By Brad Blume
Sports Information Office
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School
of Mines men’s and women’s basketball
teams resumed their Dakota Athletic
Conference schedule this past weekend
with the first North Dakota road trip to
Minot and Dickinson. And both teams
suffered tough losses to the Beavers and
Blue Hawks. In other news, the SD
Mines football program is already
looking ahead to the start of the 2009
season as the Hardrockers have inked
the first quality recruits for the year.
NORTH DAKOTA --- The South Dakota
School of Mines men’s basketball team
had a lot of momentum heading into the
weekend as the Hardrockers faced the
Dakota Athletic Conference���s two toughest
opponents in the Minot State Beavers and
the Dickinson State Blue Hawks. SD Mines was riding an 11-game winning streak that tied a 17-year-old
school record and a No. 21 ranking in last week’s NAIA Top 25 Coaches poll.
The Beavers snapped the streak for the Hardrockers, defeating SDM, 69-59. After holding a two-point
edge at the half, 30-28, Minot was able to breakaway late in the second period, outscoring the ‘Rockers,
39-31, to earn the victory.
“Minot was a different kind of team for us,” said Hardrocker men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry.
“They pressed us the entire game. They get you hurried up and scrambling around. I thought we
handled it okay, but it just made us play in a hurry. We haven’t really seen (pressure) at all this season ---
especially at that level. That is (Minot’s) bread and butter.”
The Hardrockers saw just two players breach double figures. Both Robbie Fedor (junior from Monticello,
Minn.) and Kaleb Rehmer (sophomore from Cheyenne, Wyo.) both posted 11 points. Junior Kyle Turpin
(Post Falls, Ida.) added seven markers from SD Mines and sophomore Scott May (Aurora, Colo.) put in 5
“Like I said we handled their press pretty well, we just couldn’t get slowed back down,” Henry added.
“Physically, we played well and the guys gave 100 percent and really worked their tails off.”
South Dakota School of Mines freshman point guard Nate Jacobson tests
his long range skills during a home game earlier in the season. Photo by
Hoops team swept on road; SDM football get jump on 2009
The Hardrockers were hoping to rebound Saturday vs. Dickinson State, but the Blue Hawks had other
ideas as they edged SD Mines by six, 56-50.
In that contest, the Hardrockers enjoyed a two-point advantage at halftime, 28-26, but the Hawks came
alive in the second half, outscoring the visitors, 30-22.
Like the previous night, only two Hardrockers reached double digits. Sophomore sharpshooter AJ
Trennepohl (Lubbock, Texas) led the way with a 12-point performance while Rapid City native Carl
Johnson (junior) cashed in for 11 points.
“Dickinson was a really physical team,” Henry said. “They made you earn every shot attempt and really
made us grind it out.”
Henry added that free throws may have contributed to the
outcome against the Blue Hawks as the Hardrockers
converted just seven of 17 in the second half.
“Free throws were a huge difference,” Henry said. “When
you do everything right and they foul us and we come away
with no points --- we can’t afford to let that happen.”
The two losses drops the Hardrockers from first to fourth in
the DAC standings as SD Mines has a 13-5 overall record and
now 2-2 in conference play. Individually, Trennepohl is
currently fifth in the league in scoring (averaging 13.56
points a game) while May climbed to third in total assists
Next up the SD Mines men welcome long-time rival Black
Hills State to the King Center Thursday in a 7:30 p.m. tip-off.
NORTH DAKOTA --- The South Dakota School of Mines
women’s basketball team had another tough weekend playing
two Dakota Athletic Conference opponents on the road as the
Lady Hardrockers fell to the Minot State Beavers, 75-61, on
Friday and then lost a heartbreaker to Dickinson State on a
buzzer-beater, 59-58, Saturday afternoon.
Against the Beavers, SD Mines looked very solid over the first 20 minutes as each team posted 30 points
at the break. Minot however was able to break the stalemate in the second half, outscoring the
Individually, the Hardrockers were paced by sophomore Loryn Schuetzle (Pierre, S.D.) who cashed in for
15 points followed by junior standout Bethany Holyoak (Moorcroft, Wyo.) and freshman Ariel Granillo
Lady Hardrocker Jerika Ihnen soars through
the lane and goes up for a layup during a
game last month against Mayville State at the
King Center in Rapid City. Photo by Brad Blume
(Chandler, Ariz.) who each put up 12. Holyoak also had 10 rebounds in the bout for a double-double and
also came away with two blocks. Sophomore Jerika Ihnen also impressed with 13 total rebounds, 4
points, two blocks and two steals.
In Saturday’s contest, the Hardrockers again played a very solid game. Despite trailing by five at the half,
29-22, the Hardrockers regrouped in the second half outscoring the Blue Hawks, 36-32. The Lady
‘Rockers had a real opportunity to win the bout, but a late turnover that was converted into two points
followed by the final buzzer sealed the Hardrockers’ fate and handed the visitors their fifth-straight
Holyoak led the way for SDM putting up 19 points and bringing down 10 rebounds to record her fifth
consecutive double-double of the season. The 6-foot-
1-inch Industrial Engineering major now has eight on
the year. Holyoak also had three blocks in the game.
Ihnen also had a stellar outing with 11 points, seven
rebounds and an impressive five blocks in the game
while Granillo collected nine points in the game.
Holyoak and Ihnen are leading the league in blocks
with 29 and 25 respectively. Holyoak is also second in
scoring, averaging 15.61 points per game, and first in
rebounding, collecting 8.44 each time out.
The Lady Hardrockers’ record falls to 6-12 on the
season and 2-2 in the conference. After the weekend
losses, SD Mines fell from atop the DAC standings to
Thursday, squaring off with Black Hills State in a 5:30
p.m. meeting at the King Center in Rapid City.
RAPID CITY --- The South Dakota School of Mines
football program is already preparing for next
season getting a commitment from its first recruit
for the 2009 season.
The Hardrocker football team along with SD Mines football head coach Dan Kratzer is pleased to
welcome Trevor Moheit as the newest ‘Rocker football player.
“We are very excited to have Trevor as part of our program,” Kratzer said. “He is an outstanding
individual, as well as an outstanding football player.”
Moheit comes from Vacaville, Calif., where he was a standout player for the Vacaville Christian High
School Falcons, a team that finished this past season with a 9-2 overall mark. The 5-foot-7-inch, 170
South Dakota School of Mines inks it first recruit
of the 2009 season getting another standout
player from California. Trevor Moheit signed a
letter of intent to be a Hardrocker this coming
season. Pictured with Trevor are his mother
Denise and father Larry Moheit.
pound running back accumulated 1,341 yards during his senior season and scored 26 rushing
touchdowns on 149 carries. He also collected 93 yards on six passes to go along with one TD reception.
“Trevor should be able to contribute to our success in many areas,” Kratzer added. “He has great field
vision and presence and has the ability to catch and run with great authority.”
Moheit was also one of the leading tacklers on the Falcon team --- a squad that earned the Sacramento-
Joaquin Section Div. VII title in 2007 and then made it back to the title game in 2008 where they were
Moheit was named MVP of his team as well as the League MVP. He was also selected First Team All
League on offense as a running back and as a linebacker for defense. Not only that, but Moheit also
scored the fifth most points in the state of California. The Falcons also awarded him best running back
and linebacker for the 2008 campaign. On top of that Moheit broke several records at VCS – most
tackles and most points to name a few.
While attending SD School of Mines, Moheit plans to major in Chemical Engineering.
SD Mines finished 2008 with a 5-5 record and was very competitive in the Dakota Athletic Conference.
The 2009 season looks very promising for the up-and-coming Hardrockers.
Munson signs with Hardrocker football program
RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines football program grabbed another quality recruit
for the 2009 season as the Hardrockers along with SD Mines head football coach Dan Kratzer welcome
Andrew Munson as the newest member of the team.
Munson was a standout lineman for the Century High School
Patriots in Bismarck, N.D. Standing 6-foot-2-inches and
weighing 245 pounds, Munson filled multiple positions for CHS,
spending time on the offensive line, at defensive end and also
at the tight end positions.
“Andrew will be a great addition to our team,” SD Mines
football head coach Dan Kratzer said. “He is an every down
player that is quick and strong. He will have the opportunity to
compete at several positions in our program.”
Munson helped the Patriots to a 7-5 campaign in 2008 and he
received Western Dakota Association All Conference honors as
both an offensive and defensive lineman and was an AAA All
State selection as an O-lineman as well.
While attending the South Dakota School of Mines Munson plans
to major in Geology.
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