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The Boise State Taekwondo team hosted its first tournament since 2009.

The Boise State Taekwondo club has been around since the late 80s, but it seemed to have been forgotten. It hadn’t hosted any tournaments since 2009. However, on Dec. 6 the Taekwondo club held a six- hour Taekwondo open tournament in the Student Union Building Simplot
Ballroom.

Overall, there were 95 competitors at the tournament. The teams from Idaho included the Taekwondo Training Center, Sun Valley Taekwondo, McCall Taekwondo, Jerome Taekwondo, Martial Way, Stanley Taekwondo, Dragon Fire Martial Arts of Tang Soo Do and, of course, Boise State Taekwondo club.

The tournament ran in a round-robin format, where everyone went up against each participant in their division.

“It provides more opportunity for learning and competition than single or double elimination tournament formats,” Boise State Taekwondo master and club advisor Jason Jeffries said.

Divisions are organized by age, height, weight and rank.

The tournament started at white belts then moved to yellow, green, blue, red, red/black and black. Competitors were judged on poomsae, which is a display of balance, rhythm and technique, and sparring. The practical combative application with one’s opponent.

Kyorugi consists of two individuals facing off, one blue and one red.

To score a point one needs to strike with a part of the foot below the ankle or the front of the fist that delivers a “trembling shock” or “abrupt displacement.”

Non-turning kicks to the body earn one point, turning kicks to the body earn two  points, non-turning kicks to the head earn three points and turning kicks to the head earn  four points.

Boise State had three of its club members place in
the event.

Junny Foo, a black belt,  and also the clubs treasurer,  hadn’t competed in any Taekwondo tournaments before. She came in second in poomsae and third in sparring.

Kody Bensinger, a Boise State  alumni and a green belt, received gold in sparring and silver in poomsae.

Luis Urias received gold in both sparring and poomsae.

Urias who also served as judge for the event was impressed with what he saw.

“I was very pleased with the turnout for my first time hosting a tournament,” Urias said. “As a judge, I’d say I saw pretty good competitors, especially with how young some of the kids were. I wasn’t as impressed with the older, more experienced competitors; they lacked flexibility and timing that they should have had with their experience level.”

According to Urias, the instructors, all of whom have gone through training through USA Taekwondo, seemed to have enjoyed  their experience and made the best out of it.

“Every instructor I spoke to was very pleased with the quality of the tournament,” Urias said.  “It was fast, fun and fair.”

After the success of this tournament the Taekwondo club doesn’t plan on going so long in between tournaments again.

“I think starting from now we will try to host this tournament annually and make it even better next year,”
Foo said.

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The Boise State Track and Field team opened up their season at the Jacksons Open.

The Boise State track and field team is off to a running start after hosting 11 teams at their first meet of the season at the Jacksons Open on Dec. 13.

Individuals had great success at the meet, with three Broncos finishing first in events.

Freshman Alexandru Terpezan debuted for the Broncos in the men’s 400-meter dash, finishing second in the race with a 49.46. Junior Chelsey Washington placed fourth in the women’s 400-meter dash with a 59.75.

Senior Kelly Megan scored her fourth career first-place finish at the meet, taking first in the women’s 500-meter dash with a time of 1:16.47.

The men’s team also had success in the 500-meter dash, with freshman Fernando Martinez debuting with a first-place finish at 1:06.14. Freshman Kyle Kelley finished close behind in second with 1:06.88. Senior Bret Scheve placed fourth at 1:07.20 and junior Rex Stanley at fifth with a time of 1:07.42.

The men’s 4×400-meter relay seized second place, with a combined time of 3:21.60. The women’s 4×400-meter relay team finished fifth at 4:30.10.

The field events also saw great triumphs for the Broncos.

Sophomore Jordan Ward cleared 1.72 meters on her third attempt in the high jump, earning first place. Sophomore Courtney Hutchison placed third in the shot put with 14.11 meters, while juniors Britlie Silvester and Lacie Rasley took fifth and sixth with 13.21 meters and 12.64 meters, respectively.

The weight throw was a successful event for the Broncos, with Silvester taking second (17.50 meters), Karyna Armstrong third (16.41 meters), Rasley in eighth (15.29 meters) and Hutchison tenth (14.39 meters).

Freshman Juston Lindsley debuted his Bronco career in the shot put and weight throw. Lindsley placed second in the men’s weight throw with 16.07 meters and took third in the shot put with a distance of 14.30
meters.

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Igor Hadziomerovic is the 6th man for the Boise State Broncos this season.

Boise State senior guard Igor Hadziomerovic isn’t a guy that is going to blow up the stats sheet night after night. But his play is crucial to the success of the Boise State men’s basketball team this season.

Hadziomerovic is what is referred to in basketball as the sixth man. He has become the go-to guy off the bench and has played a vital role in the Broncos’ last two home wins.

“He is a big spark off the bench,” senior guard Derrick Marks said.  “There is no better player to
bring in.”

Against Adams State, Hadziomerovic led the team in points for the first time  with 12 and against Northwest Nazarene University he had a team-high seven
assists.

“I just wanted to be the guy to go to on the defensive end and get stops on the best players,” Hadziomerovic said.

Defense has been Hadziomerovic’s game this
season.

“He understands his role and playing his role at the highest level,” head coach Leon Rice said.  “When you get guys like that buying in it bodes well for
your team.”

During his time at Boise State Hadziomerovic has always done what the team has asked him to do.

“Over the years his role has evolved,” Rice said. “He was asked to score less and he accepted that role because he wanted to be part of a championship team.”

While Hadziomerovic has been having a great season,  he knows he couldn’t have done it without his fellow teammates.

“These guys have helped me a lot in practice just pushing me in practice,” Hadziomerovic said. “I just want to thank them
for that.”

The Australian native is in his fourth year playing for Boise State and couldn’t be happier with his decision to become a Bronco.

“The coaches have been great and they have always given me an opportunity to play,” Hadziomerovic said. “I just have always tried to capitalize on it.”

Hadziomerovic credits the coaching staff for always motivating him to do better and for helping him turn him into the player he is today.

“The coaches are always harping to give 100 percent effort, especially on me so I can always make an impact,” Hadziomerovic said.

Hadziomerovic is expecting a great season for the Broncos and would like nothing more than for him and his fellow seniors to go out with a bang.

“We all want to win a Mountain West Championship,” Hadziomerovic said. “I have been here for four years working hard and wanting to get that achieved so we can make an NCAA run.”

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Boise State wrestler Geordan Martinez was the only Broncos to claim victory against Oregon State.

In war there are always casualties. Unfortunately for the Boise State wrestling team they suffered high casualties  to Oregon State in what is known as the Border War.

The Broncos got run out of their own gym on Saturday, losing 31-3 to the 20th ranked Beavers.

“We’re right there with Oregon State, but they had the mental edge tonight,” head coach Greg Randall said. “The score looks like we got dominated, but until we learn to win the close ones, these guys are going to be so-so wrestlers. They need to figure out, `this is how I win,’ not `this is how I lose.’”

With the loss the Broncos failed to take back possession of the Border Axe which goes to the winner of this conference match-up.

Boise State was taken out of the match in the early goings. They fell down 16-0 to the Beavers and could never recover.

“The season is pretty young and we have plenty of time to figure it out,” freshman Geordan
Martinez said.

It didn’t help the Broncos that two of their best wrestlers, redshirt junior Chris Castillo and freshman Michael Cook, were out for the night’s contest.

The lone bright spot on the team was Martinez who picked up a 4-2 minor decision at 141 for the Broncos.

“It came down to who wanted it more,” Martinez said. “I was going to go down without a fight and I ended up coming out
on top.”

Following a fifth place at the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, Martinez moved up the rankings and is now 17th in the country.

“I had no idea of what to expect,” Martinez said. “I just take it one week at a time and always work hard for the team.”

It has been a little rough in the early goings for
Boise State.

The Broncos don’t have a lot of experience with many new faces in the lineup and are without a returning NCAA Nationals wrestler for the first in several years.

“It’s just one of those things where you just have to learn,” redshirt senior Cody Dixon said.

Boise State will be looking to back on track when they head to the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec 21.  They return home for the annual Beauty and the Beast competition against Arizona State on Jan 23.

“We just have to believe in ourselves,” Dixon said. “It’s not just one thing we have to get better at but everything.”

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With finals looming right around the corner and the final crunch of studying before break, the Campus Recreation finals hot spring trip is the perfect way to relax and de-stress after finals.

“This is a great option for de-stressing because you really get to get away from technology, from the rush of the city,” trip manager Preston Hu said. “You get to get out into the mountains and the woods and just breathe the fresh air and go places where not as many people get to travel.”

The potential locations for this trip are the Kirkham Hot Springs, Hot Springs Campground and Skinny Dipper Hot Springs.

Campus Recreation will decide which one based on the water levels of the hot springs at the time of the trip.

The hot springs are located in some of Idaho’s most pristine wilderness in the local area outside of the city.

The registration deadline is Dec. 15 and will cost $30. The trip will be on Dec. 20.

Transportation will be provided by the Recreation Center.

This trip will also give students a chance to go explore the outdoors.

“We are looking at doing a little bit of hiking and depending on the amount of snow, it might just be hiking, or it might be snowshoeing,” Hu said. “If it’s at a campground, we can do a campfire. We can hang around have lunch and talk. Just getting to know each other also to warm up and end the trip in the hot springs.”

The trip requies a pre-trip meeting to determine the exact logisitics of the trip.

Those interested in the trip should make sure that they bring the following basics for the trip: warm shoes , whether it’s tennis shoes or a pair of hiking boots, a good pair of socks wool socks, a good base layer, a thin long underwear and a outer layer that can block the wind and insulate as well as a bathing suit for the hot spring and a towel.

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For students that are fried from the stress of finals, going to a game and letting loose can be one of the best things to get one’s mind off finals.

With all of the home games that are coming this next weekend, Boise State athletics has students covered.

Women’s Basketball

The women’s basketball team has had a fair season so far with a 5-3 start.

The Broncos will face rival University of Idaho on Dec. 10, followed by a game against Eastern Washington on Dec. 14, both at Taco
Bell Arena.

So far this season the team has beaten Idaho State University, Carroll College, Yale, New Mexico State, and Montana State.

Wrestling

Boise State returns to the mat to face rival Oregon State this upcoming weekend.

After finishing the Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational in Las Vegas, with the likes  of freshman Geordan Martinez, who took fifth place in the 141-pound weight bracket, the Broncos will hope to get revenge on the Beavers.

Oregon State has won four of the last five meetings of the rivalry.

The rivalry is dubbed “Border War” due to the two schools’ proximity, geographically and competitively.

Matches start 7 p.m. Saturday Dec. 13 in the
Bronco Gym.

Track and Field

The Boise State track and field team will be opening up their indoor season Saturday Dec. 13 at Jackson’s Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

This will be the start to head coach Corey Ihmels’ second season at Boise State.

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Black Bean Chili:

Ingredients:

  • 2 onions chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet paprika
  • 1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 oz.  tomato sauce
  • 15 oz. undrained black beans
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Directions:

Heat the oil, garlic and onions in a heavy pot. Add paprika, chili powder and cinnamon. Add ground beef and black beans and cook until meat is done. Add tomato sauce and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Simmer 20 minutes for flavors to blend.

Snickerdoodles

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar

Directions:

Mix 1 1/2 cup sugar, egg, flour and shortening into a bowl. Shape dough into 1/4 inch balls. Mix 1/4 cup sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon. Roll balls in cinnamon sugar mix.

Bake at 400 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes.

Truly Lovely Homemade Hot Coco

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder
  • 10 cups instant dry non-fat milk powder
  • 2 cups instant non-dairy creamer powder
  • 4 3/4 cups powdered sugar

Directions:

Whisk all the ingredients together in large container. Store in an air-tight jar.

Add 3 Tbsp. of mix to eight oz. of hot water, stir and enjoy.

Grilled Fluffer-Nutter Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices white bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallow fluff (or 12 mini marshmallows)
  • Chocolate chips

Directions:

Apply peanut butter to one slice of white bread and marshmallow fluff to the other. Add chocolate chips and slap slices together. In a medium skillet over medium heat, butter pan and place sandwich. Cook each side until chocolate becomes runny. Enjoy!

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Whether rain or snow, some students are determined to wear whatever they choose this winter. Warm buildings and short walks around campus provide weather-resistant opportunities for students absorbed in winter denial to wear shorts, skirts, T-shirts and other non-winter gear. Other students adapt to Idaho’s chilling season changes when undone laundry gets the best of their wardrobe.

Here’s what some students had to say about cool clothes in cold weather:

“It actually felt like pretty nice weather to me. I’ve lived in Idaho pretty much all my life and I was planning on going out and doing a couple things that were a little bit nicer than wearing jeans. I was going to head to the gym later too. (If it snowed) I might have worn a Northface jacket. The other day I just wore flannel when it was raining.”

- Mackenzie Erhart, freshman health science major

“It was a little colder than I thought it was going to be but I only have a few classes, so it’s worth the walk to be out and I’ve lived here all my life. Once winter comes around it’s like 45 degrees is like no sweater shirt weather, but like 43 is way too cold. (If it snowed) I would make sure to spend all my time in the library or in classes and then (go) straight to my truck.”

Nick Zylka, junior geoscience major

“Today I was just looking for something different since my long sleeve shirts are dirty because I don’t do laundry that often but I’m super stoked that I wore it (my tank top) because the sun was out most of the day and then this fleece is super hot. I’m sweating by the time I get to my building and then when I get in I can cool off quickly even though the buildings are hot. I usually take an umbrella with me if I’m expecting weather and my car’s never too far way and I have winter gear stashed in my car if things get bad.”

Lou Lou Stevens, senior philosophy major

 

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The Sleigh Bell Shooter

This zippy shot was crafted for the diehard merry-makers amongst us. The key to layered shots is a steady hand — so mix this drink first, for God’s sake!

Pour ½ oz. sour apple schnapps into a shot glass. Slowly, pour in 1 tsp. grenadine — it will sink to the bottom. (Physics students, rejoice!) Here comes the tricky part: Measure out ¾ oz. cinnamon schnapps. Holding a spoon upside down over the glass, pour the schnapps over the back of the spoon to form the top layer.

Sip or shoot it, but make sure to preserve the memory on Instagram first in case it slips away from you later. Recipe adapted from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/

The Grinch

“You’re a rotter, Mr. Grinch,

You’re the king of sinful sots,

Your heart’s a dead tomato splotched with moldy purple spots…” – Dr. Seuss

Fortunately, there is nothing rotten or moldy about this cocktail, though it is sinfully delicious. In the viridian spirit of the Grinch himself, combine 2 oz. melon liqueur (such as Midori), 1 oz. lemon juice and 1 tsp. simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. You know the drill: shake and pour. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

(Get it? It’s his heart, “two sizes too small…”) Recipe adapted from: http://cocktails.about.com/

French Kiss

Present this cocktail suggestively to someone special as a subtle New Year’s Eve hint. If things go awry, you can always make out with your drink instead. The ingredient list is a little lengthy, but it is worth the trouble:

Combine ½ oz. Chambord, ½ oz. vodka, ½ oz. white crème de cacao, a splash of Cointreau and 1 oz. half-and-half in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour into a martini glass and garnish with a chocolate-covered strawberry for a decadent finish to this licentious libation.

Recipe adapted from: http://www.popsugar.com/

The Blue Christmas

Let’s face it: the holidays are not all fun and reindeer games and can occasionally be a time of loneliness. Cheer up with this concoction:

Dissolve 3 oz. blueberry jello in 1 c. boiling water. Let it cool slightly to preserve the booziness before adding ½ c. champagne and ½ c. Blue Curacao liqueur. Pour into shot glasses and garnish with mini marshmallows or whipped cream.

Yes, this makes a lot of shots, but only enough to survive the holidays. Refrigerate jello until set and listen to some Elvis blues in the meantime. Recipe adapted from: http://drink.betterrecipes.com/

Glögg

No punny names are required for this drink to pack a punch. If you have not yet spent a winter’s eve nursing a pint of glögg, you aren’t doing the holidays right, let alone life. Don’t worry, it’s not too late to mend your ways. But hurry:

Pour a bottle of cheap red wine (think bottom-shelf Pinot Noir), 1 c. brandy (can substitute with vodka), 1 c. whiskey (can still substitute with vodka), the sliced peel of 1 orange, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 Tbsp. whole cloves, ¼ c. sugar and a dash of other spices you may find in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and stir occasionally for 15 minutes. Remove your brew from the heat and store in the refrigerator for 6-12 hours. This will let all the flavors combine in a holy union of deliciousness. Then, stir in 1 c. raisins and reheat until it is soothingly warm. Serve in large, medieval style goblets. A toast to your health!

Recipe heavily adapted from: http://goscandinavia.about.com/

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The Boise State women’s volleyball team surprised many by ending the season 18-12, one of its most successful seasons in years.

The Broncos’ triumph this season was recognized with five post-season MW honors, the most received by a Boise State volleyball team since 1981.

True freshman Sierra Nobley ended her first season by setting a new record for kills by a freshman, totaling 432. She ranked 48th nationally and earned two honors: freshman of the year and a spot on the All-MW team.

Junior Sarah Baugh added her first honor to her volleyball resume by making the All-Mountain West team.

“I remember picking up the phone and calling my grandpa and telling him. I got all choked up,” Baugh said. “I couldn’t have done it without my team.”

Other MW honors included Newcomer of the Year for redshirt freshman Kaitlyn Oliver and sophomore Maddy O’Donnell’s spot on the All-MW team.

“I think it shows that we’ve got a lot of good, young talent and we’ve been able to develop that talent in the program. The future is really bright,” said head coach Shawn Garus.

With the successful season at an end, the team is already preparing for the off-season.

“It’s going to be overall defensive focus this spring,” Garus said. “Defense starts with serving tough, and then it’s our presence of the net blocking and our back real floor defense.”

While the Broncos were ranked second in the conference for offense, the team ranked sixth for blocks and eighth for digs.

Baugh and Nobley have set personal goals to work on their defense to become well-rounded players on
the court.

“As an individual, I want to get better at things that I’m not so strong at, like blocking digging, and defense,” Nobley said. “We had really successful offense weapons this year and I think having a strong defense and getting more balls up and blocking more balls will make us that much better.”

With almost all of the team returning, Garus anticipates a successful season next year.

“I think our players got a taste of success this year. I know they’re hungry for more,” Garus said. “We’ll try to hold everybody to a high standard and set high expectations. I think we’ll be trying to compete for a Mountain West Championship next year.”

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By Patty Bowen, Justin Kirkham, and Emily Pehrson

3 Netflix picks you don’t want to miss 

Doctor Who – “A Christmas Carol” : Tinkering with the Christmas favorite “A Christmas Carol,” the Doctor meets Charles Dickens and has to save him from grave danger, teaching him the meaning of Christmas.

Glee “A Very Glee Christmas” and “Extraordinary Merry Christmas”:  Catch up on all of the latest and greatest Christmas and holiday tunes with these Glee winter specials.  Sing along as Rachel Berry and her friends explore the themes and tropes of the holidays.

“Christmas with the Kranks”: When Luther and Nora decide to skip Christmas while their daughter is away in the Peace Corps, they face more problems with their fiendish neighbors than they foresaw.  This film takes a new look at the holiday season.

3 bands for the long road home

Odesza, “In Return” – electronic chillwave: This recent release by ambient internet sensation Odesza creates a medley that breaks the mold of the electronic genre and writes songs any music lover could get into. Each song is upbeat, and easy to get into making it a great choice for passing the hours while driving home.

Tycho,  “Dive” – ambient chillwave: Soft, and steady, Dive creates a mood similar to fog, and soft falling snow, making it perfect for a winter day at home.

SunTurns, “Christmas” – Indie Pop: This Christmas
album adds a refreshing feel to the often overdone traditional Christmas songs. This seasonal joy mixes traditional folk music with the indie pop to create a lovely medley that is easy to bond with.

 3 reads to match the winter mood 

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte: For those readers looking to catch up on their classics “Jane Eyre” is definitely a good place to start. Largely considered a revolutionary work of fiction for its use of a female heroine who shares her intense emotions and does not apologize for her sexuality, no one’s literary repertoire is complete without a reading of “Jane Eyre.”

Inferno, Dan Brown: As “Inferno” will be released on the big screen in December 2015, now is the perfect time to read the story. The fourth book in Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon series, the book is hardly a literary masterpiece but it is a crowd favorite and topped the New York Times bestseller list upon
its release.

Redeployment, Phil Klay: Recent winner of the National Book award, this collection of short stories follows soldiers in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Winter Break is the ideal time to read this book as you will have time to recover­—the emtional stories will leave you  as a quivering mass of humanity. Timely and powerful, “Redeployment” is one of those books you’ll carry with you for a long time.

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Ski or snowboard

Even though it is the most obvious and common activity to do once the winter hits, that doesn’t make it any less fun. These two popular recreational sports are fun to do no matter  who you are. Bogus Basin is just an hour outside of Boise and is the perfect place for these activities.

Play in the snow

The first snow in Idaho brings several opportunities to have some real fun. Let’s face it, when you were a kid who didn’t love playing in the snow? The main things you should try are building a snowman and having a massive snowball fight.

Ice skate

If you are looking to get out of the cold weather but still engage in a fun winter activity, then ice skating is your thing. While it does take some getting used to, it is a whole lot of fun. Idaho Ice World in Boise is a great place to try your hands at it.

Go sledding

No activity quite says winter like sledding. Most of us at some point or another can remember going down the biggest hill in town on our sleds. It is the easiest and most accessible winter recreational activity to do as all you need is a sled and a hill, which are in abundance around here.

Snowmobile

For you motor enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies out there, this one is for you.  With speeds that can go over 100 mph, this isn’t for the feint of heart. With several wilderness areas across the state, there are many great places to choose from.

 

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Flush ice down the toilet

Give the ground a push in the right direction by disposing of ice down the pipes. 

Anything that could possibly make the ground a little colder could help snow stick and stay on sidewalks and roadways.

Sleep with a spoon under your pillow

There is no direct correlation between snow and spoons, but it would be highly beneficial to wake up to a snow storm and have a tool for digging.  Being prepared is the first step toward allowing something to happen.

Perform a snow dance in inside-out pajamas

Inside-out pajamas are a metaphor for the clouds turning inside out and releasing their frozen contents.  Mix this with a few spastic hand gestures imitating precipitation and a loud weather chant, and snow is sure to arrive.

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The Boise State Broncos are heading back to the Fiesta Bowl for the third time in nine years—but their road getting back there was not an easy one.

Boise State will have its hands full as they match up against the number No. 10 team in the land, the Arizona Wildcats

“Arizona is a tremendous and very well coached,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “They have played some very good competition the entire season and. we are going need to be on point when we go play.”

Last season when Boise State had their worst season in 15 years people began to worry. When then head coach Chris Peterson left for the head coaching job at Washington people began to panic.

The mid-major powerhouse and college football’s darling suddenly found themselves at a crossroads. Was it all really over for one of college football’s winningest programs since 2000?

“Everyone in the country was going to pay attention to how we responded,” Boise State athletic director Mark Coyle said.

After a national search, Boise State decided to bring back former assistant coach Bryan Harsin who had left the program a few years earlier in pursuit of becoming a better coach.

Even with Harsin at the helm  and an impressive coaching staff around him, fans were not sure if he would bring the Broncos back into the national spotlight—especially after a lackluster 3-2 start.

“I think its fair to say that most Bronco fans out there didn’t think there was a chance it could be done the first year,” Boise State president Bob Kustra said.

But after rattling off eight straight wins and a MW Championship to end the season, Coach Harsin has the Boise State Broncos back in the national spotlight.

Harsin and company were able to provide a spark in the players and got them to believe in his mission of returning the Broncos to their glory days.

“We just started getting hot,” running back Jay Ajayi said. “Our offense really starting rolling and Grant always kept us level-headed and composed. “To see his play elevate after that Air Force game was just awesome for me.”

The defense is performing well also, as the Broncos bode the 39th best total defense in the nation.  Redshirt junior safety Darian Thompson leads the charge with a team high seven interceptions this season.

“We were just playing our hearts out,” junior cornerback Donte Deayon said. “We left it all on the field and we were not going to hold anything back.”

Boise State will have three weeks to prepare for the Fiesta Bowl. For offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, there is no better time than bowl season.

“I love bowl prep,” Sanford said. “Bowl prep is when things get weird. You get a chance to go back and see what you did and see other trends in college football.”

The Broncos will be looking to make it three for three in Fiesta Bowl wins. This team however, hopes to write their own legacy.

“For this 2014 Boise State team we really have the chance to leave our legacy at Boise State,” Ajayi said.

 

 

 

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Bogus Basin

Bogus Basin offers the most affordable and closest skiing and snowboarding opportunities for Boise State students.

Located just 44 minutes up the mountain, Bogus Basin is a student’s ultimate escape from the inversion layer or that upcoming test.

Students can rent equipment from both Bogus Basin’s equipment rental shop as well as the Student Recreation Center on campus.

If trembling on skis like Bambi, trying to walk and spending a day falling over isn’t your cup of tea, you could also spend the day tubing or snowshoeing along Bogus Basin’s trail system.

Kirkham Hot Springs

These secluded and beautiful hot springs are well worth the gas money.

Just two hours outside of Boise, the Kirkham Hot Springs provide a year-round experience which is both enjoyable aesthetically and
physically.

The hot spring’s unique location matches up hot pools with the cold river a foot away so participants can warm up or cool down depending on their preference.

Students who want a challenge before they relax can hike up the nearby mountain and end up above the clouds and a beautiful view of the valley below.

Winter Gardens aGlow

Winter Gardens aGlow offers students still craving Christmas lights the ability to fulfill their
addiction.

Located at the Idaho Botanical Gardens next to the Old State Penitentiary, Winter Gardens aGlow runs from Thanksgiving to Jan. 4, 2015.

300,000 lights illuminate the Botanical Gardens for the 18th consecutive year this season.

Winter refreshments such as hot chocolate, donuts and kettle corn will be available.

Local choirs will be performing in the Garden on selected nights as well.

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $4 for youth (ages 5-12). Winter Gardens aGlow runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night. The Garden will also be open every holiday, regardless of the weather conditions.

McCall, Idaho

This week-long carnival truly does create a winter wonderland for its visitors.

McCall will be decorated with large snow sculptures of differing sizes and shapes, and will greet attendees with live music, a beer garden and fireworks.

Later in the week, several events including a snow bike race and Mardi Gras parade will pair well with the plethora of good food and wine that will be rewarded to guests.

The McCall Winter Carnival goes from Jan. 30 to Feb. 8 and is free for attendees. This year the carnival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Boise State junior swimmer Sam Wicks has the No. 15 Boise State swimming team off to their best start and highest ranking in school history.

Wicks, who was one of six swimmers to go to the NCAA Nationals last season, is on pace to have her best season yet.

She already has won 13 events in head to head competitions  this season and has set two school records in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke.

She was named the MW swimmer of the week earlier in the season and most recently scored in nine events at the Art Adamson Invitational.

“I have exceeded any expectation that I have ever had of myself,” Wicks said.

Wicks swims an astonishing  nine events for the Broncos, with her best stroke being the backstroke.

“I used to be the worst at backstroke,” Wicks said.  “Which is weird to say because that’s why I got recruited down here to swim.”

Wicks came to Boise State by way of Anchorage, Alaska where she started swimming competitively at the age of 8.

“My mom put me into swim lessons when I was younger,” Wicks said.  “She saw the love I had for the water.”

A chance encounter with Boise State head coach Kristin Hill at a club swim meet led to her swimming for the blue and orange.

“I had the opportunity to see her compete before we started recruiting her,” Hill said. “You could tell she was competing at a high level and had a lot of potential.”

The move to Boise was understandably difficult as Wicks was now thousands of miles away from home.

“That was really hard for me because I still wish I could see my parents and my dog more,” Wicks said. “I made a family of my own here, though.”

One of those teammates became her best friend, Boise State’s other swimming star, sophomore Brittany Aoyama.

“Sam and I became great friends last year,” Aoyama said. “It is great having someone like her to swim with because she is always pushing me to be better.”

Wicks is known as a great team leader and is always helping her fellow teammates in any way she can.

“She is encouraging others to join her at nationals this season,” Hill said. “I appreciate her drive to help bring her teammates to a higher level.”

While Wicks is off to a fantastic start to the season, in her mind, she can be better.

“When I accomplish something, I always want to know what I can do better so I can take that next step,” Wicks said.

With over three months left in the season, this could indeed be a record setting year for the dynamic yet humble star.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence why she is one of our best,” Hill said. “She does everything it takes to get better and that has really paid off.”

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Quidditch is no longer a fantasy game as it has become a competitive sport across many college campuses.

Every Harry Potter fan  is familiar with the competitive game of Quidditch involving broomsticks, quaffles and the notorious golden snitch. The game’s concept, however, is no longer fiction.

Over 150 official collegiate teams have sprung into flight across America with an official association, tournaments against fellow universities and the World Cup, the college national championship.

While some may view the game as a Muggle’s fantasy fulfillment, Boise State head coach Kym Couch sees it as a fierce sport.

“We had a radio interview, and they asked us, ‘Do you guys dress up (in costumes) on the field?’” Couch said. “We’re not a LARPing group, we’re a sports team.”

U.S. Quidditch was founded in 2010 after Middlebury College in Vermont adapted the game in 2005.

As the hype grew, Couch and team founder Stew Driflot discussed the idea of a Boise State team
in 2012.

“We were talking after class and I asked him if there was a Quidditch team at Boise State,” Couch said. “He had no idea what I was talking about. He watched a bunch of Quidditch on YouTube and decided he would try to make a team.”

Boise State now has three teams — the varsity team called the Abraxans, a junior Varsity team named the Thestrals and a recreational team.

Currently, the Abraxans are ranked third in the Northwest Region, behind University of British Columbia and Western Washington.

Chaser Savannah Capolungo, who plays for the junior varsity will join the varsity in Spring 2015, enjoys the camaraderie of
the team.

“It’s really the people that are really awesome, especially some of the new people this year,” Capolungo said.

While the sport is exciting for players, it can be dangerous since there is no protective gear.

“There is no padding, no shoulder pads like in football,” Capolungo said. “It’s so intensely physical that it’s comparable to rugby.”

With the lack of padding, there is concern for concussions in the full-contact sport. Every tournament is required to have an EMT or athletic trainer present to ensure athletes are safe.

Despite the risk, Couch does not necessarily believe helmets would improve player safety.

“Helmets would make it more dangerous,” Couch said. “As soon as you put a helmet on a person, they consider themselves to be more indestructible and they’ll just be more dangerous.”

Next semester, Boise State will focus on success at regionals. The top three teams from each of the seven regions will qualify for the  World Cup, to be held in Rock Hill, South Carolina in April 2015.

The ultimate goal for the Abraxans is to compete in the World Cup.

“It’s very possible. We have a lot of room for improvement. As time goes on and we notice how well other teams play, we can possibly work out very good strategies in order
to get past them,” Capolungo said.

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Redshirt senior Kinzi Poteet missed two years of action because of 3 ACL surgeries.

Boise State’s women’s basketball player Kinzi Poteet has arguably been through more heartache and adversity over the last two years then any other student athlete on campus.

The redshirt senior forward missed two years of play because of a string of ill-fated  injuries.

“I can’t even tell you how I was feeling,” Poteet said. “It was just astonishing in a horrific way and everyone including myself was just shocked that it happened. I sat there in tears basically after it happened.”

Poteet had been playing for three years and was just starting to emerge for the Broncos when it happened.

She tore her ACL in her right knee the summer of her senior year.

“I thought I had strained my knee,” Poteet said.  “When they told me I tore my ACL I didn’t know that it was almost a full year recovery.”

Despite the injury Poteet remained optimistic.

“I thought it was okay though because injuries happen and it was only one year and I could redshirt,”
Poteet said.

Poteet spent the next several months recovering from surgery and rehabbing when she got more bad news.

The surgery didn’t take and Poteet would have to get a second surgery.

After getting the second surgery, Poteet spent the rest of the regular season and all of the off-season working to get back to the game she loved.

She had made a full recovery and was back practicing with the team when the unimaginable happened.

Poteet tore her ACL again on the same right knee costing her another full season.

“After a year of working and after two surgeries for it to happen again made me so devastated,” Poteet said.

Despite all the heartbreak  she had suffered she didn’t let it break her will. She petitioned the NCAA and got a sixth year of eligibility.

She is now officially back for the Broncos and is feeling better than ever.

“She has overcome a lot of adversity,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “Coming back from three ACL injuries — I don’t think too many people have done that.”

During her time away from the game, Poteet not only continued to help the team in any way she could but decided to expand her education and enroll in grad school at
Boise State.

“Who she is means a lot to our program,” Presnell said.  “Anytime you can have someone like her as a part of your program you are better for it.”

While the last two years were some of the toughest she has been through, Poteet feels that experience made her a better person.

“I think that because of all the injuries I have learned to really appreciate what I have been given,” Poteet said.

Poteet hopes all those injuries are behind her and is just focusing on enjoying her final ride as a senior.

“I have worked so hard to get back to this point and I am just going to go all out,” Poteet said. “That’s really all I can do.”

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Despite the rough start and the doubters Hedrick overcame all of that to his team to a MW Championship.

Grant Hedrick achieved the ultimate catharsis after a season which saw his starting position come under fire.

Two losses earlier in the season — both with four interceptions — put Hedrick and the Boise State football team down on their knees. Any chances of a MW Championship and a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game appeared to be out of the question. In the eyes of fans, it was a repeat of the 8-5 2013 season.

Then, Hedrick and the Broncos rattled off eight wins in a row to get on track to the MWC Championship.

“It was down after that loss but we were able to bounce back and keep our eyes set on the prize,” redshirt junior safety Darian Thompson told the media on Friday. “We came together as a team and now we have a chance
to do it.”

With redshirt junior running back Jay Ajayi, the focal point of the Boise State offense, struggling as he did against Air Force, the responsibility fell to Hedrick to generate offense for the Broncos.

It was not destined to be a repeat  of the loss in Colorado Springs as Hedrick threw  for 155 yards and ran for two  scores on route to Offensive Player of the Game honors against Fresno State.

“We didn’t do a lot of great things on offense, but we did enough,” Hedrick said. “I know I have a lot of great players around me. They make me look great.”

Following his performance against Air Force, Hedrick had a “stern heart -to-heart” with head coach Bryan Harsin and offensive coordinator Mike Sanford. Whatever was said to Hedrick during that meeting seems to have had a powerful effect on the Broncos’ season.

Since that game, Hedrick has totaled 25 touchdowns to only four interceptions.

“This season has been a up and down, and then a really big up,” Harsin said.

Harsin was the coach who originally recruited Hedrick to Boise State in 2010.

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Derrick Marks led the Broncos with 22 points in the victory over the Gaels.

The Boise State men’s basketball team got their biggest win of the season as they defeated the Saint Mary’s Gaels 82-71 on Saturday night to move to 5-2 on the year.

The win gave the Broncos their first win on the road in nearly month. With the victory they snapped the Gaels’ 33 non-conference home winning streak, which was the fifth longest in the nation. It was also Saint Mary’s first loss of the season.

It was scoring by committee, as the Broncos had four players break into the double digit marks. Speaking of marks, senior guard Derrick Marks was the leading scorer for Boise State with 22 points to go along with seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.

The 22 points moved Marks up the all-time Bronco scoring list to eighth place. He also moved into eighth place in steals.

Fellow senior Anthony Drmic had 12 points and moved into 13th place on the MW all-time scoring list.

Boise State also had solid performances by redshirt  junior guard Mikey Thompson who had 14 points and redshirt sophomore James Webb III, who added 10 points off the bench.

The Broncos had their best game shooting-wise of the season. The team shot an impressive 58.8 percent from the field.

Boise State held the Gaels to a season worst 39.7 percent from the field.

This ended a tough road stretch for the Broncos. They had six of their last seven games on the road, including two tough losses against North Carolina State and Wisconsin.

Boise State will now have their next four games at home starting this Thursday, Dec. 11 when the Broncos host Adams State at 7 p.m. at Taco Bell Arena.

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Tanner Vallejo anchored the defense in Boise State's 28-14 win over Fresno State in the MW Championship game.

Boise State sophomore linebacker Tanner Vallejo topped his sensational season with a career  game and proved to everyone Saturday night that he is Boise State’s next great star.

Vallejo had a career high 13 tackles in the Broncos’ 28-14 win over Fresno State. The victory gave the Broncos their first ever outright MW Championship.

The win not only earned Boise State its first ever MW Championship, but also a trip back to the Fiesta Bowl for the third time in school history.

“I just go out there every day and try and give it my all,” Vallejo said. “I just wanted to help get this team a win and reach our team goal.”

Vallejo arguably had the play of game with a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown that put Boise State up 14-0 late in the first quarter.

“I was dropping back and someone pressured the quarterback and made him throw it,” Vallejo said. “I was in the right spot at the right time and was going to do anything to get into the end zone.”

This was his second score of the season, allowing him to become the first Bronco defensive player to score twice in one season in four years.

“I am not surprised at all, we see it every day,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “He studies, knows and has a feel for the game, which is hard to coach.”

Vallejo’s play earned him the defensive player of the game honors.

“Tonight exemplified that and why he’s the most valuable player of the game—  “what he’s done for this team throughout the year and preparing himself for that type of performance,” Harsin said.

The defensive MVP award was fitting as Vallejo has been having a showstopper season all year.  He currently leads the team in tackles with 86 and the next closest player is a staggering 25 tackles behind.

“When I think about being a good football player, I’ve always thought about consistency and that’s what pops into my head when I think of Vallejo,” redshirt senior defensive end Beau Martin said. “It’s great having a teammate like that.”

Despite his great play, Vallejo gives all the props to his fellow teammates.

“A lot of my play should be credited to Beau,” Vallejo said.  “I’m just one-on-one with the back so he makes my life a lot easier.”

The Broncos will be looking to go three for three in Fiesta Bowls; they know in order to do it, they have to play as a close unit like they have all season long.

“We’re a team that breaks it down on family a lot in the huddle,” Vallejo said. “A lot of teams do that but they don’t mean it like we do.”

Boise State students Ty Hawkins and Brandon Walton recap the Mountain West Championship game.

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