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Senior Boise State tennis player Andy Bettles tremendous career came to end yesterday as he fell in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships in Athen, Georgia. Bettles who came into the matchup ranked 87th in the nation lost to 46th ranked Ryan Shane from Virginia 6-3, 6-3. “I felt that Andy played a good match and that it was closer than the score would indicate,” head coach Greg Patton told Broncosports. “Andy left it all out there on the court and has nothing to be ashamed of, it just wasn’t his day. His opponent hit ...

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If Boise State were to give out an athlete of the year award junior Emma Bates would certainly be at the top of list. Bates is coming off one of the best performances of her career where she ran the 12th fastest women’s 10k meter time in NCAA history at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational event in Stanford, California last weekend.  Bates’s time was good enough to shatter her own school record she set last year. Bates finished 13th in a field that included both NCAA champions and Olympic medalists.  Bates’ performance at the event landed her the Mountain West Women’s ...

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Well wouldn’t you know it, the Boise State softball team has the opportunity to win the Mountain West conference championship. “They bought into a team goal,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “Now it’s in our hands to be able to achieve it and I’m really excited to see what these last three games have in store for us.” The Broncos have their final series of the season when they visit San Diego State with the conference championship hanging on the line. “It always seems to come down to our last series,” senior outfielder Tara Glover said. “San Diego State always ...

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Sophomore Samantha Martin had quite the season this year for the Boise State women’s golf team. “It was a really great season,” Martin said. “I played really well and I was proud on how I played.” She capped it off at last week’s Mountain West Championships with a 10th place finish and it’s the second year in a row that the Broncos have had a top 10 finisher. “I was really happy with Sam’s performance,” head coach Nicole Bird said. “She played really strong and didn’t really make any mistakes. It was awesome.” Martin had a record-breaking season for the ...

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Junior Ciera Perkins made school history last weekend at the 2014 NCAA National Gymnastics Championship. “It was definitely an awesome feeling,” Perkins said. “Having my teammates and my coaches by my side was really nice and such an amazing feeling.” Perkins finished in eighth place in the floor exercise where she earned her second team All-American honors. “She was confident in her ability and knew that she belonged at nationals,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “She performed her best routine of the season there and deserved her All-American Floor team status. We were so excited and proud to be her ...

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“Part of the time I wanted to yell back at all of them,” junior Sarah Drake said. “It’s odd being yelled at by people who know nothing about you and are just making assumptions based on unfounded stereotypes.” Students like Drake were subject to vulgar insults and obscenities at last week’s Tunnel of Oppression. The Tunnel of Oppression event was put on by the Multicultural Student Services Center and is part of their Act Now Project which, in addition to the Tunnel of Oppression, had an art exhibit, a community organization fair, and many other events to bring awareness to ...

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The Boise State women’s softball team is looking to close the season strong “We are hoping by the end of the season we are playing our strongest ball,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “We are hoping we really come together these last five weeks of the season.” The Broncos are on a roll as of late as they prepare to go on the road to face fellow conference rivals Utah State. “I’m expecting some big wins,” senior outfielder Tara Glover said. “It’s going to be exciting and it’s going to come down to those last couple games to see who ...

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The Boise State gymnastics team is sending two members to the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championships this weekend. Despite not qualifying as a team, the Broncos are sending juniors Ciera Perkins and Kelsey Morris to the biggest stage of collegiate gymnastics. “I’m excited. We are going against teams we haven’t competed against and girls we haven’t seen before,” Perkins said. “I’m just excited to go out there and show people who Boise State is and show them we have amazing talent and we can go to nationals next year.” Both Perkins and Morris won their respective events to qualify for ...

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Tuesday night marked the beginning of a new reign on campus, the reign of a new Associated Students of Boise State (ASBSU) student government. Bryan Vlok, president of ASBSU, is excited to begin work with his fellow representatives. “I’m very excited. Even now this group has already started planning for what they want to do,” Vlok said. “They are driven students and they just have great ideas and are ready to take on the year and I’m excited to work with them.” Lisa Harris, vice president for Student Affairs, is confident these students will make an impact on campus. “The work ...

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For the first time in school history, Boise State has an official sand volleyball team. “I think it’s really exciting and we are all pretty excited about it,” junior outside hitter Sarah Horton said. This brand new sports program was added this past year and its maiden season is officially underway. “It was fun,” freshman middle backer  Laney Hayes said. “It was a surprise to come out and see teams with previous experience and that weekend was a big learning experience for us.” The Broncos had their first games this past weekend with a California road trip that saw Boise ...

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Dreams really do come true. “It’s just a crazy feeling,” senior Jake Swartz said. “You put so much work into something and for it to finally come true—it’s all I could ever hope for.”  Swartz achieved his ultimate dream by becoming the 11th All-American in the past seven years for the Boise State wrestling team. “It didn’t hit me till after the match,” Swartz said. “Easily the best feeling of my life.” Swartz placed 7th at the tournament and now joins a long list of All-American wrestlers that have come through the program. “It’s awesome to be able to put ...

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Senior Matt Miller was arguably one of the best offensive weapons the Broncos had last season. “He knows what to do,”  head coach Bryan Harsin said. “He picks things up conceptually and can play all three positions at wide receiver.” Miller had 88 catches for 1140 yards and 12 touchdowns for Boise State as a junior and Harsin is expecting more of the same this season. “A guy like Matt gives you a lot flexibility and versatility in your offense,”Harsin said. In his latest press conference Harsin spent a good amount of time addressing his thoughts on his star wide ...

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“We know we have to get this done,” co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “If we want to be at the next level then it’s all about qualifying for nationals and being a top-12 team.” The 16 ranked Broncos head to regionals in Seattle this weekend for a chance to achieve their ultimate goal, making it to nationals. “Everybody was on board to make it to nationals,” sophomore Krystine Jacobsen said. “We called it getting on the bus to Birmingham.” Boise State gymnastics, along with six other teams, will head to the Seattle Regional for a chance to compete on the ...

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While everyone was out enjoying their spring break our Boise State sports teams were in full swing. Starting with the Boise State men’s golf team: the team finished tied for sixth place at the Duck Invitational Tournament in Creswell, Ore. This was due in large part to the performances of junior Ty Travis and senior Jordan Skyles. Travis finished tied for sixth while Skyles finished the event tied for 18th. The Broncos had a three round total of 895 (+31). The Boise State wrestling team sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Championships: seniors J.T. Felix and Jake Swartz. Swartz obtained ...

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There is no better feeling than seeing your dreams come true. For PGA golfer and Boise State alumn Graham DeLaet, he is living his dream in a big way. “I realized if I put the time in and worked hard that there may be a future in this for me,” DeLaet said. “I didn’t think I would be where am now but I dreamt of it.” DeLaet is currently ranked 30th in the most recent Official World Golf Rankings and is arguably the most successful athlete to ever come out of Boise State. Friday, March 28, Boise State honored him ...

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The Boise State swimming and diving team has had a sensational season this year and it all comes to a close at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. “We are just going out there to do better than we have before,” head coach Kristin Hill said. “We can break team records and score points and there is a lot that can happen.” The Broncos are fresh off a Mountain West Conference championship, an event Boise State won by over a 100 points. “We are excited to represent the Mountain West,” Hill said. “It is a great conference and ...

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New Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin had his first spring football conference of the year on Thursday, March 13. In the press conference, Harsin talked about a variety of different issues, from his reactions to his team’s first practices of the season to Boise State’s upcoming Pro Day. The Broncos officially started spring practices last week. They practiced in just helmets to start, but beginning this week they will be in full pads as they prepare for their first scrimmage on Thursday. “It’s good to see those guys out there working,” Harsin said. “They are working hard and ...

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In today’s world employers are looking for more than just a degree. They want to see students get out of the classroom and into the real world. Boise State PRSSA offers students that opportunity. PRSSA stands for Public Relations Student Society of America.  The organization has grown since its inception going from an original four members to over  60 members today. “It’s a student professional organization geared toward public relation students,” said PRSSA President John Garretson. “It’s really for anyone who wants to get into the communication or marketing field but there really is no limit or ceiling to who wants ...

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The Broncos didn’t exactly end their season the way they wanted too. The Boise State wrestling team finished in third place at the Pac 12 Championships last weekend and then this past weekend lost their final dual of the season to their bitter rivals the Oregon State Beavers. In what has been a down year, the Broncos were hoping to hit the reset button with a Pac 12 Championship but it was not meant to be. Boise State finished behind conference rivals Stanford and the conference champions Oregon State. For Oregon State this was their third straight Pac 12 title. ...

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Imagine coming so close to realizing your dream only to have it slip away from you at the very last moment. Senior wrestler Jake Swartz had that experience last season at the NCAA National Tournament. He was just one mere match away from realizing his dream of being an All-American. “Coming up short last year was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my life,” Swartz said. “That’s one of the things that has pushed me so much this year and really give it my all.” Despite coming up short last season, Swartz has not let ...

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Senior heavyweight JT Felix has been not only one of the most outstanding wrestlers for the Broncos this season but one of the best wrestlers in the nation as well. “It was everything a college experience could hope for,” Felix said. “I love the environment here and the university is the perfect feel.” Felix has had a tremendous season for Boise State this season as he posted an outstanding regular season record of 23-3 which was the best on the team this year. He is currently the tenth best wrestler in the country for his weight class and he is ...

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The Boise State gymnastics team will be saying goodbye to their three seniors this Saturday night as they host their final home meet of the season against Seattle Pacific. “We are going to miss them and their leadership,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “All of our seniors are unique in their own way and have brought their own twists to the program.” The Broncos will say goodbye Amanda Otuafi, Kelsey Black, and Alessandra Cinfio. “Gymnastics has been my whole entire life and I have never done any other sport besides gymnastics,” Otuafi said.  “Having my last home meet is going ...

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Despite the tough overtime loss to Fresno State on Wednesday night and the loss of star Lexie Der for the season, the Broncos claimed a huge conference win as they rolled over Wyoming 72-59 on Saturday, March 1. “It felt good to beat them,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “They were going for the 20th win and were tied with us, and our kids responded to so much adversity this week and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” The Broncos controlled the game from start to finish. Boise State jumped out to an early lead and never relented. By ...

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Sophomore Kayla Reinhart stepped up for her team when they needed her the most. “I was really proud of her stepping up. She is a very good player and a great kid,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “We are lucky to have her.” She played a vital role in the Broncos’ 72-59 home victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls. “It feels really good coming off the loss to Fresno— that was a tough one,” Reinhart said. “It’s really exciting getting this win and holding our position in the Mountain West standings right now.” Reinhart started in place of fellow sophomore Lexie ...

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Wrestling coach Greg Randall is currently the longest tenured coach at Boise State. “My goal was to be a Division I head coach no matter what,” Randall said. “Didn’t matter how long it took me and Boise State came in at the end and I took the job.” He has been with the program a staggering 20 years, 12 of which he has served head coach. “It’s been good for me,” Randall said. “I have been able to raise a family, live in a nice place, drive nice cars and made it a career so I can’t complain.” Randall took ...

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