Sunday, February 12, 2012

Boise State #14 in New Gymnastics Rankings

No scores below 196, no individual scores below 9.8 from here on out and Boise State will finish the year in the Top 10.

Broncos Shut Out Host Cal-Davis

Aubray Zell turned in another shutout in leading Boise State to a 3-0 win over UC Davis at the Aggie Stampede this afternoon, Boise State's fourth win in five outings.

Zell was splendid in a three-hit, no-walk complete game.  Katie Engelbrecht's two-run triple capped a two-out rally for the Broncos in the fourth inning to put the first two runs on the scoreboard.  Tazz Weatherly laced a double to right center, Jordan Krieger followed with an infield single and Engelbrecht found her pitch and lined it to left center.

"I'm really proud of the way the team played this entire weekend," said head coach Erin Thorpe. "We made great strides as a program and really came together as a team. We were able to play five solid games and that should be a great confidence boost as we have two really challenging weekends coming up."

We're about to find out how good this Boise State team really is.  They'll face #12 Washington, #19 UCLA and Notre Dame on consecutive days at the Campbell Cartier Classic in San Diego next weekend.  Boise State will open the tournament Friday at 11 a.m. Mountain Time against UC Santa Barbara.

Felix's NCAA Qualifying Mark Highlights Second Day of Action at Boise State Team Challenge

Kurt Felix, who won all four events in the first day of the heptathlon on Friday, finished strong Saturday to break his own school record and qualify for a spot in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho March 9-10.
Kurt Felix
Felix finished third in the 60-meter hurdles, third in the pole vault and fourth in the 1,000-meters to score 5,771 points, well over his former mark of 5,691 and past the NCAA qualifying mark of 5,750.  

Michael Walrath also broke a school record set by Pete Nunez in 1988 when he won the 800-meters in 1:51.23.  Drew O'donoghue-McDonald, Sawyer Bosch and Danielle Valentine also put their names into the Bronco record book with top-three performances.  O'donoghue-McDonald was part of a contingent of distance runners who competed in the Mile at the Husky Invite in Seattle.  Drew ran a 4:05.63, #2 all-time at Boise State.  Bosch finished 12th in the 3000-Meter Invite competition at the Husky Invite with a time of 8:03.93, the second-fastest time ever at Boise State.  Valentine soared 12-feet, 9.50-inches in the pole vault to tie for the second-best indoor mark in Bronco history.

Rolando Trammel also won the 60-meter hurdles in front of the home crowd at Jackson's Track with a personal-best of 7.90, the long jump (23-2.50) and joined Karrie Butler, Jeff Daw and Manoah Wesson on the victorious 4x400-meter relay team.  Allan Schroeder won the Boise State Team Challenge Mile (4:14.82) while Taryn Treadway captured the 3,000 with a time of 10:31.43.

Boise State rests up for the 2012 Mountain West Championships, taking place this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico February 23-25.. 

Broncos Top Air Force 72-61 on the Road

Having gone through the first pass at each of the Mountain West Conference teams without a win, Boise State coach Leon Rice inserted freshman Joe Hanstad into the starting lineup.  The move paid off, as Hanstad scored 19 points to lead the Broncos to a 72-61 road win at Air Force last night.  The Broncos had lost to the same Air Force team by 15 points in Boise last month.

Freshman Anthony Drmic continued his solid play with his first career double-double--12 points and 10 rebounds.  Drew Wiley and freshman Derrick Marks each had 11 points and junior college transfer Kenny Buckner added 10 for Boise State.  Sophomore Jeff Elorriaga, playing his first game since fracturing his thumb against TCU on January 21, led the team with five assists and added six rebounds.

Boise State, which had played national powers UNLV and San Diego State down to the wire only to lose by double digits to the league's lower-ranked teams, built as much as a 20-point lead in the second half.  Air Force rallied to cut the deficit to 11, but the Broncos held on for their first Mountain West win.  Boise State connected on 21-of-25 free throw attempts (84%) to keep the Falcons at bay.  Boise State improves to 11-12 on the season and 1-7 in the Mountain West, while Air Force dropped to 11-11 overall and 1-7 in league play.

Boise State returns home to host Colorado State Wednesday night in Taco Bell Arena.  Tipoff is 8 p.m.

Broncos Fall to Loyola Marymount in Extra Innings

Lady Bronco softball team is 3-1.