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The Boise State volleyball team got back on track with back-to-back wins over at home over Nevada and San Jose State.

The Boise State volleyball team returns home after a tough few games on the road where the Broncos went 0-2 and their four game winning steak snapped.

“We competed hard and it was tough,” sophomore libero Hannah Hubbard said. “But now that we are back home we are going to get back at it and go after these two teams.”

Those two teams are New Mexico and Air Force who are fourth and seventh respectively in the conference and who both defeated the Broncos earlier in the season.

“I am fired up to play and I am ready to go out there and get that win to get our confidence back up,” senior outside hitter Taylor Murphy said.

The Broncos have the home court advantage this time around—a place they have only lost three times this season.

“When we are at home they all look like their going to play the best match of their life,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “It’s exciting to see and fun for our fans to watch.”

The Broncos are currently on a four game winning streak at home.

“It’s a tough place for people to come in and get a win,” Garus said. “Our crowd is so engaged in the match and our team plays with so much confidence.”

Both Murphy and Hubbard will look to continue their great play as of late and both will be instrumental to the Broncos.

Murphy, who struggled to start the season, has been a force on the offensive side of the ball leading the team in kills.

“She stepped up as a senior when we needed it,” Hubbard said. “She turned it on and has been leading the team.”

Hubbard has been the anchor of the defensive front.

“Hannah has been a big impact for us for sure,” Murphy said. “It helps having a good defensive player that you know is going to be there in the back row.”

The Broncos will start their two game stand tonight when they host New Mexico at 7p.m. at Bronco Gym.

“They completely plan on beating New Mexico, who is an absolutely fantastic team,” Garus said. “They were second in the preseason poll, but our team thinks we are beating them.”

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After starting the season 3-1-2, the Broncos have struggles in their past seven games. The team is currently 4-6-3.

Women’s Golf

Women’s golf was able to end their fall season in a dramatic fashion.

While in Hawaii at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, the team finished second overall.

Broncos Genevieve Ling and Samantha Martin finished third and fourth as individuals respectively.

The team will now take a four month break before returning to action at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational on Feb. 23. 

Men’s Tennis

Boise State’s men’s tennis team will continue their fall season with a trip down to Las Vegas this coming weekend.

The team will be competing in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in a tuneup meet for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.

The tournament will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Boise State had no trouble dispatching the Rebels earlier this month at the ITA Mountain Regional.

Swimming and Diving

Boise State’s swimming and diving teams are on the road to a repeat of their MW Championship continues with a trip to Corvallis, Oregon on Halloween night.

The Broncos will attempt to beat Pac-12 foe Oregon State to extend their streak of wins over the Pac-12.

Boise State defeated Utah, 156.5-143.5 earlier this month on Oct. 8.

Women’s Soccer

After spending the past month struggling in the MW, head coach Jim Thomas was finally able to get the team back on track this past weekend.

The Broncos shut out both Nevada and UNLV in 2-0 wins on Oct. 24 and 26.

With those wins, Boise State sits in sixth place in the MW heading into their final game against Utah State on Halloween night.

If the Broncos can notch a win over the Aggies, Boise State would qualify for the MW Championship Tournament to be held in San Diego, Nov. 4-8.

Women’s Volleyball

The Boise State women’s volleyball team dropped two games during the past weekend’s road trip.

The Broncos were first swept by Colorado State on Oct. 23 and then lost a 3-2 match to Wyoming on
Oct. 25.

Colorado State is undefeated in conference play this season.

The two losses dropped the Broncos to tied for sixth with Air Force and Utah State in the MW.

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Sports & Rec Editor Nate Lowery

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

Last Friday’s contest against BYU proved why the Cougars are Boise State’s chief rival in football.

The Broncos could potentially see another rival forming to the south in Colorado State.

With the restructured MW ending Boise State’s annual series against historic rivals Fresno State and Nevada and the Idaho rivalry being dead since 2010, Bronco fans are deprived of the breadth of tradition schools such as Notre Dame and Alabama have in rivalry match ups.

Since Jim McElwain, Nick Saban’s former offensive coordinator at Alabama during two of the Crimson Tide’s national championship seasons, took over as the head coach in Fort Collins, the Rams have seen rapid growth in the program.

Since 2012, Colorado State has improved with each passing season. Currently, the Rams are 7-1 and just on the outskirts of a Top 25 ranking. If Boise State loses at all this season, and the Rams continue their five-game win streak, the Broncos will fold to Colorado State for the second annual MW Conference Championship Game.

McElwain’s SEC swagger, coupled with an annual matchup between the two schools, could see the Boise State-Colorado State games turn into a regular skirmish.

Despite only five games against BYU, Boise State was able to develop a rivalry with the Cougars for two reasons: geographic proximity and equal level of talent.

Boise State-Colorado rivalry shares both of those elements as well.

Only 11 hours of asphalt separate the two campuses. McElwain has steadily increased the Ram’s appeal to recruits as well, increasing the talent level.

Albertsons Stadium was able to draw a crowd of 34,910 fans for this year’s showdown between the schools earlier this year. Expect that number to be higher in 2016.

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Despite the current successes of the Broncos programs and the passage of time, these moments in Boise State athletics history still leave fans with a twinge of fear.

1984 Governor’s Trophy

While few Boise State fans pay any attention to the formal rivalry with Idaho today, the Vandals can still hold onto the 1984 matchup between the two schools.

With the Broncos leading the all-time series 8-4-1, Boise State seemed assured to continue that streak on The Blue.

However, Idaho would end up achieving a shutout over the Broncos 37-0 in what still stands as one of the worst home losses in Boise State history.

Brotzman missed two

Score-wise, this isn’t the worst loss in Boise State history, but it’s hard to argue that this was not the most devastating defeat the Broncos have suffered this century.

On the verge of their second straight BCS berth, and third in five years, the Broncos seemed poised to beat Nevada. Instead, Colin Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack from a 17-point deficit at halftime for an overtime win. Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a field goal at the end of regulation, and then another one in overtime.

The Broncos fell from their No. 3 national ranking down to No. 11 and were relegated to the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl. Since then, Boise State has never been ranked higher than No. 5 nationally.

Goodale’s turn

Then freshman kicker Dan Goodale built off of Brotzman’s nightmare the following season. With the Broncos ranked fifth in the nation and in the conversation for going to a BCS bowl, a showdown against TCU seemed like the next step in a dream season.

The Horned Frogs’ quarterback Casey Pachall was able to outduel Kellen Moore with five touchdowns to Moore’s two.

Third-string running back Drew Wright fumbled the ball with the Broncos in scoring position, allowing Pachall to drive TCU downfield and go up 36-35 with 55 seconds left.

Moore managed to get the Broncos in scoring position, but Goodale’s 39-yard field goal attempt sailed right as time expired.

The loss was Boise State’s first on The Blue in 35 games and Moore’s only loss in Boise.

December 2013

Last December is a month Boise State fans likely wish to forget.

On Dec. 6, long time football coach Chris Petersen, the driving force behind the Broncos’ rise to the national level, quietly left Boise to take the head coach position at the University of Washington.

In Petersen’s absence, interim coach Bob Gregory led the Broncos to Hawaii for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

There, starting quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home in disgrace after alledgedly urinating off of a hotel balcony. From there, Boise State’s trip to Hawaii spiraled downward.

Ball control issues led to a 38-23 Oregon State route that dropped the Broncos to 8-5 to finish the season.

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The Black and Blue game is more then just a game. It serves as a charity event.
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Over the course of a collegiate season there are certain games that mean more than others.
Marquee matchups are those that, as an athlete and a fan, you can’t help but circle on your
calendar.

In some cases, these games have a lasting significance long after the final horn is blown. Boise State vs. Idaho is one of those games.

The Boise State men’s hockey club is set to face off against the University of Idaho men’s hockey club in the fourth annual Black and Blue rivalry game at CenturyLink Arena on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

All proceeds of the event go to Metro Meals on Wheels, a local nonprofit which supplies meals to the elderly in Ada County.

The event allows players to benefit their community while also competing in such a storied in-state rivalry. Together the clubs have raised around $60,000 in the past three years.

Fans and alumni can experience a top-notch premier hockey game live in the heart of the Treasure Valley.

Boise State is coming off one of its best seasons to date following their 2013-2014 campaign.

The Broncos finished last season ranked seventh out of 44 teams in the western region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and hope to continue the trend this year.

This season the Broncos are currently 7-1 while the Vandals are 0-2.

Free tickets are available for Boise State students and staff, while supplies last, at the Boise State Recreation Center.

The public can purchase tickets at CenturyLink Arena for $20 on the day of the event, or in advance by calling (208) 972-1819.

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Students have a safe secure place to park their bikes during the football games.

Boise State’s Cycle Learning Center hosts a Bike Corral at every home football game.

They tape off an area just for fans to park their bikes. During the games, people can leave their bikes there and feel secure knowing that their bikes are in a safe, monitored place.

“There is a lot of other bike parking around the stadium, but we are there,” said Phil Hobbs, Cycle Learning Center employee. “It’s corralled off. We’ve got people there the entire time. We’re watching the bikes basically. It’s pretty handy.”

Employees working the Bike Corral get there about four hours before the game starts, and are there for an hour after the game ends. If people don’t get their bikes in that time, the bikes end up back at the Cycle Learning Center.

“We’ve been doing it for at least two or three years and we’ve only ever had maybe three to five bikes that haven’t been picked up and ended up back here,” Hobbs said.

The Bike Corral is something that a lot of students don’t know about.

Boise State freshman Kailee Heikkila states that the Bike Corral can be very beneficial to students, and that she will be using it at the next home game.

“I don’t trust my lock, and with BSU games there are a lot more people because it is a locally known team,” Heikkila said. “There’s always a question in the back of my mind if my bike is going to be there when I walk out because I’ve known a couple people who have had their bikes stolen this year.”

The Bike Corral is completely free. Students who ride their bikes to home games can drop them off and know that their bike will be safe.

“People don’t have to worry about having to lock (their bikes) up all over the city and stuff like that,” said

Brant Habra, Cycle Learning Center employee. “It promotes people to ride their bikes here. I think it’s great; we get people to ride their bikes.”

The Cycle Learning Center will be continuing to have these services for the remainder of the season.

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The Boise State offense put a season high 55 points in the win over BYU.

Fans were taken back to the glory days of Boise State football Friday night, the days of Kellen Moore and company when the Bronco offense was virtually unstoppable.

The Broncos put up a whopping 55 points, the most on the season, against BYU in the win and showed Bronco nation that they still have a highly potent offense.

The Broncos had 637 yards of total offense, the second most on the season thus far.

‘Things are starting to click more because we have more guys involved,” offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said. “We’re in more of a rhythm because more people are touching the ball and that’s the biggest difference.”

The Broncos had nine players with a reception and six players carry the ball in the victory.

With the injury to Matt Miller, Boise State needed the other players to step up in a big way—and
they have.

The biggest one has been sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck who had a game and career high six catches for 148 yards and a touchdown.

“He is taking advantage of his opportunities,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “He is showing some consistency at that position and if you get the ball to him, he is going to have a great chance of making a play.”

Speaking of career highs, senior quarterback Grant Hedrick threw for a career- high 410 yards and accounted for five touchdowns.

His 439 total yards are the sixth most in school history.

With his performance over the last three games, the Air Force game seems like a distant memory for everyone except Hedrick.

“I knew that wasn’t my best performance and I knew I had to prove that to myself,” Hedrick said. “This was personal for me.”

Finally, junior running back Jay Ajayi is living up to his self-proclaimed nickname “The Jay Train” as the running back steamrolled to 118 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

“Jay is running the ball well,” Hedrick said. “It seems when he is running well, things are rolling for us offensively.”

So, what has been the key to this offensive turnaround for the Broncos?

“The preparation that we have been putting in at practice,” Ajayi said. “We are having the best practices we have had in a long time.”

Another factor for the Broncos has been the lack of turnovers. The Broncos have only turned the ball over twice in their last two games.

“When we take care of the football, we have a great chance of winning,” Harsin said.

The Broncos will now have a week off before they start the final month of the season with aspirations of finally bringing an outright Mountain West championship to The Blue.

“We are going to do everything we can to make it a November to remember,” Sanford said.

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Sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck broke out with a touchdown pass to quarterback Grant Hedrick that ultimately won the game.

Few things in sports are as sweet as revenge.

Revenge against a rival — that’s even sweeter.

Boise State (6-2, 3-1 MW) got revenge over BYU (4-4) Friday night in front of 36,752 fans at Albertsons Stadium in a 55-30 win.

Head coach Bryan Harsin attributed the dominating win to the excellent practices the team had leading into the game.

“In this game, so many of things that happened in practice showed up,” Harsin said. “That’s exciting. We need to keep that up.”

The Broncos overcame the struggled they faced agianst BYU last season in a 37-20 loss, showing dominance in almost every way.

Grant Hedrick threw for a career high 410 yards and had five total touchdowns as Boise State was able to move upfield with ease.

Boise State totaled 637 yards of offense — second only to the 676 yards they had against Colorado State.

“We kind of found a rhythm offensively,” quarterback Grant Hedrick said. “It’s the perfect time of the year to do that with the last stretch of the season coming up.”

The Broncos struck quickly, running a no-huddle offense that scored a field goal less than three minutes into the game.

From their, the offense never looked back while leading the game start to finish.

Friday nights win was the third straight victory for the Broncos after falling 28-14 on the road at Air Force. It was also the third straight victory over a rival.

“Their emotional games,” Hedrick said. “It’s  nice to get wins against all of them.”

Sophomore defensive end Kamalei Correa, who had two sacks against BYU, addedthe Broncos wanted to avenge the losses to Fresno State and BYU from last season.

“We had a chip on our shoulder,” Correa said. “We wanted to come out with that edge.”

Boise State’s win over the Cougars had no effect on the conference standings with BYU being an Independent.

The Broncos still stand in first place in the Mountain division of the MW, but still must win out in order to clinch a berth in the MW championship.

After the three physical, rivalry games, Boise State will have one more bye week going into their final stretch of the season.

“We’re going to be worrying about New Mexico and that’s it,” Harsin said.

The loss was the fourth straight for BYU since starting quarterback Taysom Hill was lost for the season with a broken left leg against Utah State.

Friday’s win was the second highest attendance rating in Albertsons Stadium history. The only higher rating was the 36,864 fans that watched Boise State beat BYU 7-6 in 2012.

“That was tremendous tonight,” Harsin said. “Every team that comes in here knows about The Blue. What they don’t know is what the crowd is going to be like.”

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An ACL tear is one of the most gruesome injuries an athlete can suffer. Now, imagine suffering that injury twice.

That is exactly what junior forward Lexie Der is going through right now.

Der tore her ACL for the second time late last season, which prevented her from finishing the season with the women’s basketball team.

“I knew it was bad because Lexie never stays down,” junior center Miquelle Askew said. “I started tearing up when I found out the news and had a scared feeling of: what are we going to do?”

The news was not only a devastating blow to the Broncos, who were in the midst of one of their best seasons in recent memory, but also to Der herself, who was having a career-high season.

“I remember sitting in the doctor’s office hearing the news and getting emotional,” Der said. “It was so heartbreaking and rough.”

Der was quickly reminded by her teammates that they were there for her and would continue to be every step of the way to recovery.

“My whole team was very supportive and they always have been for me, injury or not,” Der said. “It was very nice to hear from them and know they were there for me through it all.”

Der knew the road to recovery would be a long one but was ready to meet the challenge head-on.

“It’s frightening to think about,” Der said. “But I always have a very optimistic attitude so I was able to pull myself together and told myself I just have to take it and roll with it.”

Der is currently in the middle of rehab. The prognosis is that she will be ready to play by the start of January.

“Recovery is going really well and I’m really enjoying rehab and the trainers are making it fun for me to go to,” Der said. “It’s been hard to stick with the strict schedule of things I can’t do. I always want to do more, but everything has been going smoothly and hopefully it continues to do so.”

Her team and coaches have been pleased with the way her recovery is going as well.

“I have a lot of faith in our doctors and our trainers and I know she will be back ready to go as soon as they think she is ready,” head coach Gordy Presnell said.

Der is the standout leader on the team and her presence on the court has been vital to the success that the Broncos have had.

“There just isn’t girls like Lexie who at 6’1” can handle the ball like a point guard, shoot the three, and then defend the post,” Presnell said.  “She is just so multidimensional and is one of the best players in the league and she is very important to our success.”

Der will continue the rehabilitation process throughout the rest of the year in preparation for her grand return to the game and team she loves.

“It will be such a good feeling to get back on the court and play with my team,” Der said. “After everything I have gone through, it will be a fantastic feeling.”

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Conference realignment has led to the culmination of several historic and national rivalries.

The same holds true to Boise State.

With the restructured MW ending the annual games between Boise State and Nevada and Fresno State beginning next season, the Broncos now turn to BYU as their prime rival.

Boise State plays BYU this Friday at Albertsons Stadium for the fifth time in program history.

The Broncos lead the overall series 3-1, but BYU got the victory last season when the two teams met in Provo, Utah.

“That was frustrating to go out there and not really have a shot in the fourth quarter,” senior defensive end Beau Martin said of last year’s game. “Obviously, we’ve got a lot of work to do this week.”

Boise State and BYU first met in 2003. Boise State was able to come away with a 50-12 victory in Provo, Utah.

The next meeting was in 2004 at then Bronco Stadium. The game was tight and close with Boise State coming away with a 28-27 victory
over BYU.

The two teams took an eight-year break from each other before meeting again in 2012. Boise State was able to prevail with a 7-6 home win over the Cougars.

“I remember that was the loudest it’s ever been in my four years here. That was a fun atmosphere,” Martin recalled.

Last year’s meeting was at BYU when BYU pulled the victory out 37-20 over
Boise State.

While BYU is a non-conference opponent, the proximity between the two schools and the equal level of talent has made the rivalry grow with each passing season.

“Anytime you play BYU, it’s a physical game,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “We’ve got to prepare ourselves for that.”

The two schools will continue to meet annually until at least 2023, making the Cougars Boise State’s fiercest rival.

“It makes a whole lot of sense that we play, it really does,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “One, I think you’ve got two good football teams. I think the fan base for both and the proximity and all that is strong. To me, it makes sense.”

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Tonight, the Boise State women’s volleyball team will try and spring the greatest upset in school history. Yes, school history, even more so then our famous 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.

The Broncos are taking on the number six ranked team in the whole country: the Colorado State Rams.

What is making this task even taller is the Broncos are heading into the Ram’s arena. Moby Arena is unlike other houses as the Rams play in an almost 9,000-seat arena that is full to capacity every night.

To put this in perspective, their gym is roughly nine times larger than
Bronco Gym.

This certainly seems like an impossible task, right?

Not so fast.  Every underdog has a shot to spring the upset.

David has beaten Goliath in the world of sports
countless times.

Does VCU, George Mason, and Butler’s magical NCAA basketball tournament runs ring any bells? Appalachian State shocking Michigan at the Big House and the previously mentioned Fiesta Bowl victory are all examples of teams doing the seemingly impossible.

The Broncos have a lot of things going for them in this game. They come into it riding a four-game winning streak and boast a good record of 12-8 overall and 5-3 in conference on the season which is tied for third best in the MW.

In addition Boise State has a plethora of talent that includes true freshman phenom Sierra Nobley, junior Sarah Baugh and senior Alyssa Gammel.

So, don’t count out the Broncos. They have the potential to win the biggest game in school history.

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Alyssa Gammel (right) practicing during the sand volleyball season.

With beautiful acrylic nails and a golden personality, Alyssa Gammel is nothing to mess with on or off the court.

“Alyssa has been fantastic from day one. She’s a kid that you can trust on and off the court to do the right things,” said head coach Shawn Garus. “[She] has a great work ethic, comes from a great family. and she’s the perfect type of kid that we want to continue to recruit to Boise State.”

Gammel transferred to Boise State to from Virginia Tech to follow her love of playing volleyball.

“I really liked Virginia Tech but I just felt that it wasn’t’ the right school for me volleyball-wise,” Gammel said. “When I was at Virginia Tech it was a different style of volleyball. Here we run really fast sets and at Virginia Tech, they were a little high and loopy, and that made it hard for me to adapt.”

When Gammel first came to Boise State, she was playing as a six-rotation player, meaning she would play both in the front and back rows during a game.

This year, her role has changed and she has taken on more of a defensive position which has benefited the team greatly and allowed them to go head-to-head with the best schools in the conference.

“Since I got here, there has been really good sense of camaraderie on and off the court,” Gammel said. “Some teams don’t really do things outside of the team practices or anything. For us we do everything as a group. [That] has been really one memory that I definitely will take and it will be a lasting one.”

Gammel will  graduate with a bachelors in Social Sciences with emphases in communication and psychology. She will be looking away from volleyball to what her future has in store for her.

“Right now my plan is to stay here but just seeing what job opportunities that I’m going to have,” Gammel said. “I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in third grade. I’m just really excited what that chapter is going to hold for me.”

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Outside expectations for the Boise State men’s basketball team will be high once again—the question is, will the Broncos be able to meet those expectations.

 

For the second consecutive season, Boise State was picked to finish second in the MW in a preseason media poll.

 

Despite the predictions, the Broncos finished tied for fifth in the conference last season.

 

For head coach Leon Rice, the goal is to ignore the rankings and instead strive to finish better than the Broncos did last season.

 

“We’re striving for excellence, not rankings,” Rice said in a press release. “I don’t want to get caught up in predictions. We’re in the gym working hard to get where we want to be and that is what’s important.”

 

The Broncos will have plenty of help in striving for excellence this season. Boise State brings back three starters, including preseason All-MWC selection Anthony Drmic, as well as eight letterwinners from last years team.

 

Rice and his staff also stocked up on size for this season, a major weakness for the Broncos in 2013.

 

During the offseason, Boise State added four players that were 6-7 or taller.

Boise State opens their season against La Verne in an exhibition game at Taco Bell Arena on Nov. 1.

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There is still left time in the season for student and faculty alike to go camping before winter sets in.

Winter is coming, and the ideal days for camping are growing thin.

Idaho houses some of the most coveted areas of outdoor recreation. For those interested in spending time in the state’s prime camping sites only have a few weeks left to makes plans before the starry nights turn into evenings devoted to maintaining body heat.

Whether one is an extreme outdoorsman with endless experience and a thirst for exhilaration or a convenience-focused camper looking for a fun time, Boise’s surrounding camping areas have something to offer to everyone.

Ponderosa State Park provides comforts and convenience
For those looking for a quick and simple escape into Idaho’s wilderness, Ponderosa, by McCall, is the place to go.

The park is open year-round, but sports warm weather attractions with its placement near the tourist-heavy town.

It is the ideal place for a more lax camping experience accented by homebody amenities.

The park offers regular campsites for those with tents in tow and specialized cabin sites for new campers or those less inclined toward sleeping on the ground with canvas walls.

Each site is within easy walking distance to bathrooms, showers and an amphitheater with periodic shows.

The sites are also in a series of bike paths for cycling enthusiasts.

The most convenient side of Ponderosa is its easy access to McCall.

Less prepared campers or those setting out for a more leisurely and family-or-friend-centered approach can run into town for groceries, Gem State souvenirs or ice cream.

Oreana sports stone structures and adventure
On the other side of the spectrum, those looking for a more intensive escape into nature with a detachment from society can make their way to Oreana, just south of Murphy.

Those who follow the rundown roads and dirt paths southeast will find a collection of cliffs, sandstone structures and worn caves.

The Oreana desert area is very much the opposite of Ponderosa.

There are no groomed campsites, public bathrooms or convenience stores just down the road.

Campers have to four-wheel drive in with all the necessary items for their trip, pitch their tents and cook in the middle of nowhere.

Without comforts, Oreana is an adventure.

There are endless rock formations and caves to explore, outcrops to climb under and hidden rooms with sand to throw at friends.

It’s a complete lockout from society with nothing but cliff expanses and blue skies to look at.

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Deayon #5 is one of the leaders on defensive for the Boise State defense which has played very well this season.

Boise State junior cornerback Donte Deayon has had quite the season thus far.

The second-team All Mountain West player is tied with fellow junior safety Darian Thompson for the most interceptions on the team this season.

“Donte is a guy when you talk football, he just gets it,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “He is very smart and has a gift for understanding football.”

What’s even more impressive is Deayon has been the leader of the secondary, despite only finishing two
full games.

While Deayon has been hampered with injuries this season, he hasn’t let it affect his play and has come back each and every time for the Broncos.

“It’s nice to be healthy the whole game and be out there with them,” Deayon said.

Friday night’s game against Fresno State was no exception.

In the contest, Deayon registered his first sack of the season.

“That was nice,” Deayon said. “It felt good coming up there and making the stop.”

But that wasn’t all, Deayon got his fourth pick of the season in the Bronco’s 37-27 victory over Fresno State.

“It was fitting that Donte gets a turnover at the end of the game to seal it for us,” Harsin said.

With the win the Broncos were able to reclaim the Milk Jug, the annual trophy given to the winner of this annual rivalry game.

“We didn’t have the Milk Jug for a while and we let it slip last year,” Deayon said. “So we wanted to bounce back the right way and we felt like we owed it to everyone that came before us.”

With Deayon’s help this season, the Boise State defense has been one of the best highlights of the season so far and a big reason why the Broncos are 5-2.

Despite all the individual accolades he has received over the past few seasons, Deayon is just focused on the team and is doing everything he can to continue the success they have had this season.

“We feed off of the energy of each other,” Deayon said. “We want to be a dominant defense from start to finish.”

Deayon will look to continue his tremendous season when the Broncos host BYU on Friday Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

“He knows everyone’s position and what they are doing,” sophomore linebacker Tanner Vallejo said. “You can see he is just a play maker.”

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Since leaving Boise State Andy Bettles has gone pro and is currently competing overseas in the International Tennis Federation.

Andy Bettles is arguably one of the best tennis players to ever come through Boise State.

“He has a legacy that is going to last a long time here,” head coach Greg Patton said. “He established a standard of excellence and an unbelievable ambassador for Boise State. “He is class all the way through.”

Bettles finished his career with an astounding record of 106-42 in singles and 83-36 in doubles.
In addition Bettles lead the Broncos to three straight Mountain West Championships and helped get the Broncos as high as #15 in the country for men’s tennis.
The former Bronco is now spending his time trying to take his career to the next level as he is currently competing in the International Tennis Federation which is the stepping stone for getting into the pro circuit with guys such as Roger Federer or Andy Murray.

“The tour is going well for me I am enjoying traveling around Europe playing tournaments, taking in new ultures and playing some tennis as well,” Bettles said.

In the ITF Bettles has a 3-10 record in singles and a 6-7 record in double.
While not the record he was hoping for Patton knows that Bettles has time on his side.

“The thing that he has on his side is youth,” Patton said. “He has got incredible drive and wants to be a pro.:

Bettles came to Boise State from Somerset, England when he was just 16.

“The way that we got him was he was a really good friend of another player we had in Scott Shields,” Patton said.  “When he was hear he was telling me about his best friend Andy who was one of the best players in the UK.”

After his freshman year Patton knew he had a star in the making and as they say the rest is history.

“It was a relationship made in heaven,” Patton said.

Patton definitely misses his star players and knows he was a once in a lifetime type of players.

“I have to clone him,” Patton said. “Or shave his head and put a mustache on him and bring him back.”

Bettles will continue playing for the ITF for the rest of the year and is hoping by doing so it will pay off in a big way.

“My ultimate goals in the sport are to play Wimbledon and represent Great Britain in the Davis cup,” Bettles said.

Even though Bettles is gone from Boise State he will never for hist time as a Bronco anytime soon.

“My time at Boise state was an amazing journey with so many memorable moments spread across my fours years,” Bettles said. “Playing for Boise was a special experience, we had an incredible bond and work ethic as a team that enabled us to be so successful and reach as high as #15 in the country last year.”

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Sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck broke out with a touchdown pass to quarterback Grant Hedrick that ultimately won the game.

During his recruitment, current wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck was listed by most recruiting services as an athlete, a player that could play multiple positions at the collegiate level.

Sperbeck proved that athleticism in a 37-27 win over Fresno State Saturday night at Albertsons Stadium.

“We have seen some really good things and we see a guy emerging,” head coach Bryan Harsin said.

A quarterback, safety and kick returner during his days at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, California,

Sperbeck, the son of former Sacramento State head coach Marshall Sperbeck, arrived at Boise State the summer of 2013 listed as a safety.

As practices started, however, Sperbeck was quickly moved to wide receiver by Chris Petersen and his staff, much to the delight of Sperbeck.

“I like offense a lot more,” Sperbeck said. “I would have played either or but I’m happy they put me in at receiver.”

Against the Bulldogs Sperbeck was able to show his versatility and return to his roots as a quarterback.

“Sperbeck was our backup quarterback essentially,” Harsin said.

Sperbeck saw three looks during the game as an eligible passer on trick plays—completing two passes for 38 yards and a touchdown and breaking off a 6-yard run.

His touchdown pass to quarterback Grant Hedrick put Boise State up 34-27 with 9:11 remaining in the game, and capped a 17 play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 7:46.

“We’ve been practicing that (play) all week,” Sperbeck said. “It felt like that whole side of defense came after me so I just dumped it off to Grant.”

Hedrick was equally impressed with Sperbeck’s passing ability.

“I’m going to have to go ask Thomas for some tips,” Hedrick said. “That was a perfect throw. He made it easy for me.”

Sperbeck’s role has increased in the absence of Matt Miller who will miss the remainder of the season with a left leg injury.

Sperbeck, however, is not out to fill Miller’s shoes.

“I’m just trying to help the team as best as I can,” Sperbeck said. “That’s what coach Harsin kind of harped on. Me stepping up but other players as well. (Miller) said do the best (I) can and step up as a leader.”

Sperbeck will have a chance to prove he’s more than a one-hit wonder this coming week when the Broncos take on rival BYU at Albertsons Stadium.

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The stereotype of rugby being a predominantly male sport is being shattered by the Boise State women’s rugby club.

“(Rugby is) probably one of the few sports out there where there are no differences — same size field, same size ball,” nursing major and club member Mackenzie Talbutt said. “We go for 80 minutes, and it’s a nonstop 80 minutes.”

The physical demand is not to be scoffed at, either. The game requires high amounts of endurance and the ability to bounce back after taking a hit.

“You have to be really tough because you’re tackling each other without pads and without helmets. You’re constantly running,” athletic training major and club member Alex Howard said. “There are no breaks so you have to be in really good shape and really tough. You just have to get up and keep playing if you fall down.”

Rugby gear in itself is fairly simple; including only modest padding—based on player choice—and cleats.

The women have just hit the field this season and have been practicing since Sept. 15. They will be open their season on Nov. 8 against Idaho.

The game will be played in the sevens format, which is the same format used in the Olympics. Both teams have seven players instead of a full 15 on the field. This makes for a quicker-paced game.

Head coach Bret Johnson—a Boise State alumnus—believes that the team can grow to become a strong program that will become an established part of Boise State’s club sports program.

“We’ve got to put in a lot of ground work right now which can always be kind of tough when you are starting a program,” Johnson said. “You have to start at the bottom and a lot of hard work has to go into it. We hope through the women we have and the women we recruit we will be able to take the program to a very high level.”

The team is currently recruiting for new members. No prior experience is needed to join. They can be contacted at boisestatewomensrugby@gmail.com.

 

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Jeremy McNichols (No. 13) will see a much larger role in the Broncos offense with Matt Miller lost for the season.

With senior wide receiver Matt Miller hampered by injury the last few games, the Boise State Broncos had to find a new weapon. That weapon appears to be true freshman running back Jeremy McNichols.

“It’s time to get him on the field,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said.

Before the season started the Broncos were really high on McNichols’ performance in practice and were deciding whether or not to redshirt him for the season.

Initially, he was redshirted as the Broncos already had depth at the running back position.

But the coaching staff decided McNichols’ talent was just too much to pass up on and burned McNichols redshirt right before the Nevada game.

Despite his redshirt, McNichols traveled with the team to Atlanta for the team’s season opener against Ole Miss.

“He was on the scout team and made a jump cut that made three guys fall down,” Harsin said. “We were like, we should probably play him.

“It was his decision and his family’s decisions.”

In the Nevada game, McNichols had quite the debut for the Bronco with four receptions for 54 yards and an impressive run for 28 yards in Boise State’s 51-46 win over the Wolf Pack.

His 82 yards from scrimmage were the most by a Bronco not named Ajayi or Miller this season.

“He is a good football player,” Harsin said. “We have felt like that all season long.”

Now that Miller is gone for the season, McNichols will be looked upon even more by the Broncos.

“With Matt out we need a guy that’s going to create some production and we think he can create that for us,” Harsin said.

McNichols will not only be a new receiving target for senior quarterback Grant Hedrick but is expected to take the load off of junior running back Jay Ajayi who has been getting the ball close to 30 times a game.

“We do want to get him more involved,” Harsin said. McNichols will get his next chance to shine when the Broncos host Fresno State on Friday at 6 p.m.

“He seems to be in a good rhythm and feeling good on where he is at,” Harsin said.