Idaho vs UC Irvine Basketball

Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin argues a call in the first half of a game against UC Irvine last season at CenturyLink Arena in Boise.

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Local Idaho basketball fans will get another opportunity to see their Vandals play in Boise this season, while Northwest Nazarene fans will get to see their team play against NCAA Division I talent close to home.

Idaho announced its men’s basketball nonconference schedule on Tuesday, and included was the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase, which will take place Nov. 23-24 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. Northwest Nazarene was announced as one of the other four teams to take part in the Showcase, along with UC Santa Barbra and Portland State.

This year will mark the second straight season the Vandals have played a regular season game at CenturyLink Arena, with Idaho falling 67-59 to UC Irvine in a game in Boise last season. The Vandals will return to CenturyLink Arena in the post season, as the downtown Boise Arena hosts the men’s and women’s Big Sky Conference Tournament in the first year of a three-year agreement.

BOISE STATE VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS NNU IN EXHIBITION: The Broncos made quick work of Northwest Nazarene, beating the Nighthawks 25-13, 25-15, 25-21 in an exhibition match Tuesday.

Sabryn Roberts and Janell Walley both had double-doubles for the Broncos, with Roberts picking up 13 kills and 11 digs and Walley recording 11 kills and 11 digs. Dainelle Boss led the way with 21 assists, while Cassedi Simon had 20 assists.

Cami Heniger led Northwest Nazarene with eight kills, while Shayli Sigefried added nine digs and Mckenzie Lee had 13 assists.

Northwest Nazarene will host College of Idaho in another exhibition match Monday before opening the regular season with the Fairfield Inn Invitational at Johnson Sports Center on Aug. 24.

Boise State opens the regular season the same day at the Portland State Invitational.

HAWKS OPEN SERIES WITH WIN: Hidekel Gonzalez had a bases-loaded triple during a four-run seventh inning, as the Boise Hawks opened a three-game series with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes with a 9-5 win on Tuesday in Northwest League action.

The two teams were tied at 5-all in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Willie MacIver doubled in a run to give the Hawks the lead. Four batters later, Gonzalez hit a line drive to center field, bringing home three runs to extend the Hawks’ lead to four.

LJ Hatch and Jeff Bohling both drove in a pair of runs for Boise.

YOTES NAME COLBY INTERIM SWIM COACH: College of Idaho assistant swim coach Greg Colby was named the interim head coach for both the men’s and women’s swim team for the 2018-19 season, the school announced Tuesday.

Colby has been the assistant coach for the Yotes the past two seasons under Jim Everett, who became college co-president in April.

Colby swam at the University of Wisconsin and was the head coach at Brainbridge (Wash.) High from 1992-2016, leading the Spartans to four state titles. While at Brainbridge, he coached 2008 Olympic silver medalist Emily Silver.

YOTES SCRIMAGE CHANGED: The College of Idaho football team moved its final scrimmage of fall camp back an hour, to 7 p.m., on Thursday.

The scrimmage, which will be game-like and take place at Middleton High. It is free to the public. The scrimmage was moved to Middleton because the Caldwell Night Rodeo will be taking place that night next to Simplot Stadium.

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