Friday, March 2, 2012

ASU Continues to Lead

Broncos trail ASU 2-0 after five and a half innings in Tempe.

You get the feeling that Boise State is just a step away from something great.

Bronco Women Netters Host #33 Utah and Montana

The weather is surprisingly nice for this time of year and the Boise State women's tennis team will take advantage of it, moving their matches against #33 Utah and Montana from indoors to the beautiful Appleton Tennis Center outdoors.

Boise State and Utah will take to the courts at noon Saturday while the Bronco-Grizzly match begins at 4 p.m. Sunday.

Potvin-Green Brings the Broncos Home

Brittany scored an excellent 9.925 on floor, ensuring the team's score above 196 at 196.125.  Had it not been for her and Ciera Perkins, the team would not have made it.  

The score won't be good enough to move Boise State up in the rankings, as both #13 Ohio State and #14 Auburn scored much better than the Broncos.

Ciera Perkins Showing Leadership

Ciera Perkins scored a brilliant 9.875 on floor for Boise State tonight.  She is the only Bronco so far to have three scores of 9.8 or better, showing her teammates what has to be done for Boise State to jump to the next level.  If Ciera had a beam score tonight, she'd have a great all-around score.  Since the Broncos did not score well on the beam, Perkins may want to add that event to her repertoire.

ASU with Another Run

Arizona State has scored again and now leads Boise State 2-0.

Boise State with Two More Sub-9.8's

Kelsey Morris and Amanda Outafi both received 9.650 scores on floor.

Bronco Softball Team Does Not Score in Fourth

Boise State came up empty in the fourth, ASU threatening again with a runner on second in the top of the fifth.  Arizona State still leads 1-0.

#12 Stanford Competes at Home

Stanford, #12 in women's gymnastics, has a home meet Sunday against Arizona and California.

#13 Missouri in Denver

#13 Missouri, a team Boise State is trying to catch in the national gymnastics rankings, is in Denver for a Quad-Meet tomorrow.

Bronco Women Have Bases Loaded in Bottom of Fourth

One out.  

#14 Ohio State Scores 196.925 Tonight

#14 Ohio State, the team ranked two spots ahead of Boise State in the national gymnastics rankings, performed like a team that wants to make Nationals--the Buckeyes scored 196.925 tonight in beating Kent State.

#15 Auburn Scores a 196.7 Tonight in Beating Southern Utah

The team right in front of Boise State in the national gymnastics rankings, Auburn, scored a 196.7 tonight.  The Broncos need to pass at least four teams to have a chance to make Nationals.  Doesn't look like Boise State will do it tonight.

ASU Takes 1-0 Lead

Arizona State struck first, scoring a run in the top of the fourth.  The Sun Devils lead Boise State 1-0 with the Broncos batting.

Disaster Strikes Broncos on Beam

Not only did Boise State have sub-9.8's on beam, but a 9.1, a 9.675, a 9.725 and a 9.750.  This means a 48.750 team score.  The Broncos still above a 196 pace but just barely.  They have 147.025 after three rotations.  Utah State with a 147.625.

Broncos Do Well on Vault

Aside from the initial 9.750, the rest of the Boise State gymnasts scored well and the team did better on bars than on vault.  Lindsay Kazandjian scored a 9.825, followed by Caitlin Mann with a 9.875, Kelsey Black with a 9.80, Ciera Perkins scored a 9.850 and Brittany Potvin-Green an even 9.8.

49.150 for the Bronco team on bars.

Utah State Struggling on Vault

The Aggies are not doing well on vault with five competitors under 9.7.  That's not very typical of them.  Their Regional Qualifying Score is going to take a hit.

USU rang up a team score of 47.925 on vault.  I was hoping they could push the Broncos to make them better but that's not going to happen.

Kelsey Morris with Another Sub 9.8

With teammate Amy Glass out of the lineup, the Broncos want to step up.

Kelsey Black with a 9.8 on Bars

Black gets the Broncos started on the bars in the second rotation.  Utah State struggling a bit on vault.  But Boise State should have one thing on their minds and that is 9.8 individual scores and 196 team scores.

Lady Broncos Batting in Bottom of First

ASU had a double but did not score.  Strange that Boise State is the home team in Tempe, but they are for this game--Broncos batting in the bottom of the first.

Last Four Broncos Steady on Vault

Amanda Otuafi, Ciera Perkins and Brittany Potvin-Green have come through for Boise State with scores of 9.85, 9.825 and 9.90, respectively and Kelsey Morris finished with a 9.8.  No Amy Glass again for the Broncos.  Unfortunately, the Broncos are going to have to count one of those sub-9.8 scores.  They get a 49.125--we'll see if that will be enough to score 196.

Utah State doing fairly well with 38.925 on the bars with one competitor left.  If Boise State slips too much more, the Aggies are going to be right there to take advantage.

UPDATE:  Utah State scored 48.825, very respectable.

Bronco Softball Game with Arizona State Underway

We're also watching Boise State & ASU in softball.  Broncos won their first game of the weekend 16-1 over Howard and hopefully they can continue to hit despite the tougher pitching.

Broncos Already with Sub 9.8's

The young Broncos continue to struggle as Kelsey Black (9.750) and Caitlin Mann (9.5) have completed their vault routines.  The Broncos have just a few weeks to tighten things down and move up in the rankings before the postseason.  And, as we found out last year, if you're not in the Top 12 by Regionals, you aren't going to be given the scores you need to qualify for Nationals.  That's not the way the system works.

Bronco Gymnastics Meet with Utah State Underway

Boise State hosting Utah State at Taco Bell currently.  As usual, Blue Through and Through will have these live results as they happen.

Boise State 2012 Football Schedule Taking Shape

The Mountain West has announced scheduled days for conference football games.  Subject to change, here is the Boise State football schedule as we know it:

DATE                                       OPPONENT                                                           LOCATION                             TIME       TV
Aug. 31 (Friday)                    at Michigan State                                                 East Lansing, MI                    TBA         ESPN
Sept. 8 (Saturday)                Open
Sept. 15 (Saturday)             Miami (Ohio)                                                        Boise, ID                                TBA
Sept. 22 (Saturday)             BYU                                                                        Boise, ID                                TBA
Sept. 29 (Saturday)              * at New Mexico                                                  Albuquerque, NM                TBA
Oct. 6 (Saturday)                  at Southern Miss.                                                 Hattiesburg, MS                    TBA
Oct. 13 (Saturday)               * Fresno State                                                      Boise, ID                                TBA
Oct. 20 (Saturday)               * UNLV                                                                  Boise, ID                                TBA
Oct. 27 (Saturday)                * at Wyoming                                                       Laramie, WY                          TBA
Nov. 3 (Saturday)                * San Diego State                                                Boise, ID                                TBA
Nov. 10 (Saturday)               * at Hawai'i                                                            Honolulu, HI                          TBA
Nov. 17 (Saturday)              * Colorado State                                                  Boise, ID                                TBA
Nov. 24 (Saturday)               * at Nevada                                                           Reno, NV                                TBA
Dec. 1 (Saturday)                 Open
                                *Mountain West Conference Game
                                Home Games in Bold

Boise State Beats Howard 16-1

The Bronco softball team opened the weekend in Tempe, Arizona in a big way, defeating Howard 16-1.

Kenzie Cole pitched a complete-game three-hitter as Boise State opened the ASU Tournament.  Christina Capobianco clobbered two home runs and drove in three in a 2-3 performance to lead the Bronco hitters.  Holly Bourke hit a grand slam and Ashley Collier also homered.  Jordan Krieger went  2-3 for the Broncos.

Boise State, 10-6 on the season, faces Arizona State tonight at 7.