By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY, S.D. ‐‐‐ The South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball team opened the 2008‐09 season this past weekend by hosting the DAC/GPAC Challenge in which the Lady Hardrockers and Black Hills State Yellow Jackets took on Great Plains Athletic Conference opponents (both from Iowa) the Dordt College Lady Defenders and the Dana College Vikings.
The ‘Rockers faced Dana College in their first outing and after it was a pretty even exchange over the first 20 minutes as the score was knotted at 34, but Dana outscored the host school 26‐20 in the second period and won the game, 60‐54.
Turnovers played a big part in the outcome of the contest as SD Mines committed 34 while Dana had 25 total. Because of that there were a large amount of steals in the game as well as each team recorded 13.
For the Hardrockers, sophomore Loryn Schuetzle (Pierre, S.D.) led the scoring charge, tallying 12 points and recording three assists and two steals. She was followed by new transfer Natasha Begay (Page Ariz.) with 10 markers, three assists and three steals. Begay came to SDSM&T from Maza Community College in Arizona. Freshman Maria Luze (Brookings, S.D.) did well in her debut as a Lady Hardrockers with nine points and junior Bethany Holyoak (Moorcroft, Wyo.) also had a noteworthy performance with 11 rebounds on the day to go along with four blocked shots.
The Lady ‘Rockers bounced back well on Saturday to post a 63‐59 victory over Dordt College. SD Mined edged the Defenders in the first half, 32‐28, which proved to be the difference in the game as both squad notched 31 in the second half giving the Hardrockers the win, 63‐59.
SDM had four women score in double figures as Holyoak impressed with a double‐double – scoring 13 points and coming down with 12 rebounds. Freshman Ariel Granillo (Chandler, Ariz.) also tallied 13 points, followed by sophomore Jerika Ihnen (Tea, S.D.) with 12 points and Luze contributed with 10 markers.
The ‘Rockers overall record is 1‐1 for the season and will head East River this weekend to face a couple more GPAC advisories. SDM takes on Mount Marty College Friday followed by a trip to Mitchell’s Corn Palace Saturday to face Dakota Wesleyan University.
The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball team opened up the 2008‐09 campaign on a road trip to Montana where they split a pair a games with Frontier Conference opponents Rocky Mountain College and the University of Great Falls. Friday, the ‘Rockers bettered the Great Falls Argos by 20 points, taking the win, 88‐68. SDM outscored the home team, 40‐35 in the first half and then came back in the second period with a 48‐33 performance. SD Mines was also perfect from the free throw line with a 13‐13 showing.
Sophomore AJ Trennepohl (Lubbock, Texas) who was a DAC All Conference selection last season, pick up where he left off, leading the Hardrockers with 25 points against Great Falls including six three‐pointers. Junior Robbie Fedor (Monticello, Minn.) was a nice compliment on the perimeter as he cashed in for 15 points and had five assists while senior Kyle Kurth (Pierre, S.D.) contributed with 10 markers.
The Rocky Mountain College snuck away in the second half of Saturday’s game as SD Mines fell to the Bears, 86‐68, to fall to 1‐1 on the season.
In was a fairly even contest through the first 20 minutes as Rocky Mountain held a slight three‐point advantage at the half, 39‐36, but pulled away in the second frame outscoring Mines, 47‐32.
Trennepohl had another big night for the Hardrockers, posting 20 points in the game, including four from behind the arc. Senior Brandon Smith (Amenia, N.D.) had a good outing with 13 points and Fedor came through with 11 markers.
The SD Mines men travel to Yankton Friday to take on the Mount Marty Lancers and then head to Mitchell Saturday to face the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers in the unfriendly confines of the Corn Palace.
VALLEY CITY, N.D. ‐‐‐ The South Dakota School of Mines football team fell below .500 this past weekend after battling with the Valley City State Vikings in North Dakota. After a tough couple of quarters, the Vikings were able to string some things together and ended with a 34‐14 victory.
The Hardrockers two scores came from passing touchdown, one from Nick Russell (freshman from San Diego, Calif.) to Andy Rogers (sophomore from Williston, N.D.) on a 24‐yard TD strike and the other from Trevor Roberts (sophomore from Vancouver, Wash.) to Tom Lunzman (sophomore from Gretna, Neb.) both in the second half of play.
Place kicker Andy Smith got quite a workout in the game, attempting three field goals, each over 30 yards. If not for a pesky cross wind during the game, he may have got one. The sophomore soccer player turned football athlete had enough leg on a 35‐, 40‐ and 51‐yard attempts but each one drifted left.
Individually, the Hardrockers were without the services of freshman running back standout Jamie Dale (Alpine, Calif.) due to injury from the game a week before (against Dickinson). In Saturday’s contest Tyler Barth (freshman from Dickinson, N.D.) got the majority of carries and collecting 32 yards. Russell completed 24 of 47 passes for 293 yards and a touchdown while junior Jason Beilstein (Lodi Calif.) was the Hardrockers’ leading receiver catching five passes for 83 yards. Dustin Rougeau (sophomore from Big Horn, Wyo.) had the most reception with eight for 75 yards. Defensively, SDM sophomore Joe Berke (Elwood, Neb.) recorded an interception that he returned 98 yards and just missing the end zone. Sophomore Tim Luchini (Findley, Ohio) led the team in tackles with 11, followed by Lunzman and freshman Josh Sherman (Colome, S.D.) each with eight.
The Hardrockers are now 4‐5 on the season and 2‐4 in DAC contests. They finish the season Saturday against Black Hills State University at O’Harra Stadium. The contest is slated for a 1 p.m. start.
RAPID CITY, S.D. ‐‐‐ The South Dakota School of Mines women��s volleyball team suffered a pair of home losses this past weekend falling to the Mayville State Comets, 3‐2 Friday, followed by a defeat to the Dakota State Trojans Saturday, 3‐1.
Friday’s match was a tough back and forth exchange before the Comets defeated the Lady ‘Rockers 18‐25, 23‐25, 25‐20, 19‐17.
For the ‘Rockers, senior Ashley Kauffman (Fort Morgan, Colo.) led the team in kills with 19 while collecting 14 digs and junior Katherine Hanson (Sioux Falls, S.D.) tallied 16 kills and came up with 22 digs and senior Amanda Cammack (Sturgis, S.D.) had an impressive outing with 10 kills and three assisted blocks. Senior Jenny Hiykel (Omaha, Neb.) had the most digs with 46.
In Saturday’s match, the Trojans rallied after dropping the first set and won the next three games, 22‐25, 25‐18, 25‐22, 25‐19.
For the ‘Rockers, Kauffman the team in kills with 11 while collecting 11 digs and junior Katherine Hanson tallied nine kills and came up with 12 digs. Hiykel had the most digs with 28.
SD Mines is now 12‐14 on the season and 4‐9 in DAC matches. The Hardrockers finish up the regular season Wednesday when they travel to Spearfish, S.D. to face Black Hills State.
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