans who embody a team’s true character.Since 1990, Randy John Hicks has been cheering on Sacramento State athletic teams in any given sport, on any given night, from women...

Buzz of the Crowd: Change a necessity for wins

State Hornet Staff

February 20, 2013

While professional sports organizations are given the opportunity to trade, sign and release players, college programs are not given that luxury.I respect college coaches because they have to work with the pieces they are given. General managers are not there to bail them out and the only chance coach...

Softball loses late in home opener against Pacific

Clifton Jones

February 13, 2013

Sacramento State softball sophomore pitcher Caitlin Brooks did everything she could yesterday in order for her team to win. However, athletes get tired and tend to make mistakes. Brooks pitched a complete game, striking out seven batters - but she gave up three runs in the seventh inning as Sac State ...

Men’s basketball falls short in San Jose

Men’s basketball falls short in San Jose

Joe Davis

December 9, 2012

The Sacramento State men's basketball team dropped a contest on the road against San Jose State tonight. The Hornets 62-57 loss came in the final game before conference play begins next week. Despite San Jose State shooting only 31 percent from the field, Sac State could not seem to put the Spartans a...

Buzz of the Crowd: There is no place like your home court

State Hornet Staff

December 5, 2012

Some teams wish they could just click their heels and say there is no place like home.While L. Frank Baum coined the phrase in his 1900 literary masterpiece, “The Wizard of Oz”, it holds true in the sports world as well. Baseball, basketball, football and even hockey teams alike love more than ever to pla...

What the Heck?

What the Heck?

James Heck

December 5, 2012

Walk into any sporting-goods store and you will see several displays of running shoes of every size, color, shape and brand. Some running shoes are designed with gel pockets in the heel to offer exceptional cushioning. Others are designed with stability and motion control in mind for runners who over-pronate – when the foot rolls inward when striking the ground, potentially damaging the feet, ankles, lower legs and lower back. The new craze on the running shoe market is minimalist shoes, and more specifically, barefoot running shoes. We have all seen that person walking around public with aquatic-looking toe-shoes. Barefoot running shoes are designed to mimic the attributes of walking or working out barefoot. Besides looking ridiculous, these shoes are supposed to encourage a mid-foot or forefoot strike with each stride. Because traditional running shoes often contain extra cushion in the heel, runners have a tendency to heel-strike with each stride. There have been many studies and research with opposing arguments against whether or not the way the foot strikes the ground with each stride can have harmful effects on the body. Even with the debate on running shoes, some runners decide to run completely natural – barefoot. I am not a historian, but I assume running barefoot has been around since the beginning of mankind. Whether or not you are a runner, you have probably at one point run barefoot before, regardless of the distance. Whether running barefoot on the sand at the beach or through the grass at a park, running barefoot gives us the sense of freedom. Wearing shoes creates a separation from our bodies and nature – we cannot feel the earth. Aside from the aesthetic feel, I have also noticed I naturally run on my forefoot when I run barefoot, and when I land on my heel, it hurts. Despite the opposing viewpoints of the effects of heel-striking, perhaps the studies are onto something. Although barefoot running is growing in popularity, it is still something the majority of the running community does not engage in. For starters, if you run barefoot, you are bound to come across different environments and terrains. Glass, sharp rocks, sticks, and thorns do not sound very inviting to the feet. Hot pavement could also cause blisters and pain and cold temperatures could make dsurfaces slippery. I have been running for more than 10 years and have only ever seen one barefoot runner. Granted, she was racing on a track, but it still amazed me. I have run very short distances barefoot, but I do not think I would try to run a marathon barefoot. Although I think the barefoot running and minimalist shoe craze is interesting, I still think it is a fad. It is something unusual in our society, so some people will think it is cool. For now, I will stick to my running shoes. I do not feel like stepping on a rusty nail any time soon. James Heck can be reached at jmh479@saclink.csus.edu.

Men’s basketball signs two newbies

Joe Davis

December 5, 2012

When Sacramento State men’s basketball head coach Brian Katz took the job at Sac State he envisioned building a winning program which all Hornets, past and present, could be proud of. Five years in, Katz’s teams have won less than 40 percent of their games, but through solid recruiting, a change...

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