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Boise State Women's Basketball V. Wyoming Devin Ferrell
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!

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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
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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.

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By Blair Kerkhoff

The Kansas City Star

Who has the coaching advantage at this year’s Final Four?

There’s a coach who has been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.

Two others, Kentucky’s John Calipari and Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, are Hall of Fame finalists.

The outlier is Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, who will be a Hall of Fame slam dunk, as he leads the Spartans to a Final Four for the seventh time.

“They’re really the best of the best,” Krzyzewski said Monday. “It’s really an honor for me to be in a Final Four with those three programs and those three coaches because they’ve all understood the commitment to excellence that a program needs to make.”

The national semifinal battles match Duke and Michigan State in Saturday’s opener in Indianapolis at 5:09 p.m. Kentucky meets Wisconsin around 7:49 p.m.

No Final Four newbie coaches here.

The Badgers and Wildcats will meet in the semifinals for a second straight year. Duke and Michigan State are back in the Final Four for the first time since 2010.

Each of the coaches has won an NCAA championship. Krzyzewski has four titles in his previous 11 Final Four appearances. If Duke wins the tournament, Coach K will stand behind only UCLA’s John Wooden with the most titles at five. Wooden has 10.

Izzo’s Spartans won the 2000 championship, and Calipari’s Wildcats defeated Kansas for the 2012 title. Although this is Ryan’s second Final Four appearance, he owns four NCAA Division III championships coaching Wisconsin-Platteville in the 1990s.

Two of those teams went undefeated, which gives Ryan a bit of insight into what Kentucky, 38-0, is attempting to accomplish.

“I know what it’s like to be 10-0, 15-0, 25-0 and what that does to a team,” Ryan said. “It actually makes our practices better. I just thought it made us better while we were undefeated because of how you learned to deal with outside pressures.”

Last year, Kentucky won a nail-biter 74-73 on Aaron Harrison’s three-pointer with 6 seconds remaining. Ten seconds earlier, the Badgers had missed a chance to take a three-point lead when Traevon Jackson missed a free throw, Wisconsin’s only miss in 20 attempts, leaving the lead at two points.

“This will be a really hard game for our team,” said Calipari, whose Wildcats are coming off a two-point victory over Notre Dame in the Midwest Region final. “We know that.”

Krzyewski and Izzo say the same thing about their game, but Izzo isn’t buying any suggestion that the Blue Devils and Spartans have a rivalry during the current coaches’ tenures. Duke leads series 8-1.

“Somebody said, ‘You guys have a good rivalry,’ ” Izzo said. “I said you can’t have a rivalry when it’s 8-1. It will be fun to see if we can change that around.”

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Twelve straight losses and an 8-27 record is a far cry from the Broncos of last season.

Under previous head coach Erin Thorpe, the Broncos were in contention for a MW title.

Since Thorpe left for UC Davis last summer however, her replacement Cindy Ball has had an uphill battle.

MW play has officially started, and the Boise State women’s softball team looks to put their early season struggles behind them.  They are still looking to win the MW Championship.

“If you go by wins and losses, it is not what we really want so far,” Ball said. “There is a lot of learning going on as we have 13 new players on the team that will return with five others. So you will have 18 players that will have gone through this process.”

As the Broncos look to improve in the win-loss ratio, the struggles that have occurred are not because of their physical abilities. With all the new additions to the team this year, the Broncos are continuing to fight adversity and play as one team.

“If you saw this group off the field, they are amazing individuals,”  Ball said. “They find ways to connect and to be together. Now we are learning how to do that on the field.

Despite their losing record, the Broncos have not let this define who they are.

“We do not define ourselves by wins and losses,”  Ball said. “We are winning in a lot of ways, it is just not showing on the scoreboard.”

The Broncos know what they are capable of and what they can do.  The team won’t let the early season define them or determine what will happen throughout the rest of conference play.

“Definitely what we have showed so far on the field is not who our team is and does not define our team in any way,” senior outfielder Lindsey Nicholson said. “We are going to go out and go into conference attacking and show people what Boise State softball really is.”

According to Ball, the youth has definitely hurt the Broncos this year. As the season comes to a close so does its youth. Once the team brings that comfortable feeling on to the field they will finally be able to hit their stride.

“I think it is people just getting comfortable with where they are playing,” Nicholson said. “Everybody is playing a lot of different positions and, once people get comfortable with a spot and embrace the role they have been given, I think things will click.”

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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 be run on Monday and be based off of the previous week, running from Sunday to Saturday.

The sun is shining, and it is time for spring sports to begin. This week, the Boise State sand volleyball team opened their second season in Arizona, where they played in Phoenix and Tempe.

This week Laney Hayes has been awarded Athlete of the Week.

Hayes, a six-foot-tall sophomore from Bend, Oregon, plays both indoor and sand volleyball for the Broncos.

She redshirted her freshman indoor season due to injury, but later found herself competing in sand volleyball during the 2014. The inaugural season for the program.

Last year during her spring season, Hayes only played five matches out of 11, going 2-3 with partner Sarah Horton.

Hayes is partnered up with senior Taylor Murphy at the Grand Canyon and Arizona State sand volleyball meet.

Hayes and Murphy lost their first match 21-16 and 21-10. That would change the next day.

Getting their juice back for Arizona State on Thursday, Hayes and Murphy pulled out a win 21-13 and 25-23.

This helped the Broncos start the day off with a 1-0 lead, but the Broncos lost the match-up 3-2.

Haney and Hayes would follow that up with another win against Cal State Northridge  21-11 and 21-14. The Broncos went on to lose the match 3-2.

The Broncos are 0-5 on the season.

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The meet wasn’t for the championship. There was no title on the line, no singular glory to be achieved.

For two lifetime gymnasts, it should have been another regular season home match-up. But for Ann Stockwell and Krystine Jacobsen, the Feb. 27 meet against BYU was the most important of their lives.

That night, the Boise State gymnastics team honored both Stockwell and Jacobsen’s mothers before the meet. They honored their battle with breast cancer by having the entire team and the audience dressed in pink to honor those affected by breast cancer.

The meet served as the culmination of their efforts to succeed, despite their mothers’ struggles.

Stockwell’s story

In June 2014, freshman Ann Stockwell was getting ready for one of the biggest moments of her life­—her high school graduation. Then it happened. Her mom, Mary Stockwell, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.

“I never thought it would be my mom,” Stockwell said. “You always hear the stories about other people.”

A native of Newcastle, California, Stockwell was set to leave for Boise State where she had been offered a scholarship.

Suddenly she wasn’t so sure of her future.

“I felt alone and was doubting everything,” Stockwell said. “I had to take some time by myself to just process
it all.”

With her mom’s encouragement, Stockwell left for Boise State to pursue her dream of competing in collegiate gymnastics.

The decision proved to be a difficult one, and Stockwell struggled with her choice.

Help arrives

When Stockwell reached out for support from her fellow teammates, junior Krystine Jacobsen emerged.

“To have her there for me like that made it so much easier for me to deal with everything I was going through,” Stockwell said.

As the months went by and the season got underway, their friendship continued to improve—as did Stockwell’s mother. Mary had undergone successful chemotherapy and surgery.

Stockwell and Jacobsen were both having tremendous seasons and aided in helping their team vault to No. 12 in the nation.

However, the period of good fortune was about to end.

Jacobsen’s story

In February 2015, Jacobsen got the devastating news that her mom, Judy Jacobsen, had also been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“My mom found out a week before I knew and didn’t tell me because she knew I had a meet coming up,” Jacobsen said. “I was wondering, ‘How far along is she?’ and ‘Is she going to be OK?’ Tears started running down my face because I started thinking about life without my mom.”

Just like Stockwell eight months before, Jacobsen was faced with a decision.

“When I found out, there was a lot of uncertainty for me and I had that doubt creep in,” Jacobsen said. “My first thought was I wanted to go home and support her.”

In the end she decided the team was where she needed to be.

“This is what my mom wants for me. She wants me here with my team because she knows this is what I want to do,” Jacobsen said. “After all of that you turn around and you realize this could be worse than what it is. You learn to fight through it and move on.”

Going beyond
friendship

Stockwell, upon learning the news, was there for Jacobsen every step of the way.

“I told her my viewpoint and my experiences of what I had gone through,” Stockwell said. “I wish I would have had someone who had gone through something like this when it happened to me. I wanted to make sure that she had that from me.”

The two of them talk every day and have formed a lifelong friendship.

“We want to make the other aware that they are always on our mind,” Jacobsen said. “That is the best part to have someone there for you anytime and completely understands what you are going through.”

Outlook

Stockwell’s mother is continuing treatment in Boise, where she moved to be closer to her daughter. The results are promising.

Jacobsen’s mother had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery on March 23 in Virginia, where she lives. She received news that the cancer is not in her lymph nodes and is already off pain medication.

While both remain optimistic, Jacobsen and Stockwell contend daily with the lingering fear.

“There is always that small chance that it could come back and that scares me to death,” Stockwell said. “I would hate for her to have to go through all of this all over again.”

Both Stockwell and Jacobsen have learned not to dwell on what they can’t control.

“I have just taken all of this day by day,” Jacobsen said. “I have had to push through every emotion but I am here today and have come so far.”

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On the night their mothers were honored Jacobsen posted a score of 9.875 on the uneven bars, the second highest of her career, and led the team on the balance beam with a 9.875, which tied her career high.

Stockwell posted a career best 9.925 on vault.

“Everything that I have pushed through and all the hard work that I have put in finally fell into place,” Stockwell said. “It was just the perfect performance to have for my mom and my team.”

Moving forward

On March 21 Stockwell and Jacobsen helped the Broncos win the Mountain Rim Conference championship for the first time in school history.

Jacobsen earned All-MRGC first team in uneven bars and second team in balance beam. Stockwell earned All-MRGC first team vault.

“They are both so inspiring,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “They are carrying the load that every other kid is carrying as a student-athlete but have the burden of these family issues on them. For them not to crack but to be amazing at every meet is incredible.”

The duo, along with the rest of the team, are now preparing for the NCAA Regionals which take place on April 4. The two are hoping to help the team make history by qualifying for the NCAA Nationals for the first time in program history.

“It would be incredibly overwhelming if it happened,” Stockwell said. “To go from the worst day of my life to the best day of my life would be amazing. It would make all that hard work and emotional struggles worth it.”

Whatever happens, Stockwell and Jacobsen know they can get through anything and are much stronger than ever before.

“I have learned through all of this that nothing can hold you back if you just follow your heart and push through everything that may come your way,” Jacobsen said.

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Forward James Webb III shoots a 3-pointer. He was the MW Newcomer of the Year. He also was named to the All-MW second team and the All-Defensive team.

The Craze of March Madness 

The frenzy known as March Madness is officially here.

The NCAA men’s college tournament or March Madness as it is commonly referred too is arguably the biggest sporting event of the year.

March Madness has grown from just a simple tournament to a cultural phenomenon.

According to the American Gaming Association more then 40 million Americans will fill out over 70 million brackets for the upcoming tournament.

To put that in perspective more brackets are expected to be filled out then ballets cast for President Barak Obama during the 2012 presidential elections.

Boise State hasn’t been immune from this phenomenon.

Many students and even professors stated that they will not be attending or holding classes during the opening rounds of the tournament.

The tournament will have even more students glued to televisions with Boise State making the field of 68.

Boise State returns to the fray

Decades of living under the shadow of the blue turf and one of college football’s winningest programs ceased for the Boise State men’s basketball team.

Since head coach Leon Rice was hired in 2009, the Broncos have quickly risen to the top of the MW—one of the nation’s deepest leagues.

Rice’s biggest accomplishment, however, is leading the Broncos to the NCAA tournament two (2013 and 2015) out of his five years with the program.

Despite the at-large berths, Rice envisions even more success for the Broncos—success like he had as an associate head coach at Gonzaga.

While at Gonzaga, Rice was a part of 12 NCAA tournament teams.

While more established teams, such as San Diego State, Michigan State and West Virginia went into Selection Sunday knowing they were in the tournament, the Broncos sat on the edge of their seats until the moment their name was called.

“I want to get us out of this spot, where you can rest easy and sleep well the night before,” Rice said. “It’s the accumulation of a lot of hard work from these guys.”

As the Boise State basketball program grows to become a consistently dominating force, NCAA tournament appearances will become routine.

Our Picks

Nate Lowery- Sports and Rec Editor

NCAA Championship- Kentucky over Iowa State

Final Four- Kentucky, Wisconsin, Iowa State and Villanova

Cinderella Teams- Eastern Washington, Davidson and Wichita State

Teams to Avoid- Kansas, Baylor, Georgetown and Butler

Brandon Walton- Assistant Sports and Rec Editor

NCAA Championship- Kentucky over Northern Iowa

Final Four- Kentucky, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin and SMU

Cinderella Teams- Harvard, Albany, Wofford and Valaparasio

Teams to Avoid- Gonzaga, Duke and  Georgetown

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Jay Ajayi runs for a touchdown in a game earlier this season against Louisiana-Lafayette.

Former Boise State players will take the next step to achieving their NFL dreams Wednesday at the Boise State Pro Day.

Running back Jay Ajayi, quarterback Grant Hedrick, wide receiver Matt Miller, defensive backs Bryan Douglas and Cleshawn Page, defensive end Beau Martin, linebacker Blake Renaud, tight end Connor Peters and kicker Dan Goodale are all eligible for the NFL Draft.

At the Boise State Pro Day, the formers Broncos will go through drills in front of NFL scouts at the Caven-Williams Sports Complex.

Campus Insiders will be streaming the Boise State Pro Day here.

BroncoSports will also be streaming a portion of the Boise State Pro Day. Their streaming window will be from 12-1 p.m. MT.

The NFL Draft will be held April 30 – May 2.

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While Boise State might be known for the success of its football team, scholarship athletes are not the only students dedicated to sports.

Each year, dozens of students take to the fields, courts and rinks to compete in intramural and club athletics.

For students that want to participate in intramural or club sports, there are many options to choose from.

The Rec Center offers a wide array of sports to choose from.

From major sports like flag football to lesser known sports like slacklining, the Rec Center has something for everyone.

Most intramural and popular club sports are hosted through the Rec Center. Sports teams that want to remain at the Rec have to follow several requirements

“In the fall semester, (teams) have to reorganize the club for the year,” said Jared Cox assistant director of recreational sports.   “Clubs need to attend meetings, meet with me for the year, turn in a club officer list and become  active on OrgSync.”

If clubs fail to meet these requirements, they will most likely be dropped. If the club still has remaining interest and active members, the club or sport will be moved over to Student Involvement Leadership Center and receive support there.

According to Luke Jones, director of campus recreation, the ebb and flow of involvement from year to year makes club sports hard to maintain.

“If you have a student that is really into it one year then they graduate and the next year no one carries it on,”  Jones said. “That’s what was happening with some of our sports like dodge ball or  with racquet ball or kickball.”

Students interested in keeping the club alive or restarting it after being dropped must contact the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

From there, they must find a university faculty or staff advisor, register on OrgSync, create a constitution and elect officers for the club.

Club sports can also be moved from SILC back to the Rec Center. If a club can prove there is longevity to their sport and remain active, the Rec Center will support it as either a club or intramural sport.

The Rec Center requires consistent involvement in order to better plan their annual budget. Jones pointed to the Boise State Abraxans as an example of a club within SILC that has become successful.

“I know Quidditch has reached the point where they’ve got a pretty solid team and following,” Jones said. “I think they would like to make the jump from campus involvement over to being treated more like an actual club sport.”

To see what sports the Rec  Center is offering or to get involved you can visit them or go to there website rec.boisestate.edu.

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Freshman Drew Punnett considered quitting hockey his senior year of high school while receiving offers to play DIII hockey at other colleges.

“It got to the point that I was playing for everybody besides me,” Punnett said.

Instead of attending a school that offered him a scholarship, Punnett paid $1,350 to join the Boise State hockey club. Even though he had to pay, Punnett was able to prove that he was playing hockey for himself.

“I’m glad I didn’t (quit), and I think club hockey allowed me to do that,” Punnett said. “I’m going out there every day and it’s to have fun. There’s way less pressure, and I fell in love with the sport again.”

According to Jared Cox, assistant director of recreational sports, students join club sports for various reasons. However, there are operating costs involved.

While the Rec Center tries to balance out the high budgets, student fees are necessary to cover the full cost of each club.

“They’re not recognized by the NCAA or athletics. They’re under campus rec,” Cox said. “That’s why they do have to pay to play.”

Many positions are volunteer-based, including student officers and coaches.

“There’s a few (coaches) that get paid, but we’re talking $500 or a $1,000 a year, which at the end of the day is kind of considered a volunteer position,” Cox said. “(Coaches) want to build up their resumes or they have the love of the sport, they want to make an impact with young people.”

Despite these costs, club-athletes believe there many benefits to playing club sports.

For freshman Kailey Warren, club volleyball has given her the opportunity to play but still focus on other areas of her life.

“I liked it because it’s less time consuming. It’s two practices a week and (we travel for) tournaments, but besides that, it’s not going to control my life, ,” Warren said.

For junior Justin Videen, returning from Saint Mary’s University to play for Boise State was worth the cost. He can play with the teammates he grew up with as well as play in front of his family.

“Realistically, no money could be as nice as playing in front of the people you love,” Videen said in an interview with The Arbiter in October.

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The Boise State Men’s basketball team is leaving Las Vegas, Nevada this weekend with a different outcome than of the one they expected.

The Broncos entered the weekend as the regular season champion and the number one overall seed for the MW Conference Championship Tournament. Getting past the semifinal game and on to Saturday was one of their goals.

In the quarterfinals Thursday, they played magnificently as they out shot Air Force to a huge 80-68 win to play Wyoming in the semifinals.

That is where there tournament run would end.

The Broncos came out strong in the first half on Friday night against the Cowboys–their largest lead was 12 points.

Late in the first half, Wyoming went on a big 22-5 run that would trim the lead down as they would never look back. The Broncos fell 71-66 in overtime.

“I think that was the momentum for the entire game,” Senior Rob Heyer said. “No matter if we made a run late, I think that sparked their confidence for the rest of the game.”

That run by Wyoming set the tone for the rest of the game and the Broncos had no answer in return. The team knew they needed to make a play in order to respond but no one rose to the occasion.

“Those are just runs we have to, you know, struggle through,” Heyer said. “We have to try to make plays at those times. W did not make enough of them today.”

The team now awaits their fate for the dance, as they will find out their destiny on Selection Sunday.

Head coach Leon Rice believes that everything they have done up to this point will earn them an at large bid.

“Were the Mountain West Champions,” Rice Said. “We’re the number one seed in the tournament. I think we’ve got a great resume.”

The outcome of the tournament was not an ideal one for the men’s basketball team. They did everything they could and now their fate lies in the hands of the selection committee.

“It’s not ideal as we would have liked to have secured a birth with this win,” Rice said. “They came down here, wanted to win this tournament and gave everything they had. I don’t think there’s anymore I could have asked of them.”

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

The blue field is under fire once again.

This time however, there is no ground to make these claims upon.

In an upcoming study from LSU economics professor Sudipta Sarangi, University of Arkansas professors Cary Deck and Javier Reyes, and University of Arkansas-Little Rock assistant professor Sarah Quintar, they found that Boise State is the most hated college football team.

The study, titled “Everybody Hates a Winner, and You are Close to Your Rival: A Study of Rivalry in College Football,” will be released in a future issue of Economic Inquiry.

Sarangi used the Herfindahl Index as well as other unknown metrics to find the most hated college football team.

Through these unknown metrics, Sarangi named his LSU Tigers as the No. 32 most hated college football team.

Those who plan on taking Sarangi’s study seriously need to look no further than his best rivalry rankings. According to his unknown metrics, Sarangi ranked Central Michigan and Western Michigan as the best rivalry in college football.

In case you need to re-read that, I’ll write it again: Central Michigan and Western Michigan is the best rivalry in college football.

For comparison, the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn is ranked as the No. 16 rivalry in the nation.

Sarangi may claim that Boise State is the most hated college football team, but until his study is released and we are told what these unknown metrics are, he is just a guy standing on a soap box.

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Brenda Sinclair

Staff Writer

At least 20 competitors will gather at the Boise State Recreation Center on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to take part in the second round of the 3rd annual Idaho Climbing Series Competition.

The first of three rounds were held in February at Idaho State University. This was Idaho State University’s first year participating in the competition. The last round will be held in November at the Asana Climbing Gym in Boise, according to Nicole Gallaher, Outdoor Program coordinator.

Boise State has hosted climbing competitions for 23 years. This event is part of the larger Idaho Climbing Series, which is run by several local gyms. According to Gallaher, this event goes to supporting the local climbing community.

“The format of the competition this year is brand new,” Gallaher said.

Competitors will be divided into classes by age. Gallaher expects the 16-20 year old and 21-30 year old brackets to be the most popular.

Points are awarded to climbers rather than prizes. Gallaher said this is to promote participation for the enjoyment of climbing rather than winning a prize. Those who have the most points in each age group at the last competition will earn a trophy. Trophies will also be presented to female and male competitors with the most points.

The Rec staff is preparing a wide range of routes on the rock wall for Saturday’s competition.

The competition is open to everyone and registration is allowed the day of the event. The fee is $35. Proceeds go toward “paying staff and allow us to get new climbing holds,” Gallaher said.

The Rec will be open to all spectators free of charge. From 2:00-4:00 p.m., there will be a used gear sale in the Outdoor Program area.

Gallaher believes climbing offers something for everyone.

“Everyone has their own reason for doing it,” Gallaher said. “It’s a cool way to see the world. You get to go to places you wouldn’t typically go.”