Vukasin Vujovic, who played in nine games last season as a true freshman, is returning to his native Serbia to pursue other opportunities, the university announced Friday. Vujovic averaged 1.2 points and 0.4 rebounds per game. Boise State is expected to add three new players next season, and with Vujovic's departure and only one graduated senior in Kenny Buckner, another departure is expected this offseason.
IDAHO TRACK AND FIELD: Senior Liga Velvere overtook two runners in the final 100 meters of the 400 hurdles to capture fourth in her heat (58.40 seconds) and a spot in the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., next month. The West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, is a regional qualifier for the NCAAs. The meet, featuring 40 athletes from Boise State, Idaho and Idaho State, was hampered by bad weather Friday. It continues Saturday.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO TRACK AND FIELD: Junior Austin Basterrechea won the 1,500 meters in 4:20.01 to finish second in the decathlon at the NAIA Outdoor Championships in Marion, Ind. It is the highest finish ever by a C of I male athlete at the championship meet. Basterrechea also competed in the 110 hurdles (15.78), discus (84-7), pole vault (13-9 1/4) and javelin (144-7) - and finished the two-day event with a school-record 6,991 points. The Coyotes are represented in Saturday's finals by Mountain View High graduate Jason Hunt (men's 5,000), Boise High's Greg Montgomery (men's 5,000), Payette's Dominic Bolin (men's 1,500), Mountain View's Hillary Holt (women's 800 and 1,500), Capital's Myja Maki (women's marathon), Meridian High's Sora Klopfenstein (women's 3,000 steeplechase), Centennial's Jasmine Sibert (women's 400 hurdles) and the women's 400 relay. Holt is the defending national champion in the 1,500.
C OF I GOLF: Trish Gibbens (Caldwell High) capped her college career by finishing 24th in the NAIA Championships at Wilderness Ridge Golf Club in Lincoln, Neb. The senior shot a final-round 79 to move up two places and finished the 72-hole tournament at plus-26.
NAIA WORLD SERIES: Behind starting pitcher A.J. Work (Timberline High) and starting shortstop Jonathan Popadics (Centennial), The Master's College of California beat Northwood (Texas) 4-3 in the opening game of the 10-team, double-elimination tournament at Harris Field in Lewiston. Work pitched eight innings, allowing six hits and raising his record to 13-4, while Popadics was 1-for-4 with a RBI. The Master's, seeded No. 5, plays Monday against the winner of Saturday's game between top-seed Faulkner (Alabama) and No. 9 Missouri Baptist. In Friday's late game, host and No. 7 Lewis-Clark State defeated No. 10 Rogers State of Oklahoma 6-1. Catcher Kyle Blackwell (Fruitland High) was 2-for-4 with two runs, a homer and four RBIs for the Warriors.