Saturday, November 1, 2014

Boise State Basketball Gets Paris Austin

According to comments on YouTube, Boise State has gotten the commitment of this smooth 5-11 guard from Bishop O'Dowd High School in Oakland.  He reminds me of Chris Childs--if he is anywhere near as good, the Broncos are set at that position.


Boise State Women Take Second in Mountain West Cross Country Championships; Bronco Men Fourth

Emma Bates and Marisa Howard staged a dominating performance over the field in taking first and second, and the #23 Bronco women's cross country team once again finished second at the Mountain West Cross Country Championships in Fresno, California.
Howard and Bates raced out to the early lead and continued to extend it over the six-kilometer course.  Bates win individual honors with a time of 19:37.3, while Howard finished in 19:53.4, crossing the finish line 25 seconds ahead of the third-place runner. 

As dominating as Bates and Howard were, so too were the Lobos.  #10 New Mexico successfully defended their conference title with just 33 points to 58 for the Lady Broncos.  Wyoming finished third with 79 points, followed by Colorado State (103), Air Force with 141, Nevada in sixth with 163 points, Utah State (180), Fresno State (225), ninth-place UNLV with 245, San Diego State (276) and San Jose State with 295 points.

David Elliott won the men's title with a time of 23:38.7, marking just the first time in school history that Boise State swept individual cross country titles, with Melinda Campbell and Cormac Smith being the last Broncos to do it in 1997 when Boise State was in the Big West Conference.  #18 New Mexico won the Mountain West team title with 26 points, with Air Force (73 points) upsetting #25 Colorado State (76) for second.  The Bronco men were fourth with 79 points, followed by Utah State (152), Wyoming (160), host Fresno State with 181 and San Jose State with 197 points.

Howard, Bates, and Elliott all earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors for their performances, with Bates and Elliott winning Female and Male Athlete of the Year honors, respectively.  Freshmen Emma Hyyppa and Andrew Rafla captured rookie accolades, as Hyyppa finished 23rd and Rafla took 10th place.  Rafla also earned Second-Team All-Conference honors, the first freshman in school history to accomplish that feat.  Sarah Hastings, who finished 13th, and Michael Vennard, who came in 14th on the men's side, also earned Second Team honors.
Mountain West Men's Student-Athlete of the Year:  David Elliott, Sr.,  Boise State
Mountain West Men's Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
Mountain West Men's Freshman of the Year:  Andrew Rafla,  Boise State
Mountain West Women's Student-Athlete of the Year:  Emma Bates, Boise State
Mountain West Women's Coach of the Year: Joe Franklin, New Mexico
Mountain West Women's Freshman of the Year:  Emma Hyyppa, Boise State
Women's First Team All-MW
Emma Bates, Boise State
Marisa Howard, Boise State
Holly Page, Wyoming
Alice Wright, New Mexico
Calli Thackery, New Mexico
Charlotte Arter, New Mexico
Hannah Everson, Air Force
Second Team All-MW
Nicole Roberts, New Mexico
Demerey Kirsch, Nevada
Amber Zimmerman, New Mexico
Kerry White, Wyoming
Tamara Armoush, New Mexico
Sarah Hastings, Boise State
Alexandra Will, Colorado State
Men's First Team All-MW
David Elliott, Boise State
Patrick Corona, Air Force
Jake Shelley, New Mexico
Alex Cornwell, New Mexico
Ross Matheson, New Mexico
Matt Bergin, New Mexico
Riley Coates, Air Force
Second Team All-MW
Daniel Studley, New Mexico
Amos Bowen, Wyoming
Andrew Rafla, Boise State
Jerrell Mock, Colorado State
Jefferson Abbey, Colorado State
Elmar Engholm, New Mexico
Michael Vennard, Boise State

Boise State Swimmers Whip Oregon State 178-84

It wasn't long ago that only the football team was dominating PAC-12 competition.  The #23 Boise State swimming and diving team won 10 of 14 events yesterday in Corvallis to score a 178-84 win at Oregon State.  The win was the third straight over a PAC-12 team over two seasons.

"We swam very well tonight. There were some great races and OSU helped raise our level of competition," said Boise State head coach Kristin Hill. "We had a strong start to the season in our first two dual-meet wins earlier this month against Utah and Idaho, and today we took a big step forward as a team."

Sophomore Brittany Aoyama posted an NCAA B Standard time in winning the 100-yard butterfly in 54:06.  But the brilliant Bronco wasn't done.  She also won the 100 freestyle and helped the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams to victories.

Junior Sam Wicks also captured four events on the evening.  In addition to the two relay teams with Aoyama, Wicks won the 100 backstroke and 50 free, just missing NCAA B Standard times herself.

Oregon State's Sammy Harrison was a double-winner, taking first in the 500 and 1,000 freestyle races.

After Harrison's first win, however, Boise State captured the next six events to take a commanding 89-31 lead.  Felicity Cann won the 200 free, Wicks touched first in the 100 back, Emma Chard won the 100 breast, Jessica Bottelberghe won the 200 fly, Wicks won the 50 freestyle and Aoyama captured the 100 free.  Sophomore Whitney Jorgensen later won the 400 IM in 4:28.90.

The Boise State divers, which did not compete last night, are prepping for the USC Diving Invitational November 7-9.  The Bronco swimmers have three weeks to get ready for the prestigious Texas A&M Invitational November 20-22, where they will test their mettle against some of the top teams in the nation.