FALL SPORTS WRAP-UP

December 8, 2015 Sports

[slideshow_deploy id=’69982′] The advent of touted first-year head coach Tracy Hamm was as-advertised. The women’s soccer team cracked the .500 win-loss margin for the first time since 2011 and outscored their opponents 26-22 on the season. A strong freshman class and a talented crop of transfers combined for more than half the roster, establishing Hamm as an ...

Fantasy gambling threatens America’s game

October 27, 2015 Opinion

I’ve had my ups and downs with sports gambling. I’ve sulked about the over-under even when my favorite teams were winning, almost had my ass kicked by a bar full of Manny Pacquiao fans and leaped off my couch because of meaningless touchdowns or home runs more times than I care to admit. What I haven’t ...

Past and present: The composition of a championship gators team

September 30, 2015 Sports

Four teams in SF State history hold the honor of being the University’s most successful squads ever assembled. While each group had a unique approach to collecting championships, the teams share certain traits that contributed to their accomplishments. Based off data compiled from the SF State sports information department, see how this semester’s programs stack up ...

New faces flood athletic department

August 26, 2015 Sports

The moving boxes sat freshly unpacked in the offices of three recently-hired SF State head coaches after a busy summer of personnel decisions for second-year Athletic Director Charles Guthrie and the SF State Athletic Department. Softball coach Lisa Allen, baseball coach Tony Schifano and women’s soccer coach Tracy Hamm were off-campus acquisitions for their respective programs. Women’s ...

Solidified soccer team looks promising

August 26, 2015 Sports

Twenty-eight pairs of soccer cleats trod onto the sunken field in the middle of Cox Stadium before Friday afternoon’s practice. The herd of try-out hopefuls had thinned for the final time, and the remaining players, no longer anxious, smiled and laughed through a series of warm-up drills as they prepared for their second session of the day. “We ...

Athletic department welcomes new head softball coach

July 16, 2015 Sports 1 Comment

A new era of SF State softball began Monday with the announcement of a new head coach after a month-and-a-half-long search. Lisa Allen, an accoladed transplant from Division II Montana State University Billings, was named to succeed head coach Cristina Byrne, who led the team for seven years, according to SF State’s Athletics website. Allen will inherit a ...

Track team eclipses individual success

May 19, 2015 Sports

[slideshow_deploy id=’66206′] The unassuming pursuit of personal bests aided SF State’s women’s track and field team as they broke multiple school records over the span of the season thus far and placed sixth overall in the California Collegiate Athletic Association. “We had a lot of growth and improvement in a short period of time,” said head ...

Annual event brings attention to accessible recreation

May 13, 2015 Sports

SF State student Rosie Blanckenburg reared her wheelchair onto the thick treads of its haunches, elevating its smaller set of neon-lit front tires into the air. She whirled the chair around on its axis as trails of pulsating color scurried to keep up. After a few revolutions, she halted to converse with some classmates in ...

In Review: Women’s softball find footing late in season

May 6, 2015 Sports

 [slideshow_deploy id=’66150′] The hallmarks of a demoralizing year plagued the Gators during their 1-13 start to the season, but their record did not prevent the young squad from establishing themselves as an enigma of the California Collegiate Athletic Association by the end of the 2015 season. “So many teams would’ve packed it in early by ...

Sophomore pitcher emerges in another breakout season

April 28, 2015 Sports

When SF State pitcher Megan Clark steps onto the raised gravel to begin her pitching performance, everything moves in sync. The precision of her pitching mechanics trickle down to her placement of the softball as it hurdles toward the catcher’s mitt. The evenly knotted purple bow holds back her bronze ponytail and the symmetrical eyeblack coats her cheeks. Tattooed ...

Outfielder’s layout catch highlighted on SportsCenter

April 22, 2015 Sports

Lying dazed on the grass in deep center field with a baseball nestled in the webbing of his glove, Nick Jackson could not hear the fans in Maloney Field’s wooden bleachers as they yelled out the distinct tune that precedes ESPN’s sports highlight videos. SF State’s leadoff hitter would have another chance to hear the ...

Ultimate Frisbee team sails into season with two new teams

April 14, 2015 Sports

Two ultimate Frisbee teams occupied the artificial turf of the West Campus Green for the first time in SF State’s history on Friday. As men’s team member Cooper Wright whipped a white disc towards an uninhabited plot of field, sending his teammate Jesse Saekow tearing after it, women’s captain Gianna Tesler led a series of back-and-forth ...

Intramural sports fuses rivalry and leisure

April 7, 2015 Sports

Behind a wooden score table on the dusk painted turf of SF State’s West Campus Green, three student officials lounged in folding chairs, cracking jokes as they watched a stoic quarterback prepare for his intramural flag football game. “We got a Peyton Manning over here,” said referee Dominik Lawrence, laughing as the player scrambled away from an imaginary mob ...

Women’s softball show midseason offensive progress

March 31, 2015 Sports

Looking out over the pock-marked infield, coach Cristina Byrne measured the expressions on the faces beneath purple SFSU visors. The white bases of SF State’s softball diamond were already stained reddish-brown by the cleats of the visiting Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes. It was the second inning of the afternoon game March 21, and the Gators had ...

Veteran on track to break into All-time hits record list

March 17, 2015 Sports

[dropcap]P [/dropcap]awing at the dirt with the spikes of her cleat and scanning the field over thick stripes of eye black, SF State’s standout shortstop enters the batter’s box in similar fashion before each at-bat. Her posture screams confidence but still maintains the torturous touch of calmness that unsettles pitchers and edges defenders onto their ...

Gator offense takes center stage in doubleheader sweep

March 13, 2015 Sports

The Gators combined lights-out pitching with the long-awaited clutch hitting that has eluded the squad this season, downing the Holy Names University Hawks 4-0 and 9-1 for the team’s first doubleheader win at home Friday. Pitcher Megan Clark forced Hawks hitters into difficult pitch counts that resulted in countless easy outs during her first-game shutout. ...

Three wrestlers at top form, advance to National tournament

March 3, 2015 Sports

The purple mats that spread across the floor of SF State’s wrestling room and typically teem with energetic athletes will feel unsettlingly barren in the weeks leading up to the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships on Mar. 13 and 14. Only three of the team’s competitors, senior Andrew Reggi and sophomores Jordan Gurrola and ...

Men’s baseball closes out weekend with series split

March 3, 2015 Sports

A ninth-inning barrage of Gators’ offense wasn’t enough to erase CSU Los Angeles’ lead in a 5-4 loss on Sunday, preventing SF State from besting the red-hot Golden Eagles in a four-game series. After eight scoreless innings, the Gators’ offense came to life, producing four runs off of hits from senior Mark Lindsay and juniors ...

Women’s softball drop four at home, optimistic on upcoming road trip

February 23, 2015 Sports

Despite playing some of their sharpest ball of the season, the Gators were overwhelmed by a potent Humboldt State Lumberjacks offense, dropping four straight games on Friday (0-4, 1-6) and Saturday’s (1-9, 1-9) double-headers against the current conference leaders. “I don’t think that the scores reflected how we feel about the games this weekend,” said ...

Senior night inspires emotional first win of season

February 23, 2015 Sports

  As the chances of a Chico State Wildcats comeback slimmed during the final minutes of Saturday’s game, a marked change swept over The Swamp gymnasium. Frantic expressions on the faces of furiously defending SF State players faded into cautious optimism and then melted away altogether into uninhibited elation. The home crowd seemed to fear the ...

Women’s softball swept in doubleheader

February 19, 2015 Sports

The Gators were unable to escape their recent offensive rut, dropping a pair of games 10-2 and 7-0 in a Wednesday doubleheader against the University of Hawaii at Hilo Vulcans. “We didn’t really come out to play today, on offense or on defense,” said SF State’s head coach Cristina Byrne. “They played great ball, and ...

Renovated training facility more accessible for student athletes

February 17, 2015 Sports

Sounds of student-athlete chatter, whirling cold tubs and a flat-screen TV that remains perpetually tuned in to ESPN spill out of SF State’s new athletic training room and into the hallway of the gymnasium building. The new facility shares the features of a living room and a hospital, allowing injured players to rehabilitate in comfort. ...

Emotions run high for wrestling senior night

February 16, 2015 Sports

The Gators wrestling squad capped an emotionally charged senior night by beating rival Menlo College in spectacular fashion on Thursday, pulling out a 22-16 victory decided by the final match of the night. Sophomore Calvin Nichols carried the mental burden of a 16-16 team score into his 174-pound bout that would determine the outcome of ...

Sophomore pitches first-career shutout in doubleheader split

February 11, 2015 Sports

Despite a first game loss against Academy of Arts, the Gators cruised to a 3-0 victory after scoring early in the second game of their Wednesday double-header against Holy Names University. Pitcher Courtney Dunkel threw her first complete-game shutout. “We came out a whole lot looser than in that first game,” said SFSU’s head coach ...

Veteran rebounds from bench to star player

February 10, 2015 Sports

Before senior point guard Bren Haley steps onto the court, he bends down his 6-foot frame and raps his knuckles three times against the painted hardwood. In the midst of a breakout season that was never guaranteed to happen for Haley, it’s hard to imagine those knuckles aren’t getting sore. “All I was ever promised ...

Scandals come just in time to fuel Super Bowl hype

February 1, 2015 Opinion

Self-deprecation as a source of comedy has been the basis of many of the most acclaimed acts and shows of all time. The  “look at how internally corrupt I am” schtick has given the entertainment world some of its best characters, from Seinfeld’s George Costanza to comedian Louis C.K. In the weeks leading up to Super Bowl ...