Sunday, January 15, 2012

Broncos Take Five Titles in Blue & Orange Opener

Going against competition such as Oregon, BYU, UTEP and Nevada, the Boise State indoor track team captured five titles in the Blue and Orange Opener at Jackson's Track in Nampa yesterday.

Mele Vaisima topped the field in the weight throw with an outstanding mark of 64'-5" and also finished third in the shot put (43'-3").  Mackenzie Flannigan won the 300-meters in 39.8 while freshman Megan Kelley immediately proved her worth with a win in the 400-meters (58.07).  Trevor Kraychir won the men's weight throw with a mark of 64'11.5" while Kurt Felix cleared 6'-10.25" to win the high jump and set a career best in the pole vault (14'-1.25").
Taryn Campos took second to teammate Kelley in the 400 with a time of 58.31.  Racquel Jones placed second in the long jump by leaping 18'-5".  Tajanee Simmons placed third in the 300 with a time of 42.10.  Kady Stafford gave Vaisima support in the weight throw with a third-place finish of 48-4.  Freshman Debra Johnson finished third in the triple jump with a mark of 37-1.25.  Danielle Valentine cleared 12'-1.5" to finish third in the pole vault.  
Chase Sexton finished second in the shot put for the Broncos with a heave of 55-3.5.  Justin Maines captured second in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12) while Karrie Butler (49.38) and Jeff Daw (49.45) finished second and third, respectively, in the 400.  

Boise State will be back in action next Saturday at Jackson's with the Bronco Invitational.

Lady Broncos Down Air Force To Move To 2-0 In Mountain West Play

The Boise State women's basketball team fared better than their male counterparts, even though the Lady Broncos took on Air Force on the road while the men stayed at home.  Coach Gordy Presnell's team held off the Falcon women 81-75 as Boise State rebounded from a halftime deficit with a 14-4 run to take control.

Lauren Lenhardt, Kati Isham and Heather Pilcher combined for 61 points for Boise State in their fourth consecutive win.  Lenhardt hit 10-of-20 shots from the floor, seven-of-eight from the free throw line and even connected on two three pointers to score a season-high 29.  Isham had 19, with 14 of those in the second half, including four long-range bombs.  Pilcher had 13 points, three rebounds, six assists and four steals.  This is the seventh time this season that the Lady Broncos have scored 80 or more points.  Presnell's Broncos are now 11-6 overall and 2-0 in conference.

Boise State started out strong with a 7-0 lead, then hit just five points in the next nine minutes of play.  Air Force went into the locker room with a 33-32 lead.  Lenhardt scored 14 points in the first half.  

Boise State began the second half with a run that rewarded them with a 45-37 lead with 16:47 to play.  The Broncos never trailed after that, showing the importance of starting the half strong.  Air Force did pull within two twice at 71-69 with 2:49 left and at 77-75 with 19 seconds left.  But Cinnamon Lister and Pilcher converted two free throws each down the stretch to preserve the win.

The Broncos shot a blistering 51.7% in the second half and finished at 44.4%.  They calmly sank 16-of-17 free throws and hit half their shots (9-18) from three-point range.

Dymond James led three Falcons in double-figure scoring with 24 points to go with 10 rebounds. Michelle Ivy was next with 18 points and seven rebounds, followed by Alicia Leipprandt with 16. 

Boise State returns home for a nationally-televised game against Colorado State Tuesday Night at 6 in Taco Bell Arena.

Final Game Summary

Boise State at Air Force
1/14/12 2:00 p.m. at USAFA, Colo. (Clune Arena)


BOISE STATE (11-6, 2-0)

LENHARDT, Lauren 10-20 7-8 29; ISHAM, Kati 6-11 3-3 19; PILCHER, Heather 4-11 4-4 13; LISTER, Cinnamon 2-4 2-2 6; ENGEL, Keiahnna 2-4 0-0 4; BRADY, Nicole 1-5 0-0 3; MARSHALL, Julia 1-2 0-0 3; LEE, Diana 1-3 0-0 2; POTEET, Kinzi 1-1 0-0 2; VANDIVER, Amber 0-2 0-0 0; MUNNS, Mandy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-63 16-17 81.

AIR FORCE (5-12, 0-2)
JAMES, Dymond 7-17 10-13 24; IVEY, Michelle 7-9 4-5 18; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 6-20 3-4 16; MEDINA, Cherae 2-3 2-2 7; BOHANNON, Kami 2-4 0-0 4; SATTERFIELD, Jamela 2-2 0-0 4; THOMPSON, Camille 1-3 0-0 2; SORRERA, Danielle 0-3 0-0 0; JOHNSON, Angela 0-0 0-0 0; BLAGOWSKY, Jimi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-61 19-24 75.

Boise State...................   32   49  -   81
Air Force.....................   33   42  -   75

3-point goals--Boise State 9-18 (ISHAM, Kati 4-8; LENHARDT, Lauren 2-2; PILCHER, Heather 1-3; BRADY, Nicole 1-1; MARSHALL, Julia 1-2; LEE, Diana 0-1; ENGEL, Keiahnna 0-1), Air Force 2-7 (MEDINA, Cherae 1-2; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 1-3; SORRERA, Danielle 0-1; JAMES, Dymond 0-1). Fouled out--Boise State-None, Air Force-None. Rebounds--Boise State 36 (POTEET, Kinzi 8; BRADY, Nicole 8), Air Force 38 (JAMES, Dymond 10). Assists--Boise State 19 (PILCHER, Heather 6), Air Force 18 (THOMPSON, Camille 5; LEIPPRANDT, Alicia 5). Total fouls--Boise State 23, Air Force 16. Technical fouls--Boise State-None, Air Force-None. A-497

#14 Lady Broncos Top #16 Washington

The new-look Boise State gymnastics team opened the season with a superior effort, downing #16 Washington 194.40 to 193.425 in Taco Bell Arena last Friday night.  

Coming off a year in which they missed qualifying for Nationals by less than a quarter of a point, Boise State will feature nine freshmen this season, with 16 of their 24 routines coming from underclassmen.  That the Broncos can lose so many stars from last year's team and still perform this well in the season opener is a tribute to Bronco coaches Neil Resnick and Tina Bird.

"We are happy with our score for being an opening meet and the mistakes we made tonight are easily in our control to fix," said co-head coach Bird.  "We are really proud of how the team did tonight, especially the freshmen."
Freshman Ciera Perkins won bars with a score of 9.90 and also scored on vault and floor.  Fellow freshman Kelsey Morris finished third on bars while another frosh, Caitlin Mann, was third on floor.

Boise State opened up with a 48.925 on vault, as sophomore Amanda Otuafi and junior Brittany Potvin-Green tied for second with 9.825 scores.  Senior Lindsay Kazandjian (9.825) finished second on bars while Morris rang up a 9.80 to finish third.  Hailey Gaspar (9.775) heled Boise State to a 48.125 on beam, leaving the Broncos just one event from pulling off a big win.
Junior Hailey Gaspar led the team on beam and floor in the season opening meet Friday.
Gaspar scored a 9.775 to finish second on floor exercises as Boise State brought it hope with a 48.275.

Lauren Rogers led Washington with the all-around title (38.95) and a win on vault (9.875).  Megan Whitney captured the beam prize with a 9.80 and McKenzie Fechter scored 9.825 to take first on the floor.

Boise State meets Sacramento State next Friday, January 20 in the Beauty and the Beast meet.  The Bronco wrestlers will take on North Dakota State in the popular promotion in Taco Bell Arena.

Team Results:
1) BSU 194.400
2) Washington 193.425

VAULT Results
1) Rogers, Lauren (Washington) 9.875
2) Otuafi, Amanda (BSU) 9.825, Potvin-Green, Brittany (BSU) 9.825
4) Whitney, Megan (Washington) 9.800
5) Vaccher, Aliza (Washington) 9.775, Black, Kelsey (BSU) 9.775
7) Perkins, Ciera (BSU) 9.750, Gaspar, Hailey (BSU) 9.750
9) Podlucky, Madison (Washington) 9.675
10) Oswalt, Erica (BSU) 9.600
11) Engreitz, Ruby (Washington) 9.550
12) Cline, Amanda (Washington) 9.000

BARS Results
1) Perkins, Ciera (BSU) 9.900
2) Kazandjian, Lindsay (BSU) 9.825
3) Engreitz, Ruby (Washington) 9.800, Morris, Kelsey (BSU) 9.800
5) Black, Kelsey (BSU) 9.775, Potvin-Green, Brittany (BSU) 9.775
7) Rogers, Lauren (Washington) 9.750
8) Vaccher, Aliza (Washington) 9.650, Mann, Caitlin (BSU) 9.650
10) Fechter, McKenzie (Washington) 9.625
11) Cline, Amanda (Washington) 9.600
12) Akaogi, Hatsune (Washington) 9.200

BEAM Results:
1) Whitney, Megan (Washington) 9.800, Fechter, McKenzie (Washington) 9.800
3) Gaspar, Hailey (BSU) 9.775
4) Vaccher, Aliza (Washington) 9.750, Engreitz, Ruby (Washington) 9.750
6) Bixler, Paige (Washington) 9.725
7) Kazandjian, Lindsay (BSU) 9.700, Gher, Bekah (BSU) 9.700
9) Morris, Kelsey (BSU) 9.675
10) Rogers, Lauren (Washington) 9.575
11) Cinfio, Alessandra (BSU) 9.275
12) Oswalt, Erica (BSU) 8.525

FLOOR Results:
1) Fechter, McKenzie (Washington) 9.825
2) Gaspar, Hailey (BSU) 9.775
3) Rogers, Lauren (Washington) 9.750, Mann, Caitlin (BSU) 9.750
5) Black, Kelsey (BSU) 9.625
6) Perkins, Ciera (BSU) 9.600
7) Tham, Phoebe (Washington) 9.525, Otuafi, Amanda (BSU) 9.525
9) Cline, Amanda (Washington) 9.200, Engreitz, Ruby (Washington) 9.200
11) Podlucky, Madison (Washington) 9.100
12) Potvin-Green, Brittany (BSU) 9.025

All-Around Results:
1) Rogers, Lauren (Washington) 38.950
2) Engreitz, Ruby (Washington) 38.300

BSU: VAULT: 48.925, BARS: 49.075, BEAM: 48.125, FLOOR: 48.275
VAULT: Otuafi, Amanda 9.825, Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.825, Black, Kelsey 9.775, Perkins, Ciera 9.750*, Gaspar, Hailey 9.750, Oswalt, Erica 9.600*

BARS: Perkins, Ciera 9.900*, Kazandjian, Lindsay 9.825, Morris, Kelsey 9.800*, Black, Kelsey 9.775, Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.775, Mann, Caitlin 9.650*

BEAM: Gaspar, Hailey 9.775, Kazandjian, Lindsay 9.700, Gher, Bekah 9.700, Morris, Kelsey 9.675*, Cinfio, Alessandra 9.275, Oswalt, Erica 8.525*

FLOOR: Gaspar, Hailey 9.775, Mann, Caitlin 9.750*, Black, Kelsey 9.625, Perkins, Ciera 9.600*, Otuafi, Amanda9.525*, Potvin-Green, Brittany 9.025

* Personal Record