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Kyle Brotzman didn't let that night in Reno define who he was.

He holds the record for most points ever scored by a Boise State football player. If you heard his name, however, the only thing you’d remember is one fateful night which changed his life.

Nov. 26, 2010, No. 4  Boise State was taking on the Nevada Wolfpack in Reno, Nevada. The Broncos were just a few wins away from playing in their third BCS bowl game in five years and had aspirations for playing in a national championship-until the unthinkable happened: Kyle Brotzman missed two field goals and the Boise State Broncos saw their BCS hopes shattered and their 24- game winning streak broken.

“It was gut-wrenching and heartbreaking,” Brotzman said.

No matter how many records he broke, Brotzman’s legacy began here.

“He could always put things away and shove them away,” father Hank Brotzman said. “This one, though, has bothered him for a long time and has kept on coming back at him more than what I even realized.”

Shortly after the game,  Brotzman and his family received harassing phone calls and Facebook messages threatening his life.

“It was easy for those people to say all that stuff behind his back,” older brother Michael Brotzman said. “It’s easy for people to say stuff over the phone or online and I bet they wouldn’t have said it to his face.”

According to his mother Julie Brotzman, he still gets emails at least once a month in relation to the field goals.

Brotzman’s career has been much more than missed field goals, however. He was the hero in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl in which he threw a pass on a fake punt which set up a game-winning touchdown. He also ranks second in NCAA history for points scored with 439 points.

“People forget about all of his achievements because of those kicks,” Julie Brotzman said. “He still holds several records but people forget about all of those.”

Had the kicks gone in, Brotzman feels his career might have been different.

“I’ve thought about that for almost four years now and I still don’t know,” Brotzman said. “If it would have gone in then maybe things would have been different and I would have gotten workouts with NFL teams. That isn’t for me to say, though.”

Despite everything that he had to endure, he hasn’t let the events of that night define who he is.

Since then, Brotzman has gone on to play in the Arena Football League and hopes to play in the Canadian Football League one day.

“I am still the same person I always was and can still play,” Brotzman said. “That event didn’t define what my career was here; it made me a better person in the long run. Two kicks don’t define me.”

Brotzman just recently moved back to Boise from Utah and is waiting to see what his future in football may hold.

In the meantime though he is working over at Costco and if things don’t work out with football he would like to become a firefighter or become involved in helping kids deal with bullying.

“I can go out in public and I hear, ‘we love you’,” Brotzman said. “At my work when someone recognizes who I am, they shake my hand and don’t have a bad thing to say.”

Despite everything that’s happened, he still has a special place in his heart for Boise State University.

“I still have love for Bronco nation and I had just such a great time here,” Brotzman said. “You can’t change that.”

For Brotzman, the future does indeed look bright and the legacy he left at Boise State was far greater than that night in Reno.

“What’s next for Kyle Brotzman is whatever he decides on,” younger brother Bryon Brotzman said.

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The Boise State wrestling season got their season started with wrestle-offs at Kuna High School.

Many members of the Boise State wrestling team tried to earn a spot on the varsity squad. The catch? Those spots were determined in part by matches wrestled against their teammates.

Those who are injured or who had already secured a spot on the team didn’t participate but for the others it was a unique experience to pursue a varsity spot and find places where they can improve.

“We are excited. There is great intensity in the work out and get competition this year,” assistant coach Chris Owens said.

Competing against someone who is normally a teammate was different for the wrestlers. However it did come with benefits.

“Wrestling was tough in this atmosphere because your workout partner knows what is coming so they make it tough,” redshirt senior Steven Hernandez said after his 157-pound match.

The wrestle-off also showed promise of a competitive team. Most of the matches were decided by only one point when the final whistle blew.

With 11 freshmen on the team this season, the success of the team will rely on young guys stepping up. The team veterans are hoping this exercise will help the newcomers get acclimated.

“This was good for the young guys who are working hard on filling the shoes,” redshirt junior Chris Castillo said.

The team attempted to put what they learned in wrestle-off into action this past weekend when they competed at the Cowboy Open. At the time of publication, scores and stats from Wyoming had not been posted.

The team hopes to get back to where they were a few years ago: one of the best teams in the Pac-12.

“We have to keep practicing and improving to make sure we are ready to peak near the middle of the season,” redshirt sophomore Austin Dewey said.

The schedule is tough this year for the team. They open their first home dual in a tri-meet with Utah Valley and Iowa State on Friday,
Nov. 14.

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

Finishing out a record- breaking first half of the season, the Boise State women’s golf team plans to continue this swinging momentum into the spring season.

“Our fall finished great, obviously we are only halfway through our season and our spring season is going to be a lot tougher,” head coach Nicole Bird said. “We’re going to play more competitive teams. That’s when our championship is and we have a long way to go.”

After starting the fall season off with a 13th place team showing at the Colorado State Ptarmigan Ram Classic, the Broncos closed out the season with four top-four finishes as a team.

To stay ready for the next season, the team will be adding in another workout to their weekly schedule going from three practices a week to four  and adding in yoga.

“They do three days with our strength coach in the weight room and then they have one day of yoga to stretch out and heal after the season and working some core strength,” Bird said. “They are going to be pushing it really hard with the weights so we needed something to balance that out.”

Even though the Broncos will be off for about four months, they all have goals to continue the trend of low scores on the course.

“I think I did quite a few good things, but I think there are still a lot of things that I could improve on,”  sophomore Genevieve Ling said.  “I look forward to improving it this spring, but I mean, it’s just a process. I kind of expect anything to happen, but I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and see how it works out.”

The team, led by junior Samantha Martin, were able to break several school records over the course of the fall season.

Martin added to her abundance of school records with low scores and a share of an individual title at the Prices Give ‘Em Five tournament.

“We broke a lot of records and it was pretty amazing how well we did in each tournament,” Martin said. “We didn’t really think about what record did we break. It was more focused on the outcome; if we play well, it will speak for itself.”

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The Boise State Broncos defeated the New Mexico Lobos 60-49

In what was more typical of a basketball score than football, the Broncos survived in Albuquerque to defeat the New Mexico Lobos in a 60-49 shootout. The Broncos to move to 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the MW to keep their hopes of a MW title alive. Let’s take a look at the game’s biggest takeaways.

Where was the defense?

The Boise State defense, which has arguably been the biggest highlight for the Broncos this season, failed. The team gave up 627 total yards with a staggering 505  coming from the ground.  New Mexico had not one, but two runners go for over 100 yards. The 627 yards and 49 points was the most the defense had allowed all season long.

That offense, though.

While the defense was not up to the task, the offense was a completely different story.  For the second straight week, the Broncos put up over 600 yards of offense and scored over 50 points. The 60 points was the most that the Broncos have scored all season long.

Hedrick is on a roll.

Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick continued his mid-season resurgence to as he had an outstanding game in which he accounted for almost 500 yards and six touchdowns himself. Hedrick not only did it with his arm with 367 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions, but also with his legs as he rushed for a season high 131 yards and another two touchdowns.

Full steam ahead for the Jay Train.

Junior running back Jay Ajayi showed why he is indeed one of the nation’s most elite runners as the self-proclaimed Jay Train went off for 236 total yards and three scores. Ajayi had his second best game on the ground this season with 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught the very first pass of the game—75- yard touchdown reception.

Cause for concern? 

While the Broncos did come away with the victory in the Boise State vs New Mexico matchup, the game was a little concerning. The Lobos were 3-5 and near the bottom of the MW standings. Boise State will have to play much better in the coming weeks as they will be facing much better teams in San Diego State and Utah State.

 

 

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The Broncos went 1-1 at home this past week.

The Boise State women’s volleyball team was part Jekyll and part Hyde during their two game home stand last week.

The Broncos dropped their first match to New Mexico in four sets 25-21, 24-26, 25-23, and 25-12.

“It’s frustrating and we do it to ourselves,” senior outside hitter Alyssa Gammel said. “It comes down to execution and we gave ourselves chances, we just weren’t getting it done.”

The Broncos looked to be on the verge of taking over the match after beating the Lobos in the second set and on the cusp of winning the third, until the wheels came off.

Boise State blew their lead in the third set and then was promptly decimated in the fourth that gave the Lobos the victory.

“It’s a tough one and they took all the momentum after that third set and put us away,” head coach Shawn Garus said.

The lone bright spot for the team was true freshman superstar Sierra Nobley who had a team high 22 kills and 11 digs in the match.

“I definitely learned from the last time I played them,” Nobley said. “They have an amazing block and I worked on hitting over the block and I think it paid off.”

The Broncos couldn’t linger on the loss for long as just a few days later they hosted Air Force.

This time around it was a completely different result. Boise State rebounded with a sweep of the Falcons 25-18, 25-14, 25-23 to put themselves back in the win column.

“The team came out played really well from the start,” Garus said. “After a tough loss they rebounded well and I was proud of the effort from start to finish.”

Sophomore middle blocker Maddy O’Donnell had 12 kills and five digs for the team to lead the team in the win.

“She is a boss,” freshman libero Maddi Osburn said. “It didn’t matter where she was, she would hit straight down and get a kill every time.”

The Broncos will now head on the road for their next three games, a place that hasn’t been too kind for the Broncos this season

Boise State has gone 2-5 on the road this season and will be looking to buck that trend when they face San Jose State tonight at 7p.m. MST.

“We have already beaten a lot of these teams at home so now its just a matter of playing with that same intensity and composure that we do at home on the road,” O’Donnell said.

 

 

 

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Deanna Weaver of the Boise State women's basketball team looks for an opening against Wyoming on Saturday March 1 at Taco Bell Arena. Devin Ferrell/The Arbiter

Only the MW Tournament stood between the Boise State women’s basketball team and a berth in the NCAA Tournament.

Despite the best efforts of guard Deanna Weaver, the Broncos were eliminated in the opening round after a 61-56 loss to Wyoming.

“I feel we were pretty motivated in the offseason,” Weaver said. “We didn’t finish this past season well. We definitely made a lot of goals for us to accomplish this year.”

Weaver is expecting big things from this year’s experienced and talented team.

“This year, with everyone back, we can finish first and win the Mountain West,” Weaver said. “One of our goals is to also make it to the NCAA tournament. I feel we have the chance to do that and that’s what we are expecting to do.”

Weaver will be the leader on offense for this year’s team and could be one of the best players in the conference as well.

“I thought Diana should be the preseason player of the year, but I don’t get a vote,” head coach Gordy Presnell said.

Weaver transferred from Oregon in January of 2012 and wasn’t able to make her Bronco debut until Dec. 29 against Cal State Fullerton last season due to NCAA transfer rules.

She didn’t let  missed time stop. She went on to become the Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and a first team All-MW selection.

She is grateful she gets to play with the team for the entire season.

“This year will be different starting from game one. I am looking forward to that a lot,” Weaver said. “It will make a big difference. I feel like it will help me a lot more and I will have a lot more confidence playing these preseasons games and getting a better feel for it.”

In addition Weaver has been one of the most dedicated players for the program in recent memory and has set the bar high for her fellow teammates.

“She has helped changed the culture in terms of her commitment to strength, conditioning, and nutrition,” Presnell said.

Weaver will look to finish her final season with a bang and leave her mark on the program.

““She is extremely athletic and is going to leave here maybe one of the most decorated players in the history of our program,” Presnell said.

The Broncos will open their season against Northwest Nazarene in an exhibition game at Taco Bell Arena on Nov. 7.

Tip-off is set for 5:30 p.m. MT.

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NIK BJURSTROM/THE ARBITER - Women's basketball head coach Gordy Presnell earned career win No. 100 at Boise State.
NIK BJURSTROM/THE ARBITER - Women's basketball head coach Gordy Presnell earned career win No. 100 at Boise State.

Last season the Boise State women’s basketball team finished tied for third and had a disappointing end to an injury-ridden season.

This year the Broncos are picked to finish second in the Mountain West. However, they could do even better than that.

Not only does the team return everyone from last year’s team, they have added a few key additions to the fold.

Purdue transfer Camille Redmon adds some height to the team at 6-foot-4-inch. Pairing Redmon with junior center Miquelle Askew, gives Boise State more options in the post.

In the back-court the Broncos will be led by the reigning MW Freshman of the Year point guard Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego and senior guard Diana Weaver, the reigning MW Newcomer of the Year.

The Broncos are expecting to get back junior forward Lexie Der sometime in January and with Der back in the line-up the Broncos will be a hard team to stop.

Boise State has talent and depth on their roster. They can go 12 players deep with returning letterwinners in sophomore guard Tonishia Childress, junior forward Kayla Reinhart, sophomore twin guards Brooke and Brittney Pahukoa, and the returning senior forward Kinzi Poteet.

Barring injuries, expect the best season in school history for Boise State.

Prediction:

Boise State 27-2, 1st in MW, NCAA Tournament bid

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Freshman Anthony Drmic puts on a clinic for Utah defender. The Broncos demolished the Utes 80-59 Wednesday night at the Taco Bell arena. (Cody Finney/ The Arbiter)

Boise State’s journey into the MW began with the arrival of two highly touted recruits for the men’s basketball program—head coach Leon Rice’s first recruiting class.

Those two recruits, Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, enter their final season as Broncos and hope to leave a mark on a school that is predominantly known for its football program.

“It’s been such a long journey,” Rice said. “These guys—we’ve had a relationship with for five years. They were with us for the first year into the Mountain West. We threw these guys into the fire as freshmen.

“I just hope these guys have the senior year they’ve earned.”

Drmic and Marks enter this season ranked seventh and ninth, respectively, in scoring in program history.

Drmic, who has led the Broncos in scoring each of the previous three seasons, was selected to the preseason All-MW team.

“Freshman year in the Mountain West, Derrick and I were playing a lot of minutes,” Drmic said. “It was tough, but it was a great experience and it helped us the following year.”

The impact Drmic and Marks have had on the stat sheet pale in comparison to their impact on the program and community for Rice.

Both were heavy contributors to the 2012-13 team that earned an at-large spot in the NCAA Tournament and have been outstanding ambassadors for Boise State.

“Their legacy is to build this program,” Rice said. “They’ve been tremendous ambassadors. Both will be in the top five scorers in school history, but they don’t care about those things.”

Even with the duo leaving after this season, Rice is excited about the coming seasons due to the example both Drmic and Marks have set.

“They care about teammates, winning and the community,” Rice said. “As a coach that’s what you want.”

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Defense and physicality spelled disappointment for the Boise State men’s basketball team last season. This prompted head coach Leon Rice to add plenty of size to this year’s roster.

The Broncos return three starters, and five other letterwinners to a team that is picked to finish second in the MW by members of the media.

Anthony Drmic, Derrick Marks and Mikey Thompson return to lead a Boise State offense that should have no problem scoring. What this team added, is a lot more height and athleticism.

Senior Robert Heyer and sophomore James Webb III will both debut for the Broncos this season after redshirting last year. Heyer, a Division II transfer, will add a defensive presence while the 6-foot-nine-inch Webb III, brings plenty of big play potential.

What Boise State also adds, is three newcomers that stand 6 feet10 inches or taller. The group is led by 6-foot-11-inch junior center David Wacker, who Rice believes could start immediately.

Redshirt junior Montigo Alford, a transfer from College of Southern Idaho, is, in Rice’s words, the most athletic player.

The Broncos filled plenty of needs and weaknesses this season, and the additions should drive the Broncos back into the NCAA Tournament.

Prediction:

25-5, 2nd in MW, NCAA Tournament bid

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Bowden is one of the two seniors on the team that went out with a win on senior night.

The Boise State soccer team capped off their amazing run to close the season with a win on senior night.

“I didn’t really acknowledge it until today,” senior defender Mikhaila Bowden said. “It’s sad because I made so many memories on this field. Its great and I don’t regret anything on the field. I leave my heart on this field. It’s been the best day ever.”

The Broncos defeated Utah State 1-0 and with the win the Broncos punched their ticket to the Mountain West Tournament.

“I am just super proud of them,” Thomas said. “It has been a real long haul of a season for us with so many ups and downs and to find a way to rally behind one another is a great feeling.”

The difference maker in the game for the Broncos was true freshman forward Dani Brown who scored the deciding goal in the 68th minute.

“It felt amazing,” Brown said. “I was happy to make that run, get a touch on that defender and bring it home.”

The win was extra special because the Broncos were able to send its only two seniors—Bowden and midfielder Shannon Schueren—out on a high note.

“She (Bowden) is everything to this team,” Schueren said. “She is our safety net in the back and our laughter and good times off the field.  She encompasses it all and we wouldn’t be where we were without her.”

Both seniors have made a profound impact on during their time at Boise State.

“She (Schueren) is my best friend and she has been with me through everything,” Bowden said. “She has been my partner in crime and she is a really a big leader for us.”

Only a few short weeks ago a trip to the conference tournament seemed like a distant dream. The team was struggling and was on the outside looking in.

Boise State, however, rallied together and closed the season out with four straight wins that clinched them the sixth and final spot in the conference tournament.

“I knew from the beginning of the season that this team was going to be special,” Schueren said. “It took us a little while to get going but once we found our niche we kept kicking at it and here we are.”

The Broncos will look to continue their hot streak when they face New Mexico today at 4 p.m. in the opening round of the tournament.

“I don’t think anyone wants to play us,” Thomas said. “We are the hottest team in the conference right now.”

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Emma Bates could possibly go down as Boise State's greatest athlete of all time.

Led by two individual championships, Boise State men’s and women’s cross country teams placed fourth and second, respectively at the MW Cross Country Championships at Woodward Park in Fresno, California.

Seniors Emma Bates and David Elliot took the individual titles in their respective races.

This was Bates’ second consecutive title following her individual title last season. Her time of 19:37.3 in the six kilometer race was 16 seconds faster than teammate Marisa Howard’s runner-up finish.

Bates is the first athlete in both Boise State and MW history to have back-to-back cross country titles.

Elliot earned his second victory on the season after traversing the eight kilometer men’s course in 23:38.7.

Bates and Elliot’s sweep is the first time Boise State has swept the men’s and women’s individual crowns since 1997 when Melinda Campbell and Cormac Smith swept the Big West Conference championships.

Freshman Andrew Rafla finished 10th to earn second team All-MW honors and the Mountain West Men’s Freshman of the Year Award.

The women’s 58 points was second to New Mexico’s 33 points.

The Lobos swept both the men’s and women’s team titles at the MW Cross Country Championships for the sixth straight year. Head coach Joe Franklin won both the men’s and women’s Coach of the Year honors.

 

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The worlds of sports and politics have crossed over a few time in a couple of landmark cases.

Theodore Roosevelt

In the early 1900s, injuries in football weren’t the concern of coaches and fans: deaths were. In 1905, 18 college student-athletes were killed on the football field.

Due to the violence, many wanted the sport banned.

In 1905, former president Theodore Roosevelt encouraged coaches at Harvard, Princeton and Yale to reform the sport and create new regulations.

This laid the foundation for the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States. The IAAUS was renamed the NCAA in 1910.

O’Bannon Trial

Filed by former UCLA basketball player Ed O’Bannon Jr., O’Bannon v. NCAA challenged the NCAA for using student-athletes for commercial gains.

O’Bannon alleged that the NCAA violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by not entitling former NCAA athletes to compensation for the NCAA’s commercial use of their image.

On Aug. 8, 2014, federal district court judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of O’Bannon and the dozens of other athletes that joined the lawsuit. The court announced they would enter a separate injunction for the specific violations.

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As a former student of the University of Illinois, Robin Allen, associate professor of the School of Social Work, remembers how the student body would rally around the school’s mascot, Chief Illiniwek, during home
football games.

“I just thought it was this really special moment,” Allen said. “I didn’t get it.”

Chief Illiniwek was University of Illinois’ mascot from 1926 to 2007. He represented the Illinois Confederation, also known as the Illiniwek, the state’s namesake.

In 2006, the NCAA cited 19 university teams as having team mascots that were potentially “hostile and abusive” to minorities, including the Southeastern Oklahoma State University Savages, Florida State University Seminoles and the University of Illinois’ Chief Illiniwek.

“I didn’t understand when people started protesting the Chief, because I thought he was so respected,” Allen said. “Then, one day, I walked into a coffee shop and it was a game day. There happened to be a group of Native Americans in the coffee shop … And I think I had an insight right in that moment: that would be really embarrassing if I was wearing this character of them on my shirt … and I was like, ‘Oh, yeah, Chief needs to go.’”

Chief Illiniwek was officially banned in 2007, but the controversy of Native American mascots in sports lives on.

This issue will come directly to Boise State with the screening of “In Whose Honor?” on Nov. 6. The film and discussion event is hosted by the Foundational Studies Program, Intertribal Native Council and the Phi Alpha Honor Society and will take place in room 101 of the Multipurpose Classroom Building at 6 p.m.

According to Allen, the discussion of racism in sports has been reignited by the modern-day poster child of the controversy: the Washington Redskins.

In May 2013, Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, told USA Today, “We will never change the name of the team.”

After having lost trademark protection earlier this year, the team has been under intensive pressure
to do so.

Steven Leekity, head chair of the Intertribal Native Council at Boise State, stated that the impact of a ruling on the Washington Redskins would be very significant.

“The NFL is a big thing here in the United States. If the Redskins’ name gets changed in a more honorable way, and more respected way, I believe it will make a great impact through all the great nation here,”
Leekity said.

The Native American mascots sports controversy is a widespread issue; according to the MascotDB—which has 42,624 high school, college and pro teams in the country on file—over 2,000 team names in the country reference Native Americans.

At the heart of the issue is a lack of cultural sensitivity present in the depersonalization of minority groups through the use of caricature-able images.

According to Allen, even if the Florida State Seminoles have been approved to use that symbol and the students at Florida State are respectful, other teams may continue to use the mascot in an offensive way and say “really disgusting things” that fail to respect that the image is representative of a person.

“When you actually look somebody in the eye it is a lot harder to justify supporting this image,” Allen said.

Allen and Leekity agreed that it is very important to encourage civil discourse on this topic.

“We’re the next generation here of students,” Leekity said. “If we educate the students now, they could make a big difference … That’s one way we’re trying to bring it out is to educate people about this issue here, and the cultural impact that it has and trying to debunk some stereotypical issues that have been brought up.”

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The Boise State men's cross country team consists of several members outside of the United States

Australia, England, Canada and New Zealand are home countries of six of the athletes on Boise State’s men cross-country team. These are members who now call Boise, Idaho home.

All of these foreign exchange students are freshmen and are among the younger members of the team moving up in the ranks.

Jack Curran, freshman from Gympie, Australia, has only been in the U.S. since August. He left behind his family and friends to come run cross-country on scholarship.

Curran said that the running style here is similar to that in Australia and that has helped him adjust.

Curran had been out of school for roughly 18 months prior to coming to Boise State and feels the shift to going to school has been the biggest challenge he has faced.

“It’s been a little struggle just getting back into school and on a schedule,” Curran said.

Michael Vennard, freshman from Cheshire, England, also has been in the U.S. since August. Vennard said that though it’s been different, and there have been struggles, he has enjoyed his time here.

The biggest challenge that Vennard has faced is just the style of running. Vennard said that the running here is more serious and the training is more intense than back home.

“It’s quite different here; the style, the dedication and the focus but I am enjoying it,” Vennard said.

Both athletes indicated being a part of the team helps with the homesickness. This has been due to the coaching staff creating a great team atmosphere.

Though they both also said that trying to communicate with family and friends has been a struggle due to time changes and schedules, they are surviving and growing to be better athletes.

“With the time changes and my class schedule and their schedule, it is hard to communicate with everyone but I am making it work,” Curran said.

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Assistant Coach Ryan Hietala has made the transition of a new men's golf coach much easier for the team.

After three years of working under coach Kevin Burton, assistant coach Ryan Hietala felt bittersweet when coach Dan Potter came in to take over the program after Burton’s resignation this past
summer.

Although upset, he would no longer be working with Burton, the transition to Potter has gone smoothly.

“The transition has been fantastic,” Hietala said.

Hietala looks at Potter as a younger brother. Hietala helped Potter the first few months here in Idaho while Potter made the transition from Washington to Idaho.

Hietala attributes the success of the transition to the idea that both coaches’ passions mirror each other; both coaches want to make golf better known here at Boise State. Hietala and Potter want to make strides in the program by recruiting and fundraising.

Recruiting has been the main focus for the team as there have roughly been a half dozen trips to meet prospects already this season.

“We are just going to put up our sleeves and go to work,” Hietala said.

With the help of Hietala the team has come to respect Potter and accept him as the team’s new leader for the foreseeable future. Potter has been great with the team and Hietala feels he is a “player’s coach.”

The hope is that the team continues to grow and learn with this coaching staff and ultimately compete at the highest level of colliegate golf.

“Working together and having fun is what is going to build this program,” Hietala said.

Hietala feels that if the team maintains it’s ideals of hard work and dedication both of which Potter exemplifies, the future of the program looks bright under Potter.

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Derrick Marks maneuvers around Wyoming players on Jan. 11 at Taco Bell Arena. Devin Ferrell

Boise State men’s basketball announced the suspensions of two basketball players Saturday in a press release from the athletic department.

Senior Derrick Marks and sophomore Dezmyn Trent will each be suspended for three games due to a “violation in team rules.”

No clarification was given on which exact rules were broken.

According to the press release, because both play the same position, their suspensions may be staggered. Both will miss the Broncos’ two exhibition games against La Verne and Montana Tech, while one will miss the opening game of the LMU Classic against San Diego on Nov. 14. The other will miss Boise State’s second game against Loyola-Marymount on Nov. 15.

This is Marks’ second suspension since he joined the team as a freshman in 2011. He served a one game suspension in January of 2013 following his arrest for petty theft. Marks was sentenced to 10 days and a fine of $710.10. Marks was only credited with one day of jail time served.

Marks averaged 14.9 points per game last season, second on the team, and is one of the Broncos best all-around players.

Trent averaged only 5.8 minutes per game after seeing the court in 20 contests last season as a freshman.

 

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The Boise State volleyball team got back on track with back-to-back wins over at home over Nevada and San Jose State.

The Boise State volleyball team returns home after a tough few games on the road where the Broncos went 0-2 and their four game winning steak snapped.

“We competed hard and it was tough,” sophomore libero Hannah Hubbard said. “But now that we are back home we are going to get back at it and go after these two teams.”

Those two teams are New Mexico and Air Force who are fourth and seventh respectively in the conference and who both defeated the Broncos earlier in the season.

“I am fired up to play and I am ready to go out there and get that win to get our confidence back up,” senior outside hitter Taylor Murphy said.

The Broncos have the home court advantage this time around—a place they have only lost three times this season.

“When we are at home they all look like their going to play the best match of their life,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “It’s exciting to see and fun for our fans to watch.”

The Broncos are currently on a four game winning streak at home.

“It’s a tough place for people to come in and get a win,” Garus said. “Our crowd is so engaged in the match and our team plays with so much confidence.”

Both Murphy and Hubbard will look to continue their great play as of late and both will be instrumental to the Broncos.

Murphy, who struggled to start the season, has been a force on the offensive side of the ball leading the team in kills.

“She stepped up as a senior when we needed it,” Hubbard said. “She turned it on and has been leading the team.”

Hubbard has been the anchor of the defensive front.

“Hannah has been a big impact for us for sure,” Murphy said. “It helps having a good defensive player that you know is going to be there in the back row.”

The Broncos will start their two game stand tonight when they host New Mexico at 7p.m. at Bronco Gym.

“They completely plan on beating New Mexico, who is an absolutely fantastic team,” Garus said. “They were second in the preseason poll, but our team thinks we are beating them.”

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The Broncos season came to an end when they lost to New Mexico 2-1 in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament.

Women’s Golf

Women’s golf was able to end their fall season in a dramatic fashion.

While in Hawaii at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, the team finished second overall.

Broncos Genevieve Ling and Samantha Martin finished third and fourth as individuals respectively.

The team will now take a four month break before returning to action at the Juli Inkster Spartan Invitational on Feb. 23. 

Men’s Tennis

Boise State’s men’s tennis team will continue their fall season with a trip down to Las Vegas this coming weekend.

The team will be competing in the Larry Easley Memorial Classic in a tuneup meet for the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championships.

The tournament will run from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

Boise State had no trouble dispatching the Rebels earlier this month at the ITA Mountain Regional.

Swimming and Diving

Boise State’s swimming and diving teams are on the road to a repeat of their MW Championship continues with a trip to Corvallis, Oregon on Halloween night.

The Broncos will attempt to beat Pac-12 foe Oregon State to extend their streak of wins over the Pac-12.

Boise State defeated Utah, 156.5-143.5 earlier this month on Oct. 8.

Women’s Soccer

After spending the past month struggling in the MW, head coach Jim Thomas was finally able to get the team back on track this past weekend.

The Broncos shut out both Nevada and UNLV in 2-0 wins on Oct. 24 and 26.

With those wins, Boise State sits in sixth place in the MW heading into their final game against Utah State on Halloween night.

If the Broncos can notch a win over the Aggies, Boise State would qualify for the MW Championship Tournament to be held in San Diego, Nov. 4-8.

Women’s Volleyball

The Boise State women’s volleyball team dropped two games during the past weekend’s road trip.

The Broncos were first swept by Colorado State on Oct. 23 and then lost a 3-2 match to Wyoming on
Oct. 25.

Colorado State is undefeated in conference play this season.

The two losses dropped the Broncos to tied for sixth with Air Force and Utah State in the MW.

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Sports & Rec Editor Nate Lowery

The Lowery Lowdown is a comprehensive sports column written by Sports & Rec editor Nate Lowery.

Last Friday’s contest against BYU proved why the Cougars are Boise State’s chief rival in football.

The Broncos could potentially see another rival forming to the south in Colorado State.

With the restructured MW ending Boise State’s annual series against historic rivals Fresno State and Nevada and the Idaho rivalry being dead since 2010, Bronco fans are deprived of the breadth of tradition schools such as Notre Dame and Alabama have in rivalry match ups.

Since Jim McElwain, Nick Saban’s former offensive coordinator at Alabama during two of the Crimson Tide’s national championship seasons, took over as the head coach in Fort Collins, the Rams have seen rapid growth in the program.

Since 2012, Colorado State has improved with each passing season. Currently, the Rams are 7-1 and just on the outskirts of a Top 25 ranking. If Boise State loses at all this season, and the Rams continue their five-game win streak, the Broncos will fold to Colorado State for the second annual MW Conference Championship Game.

McElwain’s SEC swagger, coupled with an annual matchup between the two schools, could see the Boise State-Colorado State games turn into a regular skirmish.

Despite only five games against BYU, Boise State was able to develop a rivalry with the Cougars for two reasons: geographic proximity and equal level of talent.

Boise State-Colorado rivalry shares both of those elements as well.

Only 11 hours of asphalt separate the two campuses. McElwain has steadily increased the Ram’s appeal to recruits as well, increasing the talent level.

Albertsons Stadium was able to draw a crowd of 34,910 fans for this year’s showdown between the schools earlier this year. Expect that number to be higher in 2016.

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Despite the current successes of the Broncos programs and the passage of time, these moments in Boise State athletics history still leave fans with a twinge of fear.

1984 Governor’s Trophy

While few Boise State fans pay any attention to the formal rivalry with Idaho today, the Vandals can still hold onto the 1984 matchup between the two schools.

With the Broncos leading the all-time series 8-4-1, Boise State seemed assured to continue that streak on The Blue.

However, Idaho would end up achieving a shutout over the Broncos 37-0 in what still stands as one of the worst home losses in Boise State history.

Brotzman missed two

Score-wise, this isn’t the worst loss in Boise State history, but it’s hard to argue that this was not the most devastating defeat the Broncos have suffered this century.

On the verge of their second straight BCS berth, and third in five years, the Broncos seemed poised to beat Nevada. Instead, Colin Kaepernick led the Wolf Pack from a 17-point deficit at halftime for an overtime win. Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman missed a field goal at the end of regulation, and then another one in overtime.

The Broncos fell from their No. 3 national ranking down to No. 11 and were relegated to the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl. Since then, Boise State has never been ranked higher than No. 5 nationally.

Goodale’s turn

Then freshman kicker Dan Goodale built off of Brotzman’s nightmare the following season. With the Broncos ranked fifth in the nation and in the conversation for going to a BCS bowl, a showdown against TCU seemed like the next step in a dream season.

The Horned Frogs’ quarterback Casey Pachall was able to outduel Kellen Moore with five touchdowns to Moore’s two.

Third-string running back Drew Wright fumbled the ball with the Broncos in scoring position, allowing Pachall to drive TCU downfield and go up 36-35 with 55 seconds left.

Moore managed to get the Broncos in scoring position, but Goodale’s 39-yard field goal attempt sailed right as time expired.

The loss was Boise State’s first on The Blue in 35 games and Moore’s only loss in Boise.

December 2013

Last December is a month Boise State fans likely wish to forget.

On Dec. 6, long time football coach Chris Petersen, the driving force behind the Broncos’ rise to the national level, quietly left Boise to take the head coach position at the University of Washington.

In Petersen’s absence, interim coach Bob Gregory led the Broncos to Hawaii for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.

There, starting quarterback Joe Southwick was sent home in disgrace after alledgedly urinating off of a hotel balcony. From there, Boise State’s trip to Hawaii spiraled downward.

Ball control issues led to a 38-23 Oregon State route that dropped the Broncos to 8-5 to finish the season.

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The Black and Blue game is more then just a game. It serves as a charity event.
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Over the course of a collegiate season there are certain games that mean more than others.
Marquee matchups are those that, as an athlete and a fan, you can’t help but circle on your
calendar.

In some cases, these games have a lasting significance long after the final horn is blown. Boise State vs. Idaho is one of those games.

The Boise State men’s hockey club is set to face off against the University of Idaho men’s hockey club in the fourth annual Black and Blue rivalry game at CenturyLink Arena on Sunday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m.

All proceeds of the event go to Metro Meals on Wheels, a local nonprofit which supplies meals to the elderly in Ada County.

The event allows players to benefit their community while also competing in such a storied in-state rivalry. Together the clubs have raised around $60,000 in the past three years.

Fans and alumni can experience a top-notch premier hockey game live in the heart of the Treasure Valley.

Boise State is coming off one of its best seasons to date following their 2013-2014 campaign.

The Broncos finished last season ranked seventh out of 44 teams in the western region of the American Collegiate Hockey Association and hope to continue the trend this year.

This season the Broncos are currently 7-1 while the Vandals are 0-2.

Free tickets are available for Boise State students and staff, while supplies last, at the Boise State Recreation Center.

The public can purchase tickets at CenturyLink Arena for $20 on the day of the event, or in advance by calling (208) 972-1819.

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The Boise State offense put a season high 55 points in the win over BYU.

Fans were taken back to the glory days of Boise State football Friday night, the days of Kellen Moore and company when the Bronco offense was virtually unstoppable.

The Broncos put up a whopping 55 points, the most on the season, against BYU in the win and showed Bronco nation that they still have a highly potent offense.

The Broncos had 637 yards of total offense, the second most on the season thus far.

‘Things are starting to click more because we have more guys involved,” offensive coordinator Mike Sanford said. “We’re in more of a rhythm because more people are touching the ball and that’s the biggest difference.”

The Broncos had nine players with a reception and six players carry the ball in the victory.

With the injury to Matt Miller, Boise State needed the other players to step up in a big way—and
they have.

The biggest one has been sophomore wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck who had a game and career high six catches for 148 yards and a touchdown.

“He is taking advantage of his opportunities,” head coach Bryan Harsin said. “He is showing some consistency at that position and if you get the ball to him, he is going to have a great chance of making a play.”

Speaking of career highs, senior quarterback Grant Hedrick threw for a career- high 410 yards and accounted for five touchdowns.

His 439 total yards are the sixth most in school history.

With his performance over the last three games, the Air Force game seems like a distant memory for everyone except Hedrick.

“I knew that wasn’t my best performance and I knew I had to prove that to myself,” Hedrick said. “This was personal for me.”

Finally, junior running back Jay Ajayi is living up to his self-proclaimed nickname “The Jay Train” as the running back steamrolled to 118 yards on the ground and two touchdowns.

“Jay is running the ball well,” Hedrick said. “It seems when he is running well, things are rolling for us offensively.”

So, what has been the key to this offensive turnaround for the Broncos?

“The preparation that we have been putting in at practice,” Ajayi said. “We are having the best practices we have had in a long time.”

Another factor for the Broncos has been the lack of turnovers. The Broncos have only turned the ball over twice in their last two games.

“When we take care of the football, we have a great chance of winning,” Harsin said.

The Broncos will now have a week off before they start the final month of the season with aspirations of finally bringing an outright Mountain West championship to The Blue.

“We are going to do everything we can to make it a November to remember,” Sanford said.