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michaelsteen

Steen has been all about sports since he could walk. Currently, he’s an avid golfer. Steen is currently the assistant sports editor for The Arbiter, and has been a sports writer since fall 2012. Steen is majoring in communication with an emphasis in media studies to work in public relations. He will graduate in December 2014. Steen feels Boise State sports have done wonders for putting Boise on the map. Steen is also a Twitter addict, so follow him on Twitter @michaelsteen2.

Junior gymnasts Kelsey Morris and Ciera Perkins excelled at the 2014 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships as Perkins earned Second Team All-American honors while both set Boise State records in each of their events. “Ciera is our first All-American on floor exercise,” co-head coach Tina Bird told Broncosports. “This is such an honor for a very deserving gymnast and we are so happy for her.” Perkins earned a score of 9.90 for her floor routine. She would finish in a tie for eighth-place with seven other gymnasts from Alabama, Florida, UCLA and Utah. Perkins became the first Bronco to be named ...

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Former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet made history on Thursday, April 10, when he became the first Bronco to compete in the Masters when he appeared in the first of four PGA Tour major championships this season. DeLaet, currently ranked 30th in the world following a eighth place finish in the FedEx Cup race and 16th in the PGA Tour money list in 2013, joined 23 other Masters rookies in their first appearances at Augusta National Golf Club over the weekend. Unfortunately for DeLaet, the weekend would be short-lived as the 32-year-old Canadian would fail to make the cut, something ...

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In arguably the most anticipated golf tournament on the PGA Tour, former Boise State golfer Graham DeLaet will become the first Bronco to compete in the Masters when he tees it up on Thursday, April 10 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. “If there is one tournament I could play in and be done with golf it would be Augusta and the Masters,” DeLaet said. “I still kind of pinch myself once in a while to know I’m going to be there in a couple weeks.” DeLaet is not a stranger to the big stage as a professional ...

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Naomi Aguirre – Marketing “Yeah, I think so. I don’t have reason to think otherwise I guess, so that’s why I wouldn’t say no.” Estaban Galn- Political Science “You get what you put into it. You can skate by in classes and not read your texts fully and just google all assignments through and you’ll probably walk out with a decent B and pass and feel like you paid for nothing. But if you engage yourself in your education and you actually spend the time doing the readings and then the supplemental material, which professors do give, and then come ...

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The Boise State men’s basketball team landed a big replacement for Ryan Watkins on Monday night in a verbal commitment from 6-foot-10 center, Kevin Allen. “It felt like a perfect fit for me,” Allen said. “Coach Rice showed a lot more interest in me than the other schools and they play at a very high level.” Allen spent his freshman year for the 2012-2013 season at Jackson Community College in Michigan where he average 8.8 points and pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game in 13 contests. The Ecorse High School (Detroit, Mich.) graduate then transferred to Pratt Community College in ...

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Looking to make the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row, the Boise State men’s basketball team went to Las Vegas last week for the Mountain West conference tournament. A pair of bad losses at the end of the season to Nevada and Air Force took the Broncos out of the bubble talk and forced them to win the conference tournament to go to the Big Dance. Entering the tournament as the 6-seed and having to win four games in as many days, the Broncos opened up tournament play with a matchup with last place San Jose State. ...

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We’ve all seen it. Many of us have taken part in shooting pool or bowled a few frames in the SUB.  Despite the fact that popularity and participation has decline in recent years, it’s still one of the most iconic and historical spots on the Boise State campus. Now the beloved Game Center might be replace by the ever exciting Admissions Center. Last week, we discovered that the Boise State Game Center at the south end of the Student Union Building could be repurposed in the coming months. One of the most trafficked areas everyday at Boise State, the removal ...

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Three members of the men’s baskeball team and two of the women’s will receive Mountain West honors. RYAN WATKINS Following one of the best seasons in Boise State history, as well as the history of the Mountain West, the senior forward was named to the All-Mountain West Second Team. Watkins averaged 13.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in conference play. Watkins shattered the MW single season rebounding record and became the first player in MW history to score over 200 points and record over 200 rebounds in conference play. ANTHONY DRMIC After being named to the All-Mountain West Second ...

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For the second year in a row, Boise State track and field star, redshirt junior Emma Bates is headed the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center at the University of New Mexico. Competing in the 5000-meters on Friday, March 14, and the 3000-meters on Saturday, March 15, Bates will look to improve on her 2013 finishes. “I didn’t do so well last year so I’m taking that and using that as motivation,” Bates said. Bates, who finished runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country National Championships, has a lot of confidence going into this weekend’s ...

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The Mountain West revealed the conference schedules on Thursday, Feb. 20 for the 2014 football season, as Boise State found out how the rest of their 2014 season will play out. The Broncos open up with an early MW matchup against Colorado State on Sept. 6, before traveling to Air Force for the first time on Sept. 27. The Broncos will then travel to bitter rival Nevada on Oct. 4, before returning home on Oct. 18 for a potential MW championship preview with Fresno State at Bronco Stadium. Boise State will travel to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico on ...

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The Boise State swimming and diving team took home the Mountain West Conference championship for the second time in the last three years this past weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. The Broncos came in to the fourth and final day of competition with an 18.5 point lead over San Diego State and swam away with the title by way of 11 top-three individual finishes to win by a massive 102.5 points. In its eight years as a program, the Boise State swimming and diving team has won four conference championships, including two in the Mountain West. Senior swimmer Rachel Heaney ...

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Boise State’s home wrestling dual against Oregon State tonight, Feb. 7, 2014, has been cancelled. Oregon State’s flight last night was cancelled due to inclement weather. Both schools intend to reschedule the dual but nothing has been worked out yet. The dual with Oregon State was the last scheduled bout for the Broncos before the PAC-12 Championships in Palo Alto, Calif. on March 2. ...

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Former Boise State track star Nick Cunningham will once again be representing the United States of America in the Winter Olympics. Piloting both the 2-man and 4-man bobsled teams for the USA in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Cunningham will be making his second Olympic appearance. He was the brakeman for the 2-man and 4-man sleds for the USA in the 2010 winter games in Vancouver. Following the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Cunningham switched from the brakeman position to the pilot. In the 2012 World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., Cunningham was able to pilot his team to a ...

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Redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi has been named as one of the 12 Players to Watch in 2014 by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. Boise State has had previous players named to the same watch list, including former running back Jeremy Avery and former quarterback Kellen Moore. Moore was named by the organization as the top quarterback in the nation twice and the award was eventually named after him. Ajayi will join the rest of the watch list at the introduction banquet in Columbus, Ohio on Feb. 8 alongside another notable name, BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, whom the Broncos ...

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The Broncos picked up their sixth consecutive conference win on Saturday afternoon, with a 79-49 victory over UNLV. The Broncos were off and running in the first half with a 19-3 run and cruised to an easy win, leading by as much as 40 at one point. Five Broncos were in double figures on the day, as junior guard Deanna Weaver once again led the way with 16 points. The Broncos were on fire from beyond the arc, going 12-28 from three on the day. The Broncos continued their overall shooting consistency as of late, shooting 48.2 percent from the ...

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During the era of head coach Leon Rice, Boise State basketball has become one defined by perimeter shooting. With long range specialists like senior guard Jeff Elorriaga, and versatile guards like junior Anthony Drmic, the Broncos have dominated three-point efficiency. Heading into this season, the Broncos were the only team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament to return all five starters to their squad. With expectations for another clinical season from beyond the arc, it has been the Boise State posts who have stolen the spotlight, specifically senior forward Ryan Watkins and freshman forward Nick Duncan. Standing at 6-foot-9, 229 pounds, ...

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The Broncos returned to Taco Bell Arena on Saturday afternoon and picked up a 76-55 victory over San Jose State. The win came on the heels of a tough road loss at New Mexico, and improved the Broncos record to 14-6 (4-3 MW). Senior forward Ryan Watkins led the way for the Broncos once again, picking up his ninth double double on the year with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Junior guard Derrick Marks, sophomore guard Mikey Thompson and junior guard Anthony Drmic all joined Watkins in scoring double figures, with 19, 11 and 10 points respectively. Boise State led ...

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Top 5 football stories from the break 1.  Southwick - The winter break began with scandal in Hawaii as redshirt senior quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home after less than 24 hours on the island. Southwick was accused of urinating off a hotel room balcony on pedestrians. When he returned to Boise, Southwick approached KTVB and gave an exclusive interview, producing lie detector tests in an attempt to prove his innocence in the ordeal. The story has since lost momentum and no new developments have surfaced. 2.  Dylan Sumner-Gardner Just over a month on the job and head coach Bryan ...

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Hopes were high at the beginning of the 2013-14 season for the Boise State men’s basketball program. The Broncos were the only team who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Tournament to return all five starters. The Broncos were knocking on the door of the top 25 rankings following an 8-0 start, the best in school history. Over those next eight games, the Broncos would go just 3-5, a stretch that included losses at Kentucky, versus Saint Mary’s, and in the Diamond Head Classic championship game against Iowa State; all were games which could significantly improve the Broncos RPI rating, which ...

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STUDENT VOICES: What do you think of Coach Pete leaving for Washington? Tommy Miller – Communications – Senior “It sucks for Boise State but I’m a really big Chris Petersen fan. I like him as a coach and I really think he’s one of the top coaches in the nation. But as for him leaving Boise State, it sucks.” Adam Fisher – Sophomore – Communication “It’s a better opportunity for him because of recruiting. It’s better for him because he gets better facilities, better access to better recruits and if he’s developing one star and two star guys at Boise ...

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Chris Petersen made the move to Seattle, Wash. to coach the Washington Huskies in the Pac-12 on  Dec 6, 2013. Just one week later, Boise State introduced their new head coach for the future, Bryan Harsin. “I think I can make an argument that this is one of the most daunting assigments of any Division I football program in the country, to find a new coach,” said Boise State President Bob Kustra. Harsin, who was the offensive coordinator under Petersen for four seasons at Boise State, returned to The Blue after two seasons as the offensive coordinator at the University ...

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The Boise State men’s and women’s basketball teams took to Taco Bell Arena on Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader matchup. The women lost a close one to the University of San Francisco, 76-70 in the opening game. Boise State led by as many as 12 points in the second half, but were unable to hold off a late charge from the Dons, as the Broncos fell to 4-5 on the season. Sophomore forward Miquelle Askew led the Broncos with 13 points, while freshman guard Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego poured in 12 points of her own, along with a career-high of seven ...

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Five days after the departure of eight-year head coach Chris Petersen, Boise State announced the hire of their newest football coach on Dec 11, 2013, Bryan Harsin. Harsin comes to Boise State after a one-year stint as head coach at Arkansas State, where he went 7-5 in his debut season and led the Red Wolves to a tie for the Sun Belt conference championship. Harsin, a Capitol High School graduate, played quarterback for the Broncos from 1995-1999. Harsin served as an member of the coaching staff for the Broncos from 2001-2010 and was the offensive coordinator from 2006-2010. In his ...

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Image Courtesy BroncoSports.com ESPN reporter Joe Schad reported Wednesday morning that Arkansas State head coach Bryan Harsin has been hired as Boise State’s new head football coach.     Harsin was an assistant coach at Boise State from 2002-2010 and spent four seasons as the offensive coordinator under his predecessor, Chris Petersen, who recently left Boise State to take the head coaching position at the University of Washington. “We are extremely excited in our selection of Bryan Harsin as the next head football coach at Boise State,” Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said in a release. “Bryan is one of ...

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Jan. 1, 2007 ~ Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma  This was the big one. To this day, it is still the most important game in Boise State football history. The school’s first BCS appearance against Big 12 power, Oklahoma. Winning on three trick plays, including the winning 2-point conversion on the statue of liberty play to seal the win in overtime. Final score: 43-42. Jan. 4, 2010 ~ Tostitos Fiesta Bowl vs. TCU Boise State’s second BCS berth came against fellow mid-major, TCU, whom they had lost to in the Poinsettia Bowl the year before. Led by sophomore quarterback Kellen ...

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