The State Hornet – sports
As the 2015-16 school year winds down, so too do the careers of many Sacramento State student-athletes, leaving some pretty big shoes to fill for underclassmen.
While losing senior leadership will be a tough blow for Hornet sports to take, there are many freshmen and sophomores who have stepped up this year, providing a pretty good idea that the future is bright for Sac State athletics.
Many of the top performers in Hornet sports this year were underclassmen, meaning that Sac State sports fans should feel comfortable knowing that there are plenty of cornerstone players with multiple years of eligibility left.
In fact, the soon-to-be quarterback for the Hornets, Nate Ketteringham, is just entering his second season and has already put up some impressive statistics with a completion percentage of 61.5, 1,410 passing yards and a touchdown-interception ratio of 11-to-3 in his freshman year.
For men’s basketball, two of the best players were sophomores Marcus Graves and Justin Strings, who led the team in scoring and was extremely efficient, shooting nearly 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc.
Strings is entering his junior year as perhaps the Hornets’ best player and is confident that the system head coach Brian Katz has put in place will allow him to transition into a leadership role seamlessly when it is his turn.
“Next year, me and Marcus will be the support system for our seniors and we’re really confident in them,” Strings said. “When I’m a senior, I know we’re going to have a great group of guys that will support me no matter what. Coach Katz puts a big emphasis on leadership, so all of our guys will be ready.”
The Sac State women’s basketball team will likely rely on sophomore Maranne Johnson to lead the team in the future with team leader and senior Adella Randle-El …