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Black Hills State University
   Six Yellow Jackets Qualify For College National Finals Rodeo


The Black Hills State University Rodeo Team saw six of its team members qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo, held in Casper, WY from June 10-16. Here are the student-athletes that have qualified, their home town and event(s) they have qualified in.

1. Cody Bullock- Junior- Buffalo, MN- Bull Riding
2. Tye Hale- Senior- White Owl, SD- Tie Down Roping
3. Joey Painter- Junior- Buffalo, SD- Breakaway Roping and Goat Tying
4. Tel Schaak- Freshman- Edgemont, SD- Tie Down Roping
5. Wyatt Treeby- Freshman- Hecla, SD- Team Roping
6. Taylor Williams- Senior- Volborg, MT- Team Roping



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, June 06, 2012 (06:13:51)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Women's Basketball Adds Patterson


Black Hills State University women's basketball head coach Mark Nore has announced the addition of Courtney Patterson to the 2012-2013 Yellow Jacket roster. Patterson comes to Black Hills State after competing for two years at Central Wyoming College.

Patterson has been a two-sport standout student-athlete for Central Wyoming College, competing in both basketball and volleyball. However, Patterson has decided to focus on one sport as she joins the Yellow Jacket women's basketball roster this upcoming fall.

Patterson played a key role from the shooting guard position as she helped lead the Rustlers to a Region 9 Semifinal. Patterson averaged 13.9 points per game and led Central Wyoming College in scoring during her sophomore season.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, May 25, 2012 (22:08:12)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Golf Adds Decker


Black Hills State University head golf coach Jaime Bentley announced the signing of Hayley Decker to the Yellow Jackets 2012-2013 golf team. Decker will graduate from Spearfish High School this year where she was awarded six varsity letters for her efforts on the course.

"We are very excited to have Hayley join our golf team for next season," said Bentley. "She will bring the type of competitiveness and work ethic that we want for the Yellow Jacket golf team."

Decker started her high school career early by joining the Spartan golf team as a 7th grader and immediately made an impact leading the Spartans in scoring average as a 7th grader and has continued to be the Spartans most consistent golfer.

Decker has developed into one of the best golfers in the area over her 6 year career and has earned numerous top 10 performances along with a handful of medalist honors. The Spearfish girl's golf team has improved greatly during her career and that is a direct reflection of her ability as a golfer and a team leader.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, May 18, 2012 (00:04:00)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Football Adds To Recruiting Class


Black Hills State University football head coach John Reiners has announced the signing of 12 recruits to add to the 2012 Yellow Jacket roster bringing the total number of recruits added to this year's roster to 30.

Tyler Van Antwerp- Glenrock, Wyoming
Kade Wasson- Gillette, Wyoming
Troy Pinkerton- Glenrock, Wyoming
Tanner Klein- Laurel, Montana
Cody Cole- Oakdale, California
Joe Jensen- Orem, Utah
Hayden Kessler- Buffalo, Wyoming
Josh Long- Gillette, Wyoming
Dietric McConnell- Hill City, South Dakota
Daniel Thomas- Alliance, Nebraska
Dillon Wademan- Gering, Nebraska
Aaron Welch- Harford, South Dakota



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 (06:30:44)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University head football coach John Reiners has announced Tanner Tetrault as an assistant coach of the Yellow Jacket football team. Tetrault returns to Black Hills State where he was a two-time All-American, four-time All-Conference selection, and one time Conference MVP as a defensive back.

Tetrault joins the Yellow Jacket coaching staff to take over the reins as special teams' coordinator and defensive backs' coach.

--Black Hills State head softball coach Amy Gurney has announced the signing of three recruits to join the Yellow Jackets for the 2012-2013 campaign. The 2012 recruiting class includes high school senior Katie Campo from Las Vegas, Nevada and two junior college transfers in Ryan Cook and Sara Schmid both coming to Black Hills State from Lamar Community College.

Katie Campo is a senior at Spring Valley High School in Las Veags, Nevada where she plays short stop and second base. Sara Schmid will join the Yellow Jacket softball roster in the fall of 2012 after playing two years for Lamar Community College where she played catcher and utility. Ryan Cook is from Rock Springs, Wyoming and has played infield for the Lamar Community College Runnin' Lopes.

--Yellow Jacket women's basketball head coach Mark Nore has announced the addition of Lindsey Fearing to the 2012-2013 roster. Fearing transfers to Black Hills State from the University of Arizona where she played basketball for the Wildcats.

Fearing is a 5'9" guard from Cheyenne Central High School.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 (06:20:26)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University track and field team competed at the University of Sioux Falls Relays Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5 in Sioux Falls. No team scores were kept.

The Yellow Jackets women's team was led by junior Erin Curran who won the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:41.52 and finished the 800-meter run in second place with a time of 2:16.84. Black Hills State women had a strong showing in the 5,000-meter run, as three of the top five finishers were Yellow Jackets. They were led by senior Leigh Anne Bordewyk who finished in first place, Courtney Dickson was second and Courtney Chase came in fifth. Kristin Rath finished the 400-meter hurdles in second place with a time of 1:06.71 and Madison McLaughlin finished in second place in the shot put with a toss of 12.99 meters.

The Black Hills State men's team was led by senior Jed Morgan who finished in first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:23.71 which was a track record. Morgan was one of four Yellow Jackets to finish in the top six spots; Mark Wilcox finished in third place, Trev Fielder finished in fourth, Gage McSpadden finished in sixth and recorded a 12 second personal best.

--The Black Hills State football team has put the finishing touches on their offseason workouts with their annual spring football game under first year head coach John Reiners.

"I was very pleased with the way our spring ball went," said Reiners. "I thought with having a short time to prepare, our staff did a tremendous job of implementing the schemes that we will need to be successful next fall."

The Yellow Jackets will kick-off the 2012 regular season on Saturday, September 8 as they travel west to Pocatello, Idaho. Black Hills State will put their offseason effort on display as they hit the gridiron against Idaho State University in a Football Championship Series battle. The Yellow Jackets will then jump immediately into the conference season with eight RMAC contests in succession.

--Yellow Jacket softball head coach Amy Gurney announced the addition of Kaitlin Farrar to the Black Hills State roster. Farrar will join the team as they enter their second season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference next fall.

Kaitlin will graduate from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. Farrar joins the Yellow Jackets from a strong softball region and will add needed depth at the pitching position. Farrar earned four varsity letters for the SaberCats during her tenure at Fossil Ridge.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, May 12, 2012 (04:12:49)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Track and Field team competed in the Jack Christiansen Invitational hosted by Colorado State University of Friday and Saturday April 27, and 28 in Fort Collins, Colorado.

The Yellow Jacket women were led by junior Erin Curran who won the 800-meter run posting a time of 2:19.21. Junior Courtney Dickson finished in 9th place in the 1,500-meter run followed closely by senior Leigh Anne Bordewyk who finished in 10th place. Freshman Trisha Koch tied for 10th place in the high jump.

The Black Hills State men's team was led by junior Jonathon Grace who finished in 5th place in the long jump. Grace also finished in 10th place in the 100-meter dash. The Yellow Jackets had a strong showing in the men's 800-meter run with three athletes finishing in the top ten led by junior Brock Mickelson who finished in 6th place. Junior Evan Strand finished in 7th and sophomore Justin Bergeson placed 10th.

--Black Hills State University head football coach John Reiners has named Shad Schneider as the defensive coordinator of the Yellow Jacket football team. Schneider has been on the BHSU coaching staff for the past five years as the special teams' coordinator and linebackers' coach.

Schneider is another coach that found his way to the Yellow Jacket coaching staff after an outstanding career at Black Hills State. Prior to his coaching tenure, Schneider played outside linebacker for the Yellow Jackets from 2003-2006.

--Black Hills State head softball coach Amy Gurney has announced the signing of Erica Everson, a senior at Rapid City Stevens High School. Everson will join the Yellow Jackets for their 2012-2013 campaign.

Everson is a two-time All-State softball player for the Stevens Raiders and has also been named to two All-Tournament Teams in her high school career and was named a team captain for the Raiders.

--The Black Hills State Men's Basketball program has announced the signing of two more student-athletes in the late signing period. Chase Duben, a senior from Ralston Valley High School in Colorado and Jake Ferrie, a senior from Sioux Falls Christian will join the program beginning in the fall of 2012.

Duben and Ferrie will join Riley Ryan, a senior from Sheridan High School in Wyoming who joined the Yellow Jacket program during the early signing period in November. Black Hills State returns 12 members from the 2011-2012 season as they enter the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, May 09, 2012 (06:57:22)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University head football coach John Reiners has announced Nick Fulton as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for the Yellow Jackets. Fulton comes to Black Hills State after spending the last two years as an offensive graduate assistant at the University of Wyoming.

--The Black Hills State Women's Golf team traveled to Sioux Falls April 14-15 for the Augustana Invitational. Augustana won its own invitational golf tournament, putting four golfers in the top eight. Black Hills State finished in 10th place as a team. Brandi Holmes and Amanda Johnson led the Yellow Jackets tied for 19th place, shooting 160. Tiera Feller tied for 40th, McKenzie Watson took 53rd and Kaydee Good finished in 62nd place for the Yellow Jackets. This was the final tournament of the year for the BHSU golf team.

--The Black Hills State Softball team split Saturday, April 14 with the Colorado Christian Cougars in Lakewood, Colorado. The Yellow Jackets fell in the first game 3-1 but came back and won the second game 7-5 to improve to 7-34 overall and 5-27 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play.

--The Black Hills State Softball team will finish the 2012 campaign this weekend with six home games in a three day span. The Yellow Jackets will square off against Regis (Colo.) on Saturday at 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., followed by two games against Minot State on Monday, April 23 at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.

This weekend's activities will include Parent Appreciation Weekend, Fan Appreciation Day, and Senior Recognition Day.

Black Hills State University will recognize the parents and families of the Yellow Jacket softball players between the first and second games on Saturday.

The first 50 fans at Saturday's game will receive a free T-shirt for showing their support for the Yellow Jacket softball team as they finish their first season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC), sponsored by Wolff's Plumbing and Heating.

Black Hills State will recognize their two seniors Katie Wagner and Karly Ackermann at Monday's contests. The first 100 fans to shake their hands and congratulate them on their careers between games will receive a free sloppy joe.

--The Yellow Jacket Track and Field team continues their outdoor competition over the next few weeks. The Jack Christiansen Invitational is set to be held April 27 and 28, the same weekend as the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The Sioux Falls Open will be May 4 and 5, with the Independent Championships to follow on May 10.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, April 21, 2012 (05:45:02)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Yellow Jacket track and field team traveled to Rapid City on Thursday to compete in the Bauer Invitational at South Dakota School of Mines. The Yellow Jackets had four first place finishes in the meet.

The Black Hills State women were anchored by their strong performances in the women's distance races. Junior Courtney Dickson was the lone female runner to finish in the top spot during any of the running events. Dickson, a native of Cavour, South Dakota, came in first place in both the women's 5,000-meter run (18:47.50) and the women's 1,500 meter run (4:54.78).

The Yellow Jackets were anchored by their freshmen in the women's field events. Freshman Madison McLaughlin once again had an impressive showing in the women's shot put as she went on to win the event with a throw of 12.77 meters.

Black Hills State men did not have any top finishers in the running events on Thursday, but had several finish in top five spots.

Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a trip north to Dickinson, North Dakota to compete in the 2012 Dickinson Invitational this Friday, April 20.

--Black Hills State head men's basketball coach, Bradd Schafer has announced the hiring of Sam Holden as the men's assistant basketball coach. Formerly a graduate assistant for the Yellow Jackets, Holden will take the reins in his new position effective immediately.

Holden will take over a new role in his fifth season with the Black Hills State Men's Basketball program. Sam joined the Yellow Jackets in the fall of 2008 as a student assistant coach before assuming his role as a graduate assistant coach for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. Holden graduated from BHSU with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise Science in 2010 and will earn his Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership in May of 2012.

--The Black Hills State football team continues spring practices this week leading up to the spring game on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets have been practicing since March 27 under the direction of new head coach John Reiners. Their last spring practice will be on Friday, April 20 and they will wrap up their spring season with the 3rd Annual Gridiron Gathering and the spring football game on Saturday, April 21. The Gridiron Gathering is a reunion for football alumni, their families, and football boosters.

--The Black Hills State volleyball program has signed standouts Jess Reble, Meghan Sipe, Lacy Stevens, Dani Torpey and Chloe Zimmer to National Letters of intent on Wednesday, April 11. These five athletes will join Jenna Jordan, a setter from Colorado who signed back in November, as the Yellow Jacket Volleyball recruiting class for 2012.

Reble is a 5-foot-2 transfer libero from Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. Sipe is a 6-foot-1 transfer hitter from the University of Wyoming. The Yellow Jackets also added three high school seniors to the roster in Stevens, Torpey and Zimmer. Stevens is a 5-foot-4 defensive specialist from Edgemont High School in Edgemont, South Dakota, and is the lone recruit from South Dakota in this year's recruiting class. Torpey is a 6-foot utility hitter from Rock Springs High School in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Zimmer is a 5-foot-5 defensive specialist/setter from Natrona County High School in Casper, Wyoming.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, April 16, 2012 (05:30:32)


Black Hills State University
   27th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Run/Walk


Black Hills State will hold the 27th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday, April 14, before the Lakota Omniciye spring powwow. Registration begins at 10 am in Salem Park.

The Memorial Run/Walk is held each year in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former Black Hills State student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Marla Herman, a former student and member of the Lakota Omniciye at the time, organized the race the following spring and it has been held every year since then.

Whirlwind Horse was an active and respected student leader, and the Memorial Run/Walk fundraiser serves to recognize the achievements of students who are working to improve their campus, community, and world through the active pursuit of higher education.

Each year, on e $500 scholarship is presented to a Native American sophomore who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and leadership skills.

There are race categories for all ages. The course is run on the Spearfish run/walk path through the city park and toward Spearfish Canyon and back to the starting point. A map of the route will be posted at the Salem Park for viewing prior to the race.

The registration fee is $15 and all participants will receive a tee-shirt while supplies last. Proceeds will go to Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information or to register CLICK HERE.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 (23:59:41)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Women's Golf team finished the second of three legs of the South Dakota School of Mines, Chadron State and Black Hills State Triangular on March 27 in Chadron, Nebraska. The Yellow Jackets are currently in first place behind a solid effort by their underclassmen.

The Yellow Jackets were led by freshmen Amanda Johnson who finished in first place with an 83. Fellow freshmen Tiera Feller was runner-up after shooting an 87.

The Yellow Jackets will return to the course on Tuesday, April 10 as they play host to the third and final leg of the triangular at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.

--The Black Hills State Softball was unable to cope with the offensive consistency of the University of Nebraska-Kearney as they lost both games of the double-header on Sunday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets lost the opener 10-5 and fell in the second game 17-1 in five innings. The Yellow Jackets dropped all four games at home over the weekend to Nebraska-Kearney.

The Yellow Jackets are now 5-26 overall and 4-20 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play. They will hope to put an end to their 10-game losing streak this Easter weekend as they travel to take on the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in double-headers on Friday and Saturday.

--The Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) announced the All-Conference Team for the 2011-2012 women's basketball season. Black Hills State senior Kristi Ryan was the lone Yellow Jacket to receive ICAA honors for her efforts on the court this season.

Ryan was named to the All-ICAA Women's Basketball Third Team for her contributions on the hardwood this year. Ryan averaged 26 minutes per game and started all 24 games for the Yellow Jackets. She was also the team's leading scorer averaging 11 points per game.

--The ICAA also announced the All-Conference Team for the 2011-2012 men's basketball season. The Yellow Jackets had three players earn individual honors as senior Rob Johnson, freshman Brody Brisk and freshman Joey Mitchell were recognized.

Black Hills State senior Rob Johnson earned All-ICAA Men's Basketball Second Team honors to close out his career. Johnson started all 28 games this season while averaging 33 minutes a contest. He finished the season as the team's leading scorer, averaging 16 points per game. The big man led the team from the charity stripe shooting 82% for the season.

Freshmen Brody Brisk and Joey Mitchell were both named to the ICAA All-Freshman Team. Brisk averaged 10.1 points per game while Mitchell scored 8.8 points per game.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, April 05, 2012 (04:53:31)


Black Hills State University
   3rd Annual Gridiron Gathering


The Black Hills State University football team will be hosting the 3rd Annual Gridiron Gathering April 20-22, 2012, activities include the annual spring football game, BBQ, banquet, and optional blackjack tournament.

"Last year's event far exceeded our expectations, and we have some great events planned for this year as well," said Head Coach John Reiners. "Once again we are hoping to build off of last year's success and one way to make that possible is for those who attended last year, to bring one or two former teammates. Let's continue to double the number of attendees."

The Gridiron Gathering is a reunion for football alumni, their families, and football boosters; cost to attend the gathering is $68, those in attendance will receive a welcome pack, Jacket T-Shirt, free entrance to the spring game, BBQ, Prime Rib Buffet, and a great time hanging with your former teammates. Please RSVP by filling out the form by CLICKING HERE.

For more information on the Gridiron Gathering contact John Reiners at 605-645-6505 or Jade Temple at 605-642-6330. Become a facebook fan of the Black Hills State Football to receive updates on the event.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, April 01, 2012 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Jeff Larson has resigned at Black Hills State University to accept the defensive coordinator position at Chadron State College.

Larson, who worked as a graduate assistant at Chadron State in 2006 and 2007, has been an assistant coach at Black Hills State for four seasons and served as the defensive coordinator in three of them.

"One of the biggest reasons I took the job was to continue working with Jay (Long) and continue what we started doing in 2009 when he took over as the head coach at Black Hills State," Larson said. "It is tough to leave the players here because they've done a lot for me; they've fought for me through the years and on Saturdays."

Larson, a native of Aberdeen, played linebacker and graduated from Northern State University with a bachelor's of science in health and physical education in 2000.

--The Black Hills State Women's golf team will compete in their first tournament of the spring season this week as they travel to Billings, Montana to compete in the MSU-Billings Invitational this Thursday and Friday. The Yellow Jackets had a successfull fall campaign as they finished in first place at the Dickinson State Invitational as well as first in the first leg of the Black Hills State/Chadron State/South Dakota School of Mines Triangular.

The Yellow Jackets roster a young team and do not have a senior on the roster. They rely heavily on their juniors Haley Davenport, Brandi Holmes and Jenessa Rantapaa for leadership. In addition to its three upper classroom, Black Hills State rosters three sophomores and three freshmen.

--Black Hills State head men's basketball coach Bradd Schafer has announced the NCAA Transitional All-Tournament Team. The two Yellow Jackets who were named to the All-Tournament Team are senior Rob Johnson and freshman Joey Mitchell. The Yellow Jackets finished their 2011-2012 campaign with a third place finish in the tournament and a record of 11-17 on the season. Black Hills State will play a full Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) schedule beginning in the 2012-2013 season.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, March 16, 2012 (05:24:19)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State University Defeats Costa Rica National Team


The Black Hills State University women's basketball team played their first of two games against the Costa Rica National Teams on Wednesay night. Despite playing on foreign soil, the Yellow Jackets defeated the Costa Rica National Team A by a final score of 55-33.

"I'm proud of our girls for how hard they played tonight," said head coach Mark Nore. "We did a good job adapting to the atmosphere and playing our game. We will look to repeat this result in our final game of the season as we say farewell to our two seniors."

The Yellow Jackets struggled shooting the ball in their first game, making only 30% of their shots from the floor and 25% of their three-point attempts. Black Hills State also tallied a total of 20 turnovers on the evening. The Yellow Jackets countered their offensive struggles with tenacious defense and free throw efficiency down the stretch. Black Hills State recorded 15 steals in the game and was able to convert at the free throw line. The Yellow Jackets went (14-15) from the line, as they went on to earn the 55-33 victory.

Black Hills State was led by the senior duo of Kristi Ryan and Bayley Chevron who each scored 10 points. Freshman Cassidy Kotelman had a solid performance for the Yellow Jackets. Kotelman scored eight points and hauled in eight rebounds. Freshman Chelsey Beigler added seven points while shooting 40% from the floor and 33% from behind the arc. Fellow freshman Bailey Kusser led the team with four assists.

The Yellow Jackets will return to the hardwood Thursday as they take on the Costa Rica National Team B. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. MST. Prior to Thursday's match-up the Black Hills State players and coaches will be donating their time as part of a community service project at a Costa Rica orphanage.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, March 02, 2012 (07:33:29)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Hosts NCAA Transitional Tournament


The Black Hills State University men's basketball team will be hosting the NCAA Division II Transitional Tournament sponsored by the Holiday Inn and Lucky's 13 this Thursday through Saturday at the Young Center in Spearfish. Black Hills State, South Dakota School of Mines, University of Sioux Falls, Minot State and Lindenwood will all compete in the three day tournament.

The tournament will run Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 with game times on March 1 and 2 at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. and March 3 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. The Championship game will be played at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets will play their first game of the tournament at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 2.

Single day general admission tickets will be $12 for adults, $5 for youth and senior tickets, or you can purchase a tournament pass for $30 which includes admission to all six tournament games and access to the VIP room.

2012 Transition Independent Tournament Schedule

Thursday, March 1

Game 1: #2 Lindenwood University- 65 #5 Minot State- 54
Game 2: #3 University of Sioux Falls- 77 #4 South Dakota School of Mines- 63

Friday, March 2

Game 3: #5 Minot State- 81 #4 South Dakota School of Mines- 72
Game 4: #3 University of Sioux Falls- 76 #1 Black Hills State- 64 (Heard On KDSJ)

Saturday, March 3

Game #5: #1 Black Hills State- 79 #5 Minot State- 69 (Consolation Championship) (Heard On KDSJ)
Game #6: #2 Lindenwood University- 85 #3 University of Sioux Falls- 75 (Championship)



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, March 02, 2012 (06:52:41)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Men's Basketball Falls To California State San Marcos


The Black Hills State University men's basketball team played their final game of the 2011-2012 regular season, Saturday night as they fell to Cal State San Marcos 81-73. The Yellow Jackets were led by senior Rob Johnson who netted 20 points.

The Yellow Jackets offense struggled to get their shots to fall as they shot just 32% from the floor, 30% from behind the arc and 77% from the charity stripe. Black Hills State trailed Cal State San Marcos 37-35 going into halftime, and the Yellow Jackets were outscored 44-38 in the second half to fall 81-73 to the Cougars. Defensively, Black Hills State held Cal State San Marcos to just 29% from behind the arc in the contest and recorded eight steals on 15 Cougar turnovers.

Black Hills State was led by senior Rob Johnson who finished the contest with 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Sophomore Cameron Anderson finished with a double-double scoring 10 points and hauling in 13 rebounds. Freshman Joey Mitchell was the third Yellow Jacket to net double digit points; Mitchell finished the contest with 12 points and five rebounds.

Black Hills State finishes the regular season with a 10-16 record. They will be hosting the NCAA Transitional Tournament, March 1 through March 3. The Yellow Jackets will play their first game of the tournament Friday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. Single game tournament tickets and tournament passes are now available at the Young Center in Spearfish.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 (07:49:55)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State University Men's Basketball Falls To Chapman


The Black Hills State University men's basketball team fell to Chapman University in Orange, California by the score of 70-67. The loss puts the Jackets at 10-15 on the season. The Yellow Jackets had a chance to tie the game with less than five seconds remaining when freshman Brody Brisk was fouled on a three-point attempt, but he made just one of his three shots and Chapman preserved the victory.

The Chapman Panthers jumped out to a 10-2 lead, Black Hills State rallied and tied it at 11-11 with 12:40 to go in the first half. From that point the teams went back and forth with four lead changes and seven ties before halftime. Black Hills State trailed 36-34 going into intermission. The Yellow Jackets were outscored 34-33 in the second half.

The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by freshman Joey Mitchell who netted 17 points. Fellow freshman Brody Brisk added 13 points. Senior Rob Johnson was the third Yellow Jacket to score double digits, almost earning a double-double scoring 11 points and hauling in nine rebounds.

Black Hills State shot the ball well; the Yellow Jackets finished the game shooting 51% from the floor and 50% from behind the arc. Black Hills State struggled from the free throw line making only 45% of their shots from the charity stripe.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Saturday, February 25 as they face Cal State San-Marcos in California. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. MST.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, February 25, 2012 (05:38:34)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Football Releases 2012 Schedule


The Black Hills State football program have officially released the final schedule for the fall 2012 season. The Yellow Jackets look forward to their upcoming season as they enter the third and final year of the NCAA Division II transition and begin their first year as a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC).

The Yellow Jackets will kick-off the 2012 regular season on September 8, 2012 as they travel west to Pocatello, Idaho. Black Hills State will put their offseason effort on display as they hit the gridiron against Idaho State University in a Football Championship Series battle. The Yellow Jackets will then jump immediately into the conference season with eight RMAC contests in succession.

For the first time in four years the Black Hills State football schedule will feature five home games at Lyle Hare Stadium. The Yellow Jackets will begin their crusade at home on September 22, as they host Mesa State College for Swarm Day 2012. Black Hills State will continue their series of conference bouts as Adams State, New Mexico Highlands, and Fort Lewis College all roll into town to collide with the Yellow Jackets. The 2012 season will conclude with the Battle for the Homestake Trophy, on November 17, as Black Hills State goes toe-to-toe with South Dakota School of Mines in an attempt to retain the trophy along with another year's worth of bragging rights.

Jacket Football 2012 Schedule

Saturday, September 8: At Idaho State University (FCS) Pocatello, ID 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 15: At Colorado School of Mines (RMAC) Golden, CO 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22: Vs. Mesa State College (RMAC) Spearfish, SD 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 29: At Western State College (RMAC) Gunnison, CO 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2012: Vs. Adams State College (RMAC) Spearfish, SD 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 13, 2012: At Chadron State College (RMAC) Chadron, NE 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 20, 2012: At Colorado State University-Pueblo (RMAC) Pueblo, CO 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2012: Vs. New Mexico Highlands University (RMAC) Spearfish, SD 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2012: At Western New Mexico University (RMAC) Silver City, NM 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 10, 2012: Vs. Fort Lewis College (RMAC) Spearfish, SD 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 17, 2012: Vs. South Dakota School of Mines Spearfish, SD 1:00 p.m.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, February 17, 2012 (07:51:28)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Announces John Reiners as Head Football Coach


Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers has announced that John Reiners has been named the new head coach of the Black Hills State University football team.

"We are pleased to announce John Reiners as the head football coach at Black Hills State University," stated Director of Athletics, Jhett Albers. "Coach Reiners has the characteristics that we look for in a head coach. His work ethic, honesty, integrity, and leadership skills will provide a solid foundation for the Yellow Jacket Football Program. John has a wealth of experience, is familiar with our systems and has worked closely with our student-athletes the past three years. We are looking forward to the future of Jacket Football under Coach Reiners leadership as we transition to NCAA DII."

Coach Reiners has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator and the recruiting coordinator at Black Hills State University. In his first season as offensive coordinator the Yellow Jackets led the Dakota Athletic Conference in rushing and in the last two years he has coached eight 1st team All-Conference selections and nine 2nd team All-Conference selections on offense.

"I'm very excited about the opportunity to become the next head coach here at Black Hills State," said Reiners. "In the three years that I have been here the foundation has been set for this program to be competitive at the NCAA Division II level. I have spent the last 18 seasons as an assistant coach and the experiences I have gained have prepared me for this head coaching job. The Black Hills State University Football Program has a proud tradition and I'm excited to work with our exceptional student-athletes."

Reiners comes to BHSU after spending 15 seasons as running back, wide receiver, and tight end coach for Chadron State College. Reiners was also the head track & field coach for 12 seasons at CSC. During his time with the football program he helped take the Eagles to three-straight NCAA Division II playoff appearances.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, February 10, 2012 (18:39:58)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Head Football Coach Accepts Position at Chadron State


Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers announced that head football coach Jay Long has accepted the head football coach position at Chadron State College.

"We thank Coach Long for his leadership and commitment to Black Hills State University and the Yellow Jacket Football Program and wish him and his family the best," stated Albers. Long has been at Black Hills State for nine seasons, three of which he was the head football coach of the Yellow Jackets. Long became the head coach in 2009 and guided the Yellow Jackets to a 15-15 record.

"My time at Black Hills State has been very special to my family and I. Anytime you are at a place for nine years, the decision to leave is very hard. The university and the town are great places to work and live," said Long. "I would like to thank Jhett Albers for giving me the opportunity to become head coach here, his support as an athletic director was tremendous. At BHSU I have had the opportunity to work with some great coaches who all bought into the Yellow Jacket philosophy. Without them we would not have been able to turn Jacket Football into a top program. The reason I coach is because of the relationships that I have built with our players. At BHSU we have great guys who I love, and I wish them the best of luck in the future."

Long graduated from Sturgis Brown High School in 1995. Following graduation Long attended Chadron State College. There he was a two-time RMAC All-Conference selection at offensive center and also earned Farm Team All-American honors. A two-sport athlete in college, he was also the heavyweight for the Eagle wrestling squad where he was a national qualifier. Long graduated with a bachelor's degree in physical education and health.

Long is married to Kresi Long, a radiologic technologist at Fort Meade Veterans Hopsital, together they have two daughters Kaelee (8), Alivia (6), and a son Carson (2).



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 (16:37:25)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Track and Field Competes In Chadron


The Black Hills State University indoor track and field team competed on Friday, February 3 at the Chadron State Twilight Meet. The Yellow Jackets had a successful meet with three first place finishers.

The Black Hills State women had two first place finishers. Courtney Gross was the top finisher in the 800-meter run with a final time of 2:28.20. The second top finisher for the Black Hills State women came from Tavia Loberg who won the women's long jump with a leap of 13 feet eight and a half inches. Loberg also placed third in the 55-meter dash followed by teammate Aleshia Giesey who finished fourth. Giesey also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash.

The Yellow Jacket men were led by Jacob Wilson, who was the top finisher in the men's high jump with a jump of six feet even. Black Hills State runners Evan Strand and Brock Mickelson finished second and third respectively in the men's 800-meter run. Black Hills State runner Trev Fiedler finished in third place in the mile run.

Black Hills State will return to the track on Saturday, February 11 as they host the Rock and Jock Indoor Open at the Young Center in Spearfish.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, February 07, 2012 (16:24:44)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Track and Field Hosts Yellow Jacket Classic


The Black Hills State University men's and women's track and field teams played host to Montana State-Billings, Rocky Mountain College, and South Dakota School of Mines for the Yellow Jacket Classic indoor meet. The Yellow Jackets had several strong performances in both men's and women's events.

The Yellow Jacket men were led in the sprints by freshman Baker Diede. Diede, a Spearfish native, finished in first place in the men's 200-meter dash with a final time of 23.61 Diede was also an intricate part of the Yellow Jacket men's exciting first place finish in the 4X400 meter relay. The Yellow Jacket distance runners also had a strong showing at Saturday's classic. Trev Fiedler finished third in the mile with a time of 4:43.40.

The Yellow Jacket women once again had a strong showing on their home track. Black Hills State All-American Leigh Anne Bordewyk ran a blistering pace for a 10:41.29 first place finish in the women's 3,000-meter run. The Black Hills State women also finished in first place in the 4X400 meter relay. The Yellow Jacket women also proved their dominance in the field events. Freshman jumper Trisha Koch was the top finisher in the women's long jump with a final distance of 4.88 meters. Koch also finished second in the high jump with a jump of 1.58 meters. The Yellow Jacket women also found success in the thrower's cage. Black Hills State thrower Madison McLaughlin showed her dominance as she won both the women's shot put and weight throw.

Black Hills State will return to action on Sunday, January 22 as they compete in Gillette, Wyoming at the Black Hills State/Chadron State Invitational.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, January 20, 2012 (20:03:30)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Seeking Rodeo Hall of Fame Nominations


Black Hills State University is asking for nominations for induction into the BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame. Nominations to honor former BHSU stand-out competitors and supporters are currently being selected. Those eligible include: stand-out athletes with emphasis on national performers; significant contributors to the University's rodeo program, and former BHSU rodeo coaches and/or advisors.

Eligibility for induction is open to those who have passed away as well as those still living. Inductees will be honored during the Cowboys and Candlelight banquet on March 23. The deadline for nomination submissions is Wednesday, January 18. For more information contact Steve Meeker, vice president of University Advancement, at 642-6228 or Glen Lammers, BHSU rodeo coach at 642-6852.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 (07:43:11)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University volleyball team announced the first addition to the 2012-2013 roster with the signing of Jenna Jordan. Jordan, a setter from Lakewood, Colorado will join the Yellow Jacket family in the fall of 2012 as she pursues a degree in environmental science.

Jordan was named team captain in 2011 as a key orchestrator of Lakewood High School's volleyball team as they competed as one of the top ranked 5A teams in Colorado this season. Jordan's accomplishments also include First Team All-Conference honors in 2011 as part of a team campaign that included a conference championship, district championship, and a regional championship. Jordan helped her team finish the season with a third place overall finish in the Colorado 5A State Tournament.

--The Black Hills State women's softball program has announced the signing of two stand-out athletes in Jordan McCarthy and Joanna Schriver as the newest additions to the 2012-2013 roster. McCarthy and Schriver are the first signees from the class of 2012.

Jordan McCarthy is a native of Parker, Colorado where she will graduate from Ponderosa High School in May 2012. McCarthy is an all-around talent who has experience from the mound as well as at first and third base positions. Her impressive softball resume includes a trip to the USSSA World Series where her team finished fourth. McCarthy has also earned numerous individual honors as a four-year varsity letter winner, a four-year division 5A all-conference selection, and a two-time International ASA/ISF Colorado All Star Team selection.

Joanna "JoJo" Schriver is a native of Rapid City. The Black Hills area softball standout will graduate from Rapid City Central High School in 2012. The three-year varsity letter winner has been part of an ASA three-time national qualifying team. Schriver also helped power her ASA team to a fifth place finish in the 2010 national tournament. JoJo also posted a remarkable .513 batting average for the 2011 high school softball season.

--The BHSU Women's Basketball program has announced the signing of Savanna James from Wasilla, Alaska. James is a 6'1" forward/post and will graduate from Houston High School in the spring of 2012.

Savanna averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 steals, and 5 blocks a game as a junior for the Houston High School Hawks. She played anywhere from point guard to a post position for them. James was also a valuable member of the Tree of Hope Alaska summer league team. This team won numerous tournaments throughout the summer. Savanna caught the eye of many NCAA Division I programs. She had many opportunities to play at that level, but chose Black Hills State University because she loves the feel and atmosphere of the team and University.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, December 26, 2011 (08:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Football Announces 2011 All-Dakota Transition Team


--Black Hills State is in the middle of its transition period from the NAIA to NCAA Division II as several other institutions from North Dakota and South Dakota including; South Dakota School of Mines, Minot State and the University of Sioux Falls. None of these teams were eligible for post-season play or post-season awards.

The head football coaches of those mentioned programs go together to establish the 2011 All-Dakota Transition Team in order to recognize individuals in these programs for their efforts and on-field accomplishments for the 2011 season.

The Yellow Jackets had five athletes receive first team honors including running back Bryar DeSanti, offensive lineman Matt Maidl, defensive lineman Sterling Boylan, linebacker Ryan Lee and defensive back Joey Brown. Black Hills State had ten athletes named second team and four athletes earned honorable mention.

First Team Offense

Bryar DeSanti- Running Back
Matt Maidl- Offensive Lineman

First Team Defense

Sterling Boylan- Defensive Lineman
Ryan Lee- Linebacker
Joey Brown- Defensive Back

Second Team Offense

Drew Nielsen- Running Back
Ryan Fagerstrom- Wide Receiver
Matt Field- Offensive Lineman
Tonn Tetrault- Offensive Lineman

Second Team Defense

Peter Fenster- Defensive Lineman
Michael Pollick- Defensive Lineman
Randall Hill- Linebacker
Matt Grave- Defensive Back

Second Team Special Teams

Joey Brown- Return Specialist
Devin Rounds- Kicker

Honorable Mention

Daniel Hancock- Wide Receiver
Wes Kragt- Quarterback
Reed Reuman- Tight End
Chase Tyson- Defensive Back



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, December 23, 2011 (20:48:54)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State volleyball players Kylee Lam and Caitlin Templeton were honored as part of the All-ICAA Team. The two stand-out players earn recognitions as voted on by the ICAA and the teams that compose the Independent Collegiate Athletic Association.

Junior middle hitter Kylee Lamb received the high honor for the Yellow Jackets as she was named to the Second-Team All-ICAA. The three year starter from Onida, SD finished the season averaging 2.49 kills per set. Lamb recorded a total of 234 kills and 14 service aces during the 2011 campaign. The team captain also tallied 76 total digs on the season to go alongside her team-leading 102 blocks. Lamb was also one of five nominees for the ICAA Player of the Year award.

Third-team volleyball honors went to sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Templeton. Templeton, who was a new addition to the Black Hills State program in the spring of last year, was an instrumental part of the Yellow Jacket team in her first season. Templeton, a native of Rapid City, led the team with a hitting efficiency of .231 and also led the team in kills with 269 through the regular season.

The Yellow Jackets will again look to Lamb and Templeton as they return with the majority of the Black Hills State team for the 2012 season. The Yellow Jackets graduate just two seniors from their roster of 14. Lamb will return for Black Hills State as the lone senior as the team enters its first season in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in the fall of 2012.

--The Black Hills State University men's basketball Head Coach Bradd Schafer announced the signing of Kevin Hanes, a transer student from Monument, Colorado. Hanes will transfer for the spring semester from the University of Northern Colorado.

Hanes is a 6'10" forward that has spent the past few seasons at the University of Northern Colorado. As a freshman a year ago, Kevin was part of the Bears team that won the Big Sky Conference and attended the National Tournament where they were eliminated in the first round by San Diego State University. Kevin played 2.2 minutes per game and averaged 1.2 points per contest.

--Tim Collins has been selected as the Assistant Athletic Director for External Operations at Black Hills State University.

Collins, who is currently assistant men's basketball coach for BHSU, will assume his new duties on a fulltime basis when the 2012 basketball season is completed.

This is Collins' second year as assistant coach at BHSU. He also serves as the adviser for the Student-Athlete Advisory Council and assists with athletic development initiatives.

As the Assistant AD--External Operations, Collins will have the responsibility to plan and coordinate all fundraising activities and events as it applies to the Athletic Department in coordination with the Green and Gold Booster Club, Yellow Jacket Foundation, and Athletic Department.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, December 23, 2011 (20:18:43)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State guard Tommy Earl was named the Independent Collegiate Athletic Association (ICAA) Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his performance at the Carroll College Classic in Helena, Montana. Earl helped propel his team to a 2-0 record on the weekend through two steller offensive performances.

Earl, a junior guard from Casper, Wyoming, averaged 23 points and three assists per game while shooting 67% from the floor in leading his team to win the Carroll College Classic.

Earl has emerged as one of the Yellow Jackets most lethal offensive threats in his first year at Black Hills State. Earl is averaging 14.3 points per game on the season and is the team's second leading scorer behind senior Rob Johnson.

--Black Hills State track and field hosted the first Indoor meet of the 2011-2012 season at the Young Center in Spearfish on Saturday, December 10. The Yellow Jackets had numerous athletes finish in the top spot in their respective events.

The Yellow Jacket women were led in the distance races by junior Erin Curran. Curran took home first place in the mile with a time of 5:04.49 She also finished in first place in the 3,000 mile with a time of 10:39.36. Leigh Anne Bordewyk finished in second in the mile with a time of 5:20.40. Lela Carpenter and Erica Gajda followed Curan with second and third place finishes in the 3,000-meter run.

Madison McLaughlin was the lone champion among the Yellow Jacket throwers. Her heave of 13.89 meters in the women's weight throw was good enough to earn first place.

The Yellow Jacket men's track and field team was led by sprinter and field specialist Riley Miessner. Miessner was the champion in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.42 seconds. Miessner also placed in men's triple jump and 60-meter hurdles. The Yellow Jackets also saw a strong performance from Dan Myer who finished the pole vault in second place with a final vault height of 4.25 meters.

--The Black Hills State University rodeo team is having their annual calendar sale. Calendars can be picked up from any member of the Yellow Jacket rodeo team for a $10 donation. A portion of the donation will benefit the local Spearfish Food Pantry, while the remaining portion will help fund the team's travel expenses for their spring rodeo season.

"We are happy to again offer this fundraising opportunity to our supporters," said Head Coach Glen Lammers. "We have had good success with our calendar fundraiser in past years and we hope that they will be a hot commodity this year as well."

Contact a member of the rodeo team or stop in to the Black Hills State athletic offices at the Young Center in Spearfish to pick up your calendars today.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, December 19, 2011 (07:00:24)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket Holiday Classic Youth Basketball Tournament


The Black Hills State University men's and women's basketball teams will be hosting the fourth annual Yellow Jacket Holiday Classic youth basketball tournament on December 31, 2011 and January 1, 2012. The tournament will have both boys and girls divisions in grades fourth through eighth.

"We are excited to host this tournament again this year," said head women's basketball coach Mark Nore. "It gives us a great opportunity of offer the youth in our area a chance to compete and have fun playing a game we all love."

The tournament format will include a minimum of three games for each team with a team fee of $125.00 per team. The deadline for registration is December 27, 2011. All teams will be ranked by skill level to offer the most competitive and fair tournament possible.

"This tournament is always a lot of fun for the Black Hills State basketball family to host," added head men's basketball coach Bradd Schafer. "Our athletes really enjoy getting a chance to officiate and give back to the youth basketball teams in the area that support us throughout our season."

For the tournament registration form, CLICK HERE.


For more information on The Yellow Jacket Holiday Classic contact Jordan Bauer at Jordan.Bauer@bhsu.edu or at (605) 642-6884.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, December 01, 2011 (08:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University football team defeated South Dakota School of Mines and Technology 48-21 on Saturday at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish. The Yellow Jackets ended their season with a 3-7 overall record.

"When you look at our season we have struggled in the first quarter," said head coach Jay Long. "We emphasized a strong start all week long and our guys responded. I'm proud of our seniors and our whole team. It means a lot to Black Hills State to have the Homestake Trophy back in our possession. I want to congratulate our seniors on a successful career, and wish them the best of luck."

The Yellow Jacket offense utilized two quarterbacks, freshman Ward Anderson finished the game 5-11 for 103 yards and a touchdown and sophomore Wes Kragt went 6-12 for 90 yards and two touchdowns. The Black Hills State ground game was led by sophomore Bryar DeSanti who finished the game with 77 yards. Sophomore running back Drew Neilsen hauled in three catches for 84 yards and a touchdown, Neilsen finished the game with three touchdowns and 124 all-purpose yards.

Leading the charge for the Black Hills State defense was junior Ryan Lee who finished the contest with 8 tackles, three of them for a loss of yards. Junior Sterling Boylan tallied two tackles and had an interception.

--The Black Hills State volleyball team finished the final day of the NCAA Transitional Tournament with an emphatic win over McKendree to finish fifth overall. The Yellow Jackets swept the Bearcats in three straight sets by scores of 25-22, 25-13, 25-23.

"I am very proud of the way our team finished the tournament," said Head Coach Sally Nichols, "Our girls really came together and played for one another. We fed off the energy and support from our fans and we greatly appreciate the time they took to make the trip down to Missouri to support us. We would also like to thank the University and the Black Hills State athletic department for all their support and for giving us the opportunity to compete in this tournament."

The Yellow Jackets finish the season with an overall record of 11-21 and a fifth place finish at the NCAA Transitional Tournament in St. Charles, Missouri.

--The Colorado Chaos Basketball Club has announced that Sheridan, Wyoming shooting guard Riley Ryan has committed to play at Black Hills State University. The 6-foot-5 wingman helped lead the Broncs with 15.4 points per game last season and was a Class 4A all-state selection.

Ryan will be joining former high school teammate Raith Durham as well as former Chaos players Jordan Dolph, Tommy Earl and Austin Maag in Spearfish next season.

--The Black Hills State University men's and women's basketball season tickets and pocket schedules are available to be picked up in the athletic offices at the Young Center in Spearfish.

The Yellow Jacket women will play their first home game on Friday, November 18 as they take on Northern State University. The game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. The first double-header is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22 as both the women and men square off against RMAC opponent Chadron State College. Tip-off for the women starts at 6:00 p.m. and the men will follow with an 8:00 p.m. start time.

The VIP passes for reserved chair-back seating are available for pick-up and will serve as a season pass to all home games. Tickets will also be available for pick-up at all home events at the will call table.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, November 16, 2011 (06:37:33)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University volleyball team lost in five games to rival South Dakota School of Mines on Wednesday night at the Young Center in Spearfish. Despite a strong start, the Yellow Jackets were unable to keep consistent momentum throughout the match and would eventually lose by scores of 15-25, 25-21, 27-29, 25-20, 15-11.

The Yellow Jackets were led early in the match by junior middle hitter Kylee Lamb. Lamb was unstoppable early through the first three sets and would finish the game with 21 kills on 29 attempts with just five errors. Black Hills State tallied more kills, a better hitting percentage, and more assists than the Hardrocker attack.

Freshman libero Kelsey Olson led the team with 25 digs. Sophomore outside hitter Amy O'Neill also recorded 13 digs.

The Yellow Jackets will now travel for their final two regular season matches as they take on former DAC opponents Dickinson State and Minot State. Friday's game against Dickinson will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday's match against Minot State is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

--The Black Hills State men's basketball team fell in their third and final exhibition game of the season on Thursday night. The Yellow Jackets took on host school Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell here on KDSJ. The Tigers came out on top in the contest with a final score of 74-59.

Despite some solid offensive performances from Rob Johnson, Cameron Anderson and Austin Maag, the Yellow Jackets struggled offensively and were unable to overcome the Tigers' hot shooting. Johnson tallied 13 points and seven rebounds, while Anderson added another 14 points and six rebounds of his own. The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by sophomore guard Austin Maag who posted 18 points and four rebounds on the evening. Black Hills State shot just 41% from the free throw line and 13% from behind the arc as a team.

The Yellow Jackets will have a bye weekend before they travel to Colorado to take on Colorado Mines and Metro State in the first two games of the 2011-2012 regular season on November 18 and 19. Friday's game against Colorado Mines is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. Saturday's match-up against Metro State is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. Both games can be heard right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!

--The BHSU women's basketball team will travel to Highmore, South Dakota to participate in the Dennis Bauer Memorial Scholarship Scrimmage. The Yellow Jackets will square off against a team comprised of former collegiate basketball athletes. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. CT on Sunday, November 6 at the Highmore Auditorium.

Black Hills State will compete against a team comprised of former Black Hills State athletes such as Katelynn Lamb, Mandy Brumfield, Brittany Fuhrman and Jenna Bolstad. Other athletes include Kristin Rotert and Maria Boever from South Dakota State University and former Dakota State University standout Katie Bourk.

Admission to the game will be free-will donations to benefit the Dennis Bauer Scholarship Fund. If you cannot attend the game but would still like to donate, please contact Jordan Bauer at 605-280-6666.

--Black Hills State men's and women's basketball season tickets and pocket schedules are available to be picked up in the athletic offices at the Young Center in Spearfish.

The Yellow Jacket women will play their first home game on November 18 as they take on Northern State University. The game is slated to begin at 7 p.m. The first double-header is scheduled for November 22 as both the women and men square off against RMAC opponent Chadron State College. Tip-off for the women is at 6 p.m. and the men will follow with an 8 p.m. start time.

The VIP passes for reserved chair-back seating are available for pick-up and will serve as a season pass to all home games. Tickets will also be available for pick-up at all home games at the will call table.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, November 04, 2011 (05:28:30)



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