Review Category : Sports

The men’s tennis team is out to prove to the country that Boise State isn’t only a football and basketball school. Often times tennis will fly under the radar due to the success of other sports, but the tennis team is quietly climbing the rankings and   is ready to make some noise. After starting the season ranked 48th, they have climbed all the way as high as 15th but fell to Oregon in Eugene and now sit at No. 20 after beating Minnesota. They have been able to beat some of the best teams in the country on the ...

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For the second year in a row, Boise State track and field star, redshirt junior Emma Bates is headed the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center at the University of New Mexico. Competing in the 5000-meters on Friday, March 14, and the 3000-meters on Saturday, March 15, Bates will look to improve on her 2013 finishes. “I didn’t do so well last year so I’m taking that and using that as motivation,” Bates said. Bates, who finished runner-up at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country National Championships, has a lot of confidence going into this weekend’s ...

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The Broncos have had a successful season in their 2013-2014 campaign and it continued with a win over Air Force at Taco Bell Arena last Friday night. The Broncos fought hard and pulled ahead early in the first half, ending the game with a score of 75-44. Miquelle Askew, sophomore forward, helped lead her team to their final home victory putting up 17 points shooting 8-of-11 from the floor and getting the team high of seven rebounds. “Obviously I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” Askew said. “It’s not like I don’t bring the ball down. Without them, I don’t ...

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A familiar face won’t be on the sidelines of Boise State’s spring practices this year. Following the loss of Chris Petersen, new head coach and former offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin — the man that helped pave the way for the Broncos offensive success over the past decade—will attempt to use this spring to implement his own DNA in the team’s gameplan and create a new identity for a team that has fallen from their former glory. Speaking at his pre-spring practice press conference, Harsin said he hopes the Broncos can begin to implement their DNA — the core of who ...

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The Broncos didn’t exactly end their season the way they wanted too. The Boise State wrestling team finished in third place at the Pac 12 Championships last weekend and then this past weekend lost their final dual of the season to their bitter rivals the Oregon State Beavers. In what has been a down year, the Broncos were hoping to hit the reset button with a Pac 12 Championship but it was not meant to be. Boise State finished behind conference rivals Stanford and the conference champions Oregon State. For Oregon State this was their third straight Pac 12 title. ...

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Boise State co-head coach Paul Rocchio was arrested on Friday, March 7 in Meridian after allegedly trying to entice a minor into sex. Meridian police took 50 year-old Rocchio into custody in Settler’s Park. He now faces the felony charge of enticing children over the internet. Lacrosse is one of the most popular club sports at Boise State. Rocchio was dismissed from the team when school officials learned about his arrest. His coach bio has already been removed from the team’s website. However, according to Rocchio’s LinkedIn profile, he has been working as co-head coach for the Boise State Lacrosse ...

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Boise State head football coach Bryan Harsin held an hour long press conference where he spoke to the local media on March 6 to preview the Bronco’s upcoming spring practice. Below are highlights from Harsin’s first spring press conference as Boise State’s head coach. – Harsin opened up by speaking about former Bronco defensive lineman Randy Trautman, who passed away on March 3 at the age of 53. Harsin spoke highly of the former walk-on from Caldwell who helped lead Boise State to the 1980 NCAA Division 1- AA Championship. Trautman is the only Bronco enshrined in the College Football ...

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Imagine coming so close to realizing your dream only to have it slip away from you at the very last moment. Senior wrestler Jake Swartz had that experience last season at the NCAA National Tournament. He was just one mere match away from realizing his dream of being an All-American. “Coming up short last year was the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with in my life,” Swartz said. “That’s one of the things that has pushed me so much this year and really give it my all.” Despite coming up short last season, Swartz has not let ...

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Senior heavyweight JT Felix has been not only one of the most outstanding wrestlers for the Broncos this season but one of the best wrestlers in the nation as well. “It was everything a college experience could hope for,” Felix said. “I love the environment here and the university is the perfect feel.” Felix has had a tremendous season for Boise State this season as he posted an outstanding regular season record of 23-3 which was the best on the team this year. He is currently the tenth best wrestler in the country for his weight class and he is ...

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The Boise State gymnastics team will be saying goodbye to their three seniors this Saturday night as they host their final home meet of the season against Seattle Pacific. “We are going to miss them and their leadership,” co-head coach Tina Bird said. “All of our seniors are unique in their own way and have brought their own twists to the program.” The Broncos will say goodbye Amanda Otuafi, Kelsey Black, and Alessandra Cinfio. “Gymnastics has been my whole entire life and I have never done any other sport besides gymnastics,” Otuafi said.  “Having my last home meet is going ...

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Sun Tzu said in “The Art of War” that if you know yourself, but not your enemy, you will win one and lose one. Boise State women’s golf head coach Nicole Bird has decided it’s time skip the whole losing part and begin to know the enemy. In order to do this, the Broncos will spend the next two weeks at tournaments hosted by MW schools­—a stark contrast to last season. “As a freshman last year, I don’t think I saw more than one person from our conference in other tournaments before conference,” sophomore McKenzie Ford said. “It’s nice to ...

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Despite the tough overtime loss to Fresno State on Wednesday night and the loss of star Lexie Der for the season, the Broncos claimed a huge conference win as they rolled over Wyoming 72-59 on Saturday, March 1. “It felt good to beat them,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “They were going for the 20th win and were tied with us, and our kids responded to so much adversity this week and I couldn’t be more proud of them.” The Broncos controlled the game from start to finish. Boise State jumped out to an early lead and never relented. By ...

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Sophomore Kayla Reinhart stepped up for her team when they needed her the most. “I was really proud of her stepping up. She is a very good player and a great kid,” head coach Gordy Presnell said. “We are lucky to have her.” She played a vital role in the Broncos’ 72-59 home victory over the Wyoming Cowgirls. “It feels really good coming off the loss to Fresno— that was a tough one,” Reinhart said. “It’s really exciting getting this win and holding our position in the Mountain West standings right now.” Reinhart started in place of fellow sophomore Lexie ...

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Wrestling coach Greg Randall is currently the longest tenured coach at Boise State. “My goal was to be a Division I head coach no matter what,” Randall said. “Didn’t matter how long it took me and Boise State came in at the end and I took the job.” He has been with the program a staggering 20 years, 12 of which he has served head coach. “It’s been good for me,” Randall said. “I have been able to raise a family, live in a nice place, drive nice cars and made it a career so I can’t complain.” Randall took ...

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Adversity is gladly welcomed by head coach Erin Thorpe and the Boise State softball program—it’s the recipe they use to improve. The Broncos had plenty of opportunities to display this over the past weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, and will continue to throw themselves into competitive tournaments over the next month. “It’s always great to face those ranked opponents early on,” Thorpe said. “Every game has to be a learning experience in some way.” At the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic, Boise State faced ranked opponents Nebraska and Oklahoma, the defending national champions, while also competing in tough games ...

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It is not how you start a season but how you finish one. These are words the Boise State wrestling team will try to live by as they gear up for the Pac 12 Championships next week. “We are going to win it,” head coach Greg Randall said. “There is no doubt in my mind that we are going to fight hard and believe our 10 guys are going to get it done.” The Broncos will look to continue their recent string of success in these championships as they have finished second in three of the last four seasons to ...

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Two former Boise State football players took the next step to fulfilling their NFL dreams this past weekend at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Offensive linemen Matt Paradis and Charles Leno Jr. went through drills with the other offensive linemen while Demarcus Lawrence will with the defensive ends on Monday. Both Paradis and Leno Jr. struggled throughout their workouts, only putting up top performances in the 20 yard shuttle runs. Leno Jr. ran the second fastest shuttle run with a time of 4.40 —behind Oklahoma’s 4.37. Paradis was fifth with a time of 4.46. The 20 yard shuttle would be ...

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The Mountain West revealed the conference schedules on Thursday, Feb. 20 for the 2014 football season, as Boise State found out how the rest of their 2014 season will play out. The Broncos open up with an early MW matchup against Colorado State on Sept. 6, before traveling to Air Force for the first time on Sept. 27. The Broncos will then travel to bitter rival Nevada on Oct. 4, before returning home on Oct. 18 for a potential MW championship preview with Fresno State at Bronco Stadium. Boise State will travel to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico on ...

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The Broncos survived a wild finish at Taco Bell Arena Saturday night, as a would be buzzer-beating game winning shot by UNLV was waved off following further review.   This came after junior guard Derrick Marks knocked down a fade away jumper from 12 feet to give the broncos a 2-point lead with just 3.3 seconds left. Senior forward Ryan Watkins, Marks and company led the Broncos to a grinding victory 91-90 in overtime. Head coach Leon Rice’s celebration gave away that the basket was going to be waved off after the referees had returned from reviewing the play. “I ...

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In a thrilling overtime victory that ended in a somewhat controversial call, senior forward Ryan Watkins helped to seal the deal for the Broncos with another double-double performance, his 13th of the season. Watkins’ night was overshadowed by Derrick Marks’ overtime brilliance but in no way was his performance anything less than spectacular. Watkins finished the game with 22 points, 15 rebounds on 9-13 shooting. “We know now, no matter how much we’re down we can still come back,” Watkins said. “We just know we got to keep fighting and that’s what we did.” Watkins was held his own against ...

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The Boise State swimming and diving team took home the Mountain West Conference championship for the second time in the last three years this past weekend in Palo Alto, Calif. The Broncos came in to the fourth and final day of competition with an 18.5 point lead over San Diego State and swam away with the title by way of 11 top-three individual finishes to win by a massive 102.5 points. In its eight years as a program, the Boise State swimming and diving team has won four conference championships, including two in the Mountain West. Senior swimmer Rachel Heaney ...

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If all goes according to the way The Corral has planned, then UNLV may wish they could wear earplugs during Saturday’s crucial Mountain West game against Boise State. The Corral, the official student section of Boise State, has spent the past week making a large push to reach their goal of 3,000 students in attendance for Saturday’s game. Dubbed Project 3K, if 3,000 students are in attendance, it will shatter the Boise State student attendance record of 2,408 set earlier this year against San Diego State. The Broncos lost that game 67-65. Taco Bell Arena has averaged 1,084 students in ...

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The Mountain West  Indoor Championships kick off next week for the Boise State track and field team. “It’s always nice because everyone gets together and cheers everyone on,” senior thrower Matt Post said. “It gives us a chance to finally be a team.” The Broncos have had a great indoor season thus far and have become one of Boise State’s most successful teams this season. “It’s going to be very exciting and we are going to do a lot of damage at the championships,” Post said. Even with a brand new coaching staff this season and the Broncos haven’t been ...

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The Boise State swimming and diving team hasn’t planned on their hard work cultivating with this weeks Mountain West Championships. Head coach Kristin Hill says the Mountain West Championships have major implications for the rest of the season. “If we swim at our best, anything can happen,” Hill said. “Our goal is to also take swimmers to NCAAs three weeks later, so we also have girls who will focus on that as well.” Hill sees eight of her swimmers having a shot at qualifying for the national championships—sisters Brooke and Blake Balogh, Felicity Cann, Brittany Ayoyama, Heather Harper, Rachel Heaney, ...

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