It’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about Christmas—unless the notion of the Yotes taking to the hardwood for the 2016-17 basketball season feels like Christmas to you. And with the nationally ranked Yotes off to a hot start, it just might!
The College of Idaho Ski and Snowboard Team, in conjunction with the Bogus Basin Ski Club and Bogus Basin Recreation Association, welcomes fans to kick off ski season at a Warren Miller Film Festival in downtown Boise.
The smell of grilled meats filling the air. A cacophony of sound as the new C of I band marches to Simplot Stadium. A mighty roar of celebration rising from the purple-clad YoteFam.
The sights and sounds of football will become a reality next weekend as the Yotes take the field for their season opener at 1 p.m. Saturday, hosting No. 25 Montana Western.
“I’ve been looking forward to getting back on the field since last Nov. 14,” said NAIA All-American defensive back Nate Moore. “We’ve been working all offseason to go out there and leave it all out on the field.”
Best Day Ever. It’s the motto of College of Idaho head ski coach Ron Bonneau. A simple phrase that encapsulates the idea of letting go of the things you can’t control, getting rid of the negative thoughts that sometimes dwell in our brains, and recognizing that, on a given day, you’re going to experience the best opportunities that you can bring forward.
A stampede of sound vibrated through the J.A. Albertson gym as 80 pairs of sneakers ran to and fro, chasing purple and white striped basketballs up and down the hardwood. Kids whooped and hollered for their teammates with every ball that cascaded through the hoop.
On the sidelines, alumni, current and newly recruited College of Idaho basketball players found themselves in the role of coach, working with the youngsters to improve their skills during the C of I basketball camp.
Four years ago, the Cascade Conference women’s track and field trophy came back to Caldwell with the league-champion Yotes. A one-year stay turned to two, two years turned to three, and now, it’s starting to look like the trophy may have a permanent home at The College of Idaho.
The Coyote women’s track team capped a banner season by dominating the CCC championships this year. They won gold in 11 individual events and hoisted the CCC trophy for a fourth consecutive time. That’s back-to-back-to-back-to-back, if you’re counting.
The College of Idaho football team has released its 11-game schedule for the upcoming 2016 season, including five home games at Simplot Stadium. The Yotes return to the gridiron for the season opener against Frontier Conference rival Montana Western on Sept. 3 in Caldwell.
“The Frontier Conference remains one of the elite conferences in the nation," said C of I football coach Mike Moroski. “And we are building significant rivalries with numerous teams in the league.”
The College of Idaho ski team lives by the motto “Best Day Ever.” Every time the skiers are up on the mountain—whether it’s practice or a race—they aim to have fun while slicing s-turns through the snow.
Based on the Yotes’ success this season, you could say the squad is having the “Best Year Ever.”
Are you excited and ready to don your purple and fill the gym for a new season of Coyote basketball? We are, too! But 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.