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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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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.

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

Dear NBA,

After seeing a plethora of freshmen declare for the draft in the last few weeks, I a implore you to revoke the one and done rule.

Ever since you implemented the rule that basketball players must be one year removed from high school in order to enter the NBA draft, you haven’t prevented players from leaving early.

This year alone, freshmen Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor, Justice Winslow, Stanley Johnson and D’Angelo Russell have already declared they are leaving to enter your draft.

This rule is sucking the life out of college basketball for coaches, teams and, more importantly, the fans.

These players are making a joke of their universities and its fans.

Do you really think when Towns and Okafor signed with Kentucky and Duke respectively, they had any intention of graduating?

No, of course not. They saw it as a means to an end, just a step they are forced to take to get to the NBA. They knew after one year they were going to be surefire lottery picks.

Fans are getting sick and tired of seeing these great college athletes leave after one year.

It is giving them a false sense of hope.

Players provide excitement for a fan base only for them to fade away after one season.

This is hurting the college basketball as a whole.

It has left the NCAA with no stars, and each year they have to start over with the hope of finding new ones.

All this rule does is push back the inevitable.

Let the players who don’t want to go to college go directly to the draft.

It has worked out for stars in your league like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett.

This rule is only hurting the sport and preventing you from getting
earlier stars.

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As Boise State is in the midst of its biggest quarterback competition since 2008, it was only fitting to honored the man who won that 2008 competition.

Kellen Moore—alongside  his parents, wife Julie and eight-month-old son Kyler—was recognized in front of 10,072 fans before the annual Blue and Orange Spring Game with a video tribute. He was also presented with a framed No. 11 jersey by head coach Bryan Harsin.

Harsin was Moore’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for his freshman through redshirt junior seasons.

The tribute took place at 5:11 p.m. The first quarter of the scrimmage lasted 11 minutes. The scrimmage occurred on April 11 also.

“It’s always a cool opportunity,” Moore said. “It’s nice that it works with a lot of guys coming back this weekend. You get to see a lot of the guys that helped make it happen. Coach Harsin is obviously a big part of what I’ve been able to accomplish. I thank him a lot.”

Harsin added how important it was for fans to brave the adverse weather to honor not only Moore, but the other former Bronco greats in attendance.

“It was great for them to be out there for Kellen and our former players that were back,” Harsin said. “I thought that was special. To have (Moore) out there to recognize him was special.”

As Moore watched the video tribute play on the jumbotron—highlighting some of the biggest moments of his career, as well as plenty of his record 142 career touchdowns and some of his college football record 50 wins—he found it hard to pick one moment from his career that stood out.

“Obviously there were a lot of great moments. We got to play in a lot of big games. Hopefully we put Boise State in a different place than they were in the past,” Moore said.

Moore’s No. 11 jersey was not retired, but he was still honored to be recognized by his alma mater.

Former quarterback Jim McMillian (1972-74) remains the only player in Boise State history to have his jersey retired.

Moore has yet to see much practice from the current four quarterbacks (redshirt sophomores Ryan Finley, and Thomas Stuart, redshirt freshman Alex Ogle and true freshman Brett Rypien) competing for the starting job. He said, however, that this was just the start.

“It’s a long process and it’s only in phase one,” Moore said. “It’s what you do with it over the next couple of months that has the bigger indication than spring ball.”

Offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz added that Moore’s precedent sets an example for every Boise State quarterback.

“I think (leadership) is very important—you’re asking the quarterback to be an extension of the coaching staff,” Drinkwitz said. “Coach Harsin has coached a lot of great quarterbacks. One of them just got (recognized) tonight.”

Moore is currently a back-up quarterback with the Detroit Lions, the team that signed him after he went undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. Moore resigned with the Lions in March.

The two-year deal is worth  $1.825 million with a $640,000 signing bonus.

 

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Junior Logan France has reached the top of Boise State men’s golf lineup, and he doesn’t plan on that changing anytime soon.

“I want to win,” France said. “I haven’t accomplished that yet. I want to keep working hard the next couple weeks and try and get that win.”

Nicknamed “Air France” by the team, the Tuscon native had a potential future in baseball. He made the full-time switch to golf during his senior year of high school.

Since both baseball’s and golf’s signing periods were during the summer, he decided to play golf based on the friends he had at the time. He was recruited to Boise State after playing in the Junior Americans Cup down in Colorado.

Head coach Dan Potter believes France’s experiences as a baseball player helps him bring a competitive edge to golf.

“He brings an all-around athlete to golf,” Potter said. “He’s a competitor and that’s one of his strengths.”

France has improved his scores each season he has been a Bronco. He averaged 75.58 strokes as a freshman, 74.93 strokes as a sophomore and 73.33 strokes during the fall season of his junior year.

He was the top Bronco at the Desert Shootout and The Goodwin in Palo Alto, California.

He finished the Desert Shootout 7-under and tied for 10th. His performance earned him MW Men’s Golfer of the Week honors.

He does everything right from a coaches standpoint,” Potter said, “Logan has a pretty distinguished kind of style that he plays and he plays within himself and sticks to his strengths.”

France attributes much of his success this season to his improvements with putting.

“The weeks that I’ve played good, my putting had been much better” France said. “It helped me save some key strokes. I started shooting some better scores. It showed me when I work hard in some areas, I improve.”

Potter said he has seen an immense amount of improvement in France’s game over the past year, primarily in putting.

“I’ve definitely seen improvements,” Potter said. “The better you get at golf, the harder it is to get better. Your skills can change a little bit. More than that, it’s learning how to manage what you do well. He’s learned that about
himself.”

Boise State returns to action at the Ping Cougar Classic in Provo, Utah on April 24.

The tournament will be hosted by BYU.

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Freshman forward Chandler Hutchison (No. 15) would not be able to play this season if a proposed NCAA amendment making freshman ineligible for varsity sports passes.

American culture is dominated by sports.

From some the earliest years, many American’s are placed in sports. Data from polls conducted by ESPN in 2013 says over 21.5 million children ages 6 to 17 participate in sports.

27% of American adults spent 6-10 hours a week watching the NFL according to the Harris Poll. According to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, over 32 million Americans spent $15 billion on fantasy sports as well as 8.67 hours a week consuming fantasy sports.

Even when their playing days are over, many Americans trudge out onto a frozen field for the annual turkey bowl.

For the majority of Americans, the rite of passage is paved with sports.

Our obsession with sports and the role they play in society can be narrowed down to four main pillars gathered from interviews with seven Boise State athletes and coaches.:

1. Sports teaches life skills

2. Sports teaches character

3. Sports provides a family

4. Sports provides an emotional escape

Life Skills

Of the seven Boise State athletes and coaches interviewed for this story, five said that they have applied skills they have learned from sports in their everyday lives.

“I think after someone gets out of sports its role in society would be the skills it gives you—time management, dedication and determination,” gymnastics junior Maddie Krentz said. “Those things will lead to somebody in the workforce or wherever going better because of what they learned in sports.”

Assistant women’s soccer coach Maite Zabala said that sports has been used on an international level to empower individuals, particuarly women.

“Sports in general (are) pretty empowering when you take a chance to learn something and work as a team,” Zabala said. “If you empower women, and a lot of times they talk about doing that through sports, more empowering of women equals much more developed and stable societies.”

Character

Sports has provided countless situations to teach an individual lessons of character.

Zabala believes that sports primarily reveals one’s character, but the most important aspect is it offers a lesson on ethics.

“I think that people’s character can be exposed in difficult times,” Zabala said. “Difficult times can also allow someone to step up and learn how to do things the right way. I think it’s a little bit of both.”

Junior punter Sean Wale agrees that sports has provided countless role models throughout his life. Wale argues this is a double-edged sword, however.

“It builds that character that is needed throughout life and a lot of athletes are really looked up to. I don’t know if that’s how it should be,” Wale said. “I know where I was from, there would be people who grew up not playing sports and they’d kind of get into more trouble.”

Family

The case of Antoine Turner provided the perfect narrative of sports providing an individual with a basic human need—stability.

Turner was homeless until Boise State was able to offer him financial assistance following an NCAA waiver.

“My team just means family,” redshirt junior offensive lineman Steven Baggett said. “We’re all just trying to get better each day and every day.”

Head cross country and track and field coach Corey Ihmels added that he has been shaped by those he has competed with.

“I think (sports) shapes who you are,” Ihmels said. “The people that you meet and the ones that you are around, they shape who you are and the path that you go down. I’m not doing what I’m doing today without quite a few people (I’ve met from sports).”

Emotional Escape

Distance runner Marisa Howard loves sports because of the unscripted moments. Anything can happen on any given day.

From the 1980 Miracle on Ice, to one-legged Anthony Robles winning an NCAA wrestling title or the success of Boston sports in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, sports has provided an escape for our society.

“I feel like it’s such a raw form of entertainment,” Howard said. “We always talk about just those amazing moments that you can’t script and how much pure joy winning a championship or making that goal—you can’t script that stuff.”

Krentz added that her career in gymnastics has provided her an escape from the trials and tribulations of life.

“One of my friends earlier this year said this perfectly, ‘Gymnastics is our church,’” Krentz said. “It’s where we go for everything and it’s always super helpful. It’s like our own little getaway.”

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Fans, donned in blue and orange ponchos, lined along the front rows of Albertson’s Stadium, waiting in anticipation for Boise State’s April 11 spring football game.

The intra-squad game saw first and second units from offense and defense  mixed and matched between two teams. The teams were Boise State and Broncos.

The wet pigskin proved to be a slippery challenge for both offense and defense. Redshirt senior safety Darian Thompson saw it as an opportunity for the team to practice playing in unfavorable conditions.

“There’s no guarantee during the season that it’s going to be 79 degrees and sunny, especially here in Boise, Idaho,” Thompson said.

While it took the offense the majority of the first half to adjust to the conditions, defense was ready to make big plays.

“I think consistency on the defensive side has shown up throughout this spring,” head coach Bryan Harsin said.

The defense recovered two fumbles in the red zone, including one by redshirt freshman defensive lineman David Moa during the first quarter. Redshirt junior kicker Tyler Rausa’s 47-yard field-goal attempt was also blocked during the first quarter.

With major stops by the defense, the game remained scoreless until the final minutes of the first half.

Redshirt freshman and running back Cory Young found his way into the end zone after a 17-yard drive, scoring the first points for team Boise State. Young finished the spring scrimmage with 68 yards to his name.

Harsin has been impressed with Young’s performance throughout the spring.

“Cory’s a guy that runs extremely hard. If we do a good job of keeping him covered up, he’ll bounce off his teammates until he finds a crease,” Harsin said. “He’s got speed, so when he does get open, he can turn it on.”

Team Broncos quickly followed.  Senior wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes secured a touchdown on a 99-yard kickoff return.

The second half started with team Boise State lined up at the 35-yard line. The defense held the offense to a field goal, something that defensive coordinator Marcel Yates hopes the defense can be more consistent on as they prepare for the upcoming season.

“No matter where you are on the field and  no matter what you’re faced with, are you going to step up and be that dominant defense at that time?” Yates said.

Although the defense gave up a few key plays during the second half, junior center back Jonathan Moxey played consistently for the entirety of the game. Yates is pleased with Moxey’s development and hard work this spring.

“He improved on his eyes, having an understanding on what we’re trying to do. You have to play with good eyes at all times when you’re out there on the island,” Yates said.

Redshirt freshman Alex Ogle was the only quarterback to secure a touchdown pass. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, Ogle threw to redshirt junior wide receiver Taylor Pope for 43 yards.

Despite Ogle’s touchdown for team Broncos, team Boise State emerged victorious 17-14.

After the final practice on Monday, the football team will transition into summer. Offensive coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz hopes players can become stronger with accountability.

“Those are the guys that will make a big step this summer, and really for us, that’s the next focus,” Drinkwitz said.

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Genevieve Ling was a key part of the Broncos success during the fall season.

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.

Genevieve Ling has been named the Arbiter Athlete of the Week for April 5-11.

Ling continued Boise State’s run of success at the Cowgirl Classic in Maricopa, Arizona.

Ling became the third Bronco to collect at least a share of the individual tournament title. She completed the final round with a 1-under 71 and finished the event with an even par 216.

Fellow teammate, junior Samantha Martin, won last year, while Hayley Young  took the victory in 2013 as  a senior.

Ling rallied from one stroke down to win the tournament.

“I focused on staying in the present and trying to get as many birdies as I could,” Ling told Broncosports. “Overall, I was happy with my game.”

She also became one of only 10 players in school history to win a tournament.

“It feels great to win my first tournament as a Bronco,” Ling told Broncosports.  “It’s awesome to see the results from the work that I put in, and the extra push that I get from the team makes me strive to keep improving.”

In addition, Ling was named the Mountain West Women’s Golfer of the Week.

This is the first time in her career that she has won this award and she becomes the third Bronco in school history to win the award.

Only a sophomore, Ling has had quite the career so far.

As a freshman, she recorded two top five finishes and five top 25 finishes.

This season Ling is ranked ninth individually in the MW.

Ling now hopes to carry that momentum into the MW Championships.

The MW Championships will run from April 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

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A once shy and reserved player, Bobbi Oshiro has now blossomed into a fiery ace—dominating the spring tennis season.

Oshiro came to Boise State as a walk-on. After her first two seasons, head coach Beck Roghaar honored her with a scholarship.

“She had absolutely earned every bit of her scholarship,” Roghaar said. “She has absolutely earned every win and accolade this year. She’s been unbelievable.”

Oshiro started her first few years slow, but as time went on, she has grown not only as a player but as a person
as well.

“She grows every single day,” senior Sammie Watson said. “You can feel it as her teammate. When you’re on the court and you hear her cheer and get fired up, it pumps you up and it motivates you.”

This season, Oshiro has been teaming up with her doubles partner Watson. The   two of them are the number one doubles team for the Broncos have compiled a 15-12 record on the season.

“I couldn’t ask for a better doubles partner,” Watson said. “We started with people not really knowing what to expect from us and we killed it.”

Oshiro’s success has not just been limited to doubles this season.

Individually, she has compiled a 20-7 on the season so far, the second highest winning percentage on the team.

The 20 wins are also the most wins she has had in a season so far.

The entire year has been a learning process for Oshiro.

“We’ve definitely learned a lot in a lot of matches,” Oshiro said. “We are just going to go in there with no regrets, taking everything that we have in our pockets and go for it.”

Roghaar believes much of Oshiro’s success this season has come from her belief in herself.

“I think she’s really starting to believe in herself and the type of leader and type of person that she can be for our program,” Roghaar said. “I think it’s just been so much fun to see her change so much.”

Next up for Oshiro is the regular season finale at Utah State on April 18.

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

Opening day in Major League Baseball was this past week and no one cared.

Don’t get me wrong, millions of people, including myself, are thrilled that baseball season is back.

However, we are in the shrinking minority—baseball is no longer America’s pastime.

With the growth of basketball and football, baseball has been lost in the shuffle.

Baseball has fallen off drastically over the past decade.

According to Nielsen ratings,  the last nine World Series have produced eight of the lowest rated World Series in history. Game one of last year’s World Series was the lowest-rated Game one on record.

The fact is millions of people would rather watch the NFL, NBA, college football and college basketball.

Why is this happening? The simple answer is that the game has changed.

The MLB has cracked down on steroid and PED use, ending the steroid-riddled era of baseball. The shift to baseball being a ‘pitcher’s game’ does not bode well for most fans.

The world of sports today is more about entertainment than ever before.

The decline in home runs is killing baseball’s audience.

People don’t want to see pitchers throw no hitters and see low scoring games.

They would rather see the long ball make a comeback.

I am sorry to be the bearer of bad news to you all but that isn’t going to happen. This doesn’t mean players won’t hit home runs anymore. It just means there are going to be a lot less of them.

People need to accept the fact that baseball has changed and realize that there is still a lot to be entertained by.

MLB has a lot of talented players like Buster Posey, Mike Trout and Robinson Cano.

So if you are one of those people who have fallen out of baseball, I urge you to come back. There are so many great games and moments in sports that you are missing.

 

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Senior David Elliott finishes the 5000m race at the 2015 Stanford Invite.

It was a productive weekend for the Boise State track and field team at the Stanford Invitational.

While many individuals had breakthrough performances, seniors Emma Bates and David Elliott stole the show .

Bates bested her own school record in the 5000 meters by posting a time of 15:32.46.  She finished the race in seventh place, second collegian, which also set a personal record.

Despite the personal best, Bates knows she is still capable of more.

“It’s hard getting back on the track again,” Bates told Flotrack after the Stanford Invite. “We’re gearing towards the end of the
season.”

Elliot also set a personal record in the 5000 meter by finishing first in his section with a time of 13:50.10.

His time is the second fastest in school history.

 

“What they have worked for over the last two to three years has finally come to form,” head coach Corey Ihmels said.  “David won his heat and PR’ed and Emma PR’ed over 5000 meters. I think both those kids can continue to get better as we move forward.”

Freshman Michael Vennard ran 13:51.86 in his first outdoor race.

Despite some success, Ihmels thinks there were plenty of learning experiences in the team’s first
outdoor meet.

“I thought we had a good first meet,” Ihmels said.  “We had some really good things happen and then we had some mediocre things happen.  But that’s just how the first meet goes.”

As the season progresses, the team looks to improve  They believe in one another and have faith their leader will get them to where they want to be.

“I thought we would come out a lot faster than we did,” Elliott said. “I felt confident in us.  Great coaching helped prepare us and come in with the right mindset.”

The Broncos had four 400-meter hurdlers finish in the top 12 at the Stanford Invite, led by senior Jordin Andrade with a time of 50.56.

The team knows that it’s a long season and they can’t focus on the results of the first weekend. There is ample of opportunities to get better and improve.

“We just gotta continue to get better,” Ihmels said.  “It is a long season and we do not want to get too excited about what happened last weekend.”

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Maite Zabala

Maite Zabala has finally returned full circle back to her hometown of Boise as an assistant soccer coach at Boise State.

Zabala returns to Boise with 14 years of coaching experience at the Division I level, most recently as the associate head coach at San Francisco.

Zabala’s move from the Bay Area back to her hometown of Boise has been a welcomed homecoming for her. Differences on the Boise State campus and in its sports programs have not gone unnoticed by Zabala.

“It was kind of cool to see what these guys have been doing here at Boise State,” Zabala said. “Being able to come back and be a part of something that’s growing like the rest of the athletic department, and knowing where Jim (Thomas) and Ed (Moore) want to take it, I thought it was a good chance to be a part of something special.”

Zabala was a three-time All-Pacific 10 Conference selection for goalkeeper at Cal.

The two-time team MVP holds the school record for career shutouts and was inducted into the Cal Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011.

After her college career, Zabala was selected in the first round of the Women’s United Soccer Association draft.

“It was a blast. It was a ton of fun straight out of college,” Zabala said. “At the time, they said it was one of the best (teams) in the world … all the top players came in so it was fun in terms of the talent that was there playing. I really enjoyed it.”

Zabala’s transition from an athlete to a coach has been interesting for her. She noticed how much she has had to change her mentality.

“It’s interesting going from playing professionally to coaching. I think they are two very different things. I think you have to become more aware of how you do things if you’re going to coach it,” Zabala said. “I’ve had to learn how to still be competitive but start leading by what I say, not what I do.

When moving from one team to another, there is always the task of getting to know an already established team and becoming a part of that group. Zabala has done this by spending time with her athletes one on one—either during their study sessions or while traveling from game to game.

“I’ve gotten to know them individually and it’s fun to see the different dynamics in a group and see how different personalities fit in,” Zabala said.

For the future, Zabala would like to see the team preform as well as the other rising sports here at Boise State.

Zabala is hoping that the Broncos are able to claim MW titles as soon as the season begins.

Boise State will travel to Pullman, Washington for a spring game against Washington State on April 18.

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While the Sept. 4 opener against Washington may be months away, football fever is back in Boise.

The Boise State football team is gearing up for their annual Blue and Orange Spring Game on April 11. After a successful 2014 season, the Broncos are looking to replace key players that were lost.

Here are a few key points to watch for during Saturday’s game.

The day of the quarterback

At 5:11 p.m., the winningest quarterback in football history, Kellen Moore, will be honored with a video tribute and presentation from head coach Bryan Harsin.

“He represents what we’re all about, and really that’s what Saturday’s all about is giving back to him,” Harsin said.

Moore will not have his jersey retired, but Harsin said no one will be wearing the No. 11 for “a long time.”

Following the Moore tribute, the public can have their first chance watching all four quarterbacks currently competing for the starting position. Redshirt sophomores Ryan Finley and Thomas Stuart, redshirt freshman Alex Ogle and true freshman Brett Rypien are in a tight race.

During the Saturday scrimmage, Finley had a 60 percent completion rate, Stuart above 70 percent, Rypien at 60 percent and Ogle at 50 percent.

While the spring game will allow the public to spectate, the starting position won’t be decided until fall.

Running game

With Jay Ajayi entering the NFL Draft and the recent announcement of redshirt junior Charles Bertoli leaving the team for personal reasons, the running game is undergoing changes.

In the Saturday scrimmage, Harsin was impressed with the performances of senior Jack Fields, redshirt junior Devan Demas and redshirt freshman Cory Young. Young had opportunities to run on the goal-line.

“We were really looking for physical downhill, hit-the-hole hard runs, and that’s what we got,” Harsin said of the running game.

Sophomore Jeremy McNichols is still recovering from hernia surgery and won’t be competing in the spring game. Until McNichols returns for fall camp, it will remain unclear who may be able to step up to fill Ajayi’s role on the team.

Draw the lines

Harsin is pleased with the depth of the defensive line. The team has been able to rearrange players and create multiple lines to substitute. According to Harsin, this will be a powerful weapon when the Broncos face offenses that don’t huddle.

The offensive line and defensive lines have had great battles in scrimmages and practices as well.

“We talk about iron sharpens iron, that’s really what we mean between the offensive line and defensive line,” Harsin said.

The spring game will be $10 for general admission. Any minor (2-18) wearing a No. 11 jersey will receive free admission.

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