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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Boise State Abraxans Host First Quidditch Tournament in Bronco Stadium

Posted By on Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

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The Boise State University Abraxans Quidditch team won four matches and lost two in this weekend's first-ever Brooms on the Blue tournament. The Abraxans B team won one match and lost three.

Six teams—Boise State's A and B teams, University of Arizona, Western Wahington Wyverns, University of Utah Crimson Flyers and a mercenary team comprising members of the University of Idaho Manticores, Crimson Flyers and others—competed for glory over two days. This was the Abraxans' first time hosting an International Quidditch Association-sanctioned tournament. 

"It was a fantastic success and, I believe, really showed the Quidditch community what Boise State is capable of," wrote organizer Kym Couch in an email.

Matches were played at the Franklin Turf April 26 and on the blue turf of Bronco Stadium April 27.

In January, Boise Weekly first told readers about the Abraxans, Boise State's Quidditch team. The sport is derived from the fictional sport described in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter young adult fantasy novels. Gameplay is a combination of dodgeball and basketball, with players keeping brooms between their legs at all times. At the beginning of the spring semester, the Abraxans numbered 12-14 regularly participating players. Since then, the team has grown to 44 players—enough for Boise State to fill two teams. 

"We've worked really hard to advertise well and stress the fact that we are not a nerd club, we are a sports team," wrote Couch.  

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Prestige Debuts New Video, For the Birds

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

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On Thursday, Dec. 16, more than 200 people crammed into The Shredder, screaming in glee and pain as Prestige Skate Shop debuted its new video, For The Birds.

The video featured dozens of local skateboarders performing trick sequences shot at a variety of locations around the Treasure Valley and beyond.

It's the fourth skate video Prestige has put together—the previous three were shot by videographers who have since moved to California. For this one, Prestige decided to give a shot to two young talents, Mack Schaarff and Blake Bulton, ages 17 and 23. Both were friends of Prestige team members and had already been shooting footage on their own, so it was an easy fit for Prestige owners Paul Whitworth and Greg Goulet.

Goulet said the next video is likely to be more web-focused, with shorter pieces put out over time to form a volume. But until then, For The Birds is available for sale at Prestige Skateboards and should be viewable online in early 2012.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 7:00 AM

The lingering sparkle of the previous weekend officially gone and the coming weekend still days away, Wednesdays are generally a bummer. Perhaps that's why Boise has made them such a great day for live music.

Besides Alive After Five, there are bands playing dang near everywhere in downtown tonight, which is a great way to get yourself over the hump.

Unless you don't really care for live music. Then you're s@#$ out of luck, son.

So tonight, why not go a different direction?

Instead of music, try sports. And instead of Boise, hit up scenic Garden City.

The Boise Hawks are on a seven-day home stretch and tonight they'll be playing against The Yakima Bears. The game starts at 7:15 p.m. Tickets range from $7-$12. Click here for more information.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

TONIGHT! Twilight Criterium

Posted By on Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 6:22 PM

3:45 - First race starts (junior crit)
7:00 - Official opening ceremonies
8:30 - Men's pro race begins
for the full schedule visit the official website

2009 Twilight Criterium
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2009 Twilight Criterium
  • ©2010 laurie pearman photography


2009 Twilight Criterium
  • ©2010 laurie pearman photography

2009 Twilight Criterium
  • ©2010 laurie pearman photography

2009 Twilight Criterium
  • ©2010 laurie pearman photography

To view more of Laurie Pearman's photography, please click here to view her commercial portfolio.

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Treasure Valley Roller Girls dump out Salt Lake City Salt City Shakers

Posted By on Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 7:12 PM

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On Saturday, the Treasure Valley Roller Girls rolled through the Qwest Arena—what they hope will be their new home—for their first bout. TVR did circles around the Salt Lake City Salt City Shakers, finishing the game after two rounds with a score of if I remember correctly, 198 to 58 208 to 58. No, that is not a typo nor did I accidentally add a one two in front of the TVR score.

Those TVR girls stomped their opponents in an exciting show.

With fave speed skater Jill Dozer out with an injury, we worried but needn't have. We watched SLAManda, The Last Jammurai, Ana Rampage and the rest of the team skate like zombies were after them, gaining point after point after point.

Half-time was an adventure, too, as the MTTheory B-Boys broke it down across the concrete.

In the second half, other than a slip, drop and triple roll by ref Skylar, which was worthy of a Bruce Willis action flick, the TVR girls mainly kept their heads up high and their wheels on the floor. In the end, they left us wanting more.

Visit treasurevalleyrollergirls.net and myspace.com/treasurevalleyrollergirls for more information and a schedule of events.

(Photo courtesy of TVR's myspace site.)

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