Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Broncos Take It On the Chin

Boise State fell to Colorado State tonight 77-57.  

Bronco Wrestlers Edge Up To #24

The Boise State wrestling team moved up a spot in the latest wrestling rankings.  The Broncos are now #24 in the country.

Bronco Gymnasts Fall to #21

Boise State's gymnastics team now finds itself all the way down to #21.  The Broncos have yet to top the 196 team score needed for inclusion among the nation's elite teams in two meets this season.  

Boise State began the season as the #15 team in the nation in a preseason vote of the nation's coaches, but have yet to live up to those expectations.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Bronco Gymnasts Top BYU But Score Under 196

The Boise State gymnastics team edged BYU last night in Provo, Utah, but both teams scored under 196, the point total needed to be taken seriously as a Top 12 team.  The Lady Broncos totaled 194.700 points to 194.425 for the homestanding Cougar women.  

Sophomore Caitlin Mann won four titles, including all-around, while Brittany Potvin-Green and Amanda Otuafi each shared two titles on individual events.  Mann won the all-around with 38.625, chalking up titles on vault (9.850), uneven bars (9.850) and balance beam (9.750).  Otuafi shared the vault title with Mann, Potvin-Green shared the bars title with Mann, and Potvin-Green and Otuafi each scored 9.850 on floor exercises to tie for individual honors there.

"We are happy with our performance tonight," said co-head coach Tina Bird.  "It was a great team effort."

The two teams will face off in one week at the first Boise State Beauty and the Beast competition of the season. The meet will be held in conjunction with the wrestling match on Friday, Feb. 1 at 7:00 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ouch! Boise State Beat By 16 at Nevada

The Broncos, 14-4 prior to today's game, were beaten 75-59 by the 11-8 Nevada Wolf Pack.

Matt Post Wins Weight Throw at Jackson's Invitational

Post had a best throw of 58-8 to win the event this afternoon.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Boise State Tennis Team Crushed By Cal, 4-1

Boise State was only able to win one match today at #14 California.  The guys have a long ways to go to become a Top 15 team.

Bronco Tennis Team Down 1-0 to #14 Cal

Cal won the doubles point today--teams are competing right now in the six singles matches.

Nice Sweep for the Boise State Men in the 3,000

Barak Watson, Aaron Back and David Elliott completed a 1-2-3 Boise State sweep in the men's 3,000-meter run tonight in the Jackson's Invitational at Jackson's Track in Nampa.  Well done, gentlemen!

 1 Barak Watson                 Boise State            8:20.76        
  2 Aaron Back                   Boise State            8:25.85        
  3 David Elliott                Boise State            8:28.23  

Boise State Swimmers Top Denver

Nice outing on the road today for the 2013 Bronco swimming team.  Coach Kristin Hill's group won eight of 11 events with Jessie Bottelberghe taking two individual titles and contributing to a relay win

Boise State meets Colorado State tomorrow, while the Bronco diving team is in action today and tomorrow at the Air Force Invitational.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Money at the Line

Boise State seems to play its best when the chips are down. With floor leader Jeff Elorriaga unable to play the second half, still feeling the effects of a concussion, the Bronco basketball team responded with a 74-67 victory over Fresno State tonight at Taco Bell Arena.

The Broncos have an incredible free-throw shooting performance to thank for their victory. Boise State shot 26-26 tonight to shatter the existing school record. Previously, the mark was set by the Boise State teams of 1981 (vs. Montana), 1995 (also vs. Montana) and 1996 (vs. Saint Mary's), all with 8-8 performances. Derrick Marks sank 12-12, just two shy of the individual mark of 14-14 set by Gerry Washington in 1998.

The Broncos had a great stretch run after the two teams were tied at 64. Anthony Drmic hit two free throws with 1:53 left to break the tie and Coach Leon Rice's team did not let up. Ryan Watkins grabbed three key rebounds in the final minutes and Marks and Watkins each sank free throws to preserve the Bronco win.

Fresno State was the team that jumped out of the gate to grab a 14-6 lead with 12:27 left in the first half. A Rice timeout stopped that, as his team responded with a 15-4 run to take a 21-18 lead with 4:59 remaining. The Broncos then ran into the locker room with a 31-26 halftime lead.

Marks scored six points as the Broncos took their biggest lead at 39-28. Credit the feisty Bulldogs for chipping away at that lead, finally tying the game at 43 on Tyler Johnson's three-pointer. Marvell Harris sank a three of his own with 12:33 left to put Fresno up 46-43.

The teams traded baskets until Drmic nailed another three-pointer with 7:29 left to put the Broncos up 55-53. Fresno State tied the game at 59 on Allen Huddleston's three-pointer with 4:29 remaining.

Marks led Boise State with 30 points, while Drmic hit for 23 points including 5-8 from three-point land. Ryan Watkins achieved his third straight double-double with 18 rebounds and 10 points. Watkins threatened another school record, just four away from the mark of 22 set by Bill Otey in both 1968 and 1969 and Steve Wallace in 1972.

Huddleston was 6-10 from the field with five three-pointers to lead the Bulldogs with 20 points, while Johnson had 16 and Harris 10.

Now that the Bronco two-game losing streak is history, Boise State can concentrate on getting back in the conference race. Boise State is one of six teams tied at 2-2 behind New Mexico, which has a perfect 4-0 mark. To break that logjam, the Broncos will need to defeat Nevada this Saturday in Reno.

Fresno State slipped to 1-4 in the Mountain West and 7-11 overall.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Good News for Doug Martin

Doug was an alternate to the Pro Bowl and now, it appears that Martin is going to Hawai'i!

Chamberlain Scores Tech Fall

The big three for the Bronco wrestling team have taken charge. First a tech fall by Owen, then a great win by Strait in the final seconds, and now Jason Chamberlain scored a tech fall of his own in a 20-5 win. Boise State now leads Arizona State 13-7.

Strait Puts Broncos Ahead

Josh Strait scored a 2-point takedown with seven seconds remaining in the match for a 4-2 decision, enabling the Boise State wrestling team to take its first lead over Pac-10 rival Arizona State, 8-7.

Brian Owen Scores 23-7 Win

With his team down, Brian Owen scored a phenomenal 23-7 technical fall to bring Boise State to within two points of Arizona State in the Bronco wrestling squad's season opener.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Wesson Wins 200

Boise State's Manoah Wesson edged Brett Blanshan of Washington State to take the 200-meter run today at Jackson's Track.  Wesson crossed the tape in 21.60, followed closely by Blanshan in 21.80.

Bronco Swimmers Lead Wyoming 166-94

With just a few events remaining, the Boise State swimming and diving team is taking it to their counterparts from Wyoming.  The Bronco women lead the Cowgirls, 166-94 at the Boise West Family YMCA.

Seniors Stevie Hughey (56.29) and Rachel Heaney (57.16) were able to finish 1-2 in the 100 butterfly.  Heaney also won the 200 fly with a time of 2:01.61.  Emily Campbell (1:04.91) and Sydney Johansen (1:04.96) finished first and second in the 100-yard breaststroke while Chelsea Miller (2:18.96) and Campbell (2:19.40) were 1-2 in the 200-yard breaststroke.  Seniors Devin Madsen and Sam Wicks were 1-2 in the 100 backstroke with times of 56.22 and 57.65, respectively.     

Seniors Jess Bottelberghe (1:51.01) and Brooke Balogh (1:53.86) finished 1-2 in the 200-yard freestyle while Bottelberghe won the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.37.  Emri Moore took first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:03.88 while Madsen was first in the 200 backstroke in 2:01.86.  Boise State also won the 200-yard medley relay.  

Two Wins for Boise State Track Team in Bronco Invitational

Will Lohman captured the weight throw title at today's Bronco Invitational at Jackson's Track in Nampa.  Lohman heaved the ball 56-feet, 7.50-inches.

Lauren Lucas won the women's mile in 5:09.03.

It has been a disappointing meet for the Broncos otherwise, with a few field events left and the track finals getting underway.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Boise State Gymnasts Top Utah State 194.875 to 191.250

A good start for an opener, but they'll never get to Nationals with less than 196 on a consistent basis:
1 Boise State University194.875 
2 Utah State University191.250 

Bronco Gymnasts Lead Utah State

Boise State leads Utah State in the season opener, 97.550 to 95.125.  Broncos have to average 49 per routine to get to where they want to be, so they might as well pick it up tonight and start hitting 49's.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Boise State Tops Oregon at Blue and Orange Opener

The Boise State men's track team shocked powerful Oregon with seven titles at the Blue and Orange Opener at Jackson's Indoor Track in Nampa yesterday.  The Ducks were able to win six events.

Will Lohman uncorked a personal best of 60-feet, 5-inches to win the weight throw, easily outdistancing Oregon's Miles Walk (55-10.25).  Manoah Wesson set an indoor-best of 47.79 seconds to take the 400-meter title and finished second to teammate Daveon Collins (21.35) in the 200-meters in 21.81.  Chase Sexton captured the shot put with a throw of 57-11.75, edging Oregon's Sam Crouser (57-9.75), while Roderick Townsend won the high jump (6-6.75), Allan Schroeder the Mile (4:20.96) and the Bronco men's 4 x 400-meter relay team won in 3:26.43.

Rolando Trammel was second in the 60-meters (6.97) and third in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.03.  Justin Maines captured second in the latter event with a personal best of 8.01.  Kyle Brush (4:25.26) and Wyatt Diederickson (4:33.10) finished behind Schroeder to cap a 1-2-3 Boise State finish in the miles.

The Boise State women, meanwhile, won the 4 x 400-meter relay (3:54.15) to avoid being shut out for the day.

The Boise State teams host the Bronco Invitational next Saturday, January 19 at Jackson's Track.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Boise State Women Defeat Wyoming 70-68

A sweep tonight--Broncos beat the Cowboys and the Lady Broncos top the Cowgirls!

Shorthanded Boise State Bumps #25 Wyoming From Unbeaten Ranks

For the four Boise State basketball players suspended prior to the big game with #25 Wyoming--they don't get to experience the thrill of knocking of one of just four undefeated teams in the nation.

For those Broncos who played by the rules, they were just fine, thank-you.  Jeff Elorriaga's three-pointer at the buzzer gave Coach Leon Rice's squad a 63-61 win in Laramie tonight.

Elorriaga finished with 18, including 6-10 from three-point range, but none bigger than the money shot to give the Broncos the win.  Wyoming's Josh Adams had put the home team up 61-60 with nine seconds left before Elorriaga's heroics.

The game was a see-saw affair in the wild last minutes.  Boise State took a 31-26 lead going into halftime.  But the Cowboys erupted for an 19-4 run to take a 45-35 lead.  Derrious Gilmore had eight of those points to lead the Wyoming surge.   

But a three-pointer by Thomas Bropleh and a steal and layup by Igor Hadziomerovic with 7:01 left brought the Broncos all the way back to tie the game at 45.  Leonard Washington's layup with 5:15 remaining gave Wyoming a 50-47 lead but Hadziomerovic hit a triple on the next possession for Boise State.

Rice's team played incredible in the next stretch and threatened to take command, with a three by Anthony Drmic, a jumper by Hadziomerovic and a layup by Bropleh with 2:48 left that gave Boise State a 57-50 lead.  

Riley Grabau gave Wyoming a much-needed basket on the ensuing possession and after a foul on Drmic scrambling for position on an inbounds play, Leonard canned a three for the Cowboys to make it 57-55, Boise State.  Washington then electrified the Laramie crowd with a steal and dunk to the score with 1:19 left.

Grabau sank two free throws to extend the Cowboy run to nine with just 44 seconds left.  But the Broncos found another gear.  Elorriaga nailed a three-pointer with 31 seconds left to put the Broncos up 60-59 leading to the fantastic finish.

Drmic finished with 18 points to tie Elorriaga for the team lead while Hadziomerovic finished with 11 for Boise State.  Ryan Watkins hauled down six rebounds to lead the Broncos in that department.  Gilmore finished with 17 points to pace Wyoming while Washington and Adams chipped in with 12 each and Grabau 10.

Wyoming fell to 13-1 with the loss while Boise State is 13-2.  The Bronco win sets up a meeting with another Top 25 team, New Mexico, in Taco Bell Arena next Wednesday.

If you don't already have tickets, you better pick them up pronto or you'll get shut out.