Another week, another round of Game Balls.
And away we go...
Game Ball One:
Courtney McGregor (gymnastics)
The Broncos are hitting the mats, uneven bars, vaults, and balance beam once again. And they kicked off the year right opening, on the road, in a quadrangular meet against UC Davis, Stanford, and Yale. To which the Broncos beat all their foes and started the season 3-0. Ms. McGregor (who was at the Rio Olympics by the way) won the All Around with a score of 39.00. And she’s just a freshman. The Broncos are on the way to continuing their previous success. So far, so good.
Congratulations Ms. McGregor!
Game Ball Two:
Camden Stoddard (track & field: pole vault)
Last weekend was a busy one for the Broncos as they competed at the Ed Jacoby Invitational in Nampa. Mr. Stoddard was one of the busiest as he vaulted himself to the top of the pile! Stoddard cleared a mark of 16-4.75 to reach the number one spot. Pole vaulting always seemed like a complicated sport, but Stoddard made it easy.
Congratulations Mr. Stoddard.
Game Ball Three:
Sadi Henderson (t&f: 800m)
Ms. Henderson has some wheels. And they go fast enough to break a Boise State record, and put herself close to breaking the Mountain West Conference record. Her time of 2:05.71 is the fourth-fastest time in-conference and is, currently, the fastest time in the NCAA Division I this year. Last I checked, that goes under the “pretty good” category. I have no doubt Ms. Henderson will be looking to improve upon that time, so keep a lookout here later on in the indoor season.
Game Ball Four:
Emma Chard (swimming)
This one was kind of a tossup as there were four Broncos that won events last Saturday. But, most importantly, the Broncos defeated the unwashed tribe from up north 164-128. This was even after, literally, conceding the maximum amount of attainable points to the Vandals. Oh, and the Broncos even spotted Idaho two diving events. Ms. Chard won the 1650 m freestyle, 100 yard freestyle, and 200 IM. That is... a lot of swimming. But, again the most important thing, the Broncos came away with the W.
Congratulations Ms. Chard.
Game Ball Five:
Shay Shaw (basketball)
The Broncos had a bit of a two-game slump recently. Dropping a home game to UNLV and away to SDSU. What they needed was a blood pressure-raising, tough contested win against a heated rival. And they got it! Ms. Shaw delivered a 67-66 win to the Broncos on hitting one-of-two free throws with three second left in the ball game. To go with those nerves of steel, Shaw also contributed 13 points and four rebounds. Solid, and clutch, performance.
Congratulations Ms. Shaw.
Game Ball Six:
James Reid (basketball)
Mr. Reid is a go-getter and has been “getting it” for the Broncos coming off the bench. While the team, as a whole, could have done markedly better in the nine-point loss to Fresno State Reid did all he could to keep the Broncos afloat. It was “one of those” nights for Boise State as they went 23-63 shooting and only 12-31 from beyond the arc. Reid scored a Bronco-high 17 points and tried valiantly to bring the Broncos back into the game. Was not meant to be, but Boise State should be able to bounce back.
Congratulations Mr. Reid!
Game Ball Seven:
Fred Green (wrestling)
The Broncos have hit quite a rough patch so far as they are 1-4 on the season. Against Northern Colorado, the Broncos only won three matches. Mr. Green pinned his opponent 4:27. He leads the Broncos in numbers of pins on the season. The redshirt freshman is going to have to continue this run in order for the Broncos to get on the winning side.
Congratulations Mr. Green.
Wow. There was a lot there. Anyone else pique your interest? Let me know.