BUSTER’S WEEKLY ROUNDUP: What’s happening in Boise State Athletics (Aug. 28 – Sept. 3)

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Here’s this week’s update on Bronco Athletics.


For her performance last week vs. Idaho State, Junior outside hitter, Paige Bartsch, is this year’s first Ford Boise State Student-Athlete of the Week.

That’s not all though, her per-set average of 7.5 kills and 8.3 points also earned her the Mountain West Volleyball Offensive Player of the Week.

On Sept. 2-3, the Broncos went to Corvallis, Oregon for the Asics Invitational Tournament, where they faced the University of Oklahoma and Oregon State University.

The Broncos fell to the University of Oklahoma 1-3 on Sept. 2, Bartsch led the game in kills with 19 and Noelani Helm set up 22 assists in the game. 

Bartsch led the team again with 11 kills and 12 digs, marking her 12th career double double. 

“Today was a struggle on the road at Oregon State,” said Boise State Head Coach Shawn Garus. “We were very high in errors, leading to easy points for the Beavers. It will be very important to bounce back, have a couple of good practices, and be ready for another tough road trip next week.”

On Sept. 3, Oregon State swept the Broncos in the finale 3-0, placing the team at 2-2 on the season.

Next week, Boise State travels to Flagstaff, Arizona for the NAU Lumberjack Classic where they’ll square off against Stephen F. Austin State University, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University.


Bronco golf teed off the 2023 season this Labor Day weekend in Harris, Michigan.

Two rounds were played on Sept. 1, with the final round taking place Sept. 2 at the Sage Run Golf Club.

Head coach, David Trainor, returns for his second season as head coach. Last year he led the Broncos to two top four finishes, so the bar is set high for 2023. 

Boise State also returns seven members to their lineup, five of whom competed in last year’s Mountain West Championships. 

Freshmen Luke Cunningham and Luke Cushman, as well as sophomore University of Arizona transfer Ryan Meyer, will take the green for their first time as Broncos.


Boise State’s men’s cross country takes home first place in their season opener, led by junior Ned Potter

In his first meet as a Bronco, Potter placed first in the men’s eight kilometer race at the University of South Florida Cross Country Invitational with a time of 24:09.1.

His victory, along with four other Broncos finishing in the top 10, earned the first place title, marking the first victory for the men’s team since the 2018 Mountain West team title.

Similarly with  the women’s six kilometer race, Boise State placed four in the top 10 finishers, taking second place overall.

Leading the squad was Automn Ost, who took third place with a time of 20:43.6

“This was a great start for both teams,” head coach Corey Ihmels said. “We showed great depth on both sides and gave great effort. It’s exciting to have such a great starting point this early in the season. I can’t wait to see how the team works the remainder of the season.”

Coming up next, Boise State travels to Falcon Heights, Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 22.


Boise State ended their Arizona road trip with a 1-1 draw versus Arizona on Sept. 3. 

A tremendous save by goalkeeper, Genevieve Crenshaw, in the final minute preserved the draw for the Broncos.

The save by Crenshaw earned her Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week.

The Broncos now sit with a 1-1-3 record on the season.


A tough season opener for Boise State football, the final score was 56-19, Washington.

Sophomore Quarterback, Taylen Green, threw for 244 yards, going 19 for 39 passing.

Sophomore running back, Ashton Jeanty, posted 153 all purpose yards on the day, with a career high 109 receiving yards.

Next week Boise State hosts the University of Central Florida on Saturday, Sept. 9 for its home opener. 

More information on the season opener loss here.


Schedules for Boise State’s men’s rugby club have been released for the Fall 2023 season.

  • Away vs. University of Utah on Sept. 16.
  • Home vs. College of Idaho on Sept. 23.
  • Home vs. Western Oregon University on Sept 30.
  • Away vs. Oregon State University on Oct. 21.
  • Home vs. University of Oregon on Nov. 4.

More matches may be added to the schedule in the future.

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