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Chico State Basketball Wins Season Openers


 

The Butte College Roadrunners wrapped up a successful 2012 campaign with a 31-17 win over Fresno City College in the Center Bowl played in Fresno. The Roadrunners wrap up their season with a record of 10-1.

 

For the second straight week the Butte College Men's Basketball team won a consolation title at a pre-season tournament. After dropping a heart-breaker in the Mendocino College Tournament opener, the Roadrunners were able to grab a couple of victories on Friday and Saturday. Butte knocked off Las Positas in the consolation title game, led in scoring by  former Pleasant Valley High School product Chase Drews and former Chico High stand-out Kenny McMillan. The Roadrunners are now 4-2 on the season.

 

The Chico State men's and women's basketball teams both won their season openers on Saturday night.

 

The women traveled to Fresno and knocked off Fresno Pacific 66-63. Chico trailed 45-34 with 15 minutes left and was able to rally with late clutch shooting. The Wildcats missed their first 12 three-pointers, only to nail three of their final six from beyond the arc to salvage the victory. Big buckets by Monnie Davidson-Mays and McKenzie Dalthorp down the stretch salvaged the win. Dalthorp, the junior power forward finished with a team-high 16 points and 6 rebounds. Jazmine Miller finished with 10 points, despite being in foul trouble for much of the night. Courtney Hamilton played a game high 36 minutes and finished with 8 points and 8 assists. Chico State opens up CCAA play on Tuesday night when they travel to Turlock to take on Cal State Stanislaus.

 

 

The men trounced Pacifica 70-35. The game was tight for the first few minutes before the Wildcats depth wore down the under-manned Gladiators. Chico would hold Pacifica without a field goal for a 17 minute stretch as the Cats cruised to the easy win. Chico was led by Jordan Semple with 16 points and 6 boards, Sean Park added 12. Chico State will host the Mac Martin Invitational on Friday night as they take on Colorado-Springs as part of the Mac Martin Tourney double-headers on both Friday and Saturday nights. 

 

The Division I North Section High School Football Championship is set and what a game it figures to be. The Paradise Bobcats and Enterprise Hornets will battle for the section title for the second time in four years. In 2009, Paradise and Enterprise locked horns in one of the classic and more controversial games in section history. With Paradise clinging to a late lead they had seemingly won the game after blocking a field goal try. But, a penalty with ensuing celebration allowed Enterprise one final try at tying or winning the game. The penalty, and its aftermath is what still is controversial to this day. What is not controversial is the amazing 4th and 28 conversion by Enterprise to set up a first and goal in the waning seconds. Two plays later the Hornets would punch it in and win an improbable 27-23 victory to win the section championship.

 

After appeals and much consternation the Enterprise victory was upheld and the Paradise was left wondering what might have been. But, the Bobcats didn't fret about the near-miss. Paradise has dominated the North Section over the last two years winning section titles in 2010 and 2011, while Enterprise has languished as an also-ran. The final this year pits two of the finest teams and bitter rivals in the North State in the penultimate showdown for North State supremecy. The game will be on Saturday night from Enterprise High School in Redding. The game time will be at 7pm and you can hear the game on 101.7 FM and AM 1340 Fox Sports Chico with our pre-game show coming your way at 6:45pm

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