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Forward James Webb III shoots a 3-pointer. He was the MW Newcomer of the Year. He also was named to the All-MW second team and the All-Defensive team.

The Craze of March Madness 

The frenzy known as March Madness is officially here.

The NCAA men’s college tournament or March Madness as it is commonly referred too is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year.

March Madness has grown from just a simple tournament to a cultural phenomenon.

According to the American Gaming Association more then 40 million Americans will fill out over 70 million brackets for the upcoming tournament.

To put that in perspective more brackets are expected to be filled out then ballets cast for President Barak Obama during the 2012 presidential elections.

Boise State hasn’t been immune from this phenomenon.

Many students and even professors stated that they will not be attending or holding classes during the opening rounds of the tournament.

The tournament will have even more students glued to televisions with Boise State making the field of 68.

Boise State returns to the fray

Decades of living under the shadow of the blue turf and one of college football’s winningest programs ceased for the Boise State men’s basketball team.

Since head coach Leon Rice was hired in 2009, the Broncos have quickly risen to the top of the MW—one of the nation’s deepest leagues.

Rice’s biggest accomplishment, however, is leading the Broncos to the NCAA tournament two (2013 and 2015) out of his five years with the program.

Despite the at-large berths, Rice envisions even more success for the Broncos—success like he had as an associate head coach at Gonzaga.

While at Gonzaga, Rice was a part of 12 NCAA tournament teams.

While more established teams, such as San Diego State, Michigan State and West Virginia went into Selection Sunday knowing they were in the tournament, the Broncos sat on the edge of their seats until the moment their name was called.

“I want to get us out of this spot, where you can rest easy and sleep well the night before,” Rice said. “It’s the accumulation of a lot of hard work from these guys.”

As the Boise State basketball program grows to become a consistently dominating force, NCAA tournament appearances will become routine.

Our Picks

Nate Lowery- Sports and Rec Editor

NCAA Championship- Kentucky over Iowa State

Final Four- Kentucky, Wisconsin, Iowa State and Villanova

Cinderella Teams- Eastern Washington, Davidson and Wichita State

Teams to Avoid- Kansas, Baylor, Georgetown and Butler

Brandon Walton- Assistant Sports and Rec Editor

NCAA Championship- Kentucky over Northern Iowa

Final Four- Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin and SMU

Cinderella Teams- Harvard, Albany, Wofford and Valaparasio

Teams to Avoid- Gonzaga, Duke and  Georgetown

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Jay Ajayi runs for a touchdown in a game earlier this season against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Former Boise State players will take the next step to achieving their NFL dreams Wednesday at the Boise State Pro Day.

Running back Jay Ajayi, quarterback Grant Hedrick, wide receiver Matt Miller, defensive backs Bryan Douglas and Cleshawn Page, defensive end Beau Martin, linebacker Blake Renaud, tight end Connor Peters and kicker Dan Goodale are all eligible for the NFL Draft.

At the Boise State Pro Day, the formers Broncos will go through drills in front of NFL scouts at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex.

Campus Insiders will be streaming the Boise State Pro Day here.

BroncoSports will also be streaming a portion of the Boise State Pro Day. Their streaming window will be from 12-1 p.m. MT.

The NFL Draft will be held April 30 – May 2.

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While Boise State might be known for the success of its football team, scholarship athletes are not the only students dedicated to sports.

Each year, dozens of students take to the fields, courts and rinks to compete in intramural and club athletics.

For students that want to participate in intramural or club sports, there are many options to choose from.

The Rec Center offers a wide array of sports to choose from.

From major sports like flag football to lesser known sports like slacklining, the Rec Center has something for everyone.

Most intramural and popular club sports are hosted through the Rec Center. Sports teams that want to remain at the Rec have to follow several requirements

“In the fall semester, (teams) have to reorganize the club for the year,” said Jared Cox assistant director of recreational sports.   “Clubs need to attend meetings, meet with me for the year, turn in a club officer list and become  active on OrgSync.”

If clubs fail to meet these requirements, they will most likely be dropped. If the club still has remaining interest and active members, the club or sport will be moved over to Student Involvement Leadership Center and receive support there.

According to Luke Jones, director of campus recreation, the ebb and flow of involvement from year to year makes club sports hard to maintain.

“If you have a student that is really into it one year then they graduate and the next year no one carries it on,”  Jones said. “That’s what was happening with some of our sports like dodge ball or  with racquet ball or kickball.”

Students interested in keeping the club alive or restarting it after being dropped must contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

From there, they must find a university faculty or staff advisor, register on OrgSync, create a constitution and elect officers for the club.

Club sports can also be moved from SILC back to the Rec Center. If a club can prove there is longevity to their sport and remain active, the Rec Center will support it as either a club or intramural sport.

The Rec Center requires consistent involvement in order to better plan their annual budget. Jones pointed to the Boise State Abraxans as an example of a club within SILC that has become successful.

“I know Quidditch has reached the point where they’ve got a pretty solid team and following,” Jones said. “I think they would like to make the jump from campus involvement over to being treated more like an actual club sport.”

To see what sports the Rec  Center is offering or to get involved you can visit them or go to there website rec.boisestate.edu.

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Freshman Drew Punnett considered quitting hockey his senior year of high school while receiving offers to play DIII hockey at other colleges.

“It got to the point that I was playing for everybody besides me,” Punnett said.

Instead of attending a school that offered him a scholarship, Punnett paid $1,350 to join the Boise State hockey club. Even though he had to pay, Punnett was able to prove that he was playing hockey for himself.

“I’m glad I didn’t (quit), and I think club hockey allowed me to do that,” Punnett said. “I’m going out there every day and it’s to have fun. There’s way less pressure, and I fell in love with the sport again.”

According to Jared Cox, assistant director of recreational sports, students join club sports for various reasons. However, there are operating costs involved.

While the Rec Center tries to balance out the high budgets, student fees are necessary to cover the full cost of each club.

“They’re not recognized by the NCAA or athletics. They’re under campus rec,” Cox said. “That’s why they do have to pay to play.”

Many positions are volunteer-based, including student officers and coaches.

“There’s a few (coaches) that get paid, but we’re talking $500 or a $1,000 a year, which at the end of the day is kind of considered a volunteer position,” Cox said. “(Coaches) want to build up their resumes or they have the love of the sport, they want to make an impact with young people.”

Despite these costs, club-athletes believe there many benefits to playing club sports.

For freshman Kailey Warren, club volleyball has given her the opportunity to play but still focus on other areas of her life.

“I liked it because it’s less time consuming. It’s two practices a week and (we travel for) tournaments, but besides that, it’s not going to control my life, ,” Warren said.

For junior Justin Videen, returning from Saint Mary’s University to play for Boise State was worth the cost. He can play with the teammates he grew up with as well as play in front of his family.

“Realistically, no money could be as nice as playing in front of the people you love,” Videen said in an interview with The Arbiter in October.

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The Boise State Men’s basketball team is leaving Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend with a different outcome than of the one they expected.

The Broncos entered the weekend as the regular season champion and the number one overall seed for the MW Conference Championship Tournament. Getting past the semifinal game and on to Saturday was one of their goals.

In the quarterfinals Thursday, they played magnificently as they out shot Air Force to a huge 80-68 win to play Wyoming in the semifinals.

That is where there tournament run would end.

The Broncos came out strong in the first half on Friday night against the Cowboys–their largest lead was 12 points.

Late in the first half, Wyoming went on a big 22-5 run that would trim the lead down as they would never look back. The Broncos fell 71-66 in overtime.

“I think that was the momentum for the entire game,” Senior Rob Heyer said. “No matter if we made a run late, I think that sparked their confidence for the rest of the game.”

That run by Wyoming set the tone for the rest of the game and the Broncos had no answer in return. The team knew they needed to make a play in order to respond but no one rose to the occasion.

“Those are just runs we have to, you know, struggle through,” Heyer said. “We have to try to make plays at those times. W did not make enough of them today.”

The team now awaits their fate for the dance, as they will find out their destiny on Selection Sunday.

Head coach Leon Rice believes that everything they have done up to this point will earn them an at large bid.

“Were the Mountain West Champions,” Rice Said. “We’re the number one seed in the tournament. I think we’ve got a great resume.”

The outcome of the tournament was not an ideal one for the men’s basketball team. They did everything they could and now their fate lies in the hands of the selection committee.

“It’s not ideal as we would have liked to have secured a birth with this win,” Rice said. “They came down here, wanted to win this tournament and gave everything they had. I don’t think there’s anymore I could have asked of them.”

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The Lowery Lowdown is a comprehensive sports column by Sports & Rec editor Nate Lowery.

The blue field is under fire once again.

This time however, there is no ground to make these claims upon.

In an upcoming study from LSU economics professor Sudipta Sarangi, University of Arkansas professors Cary Deck and Javier Reyes, and University of Arkansas-Little Rock assistant professor Sarah Quintar, they found that Boise State is the most hated college football team.

The study, titled “Everybody Hates a Winner, and You are Close to Your Rival: A Study of Rivalry in College Football,” will be released in a future issue of Economic Inquiry.

Sarangi used the Herfindahl Index as well as other unknown metrics to find the most hated college football team.

Through these unknown metrics, Sarangi named his LSU Tigers as the No. 32 most hated college football team.

Those who plan on taking Sarangi’s study seriously need to look no further than his best rivalry rankings. According to his unknown metrics, Sarangi ranked Central Michigan and Western Michigan as the best rivalry in college football.

In case you need to re-read that, I’ll write it again: Central Michigan and Western Michigan is the best rivalry in college football.

For comparison, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn is ranked as the No. 16 rivalry in the nation.

Sarangi may claim that Boise State is the most hated college football team, but until his study is released and we are told what these unknown metrics are, he is just a guy standing on a soap box.

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Brenda Sinclair

Staff Writer

At least 20 competitors will gather at the Boise State Recreation Center on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to take part in the second round of the 3rd annual Idaho Climbing Series Competition.

The first of three rounds were held in February at Idaho State University. This was Idaho State University’s first year participating in the competition. The last round will be held in November at the Asana Climbing Gym in Boise, according to Nicole Gallaher, Outdoor Program coordinator.

Boise State has hosted climbing competitions for 23 years. This event is part of the larger Idaho Climbing Series, which is run by several local gyms. According to Gallaher, this event goes to supporting the local climbing community.

“The format of the competition this year is brand new,” Gallaher said.

Competitors will be divided into classes by age. Gallaher expects the 16-20 year old and 21-30 year old brackets to be the most popular.

Points are awarded to climbers rather than prizes. Gallaher said this is to promote participation for the enjoyment of climbing rather than winning a prize. Those who have the most points in each age group at the last competition will earn a trophy. Trophies will also be presented to female and male competitors with the most points.

The Rec staff is preparing a wide range of routes on the rock wall for Saturday’s competition.

The competition is open to everyone and registration is allowed the day of the event. The fee is $35. Proceeds go toward “paying staff and allow us to get new climbing holds,” Gallaher said.

The Rec will be open to all spectators free of charge. From 2:00-4:00 p.m., there will be a used gear sale in the Outdoor Program area.

Gallaher believes climbing offers something for everyone.

“Everyone has their own reason for doing it,” Gallaher said. “It’s a cool way to see the world. You get to go to places you wouldn’t typically go.”

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As the thermometer pushes past 60 degrees and spring arrives, the short and mild winter season has left snowboarders and skiers all around disappointed.

This winter started off with high hopes for outdoor enthusiasts.  In November, Boise was hit by 7.6 inches of snow.

What they did not realize, was that was about all the snow Boise—and most of the northwest­—would get.

 “I have been living in Boise all my life and this is probably the worst season I have had here in a long time,” Boise native and senior Alex Christensen said.

As a result of the warm and dry winter, the resorts around Boise did not have the best conditions to
ride in.

In January there was a total of 3 inches of snow, the lowest total since 2010.

“There was not one single powder day the whole year,” Christensen said.  “It was icy or spring conditions all year long, and there was numerous times when we were jumping on dirt spots.”

These conditions did not only affect Boise, they were felt all across the north west and surrounding resorts including Brundage and Tamarack resorts near McCall, Heavenly Mountain Resort in Lake Tahoe, the entirety of  Sun Valley and Grand Targhee Resort across the border in Wyoming.

For others, the season came and went before they had a chance to even ride.  Buying a season pass and not being able to get their moneys worth was not what they had in mind.

Senior Taylor Brady bought a season pass to Tamarack Resort this year, but quickly found it useless.

“I did not get as many uses out of my pass as I should have to make my pass worthwhile,” Brady said. “I only got 3-4 runs in while I needed 5 in order to get my passes worth.”

Brady is hopeful for next season despite the dismal conditions he found
this year.

“This season was a short one and I got no where near as many runs in as I would have liked to,” Brady said. “Two years ago was by far my favorite season I have ever had as Tamarack Resort got great snow that year.  But this year has been one of the worst seasons I have ever skied as every resort I went to had some of the worst conditions they have had in years.”

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Junior Samantha Martin tees off.

Brittney Liggins- Staff Writer

In golf, the backswing is the movement of the club away from the eventual target of force: the ball.

This season, the Boise State women’s golf team is undergoing a backswing of their own; in order to achieve success as a team they’ll focus more on the process and less on the target.

Over the winter break and off-season, the Broncos added extra workouts and team-building activities to their schedule. Head coach Nicole Bird also required the team to each read a motivational book from a list of options.

All of this is a part of the new philosophy the team has adopted for the season: burn the goals and focus on the process instead.

“It’s a whole philosophy that we’re going along with this year,” Bird said. “They were recommended by a sports psychologist we are working with. He gave a list of books that he recommended.”

Sophomore Dana Clary found the reading to be very helpful for her game.

“For us, it’s like 90 percent  mental, 10 percent physical,” Clary said. “The physical part is important, but they say you win the game of golf five inches between your ears. Being able to stay mentally stable on the golf course is really helpful.”

While the team has stopped goal setting, Bird emphasized that there is still a result to strive for.

The team no longer limits their abilities with constricting goals that Bird believes sets a ceiling, not a floor.

“If we continue to do what we are doing and not worry about it—and just let everything else take care of itself—then we have a great chance (of advancing),” Bird said. “We’re just taking it one day at a time and focusing on the process.”

The new philosophy has helped the team not only focus on their golf game, but what they’re doing after they graduate from Boise State. Their goals have turned into dreams for life.

“We have all changed as a person and as a golfer,” sophomore Genevieve Ling said.

The Broncos will return to the golf course March 16-17 for the BYU Entrada Classic in St. George, Utah.

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Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin addresses the media leading to spring practices.

Displayed in the Bleymaier Football Complex is a mosaic of Kellen Moore, one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history.

The mosaic serves as a reminder to any Boise State quarterback of the golden standard expected by the leader of one of the nation’s top offenses year in and year out.

In the beginning of spring practices, the Broncos find themselves in an arms race to see who will follow in Moore’s footsteps.

Redshirt sophomores Ryan Finley and Tommy Stuart, redshirt freshmen Alex Ogle and Anthony Upshaw and true freshman Brett Rypien will battle for the starting Boise State quarterback job.

The coaching staff has promised an open competition—Finley began spring practices with the first team offense but has since cycled out with the other four—and expect the competition to last until fall camp in August.

New offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Eliah Drinkwitz, says any of the five quarterbacks can earn the job, they just have to be willing to fight for it.

“Never settle for second while first is still out there,” Drinkwitz said.

Hype has been building around Rypien since he committed the Broncos last April. When he decided to enroll in classes a semester early to go through spring ball, those expectations doubled.

“He does have a lot of hype from the outside, which he earned from his stats and the way he played,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “You have to keep in mind that he’s a senior in high school right now. For us and him, keep it in perspective. You have to compete; you have to earn it;  you have to take advantage of your reps.”

Harsin expects to be involved with quarterbacks because of his background with the position.

Finley is the only quarterback on roster that has seen the field for Boise State. He threw two touchdowns in mop-up duty last year and led the Broncos on a failed late game comeback against Air Force.

Following the Air Force game, Finley only saw the field in four other games. He did not complete another pass for the rest of the year.

Despite Finley’s experience, Drinkwitz believes Boise State’s offense can be altered to the strengths of anyone—even a freshman like Rypien.

“Our job as coaches is to make sure the offense is functional for whoever is using it,” Drinkwitz said. “There are certain things those guys are going to have to do but this offense can be directed any direction it needs to go.”

The coaching staff won’t rush the decision on who will become the starter. When it is obvious who has earned the position, they will make it.

The Broncos open the season on Sept. 4 against Washington.

Prediction:
Brett Rypien

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Forward James Webb III shoots a 3-pointer. He was the MW Newcomer of the Year. He also was named to the All-MW second team and the All-Defensive team.

Things just keep getting better and better for the Boise State men’s basketball team.

In the wake of the program’s first MW regular season title and the first Top 25 ranking in program history, the Broncos swept the MW awards announced earlier today.

Head coach Leon Rice won the MW Coach of the Year award, Derrick Marks won the MW Player of the Year award and James Webb III won Newcomer of the Year.

Marks as well was named to the All-MW first team. Webb III made the All-MW second team, as well as the All-Defensive team.

This is the first time each as won their respective honors.

The awards are based off of voting from the conference’s 11 coaches.

Derrick Marks

Marks easily put together the most dominating individual season in the MW this year.

“He’s the best player in the league,” Colorado State head coach Larry Eustachy said. “He just went about his business and totally dominated our game in the second half.”

The senior from Chicago, Illinois averaged 21.3 points per game during the MW season—the fourth highest scoring season in conference history.

He notched four 30-point games during the MW season and earned a total of four MW Player of the Week honors.

James Webb III

For two years, Webb III has waited to see the court for the Broncos. The redshirt sophomore from Augusta, Georgia was committed to Boise State out of high school, but he was still waiting for the NCAA clearinghouse to approve one last credit. By the time they approved it, the Broncos had already placed him at North Idaho College.

After one season at NIC, Webb III transferred to Boise State, only to redshirt for one more season.

Once he saw the court, he proved the wait was worth it.

“He’s become a real player,” Rice said followed a 78-46 win over Nevada on Feb. 21. “When you’re a great player you become a target and you have to adjust to that. I don’t know if he can be (slowed down).”

Webb III displayed athleticism in the paint with his acrobatic dunks and rebounding ability, as well as his ability to shoot from 3-point range.

Six of his eight double-double games came against MW teams.

Leon Rice

Since being hired in 2010, Rice has proved Boise State made the right choice in hiring him.

A 13-17 season—3-10 during MW games—in his second year on the job, the programs first in the MW, only slowed the former Gonzaga assistant.

After a four game losing streak which blended with the opening three games of conference play, Rice led the Broncos to wins in 14 of their last 15 games.

The Broncos finished 24-7. This is Rice’s fourth 20-win season.

 

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Harry Penate- Special to The Arbiter

Harry Penate is a member of the Boise State JV team and a junior at BSU.

On a very sunny morning in Seattle in March, the Boise State Quidditch varsity team (the Abraxans) would take the pitch for a spot to win the first ever Northwest Regional title in United State Quidditch history. Besides a surprisingly heavy trophy of a mountain range, a spot to the Quidditch World Cup in Rock Hill, South Carolina was on the line.

Teams from the Northwest Region included University of British Columbia, Western Washington University, and the University of Idaho.

Boise State took third  in a tournament last month in Moscow despite not losing a game, so they played every game with a chip on their shoulders.

First up for the Abraxans was the University of Portland Augureys. Despite staunch defense, the

Abraxans blew the Augureys out of the water up until the final snitch was caught.

The next game was against the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The Abraxans and Thunderbirds have long been rivals, so this game was for more than just points.

After a back on forth contest for the first half of the game, the Abraxans used their physical play to power past the Thunderbirds and win by an eight score differential.

The next two games were against the Moscow Manticores and the Boise State JV team, the Thestrals. The two games were blowouts, and setup the Abraxans with the number two seed for the playoffs.

The semifinal game was a rematch between the Abraxans and Thunderbirds.

After a quick opening scoring spree by the Abraxans, the Thunderbirds didn’t shy away from the challenge and clawed back into the Abraxans’s lead. Once the Thunderbirds came within 40 points of the Abraxans, Captains Brian Bixler and Joel Johnson stepped up their game and kept the Thunderbirds out of striking distance.

The Abraxans proved too much of the Thunderbirds on both sides of the ball and ended the game when junior Driflot caught the snitch with only a few minutes left.

The final game was between the overall number one seed Western Washington Wyverns and the Abraxans.

The Wyverns won the aforementioned tournament, so the Abraxans were prepared for their high level of speed and physicality. The game wasn’t as close as anticipated, as the Abraxans came out too strong and too fast.

The score was 140-40 before the snitch was released, so the Abraxans knew what they had to do to seal the victory.

Driflot took to the pitch and the crowd knew that he would soon catch the snitch and send his team to finals.

It took Driflot only three minutes to catch the snitch and just like that all of the practice that started back in September paid off as the Abraxans were the champions of the first ever Northwest Regional tournament.

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The firsts just keep coming for the Boise State men’s basketball team.

Just days after the Broncos clinched a share of the MW title for the first time, the program made it on to one of the national polls for the first time in program history.

In the latest AP poll, the Broncos checked in at No. 25. They are the only team in the MW that is currently ranked. San Diego State sits outside of the top 25 in the receiving votes category with three points.

Despite the ranking, head coach Leon Rice is only focused on the upcoming MW tournament.

“As of this moment we’re not the hungriest dog because we just won,” Rice said following the team’s 71-52 win over Fresno State Saturday. “we’re going to have to fix that, and we will.

Boise State shares the MW title for the regular season with the Aztecs, but based on the season sweep, hold the No.1 seed for this week’s MW tournament.

The Broncos will travel to the Las, Vegas, Nevada on Tuesday for the MW tournament. Based on their No. 1, they will receive a first round bye and play the winner of the New Mexico-Air Force game. The Broncos will play Thursday at noon.

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Boise State Sophomore diver Jordan Marthens was just happy for the opportunity to go to school and be part of the diving team. She never imagined the success she would have so early on.

“Once I got here I knew putting in a lot of hard work was what I needed to do,” Marthens said. “I am happy that it is all paying off.”

Marthens  was the named the MW Diver of the Week earlier in the season and recently earned ALL-MW honors in platform diving at the MW Championships.

“That was so cool,” Marthens said. “I was not expecting that at all and was just happy to be representing Bronco diving.”

Marthens, who grew up in Rancho Santa Margarita, California came into diving late and only out of necessity.

“I had done gymnastics my whole life but my high school didn’t have a gymnastics team,” Marthens said. “It was a really competitive sports area and basically everyone at my school did sports. It was just part of life growing up in that area and I wanted to be part of that culture.”

With no swimming experience, Marthens decided to give diving a try. She felt her gymnastics experience would make for a smooth transition.

She was right.  As a result of this decision, she became a much sought after recruit.

Marthens decided to visit Boise State because  of the connections her club coach had with the university.

“My first reaction was ‘Idaho? Really?’” Marthens said. “I was really unsure about it, but once I got here I knew it was a good fit for me. I really liked the atmosphere of the school and the team was just so welcoming. They made you feel like home and this is where you should be.”

As a freshman she finished ninth at the MW Championships and competed in three events at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships.

“Last year was more of a learning experience because I didn’t know what to expect coming in,” Marthens said. “This season I was more excited just to go out there and dive to the best I possibly can for my team.”

Head diving coach John Lynch isn’t surprised that this season Marthens has taken her game to the next level.

“Last year we saw the potential in her,” Lynch said. “She put in the work over the summer on her own and now has turned into a tremendous talent for us.”

While Marthens is thrilled to be success, she knows she couldn’t have done it without a few special people.

“My parents have been there for me every step of the way and I have always been able to go to them for everything,” Marthens said.

Marthens will be in action at the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships that get underway March 9.

With two more years left at Boise State, the future looks bright for her and the program.

“I see her as a leader,” senior diver Erin Kohlbeck said. “I know the program is going to be in good hands with her at the helm. There is going to be nothing but good things from her.”

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As the late Nelson Mandela once said, “It is not where you start but how high you aim that matters for success.”

Despite all the adversity the Boise State wrestling team faced with a poor 3-9 record this season, the Broncos finished on a high note by getting two wrestlers into the NCAA Championships.

After their performances at the PAC-12 championships, freshman Geo Martinez and redshirt senior Steven Hernandez  both received automatic bids in the tournamnent.

Martinez was the PAC-12 champion at 141 pounds, while Hernandez finished second at 157pounds.

For Steven Hernandez, this will be his first and last NCAA tournament.

“(Steven is) a talented wrestler. He has some big moves that he can hit,”  head coach Greg Randall said. “He’s well-scouted on his big moves and he has a nice headlock that he could hit on anybody at any given time. He could be the number one guy in the country or the 40th. He still has that move. Just depends if he can get into that position. If he get’s there, you better watch out.”

Hernandez’s road to the NCAA tournament  has been a long one.

“I’ve had some ups and downs, sitting out because of injuries or because of my weight, but this year it went a lot better,” Hernandez said. “I guess I wanted to have a good season. That way, I was put in a good position. I did well enough to automatically qualify, so it feels good.”

Martinez is the first Bronco, since Jason Chamberlain in 2009, to win a conference title as a freshman.

He has not only been the best werestler on the team this season but one of the best in country. Martinez is currently ranked 6th in InterMats rankings at 141 pounds.

While the accomplishments are rewarding, Martinez is more excited to see his family.

“A lot of my family is going to be there— more than normal. I haven’t seen some of them since last July, so it will be nice to see my family and my brother again,” Martinez said. “My sister just got back from Korea, and I haven’t seen her in almost a year.”

The NCAA tournament begins March 19.

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Every week The Arbiter sports staff will be selecting a Bronco student-athlete for their athletic performances over the week. Selections will be run on Monday and be based off of the previous week, running from Sunday to Saturday.

Despite dropping two of their three matches this week, the Boise State women’s tennis team has  a freshman quickly rising up the team’s ranks.

Arianna Paules Aldrey has been named the Arbiter Athlete of the Week for March 1-6.

Paules Aldrey, a native of A Coruna, Spain, lost only one of her three singles matches over the weekend and was undefeated in duals with her partner, junior Megan LaLone.

The duo dropped No. 44 ranked Alexandra Aiello and Ashley Tiefel of Colorado 6-3 Mar. 1 at the Boas Tennis Center.

In singles competition, a Colorado athlete was the only one to defeat Paules Aldrey. Paules Aldrey fell in two sets to Kyra Wojcik, 7-5 and 6-2.

Paules Aldrey did not lose another match over the next seven days, however.

In singles competition, she edged Idaho State’s Madelyn Wletzin on Friday in two sets at the Appleton Tennis Center. Paules Aldrey pulled out a close 7-6 win before dropping Madelyn Wletzin 7-5 in the second set.

In doubles play, she and LaLone notched a 6-2 win over Wletzin and Wiebeck Boeckmann.

Paules Aldrey was again  the difference maker on Saturday in a narrow loss to No. 68 ranked Denver.

She and LaLone teamed up for their third doubles win of the week. The pair is now 10-8 on the season in doubles play and 5-3 during the spring season.

Paules Aldrey, kept the Broncos loss to Denver close as one of two Boise State players to win their singles matches.

She defeated Charlotte Derbyshire in three sets going 6-2, 2-6 and 6-2.

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Between 20 hours of practice, hours spent in the weight room, and competing, playing a collegiate sport is like having a full-time job,  according to Gabe Rosenvall, assistant athletic director of academic success.

Despite the long hours, student-athletes at Boise State are having success both on the field and in the classroom.

On Feb. 18, the MW named 42 Boise State student-athletes to the MW all-academic team. Five of the 42 student-athletes maintained a 4.0 GPA in fall 2014.

In order to receive an all-academic team award, a student-athlete must maintain a 3.0 GPA and play in at least half of the games throughout the season.

For Rosenvall, the success that student-athletes are having is remarkable.

“I think it’s definitely a point of pride for what we’re doing,” Rosenvall said. “I think a lot of sports, football in particular, sees it as we’re trying to be excellent in all we do.”

For the fourth year in a row, the football team had the most honors in the MW conference with 25. According to Rosenvall, 50 of the 86 Boise State football players have at least a 3.0 GPA.

Athletic director Mark Coyle believes academic success is just part of the culture at Boise State.

“When our coaches recruit kids, we talk about all of the time they have to fit in athletically and academically,” Coyle told The Arbiter in July. “Because we want to make sure that when they leave this institution that they have that degree because that’s going to help them so much more.”

Time management is the skill that Rosenvall sees student-athletes struggle with the most.

“The thing about time management is using the time that you have effectively,” Rosenvall said. “We do a lot to help (student-athletes) set up a game plan of how they’re going to go through their day and get all those things taken care of.”

These game plans can include calendars and mapping out studying times to meet with tutors or study groups. By the time an athlete is a senior Rosenvall hopes that they are mostly or completely independent with time management.

Rosenvall believes that student-athletes shouldn’t have to sacrifice athletics for academics or vice versa.

“I think it’s a real mistake to think that,” Rosenvall said. “It takes some planning and it may take some extra effort to do that, but one doesn’t have to be at the cost of the other.”

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From only three conference wins in 2011—their first season in the MW—to an 0-3 MW start in 2015, head coach Leon Rice’s hunt for the promised land has been a long one. However, the dream was finally realized Saturday night as the Broncos secured their first MW title.

Back in Derrick Marks’ freshman season, when one win in the MW was hard to clinch, the Boise State men’s basketball head coach instilled belief in his team: one day, the team would be able to win the MW title.

“When all these guys were freshman, the MW title was not on our minds,” Rice said. “I was focused on getting that one win. It was our goal, but to get here in four years is a great feeling. No question.”

Amidst the falling confetti in front of a sell-out crowd following a 71-52 win over Fresno State, the Broncos proved they are indeed one of the top programs in the MW.

“I’m just a little worried I’m going to wake up,” Rice said. “You can’t script it like this. Our guys have a lot of belief. After that (Wyoming) loss, I thought I was going to have to do a lot of convincing. The guys just nodded their head and we went out to work.”

With the win, the Broncos earned a share of the MW title during the regular season with San Diego State. Because of Boise State’s two wins this season over the Aztecs, they hold the tie-breaker and earned the No. 1 seed for the MW Tournament.

The tournament will run March 11-14.

Despite four 20-win seasons in Rice’s five years as the head coach, Rice believes the team needed to win the MW trophy to be considered in an elite program.

Senior guard Igor Hadziomerovic, a freshman during the team’s first year in the MW, agrees the Broncos have arrived.

“This is definitely a program now,” Hadziomerovic said. “We’ve built it over the years and it’s grown and grown. We’re starting to take over the MW now. That will help us a lot.”

Following Anthony Drmic’s season-ending injury, senior Derrick Marks led the team to a 14-1 finish. He is widely considered to be the leading candidate for MW Player of the Year.

“I can’t describe it,” Marks said. “I’ve been talking about (MW title) for the past four years. To get it on senior night­— it’s a blessing.”

Going into this week’s MW Tournament, Rice says the “hungriest dog” will win the MW Tournament. For now, however, he will let the players and coaches soak in the falling confetti and enjoy the cut net dangling from their necks.

Regardless of the outcome of the MW Tournament, the Broncos are likely to earn a bid into the NCAA Tournament for the second time in Rice’s tenure.

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If ten years ago you told Boise State senior diver Erin Kohlbeck that she would be the captain of the diving team and looking to make Boise State history by qualifying for the NCAA Championship she would have looked at you like you were crazy

However, after an unusual path to collegiate diving, that’s exactly the position Kohlbeck finds herself in.

Kohlbeck never planned to become a diver. She instead dreamed of having a gymnastics career and pursued that for most of her young life. It wasn’t until she left the sport before her freshman year of high school that Kohlbeck turned her attention to the sport of diving

“I decided to try diving because I felt it would be a pretty easy transition for me,” Kohlbeck said.

It turned out to be the best decision she could have made. Kohlbeck excelled at the sport by dedicating her life to it. She trained with her team and by herself at the University of Minnesota’s aquatic center.

As a result a plethora of universities took notice and wanted her talent, including Boise State.

“I hadn’t even heard of Boise State before I got an email from the coach at the time,” Kohlbeck said. “My dad told me it might be a good fit because they have a good football team. When I came out here the entire team was awesome.”

Kohlbeck soon decided that Boise State was the place for her and was hoping to make an immediate impact for the team.

Things though didn’t go according to plan.

Kohlbeck struggled her freshman year and was injured her sophomore season.

“After experiencing all of that I wasn’t sure how far I could get,” Kohlbeck said. “When I was sitting there in the conference meet just watching, it killed me.”

Kohlbeck, however, didn’t let her hardships get to her. Instead she used it as a motivator.

“I promised myself from that moment on I was going to work harder,” Kohlbeck said.  “I have and each year I have gotten better. It’s been really exciting to see how far I have come.”

Kohlbeck has had two great years for the Broncos.  She earned All MW honors last season in the 3-meter springboard dive and in platform diving.

She most recently earned All MW honors in the 3-meter springboard, platform and 1-meter springboard.

Head diving coach John Lynch credits her mentality for her success.

“Erin is such a perfectionist,” Lynch said. “She will get out of the water and will just keep doing it again until she gets it just right. She never settle for anything less.”

Kohlbeck credits her parents.

“They have always pushed me to go farther in diving,” Kohlbeck said. “They have always been their to support me and guide me.”

Not only has Kohlbeck excelled in the pool but also in helping her fellow teammates.

“I think of her as my mom on the dive team,” sophomore diver Jordan Marthens said.  “She always looks out for all of us and keeps us in check. She is so supportive and is there whenever we need her.”

Kohlbeck will next be competing in the NCAA Zone E Championship that get underway today March 9.

If she places there, she will become the first Bronco to move onto the NCAA Championships.

No matter what happens Kohlbeck is just grateful for the opportunity she got all those years ago.

“It has really gone by fast and I can’t believe I am a senior,” Kohlbeck said. “I have loved each and every moment I had during my four years here.”

Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com.
Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online.
New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.
Featuring Brandon Walton
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© Boise State Student Media 2015

The Boise State men’s basketball team defeat the Fresno State Bulldogs 71-52 to the MW regular season conference champions. With the win the Broncos look to be a lock for the NCAA tournament and will be the number one seed in next week’s MW conference tournament.
Stay up to date on campus news at arbiteronline.com.
Catch Arbiter Minute broadcasts in the Student Union Building throughout the semester and online.
New videos are released every Monday and Thursday throughout the semester.
Featuring Brandon Walton
Directed by Farzan Faramarzi
Edited by Farzan Faramarzi
© Boise State Student Media 2015

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For students that want to spend their spring break away from the madness of the crowded beaches and tourist destinations, the spring break Oregon bike touring expedition—hosted by the Outdor Program—may be the perfect solution.

The bike trip will be following the Old West Scenic “Bikeway” in Oregon, a 174 mile loop that travels through scenic mountains and the small towns of eastern Oregon.

The trip will have a total of nine participants with the sign up deadline of March, 6.

“I wanted to sign up (for the bike trip) because I had spring break plans that fell through,” senior communication Catherine Beers said. “I was like, ‘Oh, that would be so cool.’ But I’m actually doing the moonlight snowshoeing and things like that because I love the outdoor program, but that’s why I didn’t do that one because it was full.

“I just really like outdoors-y things, and I was like, ‘I’ll try something new,’ and just things like that.”

During this trip, the daily travel average will be 25-35 miles. Each person will be responsible for carrying their own equipment.

Old West Senic Bikeway passes through several destinations that are “must see” such as the the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, the wild horses on Murders Creek and the bald eagle trees outside Prairie City.

The trip has mandatory pre-trip meetings that will be on March 10 and 19 and the trip itself will be from March 21 through 28.

The fees for the trip covers transportation, meals, bike equipment and instruction.

All trips hosted by the Outdoor Rental Center are on a first to pay basis. Those interested must visit the outdoor program or register online to pre-pay for the trip.