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Freshman Andrew Rafla (131) has already made an impact this season with a fourth place finish at the Utah Open and a 32nd finish at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Boise State cross country teams will be traveling to Madison, Wisconsin this weekend to compete in the Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

Last season, head coach Corey Ihmels told The Arbiter that, in hindsight, he wished he had taken the teams to the Wisconsin Invitational as opposed to the Pre-Nationals meet that falls on the same weekend.

This time around, Ihmels made the change to go to Wisconsin. This is the first time that either team will compete at this tournament.

Despite roughly 20 ranked teams competing, associate coach Travis Hartke feels both teams are ready for the challenge.

“This tournament is a good step mentally for the team, as they are gaining confidence,” Hartke said.

Not much has changed training-wise for both teams. The only difference is both teams have been doing a little more training at race pace with the atmosphere being set to resemble the pace of a race.

Senior Tessa Murray feels the women’s team is excited to go to the tournament and feels this will give them a look at what they need to improve on and where they stand before Western Regionals and Nationals.

“The team has had a solid training block,” Murray said.

Freshman Andrew Rafla feels the men’s team is getting stronger and feels the training is building the team and making the team better.

Rafla is using the experience of the older members of the team to help him deal with the pre-race jitters that he feels leading up to big events.

“Working with the team has built confidence in me and the team,” Rafla said.

This will be the last event that the teams will compete in before the MW Championships on Oct. 31.

From there, the team will travel to Palo Alto, California for the Western Regionals on Nov. 14 and the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships in Terra Haute, Indiana on Nov. 22.

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Genevieve Ling placed T-29 last week.

For the Boise State women’s golf team, the momentum continues to keep rolling.

The Broncos opened their season with a 13th place showing at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic on Sept. 8, and have since improved each tournament, culminating in a second place finish as a team at last week’s Price’s Give Em’ Five Invitational hosted by New Mexico State.

“I think right before our last tournament, it gives us a confidence boost that we can play well in the next one,” junior Samantha Martin said, following her share of the individual title.

Martin began the final round of the tournament tied for eighth but moved up to a three-way tie for first with a 9-under-63 in the final round. Her final score was 10-under-par.

Martin’s 9-under-par final round was enough to set the course record at the New Mexico State University Golf Course as well as the school record. Her win gave Martin her third career tournament victory, also a Boise State record.

During the final round, Martin did not know where she stood on the scoreboard, something she feels helped propel her to the win.

“If I knew where I was, I’d be thinking about it throughout the whole round and it would affect the way I played,” Martin said. “Towards the end of the round I found out I was tied for first. It was really exciting.”

Martin’s performances in New Mexico helped lead the Broncos to a school record of 3-under-285 in the second round of the tournament, as well as shooting under par in the third round.

Head coach Nicole Bird was surprised at the team’s ability to remain consistent throughout the tournament and go under-par as a team.

“I don’t know if anyone ever thought it was possible,” Bird said. “To do it and then to back it up with another under-par round and shoot under-par overall was a major breakthrough.”

The Broncos finished second to Idaho, but were able to score lower than schools such as New Mexico State, Washington State and BYU, as well as MW foes Nevada and Wyoming.

“It came down to everybody working really hard,” Bird said. “We had 42 birdies and three eagles. We had our share of bogeys. (The team) stayed true to our focus of making birdies.”

Boise State has only one tournament remaining in their fall season before taking a four-month break. The Broncos will travel to Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Invitational starting Oct. 21.

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The Boise State football team will be without the services and leadership of one of their best players for the remainder of the season.

Senior wide receiver Matt Miller underwent surgery on Monday to repair ligament damage in his left leg  ,head coach Bryan Harsin announced on Sunday.

“(It was a) very tough decision on him because he wants to play,” Harsin said. “If it was up to him, he would do everything he could do to play. It’s not the best decision, however. We want to get him healed up.”

Miller originally sustained the injury against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 20 and was unable to finish the game in a 28-14 loss to Air Force on Sept. 27.

Miller also sat out Boise State’s 51-46 win over Nevada.

Miller is the team’s leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns with 461 yards and three touchdowns. He is the career leader in receptions at Boise State with 244. His 3,049 career receiving yards is just 15 yards shy of Titus Young’s school record of 3,063.

Ever humble, Miller’s focus was never on breaking records. The only record that mattered to him were wins and losses.

“Nothing has changed for me,” Miller said after grabbing the career receptions mark in a win over Colorado State. “I am just glad that we were able to get out of here with a win tonight.”

“We probably care about (the record),” Harsin added. “He probably doesn’t.”

Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford was quick to speak on Miller’s toughness and humility.

“Matt Miller is one of the toughest human beings I’ve ever been around in this game,” Sanford said. “I’ve been very impressed with him in every way—just his leadership, his toughness. He’s what you want in terms of a blue-collar leader.”

Replacing Miller’s on-field production and leadership — he is a team captain, after all — is impossible. However, Boise State has several players they can turn to for support.

Wide receivers Chaz Anderson and Thomas Sperbeck have combined for 15 receptions and 247 yards—a large majority of which was accomplished with Miller on the sideline. Tight end Jake Roh has also become more involved in the offensive game plan with each week. True freshman Jeremy McNichols hauled in four receptions for 54 yards against Nevada.

“Everybody’s elevated their game,” Harsin said. “The one thing I told the team, it’s not like Thomas Sperbeck has to come in and be Matt Miller.”

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The Boise State swimming and diving team got off to a great start with wins over Utah and Idaho.

The Boise State swimming and diving team made a big splash when they defeated both Utah and U of I in their first meets of the season.

“We were really excited to kick off the season,” head coach Kristin Hill said. “We put six weeks of training in and we were excited to see how it could pay off.”

The Broncos defeated the Utes 156 to 143. This marks the first time Boise State has defeated the Utes in school history.

“To start the season off with a win over a high caliber team like them means a lot for us,” senior Jessica Bottelberghe said. “It will be good to carry this win forward into the season.”

Boise State closed it out with a win in the night’s final event, the 200-yard freestyle relay. Bottelberghe was the one that brought it home for the Broncos.

“She is definitely a huge asset to this team and I am definitely thankful that I have had her the last few years,” senior Heather Harper said.

The win continued the Broncos’ streak of 16 straight victories at home.

“It’s pretty cool,” Harper said. “Especially it being my fourth year and having that tradition continue, it’s great.”

Following the win over Utah, the team wasted little time as they had to hit the road to take on in-state rival U of I.

“Idaho’s a great team and they are well coached,” Hill said. “They’re better than last year.”

The Broncos lapped the Vandals in the meet with a 211-89 win.

The Broncos got a great performance from Harper who won both the 100 and 200 breast strokes.

Boise State comes into this season with high expectations as the Broncos are fresh off a Mountain West championship from last season.

“The most thrilling thing is seeing how much improvement we made from where we left off last season,” Bottelberghe said.

The Broncos return a ton of talent from last year’s championship team including six swimmers that made it to nationals. A strong senior class will be the anchor of this year’s team.

“We have a really great senior class and have been together through a lot,” Harper said. “We are really excited about finishing this year strong.”

The program has really risen to prominence over the last few years as the team has won four conference championships including winning two of the last three.

“It is really cool to see what Kristin has done in such a short amount of time here,” Harper said.

The Broncos will look to continue their goal of being a top 15 program when they next go on the road to face Oregon State on Halloween.

“I am really excited to see where this year will take us,” Harper said. “The team is definitely going in a really strong positive direction.”




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As a true freshman Sierra Nobley is already one of the stars of the Boise State volleyball team.

A star has been born.

Boise State volleyball player Sierra Nobley is having a fantastic season for the Broncos: The six-rotation star is not only leading the team in kills but is also sitting in fifth place within the conference in kills with 218.

What’s even more impressive is Nobley is doing all of this as a true freshman.

“Sierra is one of the most highly touted recruits that we have had at Boise State,” head coach Shawn Garus said. “I think that shows in her ability to play right away as a true freshman.”

Nobley came to Boise State from Scottdale, Arizona and has been playing volleyball for almost 10 years.

In addition to being part of the Revolution Volleyball Academy club before coming to Boise State Nobley was part of the USA junior national team.

Nobley was one of the top recruits in the country and chose Boise State as the place where she would take her game to the next level.

“I liked the volleyball team but more importantly, I liked everything else besides volleyball,” Nobley said. “Boise has a great community, people and is just a great city.”

The team immediately fell in love with her and knew instantly that she was a perfect fit.

“She is very sociable and always puts a smile on our faces,” senior outside hitter Alyssa Gammel said. “It’s always great to have someone on the team that is very outgoing off the court.”

More importantly the team knew she would make a difference for them this season.

“I knew from the very first time I played with her that she was going to have a very impactful time at Boise State,” Gammel said. “I am sad I only get to play one year with her but I am really excited to see what she does for the program.”

Through her countless hours spent at the gym, Nobley earned a starting spot on the team, a spot she had coveted from the very start.

“I was really proud of myself for earning that spot,” Nobley said. “That’s what I wanted and was ready to take on that challenge.”

Despite all the accolades she is receiving this year, Nobley is putting all of that in the back of her mind.

“Stats come second,” Nobley said. “I am not focused on numbers, I am just focused on the team.”

Nobley credits her coaches and parents for all the success she has had and in fact she has turned her parents into Bronco fans.

“They absolutely love Boise State now,” Nobley said. “When they visited they went straight to the Bronco Shop and got a bunch of merchandise.”

The best could still be yet to come from this dynamic freshman star.

“There is no doubt that she could be one of the best players ever at Boise State,” Garus said.

Nobley would much rather be part of the best team ever.

“I want to see the program continue to grow and get better,” Nobley said. “I just want my team to succeed.”

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Beth Miller has been the Bronco girl for the last few years and would like to do it as long as she is here.

Thirty thousand spectators sit in Albertsons Stadium anxiously waiting for the players to emerge. The music gets louder as smoke appears at the team entrance. Suddenly, the players storm the field led by the iconic Bronco Girl.

Beth Miller, a sophomore psychology major, came to Boise State with a clear goal in mind— to be the Boise State Bronco Girl. Miller’s past rodeo experience has earned her and her horse Shyann the honor for two consecutive years.

“It’s cool seeing a live horse and somebody riding on it,” said Justin Boyd, political science major. “I think it adds to the atmosphere. I haven’t really seen any other colleges doing that.”

The crowded football games are not Miller’s first rodeo. Miller started riding horses at age three and has participated in drill teams and parades ever since.

Among her many titles as a rodeo royal, Miller was the Valley County Rodeo Jr. Queen in Cascade in 1998 and the Ehcapa Bareback Riders Queen in Nampa in 2002.

“I have used Shyann for almost every event I have done. We’ve had her since she was born so she is my number one horse,” Miller said.

Ironically, Shyann is not a bronco by breed but Miller assures fans she’s a bronco at heart.

“Shyann will be back in the trailer sleeping before the game, but then we go out onto the field and she starts prancing. I can feel her excitement,” Miller said.

When Miller is not under the stadium lights her days mirror that of many students. Miller carries a full load of classes and works at the Recreation Center on campus. Miller married her husband Dan during the summer of 2013. They currently reside in Boise.

Miller and Shyann are expected to appear at every home game and bowl games when the expense is feasible. They also appear in parades throughout the Treasure Valley.

Classified as a volunteer, the only financial compensation Miller receives is money for gas when she has to drive long distances. Loading and transporting Shyann and equipment is left up to Miller and her husband.

They use their own horse trailer and truck.

“The enjoyment I get out of it makes it so worth it,” Miller said. “It is so much fun.”

With plans to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Boise State, Miller is hoping to be here for another three to five years.

“I love doing it and will try out for as long as I can,” Miller said.

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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 got back to their winning ways when they went 2-0 at home this past week to defeat Nevada and San Jose State.

“It felt really good,” junior setter Sarah Baugh said. “We had played a couple of tough matches and it was nice to come back home to change our momentum and get those wins.”

The Broncos were coming off three straight losses and looking to rebound in a
big way.

Up first was a Thursday night match-up with Nevada. Boise State was able to end their three-game losing skid with a straight set win over the Wolf Pack: 25-22, 25-16 and 25-21.

The win also gave head coach Shawn Garus his 200th career win.

“I was completely unaware of that until after the match,” Garus said. “It makes me feel like I am really old and have had a lot of really good

Boise State had several great performances in that game but only one that went on the record books: Baugh had 41 assists in the game which moved her into fourth place all-time in assists at Boise State.

“It was well-deserved,” Garus said. “She leads by example with her work effort every single day and is our floor leader.”

Next was a Saturday showdown with San Jose State. In the contest, the Broncos defeated the Spartans in four sets: 25-14, 25-16, 24-26, and 25-16 for
back-to-back wins.

“We are really pumped after these wins,” redshirt freshman middle blocker Kaitlyn Oliver said. “We are going to have a lot of energy and momentum going

Boise State was led by Oliver who had a career high 13 kills for the Broncos.

“When she is going, she is unstoppable,” Baugh said. “She is fantastic.”

The Broncos will look to make it three in a row when they host Utah State on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“Everyone seems to be clicking and stepping up in their roles,” Oliver said. “If we keep doing that, we are going to do really well.”

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The Boise State Broncos were able to rebound from last’s week disappointing loss to Air Force in a 51-46 shootout win over Nevada. With the win, the Broncos move to 4-2 and 1-2 in conference. Here are five things that every football team needs to know going into the game against Fresno State.

1. Grant Hedrick has rebounded.  Following one of the worst games of his career in which he threw four interceptions and didn’t lead the Broncos to a single scoring drive, Hedrick bounced back with a good performance in the win over Nevada. He went 26-31 for 346 yards and 2 touchdowns. While he did have one interception, Hedricks decision making and throws were much better overall.

2. The Jay Train is rolling again. Following a dismal performance against Air Force in which he only had 63 rushing yards and two fumbles, Jay Ajayi got back on track with a 152-yard rushing performance against the Wolfpack. Ajayi also had three touchdowns, and more impressively, didn’t cough the ball over a single time.

3. The Broncos are getting more people involved in the offense. With the injury to Matt Miller, the Broncos had to rely on other players in the win against Nevada. Among those with good games were receivers Chaz Anderson and Dallas Burroughs. In addition, Shane Williams Rhodes had one of his best games on the season and backup running back Jeremy McNichols emerged with a terrific game as well.

4. The Defense was hit and miss. The Boise State defense has been the staple of the Broncos season. However against Air Force they were shaky at best. The defense gave up 462 yards in total defense. In addition, the Broncos gave up 156 yards on the ground, the first time they have given up over 100 yards on the ground all year. The 39 points was also the most the defense has allowed this season. Despite this, the Broncos forced four turnovers including an interception return for a touchdown, which was instrumental in the win.

5. The Broncos have momentum. The win over Nevada was crucial for the Broncos as they head into their bye week. Boise State could have put themselves in an inescapable hole had they lost to Nevada. Instead though the Broncos return home with momentum into their toughest slate of games on the season when they have to face Fresno State and BYU in back to back games.



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Martarano (No.7) blocking on special teams against Ole Miss.

For Boise State linebacker Joey Martarano, the transition from the baseball diamond to the gridiron is a simple one, and always has been.

“My dad had a football and a baseball in my hand before I could even walk,” Martarano said.

Martarano was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013, but Boise State’s mandatory freshman bridge program in which all incoming freshman are required to start school that summer meant he had to decide between playing football or basketball. 

Martarano chose football and said goodbye to baseball for a time.

However, this summer Martarano got another chance; Martarano was drafted this past June by the Chicago Cubs in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball draft.

With the bridge program no longer a factor, Martarano made the decision to sign a contract with the Cubs and give baseball another go.

“I love baseball, too,” Martarano said. “The coaches were cool with it, and I wanted to go do it and give it a try.”

With the full support of his coaches and teammates, Martarano left for Arizona in June to go play summer league baseball for the Arizona Cubs, which is a minor league organization of the Chicago Cubs.

“It’s been a busy summer,” Martarano said. “Going down and playing baseball was a good experience.”

This was the first time in over a year that Martarano had played baseball, so he had to dust off his baseball skills.

“They were good but a little rusty,” Martarano said. “When you’re not playing baseball for a year that’s going to happen, but I was happy with it for not playing for a while.”

While he was there to play baseball, Martarano didn’t stop focusing on football.

“While I was down there I tried to stay on doing football workouts and keep studying,” Martarano said. “I tried my best to stay dialed in to football while I was playing baseball down there.”

Due to his football schedule with Boise State, Martarano only appeared in four baseball games while in Arizona.

Even though he didn’t get to play a lot, Martarano was happy for the opportunity and is hoping to do it again next year.

For now though Martarano is back on The Blue and is looking forward to having a great season.

While Martarano mostly plays on the defensive side of the ball, he has also gotten some snaps at fullback and is not opposed to trying his hand on offense.

“Growing up I played a lot on the offensive side of the ball and if that’s what it takes to get on the field, then I will do it,” Martarano said.

While Martarano still has a long football career with the Broncos, he would still like to continue playing baseball as long as he can.

“I want to balance it through and keep both options open,” Matarano said. “Whatever my best chance is to make it to the pros is what I’ll do.”

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Boise State gave Air Force their first win in Mountain West Play in almost two years

The Boise State Broncos were stunned by Air Force Academy in a 28-14 loss Saturday night. The Broncos gave Air Force their first MW conference win in almost two years. With the loss, the Broncos fall to 3-2 and 1-1 in conference play and could be in for a long remainder of the season. Here are the main takeaways of the game.

1. Quarterback controversy.

After three games of solid performances, Grant Hedrick regressed back to his week one numbers when he struggled emphatically against Ole Miss. Hedrick threw four interceptions and was promptly benched for red-shirt freshman Ryan Finley. Finley provided a little spark to the Broncos offense, leading them on two touchdown drives, something Hedrick failed to do all game long.

2. The Jay Train got derailed.

Jay Ajayi coughed the ball over not once, but twice in the Broncos’ loss. Ajayi had issues holding onto the ball last season and it appears those issues have not gone way. In addition, Ajayi only had 63 yards on 17 carries as the Air Force defense stopped the Broncos’ potent running attack.

3. Defense is still steady.

On a positive note, the defense again had another good game. Despite what the score indicates, the Bronco defense played well and kept Boise State in the game even when the offense was floundering to find any rhythm. The defense even came up with numerous stops and turnovers in the fourth to give the Broncos a shot to win it at the end.

4. Penalties were killer.

The Broncos racked up nine penalties for 80 yards, mostly in the fourth quarter when Boise State was trying to rally back. The penalties stalled the Broncos’ comeback attempts and put them in a hole before Air Force put the final nail in the coffin with an interception.

5. No Mountain West championship?

With the loss to Air Force, Boise State no longer controls its fate in the MW Mountain division. The Broncos now fall behind Air Force and Wyoming in that division.

Their conference schedule only gets tougher as they still have to face Fresno State, San Diego State and Utah State who are all just as good as Air Force.

The Broncos will on the road again this week as they head to Reno to take on Nevada.

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Kylie Jenkins poses in front of her car.

Freshmen Kylie Jenkins and Leah Johnson will be starting a student drag racing club at Boise State this spring.

Throughout high school where they met and became best friends, they represented Mountain View High School at racetracks such as Firebird Raceway in Meridian.

Now, they aspire to bring their passion with them to Boise State by creating a club that anyone with a vehicle can join.

“I want to be able to show people that this is really fun, and you don’t have to have a massively expensive car,” Jenkins said. “You can just go out and do it for fun; you can even just go out and support people you know.”

Jenkins currently drives a ’62 Chevy Nova. Her biggest role model for racing is her dad, who got her into it in the first place.

“I’ve been involved with (racing) for 20 years,” said Jenkins’ father, Larry Jenkins. “So she’s been around the cars and everything like I had been. I just thought it would be something fun for her to do.”

Johnson’s biggest role model is her mother, who has been racing for nine years. Johnson’s parents tried to convince her to race since she got her driver’s license. She was pleasantly surprised in high school when she found out that Jenkins was a racer as well. After that, Johnson was fully committed.

She currently drives a 2000 Dodge Neon.

“Originally, (my parents) bought me a ’65 Plymouth Valiant and it’s really cool, but it wasn’t ready yet,” Johnson said. “So I just race my crappy little 2000 Dodge Neon. I go (about) 70 miles an hour but it’s still really fun. You can race whatever you want. That’s the best part.”

Racing is an important hobby for the pair. Sometimes there will be an hour break between races but Jenkins claims it’s worth it.

“The track motto for my family is ‘hurry up and wait’,” Jenkins said. “Because that one race is worth sitting there for an hour doing nothing.”

Jenkins and Johnson are very excited to start their club this spring. They claim that it will be a great way to make new friends and urge anyone interested to join. There’s no experience necessary.

“It’s a good way to get involved, and it’s something unique,” Johnson said.

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After starting the season 3-1-2, the Broncos have struggles in their past seven games. The team is currently 4-6-3.

After winning 13 games last season, the Boise State women’s soccer team had pretty high expectations coming into this year.

“We had a lot of confidence that we would be in strong position in the conference,” head coach Jim Thomas said.

Thus far, the season has been a disapointment. The Broncos are currently 4-6-3.

“I felt we would be at multiple games above .500,” Thomas said. “We have slipped up a lot.”

Boise State has gone 1-5-1 over their past seven games. Until their win over Colorado State this past Friday, the Broncos had not won since Sept. 7 against Idaho State.

The Broncos were looking to turn these results around this past weekend when they finally returned home after being on the road for nearly a month.

“We brought some emotion back,” senior midfielder Shannon Schueren said. “It was good to be home.”

Up first this past weekend was Colorado State. The Bronocos finally came to life, especially in the second half where they scored three goals, defeating the Rams 4-1.

“A win is always nice to have and it definitely got our spirits up,” junior midfielder Brooke Heidemann said. “It gave us some confidence knowing we can get some goals.”

The four goals tied the season high from Boise State’s win over Idaho State.

The offensive output against Colorado State ended the Broncos scoring woes —Boise State has been outscored 10-2 their previous five games.

“We struggled the past few weeks putting goals away,” Schueren said. “So putting four in there, especially in front of the home crowd was great.”

The Broncos were led by Schueren who scored two goals in the win.

“My teammates made some really nice plays that allowed me to put the ball away,” Schueren said.

With the goals, Schueren is now tied for third in scoring in school history with five goals.

“She is a great player,” Thomas said. “When we put her in the right position she can get the goal.”

The next game was against Wyoming and the results weren’t exactly the same.

“They disrupted us and got us off our game a little bit,” Heidemann said.

The Broncos offense failed to find any momentum and ultimately stalled.

“That’s how soccer goes sometimes,” Heidemann said. “Sometimes you are on and sometimes you are off with your shot.”

Despite the offensive shortcomings, the defense was able to keep the Broncos in the game until the very end.

“I have to give credit to our defense,” Schueren said. “They did an amazing job.”

Wyoming scored a goal in extra time to defeat the Broncos 1-0.

With the loss, the Broncos fall to 4-6-3 and 1-3 within the MW and now rank 9th in the conference.

“It’s important to continue to build this program where this is not an acceptable record,” Thomas said.

The Broncos will look to rebound and try and turn their season around when they host Fresno State on Friday and San Jose State on Sunday.

“It’s a lot more about us than it is about the other teams,” Thomas said. “Being able to better represent ourselves and our program in the way that we play.”

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The women's ultimate frisbee team practicing on the rec field.

This semester, Boise State gets a progressive twist on the previously male dominated college classic with the creation of the Boise State Women’s Club Ultimate. Club activities started at the beginning of the semester, but according to Kelly Saunders, senior kinesiology major, and treasurer for the club, there were a lot of women who had interest in forming an ultimate frisbee club before then.

Saunderspreviously would often practice with the men’s ultimate frisbee team or with the city league.

“Frisbee is just the kind of sport where you start to toss around a frisbee and you get to know someone just chatting,” Saunders said.

The Boise State Women’s Club Ultimate team is planning on continuing into the winter and next semester. However, Saunders is worried about the weather slowing down some of the practices and causing the team to possibly have to stop practicing completely.

“Guys are a little tougher so they’ll try to go as long as they can outside but I know for us it just might be hard to get the numbers,” Saunders said. “Since we’re a new club ,we don’t have access to the indoor facilities yet.”

According to Saunders, the facilities will come with time. She explainined that even if they can’t practice all the way through this winter, it’s just a matter of time before they can use the indoor facilities to do so.

The Boise State Women’s Club Ultimate team is ranked in Division II, and will have its first chance to see how it stacks up to other teams this weekend.

“This weekend is our first tournament. We’re playing Montana State, Montana, Utah, Western Washington, and University of Idaho… everybody in the Big Sky area,” Saunders said. “I just like having more girls come out and play. It’s really easy to make friends with the other teams.”

For many of the inexperienced members this past weekend was their first tournament; however, Saunders felt confident in the progress they have made over the past five weeks of practice.

“The majority of our team is freshmen and sophomores who have never played, but just in the first five weeks of practice you could see their throws improve a lot. Lots of solid backhand and forehand throw,” Saunders said.

Students who are interested in the Women’s Club Ultimate team can show up to any of their practices on the field next to the SUB Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. — 7 p.m.

“Anyone is welcome [to practice] any time,” Saunders said. “The more the merrier!”

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Boise State's partnership with Learfield Sports has brought in $10 million in revenue since 2010.

First and foremost, sports is a business. The focus of college athletics will always be on the athletes and the playbook, but make no mistake, athletic departments need revenue to keep the program running.

Advertisement sales are one of the primary ways the Boise State Athletic Department brings in revenue. In order to make sure the athletic department sells enough advertisements to keep the program running, the Broncos are aided by Bronco Sports Properties, LLC, a subsidiary of Learfield Sports.

What is Learfield Sports?

For years, the Broncos sold all of their advertisements in house. As the university and athletic department grew, Boise State needed to find an organization with the infrastructure to keep up with the growing demand for advertising sales.

In 2010, a seven year contract between Learfield Sports and Boise State was, with three one-year options that could extend the deal to 2020. In August of this year, Boise State and Learfield Sports reconstructed their contract to extend to 2025.

“We don’t have that infrastructure of hiring people and having a sales staff,” said Max Corbet, associate athletic director of communications “They(Learfield Sports) already have that built in.”

Essentially, Learfield Sports acts as a middle man between athletic departments and companies that may wish to advertise.Learfield Sports and all of their subsidiaries gain the exclusive media rights to the athletic department they work with in return for their advertisement expertise.

Bronco Sports Properties LLC operates with a staff of four under the direction of general manager Dan Hawley. They have their own office space in the Stueckle Sky Center and receive a commission for their advertisement sales.

Since Learfield Sports owns the media rights for the Broncos.  Radio announcer Bob Behler is an official employee of Learfield Sports.

Learfield Sports has partnerships with nearly 100 universities across the nation. According to Corbet, a larger school such as Louisiana State could employ a staff upwards of 10 due to the demand.

Learfield Sports originally was commissioned to solicit the naming rights for then Bronco Stadium. As it happened, Boise State played a much larger role in the deal with Albertsons due to the university’s past history with the company.

The $12.5 million deal to rename the football stadium to Albertsons Stadium generated $3,418,750 for Learfield Sports. The other $9,081,250 went to Boise State.

The New Contract

Boise State’s original contract with Learfield Sports was set to run from 2010-2017 for $10.408 million, with three one-year extensions that would bring the deal up to $19.263 million.

After four years, however, Boise State has become  a much more profitable athletic department. The new restructured deal between Learfield Sports and Boise State now totals $44.058 million from 2013-2025.

Corbet feels the Broncos’ history with Learfield Sports has been beneficial for both parties.

“We have guaranteed money with this deal,” Corbet said. “Whether they sell those ads or not, we get that revenue no matter what. It all goes back into the pot and then pay us back. They set up all the partnerships. From a budgetary standpoint, it’s a lot easier to budget.”

According to the revenue share hurdle clause in the contract between the two parties, Boise State gains any surplus revenue from advertisement sales.

Compensation for Learfield Sports

Boise State is not the only benefactor in this deal. Members of the Bronco Sports Properties, LLC team all receive commissions from their advertisement sales.

In return for their services, Learfield Sports also gains access to several club-level seating and luxury boxes.

According to Corbet, Learfield Sports uses these to solidify partnerships with current clients and as well as to entice new clients.

“They have x number of tickets,” Corbet said. “For the most part, they are definitely for taking care of clients. They are always looking at ways to increase their revenue. It’s advantageous for both. We want to help them so they can help us gain new partnerships.”

In the contract between the two parties, Boise State also receives $100,000 from Learfield Sports each year as a capital stipend. This stipend must be used by the Broncos to improve their marketability and advertisement carrying possibilities.

According to the contract, Boise State can use that stipend for “such items as the purchase and installation of a center-hung video board for Taco Bell Arena, or other mutually agreeable venue enhancements.”

Both parties must agree on what the capital stipend is spent on.

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Sports & Rec Editor Nate Lowery

“Lowery Lowdown” is a comprehensive sports column written by Sports & Rec Editor Nate Lowery.

Take your fingers off the panic button, put away your pitchforks and torches—Boise State football will be alright.

After throwing four interceptions in less than three quarters at Air Force—his second four interception game of the season­—senior quarterback Grant Hedrick was benched in favor of redshirt freshman Ryan Finley.

In his first game action of his college career, Finley threw two touchdowns and almost led a successful comeback bid against the Fighting Falcons.

That’s why when Bronco fans awoke the next morning, they were shocked, to say the least, to find out head coach Bryan Harsin was still going to stick with Hedrick as the team’s starting quarterback after the 28-14 loss to Air Force.

Here’s the thing though­—Harsin made the right call by not throwing Hedrick to the wayside after an off day.

By benching Hedrick in the long term, Harsin would have admitted the team’s process and how they handled things was dead.

Too often, new head coaches jump at the first signs of trouble and alter the team’s process. By sticking to his guns, Harsin is making a commitment to the team’s process and looking for long term gains.

“You don’t put people to the wayside because of one bad game,” Harsin said. “The natural thing is you want to fire a guy. We’re not going to do that. We know what’s going to happen.”

Hedrick didn’t waste any time to prove Harsin made the right decision, leading the Broncos to a thrilling 51-46 win over Nevada this past weekend.

The Broncos scored a season-high 51 points against the Wolf Pack, the MW leaders in scoring defense.

The Broncos scored on five of their six red zone possessions against Nevada, the third ranked team nationally in red zone defense, all with Hedrick at the helm.

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The hockey club celebrating a goal in a win over Utah.

The stage was set this past Feb.  as the Boise State men’s hockey club faced off against Utah State in a nail-biting regional final. In the third period, the Aggies gained the upper hand by one goal, shutting the Broncos out from nationals. The hockey club is driven to prove themselves this year.

For club president and forward JT Smith, the overall mindset of the team will be a big motivator throughout the season.

“We have a whole new attitude as a team to get there,”  Smith said. “It’s the first time that everybody is set on the same goal, like, ‘This is what we want’.”

The club hockey program has grown over the years,   ranking seventh in the MW from the American Collegiate Hockey Association last year.

Attendance at the games has increased as well. According to Smith, crowd size has gone from an average of 100 people to 600 people per game in the last three years.

With key players returning—such as goalie Josh Benton, team captain and defender Rusty Costello and forwards Justin Videen and Taylor Crawford—the team will have plenty of talent on the ice this season.

The hockey season is already underway. Boise State faced off against the Utah Utes on Sept. 27 at Century Link Arena.

The first period kicked off with a goal by Greg Chapman with an assistance from Videen. Utah quickly followed with two buries in the first period, followed by another in the second.

With two minutes remaining in the third, the Broncos exchanged the goalkeeper for another forward. Videen scored soon after, bringing the team closer to overtime. Unfortunately, the Utes utilized the missing goalkeeper and scored, ending the game 4-2 in regulation time.

According to Videen, Boise State did well for their first game. Boise State has practiced for three weeks compared to Utah’s two months.

“As far as them having four lines and we only had three, I think we skated well with them,” Videen said. “We were actually told by the other coach that we are the best team that they’ve played so far.”

This past weekend, Boise State hosted Bronco Showcase against Montana Tech, San Jose State and Western Washington. Games ran all weekend starting on Friday, with all four teams facing each other in a round-robin style tournament.

Smith encourages Boise State students to attend more games this season.

“Just come out and watch us,” said Smith. “It’ll be an experience that will make you want to come back again.”

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From L-R: Abby Webb, Ann Stockwell, Lianne Josbacher, Alex Esmerian, and Sandra Collantes.

The Boise State gymnastics team is arguably the best sports program at the university right now after achieving a No. 19  ranking nationally last season.

Unfortunately for their opponents, the Broncos just got a whole lot better with a new group of newcomers.

The Broncos have just added four incoming freshmen, as well as one redshirt freshman who joined the program in spring to form arguably their best group of newcomers yet.

“To see what kind of college athletes these girls will develop into is going to be exciting,” co-head coach Tina Bird said.

The true freshmen include Abby Webb, Lianne Josbacher, Alex Esmerian and Ann Stockwell. Redshirt freshman Sandra Collantes joined the team in spring, but did not compete.

“I think all of them are going to make an impact for us this season,” Bird said. “I think the upperclassmen will have to work extra hard to keep their spots.”

Each of the new recruits brings to the team their own unique talents and stories.

Webb is the only newcomer with ties to the state of Idaho. She spent her high school years competing for the Palouse Empire club based in Moscow, Idaho.

“It was different, but I definitely loved competing for Idaho and I have loved it ever since,” Webb said. “It was a big reason why I chose to come to Boise State.”

Josbacher came from such a small gymnastics team that she didn’t know what being part of a team was like until she came to Boise State.

“I just want to help the team in any way possible because I have never been part of one before. I love them so much,” Josbacher said. “They are all like my older sisters to me.”

Esmerian brings her exceptional beam talent to the Broncos, an event not for the faint of heart.

“I have just always loved beam and it’s definitely my favorite event,” she said. “I don’t get scared by it and everyone says it’s the hardest event but for me it’s just fun.”

Stockwell gives the Broncos another all-around talent and can step in to support her teammates in any gymnatsics event.

Finally, Collantes is a national champion for her home country of Peru and would have competed last year for the Broncos had she not gotten injured.

“I am a little nervous because I had never stopped for this long,” Collantes said. “I am excited to be back and be able to help my team because I know they are great.”

One thing is for sure: the girls are all loving their new team and are happy they came to Boise State.

“I really love the whole community of Boise,” Stockwell said. “It really reminded me of my hometown. It feels like home to me.”

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A student does a trick on a slackline.

Ali Roberts- Staff Writer

Slacklining at Boise State is one of the many new fads that has swept across campus. The self-proclaimed “slackers” take slacklining seriously.

Slacklining is similar to tight-rope walking, the main difference is these ropes can be set up anywhere between two trees.

The slackliners also attempt tricks.

Amateur or not, the slacklining club will welcome anyone to try it out.

The slacklining club currently meets on the rec field next to the Student Union Building every Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Roxanne Friedmann, a member of the slacklining club, prefers having the group meet in a high traffic area.

“The SUB is a really great area for that. Because of the high traffic next to it we get a lot of people,” Friedmann said. “We’re always really open to letting people try and come and hang out with us.”

Slacklining has been around Boise State for almost a year now, but this is the first year as an official club.

The club’s motto is “Don’t slack off online, slack off on lines.”

They began meeting before the fall semester started and plan to continue meeting through the year.

The slackers will need more accommodations once winter is in full swing. They will need to move indoors because the lines themselves need extremely strong supports.

The line has two tons of pressure when it is tightened, and it cannot be tied to just anything or it will buckle under the weight.

They will continue meeting on the rec field until winter when they hope to get a setup in the Recreation Center here on campus.

Slacklining requires fitness and balance, as well as mental and physical strength.

“If there’s a lot of stuff on my mind I just set up a line and get on one; it’s just relaxing,” sophomore Alicia Combs said. “I’m not thinking about anything else that’s worrying me.”

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The next star in the quarterback lineage of Boise State football will find himself in the Treasure Valley sooner than expected.

Brett Rypien, a four-star recruit and consensus top 14-ranked quarterback in the nation, according to the four major recruiting services, signed a financial aid agreement (FAA) with the university on Tuesday.

The FAA will allow the Broncos to provide financial assistance to Rypien as he takes classes and participate in football practices at Boise State next spring.

Rypien is set to graduate from Shadle Park High School in Spokane, WA and enroll at Boise State a semester early.

“Brett is a phenomenal quarterback, a great student and comes from a wonderful family,” Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin said in a press release from the athletic department. “He will be a great ambassador of Bronco football, and we are excited that we will have him on campus early so that he can begin to acclimate himself to Boise State and participate in spring practices.”

An FAA is different from the National Letter of Intent most recruits will sign on Feb. 5, 2015. An FAA is not binding on Rypien’s part; he may change his mind and sign with another university  until he arrives at Boise State. Boise State however, must provide financial aid to Rypien when he arrives on campus.

Rypien led Shadle Park to an 11-2 season last year, and has passed for over 4,500 yards and 90 touchdowns in his career.

He is the nephew of Super Bowl XXVI MVP Mark Rypien.

The younger Rypien already broke Mark’s Greater Spokane League former record for 4,956 yards.

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Curt Aspey is leaving Boise State after 16 years for Carroll College

Piles of Boise State apparel lay scattered in Curt Aspey’s office at the Nicholson-Yanke Athletic Center as he prepares to take his final bow at Boise State.

Aspey, the former associate athletic director for University Advancement begins his tenure as the athletic director for Carroll College on Oct. 6, ending a nearly 16-year career at Boise State.

“It’s been an unbelievable ride here,” Aspey told The Arbiter. “I’ve been very, very fortunate. My heart will always be here, but my efforts are with Carroll now.”

Aspey has served in multiple positions for the Broncos since he was hired away from California State-Bakersfield in 1998, including a three-month term as the interim athletic director in September of 2011 after Gene Bleymaier was fired.

After 16 years, however, Aspey felt it was time to pursue other opportunities. His professional goal has always been to oversee his own program one day, and he felt he had reached the ceiling at Boise State.

With both of his daughters now away at college, Aspey felt the timing was right; he just didn’t realize he would be offered an athletic director job so quickly.

“The only thing I haven’t done is sit in the head seat,” Aspey said. “The last step is this. Obviously we have ties here but, from the family standpoint, it was a good time to start looking. It certainly came a lot quicker than I imagined.”

The irony is that Aspey’s youngest daughter, Madison, is a freshman at Carroll and a member of the school’s soccer team.
“It took (Madison) 18 years to get away from Mom and Dad and now here I am following her,” Aspey said. “I got a really good taste of the culture there through the recruiting process with her. I had no idea that the athletic director position was going to become available when it did.”

In the eyes of many, Aspey’s biggest accomplishment for Boise State was heading the Initiative for Athletic Excellence—a multi-million dollar campaign to improve the university’s athletic facilities.

Aspey perceived the need to improve the facilities in order to provide a better experience for Boise State athletes and coaches.

“Being able to provide the ultimate experience for student athletes is my purpose in this business,” Aspey said. “Making the experience for our student athletes even better—that’s my goal at the end of the day.”

The Caven-Williams Sports Complex ($10 million, 2006), Stueckle Sky Center ($37 million, 2008), Arguinchona Basketball Complex ($3 million, 2011) and Bleymaier Football Center (2012, $22 million) were all projects in the Initiative for Athletic Excellence.

Despite all his work in constructing facilities, Aspey isn’t expecting to get a building named after him.

“There’s a lot of people that have been here a long time and have done a heck of a lot more than me,” Aspey said with a laugh.

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The Broncos are back on track after winning back-to-back games at home.

The volleyball team opened conference play at home with a 1-1 record this past week.

Up first for the Broncos weas Wyoming.

Going into this game Boise State was riding a four match winning streak.

“It gave us confidence going into conference play and opening up at home was a really big opportunity that we capitalized on,” sophomore middle blocker Maddy O’Donnell said.

Each team split the first two games before the Broncos responded by taking the next games and then the match 25-22, 21-25, 25-16 and 25-19.

“It was one of those sport movie moments when your team responds and motivates you as a coach,” head coach Shawn Garus said.

The Broncos were led by true freshman outside hitter Sierra Nobley who led the team with 19 kills.

“I am really proud of her development,” Garus said. “She has shown every step of the way that she is capable of doing more and I am so proud of everything she has accomplished.”

Nobley has really come up strong for the Broncos and has already become one of the team’s top stars.

“I did not expect it,” Nobley said. “I am really proud of myself and the team has brought me in and been really supportive of me. I couldn’t have done it without them.”

The Broncos also got a solid performance from O’Donnell who added nine kills of her own and a team- high four blocks.

“She is a match up nightmare for other teams because she is so fast,” Garus said. “She is one of the best attackers in the conference.”

The Broncos then played seventh ranked Colorado State, one of the highest ranked teams the Broncos have ever faced.

“The defensive talent that they have is incredible,” Garus said. “There is not a lot weakness there and they are a very good team.”

Boise State was hoping to play the role of David in taking down Goliath.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, that was not to be the case as they were swept by the Rams 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.

“They are definitely one of the better teams and it was very disappointing to come out and not play well against them,” senior outside hitter Taylor Murphey said.

The Broncos were led by senior outside hitter Alyssa Gammel who led the team with eight kills.

“We just need to keep our heads up,” Gammel said.

Boise State will next hit the road when they face Air Force this Thursday.

“We have a never say die attitude,” Gammel said. “If we play like that then we are unstoppable.”

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Flores is only a freshman and is already having an impact for the soccer team.

By Addie Glick

Freshman goalkeeper Janelle Flores has fought for her position and has had an impressive performance this season for the Boise State soccer team.

Flores had large shoes to fill upon her arrival to Boise State. With the graduation of all-conference goalkeeper Maddy McDevitt, Flores saw herself thrust into a competition against sophomore Bailey Anderson and redshirt sophomore Kylie Mascol.

“Flores calibrated herself quickly, her kicking game has improved vastly,” head coach Jim Thomas said. “There are some key elements that are big for the way that we play that she’s already elevated in the short time that she’s been here.”

Flores, a native of Hesperia, California, first learned about Boise State by watching the football team. When applying for colleges, she wanted to keep all of her doors open but quickly fell in love with Boise State.

“(It was) a growing program and it’s only getting better,” Flores said. “I think it’s amazing that I even get an opportunity to play like I’ve never imagined.”

Flores has been playing since the age of four. According to Flores she has attention deficit disorder; her mom placed her in soccer as a way to get her energy out, and it just clicked for her.

“[My role models are] my parents because they’re hard workers—they didn’t get anything handed to them, they’re blue-collar. That’s how I got where I am,” Flores said. “I also have Manuel Neuer, who is the goalkeeper for Germany and also my ex-coach Jessica White.”

Flores is currently studying criminal justice. She hopes that she could maybe one day play for a national team, but for now, her focus is on becoming an FBI agent.

Overall, the team has had some wins this season and hopefully many more to come. Thomas hopes to see the team get into a more settled rhythm as they get reacquainted with the system that they played last year.

“Once we really get into a rhythm I think you’ll see a lot more consistent performances on both sides of the ball,” Thomas said.

The team’s next game is at Colorado State this Friday, Oct. 3, starting at 4 p.m.

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Freshman Andrew Rafla (131) has already made an impact this season with a fourth place finish at the Utah Open and a 32nd finish at the Roy Griak Invitational.

The Boise State men’s cross country team is in a rebuilding year as only three of last year’s starters are returning.

For assistant coach Jeff Howard, a new team doesn’t necessarily mean a new strategy.

“The goal is the same,” Howard said. “Get as close as we can to complete for national titles.”

The team has already begun to experience great chemistry. The older veterans on the team have already stepped up into leadership roles. With their help, the newcomers are quickly getting up to speed.

“The team is adding new goals like focusing more on long-term development of the team,” Howard said. “They are more talented I think than our team last year”

Senior David Elliott feels that the team’s summer camp was integral in building chemisty with the new members. He’s also coming to terms with being a team leader.

“It’s kind of nerve-racking.” Elliott said on stepping into a new role of leader. “It’s just like ease of my experience and showing these guys what it’s like to run in a college program.”

Fellow senior Aaron Back is very excited for the new season. Back was worried at first with just the sheer amount of newcomers on the team but feels confident that this season is going to be successful.

“This is the best team chemistry of any team I have been on,” Back said.

Even though the team is new there are high hopes as to the success of the team based on the talent of both newbies and veterans and the chemistry that has formed in just a short amount of time.

Freshman Andrew Rafla has already shown he is ready to step up. Rafla finished second on the team and fourth overall at the Broncos first race of the season—the Utah Open.

He further solidified his spot on the team with a 32nd overall placing at this past weekend’s Roy Griak Invitational.

Freshman Rhys Park also gave the team a boost when he was the third Bronco to finish.

“This is just a start of a whole new wave” Elliot said.

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Tom Kalahar of Olivia, Minn. hunting doves.

The start of fall marks the kickoff of Idaho hunting season.

“It’s a hobby everyone should take up,” senior nursing major Johnny Wade said.

Hunting is one of the most popular recreational activities in the state of Idaho.

Senior nursing major Colton Dyer has been around hunting his entire life.

“I grew up in that lifestyle and growing up, you just couldn’t wait to get out there,” Dyer said.

There are several things  one must do to become a hunter.

“Safety matters and we have these regulations for a reason,” Dyer said. “Always be aware of gun safety and you can never be too careful.”

You must first take a formal training class known as hunter safety.

In the state of Idaho you can enroll in the official Hunter Safety Education  course when you’re 10 years old. The course can be either taken online or in a classroom.

“There is a lot of safety taught in the course about what to do and what not to do,” Dyer said.

Next, you are required to meet up with a certified hunter education safety instructor and take a field test.

“They want to make sure you know gun safety and all the mechanics that come with it,” Wade said.

Once you are officially certified, you can then go out and get a permit, or tag.

“Think of it like this: the government is giving you permission to go out and get that animal,” Dyer said.

Permits differ depending on what types of weapon you are going to use and what animal you want to hunt.

There are general tags, which are for typical big game like deer and elk.

Then there are the specialized tags that not everyone can get. These tags are acquired through a random drawing and are typically for more exotic and restricted game, such as moose.

“Those are like raffles,” Wade said. “They are like once-in-a-lifetime type of deals.”

These specialized tags for controlled hunts are much more desirable for several reasons.

Controlled hunts allow a limited amount of hunters in a specialized area, for specialized game.

“With the hunting population rising, the government has to be able to regulate it,” Dyer said. “It could be better and there is always room for improvement, but it is a good system.”