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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 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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Boise State’s depth at running back has grown thinner and thinner with each passing week.

Just a week after Charles Bertoli announced he would be leaving the football program, signee Raymond Sheard has been arrested for a slew of charges.

The school confirmed today that Sheard will no longer be attending school at Boise State.

Sheard was arrested Tuesday morning after being sent to the Arlington High School (Texas) office for suspicious behavior.

After having his backpack searched, Sheard was found to be in possession of an unloaded firearm, less than 28 grams of non-prescription medicine and less than two ounces of marijuana.

Sheard was also charged for tampering with identification on the firearm.

At signing day, Sheard signed with a junior college as well as Boise State in the event he did not qualify academically. Later that day, it was announced there were no issues with Sheard’s eligibility.

It is likely Boise State will attempt to sign a junior college running back to Sheard’s vacancy.

The Broncos are limited to Jack Fields, Devan Demas and Cory Young for the rest of spring practice. Sophomore Jeremy McNichols will return to practice for fall camp after undergoing hernia surgery earlier this year.

Walk-on Ryan Wolpin could also see a larger role on the team.

 

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Deanna Weaver of the Boise State women's basketball team eyes the Wyoming basket. Devin Ferrell/The Arbiter

Her time at Boise State was brief, but Deanna Weaver established herself as one of the most dominant players in women’s basketball history.

After transferring from Oregon in the February of 2013, Weaver spent the next year on the bench while sitting out for NCAA transfer rules. Once she saw the court, she quickly spent the next two seasons as one of the Broncos top players.

After her play this season, Weaver was honored as Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Honorable Mention All-American.

This is the fourth All-American honor in program history.

“Even though she only played three semesters for us, Deanna was a major factor and contributor to our success over the last two years and is deserving of this recognition,” head coach Gordy Presnell said in a press release.

Weaver averaged 12.7 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game this past season.

For Presnell however, her biggest impact was off the court.

Weaver’s commitment to nutrition and conditioning set a new tone for Boise State/

“She worked hard from day one and led the team by example,” Presnell said. “Her work ethic will take her a long way in life, she is a proven winner and I wish her the best as she moves on in whatever she chooses to do.”

Over her career, Weaver was a two time All-MW selection, the MW Newcomer of the Year in 2014 and was an All-WBCA Region 7 selection this season.

Weaver also helped lead the Broncos to a MW title and an NCAA Tournament bid.

Boise State—a No. 15 seed—was eliminated by No. 2 Tennessee in the first round.

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A year after Washington head coach Chris Petersen pranked his team with a new throwback uniform, Bryan Harsin is doing the same at Boise State.

The helmet first appeared on the Boise State Recruits twitter account on April 1st.

Six days later, it was announced that the helmet would only be appearing in the upcoming Spring Game. After that, it is unknown if the Broncos will use the helmet again in the future.

Harsin said that the team was told several days later that the helmet was an April Fool’s joke. There was concern among the players about the helmet, but no one came forward to Harin to make their concerns known.

“They were all too afraid to come to me,” Harsin said. “There were some grumblings in the locker room, and as always you hear about that a little bit. At the end of practice on Friday night, I told the guys about the helmet and we had them.”

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

The college basketball men’s national championship game is tonight, and that means one thing for the people who filled out countless brackets in hopes of hitting it big: absolutely
nothing.

Millions of people—including myself—have cursed the basketball gods, thrown the remote at their televisions and have crumpled up their brackets.

Now you may be asking yourself, “why did we do this?” So your picks were wrong, big deal. Well most of us were playing for more than just for fun.

The American Gaming Association estimates that Americans spent over 11 billion dollars on this year’s tournament.

The estimated 40 million people that filled out a bracket were hoping that this was going to be their year.

But as each game unfolded and teams like Georgia State and UAB sprung early upsets, millions of people’s brackets instantly became busted.

By the end of the first day, only a handful of the 40 million brackets remained unscathed.

However, that didn’t last for long. When Ohio State fell in the third round to Arizona, no perfect brackets remained.

These millions of people should have known better.

The odds of filling out a perfect bracket are approximately one in 9.2 quintillion, according to Business Insider.

To put this in perspective, you have a much better chance of getting struck by lightening, attacked by a shark and winning the Powerball, all in your lifetime, than you do obtaining that perfect bracket.

So if you are still whimpering about your broken bracket, don’t fret.

According to ESPN, only 4.4 percent of all people who filled out a bracket on their site had Duke and Wisconsin in the final.

I am sure you did much better than I did. I had SMU and Northern Iowa in my final four. Yeah, I know.

Take it from someone who for the better part of a decade has seen his fair share of misery when it comes to predicting games.

I have lost to everyone from my niece, who picked games based on the colors she liked best, to a friend who went off favorite mascots.

If there is one thing that I have learned it’s this: no matter how hard you study, there are no guarantees.

Well, maybe Wisconsin winning it all tonight!

For more Walton’s Wisdom make sure you check out arbiteronline.com every Tuesday and Friday.

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

As the Boise State men’s tennis team suffers through a rare season filled with defeats, one bright spot has continuously shined for the Broncos.

Garrett Patton, the only senior on the team and the son of head coach Greg Patton, is now 16-9 in singles play following Friday’s match-up against New Mexico at the Appleton Tennis Center.

Boise State lost the contest 4-1 to No. 42 ranked Lobos. The loss dropped the Broncos to 7-14 on the season and 1-2 in league play.

Garrett provided the Broncos with their lone win of the day.

Competing at the No. 1 spot, Patton swept his nationally ranked opponent, Samir Iftikhar,  in two matches, 6-3 and 6-2.

Iftikhar is the No. 61 ranked singles player in the nation and is now 3-4 in singles matches this season.

“Garrett (Patton) played extremely well and beat a nationally ranked opponent,” Greg said. “We just have to have everyone hitting at the same time.”

Garrett has been a dominating player for Boise State this season. Since moving into the No. 1 spot on the team, he has posted six wins to two losses. He is currently on a three match win streak in singles play.

Garrett is also 2-2 against ranked opponents for the year.

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Boise State's Marisa Howard has slowly blossomed into one of the nation's best steeplechasers, despite overcoming a six week injury this winter.

Time management weighs heavily on Maddie Krentz’s mind.

The junior gymnast  spends 20 hours a week at practice and competes during the weekends, traveling for eight of the 12 meets this season. All the while, Krentz is balancing 16 credits for her mechanical engineering major and biomedical minor.

Sometimes it can be difficult for her to balance academics and athletics. Early in the season, she had to make up two exams in thermodynamics before leaving to compete over the weekend.

“That puts a higher load at the beginning of my week and then I have to pack and get ready to go and get all of my other classes in order. The scheduling of things has been difficult, especially being in season,”
Krentz said.

Krentz is one of several student-athletes pursuing a degree in a STEM program at Boise State.

While it can be difficult at times, many student-athletes feel they are supported in their academic careers.

When senior Marisa Howard signed on to run cross country and track at Boise State, she had heard about some colleges who deterred student-athletes from pursuing nursing due to the time commitment.

“I guess they want you to choose a different major, but Boise State’s a school that works very well with athletes. I have a great academic advisor who’s been awesome throughout the whole time I’ve been in the program,” Howard said.

Academic advisors are one of the many tools available to student-athletes for academic success. Redshirt junior offensive lineman Steven Baggett feels that his professors and coaches are also strong supporters of his academic career in construction management.

“Everybody will help you if you just ask for it I feel like,” Baggett said.

According to Baggett, coaches will get in touch with a tutor or ensure that there is time for homework if a student-athlete is struggling.

Coaches have also made other adjustments to help student-athletes excel in the classroom.

Sophomore Hailey DeVries, as well as other women’s soccer players, had classes that were only offered during practice time.

“(Our coach) was able to move training around to the mornings instead to try and help us be able to do these classes that are required for our major,” DeVries said.

For DeVries, who has plans for veterinary school at Colorado State, her academics are a top priority. Despite some of the sacrifices she has to make, DeVries feels that pursuing her dream career is
worth it.

“Soccer is only going to last me so long, and I have to have a plan after that,” DeVries said. “It’s going to mean that I have to sacrifice more things, but it’s my dream and I’m willing to sacrifice some things here for benefits in
the future.”

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The music boomed throughout the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley, California. Her unmistakable song, “Welcome to the Jungle,” was playing for everyone to hear.

Senior Ciera Perkins was anchoring the floor exercise at the 2015 NCAA Gymnastics regionals on April 4.

Calm and collected, she began her first pass— a full twisted double backflip—something she had done so many times before.

Perkins landed awkwardly, immediately clutching her ankle.

According to a source close to Perkins,  she tore her Achilles tendon. A spokesperson for Boise State confirmed it was a lower leg injury.

Just like that, her gymnastics career was over.

Despite the heart break, Perkins still leaves Boise State with a lasting legacy.

“It has been really easy to coach her and have her on this team,” co-head coach Neil Resnick said. “She has always been so coachable and picks up on things very quickly. She is one of the most talented gymnasts to come through here and she has done most of it on her own.”

Perkins leaves Boise State a three-time All-American, tied with Julie Wagner for the most All-American titles in school history.

Last season she picked up second team All-American honors at nationals in floor exercise. She is the only gymnast in school history to achieve that feat.

This season she became the first Bronco in school history to earn regular season All-American honors. The National Association of Collegiate Gymnastic Coaches/Women awarded her second team honors on vault and uneven bars.

“It is a phenomenal feeling when your hard work finally pays off,” Perkins said. “I will look back at my time here as some of my fondest memories. This is the place that I grew as a gymnast and a person.”

She is also one of only three gymnasts in school history to score a perfect 10. Perkins scored a 10 on vault on Jan. 30 against Utah State and UC Davis.

“She is in a totally different category from any other gymnast that I have ever seen,” senior Kelsey Morris said. “She was one of those gymnasts that everyone would turn and watch.”

Perkins is not one to boast about her accomplishments. She would rather boast about her team.

“My teammates were out there everyday with me and gave me that support,” Perkins said. “They are my sisters, and without them I wouldn’t have achieved so much.”

Although it wasn’t the ending she was hoping for, Perkins went out knowing she had left it all on the mat.

“Through all of this, I have no regrets,” Perkins said. “There is not one doubt in my mind, and, with what I  have done, I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.”

 

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Boise State men's basketball coach Leon Rice completely altered the team's roster with this year's recruitment class. Long known for playing "small ball", Rice added height to the roster this season.

Two of college basketball’s best mid major conferences are set to do battle next season.

Yesterday, the Mountain West and The Missouri Valley conference announced they will renew the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge after a two year hiatus.

Combined, the two conferences had five teams in this year’s NCAA men’s tournament.

The Challenge Series will feature match-ups between 10 schools from each conference.

The conferences will each get to host five games a piece.

Boise State will host Bradley on Dec. 20, at Taco Bell Arena

The Broncos will start next season as the defending MW regular season champions and a bid in the 2015 NCAA tournament.

Bradley on the other hand, finished with a 9-24 record last season, finishing 10th in the MVC

The two prior Challenge Series, that ran from 2009-2010 through the 2012-13 seasons, saw the MW compile a 22-13 record.

Boise State is 2-0 in the series. Defeating Indiana State in 2011 and then No. 11 Creighton in 2012.

The 2015 Challenge series, games will be played in November and December.

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Senior Derrick Marks has averaged 19.5 points a game over the last two for the Broncos.

Coming off one of the best individual seasons in Boise State history, Derrick Marks continues to etch his name in the Bronco record book.

Marks, a senior from Chicago, Illinois, was named an honorable mention AP All-American. He is the first NCAA All-American in Boise State history.

Bill Otey was a NAIA honorable mention All-American in 1969 for the Broncos.

This is Marks’ second honor in the past week. The MW Player of the Year was also honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, earning first-team District 17 honors.

It took Marks nearly a month to hit his stride this past season. After being suspending for the two games for violating team rules, Marks took flight with a 31-point outing against Idaho on Nov. 25.

Marks ranked 22nd in the nation in scoring with a 19.4 points per game average. Marks eclipsed the 30-point mark on five occasions throughout the season.

He ends his Boise State career No. 3 on the all-time scoring list with 1,912 points. He was 32 points shy of the all-time record at Boise State.

“It’s going to be pretty hard to take off the jersey for the last time,” Marks said following Boise State’s loss to Dayton in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. “These past four years have been the best experience of my life. I won’t ever forget it now, (and will) carry it throughout the rest of my life.”

 

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The Broncos got 12 players on the All-MW teams.

The new autonomy ruling allowing Power 5 conferences to create their own rules and increase their revenue has created a growing rift in college athletics.

Boise State­—like all of the Power 5 conference members—has committed to providing full cost-of-attendance scholarships to their student-athletes. This budgetary need, along with the new College Football Playoff system pushing mid-major conferences out of national title contention, could see Boise State fall behind on the national level.

“We just have to continue what we’re doing and the university has to continue to grow and continue to expand,” athletic director Mark Coyle told The Arbiter in July. “We’re very happy with the MWC. We just need to keep on doing what we’re doing.”

President Bob Kustra reiterated that there are no plans at the moment for Boise State to move to the Big 12 or Pac-12, but there is still a possibility for the Broncos to do so in the future.

Seven MW schools are also situated at a substantially higher elevation than Boise State, offering a competitive disadvantage for sports such as cross country and track and field. The average campus elevation of the MW is 3,596 feet. Boise is situated at 2,697 feet. The Pac-12 in comparison has an average campus elevation of 1,205.

Boise State has become a more broad-based program. Under new cross country and track and field coach Corey Ihmels, the Broncos have seen substantial growth. The national dominance of the swimming and diving, gymnastics and men’s tennis programs would also keep the Broncos competitive in a  new conference.

The Case for the MW

As part of Boise State’s deal to return to the MW after the collapse of the Big East, the Broncos received a lucrative contract from the MW.

The Broncos received $3.7 million in TV bonuses from the MW last season. Fresno State is the next highest at $2.4 million. UNLV made $0 in TV bonuses last season.

“We have a very good relationship with the MW colleagues,” Kustra said. “We have a very lucrative contract with ESPN and CBS sports. What we gain annually in the millions of dollars from that package. That helps pay for some of that athletic budget.”

The Broncos also have athletic dominance in the MW. The football and men’s and women’s basketball programs all won MW titles this season. The soccer program finished as conference runner-ups last season and the swimming and diving program has made an impact on the national level.

The Case for the Big 12

After having both TCU and Baylor left out of the College Football Playoff, the Big 12 is expected to expand to 12 teams in order to host a conference championship.

Currently, the conference has 10 teams.

Being in a Power 5 conference such as the Big 12 would offer the Broncos a better chance of getting a spot in the College Football Playoff. As a midmajor conference power, the Broncos are unlikely to receive a bid into the playoff, regardless of an undefeated season.

TCU, a former member of the MW, struggled in their first two seasons in the Big 12 but were the league’s co-champions in football this past season.

Boise State would likely not have as lucrative of a deal in the Big 12, however. Kustra said he would also need to be convinced to join a different geographic region due to travel concerns.

The Case for the
Pac-12

In the eyes of many, the Pac-12 offers the best destination for Boise State.

“There’s been loose talk over the years that the (Power 5) will go up to 16 in number,” Kustra said. “If that happens, sure, we would be in the mix. Especially with the Pac-12, because they’re on the west coast.”

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has long said he has kept his eye on Boise State if the Pac-12 were to expand again.

The Pac-12’s media deal with ESPN and FOX would offer financial backing to Boise State that the Big 12 could not offer.

In the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year—the first year of the new media deal—the Pac-12 netted $334 million in revenue. Of that, $228,242,350 was distributed the 12 member schools.

Stanford led the way with 19.8 million in payouts. Utah finished at the bottom with a payout of $10.1 million.

Boise State’s competitive history with the Pac-12 would also make the conference a viable option for the Broncos.

For now, it does not appear that Boise State will move to a new conference. The next time conference realignment sweeps the nation, however don’t be surprised to see the Broncos move up.