Review Category : Sports

Coaching transitions can offer a mixed bag for both the athletes and the coaching staff. On the one hand, a new perspective is brought to a program. The new coach can provide a team with a burst of energy to break up the normal routine. On the other hand, that normal routine is a system the athletes have become accustomed to— they’re comfortable with what they have been doing and can be resistant to change. Dan Potter, a north Idaho native and former Washington assistant, is making the returning members from last year’s golf team his top priority so as ...

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There is really no place like home; just ask LeBron James. That was the feeling Sunny Smallwood had when she joined the Boise State Broncos’ women’s basketball program as its newest associate head coach. “Boise is just a great city and I loved going to school here,” Smallwood said. “I’m excited to work with this great group of people that I have had the chance to meet and believe so much in.” Smallwood grew up in Boise, playing basketball at Boise High School and then later for Boise State. “There are a lot of alums out there that would dream ...

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While her teammates were running the streets and trails of Boise, redshirt junior Marisa Howard spent her winter in the last place she wanted: the pool.  Following a successful 2013 cross country season, Howard entered her winter post-season break excited about the possibilities of the upcoming track season.  While visiting her parents in mid-January earlier this year, Howard began to notice pain in her knee while running. After consulting with the team trainer, Howard took several days off to avoid further injury. After returning to Boise, several days turned to 10 days, and 10 days turned to six weeks.  Over ...

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Mat Boesen, a red-shirt linebacker for Boise State’s football team, was arrested Thursday evening. Boesen, 19, was charged with misdemeanor inattentive or careless driving and misdemeanor resisting or obstructing officers. He was booked in the jail at 7:41 p.m. but released later that same night. The athletics department released a short statement saying they are aware of the situation and intend to follow the procedures outlined in the student conduct policy. According to an article published by the Idaho Press Tribune Boesen is due in court on July 31. Boesen, who red-shirted as a true freshman last year, was not expected ...

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Redshirt junior Emma Bates can now add a national championship to her extensive running resume. Bates edged out Alabama-Birmingham’s Elinor Kirk by five meters to win the NCAA 10,000m race 32:32.35 to Kirk’s 32:32.39 at Oregon’s legendary Hayward Field. Bates’ time is the second fastest 10,000m recorded at an NCAA Championship meet. Her title is the first outdoor national title won by a Broncos woman, and the first outdoor title since Kurt Felix won the decathlon in 2012. The Elk River, Minn. native was in the lead pack for the entire race, putting her in good contention to break away ...

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Senior Boise State tennis player Andy Bettles tremendous career came to end yesterday as he fell in the first round of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships in Athen, Georgia. Bettles who came into the matchup ranked 87th in the nation lost to 46th ranked Ryan Shane from Virginia 6-3, 6-3. “I felt that Andy played a good match and that it was closer than the score would indicate,” head coach Greg Patton told Broncosports. “Andy left it all out there on the court and has nothing to be ashamed of, it just wasn’t his day. His opponent hit ...

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Boise State will be forced to begin a national search to replace men’s head golf coach Kevin Burton after Burton made the decision to step down, effective June 21. Burton, a 1986 graduate of Idaho, began his first of nine seasons with the Broncos in 2005, and has brought dramatic changes to the program during his tenure. The Broncos finished as high as second in the WAC (2008) under Burton, and also captured three tournament wins as a team. Under Burton, the Broncos also saw three golfers join the PGA Tour in various forms. Graham DeLaet and Troy Merritt both ...

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Bronco Stadium becomes Albertsons Stadium

Bronco Stadium has a new name. It will now be called Albertsons Stadium as both Boise State officials and Albertsons officials came to a long term agreement that sees Albertsons taking over the naming rights to the stadium. Albertsons and Boise State’s deal is for 15 years and worth 12.5 million dollars. This deal has been 17 years in the making as Boise State has been trying to sell off the naming rights to the stadium since 1997. Albertsons now joins Taco Bell as the latest company to sponsor the university. Boise State and Taco Bell also came to a ...

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If Boise State were to give out an athlete of the year award junior Emma Bates would certainly be at the top of list. Bates is coming off one of the best performances of her career where she ran the 12th fastest women’s 10k meter time in NCAA history at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational event in Stanford, California last weekend.  Bates’s time was good enough to shatter her own school record she set last year. Bates finished 13th in a field that included both NCAA champions and Olympic medalists.  Bates’ performance at the event landed her the Mountain West Women’s ...

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Calling this weekend a rough one for Boise State athletics is an understatement.  Two Bronco teams, men’s tennis and softball, lost in their respective championship opportunities. Tennis  Playing in the UCLA Regional, the men’s tennis team were favorites to advance and face the winner of the UCLA- Cal Poly matchup.  The Broncos entered this year’s NCAA Championships coming off of one of the greatest seasons in program history. Greg Patton’s squad finished the regular season with a 28-5 record and a No. 25 ranking nationally.  No. 39 San Diego won four of the six singles matches and one of the ...

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On Thursday afternoon, former Boise State defensive lineman Demarcus Lawrence was preparing for the biggest day of his life: the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Boise State Athletic Department was auctioning off a game-worn No. 8 jersey, Lawrence’s jersey number, on the very same day. On the auction screen, bidders were enticed by a description of the jersey which stated “Get your hands on a game worn authentic #8 Nike Elite Football jersey from the 2013 season.” There is no mention of Lawrence anywhere on the page, though he did wear the No. 8 throughout his entire ...

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With the close of the school year and my time at the Arbiter, so too comes the close of one of the most intriguing years in Boise State athletics that I can ever remember. From football to basketball, tennis and golf, it’s been a wild year for Bronco sports.  I’ve never heard so many fans call for a quarterback’s head since Jared Zabransky folded like a lawn chair at Georgia back in 2005, than when Joe Southwick had one of his worst offensive performances on the road against Washington. The Broncos failed to score an offensive touchdown against the Huskies ...

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The NFL Draft took place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City from Thursday, May 8 through Saturday, May 10, and several former Broncos saw their life long dreams come true as they were drafted in to the NFL.  Former Boise State defensive end, Demarcus Lawrence, was projected as a potential first round pick on Thursday night. Lawrence’s name was not called Thursday night, but he didn’t have to wait long to move on the to the highest level of football.  With the 34th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys drafted Lawrence, making him the ...

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It’s a question that has certainly raised some controversy over the past several years across the NCAA: Should college athletes be paid? Webster’s dictionary defines employee as, “a person who works for another person or for a company for wages or a salary.”  Well according to that definition, collegiate athletes fit the mold for the first part. Technically they are “working” for the university, making money for the university and creating incredibly large streams of revenue depending on the level of competition. It’s the second part of Webster’s definition of employee that has become a bit of a grey area ...

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Well wouldn’t you know it, the Boise State softball team has the opportunity to win the Mountain West conference championship. “They bought into a team goal,” head coach Erin Thorpe said. “Now it’s in our hands to be able to achieve it and I’m really excited to see what these last three games have in store for us.” The Broncos have their final series of the season when they visit San Diego State with the conference championship hanging on the line. “It always seems to come down to our last series,” senior outfielder Tara Glover said. “San Diego State always ...

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Every collegiate athlete starts their career with four years of eligibility, which in some instances can be lengthened to five or six years by redshirting or receiving a medical pardon. All except one. Junior Garrett Patton, son of Boise State men’s tennis head coach Greg Patton, has been a part of Boise State tennis since birth. Garrett was born the day the Pattons moved into their Boise home just after his father accepted the position of head coach, and he’s been playing, shagging balls and learning the game of tennis ever since. Garrett graduated in 2011 from Boise High and ...

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Lost in this year’s Olympics were the very people who were supposed to be the center of attention — the athletes. Four years of hard work and countless hours of training and dedication by the athletes who sacrificed so much to make their respective nations’ Olympic teams were overshadowed by the controversy of the Sochi Olympics. From the uncharacteristically warm temperatures for a winter Olympics, the mass killing of stray dogs in the Sochi area, poor conditions in the Olympic Village to Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws causing protests across the globe — it seemed as if the world and the ...

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Boise State has become one of the most successful mid-major schools in the NFL draft over the past decade, and as the 2014 NFL Draft approaches, another batch of players will be looking to make their lifelong dream come true of playing in the NFL. The Broncos will be sending six players to the draft this year, four offensive players and two from the defensive side of the ball. While this is not one of Boise State’s strongest draft classes, there will still be players to watch for from Thursday, May 6 through Saturday, May 8. Demarcus Lawrence – DE ...

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Social media has drastically altered the landscape of athletics. From improved connection with the fan bases of athletes and the increased role of sponsorships, athletes are always under the microscope. This was the focus of the Boise State chapter of PRSSA’s keynote event of CommCon 2014, Social in Sochi. The Social in Sochi event included a panel of U.S. Olympians with ties to the Boise area. The panel was composed of bobsledder Nick Cunningham, a former captain of the Boise State track team, biathlete Sara Studebaker, a 2003 graduate of Boise High School and alpine skier Erik Fisher who originally ...

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No challenges could stop the Boise State sand volleyball team in their debut season.  The Broncos were able to overcome a steep learning curve in their transition from indoor, six person volleyball, to playing duals out in the sand—all with only one sand volleyball court to practice at. Head coach Shawn Garus was grateful Boise State allowed his team to use the sand volleyball court located at the Lincoln Townhomes for this season, but admitted it was challenging to have 12 athletes use one court. “The biggest challenge was getting consistent practice time without many sand volleyball courts available,” Garus ...

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It took seven hours to determine the winner of the quarterfinal matchup of the Mountain West Championship between Boise State and Wyoming. The Broncos fell, 4-3, after being unable to win the doubles point in the sixth and seventh hours of competition. “Slug fest. That’s the only way I can describe it,” Boise State head coach Beck Roghaar said. The match began at 9:30 a.m., and it wasn’t until the sun was setting over Fresno, Calif. that a winner had emerged. Leading the match 3-2 in the team score, the Broncos had an incredible opportunity to move ahead 4-2, and ...

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Boise State men’s golf entered this year’s Mountain West Championship the underdog — and that’s exactly how they left. From the end of the first round on Friday, head coach Kevin Burton knew the Broncos were in for a fight. Fifteen of the 55 golfers in the field, including Boise State junior Ty Travis, shot par-or-better during the tournament’s first round. Burton wasn’t surprised by the conference’s ability to record such good scores — according to him the Mountain West is one of the top conferences nationally. “We knew going into it that this is the second- or third-best conference ...

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Experiencing déjà vu can be uncomfortable to some. And rightfully so ­— repeating the same event in a Bill Murray Groundhog Day kind of way can be disconcerting. Head coach Greg Patton and the Boise State men’s tennis team are starting to get used to the same old same old routine. For the third straight year, Boise State men’s tennis defeated New Mexico to claim the Mountain West Championship and secure a trip to the NCAA Championship. The Broncos snagged the doubles point to start the day, and finished with three singles victories to earn the 4-0 victory. The NCAA ...

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Junior Ciera Perkins made school history last weekend at the 2014 NCAA National Gymnastics Championship. “It was definitely an awesome feeling,” Perkins said. “Having my teammates and my coaches by my side was really nice and such an amazing feeling.” Perkins finished in eighth place in the floor exercise where she earned her second team All-American honors. “She was confident in her ability and knew that she belonged at nationals,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “She performed her best routine of the season there and deserved her All-American Floor team status. We were so excited and proud to be her ...

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Boise State men’s basketball signed their newest addition to the 2014-2015 season last week as Pratt Community College transfer Kevin Allen signed his letter of intent for the Broncos. “We are really excited to get Kevin,” head coach Leon Rice told Bronco Sports. “He fills a need for us with size we’ve been lacking and the departure of Ryan Watkins. Kevin has tremendous upside, and with his work ethic and our system, we’re really looking forward to his development as a Bronco.” Allen helped lead Pratt to a berth in the NJCAA Tournament earlier this year, as the Beavers were ...

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