Saturday, March 31, 2012

Boise State Captures All-Idaho Cup Title

The Boise State track and field team captured 11 individual titles in running away with the All-Idaho Cup at NNU today.  The Boise State men scored 259 points while the women earned 210 points.

Idaho State, which is picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference, finished second this weekend with 173.50 points on the men's side and the Bengal women's attempt to score a huge upset over the Boise State women nearly succeeded, with ISU falling short by just four points.  NNU was third in both the men's competition (108 points) and the women's (111 points) while the College of Idaho was fourth with 36.50 and 61 points, respectively.

Although the University of Idaho is of course, in Idaho, the Vandals chose not to come down and compete this weekend.

Chase Sexton won the discus and shot put, heaving the discus a lifetime best 178' 11" and posting a mark of 55' 9.75" in the shot put.  Trevor Kraychir won the hammer throw with a mark of 188'8".  Justin Maines won the 110-meter hurdles in 14.76 while Manoah Wesson took the Cup title in the 400 with a time of 47.73.  Rolando Trammel sprinted in first to take the 100 meters (11.04) while the Bronco 4x100-meter relay team won its event with a time of 41.44.

The Bronco women's 4x100-meter relay team was victorious with a time of 46.99.  Tajanee Simmons won the 100-meter hurdles (15.11) while Debra Johnson won the triple jump with a career-best 40'2" and Shea Hanson captured the 3000-meter steeplechase in 11:17:63.

Boise State will be in Provo, Utah next Saturday for an important clash with BYU and USC.

Boise State Has Defeated #25 Fresno State

Andy Bettles, Fillip Pogostkin, Scott Sears and Nathan Serenke have all won singles matches to lead Boise State to a huge 4-3 upset over #25 Fresno State today in Boise.

Fresno State won the doubles point with a thrilling 9-7 win at #3 doubles.  The action then moved to the singles courts, where Coach Greg Patton's team would have to win four of the six contests.

Bettles prevailed over Jean-Charles Diame 6-1, 6-0 to even the match.  Pogostkin was right behind Bettles with a 6-2, 6-1 win of his own and both turned cheerleaders for their teammates.  Sears dominated his opponent 6-2, 6-1, then Sereke followed with a 6-2, 6-2 victory to give the Broncos a much-needed win over a highly-regarded opponent.

The win over rival Fresno State, plus other matches that the Broncos have played this season, such as against #1 USC and Stanford, have set the foundation for a run at an NCAA tournament berth.  There's lots of tennis to be played first, namely getting through the Mountain West Conference season unscathed.  Boise State would like nothing better than to capture the Mountain West in their first season.

But still, you can bet the Broncos are savoring this great victory tonight.  They try to preserve their 22-match home winning streak next Saturday against Air Force and Weber State.

Boise State 4, Fresno State 3

1. Alcantara/Boutillier (FSU) def. Sereke/Meredith (BSU) 8-4
2. Ayoun.Leslie (FSU) def. Hume/Sears (BSU) 8-6
3. Bettles/Pogostkin (BSU) def. DeLaubenfels/Diame 9-7

Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. No. 28 Remi Boutillier (FSU) def. No. 56 James Meredith (BSU), 3-6, 6-1, 10-8
2. No. 48 Francis Alcantara (FSU) def. No. 63 Damian Hume (BSU), 6-4, 6-3
3. Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Jean-Charles Diame (FSU), 6-1, 6-0
4. Nathan Sereke (BSU) def. David Ayoun (FSU), 6-2, 6-2
5. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Zachary Leslie (FSU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Scott Sears (BSU) def. Reid DeLaubenfels (FSU), 6-2, 6-1

Order of Finish: 3, 5, 6, 4, 1, 2

Upset Brewing at Appleton

Fresno State came into the day with a #25 national ranking and won the doubles point over Boise State.  But as of now, the Broncos have a 3-1 lead.  Could come down to the wire.

Boise State Tennis Team Takes on #25 Fresno State

Boise State's tennis team takes on its main rival today at the Appleton Tennis Center as #25 Fresno State is in town for a showdown with the Broncos.

Coach Greg Patton's team has shown great improvement since the beginning of the season, but they will have to play their best tennis to knock off the Bulldogs.  Not long ago, it was Boise State that was on top and Fresno was trying to pull the upset but now the shoe is on the other foot.

The match begins at 11 this morning.

Boise State Track Team Gets Five Wins at Idaho Cup

The Boise State women won four events as the Idaho Cup got underway at Jackson's Track in Nampa.  The Bronco men weren't as fortunate, as Edidong Essien was the lone member of the men's squad to win against competition from other Idaho student-athletes.

Mele Vaisima is on a tear.  The Bronco strength star who earned All-America status at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa earlier in the year scored a career best in the hammer with a throw of 183' 0".  Emma Bates captured the 1500-meters in 4:29.18, also a career best, while Andrea Morones popped a career best in the javelin with a throw of 135' 7" and Shannon Jacobs won the long jump with a leap of 17' 4.25". 

Essien won the 200-meters in 22.39, but unfortunately had no company from his teammates on the winner's stand for the Boise State men.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Felix Breaks School Decathlon Record, Finishes 4th at Texas Relays

Kurt Felix of Boise State broke the school decathlon record by 209 points to finish fourth in the Texas Relays yesterday.  Felix broke his own personal best by 509 points in totaling 7,921 in the two-day event in Austin and now owns the fifth-best mark in the world this season.  Alexi Morton tied for 19th in the women's heptathlon with 4,805 points.

Felix won two events among all decathletes in the prestigious meet and set personal bests in six of the 10 events.  The Boise State senior led on opening day, as he usually does, but fell back because his second day doesn't include his best events.  

Felix finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles yesterday to begin the competition with a career-best 14.78 seconds.  Kurt finished eighth in the discus with a career-best throw of 127' 4".  He then cleared 13' 9.25" in the pole vault, something he did not do in the recent NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.  He then moved on to one of his best events, the javelin, where Kurt won the competition with a career-best of 229' 3".  Felix completed the day with a career-best of 4:45.22 in the 1,600 meters to finish ninth in that event.

Hometown favorite Isaac Murphy of Texas won the decathlon with 8,067 points, the top mark in the world this season.  Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington was second with 7,977 points.  

Felix's Event-by-Event Results:
100-meters: 11.06 - 10th in the event (a .03 personal record [PR])
Long Jump: 25'-4.75" - 1st in the event (a 4.75" PR)
Shot Put: 44'-4.75" - 3rd in the event (a 2'-2" outdoor PR)
High Jump: 6'-7.50" - 2nd in the event
400-meters: 49.66 - 7th in the event
110m Hurdles: 14.78 - 8th in the event (a .48-second PR)
Discus: 127'-4" - 8th in the event (a 3'-10" PR)
Pole Vault: 13'-9.25" - 11th in the event (a 9.75" PR)
Javelin: 229'-3" - 1st in the event (a 8'-11" PR)
1500-meters: 4:45.22 - 9th in the event (a .02-second PR)
Overall Total: 7,921 points - 4th overall (a 509-point PR)

Morton's Event-By-Event Results:
100m Hurdles: 14.69 - 15th in the event
High Jump: 5'-5.25" - tie for 13th in the event
Shot Put: 34'-4.75" - 14th in the event
200-meters: 26.95 - 21st in the event
Long Jump: 18'-8.75" - tie for 8th in the event
Javelin: 100'-6" - 11th in the event (a 10'-3" PR)
800-meters: 2:38.68 - 21st in the event
Overall Total: 4,805-points - tie for 19th overall

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Boise State Tennis Team Defeats #48 San Diego State 6-1

Better yet, a conference win for the men.  The Broncos face rival #26 Fresno State Saturday morning at 11 a.m.  Would be great to have a large contingent to root against the Bulldogs!

Felix 11th in Decathlon-Pole Vault

  1 Greaves, Kenny            SR Texas                    5.10m   16-08.75    941
  1 Nickles, Heath            JR Ohio State               5.10m   16-08.75    941
  3 Martin, Romain            JR UT-Arlington             5.00m   16-04.75    910
  4 Murphy, Isaac             JR Texas                    4.90m   16-00.75    880
  4 Blaser, Andrew            SR Idaho                    4.90m   16-00.75    880
  6 Olson, Petter             FR Texas                    4.80m   15-09.00    849
  7 Bray, Wesley                 Unattached               4.70m   15-05.00    819
  8 FitzSimons, Thomas        SR Mount St. Mary's         4.60m   15-01.00    790
  9 Jones, Bryan              SO Akron                    4.40m   14-05.25    731
 10 Plentl, Andrew            SR Steph F. Austin          4.30m   14-01.25    702
 11 Felix, Kurt               SR Boise State              4.20m   13-09.25    673
 12 Glasnow, Ted              JR Notre Dame               4.10m   13-05.25    645
 13 Weinstock, Evan           SO Brown                    3.90m   12-09.50    590
 14 Wohlford, Jake               Unattached               3.60m   11-09.75    509
 14 Cluke, Joshua                Lon Morris               3.60m   11-09.75    509
 16 Turner, James             FR UT-Arlington             3.40m   11-01.75    457
 -- Chaney, Clayton           JR Rice                        NH                  
 -- Kunze, Cory               SO Ohio State                  NH                  
 -- McCune, Alex              FR Akron                       NH                  
 -- Beach, Curtis             SO Duke                        NH     

Kurt Felix Finishes 8th in Decathlon-Discus at Texas Relays

  1 Glasnow, Ted              JR Notre Dame              42.22m     138-06    710
      42.22m  40.21m  FOUL                                                       
  2 Bray, Wesley                 Unattached              41.75m     137-00    700
      36.41m  40.95m  41.75m                                                     
  3 Murphy, Isaac             JR Texas                   41.71m     136-10    699
      41.71m  41.71m  41.07m                                                     
  4 Turner, James             FR UT-Arlington            41.32m     135-07    691
      40.42m  41.32m  38.54m                                                     
  5 Nickles, Heath            JR Ohio State              39.41m     129-03    653
      FOUL  38.49m  39.41m                                                       
  6 Jones, Bryan              SO Akron                   39.21m     128-08    649
      38.27m  39.21m  35.15m                                                     
  7 Beach, Curtis             SO Duke                    39.06m     128-02    645
      38.31m  FOUL  39.06m                                                       
  8 Felix, Kurt               SR Boise State             38.81m     127-04    640
      38.81m  FOUL  37.77m                                                       
  9 Kunze, Cory               SO Ohio State              38.49m     126-03    634
      38.49m  36.62m  38.43m                                                     
 10 Greaves, Kenny            SR Texas                   38.29m     125-07    630
      38.29m  FOUL  FOUL                                                         
 11 Christian, Tevarus        SR Miss State              38.22m     125-05    628
      36.42m  38.22m  31.20m                                                     
 12 Weinstock, Evan           SO Brown                   37.81m     124-00    620
      37.81m  37.46m  37.71m                                                     
 13 Martin, Romain            JR UT-Arlington            37.77m     123-11    619
      30.86m  35.59m  37.77m                                                     
 14 Olson, Petter             FR Texas                   37.16m     121-11    607
      FOUL  FOUL  37.16m                                                         
 15 FitzSimons, Thomas        SR Mount St. Mary's        36.73m     120-06    598
      35.06m  35.36m  36.73m                                                     
 16 McCune, Alex              FR Akron                   34.62m     113-07    556
      33.57m  33.54m  34.62m                                                     
 17 Chaney, Clayton           JR Rice                    34.09m     111-10    545
      FOUL  34.09m  32.75m                                                       
 18 Wohlford, Jake               Unattached              33.43m     109-08    532
      31.46m  31.96m  33.43m                                                     
 19 Blaser, Andrew            SR Idaho                   31.00m     101-08    484
      FOUL  31.00m  30.05m                                                       
 20 Plentl, Andrew            SR Steph F. Austin         30.76m     100-11    479
      30.76m  29.24m  FOUL                                                       
 21 Cluke, Joshua                Lon Morris              26.78m      87-10    402
      22.55m  FOUL  26.78m      

Felix Finishes 8th in 110-Meter Hurdles

The big news is that Curtis Beach is out of the competition...

  1 Wohlford, Jake               Unattached               14.24   1.3    944
  2 Blaser, Andrew            SR Idaho                    14.40   1.1    924
  3 Murphy, Isaac             JR Texas                    14.42   1.3    921
  4 Olson, Petter             FR Texas                    14.49   0.6    912
  5 Martin, Romain            JR UT-Arlington             14.51   0.6    910
  6 Chaney, Clayton           JR Rice                     14.62   1.1    896
  7 Bray, Wesley                 Unattached               14.71   1.8    885
  8 Felix, Kurt               SR Boise State              14.78   1.1    876
  9 Plentl, Andrew            SR Steph F. Austin          14.81   1.8    873
 10 Kunze, Cory               SO Ohio State               14.94   1.2    857
 11 Nickles, Heath            JR Ohio State               14.98   1.8    852
 12 FitzSimons, Thomas        SR Mount St. Mary's         15.09   1.8    839
 13 Greaves, Kenny            SR Texas                    15.14   1.1    833
 14 Weinstock, Evan           SO Brown                    15.60   1.2    778
 15 Christian, Tevarus        SR Miss State               15.61   1.2    777
 16 McCune, Alex              FR Akron                    15.80   1.2    755
 17 Turner, James             FR UT-Arlington             15.85   1.4    750
 18 Glasnow, Ted              JR Notre Dame               16.02   1.4    730
 19 Jones, Bryan              SO Akron                    16.10   0.6    722
 20 Cluke, Joshua                Lon Morris               18.00   1.4    524
 -- Beach, Curtis             SO Duke                       DNF   1.3       

Oregon Wins 6-4

The Ducks get a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth.  Boise State not quite there yet.

Oregon Ties Boise State

Game headed to extra innings.  Boise State just can't get the key hit or the key out.  The Lady Broncos have made four errors in the game.

Tara Glover's Single Scores Two

Boise State is once again in the lead.  Tara Glover's single in the seventh has scored two to make it 4-3, Broncos.  This is the third time Boise State has been ahead in the three-game series.

Two-Run Homer Puts Oregon in Front

Boise State is finding what it takes to be a Top 25 team.  They have played Oregon close in two of the three games, in which the game could have gone either way, and might end up losing all three.

Oregon Error Allows Second Boise State Run

Runners on first and third with two out in the Bronco sixth, Boise State temporarily taking a 2-1 lead.

Crump Singles in Tying Run

After a force-out at home, Allie Crump singled to right to score a run.  Here's the kicker:  The runner on second was thrown out on a single to right field.  Boy, sign that gal up to the major leagues if she can throw out a runner going from second to third, who was moving once the ball hit the ground.  

Boise State Has Bases Loaded in Sixth, No One Out

This is the key point in the game.  Either Boise State scores two runs or more and wins the game, or does not score and loses.

Oregon Gets a Run in the Fourth

A leadoff double and a single have produced the game's first run, and Oregon takes a 1-0 lead in the fourth.  

I know that Boise State's hitters are every bit as good as Oregon's, but they haven't shown it in Eugene.

Boise State & Oregon Scoreless Through 3

The Broncos really need to get one of the three games.

Felix Leads Decathlon at Texas Relays

Kurt Felix of Boise State leads after one day of the decathlon at the Texas Relays in Austin.  

Felix has 4,194 points, two points ahead of hometown favorite Isaac Murphy of Texas.  Duke's Curtis Beach, the runner-up last year at the NCAA Championships, has 3,911 points.

Felix also led the heptathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships, but a no-height in the pole vault sent him near the bottom of the field.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Jordan Krieger's Double Scores Three

Boise State has now scored six runs in the fifth inning and lose to Oregon 14-6.

Oregon Leads Boise State Through 4

The Ducks with a 14-2 lead and Boise State about to go the way of the five-inning rule.

Finally, three outs for Oregon

The #16 Oregon Ducks scored eight runs in the bottom of the first to take the 8-0 lead over Boise State.  

Oregon Has Scored 7 in the First

Only one out.

Ducks Strike for Two in First Inning of Nightcap

Unlike the first game, which was a pitcher's dual through 5 1/2, it already appears that the winner is going to have to score runs.  Oregon leads 2-0 in the first after a double by Chambers.  No one out.

Oregon Has Won Game One

The Ducks did the little things that Top 25 teams do, the bunting, the taking extra bases, the stolen bases, and Oregon prevailed in game one 4-1.  Boise State learned a lot and should be ready for Game Two.  The Broncos battled them to a tie through five and a half innings and should have confidence knowing they can play with the #16 team on the road.

Oregon Gets Three in the Sixth

Three bunts, an error and two hits led to three Oregon runs and the Ducks lead Boise State 4-1.

Bronco Fans Scratching Heads

Oregon has bunted three straight times to score a run and put runners on second and third.  Not one of the bunts has resulted in an out.


The Mistake Does Indeed Come Into Play

Two bunts and an error have allowed Oregon to score the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth.  A runner on second and no one out for the Ducks.

Tie Game After 5 1/2

Broncos could not push a run across despite having two in scoring position and one out.  It's still 1-1.

Engelbrecht Out at Home

Katie tried to score on a grounder by Bridges, now runners at first and third with two out in the Bronco sixth.  It'll be up to Allie Crump.

Caplan Comes Through With Single

Kellie Caplan laced a one-out single to center and on an error, both runners advanced.  Runners on second and third with one out.  The only problem with that is there is a base open for Bridges and Oregon may walk her.

Boise State Trying to Break Through in the Sixth

Katie Engelbrecht was hit by a pitch in the top half of the sixth to lead off for Boise State.  Glover trying to advance her.

Boise State & Oregon Tied at 1 After 5

Each team with just one hit, only Oregon's has been the home run that tied the game in the fourth.  

Oregon Gets a One-Out Walk

The Ducks have something going in the fifth with a runner on first.  They like to steal in this situation also.

Boise State, Oregon Still Tied at 1

After 4 and a half innings, the Broncos and Ducks are tied.  Boise State was able to get their first hit in the fifth, a single by Mackenzie Whyte.

Lindsey Chambers Hits Home Run to Tie

Oregon's Lindsey Chambers hit her seventh homer of the year to knot the score at 1-1 and break up Zell's no-hitter.  

Boise State Goes in Order in the 4th

The team that wins will be the one which avoids mistakes.  Boise State retired in order in their half of the fourth, Oregon coming to bat.

Zell Retires the Side in Order

After three full innings, it's still Boise State 1, Oregon 0.  Neither team has a hit.

Oregon Pitcher Jessica Moore Fans the Side

Oregon's Jessica Moore came out and matched what Aubray Zell had done for Boise State, she struck out the side in the Bronco third.  Oregon comes to bat in the bottom half of the inning.

Zell K's the Side

Aubray Zell struck out the side in the Oregon second, with a walk scattered in between.  Still no hits for either team and after two, it's still Boise State 1, Oregon 0.

Boise State Leads Oregon 1-0 in Second

After 1 1/2 innings, Boise State continues to lead Oregon.  Neither team has a hit so far.

Boise State Leads Oregon Early 1-0

Allie Crump's grounder has driven in Tara Glover, who had walked, with the game's first run.  After half an inning, Boise State leads Oregon with the Ducks coming to bat.

Both teams come into the game hot--Boise State has won 11 in a row while Oregon has won 10 of 13.

Time for the Lady Broncos to Step Up

With a 25-10 record, 11 straight victories and 23 home victories, plus giving then-#1 Florida a battle to the finish, the Boise State softball team has proven itself to be a team on the rise.

But despite their accomplishments in a short period of time, Boise State still has never received a vote in the Top 25 in college softball.  Now is the time.  

Boise State plays #16 Oregon in three games at Eugene.  The Broncos certainly aren't supposed to win all three nor even two of them.  But if Boise State wants respect, they need to win at least one of the three games and be competitive in the other two.  The two teams play a doubleheader today with games at 4 and 6 p.m. Mountain Time.  

Blue Through and Through will be watching and reporting the results to you as they happen.  Good luck, Coach Thorpe and the 2012 Boise State Broncos!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Boise State Wins It

Portland State advanced their runner to third on a sacrifice bunt.  With one out, a fly ball was sent to right fielder Devon Bridges.  Bridges snared it, then through the runner out at the plate and the game is over.

Bridges hit a two-run homer and threw out the tying run in the bottom of the eighth.  

Boise State is now 25-10 and now has a great opportunity.  If they can win a game or two against #16 Oregon, gotta' believe the Broncos deserve to be ranked.

Boise State Scores in Top of Eighth

Tara Glover singled in a run and Boise State leads 3-2 with PSU now batting in the bottom of the eighth.

Portland State Scores Unearned Run to Tie Boise State

PSU has scored to tie the game at two.  Still batting in the bottom of the second.

Portland State Batting in the 7th

Boise State continues to lead Portland State 2-1 in the bottom of the 7th.

Boise State Is Amazing

The Lady Broncos went 5 innings with only one hit and trailed 1-0.  In the top of the sixth, Tara Glover walked and Devon Bridges comes up, hits a homer and Boise State leads 2-1.

Portland State Leads Boise State 1-0

The Vikings continue to lead 1-0 through four and a half now.

Portland State Scores First

Boise State has been no-hit through three innings.  Portland State grabs a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.

Boise State, Portland State Scoreless In Nightcap

After one and a half innings, still scoreless.

Lady Broncos Shut Out Portland State 4-0

Boise State won their 10th straight today with a 4-0 shutout over Portland.  Tara Glover had two hits and two RBI's to pace the Broncos.

Boise State Leads Portland State Early

The Broncos have gone ahead of Portland State on the road.  The Boise State softball team leads 3-0 after three innings.

Bronco Softball Team Puts Winning Streak on the Line

Boise State's softball team travels to Oregon this week for five games, beginning with a doubleheader this afternoon against Portland State.  The Lady Broncos have won nine straight, eight of those at home.  Games are set for 2 and 4 p.m., Mountain Time.

Boise State then will be tested by the #16 Oregon Ducks in three games scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.  Boise State has never beaten a ranked team.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Boise State Gymnasts Will Go to Fayetteville

Just announced--Boise State will participate at the 2012 NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The NCAA no doubt did this to intimidate the team. Arkansas was the team that the judges gave tremendous scores to last year while giving subdued praise to Boise State in last year's Regional, thus keeping the Broncos from reaching Nationals by .025 of a point.  Florida was #1 in the nation last year at Boise State's Regional and ended up being the team that beat out the Broncos by that .025 of a point.  And Arkansas? Well, they are the host team.


Boise State Gymnasts Will Find Out About NCAA Regionals Today

Blue Through and Through will have the Idaho exclusive of what seed Boise State will get in the 2012 NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships.  Check this web site near 1 p.m. this afternoon!

Bronco Gymnasts Fall to #15

The balance beam and sub-9.8 scores on Friday tripped Boise State from making the Top 12.  In fact, Boise State's low score dropped them to #15 this week: 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Lady Broncos Lead Weber State 7-0

Boise State decided not to leave this game up to one swing of the bat, and is leading Weber State 7-0 after six innings.  The Broncos are going for their 23rd straight home win.

Boise State Speech & Debate Team Wins PKD National Tournament

The Boise State Talkin' Broncos captured the championship at the 2011-2012 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in Overland Park, Kansas.

The National Comprehensive Tournament is a biennial competition that runs in the off-year of the biennial PKD National Championship Tournament. The Talkin’ Broncos beat out 69 other schools to take this year’s tournament championship in debate.

Sophomore Dalton Hellman was the tournament champion in open division public debate while juniors Taylor Bruun and Jon Agnew finished second in the nation in open division parliamentary debate and received the third and eighth place speaker awards, respectively.

“We have a unique situation with our program; we compete in multiple formats of debate at Boise State – something that many other programs don’t do,” said Manda Hicks, director of forensics. “When we get out of the region and have a chance to show off our versatility, it’s difficult for other teams to keep up. Boise State had six of the 16 octo-finalists in open public debate, and six of the 10 top speaker awards. We also had finalists in parliamentary debate and junior and novice divisions. Basically, out of 70 schools, we accounted for about 30 percent of the finalists in debate.”

Josh Watkins won first-place as the top speaker, was a semi-finalist in open division public debate and was recognized as the ninth best competitor in the nation with a pentathlon award. Senior Norell Conroy and junior Sabonn Dammarell reached the quarterfinals and Conroy was named as the ninth-place speaker. Robin Jensen was a quarter-finalist in open division public debate and finished as the fourth top speaker.

Lauren Bramwell finish as an octo-finalist in open public debate and garnered the second-place top speaker award. Cassandra Sullivan and Monica Cutler were octo-finalists, taking fourth and seventh-place top speaker awards. KayCee Babb and Skyler Bagler were octo-finalists in novice public debate, with Bagley earning a fifth-place top speaker award.

Watkins led Boise State with sixth-place finishes in communication analysis and after-dinner speaking, was a semifinalist in program oral interpretation and reached the quarterfinals in informative speaking.

Sullivan placed fourth in impromptu speaking and was a quarterfinalist in informative speaking, Jensen was a semifinalist in informative speaking, Tanya Medukha reached the quarterfinals in program oral interpretation while Bramwell was a quarterfinalist in poetry interpretation. Cuter reached the quarters in prose and the team of Cutler and Bramwell were quarterfinalists in duo interpretation.

Hellman, Sullivan,Agnew and Bruun won awards in extemporaneous speaking, Jensen, Bruun and Conroy took honors in improomptu speaking and Sylvia Forter was honored for her interpretation of poetry.

Individual members will compete at the National Parliamentary Debate Tournament, the International Worlds Debate Tournament and the National Individual Events Tournament.

Congratulations to this amazing group of Broncos!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

NCAA Regionals Announced Next Week

Boise State will find out its seed and which of the nation's six Regionals the Broncos will compete in for the 2012 NCAA Regional Gymnastics Championships next week, most likely Monday. There are Regionals in both Salt Lake City and Seattle, although the Broncos could be sent elsewhere.  It appears Boise State will finish the regular season ranked either 14th or 15th.

Lady Broncos Win 22nd Straight Home Game, 2-1 Over Weber State

This one was a thriller.  After 5 1/2 scoreless innings, the fireworks ignited for both teams.  Devon Bridges hit a two-run solo homer in the bottom of the sixth and Allie Crump followed with a homer of her own to put Boise State up 2-0.  Crump's blow would prove vital.

Janel Cunningham came up and blasted a homer in the top of the seventh to cut the Bronco lead to one.  But Aubray Zell settled down and got two ground outs to win the game, Boise State's 22nd straight victory at Mountain Cove Field.

The two teams meet tomorrow afternoon at 2.

Cunningham Homers for Weber State

Boise State has allowed a leadoff home run to open the seventh. Three of the last four batters (two for Boise State and now one for Weber) have left the yard.  The Broncos now cling to a 2-1 lead.

Crump Follows With Solo Shot

Allie Crump followed Devon Bridges' home run with a solo shot of her own.  Both were to center field at Mountain Cove, and Boise State leads 2-0.

Bridges Does It Again!

Sophomore Devon Bridges cracked a two-out home run in the bottom of the sixth inning and Boise State now leads Weber State 1-0.  Just like that.

Broncos & Weber Scoreless Through Five

Drama building at Mountain Cove Field.

Broncos & Wildcats Still Scoreless

Boise State has three hits to two for Weber State.

Lady Broncos Have Bases Loaded in the Fourth

But two out for Kelly Sweeney.

Boise State & Weber State Still Scoreless Through 3

Boise State has been held to two hits thus far, Weber State batting in the fourth.

Boise State Struggling with Weber State

The Wildcat pitcher has allowed just one hit in two innings.  Boise State had something going in the first with runners on second and third and only one out but could not capitalize.  It is 0-0 after two.

Bronco Women Defeat New Mexico 6-1

The Boise State women's tennis team went to Albuquerque and conquered the Lobos 6-1 today.

Boise State won the doubles point, Morgan Basil won her match 6-1, 6-4 and then Sonia Klamcczynska won 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles.  After New Mexico's Michaela Oldani won her team's only match, 7-5, 6-4 over Boise State's Kaitlyn Brown, Sandi Vo clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Kristin Eggleston, the Lady Broncos' first victory in its new conference.

Marlena Pietzuch followed with a straight sets win over Susanna Kouttila (6-2, 6-4) and Manuela Pietzuch also won her match.  

Congratulations to the Lady Broncos on their successful Mountain West debut!

Lady Broncos Go Up on New Mexico 3-1

After being in a slump for the last month or two, the Boise State women's tennis team picked a good time to rebound, their debut in the Mountain West Conference.

Boise State won the doubles point, Morgan Basil won her match 6-1, 6-4 and now Sonia Klamcczynska has won 6-3, 6-2 at #1 singles.  The Broncos are up 3-1 and trying to go 1-0 in conference action.

Boise State Tennis Team Beats UAB 6-1

The Broncos have won their 19th consecutive home match over UAB, 6-1.  

Boise State and Weber State Meet

The Lady Bronco softball team is about to take on Weber State at Mountain Cove Field.  Blue Through and Through, as usual, will be first in the state of Idaho with results.

Boise State Sweeps Doubles Point

Boise State won all three doubles matches and now leads #73 UAB 1-0 in the championship game of the Boise State Spring Break Classic.

Boise State Tennis Team Wins 18th Straight Home Match

Now fully healthy, the Boise State tennis team downed Ball State 5-1, then topped Southern Mississippi 6-1 to reach the championship match of the 2012 Boise State Spring Break Classic at Appleton Tennis Center in Boise.  The Broncos are 12-0 at home this season and have won 18 consecutive matches going back to last season.

James Meredith was the first Bronco to leave the court with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Dalton Albertin of Ball State.  Damian Hume, Andy Bettles, Filipp Pogostkin and Garrett Patton all won as well.  No doubles point was played due to a rain delay.

Coach Greg Patton's team swept the doubles point as Hume and Scott Sears combined for an 8-0 win, Bettles and Pogostkin were victorious 8-1 and Meredith and Erik Sheldon prevailed 8-5.

Hume and Bettles then went to the singles courts and both emerged with 6-0, 6-0 wins.  Hume is now 10-0 since returning to the Bronco lineup.  Meredith then downed Paulo Alverado 6-1, 6-1 to give Boise State the win, and Pogostkin and Sears provided the final margin.

Boise State faces #73 UAB in the championship this afternoon at 1:30 at Appleton.

Boise State 5, Ball State 1

1. James Meredith (BOISE) def. Dalton Albertin (BSU), 6-0, 6-2
2. Damian Hume (BOISE) def. Ray Leonard (BSU), 6-2, 6-3
3. Andy Bettles (BOISE) def. Zane Smith (BSU), 6-3, 6-2
4. Filipp Pogostkin (BOISE) def. Alexandre Brym (BSU), 6-4, 6-4
5. Garrett Patton (BOISE) def. Austin Smith (BSU), 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
6. Patrick Elliot (BSU) def. Scott Sears (BOISE), 6-2, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 2, 3, 4, 5

Boise State 6, Southern Mississippi 1

1. Hume/Sears (BSU) def. Belloso/Escobar (USM), 8-0
2. Bettles/Pogostkin (BSU) def. Alvarado/Zeljkovic (USM), 8-1
3. Erik Sheldon/Meredith (BSU) def. Elortegui/Goodwin (USM), 8-5
Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3

1. James Meredith (BSU) def. Paulo Alvarado (USM), 6-1, 6-1
2. Damian Hume (BSU) def. Inaki Belloso (USM), 6-0, 6-0
3. Andy Bettles (BSU) def. Juan Escobar (USM), 6-0, 6-0
4. Filipp Pogostkin (BSU) def. Jovan Zeljkovic (USM), 6-1, 6-2
5. Andrew Goodwin (USM) def. Garrett Patton (BSU), 3-6, 6-4, 10-5
6. Scott Sears (BSU) def. Michael Elortegui (USM), 6-3, 6-2
Order of Finish: 3, 2, 1, 6, 4, 5

Friday, March 23, 2012

BYU Finishes with 194.300 Tonight

The Broncos have 196.2 and will win, but will be short of the mark they needed.  Looking at the team beam score, had they hit 49 in the event, like their coach wants them to do in each rotation, Boise State would have had, yes, a 197.100 and would have vaulted into #12 in the nation.

Potvin-Green Rolls Up a 9.950 on Floor

Star Boise State gymnast Brittany Potvin-Green scored a sensational 9.950 on floor tonight to wrap up the evening with an all-around score of 39.60.  

Potvin-Green's all-around ranks #2 in the history of Boise State gymnastics and just .025 behind Lindsay Ward's school record of 39.625 set on February 29, 2004.  Superb performance by the amazing Brittany Potvin-Green!!!

Boise State Collapses on Beam

The Broncos roared through the first two rotations with scores well over 49, then slumped to a miserable 48.45 on beam.  Boise State now needs all perfect 10's on floor to reach 197.100.

Boise State's Two Stars Carrying Them

Amy Glass and Brittany Potvin-Green are keeping the Broncos above 49 right now in each rotation.  Both have scores of 9.925 and 9.900 in the first two events.  However, two sub-9.8's by teammates on the beam have the Broncos in danger of falling below the score they need.

Boise State with a 49.350 on Bars

Boise State is doing well as a team, but still some individual performances below 9.80.  

Boise State Hangs On to Beat UTSA 5-3

Things got a little interesting in the seventh, thanks to a wild pitch, two errors and timely hitting by the visitors.  Boise State finally put out the fire and the Broncos won 5-3.

Lady Broncos Continue to Lead 5-0

Kenzie Cole has come in in the seventh in relief of Aubray Zell with Boise State trying to close the door on UTSA.

Boise State Records a 49.275 on Vault

Boise State scored a 49.275 in the first rotation on vault tonight in their gymnastics meet with BYU at Taco Bell Arena in Boise.  That is almost exactly what they need in each of the four rotations to get 197.1, the score they need to move into the Top 12.

BYU received 48.825 in their tougher rotation on bars and is right there in their competition with Boise State.

The Score to Watch for the Boise State Gymnasts

Boise State needs a score of at least 197.100 tonight against BYU to reach the Top 12 in the nation.  That is significant because, in the judges minds at Regionals, they will deserve to move on to Nationals.  As the Broncos found out last year, extremely tough to qualify for Nationals if you are not already in the Top 12.

Action is getting underway right now at Taco Bell Arena.

Boise State Extends Lead to 5-0

The Lady Bronco softball team now leads UTSA 5-0, thanks to a Devon Bridges solo shot.  Boise State is bidding for its 21st consecutive home win, third best in the nation.  Boise State leads UTSA 5-0 after five.

Boise State Leads UTSA 4-0

A three-run Allie Crump homer highlighted a four-run Bronco first and the Lady Broncos lead UTSA 4-0 at Mountain Cove Field.

Nebeker Named Gatorade Player of the Year

Incoming Boise State Bronco Joey Nebeker was named  Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 22.8 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shorts for Melba High School.  Nebeker, 6-7, 200, led the Mustangs to the Idaho 2A championship.

Bronco Men's Tennis Team Leads Ball State 3-1

Play has resumed in the Boise State Spring Break Tennis Classic on the Appleton courts.  The Broncos lead Ball State 3-1.

Boise State-BYU Tonight

Don't forget Senior Night for the Boise State gymnasts, who need a score of at least 197.1 to move into the Top 12 in the nation.  The Broncos host BYU in Taco Bell Arena tonight at 7!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Pro Day

One NFL scout said today that the group that he saw today at Boise State was the best he's seen in 13 years of scouting.

Lady Broncos Sweep Seattle

Boise State exploded for eight runs in the fourth inning and the Broncos went on to defeat Seattle 8-3 for a doubleheader sweep at Mountain Cove Field in Boise.

Devon Bridges and Allie Crump led off Boise State's big inning with singles and Coach Erin Thorpe's team plated its first run on a fielder's choice by Kellie Caplan.  Mackenzie White singled and Jordan Krieger reached on an error.  Ashley Collier singled in two runs and Tara Glover's double to center drove in two more.  Caplan's fly out sent Glover to third.  Christina Capobianco was hit by a pitch and Bridges, the 10th Bronco up in the inning, reached on an error that scored Glover.  Crump singled in the final two runs of the inning.

Crump pitched four innings while Lela worked allowed two hits over three innings as Boise State prevailed.  The Broncos play UTSA tomorrow at Mountain Cove.

Boise State Defeats Seattle 9-0 in Five Innings

Boise State played up to the level it is capable of with an early 9-0 disposing of Seattle in the first game of a doubleheader at Mountain Cove Field.  

Holly Bourke was 2-2 with five RBI's to lead the Bronco hitting attack with a single and a three-run homer.  Aubray Zell and Kenzie Cole combined for the shutout.  The two teams will meet in the second game.

Kellen Moore Was 52-53 on Pro Day

Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore completed 52-of-53 in the passing drills before professional scouts at Boise State's Pro Day in Boise.  His only incompletion was a deep pass to wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker that he missed by about an inch.  

Boise State #69 in New Learfield Cup Standings

As Blue Through and Through calculated last week, Boise State moved into the Top 70 in the Learfield Cup Standings: 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crump and Zell Earn Mountain West Softball Awards

Allie Crump and Aubray Zell were honored by the Mountain West Conference as the MWC Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively.  Boise State won the 100th game in program history against Minnesota and also defeated Portland State and Utah State to run their home winning streak to 18 games, third-longest in the nation.

Crump was 6-11 (.545)at the plate with two home runs and four RBI's, including a two-out home run Friday night to beat Portland State.  After Portland State tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Crump hit a 1-1 pitch over the fence in right center field for the game-winner.  Allie also singled in the eighth inning to put runners on the corners, enabling Boise State to win the game in the eighth inning.  On Sunday, Crump went 3-4 with a two-run homer in the sixth.

Zell pitched two complete games in the SpringHill Suites Invitational and allowed just nine hits in 15 innings while striking out 18.  Zell had a .93 ERA in her two starts against Minnesota and Utah State.  Aubray struck out 11 and walked one in the extra-inning affair with Minnesota, then scattered five hits against Utah State.

The Broncos have five games this weekend as the SpringHill Suites Invitational continues at Mountain Cove Field in Boise.

This Week in Bronco Sports

The Boise State softball team is going to be a busy bunch of Broncos.  Weather permitting, they face Seattle for games Thursday at 2 and 4 p.m., then take on UTSA Friday at 4 and have games with Weber State at 4 Saturday afternoon and 2 p.m. Sunday.

The Boise State men's tennis team hosts the Boise State Spring Classic, taking place all day Saturday.  If it's nice, it will be at the Appleton Center, if not, it will be played indoors at the Boas Courts and perhaps also at the Boise Racquet and Swim Club on Cole Road.

The #14 Boise State gymnasts team needs a team score of at least 167 against BYU to move into the Top 12 in the final regular season standings before Regionals.  The Cougars visit Taco Bell Arena Friday night at 7.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Boise State Gymnasts Edge Out Auburn for 14th

Looking at the Teams Ahead of the Boise State Gymnasts

As hinted at in the article earlier today, the Boise State gymnastics team will have to have a superior effort in their regular season finale against BYU to move into the Top 12 in the NCAA National women's gymnastics rankings.

After this weekend, here are the Regional Qualifying Scores for the teams ranked #11-#16:

11.  Stanford (196.315)
12.  Penn State (196.230)
13.  Ohio State (196.080)
14.  Boise State (195.990)
15.  Auburn (195.965) 

16.  Missouri (195.825)

The Broncos' road scores that count in their RQS have actually been pretty good.  Boise State has scored 196.850, 196.025 and 195.750 this season.  But they have only scored above 196 at home twice this season, a 196.175 and a 196.125.  The score Boise State needs to get off of their record is the 195.875 they scored against California.  They'll have that opportunity against BYU Friday night.

I have looked at Boise State's RQS, and these are the scores they need against BYU to catch the teams ahead of them (of course, those teams will likely also improve.)

Boise State needs:
196.325 to catch Ohio State
197.075 to catch Penn State
197.500 to catch Stanford

The Broncos need to catch at least three of those teams to finish the season in the Top 12.  After the finale in Taco Bell Arena, Boise State will compete in the Regionals April 7 at a site to be determined.  But as was more than obvious last year, if they haven't already reached the Top 12 by then, the judges are not going to give them the scores necessary to catch one of the established favorites.

Boise State May Have Waited Too Long To Get 196's

The Boise State gymnastics team performed about as well as it can, racking up the fifth-highest team score in school history in a road win at Southern Utah.  While that score will help the Broncos' RQS (Regional Qualifying Score), it might be too little, too late.

That is because the five teams surrounding Boise State in the national rankings, Auburn, Missouri, Ohio State, Penn State and Stanford, all did well this weekend.  Of those, only Auburn scored less than 196.  Ohio State posted a 196.700, Penn State was right behind with a 196.500, Stanford scored 196.475, Missouri scored 196.100 and Auburn was at 195.950.

I'll look into the effects on the RQS for the above-mentioned teams and post on this site.  And for those who say RQS doesn't matter in the Regionals, that all you have to do is get one of the top two scores at Regionals to qualify for the Nationals, I will just refer you to last year.  It doesn't work that way.  By that time, the judges know who the best teams are, and unless you're already a Top 12 team, you're not going to get there, no matter how you do.  The Broncos outperformed #1-ranked Florida last year only to lose out by hundreds of a point.

Boise State Should Move Up to Top 70 in Learfield Cup Standings

So far, the school year has been disappointing for the Boise State athletic program, with just one conference championship (women's swimming).  In the Learfield Cup Standings, which attempt to rank colleges and universities on the best overall athletic program, Boise State's only points since September have been in football.

The Broncos picked up 73.50 points in football with their sixth place finish in January.  Since then, Boise State has not scored any points.  The Learfield Cup awards points in an inverted manner based on a school's finish in each sport sanctioned by the NCAA.  The National Champion in each sport gets 100 points, and most teams that finish in the Top 25 get points in their sport, with some sports (such as track and field, swimming and wrestling) awarding Learfield Cup points to any school that scores points in a NCAA championship.

The drought is now over, thanks to the Bronco swimmers, wrestlers and women's track and field team.  The Boise State swimming team finished 47th at this weekend's NCAA Championships and are estimated to receive about 19 points.  The Bronco women's track team was 48th at the recent NCAA Indoor Championships in Nampa, earning approximately 23 points while the Boise State men's wrestling team was 51st at this weekend's NCAA Championships in St. Louis, and should receive about 23 Cup points.  Last year, the Bronco swimmers were 39th, getting 28 points, and the Boise State wrestlers were ninth in the nation, and were awarded 69 Cup points.

This should give Boise State approximately 138.5 Learfield Cup points when the next Learfield Cup Standings are published next Thursday.  The Broncos will be virtually tied with Utah, the school recently chosen for expansion in the Pac-12, as well as Northern Illinois, New Hampshire, Villanova and Toledo.  Even in a year in which the Broncos are not at their best, Boise State is ahead of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Kansas, Washington State, Mississippi State and Oregon State and within range of Rutgers, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Clemson and Villanova.  You will find the estimated Cup totals for schools from #60-100 at the bottom of this article.

 Boise State ranked 58th after the final Winter Cup Standings were published last year and finished 83rd in the Final Standings.  Boise State's best finish in the Learfield Cup was in the 2008-09 school year, when the Broncos finished 49th.

With the final winter sports wrapping up (basketball and gymnastics) and the spring sports left after that, Boise State will score big in women's gymnastics, where the Broncos are currently ranked 15th, and has a chance to score points in men's tennis, men's and women's outdoor track & field and softball.

Estimated Standings--#60 through #100:

60.   Kentucky (159)
61.   Wake Forest (158)
62.   Clemson (157)
63.   SMU (155)
64.   Tulsa (149)
65.   Cincinnati (140)
65.   Lehigh (140) 
65.   Montana State (140)
68.   Rutgers (139)
69.   Boise State (138.5) 

70.   New Hampshire (138)
71.   Toledo (137)
72.   Villanova (136)
73.   Northern Illinois (135)
73.   Utah (135)
75.   Pittsburgh (130)
76.   Stoneybrook (123)
77.   James Madison (117)
78.   Harvard (116)
78.   Portland (116)
80.   Kansas (115)
81.   San Diego (114)
82.   Dartmouth (113)
83.   Ohio (110)
84.   Montana (108)
85.   Southern Illinois (105)
86.   Appalachian State (103)
87.   Delaware (100)
87.   Marquette (100)
87.   Vermont (100)
90.   Long Beach State (98)
90.   Pepperdine (98)
92.   Vanderbilt (97)
92.   Washington State (97)
94.   UC-Santa Barbara (96)
95.   Mississippi State (95)
96.   Air Force (90)
96.   UNC-Charlotte (90)
96.   Sam Houston (90)
99.   Oregon State (85)
100. Georgia Southern (83)  

Broncos Swimmers Finish Fourth at NCAA's Among Mountain West Teams

The Boise State women won the Mountain West Swimming Championship in dramatic style, but that did not translate into success at the NCAA National Championships.  The Broncos finished 47th with two team points.

Wyoming was the top Mountain West school in 37th place, while UNLV finished 43rd and San Diego State 45th.

Bronco Swimmers Take 47th Place

The shutout in freestyle events at the 2012 Swimming & Diving Championships resulted in a lower finish for Boise State this year.  The Bronco swimmers tallied two team points this year for a finish of 47th place.

That should give Boise State approximately 20 points in the Learfield Cup.

Boise State Wrestlers Finish 51st in the Nation

Coach Greg Randall's Boise State wrestlers finished 51st at the 2012 NCAA Wrestling Championships in St. Louis, Missouri with 3.5 points.

That will earn Boise State approximately 23 points in the Learfield Cup.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

North, Boucher Get 19th & 23rd in 100 Freestyle at 2012 NCAA Swimming Championships

Boise State's Stephanie North & Amber Boucher swam like the veteran NCAA Championship swimmers that they are, finishing 19th and 23rd in the 100-yard freestyle preliminaries this morning. Both just missed qualifying for the finals tonight by less than 15/100th's of a second.

 Event 17  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
         NCAA: ! 46.61  2/18/2012 Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, Auburn
     American: @ 46.84  12/4/2011 Natalie Coughlin, Cal
    U.S. Open: # 46.61  2/18/2012 Ariana Vanderpool-Wallace, Auburn
  Auburn Pool: $ 47.29  2003      Maritza Correia, Georgia
                 47.84  A Standard
                 50.23  B Standard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
                      === Preliminaries ===                       
  1 Romano, Megan    JR Georgia             47.65      47.05$qA     
                 10.95        22.77 (11.82)
          35.02 (12.25)       47.05 (12.03)
  2 Geer, Margo      SO Arizona             47.32      47.22$qA     
                 10.89        22.69 (11.80)
          34.95 (12.26)       47.22 (12.27)
  3 Bispo, Karlee    SR Texas               47.92      47.58 qA     
                 11.12        23.04 (11.92)
          35.27 (12.23)       47.58 (12.31)
  4 Vanderpool-Wall  SR Auburn              46.61      47.62 qA     
                 10.87        22.82 (11.95)
          35.25 (12.43)       47.62 (12.37)
  5 Jensen, Liv      SR Cal Berkeley        47.42      47.71 qA     
                 10.86        22.84 (11.98)
          35.37 (12.53)       47.71 (12.34)
  6 Murez, Andrea    JR Stanford            48.51      47.82 qA     
                 11.02        22.97 (11.95)
          35.36 (12.39)       47.82 (12.46)
  7 Stafford, Shara  SR Missouri            47.96      48.01 qB     
                 10.95        22.94 (11.99)
          35.53 (12.59)       48.01 (12.48)
  8 Schaefer, Madel  FR Stanford            48.50      48.29 qB     
                 11.04        23.28 (12.24)
          35.76 (12.48)       48.29 (12.53)
  9 Webb, Elizabeth  SR Stanford            48.38      48.36 qB     
                 10.98        23.03 (12.05)
          35.58 (12.55)       48.36 (12.78)
 10 Locus, Madeline  FR Georgia             48.51      48.48 qB     
                 11.28        23.43 (12.15)
          36.16 (12.73)       48.48 (12.32)
 10 Landgrebe, Shan  JR Arizona St          48.60      48.48 qB     
                 11.03        23.29 (12.26)
          35.94 (12.65)       48.48 (12.54)
 12 Bateman, Sarah   SR Florida             49.02      48.49 qB     
                 11.01        23.13 (12.12)
          35.83 (12.70)       48.49 (12.66)
 12 Vreeland, Shann  SO Georgia             48.80      48.49 qB     
                 11.30        23.60 (12.30)
          36.10 (12.50)       48.49 (12.39)
 14 Woodward, Saman  SR Stanford            48.60      48.56 qB     
                 11.03        23.18 (12.15)
          35.87 (12.69)       48.56 (12.69)
 15 Thompson, Rebec  SR Wisconsin           48.28      48.58 qB     
                 11.05        23.39 (12.34)
          35.95 (12.56)       48.58 (12.63)
 16 Simmons, Caroli  JR Tennessee           49.10      48.68 qB     
                 11.20        23.37 (12.17)
          35.89 (12.52)       48.68 (12.79)
 17 Flederbach, Kai  SO Arizona             49.15      48.79 B      
                 11.40        23.58 (12.18)
          36.18 (12.60)       48.79 (12.61)
 18 Amundsen, Kelse  JR Texas               48.80      48.83 B      
                 11.03        23.18 (12.15)
          35.96 (12.78)       48.83 (12.87)
 19 North, Stephani  SR Boise St            48.34      48.85 B      
                 11.41        23.71 (12.30)
          36.27 (12.56)       48.85 (12.58)
 19 Riordan, Hannah  JR Auburn              49.47      48.85 B      
                 11.19        23.32 (12.13)
          36.11 (12.79)       48.85 (12.74)
 21 Scott, Olivia    SO Auburn              49.22      48.87 B      
                 11.32        23.69 (12.37)
          36.44 (12.75)       48.87 (12.43)
 21 Swartz, Traycie  SO Univ of Utah        48.70      48.87 B      
                 11.06        23.15 (12.09)
          36.00 (12.85)       48.87 (12.87)
 23 Boucher, Amber   SR Boise St            48.51      48.92 B      
                 11.41        23.70 (12.29)
          36.29 (12.59)       48.92 (12.63)

Potvin-Green Leads Boise State to Win over Southern Utah

Junior Brittany Potvin-Green became the star last night that the Boise State gymnastics team has been looking for.
Brittany Potvin-Green 

Potvin-Green tied for the second-best all-around performance in school history as #15 Boise State dazzled the crowd with a 196.850 score, the fifth-best in Bronco history.  And even better in multiple ways:  they did it on the road at Southern Utah.  Hitting 196 to 197 was a must if the team has any aspirations of advancing past the NCAA Regionals, for that is the score that Top 10 teams get each and every week.  The Thunderbirds had an excellent night as well, scoring 195.875 to do themselves proud.

Potvin-Green earned her fourth all-around title with a career-best 39.575.  Potvin-Green tied the mark set in 2004 by Carla Chambers for second all-time at Boise State.  Brittany is now tied for the #6 spot for single season all-around victories.  

"Brittany had a great night tonight," said co-head coach Tina Bird. "She did some exciting gymnastics, but it was a true team effort from top to bottom. Senior Lindsay Kazandjian was a superstar on bars and beam. I'm so proud of her.  Amanda (Otuafi) did so great tonight as well.  She was really rooting her teammates on and stuck an amazing vault to earn a 9.90!"

Boise State set the pace from the beginning, posting a team score of 49.350 on bars, the best this season and fourth-best bars score on Bronco gymnastics history.  After sitting out the past two weeks, Amy Glass returned with a vengeance.  Glass tied her career-best of 9.925 to win the event, her sixth career win on bars.  Freshman Ciera Perkins finished second with a career-beat 9.90.  The Broncos did what they had to do to jump to the next level, with no bar score below 9.80.  Potvin-Green and Caitlin Mann each turned in 9.850 scores and Kelsey Black and Lindsay Kazandjian each had 9.8's.

The Lady Broncos did not skip a beat on vault with a 49.350, fourth-best in the record books.  Potvin-Green moved into a tie for eighth with her fifth win of the season, scoring 9.925.   Otuafi hit a 9.90, while Perkins and Black each scored 9.850.  Erica Oswalt earned a 9.825 score from the judges while Mann scored 9.80.  Once again, no Bronco under 9.8.

Potvin-Green nailed a 9.90 floor routine to get her second win of the night.  Otuafi and Perkins each had 9.825 scores, but on this event, three Broncos were below 9.80.

Boise State also posted the seventh-best beam routine last night with a 49.250.  Potvin-Green earned a career-best 9.90 to place second while Bekah Gher scored a 9.875.  Kazandjian had a great routine (9.850) while Glass scored 9.825 and Alessandra Cinfio 9.80.  Only one Bronco was below 9.80 on the beam.

Mann gave the Broncos a powerful 1-2 punch by finishing second all-around with a career-best 39.00.

Southern Utah posted team scores of 48.950 on vault, 48.950 on bars, a fantastic 49.300 on beam and 48.675 on the floor.  Alyssa Click captured the balance beam title with a 9.925.

Boise State concludes the regular season next week when they host BYU Friday, March 23.  The meet gets underway at 7 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena and will be highlighted by "Senior Night".