Now that 2016 is thoroughly in our rear-view and with Boiseans still nestled in their snowcaves, I decided it was finally time to close the door on an up-and-down year in Bronco nation. 2016 delivered thrils and spills for those clad in blue and orange (I’d like to think more of the former than the latter), but glass half-empty types may disagree. There are too many moments to knock out in one day, so this week we’ll look at all the good that happened in Bronco Nation before we dive into the bad, and the ugly. I probably shouldn’t be starting with the good, but that’s what I get for writing the lede last. Here we go.
January 2, 2016
The Boise State basketball team defeats Colorado State at home 84-80. It’s the Broncos 7th straight win in an eventual 10-game win-streak. Considering their rocky relationship with CSU the rest of the year, this was one to savor.
January 30, 2016
Freshman Allie Ostrander shatters the Mountain West and school 5,000m record at her first ever indoor meet in Seattle. Ostrander ran a 15:21.85 at the UW Invitational—obliterating the previous school and MWC record of 15:50.78 that was set by former Bronco Emma Bates. Ostrander's run was an Olympic Standard time, meaning she became eligible for the Olympic Trials.
February 3, 2016
The Broncos sign 24 football players to letters-of-intent, starting with Texas CB Reid Harrison-Ducros and ending with DT/DE Curtis Weaver. Eight true freshman end up playing in 2016.
February 20, 2016
The Boise State swimming and diving team finish 2nd at Mountain West Championships, after barely being edged-out by eventual champ Nevada. That’s not the good part, however...after the meet, Bronco swimmer Sam Wicks was named MWC Swimmer of the Year and coach Jeremy Kipp was named Coach of the Year. 43 Bronco swimmers and divers earned All-MWC honors.
February 27, 2016
Sophomore wrestler Geordan Martinez wins his second-straight Pac-12 title in as many tries at 149 pounds—the first Bronco in school history to do so. Senior Chris Castillo earns a Pac-12 title at 157 pounds and his first-ever trip to the NCAAs.
February 27, 2016
The Boise State men’s basketball team upsets San Diego State at Viejas Arena, ending the Aztecs' streak of 164 consecutive wins when leading with five minutes to play. The Broncos improbable win saw them rally from a 9 point deficit with just 1:04 to play. They did it all without star player James Webb III.
March 8, 2016
James Webb III and Mikey Thompson earn All-MWC honors. Webb landed on the conference first-team (the 27th first-team all-conference honoree in school history) and Thompson landed on the third team.
March 19, 2016
Boise State womens gymnastics wins their second straight Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference title. The ladies went undefeated in their regular season (15-0) and were obviously a sterling 8-0 in conference. Eventually, the team finished 3rd at the Tuscaloosa Regionals...one spot shy of a spot in nationals. Krystine Jacobsen, Maddie Krentz, and Sandra Collantes finish the season as All-Americans.
March 19, 2016
Soph wrestler Geordan Martinez finishes eighth at NCAA tournament, earning All-America honors. Just to inject a bit of gloom on this sunshine parade, I should inform you that Martinez—clearly a bright spot on the Bronco roster—transferred at the end of the season and will be competing for Oklahoma State from here on out. We’re keeping the accolades though!
April 1, 2016
Bronco senior David Elliott breaks the school record in the men's 5,000m at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 13:42.17. The effort gives Elliott his sixth school record between the indoor and outdoor track.
July 7, 2016
Boise State phenom Allie Ostrander qualifies for 5,000m final at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR—finishing in fourth place in the second (and fastest) heat of the first round to lock in her spot.
July 10, 2016
Ostrander finishes 8th in the 5,000m finals at the Olympic Trials—missing an Olympic berth, but cementing herself as a rising star in the running community. She finished less than half a second out of 7th place in the 16-runner field.
September 3, 2016
Boise State football powers to a season-opening victory on the road against UL-Lafayette. Cedrick Wilson finishes the day with 113 receiving yards in his first-ever game as a Bronco.
September 10, 2016
Boise State holds on to defeat Washington State in their home-opener 31-28. Brett Rypien was 1 yard shy of his 7th career 300+ yard game, Jeremy McNichols rushed for 116 yards and 2 TDs and Tyler Horton opened scoring with an 85-yard pick six.
September 14, 2016
Former Bronco track and field star Roderick Townsend-Roberts wins gold in the long jump at the Rio Paralympics thanks to a Paralympic Record jump of 24-3.75 (7.41m).
September 16, 2016
Not satisfied with just one gold, Townsend-Roberts secures a second gold medal at the Rio Paralympics, this time in the high jump. Townsend-Roberts...already the world record holder in the Paralympic high jump event (T47), leaped a Paralympic record 6’10.5” to secure his medal.
October 21, 2016
Boise State edges BYU 28-27 on stop 3 of their revenge tour (the Broncos had already avenged 2015 losses to Utah State and New Mexico). David Moa blocked a last second field goal attempt by the Cougars to seal the victory...Boise State's 23rd consecutive non-conference home win.
November 22, 2016
The Boise State women’s volleyball team secures the outright Mountain West title with a win over Air Force. The win is the 14th-straight for the squad and earns them their first ever trip to the NCAA tourney.
November 29, 2016
15 Bronco football players are named to All-MWC teams:
First team offense: Brett Rypien, Thomas Sperbeck, Travis Averill, and Mario Yakoo.
First team defense: David Moa, Sam McCaskill
Second team offense: Jeremy McNichols (lol)
Second team defense: Ben Weaver, Jonathan Moxey, Chanceller James
Second team special teams: Sean Wale
Honorable mention: Cedrick Wilson (double lol), Mason Hampton, Steven Baggett, and Tanner Vallejo
December 2, 2016
Women’s volleyball team opens their first-ever NCAA tourney with a sweep of WKU. They advanced to the tournaments second-round before falling to eventual-champ Stanford. Six players earned All-MWC nods including Player of the Year Sierra Nobley. Coach Shawn Garus wins his 2nd-straight coach of the year nod.
December 14, 2016
The Bronco football team adds five early signees to their mid-year roster including 3 JuCo transfers—OL Zach Troughton, QB Rathen Ricedorff, and DB Michael Young, and 2 early high-school grads—OL John Ojukwu, and DB Marques Evans.
December 15, 2016
Bronco RB Jeremy McNichols is named to Athlon’s All-America team.
December 31, 2016
Chandler Hutchison banks in a three as time expires to give the Broncos a 74-73 victory over Colorado State and a 2-0 start to conference play. We book-ended 2016 with basketball victories over CSU—go figure.