Top Broncos Of The Year! (Part One)

2005-2006...What A Year! Four conference championships for Boise State, more Division I men's titles than any school in the nation except Notre Dame and Texas, the Broncos' first WAC Commissioner's Cup trophy, five Bronco teams ranked in the top 35 in the nation at the end of the season. With all of this success, who wins your vote for the Top Bronco Male and Female Athletes of the Year?

The Top Boise State Athletes of the Year!

 

 

Ben Cherrington 

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingCherrington became the second Bronco to win a national title at the NCAA Wrestling Championships when he won the National Championship at 157 pounds this past season. Cherrington, who was injured when the season began, recovered and went a perfect 20-0 upon his return with 2 pins. Of the 18 wins that went to scoring, Cherrington outscored his opponents by a combined 157-34, with 12 of those 34 points coming in an 18-12 decision over Iowa's Joe Johnston. Cherrington won his second PAC-10 Championship with a mild upset over Arizona State's Brian Stith and then defeated wrestlers from Iowa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State setting up a rematch with Stith in the National Championship match. Cherrington topped Stith again 7-3 to take home the National Championship to Boise.

Cherrington was named the PAC-10 Wrestler of the Year, the first such honor for the Bronco program. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his four years with the Broncos. Cherrington was 77-27 in his career at Boise State.

 

Daryn Colledge

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingColledge, a four-year starter for Boise State, tied the all-time NCAA record for consecutive starts with 52. He also tied the record for most wins in a four-year career (45) among college football players who had started every game for their respective schools. Daryn was an All-WAC offensive tackle in 2005. Colledge set numerous school records in the weight room, most recently 438 pounds in the power clean, 464 in the hang clean and 665 pounds in the back squat.

Last year, Bronco fans voted "DC" as the top offensive tackle on the All-Time Boise State football team. He starred in this year's Senior Bowl, a showcase of the top collegiate talent, and if there were any doubts about DC's professional ability before that, the Senior Bowl performance erased them.

Prior to this past season, Colledge was the first Bronco ever named to the Outland Award Watch List. He was also on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List and was named preseason second-team All-American by Athlon Sports. ESPN.com ranked him as the 34th top college football player in the nation.

One of the most storied franchises in professional sports selected Colledge in the National Football League Draft. The Green Bay Packers, winners of three Super Bowls, selected the Bronco great in the second round, the 47th selection overall. 

 

Mattias Jons

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJons set a new Boise State record in the hammer throw to finish second in the nation this past season at the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in Sacramento. Jons finished runner-up in the hammer for the second straight year with a throw of 233-11 (71.31m). He broke his previous school record of 230-8 (70.30m) set April 22 at a meet in Eugene, Oregon.

Jons came within one throw of winning the national title. After five rounds of hammer competition, Jons led the nation. On the sixth and final throw, defending national champion Spyridon Jullien of Virginia Tech threw a winner, landing a little more than three feet ahead of Jons' throw.
Jons earned his third NCAA All-America award of his Bronco career. His others came at last year's outdoor championships and this past March when he placed sixth in the 35-pound weight throw at the NCAA National Indoor Championships.

Jons won the hammer at the NCAA West Regionals to receive the automatic invitation to Sacramento. In helping Boise State win the WAC Outdoor Championship, Jons not only won the hammer throw by 20 feet but also competed in the shot put and javelin. Despite not competing in either of these events at all this season, he finished fourth in the javelin and eighth in the shot put. Boise State blew open what was supposed to be a close competition with 186 points to Utah State's 127. Jons also helped Boise State capture the WAC Indoor Championship scoring 154 points to 106 for the next closest team. Mattias took the WAC title in the weight throw. Jons broke the school record in the event three times this season, with his record now at 72 feet, 4.5 inches.

 

Coby Karl

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis season, Karl moved up in several categories in the Bronco record books. Karl passed Bronco great Gerry Washington for 2nd on the all-time Boise State list for career 3-pointers with 186. Karl trails just Abe Jackson, who hit 253 treys in his career from 1998-2002. The Bronco junior also passed the incredible Doug Usitalo on the Bronco assists list and now stands in 6th place all-time with 283. He is also 7th all-time in free throws with 316 and 6th in points with 1,250.

Karl led the Bronco basketball team this season in minutes (33.6 per game), field goals (150), field goal attempts (351), 3-point field goals (70), 3-point attempts (177), free throws (129), free throw attempts (162), free throw percentage (79.6%), defensive rebounds (125), assists (117), blocked shots (14), points (499), points per game average (17.2) and tied for the team lead in steals (30).

 

 Thomas Schoeck

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSchoeck earned All-WAC tennis honors in both singles and doubles, leading the Broncos to the top 32 in the NCAA National Tennis Championships for the second consecutive year. He compiled a 24-8 record in singles, ranked #102 in the nation, and with partner Luke Shields put together a 25-8 mark in doubles, with the pair ranked 20th in the nation. Shock and Shields made it to the semifinals at the ITA Indoor National Championships earlier this year. 

Schoeck won 14 of his last 16 matches, including shocking No. 51 Jonathan Stokke of Duke, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Schoeck won the deciding match of a third set tiebreaker to defeat Fresno State at the WAC Championships.

Another impressive win came when Schoeck beat #32 Sheeva Parbhu of Notre Dame. Together with Shields, the Bronco duo beat the #17 doubles team of Jonathan Stokke and Joey Atas of Duke twice, once in the Polo Ralph Lauren All-American Championships in the preseason and again in the NCAA Tournament.

Schoeck totaled 103 singles wins and 105 doubles wins in his career.

 

 

Cameron Flunder

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingFlunder enjoyed one of the best seasons by a Bronco volleyball player in years. She was named to the regular season All-WAC team after averaging 3.8 kills, 0.95 digs, 0.95 blocks and 0.35 service aces per game. She finished the season ranked fifth in hitting percentage, fifth in kills and third in service aces.

Flunder then helped the Broncos to a first round win over Louisiana Tech in the WAC Tournament, credited with 18 kills and four blocks. In Boise State's loss to top-seeded and nationally-ranked Hawai'i, Flunder added 13 kills and one block

 

Taylor Jacob

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJacob finished second in the WAC Championships both in bars (9.85) and beam (9.825). She won the bars in an upset dual win over BYU with a 9.875 and tied for individual all-around with a3 9.1. In a dual match victory over eventual WAC Champion Sacramento State, Jacob won the bars with a 9.9, the beam with a 9.85 and the all-around with a 39.225. She was named WAC Gymnast of the Week for her performance.

 

Eleni Kafourou

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Kafourou, a freshman, finished second in the West Region in the triple jump and 18th in the nation at the NCAA National Track and Field Championships. Kafourou was named WAC Freshman of the Year after winning the league title in the triple jump and taking second in the long jump. Eleni broke the 13-year old Boise State record in the long jump by leaping 20 feet, 8.5 inches.

 

Hadley MacFarlane

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingMacFarlane was 32-9 playing #2 singles for Boise State, with 15 wins in a row at the end of the season. With her doubles partner Megan Biokrman, the two combined for a mark of 32-8. MacFarlane also won in the WAC Championship match against Fresno.

 

Jessica Thompson

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingJessica Thompson averaged 12.7 points per game to lead the Boise State women's basketball team. She also averaged 4.2 rebounds and hit 72.4% of her free throws, while leading the Broncos with 68 steals. Thompson also had 73 assists and 20 blocked shots. Thompson led Boise State in scoring seven times, including a 32-point outburst against Washington State that set a Bronco freshman record. Thompson helped the Broncos to their best WAC Tournament finish in history, reaching the semifinals before bowing out to New Mexico State.

 


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