Review Category : Sports

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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For Lauren Lucas, remaining busy has been a major part of her life. After four years in the elementary education program and as a member of the Boise State cross country and track and field teams, Lucas was announced as a Top 10 Scholar for the Class of 2014 earlier this month — the ultimate pay-off for her hard work. “I’m very very thankful for it, but this wasn’t even something I knew was possible, to be honest,” Lucas said. “I didn’t realize how much I actually wanted it until I won it.” The Top 10 Scholar recognition is awarded ...

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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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For men’s tennis seniors Andy Bettles and Nathan Sereke, the time has come to say goodbye to the blue courts of the Appleton Tennis Center. The Broncos (23-4, 4-0 MW) will play their final matches of the regular season against conference opponent Air Force, and San Francisco on Saturday. This will be Boise State’s last opportunity to raise its national stock before embarking for the Mountain West Championships in Fresno, Calif. on April 24. Air Force will be the first opponent of the day at 11 a.m., followed by San Francisco at 6 p.m. Both seniors hail from overseas, with ...

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Hayli Bozarth and Matt Post, both throwers on the track and field team, look to lead the Broncos in their next event at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif. Both seniors, Bozarth and Post are coming off impressive performances in their last competition, sustaining optimism heading into their next meet. “I’m really excited because this last week was a huge shock to me because practice wasn’t going so well,” said Post. Having had a better week of preparation leading up to the meet down in California, Post feels the level of competition that is going to be there will ...

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Long, bleak, freezing winters, defined by snow and gray skies, have never been advantageous for Boise State’s golf programs. Months locked in two small rooms in Bronco Stadium – dubbed the “dungeons” by the men’s golf team – have led to struggles recruiting and rusty golfers come the spring season. For those reasons, head coach Kevin Burton has begun a campaign to raise $500,000 in order to build a state of the art indoor practice facility located at Warm Springs Golf Course. “When I first took over the program nine years ago we had nothing,” Burton said. “They’re not the ...

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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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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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