The Mountain West Conference basketball tournaments ended last week. Diving had their regionals. Softball did things. So did golf and tennis. Let’s pass out some Game Balls!
Game Ball One:
Brooke Pahukoa (basketball)
Last week was very kind to the Broncos WBB. A big—huge—part of that was in part to Ms. Pahukoa’s generally being awesome at shooty-hoops. How good? She had the last, and crucial, shot in the 64-62 win against New Mexico. To follow that up? She made the final shot that helped seal the 65-61 win against Colorado State (who had won the regular season). The senior was the spark that led the team to a remarkable run that has spun off 10 wins in a row. Her reward? A final invite to the NCAAW Tournament to face UCLA. When the Broncos faced off against Tennessee two years ago, the Broncos gave the Volunteers all they could handle. Would like to see a big performance like that again.
Game Ball Two:
Cassidy Bose (diving)
The sophomore from Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin has done what no other Bronco has done in diving: make the NCAAs. And she did juuuuust enough to get there by getting 11th place at Zones. That’s good enough, in my book, to warrant a Game Ball. Good luck Ms. Bose.
Game Ball Three:
Paige Reimann (softball)
Bronco softball has been on fire as of late. Taking home some wins last week. Among those wins was a no-hitter Ms. Reimann threw in a 8-0 win against Bryant University. While the Broncos have been lighting up the scoreboard with their bats, the solid pitching has been able to keep them dominant. This is the second no-hitter of the season and that pitching has been reflective in the Broncos’ overall win/loss record.
Game Ball Four:
Courtney McGregor (gymnastics)
The Broncos posted a program record high of 197.675 against no. 8 Denver. Ms. McGregor scored a career high of 9.95 on the uneven bars. The points helped get some revenge against Denver, which accounts for one of the Broncos’ losses. Now the Broncos head to the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference championships this Saturday in Logan, Utah to capture another conference title.
Game Ball Five:
Emily Sullivan / Janell Walley (beach volleyball)
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The duo swept all three of their matches stretching Friday and Saturday at the no. 3 and no 2 spots respectively. While those wins were instrumental in taking the matches against Pacific and San Fransisco, they weren’t enough to lead the Broncos past San Jose State. But, at any rate, these two did their jobs and put away their opponents. That’s the most anyone could ask for.
Game Ball Six:
Sadi Henderson (track)
Ms. Henderson placed 14th at the NCAAs with a time of 2:07.40. While that was not good enough to get into the finals, it was good enough to net her Second-Team All-American Honors. The 800 meters can be deceptively long and to finish that in two minutes is remarkable.
Another week, another round of Game Balls.