SDM football team defeats Trojans, 30-28
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
RAPID CITY ---- The South Dakota School of Mines had a very successful weekend in all sports, as the Hardrocker football team won its first Dakota Athletic conference game of the season, the volleyball team posted a 2-0 record in conference play and the cross country team competed in the DAC Championships where they were able to earn three all conference runners.
The South Dakota School of Mines football team held off a late rally and defeated Dakota State, 30-28, Saturday afternoon in Madison, S.D. The Hardrockers earned their first conference win in three seasons and improved their overall record to 3-5.
The ‘Rockers recorded five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. They also rushed for three more TDs and added a field goal to account for the scoring.
Freshman quarterback Trevor Roberts (Vancouver, Wash.), making his first start of the season, was able to run in from a yard out for the first score. Senior Lukas Munsell (Mills, Wyo.) had a two-yard touchdown run and junior Joshua Jones (Long Beach, Calif.) made good on a four-yard run for six points. Freshman kicker Justin Whalin made good on three of the four PAT kicks. Freshman Brian Kemnitz (Vivian, S.D.) ran an interception five yards back for a SDM touchdown and Whalin (Rapid City, S.D.) connected on a 23-yard field goal attempt.
Jones paced the running attack for the Hardrockers, carrying the ball 12 times for 39 yards while Munsell had 17 rushes for 35 yards.
Freshman Ed Waliczek (Chicago, Ill.) had an outstanding day receiving, catching four balls for 81 yards. Munsell also had four receptions which netted him 54 yards.
Roberts completed 10 of 25 passes for 158 yards with one interception.
Freshman Joe Sanchez (Gilbert, Ariz.) had another fine day punting the ball, putting the boot to seven for a total of 250 yards. He averaged 35.7 for each punt, had one inside the Trojan 20 and his long was 39 yards.
On the defensive side, it was no surprise that Tyrell Anderson again led the team in tackles with 16 total (12 solo). The Green River, Wyo., junior was also credited with an interception that was returned 26 yards.
Freshman Tom Lunzman also recorded another interception that he returned for 51 yards. The pick now brings the Gretna, Neb., native’s INT total up to five for the season. Sophomore Zach Marcus (Olivia, Minn.) and Peter Guck (Perham, Minn.) were responsible for the other interceptions. Marcus returned his eight yards while Guck had no gain.
Marcus also recorded a sack on the day taking the DSU quarterback for a loss of 13 yards on the play. Junior Jarrod Luze (White, S.D.) got a sack as well, pulling the Trojan QB down for a 10-yard loss.
SDM defensive end Colton Clark (junior from Worland, Wyo., had another fine outing recording eight tackles, in the game --- all solo --- and junior Chad Westendorf (Geddes, S.D.) ended with seven tackles for the game --- six solo.
Up next, the Hardrocker play their final home game of the season, welcoming the Valley City State Vikings Saturday in a 1 p.m. kickoff.
The South Dakota School of Mines women’s volleyball team made their final North Dakota road trip of the regular season this past weekend where the Lady Hardrockers came away with some positive results, defeating both Valley City State and Mayville State. The two wins give the ‘Rocker netters an 18-4 overall record and guarantees them at least a fourth-place finish in the DAC standings.
“The two wins this (past) weekend helps guarantee a first-round home match for us in the DAC tournament,” Honaker said.
The Hardrockers won over Valley City State in three game, defeating the Vikings, 30-27, 31-29, 30-22.
In the match, junior Ashley Kauffman (Fort Morgan, Colo.) paced SDM with 10 kills and was 28-32 on the attack while senior Jennie Malone (Rapid City, S.D.) had six kills and was 20-21 on the attack. Junior libero Jenny Hiykel (Omaha, Neb.) had 29 digs while junior setter Tessa Howe (Omaha, Neb.) added 30 assists and tallied six blocks for the match (2 solo, 4 assisted).
The Lady ‘Rockers then won, 3-1, over Mayville State, defeating the Comets, 30-26, 30-23, 25-30, 30-28.
Individually, Malone had an outstanding match, collecting 17 kills and was 35-36 on the attack. Kauffman also stood out, going 39-48 on the attack with 19 kills. Hiykel again played well from the back row with 39 digs and was 26-28 on serve receive while Howe added 56 assists and three blocks on the night.
“Our offense is a lot better. We are hitting the ball a lot better then we were at the midpoint of the season. But our serving has fallen off,” Honaker said. “Once the girls figure out how to put the combination of those two together then we can only move forward.”
More good news for Mines is that Hiykel was named DAC Libero of the Week after the past weekend’s performance. That makes five times this season that she earned the honor. She also has a Region III Libero of the Week award and a NAIA National Libero of the Week honor.
The Hardrocker have just four matches remaining in the regular season. SDM faces Jamestown College and Dakota State this weekend.
The Dakota Athletic Conference Championships cross country meet was held this past Friday at Dickinson where the South Dakota School of Mines was able to get three harriers all conference honors.
Freshmen Brittany Hovdenes (Rapid City, S.D.) and Kendra Crisman (Rapid City, S.D.) both finished in the Top 15 of the women’s race to earn the award and senior Rob Hahn (Sioux Falls, S.D.) received the honor on the men’s side.
Black Hills State swept the event, winning both the men’s and women’s races. South Dakota Mines took sixth in the women’s race with 122 points while the Hardrocker men finished fourth with 104 team points.
Individually for the men, Yellow Jacket Allen Wood took top honors, finishing the 8-kilometer race in a time of 24 minutes and 57.45 seconds. Hahn was the first ‘Rocker across the finish line in 12th place clocking a time if 26:17.06.
“I was very pleased with Rob Hahn’s performance,” Hardrocker head coach Jerry Schaffer said. “He had a very good race which was good enough for 12th place and all conference (honors). Rob’s been getting better and better and really coming into his own.”
Teammates Colton Reid (junior from Colstrip, Mont.) and Kyle Kattke (senior from Black Hawk, S.D.) where a few spots back. Reid came in 20th with a mark of 27:00.97 while Kattke took 22nd in a time of 27:01.79.
“Colton and Kyle ran solid races,” Schaffer said. “I am fairly pleased with their performances and I expect them to improve coming into the region meet.”
Freshman Lucas Fried (Kodiak, Ala.) finished in 32nd spot with a time of 28:20.39, while Corbin Haller (freshman from Sidney, Neb.)was a few spots back in 44th in a time of 30:04.44 and Erik Bjornebo (sophomore from Sioux Falls, S.D.) was 45th with a 30:245.04.
“We hope to have Marcus Moor back fro the region meet in two weeks,” Schaffer said. “The team will show better than it did (at conference).”
In the women’s race, BHSU’s Kerry Washburn took first place in the 5k race, finishing in a time if 18:12.02.
Crisman finished 12th clocking a 19:45.83 to earn all conference while Hovdenes was just two spots back in 14th with a mark of 20:02.60.
“Kendra and Brittany did a nice job of getting up to the front of the pack and competing with the leaders” Schaffer said. “Kendra had a personal best at the collegian level and Brittany is really close to breaking 20 minutes.”
As for the rest of the Lady ‘Rockers, sophomore Samantha Diede of Huron, S.D., finished 33rd (21:56.26), junior Jessica Chretian of Rapid City, S.D., was 37th (22:44.48), freshman Molly Vukelich of Rapid City, S.D., took 41st (24:39.93) and freshman Kim Kerce of Colorado Springs, Colo., ended in 45th (25:08.92).
“The ladies competed very well,” Schaffer added. “I am pleased with the improvement on the season. I don’t think they are done improving. It will be interesting to see how far these kids will come in the last two weeks.”
Next on the schedule for the Hardrocker harriers in the NAIA Region III meet slated for Nov. 3 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
“I think our top runners on the men’s and women’s teams individually have an outside shot to qualify for Nationals,” Schaffer added.
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