Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kristin Armstrong's Possible Return to the Olympics Hits Roadblock

Posted By on Sat, Apr 18, 2015 at 9:21 AM

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Only days after announcing  she was coming out of retirement in an effort to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics, two-time gold medalist Kristin Armstrong received a bit of disappointing news. 

After announcing her intentions to compete in next month's Pan Am Continental Road Championships in Mexico, Armstrong learned Friday the USA Cycling selection committee had rescinded a nomination for Armstrong to compete. Armstrong was nominated based a new format crafted by USA Cycling, but learned the criteria has changed.

"Like a lot of you, I just learned that this criteria for selection had changed recently, and now USA Cycling has decided to revert to their older criteria," Armstrong wrote April 17 on her website. "If under this 'new' criteria I am not selected, I will not only fully support USA Cycling's decision but more importantly, the athletes that will be representing the USA in Mexico."

Armstrong still has an opportunity to make the field at the U.S. Championships, scheduled for Saturday, May 23 in Tennessee. If successful, Armstrong could advance to the world championships in order to accumulate enough points to make next year's Olympic team.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter Announces Details of Basque Soccer Friendly Match Taking Place This Summer

Posted By on Wed, Apr 8, 2015 at 4:10 PM

The soccer match started as an idea jotted on a paper napkin a few years ago, said Dr. John Bieter, a professor of Basque studies Boise State University and  brother of Mayor Dave Bieter. On the afternoon of April 8, he welcomed the media to the Basque Center—in Basque—and spoke of the Basque Soccer Friendly—in English—at Albertsons Stadium on Wednesday, July 29.

"The idea of having a game in Boise was mentioned on both sides of the Atlantic," Dr. Bieter said before inviting his brother to announce the teams playing against each other this summer.

Smiling, Mayor Dave Bieter stood at the podium, telling the crowd they were in the room where he celebrated his wedding reception and his first campaign party. 

"This is an exceptional sporting event, the likes of which I don't think we've ever seen in Idaho," Mayor Bieter said. "The level of soccer that we're going to be lucky enough to see, the international flavor of the whole week, is going to place Boise on a stage that we've never really been on."

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced the two teams that will play against each other in the Basque Soccer Friendly on Wednesday, July 29. - JESSICA MURRI
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  • Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced the two teams that will play against each other in the Basque Soccer Friendly on Wednesday, July 29.
Bieter announced the teams that will play against each other in the Basque Soccer Friendly: Athletic Club de Bilbao from the providence of Biscay in Spain (where many Basques immigrated from to Boise) and Club Tijuana Xoloitzcuintles de Caliente from Baja California, Mexico. 

Athletic Club de Bibao is ranked 23rd in the world. Club Tijuana is ranked 94th.

Since Athletic Club de Bibao was created 117 years ago, the team has never played in North or South America. During the press conference, a message from Jokin Garatea, an Athletic Club representative, played on TV screens beside Bieter.

"It will be a pleasure and an honor to be with you in Boise next July in the great party and meeting of the Basques in North America," said Garatea, first in Basque and then translated. 

The proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Basque Studies classes at Boise State University.

Dr. Bieter called the soccer match the largest sporting event in Boise's history.

"We are also doing something unprecedented," he said. "Covering the iconic blue turf [in Boise State's Albertsons Stadium] with grass. Boy."

Tickets for the Basque Soccer Friendly go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 27. 
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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Boise State Basketball Cheers and Tears

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2015 at 3:41 PM

Friday was not a day for timid Boise State basketball fans.

The lady Broncos kicked things off with some of their best play of the season, defeating New Mexico, 66-60 and winning the Mountain West Conference Championship, which guaranteed them a slot in the NCAA championship tournament. 

The New Mexico Lobos had handed Boise State a defeat earlier in the season but this time around, with the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas filled with New Mexico fans, the lady Broncos emerged victorious. When the final buzzer blasted, Boise State players and their families cheered and cried with tears of joy. Now, the team awaits its next assignment when the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament brackets are unveiled Monday, March 16, at 5 p.m. This will be only the third trip for the Lady Broncos.

A few hours later, the men's basketball team took to the court in Las Vegas to face Wyoming in a semi-final contest. While many were expecting the men's team to advance to today's championship round, Wyoming had other plans. 

The game went into overtime but ultimately, Wyoming defeated Boise State 71-66, ending the Bronco's quest for a Mountain West Championship.

Fans are already pointing to the fact that Boise State emerged from the regular season at the top of the Mountain West Conference in hopes of grabbing at an-large bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and if Boise State had won Friday night, it would have had an automatic invite to the Big Dance. Now, the men's team will have to wait until Sunday, March 15, for the announcement of who's in and who's out of the biggest tournament in college sports.

Meanwhile, there's good news for the College of Idaho's men's basketball squad. The Coyotes won Friday in the second round of the NAIA Division II basketball tournament in Point Lookout, Mo, and will advance to today's quarterfinal game to face Dakota Wesleyan. 

Earlier this year, Boise Weekly sat down with C of I basketball coach Scott Garson who talked about the pressure on the Coyotes to up their game.

"Handling success is so much more difficult," Garson told BW. "All of our opponents are giving us their best shot each game. Now, they see College of Idaho on their schedule and say, 'That a big game for us.'"

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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Boise Hawks Sold to New Georgia-Based Owners

Posted By on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 2:52 PM

The Boise Hawks Baseball Club has been sold to Atlanta, Georgia-based Agon Sports and Entertainment—a holdings and sports management company overseeing minor league sports teams, entertainment venues and event production. Agon was established in 2012 and also owns the Augusta GreenJackets out of Atlanta, Ga., and the iconic music venue the Georgia Theatre in Athens.

The team was bought from Minor League Holdings, LLC., based in Texas, for an undisclosed amount.

Jeff Eiseman, president of Agon, will oversee the team as League Director. The rest of the staff, including president Todd Rahr, has been retained. Bob Flannery of Massachusetts, will take over as the new general manager. He also worked as the general manager of the Augusta GreenJackets.

“We have been looking forward to this day since our discussions began with Neil late last winter. Today begins a new era of baseball in Boise. There is much work ahead. We do not plan to sit idle until the season. We will immediately be active in the community and making investments into Memorial Stadium and the game day experience for our fans this season and beyond,” Eiseman said in a news release. “We not only have a vision, we have a plan to make Boise one of the premier baseball markets in the country. It won’t be overnight, but it will be transformative and the work starts today.”

The Ballpark Digest reported back in September that the new owners face a challenge when it comes to Memorial Stadium. It's not the best of facilities and attempts to build a new ballpark in Boise didn't go far, according to the report.  

"We are going to be more active this off-season than I imagine the club has in a long time and our fans will notice that difference instantly. I promise we’ll make you proud of your Hawks and see a renewed spirit and commitment," Eiseman said in the release.

Agon is the fourth owner of the team since it began in 1987. Ticket sales are already available for the 2015 season, which begins on June 18.
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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Massive Sports Complex Planned for Meridian

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

The new Sportsplex Idaho facility, planned for Eagle Road in Meridian, will measure 185,000 square feet. - KTVB
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  • The new Sportsplex Idaho facility, planned for Eagle Road in Meridian, will measure 185,000 square feet.

For more than a year, a sports complex has been in the works in the Treasure Valley, but planners have kept the location hush-hush—until their kickoff banquet on Sept. 12 in the Stueckle Sky Center.

According to KTVB, Sportsplex Idaho announced its location on Eagle Road between Fairview and Ustick. 

The 185,000-square-foot, mostly indoor complex will be used for a variety of sports, with one outdoor field as well. It'll sit on 15 acres and include a 3,200-seat arena. It will also boast 12 multi-purpose competition surfaces suitable for basketball, volleyball, soccer and lacrosse; a state-of-the-art arena for concerts, graduations, state championships and conventions; a fitness center; an educational wing; and a full-service sports medicine and rehabilitation suite. 

"It's an all-under-one-roof component, so you have sports medicine components, you have fitness components, you have athletic components, you have educational components, heritage components," Sportsplex Idaho founder and chairman Carson Sofro told KTVB.

"There's a museum in the front, which is significant to all Idaho athletes, and it's one of the only buildings in the country that will have the number of athletic courts that this will have under one roof," he said.

The project, designed by TVA Architects, of Portland, Ore., will cost about $40 million. Because Sportsplex Idaho is a nonprofit, capital will come from fundraising and sponsors.  
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Friday, August 29, 2014

MILB.Com: Baseball Player Restrained at Boise Stadium In Tussle With Scout

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:46 AM is reporting
that a member of the Everett AquaSox, the minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, needed to be physically restrained Aug. 28 at Boise's Hawks Stadium, after trying to enter the stands with a baseball bat in hand.

Jesus Montero was on the field when a so-called "cross-checker" (scout), sitting in the stands, yelled something at Montero and reportedly sent an ice cream sandwich to the dugout. said that's when Montero screamed profanities at the scout, throwing the ice cream sandwich, and approached him with the bat. Liza Safford, an official scorer for the Boise Hawks, is quoted by as saying Montero had to be pulled back from the stands by an Everett pitching coach.

Montero was reportedly not ejected from the game, but a Seattle Mariner officials told the Seattle Times Thursday night that he was aware of the Boise incident and it was still under investigation.

Everett ended up winning the game over Boise, 13-8
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Boise State Agrees to Pay More Than $2 Million to Former Big East

Posted By on Fri, Jul 4, 2014 at 9:08 AM

The botched, never-going-to-happen deal in which Boise State inexplicably thought it would play football in the Big East Conference is a distant memory. But the lawsuit and counter lawsuit that resulted because of the debacle weren't resolved until this week.

Boise State and the American Athletic Conference (the new name for the old Big East) revealed this week that they had finally settled their dispute through mediation, and a lot of cash.

Boise State agreed to cut a $1.6 million check to the conference this week and continue to pay $140,000 per year for the next five years. Boise State said a good amount of the money will come from bonus money paid to the university for playing certain games on national television and more coming from its current home, the Mountain West.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

BW Video: USA vs. Portugal in World Cup Thriller

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Soccer jerseys—preferably with some red, white and blue—were the uniform of the day June 22 as Boise pubs and restaurants were packed to the beer-soaked gills by fans watching Team USA take on Portugal in the latest World Cup thriller.

USA came back from being down 1-0 at halftime to score two goals, from team captain Clint Dempsey and Jermaine Jones.

And the scene at Downtown Boise's Ha' Penny Irish Pub and Grill was divine madness.

Take a look at Boise Weekly's video visit to Ha' Penny to catch the fans' pre-match predictions (one or two of them weren't half-bad), their halftime hopes and how the place went bonkers when USA took the lead. The ending? Well, if you don't know by now, the match ended in a 2-2 tie, but the USA's hopes of advancing are very much alive.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Boise Hawks Launch New Season With Extra Local Interest

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Boise's boys of summer will take to the field this evening as the Boise Hawks launch their 2014 season with a 7:15 p.m. first pitch scheduled for Memorial Stadium.

Through the many seasons, hundreds of athletes have come and gone through the Hawks' roster, and few have been hometown heroes. But Joe Martarano, a 2013 graduate of Fruitland High School, and current linebacker for the Boise State Broncos, is generating a ton of local buzz.

“What we’ve seen in the past is that there hasn’t been too much of an increase in fan attendance with local kids,” Hawks President and General Manager Todd Rahr told Boise Weekly. “I do think, however, with Martarano being with the Boise State football team, he might be able to change that.”

Martarano passed up a $100,000 contract with the Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2013 in order to be a part of the Boise State football team. But with the departure of former Boise State football coach Chris Petersen at the end of last season, some circumstances changed, allowing Martarano to pursue his baseball opportunities during the summer months.

And indeed, after being drafted by the Chicago Cubs, the Hawks Major League Baseball affiliate, Martarano was afforded such an opportunity not far from Boise State's blue turf.

“Obviously, with him being from Boise, and being a part of the football team, I could see the Cubs organization working something out with him to have him play for us,” Rahr said.

Rahr told BW that he thinks Martarano will also do a short stint in Mesa, Ariz., with the Cub’s rookie league team in order to transition back into baseball after spending the past year away from the diamond.

““These athletes are under a tremendous amount of pressure,” Rahr said.

With the possibility of Martarano signing, and Cub’s first round draft pick Brian Schwaber already in Boise, Rahr thinks the Hawks have a great chance to win the Pacific Northwest League title.

“We just need to get past the Vancouver Canadians and maybe we can put some flags up in the outfield,” Rahr said.

Again, the Hawks will begin play today against the Tri-City Dust Devils at Memorial Stadium.

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Monday, June 9, 2014

Watching the World Cup This Week? You'll Have Plenty of Company in Boise Pubs and Restaurants

Posted By on Mon, Jun 9, 2014 at 2:01 PM

Treasure Valley futbol enthusiasts will join the rest of the world Wednesday with the beginning of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in São Paulo, Brazil.

While urgency from eleventh hour construction of the Arena Corinthians in São Paulo has raised questions about the conditions of the venues in Brazil, Treasure Valley citizens will have plenty of options to view soccer’s grandest stage.

Several Treasure Valley restaurants and bars say they will be taking full advantage of the opportunity to bring in added revenue through the World Cup’s final match on July 13. Gone Rogue Pub and Ha’Penny Irish Pub and Grill, both in downtown Boise, say they will be opening their doors early with a special breakfast menu.

Other options for viewing the World Cup include: Big Al’s, The Matador, Taphouse, McCleary’s Pub, Yard House, Harry’s Hyde Park Pub, Cottonwood Grille, Brewforia Beer Market, Willowcreek Grill, Lulu’s Pizza, Bittercreek Ale House, The Front Door Northwest Pizza and Taphouse and The Lift Bar and Grill.

The United States will begin play on June 16 at 4 p.m. MT against Ghana.

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