Heavy rain didn’t stop the crowd from flowing into the J.A. Albertson Athletic Center on Saturday night to celebrate the 12 seniors playing for The College of Idaho men’s and women’s basketball teams. The seniors were appearing in their final regular-season games of their careers as the Yotes took on the visiting Walla Walla Wolves.
Senior Night is always meaningful as the graduating players are honored before the game. And the Yotes made sure this year’s festivities were particularly memorable, as the women cruised to a 96-42 victory and the men rolled to a 101-63 triumph.
In the first round of the 2016 Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League Championship, The College of Idaho lacrosse team trailed Western Washington 9-6 in the fourth quarter. Never quitting, the team fought back. With 35 seconds left in the game, freshman Jason Leach zipped one past the goalie to score the equalizing goal and force overtime.
But a minute into extra time, Western Washington scored the golden goal to eliminate the Yotes from the postseason. In fact, all four of the team’s losses occurred by one goal last year—which has left a sour taste in the Yotes’ mouth.
It started at seven years of age in her native Slovenia, following her father to his basketball practices. While he coached, she would dribble and shoot. That’s how College of Idaho senior guard Petra Lumpert started her life-long love affair with basketball.
Full of dedication, hard work and sweat, that relationship has paid off—culminating in Lumpert being named the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Week in January.
The College of Idaho football team will hold a Signing Day party this Wednesday, February 1, at Stewart’s Bar and Grill in Caldwell. The Yotes will announce their first wave of recruits for the 2017 season starting at 6 p.m.
The C of I coaching staff will be in attendance, along with local recruits—all of whom will be available for 1-on-1 interviews with the media. From 6:30-7 p.m., head coach Mike Moroski will be a guest on the Scott Garson Coach’s Show (airing on ESPN Boise 99.1 FM) to talk about the recruiting class.
If you combined soccer, hockey, football and basketball into one sport, you’d come out with the stick-and-ball game that is lacrosse. The sport, traditionally played on the East Coast, has exploded in popularity. Since 2000, participation rates have tripled to more than 700,000 players in the U.S.
And now, that number will grow by 17 as The College of Idaho Women’s Lacrosse Club starts its inaugural season.
“I was really excited when [C of I men’s lacrosse coach] Matt Gier reached out to me and said we had enough women to do this,” said Jayson Sullivan, the new head coach.
Excited for another season of Yotes basketball? Then head out to “Meet the Yotes” night!
Before action tips off this fall at The College of Idaho, the C of I basketball coaches and teams want to meet you—the students, fans, season ticket holders and the entire Caldwell community who provide an electric home-court atmosphere for the Yotes.
College of Idaho athletic director Reagan Rossi announced today that former Coyote All-American Austin Basterrechea has been named head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country and track programs.
Basterrechea replaces Pat McCurry, who resigned today after 12 years as head coach. McCurry resurrected the C of I program in 2004 after a 27-year hiatus and turned it into one of the most respected squads in the NAIA. He has taken an assistant coach position at an NCAA Division I school.
The College of Idaho restructured leadership roles within its athletics department, with longtime C of I coach and administrator Reagan Rossi becoming the Coyotes’ first female athletic director, as announced during a press conference on July 12.
Rossi, in her 18th year at the College, was promoted after four years as associate athletic director. She previously served as head women’s basketball coach for 13 years.
Impact Radio Group and The College of Idaho have announced that ESPN Boise will serve as the flagship radio station of Coyote football and men’s basketball games for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons. All 11 Coyote football games during the 2016 season and the entire men’s basketball 2016-17 season will be broadcast live on both ESPN Boise stations—96.5 FM and 730 AM—along with ESPNBoise.com and the ESPN Boise App.