Track and Field--Ty Axtman, Forest Braden, Scott Viafore, Simon Wardhaugh
Ty Axtman won the 1,500 meters at the WAC Outdoor Championships in 3:52.25, barely beating teammate Braden. Axtman also won the mile at the Indoor Championships with a fine time of 4:11.59.
Braden started out the year by winning the
first Western Athletic Conference individual championship in school history. Braden completed the 8,000-meter course in 24
minutes, 15 seconds, 28 seconds faster than second place Vance Twitchell of
Braden posted top five finishes in each of his five races this season, including his sixth-career individual title at the Charles Bowles Invitational, September 30. He led the Broncos at the NCAA West Region Championships, finishing in sixth place. He ran the 10,000-meter course in 30 minutes, 24.43 seconds, just 18.55 seconds behind winner Neffalem Araia of Stanford. It was the second best performance by a Bronco since joining the WAC in 2001. Braden finished fifth at the regionals in 2004.
Braden placed fifth in the Regional Championships in the 5,000-meters with a time of 14:12.23.The talented runner then capped off his illustrious Bronco career by finishing seventh in the 5,000 at the NCAA National Track and Field Championships in June, earning the third All-America award of his career. Braden finished with a time of 13:54.73.
Braden completed his
Only three other Broncos have earned more than three NCAA All-American awards. Mark Hoxmeier won four in the discus and shot put from 2000-02, Jake Jacoby won four in the high jump from 1983-85 and Jarred Rome earned six in the discus and shot put from 1997-2000.
A seven-time Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Champion, Braden was also the 2004 WAC Indoor Championship Outstanding Performer. He also won three All-WAC honors in cross country. Braden is the school record holder in the outdoor 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:45.44 set in 2004, and indoors in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs with times of 7:58.08 and 13:47.73, respectively, set in 2006.
The senior duo led the
Broncos to a second place team finish in the WAC Cross Country Championships with
37 points, 11 points behind
Wardhaugh finished second to teammate Jarrod
Stevens at the WAC Outdoor Championships in the hammer with a throw of 210
feet. He was named an All-Region
performer. Wardhaugh finished fourth at
the Regional Championships with a throw of 213-8 to qualify for the NCAA
National Championships for the second consecutive year. He finished 12th in
Viafore won the javelin at the WAC Outdoor Championships by tossing the spear 213 feet. He bettered that throw at the NCAA Championships to finish 13th with a mark of 213-4. Viafore was also named an All-Region performer, one of a record eight Broncos Scott recorded the third best collegiate javelin throw in the country in April with a toss of 232-6.
Karl set the Bronco record for games (127) and second in career starts (111). Karl is second only to Bronco great Steve Connor in career assists with 502. He scored 1,698 points in his four-year career, good for third all-time. Karl holds the Boise State record for three-point attempts with 717. Coby is also ranked second in free throws (432), free-throw attempts (549) and three-pointers (246), fourth in field goals attempted (1,181), sixth in field goals (500), eighth in free-throw percentage (78.69%), 10th in Bronco history in rebounds (507) and 11th in blocked shots. With the increased number of regular-season games, Karl holds the all-time record for games played and is tied with Jason Ellis for 2nd in games started with 111.
In his career, he hit 500 of 1181 field goal attempts (42.3%), 266 of 717 three-point attempts (37.1%) and a remarkable 432 of 549 free throw attempts, for 78.7%. Karl averaged 13.4 points and 4 rebounds per game throughout his great Bronco career, and had 114 steals and 59 blocked shots.
Karl became the third Bronco ever to score 400 points in a season three times, joining Chris Childs and Steve Connor. He is ranked into 10th all-time in rebounds, the only guard to rank in the top ten in that category. He passed legend Chris Childs (392) for second in the Bronco record books in assists with 408. Coby finished his illustrious career with 59 blocked shots, one behind Richard Morgan and Billy Fikes to rank 12th all-time. Again, Karl would be the only guard to rank in the top ten (or anywhere near it, for that matter). Coby broke Joe Skiffer's all-time record of 125 games, finishing with 127.
He recently became only the second Bronco (Abe Jackson is the other) to rank in the top ten for season 3-pointers in three years. Karl's best season of 80 three-pointers last season ranks third behind only Abe Jackson at Boise State. He is second to Tanoka Beard on the all-time list at Boise State with 432 free throws and 549 free-throw attempts. Coby is now 4th all-time in field goals attempted (1211) behind Steve Connor, Abe Jackson and Chris Childs) and eighth in field goals (432).
Karl finished with 114 career steals, just missing the top ten in that department. Regardless, Coby is the only player in Bronco basketball history to rank in the top ten in three major categories (scoring, rebounding, assists, blocked shots and steals). And as pointed out, he nearly made the career top ten in every one of those.
Karl's average of 17.2 points per game in his junior year is tied as the 16th best season in Bronco history while his 129 free throws that year are tied for 7th. Most impressive, however, is his 83.45% free-throw percentage (116-139) his senior season at Boise State. Karl is 3rd all-time for the most three-pointers in a season with 80, which he canned during his senior year. He is also 7th (70) and 8th (67) in treys in his sophomore and junior years, respectively. Coby is 2nd all-time for three-point attempts (216) his senior season and ranks 5th (181) and 7th (177) in the same category for his sophomore and junior seasons, respectively. Coby is also in the record book for season assists (129 in his sophomore year--5th, 125 in his senior year—8th and 117 his junior year—tied for 12th), free throws (10th with 129 his junior year) and free throw attempts in a season (11th with 162 in 2005-06).
Coby and his Bronco teammates threw up 649 three-pointers last year, an all-time Boise State record. Their 220 treys also ranks second all-time. They also grabbed 1,190 rebounds, good for third all-time as a team and their rebound average of 38.4 per game is fourth. Coby and the Broncos also blocked 108 shots in 2006-07, fifth all-time.
Coby was a team leader in nearly every category. He led Boise State in scoring in each of his last two seasons, He led the team in free-throw percentage his last three years, one of only three Broncos to ever do that (Chris Childs and Abe Jackson are the others). Karl also led his team in assists his last three years and is one of just two Bronco players to accomplish that—Gerry Washington also did it in his career.
In 2006-07, the Broncos finished 17-14 with an even 8-8 league mark. They lost 65-63 to a Washington State team that would be ranked as high as #10 although they were not ranked at the time. Boise State also took #9 Nevada to the wire in Reno before falling 90-86 and defeated Albany, an NCAA Tournament team. Karl and the Broncos made some noise in the league tournament by defeating #3 seed Fresno State but were clobbered by New Mexico State 88-69.
Johnson finished the regular season with a
Johnson's five touchdowns against
owned four of the nation's top 61 rushing games—240 yards against
He then capped that off by rushing for 100
yards and a touchdown against the vaunted Oklahoma Sooners defense in the
Fiesta Bowl and scored the winning points on a two-point conversion in
Johnson was named first team All-WAC and first-team All-America by SI.com and CBS SportsLine.com, second-team All-America by the Sporting News and third-team All-America by the Associated Press. Johnson finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest placing ever for a Bronco. He was also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award given annually to the nation's top running back and was one of 10 "Players to Watch" for the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
Ian enters this season third in the nation among active players in career rushing touchdowns with 26 and fourth in career total touchdowns with 26.
Shields advanced to the quarterfinals of the ITA National Individual Indoor Championships in the fall season, earning All-America honors and compiling a 10-3 record in singles play. He advanced to the quarterfinals of the All-American by defeating three consecutive ranked opponents. He defeated five ranked opponents during the fall (#12, 18, 22, 41 and 87). He paired with brother Clancy to win the opening round of doubles at the All-American tournament. Luke was ranked number one at the ITA Mountain Region Championships in singles and qualified for the Round of 16 at the Mountain Region Championships before defaulting to his teammate. He posted a team best 10 singles wins in the fall and also recorded a team best winning percentage in singles (76.9).
Shields was 35-7 overall in singles and 21-11 in doubles
play. Luke was 11-4 against ranked opponents in the spring, including a narrow
three set loss (6-0, 5-7, 10-6) to the #1-ranked player, Somdev Devvarman of
In doubles, Luke and
his brother Clancy reached the Round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor
Championships before losing to the #16 tandem in the
Shields was awarded Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, named All-WAC first team in both singles and doubles, ranked #1 in the Mountain Region and named to the 2007 USTA/ITA Summer Collegiate Team. He became the first Bronco tennis athlete to earn three All-American honors in his career and the first to reach All-American status twice in singles.
On top of his brilliant play on the court, Luke was awarded the USTA/ITA National Sportsmanship Award.
Last week, Shields
was named to represent the
Wrestling--Nate Lee, Andy Patrick and Tyler Sherfey
the year with a 27-10 record at 174 pounds for
the Broncos. He defeated
Lee was third in his weight class at the Best of the West Tournament during the season and fourth at the Southern Scuffle.
Patrick won his weight class at the Best of the West Tournament and placed third at both the Southern Scuffle and the Cowboy Open. Andy was ranked as high as #10 by the Amateur Wrestling News at the conclusion of the season.
Sherfey sported a 20-6 dual match
record for the season. He downed Daniel Alejandro of Cal
State-Bakersfield to advance to the third-place match of the Pac-10
Championships with Cal Poly's Chase Pami.
Sherfey won the Reno Tournament of Champions during the season, was second in his weight division at the Best of the West Tournament and finished third at the Southern Scuffle.
Sherfey was ranked #15 at 157 pounds by the NWCA at the end of the year.
Sherfey and Lee were both defeated in the second round of the NCAA Championships after receiving first-round byes while Patrick was still bothered by injury and had to withdraw.