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While many athletes have made headlines for what they have done on the field, one Boise State athlete is making waves for her performance off the field.

Senior track and field athlete Kate Jette is putting the “student” in student athlete.

Jette was recently named a Top Ten Scholar, the highest academic honor a Boise State undergraduate student can achieve.

To be considered for the award, a student must have at least a 3.8 grade point average and be nominated by their respective deans.

“That was really exciting and one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me,” Jette said.

Academic accolades are something that Jette has grown accustomed to during her time as a Bronco.

In her career, Jette has  earned All-MW Academic honors, All-MW Cross Country Academic honors and an All-WAC Academic freshman Honoree Award.

“I have worked really hard in the classroom in the five years I have been here,” Jette said. “To see all the hard work pay off and be honored is a really great feeling.”

She owes it all to a few simple things.

“I have been very strict with myself,” Jette said. “When I get home, I always make sure I get all my homework done and organize my time well.”

Jette has been able to accomplish all of this while battling injuries over the last two years, which kept her out of track and field.

During her junior year she had a bone removed from her ankle.

Last year she had a cyst growing in the arch of her foot. The doctors had to surgically fuse two bones together.

“I literally didn’t walk for three months and my calf was the size of my forearm,” Jette said. “I had to build all that muscle up by doing physical therapy three times a week for the whole summer.”

Now back, and in her final stretch of her collegiate career, Jette hopes she can end her career on a high note.

“I would like to get personal records and better all my times,” Jette said. “More importantly I would just like to be here for my team by being a good teammate.”

After graduation Jette plans on enrolling at Oregon State in the fall to pursue a masters in secondary education.

While she has been through a lot during her time here, Jette is grateful for all the opportunities she received at Boise State.

“I am proud of who I am after having gone through all those experiences,” Jette said. “I used all of that to fuel me into getting me where I am today and I am ready for the next chapter of my life.”

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Four years ago Sammie Watson was unsure of what her tennis career would hold.

Unhappy as a freshman on Utah’s tennis team, Watson needed a change of scenery.

“Utah was one of the most difficult experiences of my life,” Watson said. “I had been praying a lot for a different situation to happen.”

A different situation did arise, leading her to the Boise State women’s tennis team.

“As soon as I signed off at Utah, Coach Beck, a guy I hardly even knew, called me the next day and said he wanted me on the team,” Watson said. “I was beyond ecstatic and it was a pretty swift transition after that.”

In the three years since,  Watson became the face of the program.

“She was such a great role model to her teammates,” junior Bobbi Oshiro said.  “I watched her grow into such an amazing person and a leader on the court.”

Watson recently capped her Bronco career at the MW Championships by doing what she had done so many times before— win.

Watson won her final career match in a 6-0, 6-2 sweep over Nevada’s Monika Magusiak.

With the win, Watson finished the season with 25 wins and finished with an impressive 58-25 career record.

In doubles, Watson, along with her partner Oshiro, finished with a 17-13 record on the season.

As a result she received an All-MW selection in doubles.

“You always knew what you were going to get from her and that was always 100 percent effort,” head coach Beck Roghaar said. “She was always that role model off the court as she was on the court.  She embodied what our program was all about.”

While her playing days are over, Watson will be back next season as a volunteer assistant coach while she pursues her degree in creative writing.

“It will be a new experience for sure because I won’t be playing,” Watson said. “I am just happy to be around my teammates some more because I love them and want to continue to help them grow.”

For Watson, tennis gave her so much more than just a great career and an education.

“Tennis is life just in sports form,” Watson said. “I have learned so much about myself and life by doing it. I have basically become the person I am today through tennis.”

 

 

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Walton’s Wisdom is a sports column written by assistant sports & rec editor and self-proclaimed sports wizard Brandon Walton.

Wow. It’s really hard to believe that I am sitting here on my laptop, late at night, writing this.

Have three years really gone by? I can remember it like it was yesterday.

When I first arrived at Boise State I would always park at the Lincoln Garage.

While walking from the garage to class I would always walk past it, the Student Media office, wondering what it was, and if it was something that I would be interested in.

After weeks of debating of whether or not to go in, I finally decided to check it out.

It turned out to be the best decision I ever made.

Fast forwarding to today, I am not only the assistant sports & rec editor for this paper, but I also have my own show for the The Pulse, and have done several video reports for The Arbiter.

I have been to almost every Boise State sporting event and have correspondingly written about every single sport this great university has to offer.

I have been able to watch football games from high above the Stueckle Sky Center, walk on the court as the men’s basketball team won the MW championship this year and interviewed athletes up close like Jay Ajayi and Derrick Marks.

So why am I telling you all of this?

Find something you are passionate about and don’t give up on it. Instead, revel in every second of it and make the most out of it.

That is what I did, and, as a result, yours truly has landed a job as the sports reporter for The Argus Observer.

Words can’t describe how much I will miss writing for this publication.

I hope you all have enjoyed reading my articles as much as I have enjoyed writing them.

I wish the new staff for next year and, more importantly, all of you, my readers, the best of the luck in the future.

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Summer is a great time to enjoy some sunshine, watch a few games and go outdoors. While planning out your summer calendar, consider these events in the Boise community.

Zip Idaho—Horseshoe Bend, Idaho

Why hike up mountains when you can soar down them? With over 5,000 feet in zip lines, Zip Idaho is a great way to kick off the summer and get a breath of mountain air.

For those who have never zip lined before—no worries. Before zipping, zip liners begin with basic training and safety instruction. The tour includes five zip lines with varying lengths and one suspension bridge. The longest zip line, “Turkey 2,000,” reaches up to 50 miles per hour. All the while, zip liners can enjoy the scenic views of the Boise National Forest and Payette Valley.

Zip Idaho is located about 40 minutes outside of Boise.

Boise Hawks season openerJune 18

Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jack and head on out to Memorial Stadium on June 18. The local Minor League Baseball team, the Boise Hawks, will be opening their season against the Tri-City Dust Devils at 7:15 p.m. If Thursday night doesn’t work for your schedule, the Hawks and Dust Devils will be squaring off through June 22.

Memorial Stadium is located in Garden City. Ticket costs vary and numerous season packages are available for those who want to attend multiple games this season.

Dirty Dash – June 20

While some may enjoy spending time at the pool, others can get down and dirty at the annual Dirty Dash Mud Run on June 20. The 5K course is anything but ordinary—mud pits filled to the brim with slimy mud, a slip and slide to get adrenaline rushing and a foam bath to help keep car interiors a little cleaner for the drive home. The event lasts from 9:00a.m.-2:00 p.m., so attendees can get as dirty as they please.

The course is located 30 minutes outside of Boise.

Honors Wilderness Quest Rafting —July 26-31

The six-day, 73 mile adventure through the Lower Salmon canyon is a great way for honors students to explore the Idaho wilderness. The annual Honors Wilderness Quest Rafting trip is hosted by the Outdoor Program. The registration deadline is July 1.

For those who can’t make the event, floating the Boise River is available any day of the summer. Floaters begin at Barber Park and finish at Ann Morrison Park. The six -mile course allows you to kick back, relax and enjoy the summer sun. Tubes and rafts are available for rent through Epley’s at Barber Park.

Basque Soccer FriendlyJuly 29

The blue turf in Albertsons Stadium will be hosting the event  on July 29. The friendly professional soccer match between La Liga’s Athletic Club de Bilbao and Liga MX’s Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente is the largest soccer match in the history of Idaho. This is all part of the Basque Cultural Festival, Jaialdi.

The event sold 12,000 tickets within the first week of sales. Profits from the game will go towards the Basque Studies Foundation at Boise State and Idaho Youth Soccer Association.

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Rushing out of class, freshman Sage Heyrend dashes for a quick bite to eat and  heads to the Rec Center to workout.

When he is done with his workout he heads to the court in the Rec Center and enjoys some quality basketball time with his buddies.

This is the daily routine for freshman Sage Heyrend, business management major, and for many other students here at Boise State.

“About seven days a week, I’ll show up and stay for about two to three hours, whether it’s working out or playing basketball,” Heyrend said.

A self-described gym junkie, he feels exercise has grown in popularity over the past few years.

“We have seen a steady increase in participation since the facility opened in 2002,” said Lisa Stuppy, senior associate director of the Rec Center.

This trend, however, may be coming to an end.

As of April 22, the Rec Center has been down in total attendance in reference to past semesters.

This past fall semester, the Rec Center saw 137,622 total visitors.

As of April 22, the spring semester has seen 130,619 Rec Center visitors. That is a 7,003 deficit.

Though the semester isn’t quite over, Stuppy is hoping to see an increase before the semester ends.

“Rec Center data is collected through the students that have access as well as part-time students, faculty, staff and alumni that have joined as members,” Stuppy said. “If a student or member comes twice in one day that would count for two for the day.”

She credits this end of semester slump to several factors.

“The beginning of the semester is always busy for us,” Stuppy said. “As the semester goes on students get more busy with homework, papers and finals. So students that are pressed for time may not come as much.”

However, the beginning of the semester doesn’t carry these sort of burdens.

The Rec Center is a part of BroncoVenture Orientation,  the freshmen orientation, and is one of the designated stops on the tour.

“The Rec Center is the first place many students place foot once they get on campus,” Stuppy said.

Although the Rec Center wasn’t Heyrend’s first stop on campus, he attends the gym regularly because he loves to work up a sweat.

Due to crowding at some times, he feels like it can be a hassle to find machines but continues to go in an effort to stay fit and see results.

The Rec Center has a lot of different facilities that their members can enjoy, from swimming, all the way to rock climbing.

“We can be a very good place for people to go when they don’t want to be outside,” Stuppy said.

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Photo courtesy of Miami Dolphins official twitter account.

His draft day slide was steeper than most predicted, but former Boise State running back Jay Ajayi is now an NFL player.

Ajayi was selected in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins with the 149th overall pick.

Ajayi was predicted by many draft analysts to be a second or third round selection. Concerns about his health caused him to fall to the fifth round.

As he saw his name go uncalled through the first two days of the NFL draft, Ajayi offered only the following tweet:

Ajayi tore his ACL his freshman year at Boise State. Former Boise State head coach Chris Petersen told Chad Cripe of The Idaho Statesman that wondered if Ajayi would ever be able to fully recover from the injury.

Ajayi not only recovered, but thrived. He went on to rush for 3,796 yards and 55 touchdowns in his career at Boise State.

In his senior season, he led the Broncos to a 12-2 season, the progam’s first ever outright MW title and another Fiesta Bowl.

The Dolphins provide an interesting opportunity for Ajayi. Currently on the Dolphins roster is Lamar Miller. Miller ran for 1,099 yards last season and still has plenty of playing time left in his body at the age of 24.

After MIller however, the Dolphins second leading rusher in 2014 was quarterback Ryan Tannehill with 311 yards.

Ajayi should have the opportunity to see playing time early on. Miami has tried to provide as many weapons as possible for Tannehill during this season. The team traded for wide receiver Kenny Stills, signed Greg Jennings and tight end Jordan Cameron, and used their first round draft pick on wide receiver DeVante Parker out of Lousiville.

Ajayi won’t be rushed to start for the Dolphins and will have the opportunity to develop.

Here is a podcast from the Miami Dolphins as they chat with their newest running back.

 

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When David Elliott first started at Boise State in 2011 for cross country and track and field, his goal was to break 15:00 in the 5K.

“I wasn’t very good coming out of high school and  Brad Wick, who used to be the distance coach here, he kind of took a gamble on me and gave me a spot on the team when I probably shouldn’t have had one,” Elliott said. “He developed me a lot and really took me under his wing.”

Within three outdoor track and field seasons, Elliott has improved to 13:50.10 in his favorite race — ranking him eighth in the west region and 11th nationally.

He now holds the second spot for the 5K school record behind Forest Braden’s 13:45.44 from 2004.

Elliott has expanded his success to the 1500m this season as well, posting a 3:41.61 at the Bryan Clay Invitational. The school record time ranks fourth in the West and 10th nationally.

Elliott also won the individual MW cross country title in the fall.

“This year couldn’t be going better,” Elliott said. “Personally, I’ve just grown a lot, not just in my running but I’ve matured a lot. I think it’s helped me develop into a better person.”

Assistant coach Travis Hartke has seen Elliott grow in his confidence and develop into a leader within the two years that Hartke has coached at Boise State.

“Physically, he hasn’t changed that much, but the psychological part is where he is really a different person than when we got here,” Hartke said. “He’s a good example of how hard you have to work to be at the level he’s at.”

Even though Elliott is excited to run his first home meet at Border Clash this weekend, he has already set his sights on bigger goals.

By the end of this season, he not only wants to qualify for nationals, but also place in the top eight to earn All-American First Team.

He already has plans to start training for the Olympic Trials next fall as well. While his goal was to break 15:00 when he first started four years ago, Elliott will now aim for 13:30.

“I told (head coach Corey Ihmels) after fall that I wanted to make the Olympic Trials, and I’m not sure how crazy he thought that was,” Elliott said. “That’s probably a lot more realistic now than it was a couple of months ago.”

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There were 200 athletes vying for the opportunity to make the USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team.

One of those athletes was  Boise State redshirt freshman volleyball player Kaitlyn Oliver.

After waiting nearly two agonizing months, Oliver finally learned her fate.

She became the first Bronco in school history to be named to the USA Collegiate National Team.

“It really is a surreal experience for me.  Knowing that I am the first Bronco to ever do this is such an amazing feeling,” Oliver said. “The fact that I get to represent this school is a true accomplishment.”

If she does well at the tryout,  she could be selected for the USA National Team, while still being a part of the  Boise State volleyball team.

Accolades like this are something that Oliver has become accustomed too this season.

She was named the MW Newcomer of the Year for the indoor season and had a solid sand volleyball season, making an all-tournament team this season.

Her success this year comes as no surprise to head coach Shawn Garus.

“We redshirted her for her potential down the road,” Garus said. “She could have played as true freshman, but the talent she potentially could have as a senior was way more exciting. This is just validating that.”

According to Oliver, the redshirt year made her into the player she is today.

“I went through a lot that year and felt it was a hard transition for me. The pace of going from high school volleyball to college was difficult,” Oliver said.  “That is what drove me to become a better player and compete at this level.”

Oliver will also be playing overseas as part of the MW All-Star team in the Annual European Global Challenge, consisting of teams from around the world, playing against one another.

“My whole summer is practically going to be volleyball, which I am super excited for,” Oliver said. “I will only come back from it with more experience.”

With all of the early success, Oliver doesn’t plan on settling anytime soon.

“This drives me more to be better in these next years, and accomplish even bigger things,” Oliver said.

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The Boise State men’s golf team heads into their biggest tournament of the year this weekend—the Mountain West Championship.

Head coach Dan Potter and the team understands the implications of this tournament—this is their last opportunity to leave a mark on the season.

“At the end of the day, there is some finality to this tournament,” Potter said. “This is the biggest tournament of our year. Every other tournament, we could say that we had another coming up. This one we really do not.”

For some, it is an opportunity to play in the MW tournament. For the five Treasure Valley natives on the team—like sophomore Kyle Mitsunaga who graduated from Boise High School—it is a chance to represent the city they grew up in.

“You have people in the community that knew you personally way before you were thinking of playing college golf,” Mitsunaga said. “Just to get that support, knowing that they are backing us up is pretty cool.”

David Elliott and Ty Travis, natives of Eagle, Idaho, also hope to represent their hometown with pride in his last tournament as a Bronco.

“Growing up around here being a big Boise State fan, whether it was football, basketball or the golf team, just being able to wear the blue and orange and carry the bag is a pretty big deal,” Elliott said. “It is something that was important to us as kids—looking up to the guys on the team. Now we are able to carry the torch and do that on our own.”

The team has one goal left this weekend—to win.

“Seeing as how we have  a conference this weekend, it would be to win,” Travis said. “Going into the third round with a shot to win individually and as a team—I would say that is our goal, to get ourselves into the hunt for the tournament.”

Potter hopes his team is able to rise to the occasion and end their season on a high note.

“When they get back this summer. They are going to ask them how they did in the Mountain West Conference Championship,” Potter said. “It doesn’t change what they need to do on the course and how they need to prepare and what they need to do to be successful. It is a bigger deal and I want them to feel that and embrace it.”

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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 run on Monday, based off of the previous week, running from Sunday to Saturday.

Devon Bridges has been named the Arbiter Athlete of the Week for April 19-25.

The Boise State softball  team hosted Colorado State this past weekend. On Friday, the Broncos poised a comeback they will never forget. Redshirt Senior Devon Bridges was at the center of attention.

With the Broncos down 2-5 in the final inning, Bridges stepped up to the plate with all the bases loaded.

Bridges hit a line drive shot over the right field wall, and the Broncos went on to win the game with her grand slam.

It was Bridges’ seventh home run of the season and the 50th homerun in her illustrious
career.

Bridges home run improved the Broncos record from 11-35 to 3-13 within the MW
conference.

Bridges went 1-4 within the game with her lone hit coming at the most significant time.

This season she is hitting .362 with seven homeruns and 29 RBIs.

No hit this year mattered or was more important than the one she had in Friday’s game.

Bridges hopes the spark she gave will give the team  with the grand slam will give the team hope and boost of energy to get the Broncos on a positive roll and more wins.

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Genevieve Ling- Special to The Arbiter

When the Boise State women’s tennis team concluded its season at the MW Championships last week, it said goodbye to its two seniors, Sammie Watson, from Denver, Colorado, and Kaitlyn Brown, from Boise, Idaho.

Brown is a health science major with a minor in Spanish, and Watson is a creative writing major.

Boise State was a no-brainer for Brown.

“I grew up playing with all the Boise State tennis coaches. Ever since I was 12, Boise State was the first court that I walked onto,” Brown said. “I was always a Boise State fan.”

It was not so simple for Watson, who transferred from the University of Utah midway through her freshman year.

“I had always wanted to attend Boise State, but unfortunately things did not work out at first, and I had committed to the University of Utah,” Watson said. “I did not feel like Utah was the place for me to grow into the person that I want to become, so it was at that point that I decided to transfer schools midway through season. I had always loved the atmosphere and the vibe of Boise.”

For Brown, the best part of the experience has been the people that she has met as a part of the
growing team.

“My best experience has really been meeting some of my best friends that I have had.” Brown said, “Every year has been different, with different girls on the team, but every year you get to be around different people with different cultures.

Watson, on the other hand, points to last year’s conference championship as one of her most memorable experiences.

“I remember last year’s match against Wyoming at conference,” Watson said. Even though we lost, I remember being the last one on the court fighting until the end, surrounded by my sisters and my family.”

Looking back at her experience, Brown admits that if given the chance the one thing that she would do differently would be to take a step back and realize that these were the four great years.

“I would learn to breathe and let loose every once in a while,”  Brown said. “Now that I’m graduating, I want to be here and now, every moment.”

Watson is taking an important life lesson that was ingrained by head coach, Beck Roghaar.

“Working hard is one thing, working smart is where improvements are made,” Watson said. “I learned and fully embodied these concepts—that nothing worth fighting for comes easily and that what you put into this life is what you are also given in return.”

Watson and Brown have both contributed to the women’s tennis team for the past four years.

According to Roghaar,  the thing that he will miss their positive attitudes.

“Their leadership together as seniors has been incredible.,” Roghaar said. “Positivity is one of the six pillars that we base our program on, and I think that they embody all of those pillars but they really excel in that one.”

Watson and Brown both have exciting futures awaiting them. Brown will further her education at the University of Montana in a doctorate in the physical therapy program, and Watson will graduate in December with her creative writing degree.

Watson aspires to find a job that taps into her creative side or a job that will allow her to travel, help people and  make a difference in the world.

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Boise State’s impending quarterback battle just took an interesting turn.

Boise State redshirt sophomore quarterback Ryan Finley was arrested early Saturday morning.

Finley was charged with resisting or obstructing officers and minor in possession or consumption of alcohol.

According to the Boise Police arrest report, officers were called to investigate a noise complaint near the residence of West Hale Street and South Euclid Avenue at 11:32 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a car pull up with a couple of individuals exiting the vehicle. The inhabitants, however, got back in the car once they saw the officers.

One of the passengers, later identified as Finley, took off running and a pursuit ensued. The officers located Finley crouched in a nearby backyard.

Upon being booked, signs of intoxication were evident, according to the officers.  The officers expressed that Finley smelled of alcohol and had glassy eyes.

There was no immediate punishment issued by Boise State, a spokesperson for Boise State said they were aware of the situation and would handle it in accordance with student conduct guidelines.

Finley is the likely replacement for Grant Hedrick and the only quarterback on the roster with any in game experience.
Last season he went 12-27 for 161 yards with two touchdowns and an interception backing up the then senior Grant Hedrick.

During the Spring Game he began the game with the first team offense, going 13-25 for 196 yards.
Before this incident, Finley had kept a clean record with only a speeding ticket to his name, according to the Idaho Repository.

 

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There she was, getting ready for the final routine of her career. Boise State senior gymnast Kelsey Morris was only seconds away from doing her vault routine at the NCAA Nationals on April 17.

“Right before I was getting ready to salute I was trying to push all those thoughts out of my head,” Morris said. “I was thinking ‘I have to make the last one worth it.”’

She ran down the mat, bounced off the vault, soared high through the air and stuck the landing. It was the perfect  end to one of the most prolific gymnastics to ever set foot in the Boise State program.

“It is so humbling as an athlete because you see how many people come out and show their love for the sport,” Morris said. “Having all those people there who appreciate the sport and all the high caliber teams was the perfect way to go out of the sport.”

Morris’ journey to becoming one of the all-time greats at Boise State began nearly 20 years earlier, when at the age of three, she enrolled in gymnastics.

“I was actually in a ballet class and they kicked me out because I was tumbling around too much,” Morris said. “They told my parents to put me in gymnastics class and they did.”

Shortly after, Morris enrolled in the Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy in Everett, Washington, only a few miles away from her hometown of Snohomish, Washington.

It was where she would spend her entire club career.

From there, she would make connections with future Boise State gymnasts.

“I knew a couple girls on the team from club experiences and I had been with Neil (co-head coach Neil Resnick) before,” Morris said. “I knew this would be such a good fit for me because I trusted him as a coach and knew all the great athletes that he had produced.”

Over the course of her career, Morris has accumulated 13 all-around titles—eight this season. Her career total is the third most in school history.

“She has just been so valuable to this team over the years and has really carried us at times with her consistent excellent scores,” Resnick said. “She has made up most of our routines over the years, and we wouldn’t be where we are without her.”

In addition, she has the highest uneven bars score at nationals in school history with a 9.85. She won three Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference Specialist of the Week awards this season, finished with 29 career event wins, had back-to-back nationals appearances and was the co-captain of this year’s team.

“She has been an awesome leader and has really led the team to greatness during her time here,” senior Ciera Perkins said. “She is strong in everything she does, and in and out of the gym she has been a phenomenal gymnast.”

Morris, upon sticking the final routine of her career, looked at Resnick and then her parents.

“As soon as I saw my mom and my dad’s faces in the stand, I lost it,” Morris said. “It was just such a cool experience to have them there for my last competition.”

She finished 26th overall in the all-around with a score of 39.075

“I was really happy with the way I performed,” Morris said. “My main goal was to go in there and hit all four of my events. That is what I did and I walked away with no regrets.”

With her gymnastics career in the books, Morris is looking to turn her attention to other things.

She has plans on becoming a pediatric nurse and joining Cirque Du Soleil in the future.

“Both of them are going to take a lot of pursuing,” Morris said.  “I am going to have to put in some work physically and mentally these next couple months to see what can happen.”

No matter what she does next, Morris will be an athlete the Boise State gymnastics program won’t soon forget.

“I am really thankful for all the things that I was able to achieve,” Morris said. “I know I wouldn’t have been able to achieve them without all the teammates, training staff and coaches I have had through the years. I am just so grateful for everyone here.”

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NIK BJUSTROM/THE ARBITER – The BSU swimming and diving team placed first in the WAC after four years of existence.

The Boise State swim club has come onto the scene with a bang.

Within the first semester of being reinstated as a club, the team has traveled to Utah for a swim meet, gained a total of 18 members on their roster and will have the opportunity to host the first ever MW Invitational Swim Meet.

Club president, freshman Sean Kierce, took on starting a team to even out a rivalry with some of his friends at Western Washington University.

“I took it as a challenge and went, ‘Alright, let’s see what we can actually do.’” Kierce said. “Then I realized we didn’t even have a team for guys here at Boise State.  I was already coaching and teaching a few people how to swim.”

The new club welcomes those swimmers who are already experienced veterans of the sport or have never been swimming a day in their lives before. The club works with both types of swimmers equally to promote an atmosphere of family and a close-knit
community.

First-time swimmer and freshman Alyssa Bistline has experienced this first hand.

“I didn’t think that I could learn to swim so well so fast, because I didn’t even know how to swim but just with everyone there supporting you and all the workouts, I actually caught on,” Bistline said. “I didn’t think it would be that fun, but everybody is swimming and talking to each other during workouts. I just love how we feel kind of like a family.”

The club plans to continue it’s growth into next year. They hope to have a team roster of at least 30 swimmers and will be recruiting at the Bronco Venture Orientations this summer.

Swim club currently practices on Mondays at 8:30 -10:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 7:30-9 p.m. and welcomes anyone that is interested in joining regardless of experience or history with the sport.

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Nick Duncan - Arbiter Online, Boise State University Broncos

Freshman Arianna Paules Aldrey decided to play club tennis once she graduated high school in her home country of Spain. After a year filled with negative experiences with her coaches, however, she talked with her parents about attending a university in the United States. Her parents wanted her to focus on earning a degree.

Once she saw closeness of the Boise State women’s tennis team and the level of academics at the university, she signed on as a Bronco.

“This is a safe place. The girls were really nice and like a family to me, so that was the deciding factor,” Paules Aldrey said.

Paules Aldrey is one of the 31 international student-athletes currently competing for the 14 sports at Boise State. Both players and coaches have seen numerous benefits from having players from different countries on their teams.

The appeal

Assistant coach for men’s basketball and Australian native John Rillie was highly involved in the Australian tennis world for 16 years, competing professionally and coaching youth.

In Rillie’s experiences, he has seen international schools put an emphasis on either academics or athletics, especially in college. In many countries, athletes have to choose between playing professional or attending higher education.

“The U.S. is probably the only country in the world that has a great system that utilizes both athletics and academics at the same time,” Rillie said.

This can make attending a U.S. university appealing for a prospective international student-athlete.

“That’s the trend with international student-athletes,” Rillie said. “They see the value (in education) where once upon a time, you could say a lot of those kids came over to enhance their professional chances in the athletic form.”

Recruiting process

Having connections can help recruit athletes from a different country. While he played tennis from 2001-2005 at Boise State, women’s tennis head coach Beck Roghaar bonded with many of international student-athletes on his team.

After they graduated, Roghaar stayed in touch with his former international teammates. They inform him of top players and players who may be interested in playing for an American college.

“That’s how you find out about a lot of them is through networking,” Roghaar said. “The Internet is an amazing tool now as well.”

Coaches can contact players from another country via email, text messaging, phone calls, Skype and other forms of communication. Both Roghaar and Rillie find this extremely helpful in the recruiting process.

“The way you can communicate these days really makes it pretty simple or a whole lot easier than say 20 years ago,” Rillie said.

Multiple benefits

The Boise State men’s basketball team currently has three Australian natives on the roster: sophomore Nick Duncan and seniors Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic. The No. 25 ranked team traveled to the NCAA DI National Tournament this year.

“As you can see with the success that we’ve had at Boise State, some of that’s been due to international kids,” Rille.

Athletic ability is not the only benefit that Roghaar and Rillie have seen from international student-athletes.

Both coaches have experienced and seen the eye-opening experience that both international and American student-athletes have and the life-long friendships that are formed.

“We all kind of get sheltered in our own little universe from time to time,” Rillie said. “There’s cultural things and life lessons that if we had a locker room full of American guys, you wouldn’t know any different.”

While it was difficult for Paules Aldrey to leave her family in Spain, she has found a family at Boise State. She believes this experience has brought the team even closer and compete better.

“Since we are not in our homes and we are not even close, I think we bring the meaning of family even more because we don’t have anything more than the team and the coaching staff,” Paules Aldrey said.

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The Boise State women’s tennis team is hoping a tough regular season schedule has prepared them for this week’s MW Championships.

Since the beginning of spring, the Boise State’s women’s tennis team has been building their confidence from match to match.

Over the season they had some tough losses but they have learned and grown which has increased their confidence as a team and individuals.

They have had a tough schedule this year including a match against Alabama, a top ten team.

Head coach Beck Roghaar designed the schedule in order to prepare the team for the trials they would face in the postseason.

“Usually when you feel prepared, you feel confident,” Roghaar said. “When you feel confident, you play well, and when you play well you win.”

Going into the competition against Alabama, the team got an eye-opening experience.  Although they did not win the match,  it made them realize that they could compete at a top ranked level.

Leading into the Mountain West Championships on April 22, the team isn’t worried about the competition.

“I don’t think we’re nervous,” senior Sammie Watson said, I think we are ready to go out there and get what we deserve.”

The team is ready to be the most prepared team in the MW. They believe that they have trained hard and are equipped to do their finest work.

“Knowing we have all that hard work in our pockets, to have that pay off during conference with no regrets—we put the work in,” junior Bobbi Oshiro said.

With the team being a close knit family, Oshiro would like to send Watson and Kaitlyn Brown—the teams’ two seniors—out victorious.

Watson has put together an imprsseive season in her final year in the orange and blue.

She is 24-4 on the season and has only one loss in conference play.

The team is ready to go out with a bang and leave anything out there on court during conference.

They have been preparing for this moment since fall.

“We’re not done,” Roghaar said.

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For most Boise State students, waking up and thinking about running 26.2 miles sounds like a nightmare. For  junior communication major Kaylee Beasley, it was a day she had trained for.

Beasley had the goal of one day running a marathon.

Beasley’s roommate, Ashley Basura, was the first to take her on a run, and it did not start off well.

“We lived in Towers and ran down the Greenbelt toward the stadium,” Basura said. “When she got under the first bridge, she just laid down and threw a fit. I left her and knew if I kept running, she would eventually get up and catch up to me, and she did.”

Training with each other was never easy. Basura ran regularly, around six miles a day. Every time she asked Beasley to come, she would yell at her because she remembered how horrible their first run together was.

Beasley hit a wall. It became apparent that she had to decide whether it was time to give up and settle, or to push further and harder.

“As you can imagine, the training got overly difficult,” Beasley said. “I wondered whether this was worth it and if I truly wanted to do this.”

Planning out a goal of running a marathon was the easy part for her, but taking the necessary steps and actually getting into the gym on a daily basis was the hard part.

“I was not used to working out this much or this often, Beasley said. “It became strenuous on my body and made me regularly tired.”

Beasley lost 40 pounds in six months throughout her training and is in the best shape of her life. She has also noticed an improvement in her mood.

Beasley began training in July, 2013. By April, 2014 she was ready to run her first half marathon, the Lake Lowell Half Marathon in Nampa, Idaho. Beasley finished the race in 2:05:35.45.

“It was the hardest race of my life,” Beasley said. “At the end, I just collapsed.”

Basura was proud of how far her roommate had come since lying under the Broadway Bridge.

“I went to her first race and she cried the whole time,” Basura said. “It was hard and is something not most people could do but I was proud of her,”

Beasley was not going to stop with this one race, however. She knew, in order to record faster times, she would have to alter her training and try new things to become a better runner.

Last summer, she tried CrossFit, but the amount of muscle she put on made it harder to run, so she stuck with running primarily as a form of exercise.

Beasley runs around eight to ten miles a day, preferably outdoors. She loves to run on the trails near the military reserve with her boyfriend, John Ballantyne.

“We run and train together all the time,” Ballantyne said. “I think it helps as she is able to have someone go through the trouble and the struggle with her.”

Since her first race at Lake Lowell, Beasley has run five half marathons and is currently training for the hardest marathon in the North West, the Race to Robie Creek.

“It is the most difficult marathon in the North West as most of the race is an uphill climb,” Beasley said.

However, this is all in preparation for her biggest and most important race yet, The Rock n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, California on May 31.

“This race is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon,” Beasley said. “My boyfriend and I chose to run this race because it is 2,000 feet lower in elevation so we figured it would help our times as I have to shave 25 minutes off my time in order to qualify.”

Beasley is quite nervous for her first marathon, but no matter what happens, she is happy with what she has accomplished so far.

“Not many people can say they have run a half marathon, let alone a marathon so I think that is pretty cool,” Beasley said.

Since that first run on the Greenbelt two years ago, Basura has seen a change in Beasley.

“I think physically she is more confident, and she is more confident in herself,” Basura said. “She has always been a happy, outgoing person but now, it shines and she brightens up a room when she walks in.”

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

One of the most successful student-athletes to compete for Boise State, redshirt senior Emma Bates continues to dominate the track.

On April 17, Bates added to her career of success during the women’s 1,500-meter race at the world’s largest track and field competition, the Mt. SAC Relays. She ran for 4:16.37, not only securing a personal record, but the school record as well.

This beat her previous personal best by 4.89 seconds.

Overall, Bates placed 11 in the race, beating 93 other collegiate athletes from across the nation who competed in the California meet.

The 1,500-meter record is not Bates’ only school record. She also holds the records in the 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter for outdoor track and the 5,000m, 3,000m and the mile in indoor track.

Bates also earned MW Track and Field Athlete of the Week on April 7 after claiming the 5,000m school record and MW record.

The 15:32.16 time has ranked her first in the West and second nationally in the 5,000-meter. Her current 5,000-meter time would qualify her for the NCAA West Regionals on May 29-31.

While Bates and the rest of the track & field team will have the rest of April off, they will be preparing for the Border Clash on May 1-2 in Boise.

 

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Four-peat is not a phrase that is often spoken of in sports. This coming weekend, the Boise State men’s tennis team has that golden opportunity.

“Winning the Mountain West has been our goal since the beginning of the year,” senior Garrett Patton said. “We definitely want to complete that goal, as going to the NCAAs would also be great.”

While that goal is quite obtainable and something within the Broncos’ grasp, this year is going to be a lot more difficult than years past.

Boise State is 12-15 and 4-3 in conference season. It is the first losing season in head coach Greg Patton’s 20 years with the team.

However, the hardship has put them in a great position to obtain the Championship.

“What I did this year was schedule one of the toughest schedules in the country,” Greg said. “It’s been a rough road and it’s been bumpy. But I see an on-ramp that is really smooth.”

The conference championship is a tough task for any team, let alone for the three-time defending champions. For the Broncos, their outcome will be determined by the hardships they dealt with all year.

“We’ve been through a lot of adversity this year,” junior Toby Mitchell said. “We’ve been challenged, and I believe having a season as tough as we have had, we can go into conference winning three times in a row and use that experience against the other teams.”

This experience will be pivotal for the team. Not many teams have the experience of playing so far in the conference tournament nor winning it like the Broncos have.

The overwhelming key for the team is not their physical abilities but their mental mindset going in.

Greg believes the Broncos’ experience will help them play with no fear.

“Confidence in their game is key. We want them to play fearless. People who play with fear, they fail,” Greg said. “This will be a hard road to walk for us. I think we can do it. We just need everyone healthy and it’s been a challenge. But challenges are good and we are excited.”

The MW Championships run April 22-26 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Spring is officially here, and many avid fisherman  are chomping at the bit to head out to the lakes and reel some in.

It’s important to take a break from studying and grab a fishing pole, lures, pack a cooler and check out these local hot spots.

Lake Lowell

Lake Lowell, located just outside of Nampa, is only about 45 minutes away from campus and has a plethora of fish to catch.

Those who decide to fish at Lowell can look forward to fish like perch, bluegill, crappie and catfish. Its biggest attraction however, is largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Due to Lowell’s shallow waters students should easily walk out with a nice haul.

Lucky Peak

Reservoir

If students are looking for a challenge, Lucky Peak Reservoir, just a few miles east of Boise, is the answer. Due to its sparsity of fish, it can be difficult for students to come away with anything.

If fishermen are patient enough, they can still walk away with a winner. The reservoir offers Kokanee salmon, rainbow trout and even some trophy-size smallmouth bass.

Arrowrock Reservoir, located just upstream from the park, is another prime location.

C.J. Strike Reservoir

Only a few miles outside of Mountain Home, C.J. Strike Reservoir is definitely worth the trip.

C.J. Strike Reservoir offers the most diversity of any other place on this list. Those who head there can hook anything from bass, trout, perch, crappie, bluegill, catfish, sturgeon, carp and more.

The reservoir is one of the largest in southwest Idaho and provides sufficient space for everyone.

Bruneau Dunes

Bruneau Dunes is another location that is well worth the drive.

It is in fact just a few miles east of C.J. Strike Reservoir. So fishermen can hit both of them if they decide to head that way.

There won’t be a shortage of action at Bruneau Dunes. The fish are known to be active—it can be like fishing in a barrel.

The reservoir offers largemouth bass and bluegill. While fishermen can keep bluegill, there are catch-and-release rules for bass.

However one can still snap a new profile photo if they are able to land one of those notorious trophy-size bass.