Review Category : Sports

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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With most coaching changes, many fans expect the transition to be quick, seamless and yield immediate results. Boise State fell far short of its Spring Game attendance goal of 20,000, as only 13,822 filled the stands. Unfortunately, Saturday’s Spring Game offered a dose of reality to many Boise State fans expecting to see the full of extent of Bryan Harsin’s return to the glory days of Bronco football. The annual Blue and Orange Spring Game saw both the offense and defense struggle during the game, with the first stringers pulling out a 21-7 win over the second team. While the ...

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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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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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One of the first things on Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin’s mind appears to be showing appreciation.  The opportunity to return to Boise State, his hometown school and alma mater, has not been an opportunity Harsin has taken lightly. Harsin opened up April 5 scrimmage up to members of the Boise State faculty and students and spoke before the scrimmage of his appreciation of support the university and students have provided for his student-athletes. The scrimmage would not be the only thing Harsin opened up to the university — two and a half hours before the scrimmage began, ...

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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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It has been three weeks since the women’s golf team has taken a swing. They will finally get back out on the course when they travel down to Maricopa, Ariz. at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Course for the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Sometimes a long layover can hurt a team but the Broncos feel as if the layover will be beneficial and has helped them re-energize for the home stretch of the season. “I think it helps because it gives us the opportunity to work on parts of our game that we need to work on,” said sophomore Sammie Pless. ...

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Confidence for the Boise State men’s golf team could not be higher.  Coming off of one of the most impressive performances this seasons at the Duck Invitational, the Broncos head coach Kevin Burton wants his team to find a way to carry that confidence into this week’s Redhawk Invitational hosted by Seattle University. “That’s the key,” Burton said. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of confidence. We beat a lot of good teams there and we want to just keep building on that.” Boise State will have plenty of opportunities to play against highly ranked competition this ...

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New Boise State football coach Bryan Harsin and the Bronco football team hosted the Boise State Day on the Blue on Saturday April 5 at Bronco Stadium. The event was exclusive to students who were invited to tour the Gene Bleymaier football complex, try their hand at real football training exercises and get their photo taken with Coach Harsin on the Blue. Approximately 350 students were in attendance for the event and the game. All photos by Devin Ferrell ...

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On the heals of a 6-1 route of Air Force inside the Boas Indoor Tennis Center, Boise State women’s tennis will once again welcome a pair of opponents into its home territory. Boise State (10-8, 3-2 MW) will welcome the College of Idaho and Portland State on Friday and Saturday, respectively, in its two final non-conference matchups of the season. The match with Portland State will serve as the Broncos’ senior day for Moran Basil, Sandy Vo and Anissa Bryant-Swift. Fans are encouraged to wear all blue colors for the senior day matchup. Action will begin at 5 p.m. for ...

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Coming off a sweep at the hands of Colorado State, the Boise State softball finds themselves facing a must win series this weekend. The Broncos currently sit at eighth place in the MWC standings at 2-4 but a pivotal series against UNLV this weekend has the potential to vault the Broncos to the top of the standings. “This [past] weekend was a pretty rough weekend,” Broncos head coach Erin Thorpe told The Arbiter. “We have to be able to rebound from that and get some wins against UNLV.” Thorpe, the only head coach in Broncos softball history, understands how important ...

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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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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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It rained, and poured, Tuesday for the Boise State men’s tennis team. “It was the perfect storm and we were on the wrong end of it,” head coach Greg Patton said. Patton and the no. 22 ranked Boise State men’s tennis team went into Palo Alto, Calif. with the goal of capping off their West Coast with three wins, but instead left soaked and sorrowful. According to Patton, there was only a two or three hour window in which the match could be played because of weather, so the Broncos were forced to breeze through their warmups and were unable ...

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There will be no need for Boise State to begin a search to replace its second major head coach this year after the university reached an agreement with head coach Leon Rice to remain at the school for the next five seasons. Sunday afternoon Rice made the decision to remove his name from the coaching search at his alma mater Washington State and stay with Boise State. Rice recently interviewed with the Cougars earlier this week to replace Ken Bone who was fired following a 10-21 record this past season. Washington State director of athletics Bill Moos was willing to ...

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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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Two Olympic athletes with ties to Idaho were recently announced as keynote speakers for the “Social in Sochi” panel of PRSSA’s CommCon.  Boise State alumnus and former track and field athlete, Nick Cunningham and Middleton, ID native Erik Fisher will speak at the PRSSA’s annual CommCon event on May 1 in the Special Events Center. CommCon 2014 is an event put on by the students within the Department of Communications allowing the Boise community to “celebrate the communications field. . .and bridge the gap between students and professionals.” Cunningham, a 2008 graduate of the Department of Communications, was a member ...

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A taste of the NCAA Championships, albeit a first round loss in singles, has only left Andy Bettles hungry for more. Individual success and a shot at redemption in singles is not what drives Bettles through his final year as a member of the men’s tennis team; Bettles is instead motivated by the chance of making program history in the team competition. The irony of the matter is that Bettles is the driving force for a team currently ranked No. 19 in the nation. In matches against Virginia Commonwealth and Clemson this spring, the Broncos found themselves down several matches before ...

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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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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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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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A young team is one way to describe this year’s Boise State women’s golf team. The young team, most of which consists of underclassmen, will be sending two freshmen and three sophomores to Fresno, Calif. to compete in the Fresno State Lexus Classic on March 17-18. This tournament will be a two-day, 54-hole tournament at the par-72, 6,212 yard Cooper River Country Club. It will consist of two rounds on Monday and the final round on Tuesday, starting at 10 a.m. each day. The Broncos missed the tournament last year due to conflict with the dates, but have been in ...

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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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