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Black Hills State University
   BHSU Football Falls In Season Opener


The Black Hills State University football team squared-off against Grand View University in Spearfish and fell 48-14 to open the 2011 season.

The Yellow Jackets struggled early with three turnovers in the first half. Grand View was able to capitalize on all three turnovers and build a 21-0 lead that they added to throughout the game.

"You can't start a game with three turnovers and expect to win," said head coach Jay Long. "We have to win the turnover battle in order to win the game. We need to be able to ride the highs and when the lows come, we need to be able to get out of them. Our biggest thing is we need to become more consistent."

The Yellow Jackets offense was led by sophomore quarterback Wes Kragt, making his first career start at that position. Kragt was 10-of-19 with one interception and tallied a total of 120 yards through the air and two touchdowns. Kragt also added 30 rushing yards on 11 attempts for the Yellow Jackets.

"We showed some sparks and showed that we can do some things," said Kragt of the team's performance. "We just have to put it all together. We have one game under our belt and now it's time to go get a win next week."

Black Hills State will return to action on Saturday, September 3 as the team takes on Wisconsin-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. MST. The game will be broadcast live right here on 980 AM KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, August 28, 2011 (21:30:56)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State Football team will begin their 2011 season at home this Saturday against Grand View, Iowa. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m. from Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish. Tune in to KDSJ for a special one-hour pregame show beginning at noon. You can catch all the action of each game right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!

--Black Hills State University season tickets are now on sale. All-sport season tickets for reserved seats are $300 for adults, $150 for those 6-18 years old and $150 for those 65 and older. For general admission, prices are $200 for adults, $50 for those 6 to 18 and $50 for those 65 and older.

For more information, call 642-6832.

--BHSU Volleyball coach Sally Nichols has announced the game times for the scrimmage with Montana State-Billings and Augustana set for Friday, August 26.

The Yellow Jackets will take to the court at 1 p.m. against Augustana. The 2 p.m. match will feature Augustana playing Montana State- Billings. The day will conclude with Black Hills State squaring off against Montana State-Billings at 3 p.m.

"This scrimmage will be a great test to see how we are progressing this fall," said Nichols. "Montana State-Billings and Augustana will show us what kind of competition lies ahead at the NCAA Division II level."

The scrimmage was originally scheduled for Saturday and was moved to Friday to avoid conflicts. The Yellow Jackets will begin the regular season against Waldorf at the University of Sioux Falls Tournament on Friday, September 2. Match time is set for 1 p.m. MST.

--The Black Hills State athletic department will host weekly "Green and Gold Luncheons" on Tuesdays during the school year.

"The Green and Gold Luncheons allow alumni, fans and boosters a behind the scenes look at the Yellow Jacket athletic program," said Director of Athletics Jhett Albers. "Anyone who is interested in Black Hills State athletics is welcome to attend."

Each luncheon will feature coaches and student-athletes from the sports that are in season. The coaches and student-athletes will discuss what is happening in the Yellow Jacket athletic program.

All luncheons will begin at 12 noon. The cost to attend is $10 per person and includes lunch. The luncheons are open to the public. The next gathering will be August 30 at the Cedar House Restaurant in Spearfish.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 (04:08:46)


Black Hills State University
   Football Prepares For Upcoming Season


The Black Hills State University football team is making its final preparations before the season opener against Grand View on Aug. 27.

"Every year is different," said head coach Jay Long. "Each year we go out and try to out work, out hit, and out play our opponent."

Defensively, Black Hills State held opponents to 73 yards rushing and 193 passing yards per contest during the 2010 campaign. The Yellow Jackets will look for juniors Trent Turbiville and Ryan Lee to step up as leaders of the defense. Lee and Turbiville finished the 2010 campaign with 55 and 53 tackles, respectively.

"We graduated six seniors on defense," said junior Trent Turbiville. "I learned from all-conference players like Richard Fairhead and Forest Sainsbury. They have taught me what it takes to be a Yellow Jacket. They left big shoes to fill, but we are working hard to fill them."

Last season, the Yellow Jackets relied heavily on the running game led by freshmen Drew Nielsen and Bryar Desanti. Black Hills State will look to sophomore quarterback Wes Kragt to run the offense. Kragt played as a slot receiver for the Yellow Jackets last year and is very familiar with the offensive game plan for Black Hills State.

"I feel that my experience at receiver will help me lead the receivers group," said Kragt. "My main focus this offseason has been on my footwork. I have been really working on those three and five step drops. I'm excited for this season. We have been working hard in the weight room as well as on the field."

The Yellow Jackets will take to the gridiron on Saturday, August 27 to take on Grand View at Lyle Hare Stadium in Spearfish, S.D. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. MT. You can hear the season opener and all the Yellow Jacket football games this season on your home for the Yellow Jackets KDSJ and online at kdsj980.com.

Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (605) 642-6882. Single game tickets are available at the gate on game day.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, August 19, 2011 (16:42:06)


Black Hills State University
   Volleyball Ready To Compete Under New Head Coach


The Black Hills State University volleyball team will continue to transition to NCAA Division II under first year head coach Sally Nichols this season.

"I'm excited to carry on the Yellow Jacket tradition," said head coach Sally Nichols. "I enjoyed my time coaching at the high school level, but I'm excited to be at Black Hills State to take on new challenges. I feel that my experience playing at the collegiate level will be a positive as we transition to NCAA Division II."

The Yellow Jackets have been approved to join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference beginning in 2012-13. This season will be a transitional year and will be capped off by the NCAA Division II Candidacy Tournament featuring other teams moving from the NAIA to the NCAA.

"This season is truly a new beginning," said junior Kylee Lamb. "We have a new coach, we will be joining a new conference, and we are moving to NCAA Division II. We know we are going to be facing tough competition and we have to work hard to compete. We are working hard every day to get better."

The Yellow Jackets finished last season 13-20 overall with a 7-7 mark in Dakota Athletic Conference play. Black Hills State will roster a young team with two seniors and one junior. The Yellow Jackets will look for contributions from a strong sophomore class and incoming freshman.

"We have a large number of freshmen coming in and we are really excited to see what they can contribute to the team," added senior Kayla Drieling. "Ultimately, our goal this year is to win the NCAA Division II Candidacy Tournament."

The Yellow Jacket volleyball team will host an inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday, August 20 at 10 a.m. MT. The team will also host a preseason scrimmage on Saturday, August 27. Black Hills State will open the regular season on September 2 at the University of Sioux Falls Tournament.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, August 19, 2011 (16:40:12)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State football team has reported for fall camp. Black Hills State will open the season at home against Grand View, Iowa on Saturday, August 27. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. right here on 980 AM KDSJ. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 642-6882. Single game tickets are available at the gate on game day.

--The BHSU Volleyball team has reported to camp as well. Black Hills State will open the season in Sioux Falls against Waldorf on Friday, September 2 at 1 p.m. MST. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling 642-6882. Single game tickets are available at the door on game day.

--The Black Hills State women's basketball program will be hosting its annual golf tournament on Friday, August 19 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.

Activities will begin at 12 noon with check-in and a putting contest. Tee-off is at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament format is a 9-hole, three-person scramble. The entry fee for the tournamnet is $60 per person. To register for the tournament, contact Jordan Bauer at 642-6884.

--Black Hills State University and the Yellow Jacket Foundation will be giving away a 2011 Jeep Wrangler or $10,000 cash during the 2011 "Swarm Day." The raffle ticket winner may choose between the Jeep Wrangler and the cash prize.

"By participating in this raffle," said Athletic Director Jhett Albers, "you will be supporting Black Hills State Athletics and more importantly, our quality student-athletes."

The drawing will be held on "Swarm Day" 2011. The raffle winner does not need to be present to win. Tickets are $50 each and more than one can be purchased. Only 999 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are being sold at the Donald E. Young Center. Stop in and register to win or contact John Kietzmann at 642-6832.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, August 16, 2011 (02:45:59)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Names Mischke As Head Track and Field Coach


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers announced today the hiring of Seth Mischke as the new head track and field coach.

"Seth is a great fit for the Yellow Jacket track and field program," said Albers. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position. We are looking forward to the future of the program under his leadership."

Mischke, a native of Worland Wyo., previously served as both the head track and field and head cross country coach for the past 12 seasons at St. Cloud State. Prior to becoming the head coach at St. Cloud State, Mischke served as an assistant coach for two seasons.

"I am very excited to be a part of the Black Hills State Athletic Department as we move into a new division and conference." said Mischke. "The tradition that Black Hills State has in track and cross country is impressive and I feel very strongly about the possibilities here."

During his tenure at St. Cloud State, the Husky programs produced 17 All-Americans (44 All-American awards) including one national champion, four runners-up and three third place finishers. His programs combined to break 43 men's and women's indoor and outdoor school records at St. Cloud State. Mischke sent 27 student-athletes to the national meet as qualifiers and coached 21 individual conference champions competing in both the North Central Conference (NCC) and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).

Mischke has twice been named the conference coach of the year. In 2005, he was named the NCC men's indoor track and field coach of the year and during the 2011 season, Mischke was named the NSIC men's outdoor track and field coach of the year.

A graduate from the University of Minnesota in 1997, Mischke was a consistent performer on the Golden Gophers squad. He was twice named a team captain. His best finishes at the Big Ten Conference meet came in 1997. At the indoor meet he finished second in the pole vault and at the outdoor meet he placed third in the decathlon. Mischke's personal bests during his collegiate career were clearing a height of 17'3" in the pole vault and scoring 7,026 points in the decathlon.

Mischke stated, "I look forward to the process of helping the student/athletes achieve their academic and athletic goals while at Black Hills State. I can't wait to get started."



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, August 03, 2011 (01:33:38)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Volleyball Adds Fagnant


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

Black Hills State University Head Volleyball Coach Sally Nichols announced the addition of Jackie Fagnant to the 2011 roster.

"Jackie will be a great addition to the Yellow Jacket program," said Nichols. "She brings an energy to the court as soon as she laces up her shoes. Every day she wants to get better and that will help make us a better team."

Fagnant, a native of Rawlins, Wyoming, graduated from Rawlins High School in 2011. Fagnant was a four-year varsity letter winner at Rawlins where she played both setter and outside hitter. She was named to the Wyoming All-State team and earned all-conference honors for her play on the court in hte 2010 season. In 2009, she received all-conference honorable mention honors. Also, during her high school career, Fagnant was named the team MVP, the "Unsung Hero", and earned the "Most Dedicated" award.

Fagnant graduated high school with a 3.5 grade point average. She is the daughter of David and Pam Fagnant.

The Yellow Jackets will open the regular season on the road in Sioux Falls against Waldorf on September 2.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, July 27, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket Basketball Teams Unveil 2011-2012 Schedules


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

--The Black Hills State University men's basketball team will play 11 home games during the 2011-2012 season.

The Yellow Jackets will open the regular season on the road against future Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado School of Mines and Metro State on November 18 and 19 in Golden and Denver, respectively. The Yellow Jackets will hold their home opener on November 22 against Chadron State.

Black Hills State will host the Perkins Classic on December 29-30 in Spearfish. The teams participating in this year's tournament will be Dakota Wesleyan, Montana Tech and South Dakota School of Mines. A number of former Dakota Athletic Conference opponents also appear on the schedule including South Dakota School of Mines, Dickinson State, Dakota State and Minot State.

--Black Hills State Head Women's Basketball Coach Mark Nore announced the 2011-2012 women's basketball schedule.

The Yellow Jackets will open the season in Branson, Missouri to take on College of the Ozarks and John Brown on November 11-12. The home opener for Black Hills State will be on November 18 against Northern State. The team will also face Chadron State, future RMAC opponent, at home on November 22.

Both Yellow Jacket basketball teams are not eligible for any postseason play this season as the university continues the transition from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. Black Hills State will join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference in 2012-2013.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 14, 2011 (02:34:55)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University women's basketball program has added local standout and Sturgis native Carsey Barden to the 2011-2012 roster.

Barden, a 5'11" guard from Sturgis Brown High School, averaged 19.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4 steals per game as a senior for the Scoopers. She is a two-time Class AA South Dakota All-State Selection. Barden was named all-conference four times in the Greater Dakota Conference.

"We are extremely excited about Carsey's decision to play at Black Hills State University," said head coach Mark Nore. "Carsey has been coming to our summer camps since she was in middle school. We know what kind of person she is and what she can add to our team."

In 2009, Barden received multiple honors including being named to the South Dakota All-State tournament team and was named an All-American by Miss Basketball Showcase. She was named to the Argus Leader's "2nd 5" and earned the Rapid City Journal's "Best of the West Award." Barden scored 41 points in a game her senior year and also scored a remarkable 34 straight points in a game.

Nore added, "It is always nice to sign local stand out players and keep them close to home. Carsey is a tough match-up for opponents. She is a player that can score in a variety of ways and has exceptional vision on the court to go along with a high basketball IQ. We are excited to welcome Carsey to the Yellow Jacket basketball family."

--Black Hills State University has been approved to move into Year Two of candidacy for Division II membership effective Sept. 1.

“This is another big step in our transition to NCAA Division II,” said Jhett Albers, Director of Athletics. “We began this process to better serve our student-athletes. We strongly believe that this transition to NCAA Division II will offer our student-athletes a great experience both athletically and academically.”

The Yellow Jackets are one of eight schools that moved into Year Two of candidacy. Other institutions advancing to Year Two of candidacy are California Baptist University, Lindenwood University, Malone University, McKendree University, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Ursuline College, and Walsh University.

Black Hills State will become a full member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) beginning in the 2012-13 season. This season, the Yellow Jackets will play an independent schedule and will be an associate member of the RMAC in softball.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, July 14, 2011 (02:23:34)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University had 11 teams named as NAIA Scholar Teams for their efforts in the classroom during the 2010-2011 academic year.

"The success of our student-athletes in the classroom is a top priority for the Yellow Jacket athletic program," said Jhett Albers, Director of Athletics. "I am very proud of what the student-athletes have accomplished. The efforts of the students, with assistance from coaches, faculty and staff, made it possible for Black Hills State to have 11 teams with an average GPA of 3.0 and higher."

The women's cross country team had the highest team grade point average (GPA) with an average of 3.42. Men's cross country and women's basketball tied for second with a 3.31 GPA. The eight other teams to qualify were women's golf (3.28), women's indoor track and field (3.15), women's outdoor track and field (3.14), men's outdoor track and field (3.13), men's indoor track and field (3.10), volleyball (3.05), softball (3.03) and men's basketball (3.01).

For a team to be considered for the NAIA Scholar Team award, it must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) as defined by the institution. The team grade point average includes all varsity student-athletes certified as eligible.

--The Black Hills State men's basketball team has added Keeton Tucker and Raith Durham to the 2011-2012 roster.

Tucker, a native of Kemmerer, Wyoming, is a 6'8" forward. Tucker is transferring in to Black Hills State from Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Last season, he started 30 games for Northwest and averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds per game. Tucker attended Kemmerer High School and was named to both the all-conference team and the all-state team during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Tucker will be a junior.

Durham, a 6'0" guard from Sheridan, Wyoming, will be a freshman for the Yellow Jackets. He was the starting point guard for Sheridan for the past three seasons and helped his squad to a 19-9 record during the 2010-11 campaign. Durham played both football and basketball in high school and was named as an all-conference performer in 2010 and 2011.

Tucker and Durham will join Ryan Allen, Tommy Earl, Mitchell Foth, Austin Maag, Joey Mitchell and Isaac Parsons as new squad members next season.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, July 09, 2011 (17:29:29)


Black Hills State University
   Lab School Reunion Planned


Former teachers, friends, and attendees of the Lab School, which was located on the Black Hills State University campus from 1895 until 1963, are invited to a reunion July1 from 2-4 p.m. in the E.Y. Berry Library Learning Center at BHSU.

The Lab school reunion is being held in conjunction with the Spearfish All School reunion that weekend. Attending the Lab School conjures up fond memories including being instructed by college students, performing the annual Christmas programs on the Woodburn Stage, having kite flying contests, planting spring gardens, and competing against public school students in athletic events.

Reunion organizers, Charles Schad, Norm Edwards, Julie Weidensee Pechota, and Sue Fulleton, note that the reunion is open to all former classmates, teachers, friends, student, and anyone else who is interested. People interested in attending are encouraged to register online by CLICKING HERE.

The Lab School offered kindergarten through eighth grade education for community children while providing practice teaching opportunities for college students pursuing their teaching certificates and degrees from BHSU. The actual Lab School building, which was located where the E. Y. Berry Library Learning Center is now, was in use from 1907 until the mid-60s.

Through the decades, college presidents took great pride in providing this educational opportunity for the community and were closely involved in the school often making presentations to the students and participating in classroom activities. The children and staff of the Lab school were included in a wide range of campus activities including Swarm Day events as well as attendance at fine arts events and athletic competitions. In 1958 the Lab School children were prominent in a dance and music pageant that marked the University’s 75 th anniversary.

The first lab school classes were held in Normal Hall beginning in 1895. As enrollment grew, more rooms were made available in Wenona Cook Hall. According to Schad, the school primarily served children of faculty and staff who worked on campus as well as children from the western part of the county.

According to a history of the Lab School prepared by Paul Higbee, in 1903 there were 100 children enrolled and in 1905 that number had increased to 179 students. To accommodate the demand, a new building on campus, which was then known as the Science Hall, became the Lab School. This building remained in use until the mid-60s with only a brief interruption due to a fire on campus in the mid 20s.

For more information about the reunion please contact Edwards at 642-3555 or Schad at 722-2830.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, June 24, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Win A Hunting Trip With The BHSU Football Staff


Black Hills State University has opened online bidding on a two-day pheasant hunt with the Yellow Jacket football staff as well as other items. The online auctions will lead to the Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction presented by the Stadium Sports Grill this Saturday, June 25.

The winning bidder on the hunting package will receive a two-day hunt with the football coaching staff that will take place in prime pheasant country. The hunting ground is located between Kennebec and Presho, SD on Yellow Jacket supporter Mike Reuman's land. The successful bidder will be responsible for supplying guns, ammunition, license, lodging and meals. The winning bidder can bring their own dogs, but it is not necessary. The hunt must take place in December at a mutually agreed upon date. The package is valued at over $4,800.

Another item available to bid on online is a Devil's Tower Golf Package. The winning bidder will receive four rounds of golf including the use of carts at The Golf Club at Devil's Tower located in Hulett, WY. The package is valued at over $500.

The online auction is part of the upcoming Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction presented by the Stadium Sports Grill. The event will take place at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club in Spearfish on Saturday, June 25. Details are available online by CLICKING HERE.

For more information and to make reservations for the golf tournament or dinner, call 642-6385.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, June 21, 2011 (03:34:37)


Black Hills State University
   22nd Annual Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction


The 22nd Annual Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction presented by the Stadium Sports Grill will be held on Saturday, June 25 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club. The format for this year's Yellow Jacket Golf Classic and Auction is:

11:00 a.m.- Registration and Putting Contest
1:00 p.m.- 18-hole Scramble with a shotgun start (Rain or Shine)
6:30 p.m.- Auction and Dinner at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club

This year's entry fee for the golf tournament is $125 per player and includes 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, and a ticket to the auction and dinner. Prizes will be awarded for hole contests and in multiple team divisions. To reserve your spot in the Yellow Jacket golf tournament, fill out the entry form by CLICKING HERE.

The golf tournament is limited to the first 144 golfers to register and the deadline for entry is June 10. Additional tickets to the auction and dinner can be purchased for $25 each.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 02, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Second Annual Crow Peak 5K


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

Black Hills State University will hold the Second Annual Crow Peak 5K Run on June 11 at 10 a.m. in Spearfish.

The event includes a 5K run and a 1K kid’s race. In the 5K race, awards will be given to the top three overall male and female finishers. Racers will also have a chance to “Predict Your Time.” Winners in this category will be determined by those who complete the course closest to their predicted time. Participants can run, jog or walk during this event. Prizes will be given to the top three participants closest to their predicted time. The kid’s 1K race is for ages 12 and under. All participants in the kid’s race will receive a certificate.

The start and finish line will be from the Crow Peak Brewery located at 115 West Highway 14. Participants in the race will receive a t-shirt and be eligible for door prizes. Pancakes, sausage, beverages and snacks will also be available to race participants.

All those interested in the race can pre-register before June 4 to receive a discount. The “early bird” prices are $20 for the 5K and $10 for the 1K kid’s race. Race day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. The entry fee on race day is $22 for the 5K and $12 for the kid’s race. Registration forms can be found at the Donald E. Young Sports and Fitness Center, Crow Peak Brewery, or by CLICKING HERE.

The event is co-sponsored by Crow Peak Brewery, Pioneer Bank & Trust, Common Grounds, Subway, Walmart, and The Stadium Sports Grill. Contact Scott Walkinshaw by phone at (605) 642-6486 or via e-mail at Scott.Walkinshaw@BHSU.edu for more information on the race.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, June 02, 2011 (03:10:41)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers announced the resignation of head track and field coach Travis Covey.

"Travis did a great job in developing our student-athletes talent on the track," said Albers. "We wish him the best in his future endeavors."

During his tenure as head coach, Covey lead the Yellow Jackets to three Dakota Athletic Conference titles: one indoor women's championship and two women's outdoor titles.

"I have had the honor and privilege to work with great student athletes here at Black Hills State University," said Covey. "I wish the student-athletes the very best of luck in the future and I am looking forward to pursuing other opportunities."

Black Hills State will now begin a search for a new head coach.

"We will now focus on looking for the most qualified and best candidate to fill the vacant position," said Albers. "We will begin that process immediately."

--Dickinson State is the winner of the DAC Commissioner's Cup for the 2010-11 academic year.

DSU compiled 79 points to win the award for the third straight year and fifth time in the last six years. Black Hills State was second with 75 points.

The Blue Hawks won five conference titles during the year (co-champions in volleyball, outright winners in football, indoor men's track and field, outdoor men's track and field and softball). Black Hills State captured six conference championships (women's cross country, men's cross country, women's basketball, men's basketball, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field).

The Commissioner's Cup is awarded to the member institution with the best overall record in conference competition. Points are given based on each school's finish in conference sports that include a conference championship.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 (01:36:44)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU To Join RMAC In 2012-13


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

After an extensive review of potential members, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Presidents Council voted Thursday to add Black Hills State University to the conference in 2012-13, announced Dr. Jim Fries, chair of the RMAC Presidents Council.

“We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to bring in Black Hills State as a full member of the RMAC,” said Dr. Fries. “They are an excellent fit in our conference both academically and athletically.

“The RMAC is one of the primary reasons we chose to move to (NCAA) Division II,” said Black Hills State President Dr. Kay Schallenkamp. “The institutions in the conference are very similar to Black Hills State and we welcome the athletic competitiveness in the league. This is great news for students, fans, and alumni. Joining the RMAC will create extraordinary opportunities for our scholar-athletes and build exceptional recognition for the University.”

BHSU will be the 14th member of the league beginning in 2012. The Yellow Jackets will also join the RMAC next year as an associate member in softball. With the addition of BHSU, and Colorado Christian starting softball next season, the RMAC will have 14 softball playing institutions in 2012.

“We are very excited to join the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference,” said Jhett Albers, Director of Athletics. “The RMAC is a competitive league and a great fit for the University and our student-athletes.”

“The RMAC is excited to include Black Hills State as a member,” said RMAC Commissioner Joel R. Smith. “They have a first class institution and athletic program that aligns well with our other members.”

Black Hills State is in the first year of NCAA Division II candidacy membership. The Yellow Jackets will enter NCAA Division II candidacy membership next year, and will be an NCAA Division II provisional member in 2012-13. Upon becoming a full NCAA member in 2013-14, BHSU will then be eligible for all NCAA and conference championships.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, May 30, 2011 (21:21:57)


Black Hills State University
   NAIA Track And Field Championships


The Black Hills State University track and field team competed in the first day of the NAIA National Outdoor Championships on Thursday in Marion, Ind.

Lisa Koch-Nicholas started the day off for the Yellow Jackets in the heptathlon. Currently, she is in 12th place with 2,155 points. Koch-Nicholas will complete the heptathlon tomorrow. Cody Milbourn finished third in the hammer throw with a toss of 175'8" (53.54 meters). Lory Johnson also competed in the hammer throw and placed 18th after posting a mark of 149'3" (45.5 meters). In the long jump, Andrijana Andric finished in 23rd after a jump of 16'4.5" (4.99 meters). Results for the women's pole vault were unavailable.

Black Hills State had a lot of success on the track on Thursday. Mila Andric qualified for the semifinals in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles. She won her heat and was third overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.98 seconds. In the 400-meter hurdles, she won her heat and is second overall after posting a time of 1:01.43. The women's 400-meter relay team also qualified for the semifinals 16th overall in a time of 48.20 seconds. Courtney Dickson and Abi Bever both competed in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Dickson finished 16th in a time of 11:20.73 and Bever placed 18th in a time of 11:31.19.

On the men's side, Cole Nicholas landed in 19th place in the hammer throw. Nicholas posted a mark of 165'8" (50.49 meters). Jed Morgan and Mitch Kraft both qualified for the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Morgan finished ninth and Kraft 11th in the prelims after posting times of 9:17.60 and 9:24.35, respectively. Laine Parish ran the 10,000-meter run in 30:54.10 to place 16th.

Black Hills State will continue competition at the NAIA National Championships on Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, May 27, 2011 (20:55:00)


Black Hills State University
   Basketball Night At The Chophouse


The Black Hills State University men's basketball team will be holding "Basketball Night at the Chophouse" on Friday, May 20.

The night will begin at 4 p.m. and run until close. Patrons are invited to drop in at any time during the evening and choose from three different entrees including rib-eye, chicken, or salmon. The evening will include entertainment including live music.

Each entree is $30 and 50% of each meal purchased will go toward the Tom and Joan Finn Scholarship Fund. The men's basketball scholarship is named for Tom and Joan Finn, longtime Yellow Jacket supporters and avid basketball fans.

Reservations are welcome and can be placed by calling 642-1134. For more information on "Basketball Night at the Chophouse," contact Tim Collins at 605-639-0134.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 (02:15:12)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Lady Yellow Jacket Mila Andric, Freshman from Belgrade, Serbia was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week. Andric won four individual events and was part of a championship relay team at the DAC Meet in Spearfish. She ran national qualifying times in each event. Andric won the 200 meters in 24.65, the 400 meters in 57.02, the 100 meter hurdles in 13.92 and the 400 meter hurdles in 1:02.81. Her 4X100 relay team ran 47.84.

--Cody Milbourn was named the DAC Female Field Athlete of the Week. Milbourn, a junior from Cheyenne, Wyoming won the shot put and hammer throw in national qualifying distances and finished second in the discus at the DAC Meet in Spearfish. She won the shot put with a throw of 13.31 meters and the hammer throw with a toss of 52.44 meters and placed second in the discus with a throw of 41.88 meters.

--The Black Hills State women won their sixth straight conference outdoor track and field title at the DAC Meet on Friday. The Yellow Jackets picked up 13 individual conference champions as they won the women's conference crown with 310 points.

Andrijana Andric was the Overall Performer of the Meet. Her fellow teammates, Mila Andric and Cody Milbourn, earned the Track Athlete and Field Athlete of the Meet honors. Head Coach Travis Covey and Jim Clark of Jamestown were voted the Co-Coaches of the Year.

Black Hills State will now travel to Marion, Indiana to compete in the NAIA National Championships on May 26-28.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 (02:13:57)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University women's rodeo team captured the Great Plains Region Year End Championship Title at the final rodeo of the regular season in the Great Plains Region at the Blue Hawk Stampede in Dickinson, North Dakota. The men's team concluded the season in third place in the region. Glen Lammers, BHSU Rodeo Coach, was also named Coach of the Year for the Great Plains Region.

Joey Painter, Buffalo, took home honors of all-around cowgirl, as well as the goat tying and breakaway championships for the region. On the men's team, Tye Hale, White Owl, received reserve all-around cowboy and finished in third place in the team roping. Taylor Williams, Volborg, Montana, received the reserve champion heeler for the region.

--Six BHSU rodeo team members recently qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo (CNFR) that will be held in Casper, Wyoming, June 12-18. Qualified rodeo team members include: Taylor Williams, junior from Volborg, Montana, in team roping; Jordyn Johnson, junior from Sturgis, in breakaway roping; Joey Painter, sophomore from Buffalo, in breakaway roping and goat tying; Tye Hale, junior from White Owl, in tie down roping and team roping; Lexy Smith, junior from Flandreau, in breakaway roping; and Jamie Britton, sophomore from Buffalo, in goat tying.

--Minot State held off regular season champion Dickinson State to win the DAC Post-Season Softball Tournament and earn a berth to the NAIA National Tournament. After falling to the Blue Hawks, 3-2, in the first championship game of the double elimination tournament on Saturday, the Beavers then topped Dickinson State on Sunday, 4-2, to win the tourney title and earn the trip to the NAIA National Tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 19-25.

--Black Hills State freshman softball player Kelsie Chambers was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.

Chambers, a native of Rapid City, finished the season with 11 homeruns and 33 RBIs. She had a .394 batting average and a slugging percentage of .768. Chambers was also selected as Black Hills State's only all-conference student athlete. She earned the conference's gold glove award for her play at third base.

During the 2010-2011 season, the Yellow Jackets were 10-27 overall and 4-12 in conference play.

--The Yellow Jacket track and field team finished competition on Saturday at the 87th Annual Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls.

Mila Andric placed second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.10 seconds. Breanna Janovy finished third in the discus with a toss of 141'0". Cody Milbourn placed ninth in the discus after a mark of 125'1".

In the men's 100-meter dash, Chad Hofkamp ran a time of 11.14 seconds in the preliminary round and then 11.23 seconds in the finals to place seventh overall.

--BHSU freshman Mila Andric was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Female Track Athlete of the Week for her performance at the Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

Andric, a freshman from Belgrade, Serbia, placed third in the 200-meter dash in a time of 24.53 and was second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.10 seconds.

--DAC track and field teams will converge on Spearfish for the DAC Championships on Friday, May 13. Field events will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the running events starting at 11:00 with the 10,000-meter run. Black Hills State is looking for their sixth consecutive women's conference title, while Dickinson State is seeking their eighth straight men's conference championship.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 (02:17:20)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Names Nichols As Head Volleyball Coach


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers announced that Sally Nichols has been named head volleyball coach beginning on June 1.

"Sally will be an outstanding addition to the Black Hills State volleyball program," said Albers. "She has a positive attitude and brings a lot of experience. Sally is a great fit for Yellow Jacket Athletics."

In her previous role, Nichols served as the head coach at Natrona High School in Casper, Wyo. Nichols held that position for four years where she was also the strength and conditioning coach during the summer. In her first year at Natrona, she led her team to a 30-5 record and the 4A Wyoming State Championship. In 2008, Nichols' squad posted a 29-5 record and was the state runner-up. During the 2009 season, Natrona went 31-10 and placed fourth at the state tournament. During her tenure at Natrona, Nichols earned numerous awards and honors including the 4A West Regional Coach of the Year, 4A State Coach of the Year, and selected to coach the 4A North All-Star team. Nichols helped produce two NCAA Division I, one NCAA Division II, one NAIA, and two junior college athletes during her coaching career.

"BHSU offers my family and I immense opportunities. We love the area and we are eager to engrain ourselves in the community," said Nichols.

Prior to joining Natrona's coaching staff, Nichols was a graduate assistant coach at Montana State-Billings. She assisted the head coach with the recruiting for the volleyball program in Billings and assisted with strength and conditioning. Nichols also served previously as the head coach at Hill-Murray High School in St. Paul, Minn. In this role, she oversaw over 60 athletes in six levels of volleyball from the middle school to the high school varsity level. Nichols was honored with the Conference Coach of the Year as well as Section Coach of the Year while at Hill-Murray.

Nichols, a native of Lusk, Wyo., received her bachelor's of science degree in environmental science from Rocky Mountain College in 2001. She earned her master's degree in sports management from Montana State-Billings in 2004. Nichols is married to Anthony Nichols, an elementary teacher, and together the couple has three children: Lily Belle (5), Tatum Cash (2), and Griffin Quinn (3 mo.). In her free time, Nichols enjoys sewing and gardening.

"I am very excited to be a part of the journey into Division II," said Nichols. "There is a great group of returning players and recruits coming on board. I just cannot wait to get started."

Last season, the Yellow Jackets went 13-20 overall and 7-7 in the Dakota Athletic Conference. Black Hills State will return 10 members from last year's roster. The Yellow Jackets will open the 2011 season at the Sioux Fall Tournament against Waldorf on Sept. 2.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, May 07, 2011 (22:18:31)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket Women's Basketball Signs Cowan


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University women's basketball team has signed Logan Cowan to a National Letter of Intent for the 2011-2012 season.

Cowan, a 6'1" senior from Highmore, South Dakota, was a post player for Highmore-Harrold High School. She averaged a double-double during her senior year scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 rebounds a game for the Pirates. Cowan was a third-team all-state selection and helped her team to a 23-2 record. She was voted MVP of the three class shoot-out.

"We are extremely excited about Logan's decision to be a Yellow Jacket," said head coach Mark Nore. "She is a true back-to-the-basket player that has some of the best hands I have seen. She comes from a great program that has seen a lot of success over the last few years. In the last four years her team has won 74 games."

Nore commented, "Logan has a tremendous upside to her game. She has a soft touch inside with tremendous strength to go along with that. Once she gets used to the speed and tempo of the collegiate game she could be a force to be reckoned with."

Cowan is also successful in the classroom. She is the president of the National Honor Society, has received four years of the academic letter, three years member of the merit honor, and co-valedictorian along with fellow Yellow Jacket signee Bailey Kusser. Cowan has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her career.

"We have had a lot of success signing top notch kids from that Highmore community. We are thankful that they embrace Black Hills State as much as we embrace them. Logan has great character, gets it done in the classroom and competes on the floor. We couldn't ask for anything else and are very excited to welcome her to our family," remarked Nore.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, May 06, 2011 (01:09:17)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University track and field teams completed the Dakota Athletic Conference Multi-Events in Dickinson, North Dakota on Monday. On the women's side, Lisa Koch-Nicholas finished in second place with 4,236 points. Jamestown's Sarah Skipper won the event with 4,657 points. Ana Andric placed third with 3,989 points. Ehrin Fuhrmann landed in sixth place with 3,375 points. Black Hills State scored 17 total points that will count toward the DAC title. The Yellow Jackets trail Jamestown with 20 points.

On the men's side, Riley Meissner finished in sixth place with 4,373 points. Kyle Chapman and Phil Repasky were both unable to complete the decathlon. Black Hills State scored three team points that will count towards the final conference standings.

The Yellow Jackets will travel next to Sioux Falls on May 6-7 for the Howard Wood Relays.

--Black Hills State's Courtney Dickson was named the DAC female athlete of the week for her efforts at the Yellow Jacket Open last week.

Dickson, a freshman from Cavour, South Dakota, won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 19:05.18 and finished second in the 1,500-meter run posting a time of 4:55.72. The Yellow Jacket Open was held last Thursday in Spearfish.

--The Black Hills State Softball team will travel to Minot, North Dakota this weekend for the DAC Softball Tournament. The Yellow Jackets enter the double-elimination tournament as the #6 seed. They will square off against #3 seed Valley City State on Friday, May 6 at 11:30 a.m. MST in the opening round. Keep it here on 980 AM KDSJ for updates on how the Yellow Jackets do at the tournament.

The tournament champion will qualify for the NAIA National Tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama on May 19-25.

--Black Hills State sophomore Brandi Holmes has been named to the Dakota Athletic Conference women's golf all-conference team for her efforts during the 2010-2011 season.

Holmes, a native of Cody, Wyoming, has been an all-conference selection in each of the past two seasons. This season, her best finish came at the Minot State Invitational on September 26-27 when she won the individual tournament title. Her best round came at the Palace City Classic on October 1 when she posted a score of 81.

"Brandi works really hard," said head coach Jaime Bentley. "I am glad that she was able to be recognized by the conference for her efforts this season."

Black Hills State wrapped up the 2010-2011 season on April 21, finishing third in the BHSU Invitational.

--The Black Hills State volleyball team announced the addition of Holly Hamlin, a 5'11" senior from Highmore, South Dakota to the 2011 roster.

Hamlin was a three sport athlete for the Highmore-Harrold Pirates. She earned varsity letters in volleyball (4), basketball (4) and track and field (4). Hamlin was named all-conference in volleyball in 2008, 2009 and 2010 and all-conference in basketball in 2009, 2010, 2011. Hamlin has recorded over 1,400 kills in volleyball and 1,000 career points in basketball.

The Yellow Jackets will begin the 2011 season against Waldorf University as part of the University of Sioux Falls Tournament on September 2.

--Former Yellow Jacket football players Wacey Coleman and Richard Fairhead participated in the Victory Sports Network Senior Classic in Salina, Kansas on Saturday.

Coleman finished the game with five tackles, one tackle-for-loss and half a sack while teammate Richard Fairhead finished the contest with four tackles. The two Yellow Jackets played on the "Americans" who fell to the "Nationals" by a score of 17-13. The game represented the 5th annual Victory Sports Network Senior Classic.

"It was fun being able to play against all the different guys," said Fairhead. "I enjoyed meeting the guys that I had been playing against for four years face to face. It was good competition, a fun game and a great chance to put the pads on one more time."



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 (01:41:27)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Softball team returns home on Wednesday, April 27 to play a doubleheader against Dickinson State. Game times are set for 3 and 5 p.m. This will be the final home games of the year for the Yellow Jackets. BHSU enters the contest 9-23 overall and 4-10 in the DAC.

The DAC softball regular season concludes on Saturday and Sunday. The Yellow Jackets will make the roadtrip to Valley City State to play double-headers each day. The DAC Tournament will be held in Minot on May 6-7 with the winner of the tourney advancing to the NAIA National Tournament in Gulf Shores, AL on May 19-25.

--The DAC golf season wrapped up on Thursday, April 21 with the Black Hills State Invitational as day two of the tournament was cancelled due to inclement weather. Minot State wrapped up the conference championships in both the men's and women's divisions.

--The Black Hills State University track and field team competed at the Jack Christiansen Invitational in Fort Collins, Colo. on Saturday.

Craig Leavitt placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 10:05.61. Cole Nicholas posted a mark of 179'9" to finish fifth in the hammer throw. Riley Miessner triple jumped 42'0.75" en route to a tie for sixth place. Jacob Wilson placed sixth in the high jump after clearing a mark of 6'2.75".

On the women's side, Mila Andric placed third in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.43 and 1:02.22, respectively. Ana Andric tied for seventh in the 100-meter dash after posting a time of 12.72. Ana also tied for eighth inn the long jump with a mark of 16'3.75". Robin Rosechandler ran the 800-meters in 2:24.00 to place ninth overall. Abi Bever placed second and Lela Carpenter placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Black Hill State 400-meter relay team finished fourth with a time of 48.84 and the 1,600-meter relay team finished third with a time of 4:00.25. The Yellow Jackets also did well in the field events. Lory Johnson placed sixth in the shot put with a mark of 43'8". Breanna Janovy was eighth in the discus after a toss of 137'. Cody Milbourn was sixth in the hammer throw after posting a mark of 166'6". Lisa Koch-Nicholas threw the javelin 121'9" to place fifth and cleared a height of 11'4.25" to place sixth in the pole vault.

--The Yellow Jacket Open Track and Field meet has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 28.

The track meet was originally scheduled for Saturday, however, based on the weather forecast for the region, the Yellow Jacket Open was moved to Thursday.

The field events are slated to begin at 2 p.m. The track events will start with the 10,000-meter run at 2 p.m., also.

--DAC track and field athletes will begin their post-season on Sunday and Monday, May 1-2 with the DAC Multi-Events at the Badlands Activities Center on the campus of Dickinson State University. Points earned in the women's heptathlon and the men's decathlon will be added to the team scores at the conference meet at Black Hills State on May 13.

--The Victory Sports Network has released the rosters for the 2011 NAIA Senior Football Classic. Richard Fairhead and Wacey Coleman have both been selected to participate in the all-star game.

The game will be played on Saturday, April 30 with kick-off set for Noon central time at Salina Central Stadium in Salina, Kansas. This year marks the fifth year that the Victory Sports Network has annually assembled some of the best seniors in NAIA football for the game.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 (03:04:57)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Women's Basketball Inks Barrie


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University women's basketball team has signed Dakota Barrie to a national letter of intent to play beginning in the 2011-2012 season.

"We are very excited to add a quality student-athlete like Dakota to our team," said head coach Mark Nore. "She has a tremendous basketball IQ and hass all the tools to be a great player. She's long, athletic, can play inside and outside, and really competes. We really like her ability to see the floor and distribute the basketball. She is a very unselfish and quality person on and off the floor. She will fit in great with our team and we are elated to have her join our family."

Barrie, a 6'0" senior guard from Mountain Home, Idaho, averaged nearly a triple-double in high school (14 points, 9 rebounds, and 7 assists). One of her biggest assets is her ability to distribute the basketball. She had tallied 15+ assists on more than one occasion during her senior year. During Barrie's senior season, she was selected First-Team All-State and was selected to the All-Idaho State All-State Team.

Barrie earned numerous achievements both athletically and academically in her high school career. Athletically, she was a three-time Southern Idaho All-Conference Selection in basketball and four-time selection in track. Barrie was twice named the team's MVP and was selected as a team captain three times. Barrie was selected four times to the Idaho Flash All-Star Team and led her team to two state tournaments. In track, Barrie qualified three times for the stat track meet. Academically, Barrie earned the Idaho High School Activities Association Outstanding Individual Scholastic Award (GPA 3.75-4.0), and the All Southern Idaho Individual Academic Achievement Award (GPA 3.5-4.0) for the last four years.

"Dakota is a South Dakota native. We are very excited about her as a player but more as a person," And with a name like Dakota we had to get her back to her roots," said Nore with a smile.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, April 23, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Softball Sweeps Western Nebraska


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University Softball team picked up two exhibition wins over Western Nebraska on Wednesday afternoon in Spearfish.

The Yellow Jackets won the first game 4-0. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning when Aleshia Giesey singled to drive in Kelli Heiser. With runners at the corners, head coach Amy Gurney called a double-steal and Rebecca Hugley stole home make the score 2-0. Black Hills State would put up two more runs in the inning giving the Yellow Jackets a 4-0 lead going into the top of the seventh inning. Katie Wagner struck out two batters in the final inning to secure the victory.

In the second game, Black Hills State jumped out to an early 5-0 lead after two innings. The Yellow Jackets would allow only two hits in the contest and allowed just one run. Alex Huntington was 2-for-2 in the game, scored two runs, and had a walk. Huntington also pitched two innings and struck out three batters. Kyley Barela was 1-for-2 with a walk, drove in a run and scored two runs.

Black Hills State will take to the field on Monday, April 25 for makeup games against Dakota State. The doubleheader is slated to begin at 3 p.m. MT in Madison, SD.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, April 22, 2011 (01:32:38)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State Women's Basketball Signs Biegler


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University women's basketball team has signed local basketball standout Chelsey Biegler to a national letter of intent.

Biegler is a 5'10" perimeter player from Rapid City, SD. She averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds per game this past season for the Cobblers. She helped lead her team to the state tournament the last two seasons. Biegler has been a major contributor for her team in all statistical categories throughout her career.

"She can just play!" exclaimed head coach Mark Nore. "Chelsey has a bright future ahead of her at Black Hills State University. Defensively, she can guard and get in there and get big rebounds. One of her biggest assets is her athleticism and ability to go after boards. We will encourage her to continuously play with that edge defensively at the collegiate level."

Offensively, Chelsey does a little bit of everything. She can score in a variety of ways: posting up, shooting the three, or getting to the rim. She really excels in transition and that's how we want to play. She has great hands and great feet. She has an uncanny ability to catch in traffic and make plays," commented Nore.

Nore added, "Our goal is to keep the local talent close to home. This is a big step for us. Chelsey comes from a great program with a great coaching staff. She has great character and is a perfect fit to our team. She knows how to win and work hard. Those are two ingredients that you just can't teach. We're excited for the oppurtunity to work with Chelsey. She has a bright future with us."



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, April 21, 2011 (02:26:45)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State University Volleyball Announces 2011 Schedule


Black Hills State will host an exhibition scrimmage on August 27 prior to beginning the season. The Yellow Jackets will start the regular season on the road playing in a tournament hosted by the University of Sioux Falls. Black Hills State will square-off against Waldorf, Fort Hayes State, Bemidji and Minot State. The team will then travel to a tournament in Kearney, Nebraska to take on Nebraska-Kearney, Wayne State, Missouri Western and Sioux Falls.

On September 16-17, the Yellow Jackets will take a familiar trip to North Dakota and take on Jamestown and Valley City State. Black Hills State will then start a road trip against current members of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference facing Chadron State, Mesa State, Metro State and Regis. The Yellow Jackets will also play Colorado Christian during that road trip.

The Yellow Jackets will stick closer to home on October 1, when they travel to Rapid City for two matches against Sioux Falls and South Dakota School of Mines. On October 7-8 Black Hills State will travel to Denver, Colorado for a tournament.

Black Hills State will play its first home match on October 10 against Chadron State. The Yellow Jackets will play Jamestown, Valley City State, Dickinson State, Minot State and South Dakota School of Mines.

On November 4-5 the Yellow Jackets travel to Dickinson State and Minot State. Black Hills State will finish the season on the road in St. Charles, Missiouri at the NCAA Candidacy Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets finished the 2010 campaign 13-20 overall with a mark of 7-7 in the Dakota Athletic Conference.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University football team finished its spring workouts and practices this past Saturday with the spring game at Lyle Hare Stadium.

The spring game was the culmination of the Yellow Jackets off-season practice schedule. In the spring game, the Yellow Jackets split into two squads and competed in a simulated game scrimmage. The student-athletes competed in front of nearly 500 family members, friends and alumni. The spring game is part of the Gridiron Gathering, a reunion of football alumni.

Black Hills State will kick-off its season at home against Grand View, Iowa on August 27. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Lyle Hare Stadium.

--The BHSU Track and Field team competed at the Colorado State University-Pueblo Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The women's team placed third and the men's team finished in seventh place.

The women's team was lead by Mila Andric who finished in first place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:02.83. Andric also crossed the finish line first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.06 seconds. She was also a part of the first place 1,600-meter relay team. The other members of the relay team included Lisa Koch, Ana Andric and Aly Perrett.

Courtney Dickson and Abi Bever both had strong showings in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Dickson finished in first place with a time of 11:39.41 and Bever placed third in a time of 11:19.69. Leigh Ann Whiteside won the 5,000-meter run posting a time of 18:16.86.

On the men's side, Cole Nicholas won the men's hammer throw with a mark of 173'10". Jed Morgan finished in third place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:14.56 and Laine Parish finished in third place in the men's 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:31.63.

Black Hills State will compete in Dickinson, North Dakota at the Blue Hawk Games on April 21. The Yellow Jackets will also travel to the Jack Christiansen Invitatinal in Fort Collins, Colorado on April 22-23.

--The Black Hills State Softball team fell to Mayville State by a score of 4-2 on Sunday.

The Yellow Jackets were down 1-0 in the bottom of the third inning when freshmen Kelsie Chambers hit a two-run bomb to left field to give BHSU the 2-1 lead. Pitcher Katie Wagner gave up two runs in the fourth inning and one run in the fifth inning.

Black Hills State managed only four hits in the game, the Chambers homerun and singles from Aleishia Giesey, Alex Huntington and Kelli Heiser. The Yellow Jackets committed two errors in the contest.

The Yellow Jackets are now 8-22 on the year and 3-9 in Dakota Athletic Conference play.

Black Hills State will return to action Wednesday, April 20 as the team will square-off against Western Nebraska Community College at 2 and 4 p.m. in exhibition games in Spearfish.

--The Lady Yellow Jacket Golf team will return home for their only home tournament of the year this week. The Black Hills State Invitational will be Thursday and Friday, April 21-22 at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 (01:59:05)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University women's golf team finished second at the South Dakota School of Mines Invitational in Rapid City, after shooting a score of 722 for the two-day tournament.

This was the first tournament of the spring portion of the season. The Yellow Jackets posted a final round score of 350 to finish 10 strokes behind first place Minot State. Dickinson State placed third finishing 24 strokes behind Black Hills State.

Jenessa Rantapaa finished second individually after a second round of 84. Katelynn Lamb posted the day's best round with an 83 to finish tied for seventh in the tournament. Brandi Holmes tied for tenth place after shooting a second round score of 92.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will travel to Dickinson, North Dakota for their next meet, the Dickinson State Invitational, on April 17-18.

--The Black Hills State Football team will be finishing up their spring practice sessions this week. To cap off spring ball, the Yellow Jackets will be having their annual spring game on Saturday, April 16 at the BHSU practice fields.

Along with the Spring Game, there will also be the Gridiron Gathering, spring game barbeque, and music this year. The spring game will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the public is invited to attend and see how the Yellow Jacket offseason has progressed.

--The Black Hills State freshman Mila Andric was named this week's Dakota Athletic Conference female athlete of the week for her efforts at the Bauer Inviatational in Rapid City and the Colorado Potts Invitational in Boulder, Colorado.

Andric, a native of Belgrade, Serbia, finished second in the 100-meter dash and second in the 200-meter dash at the Bauer Invitational on Thursday, April 7. She returned to action on Saturday, April 9 at the CU Potts Invitational in Boulder, CO. Andric placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles posting a time of 14.42 and second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.43. Andric's time in the 400-meter hurdles set a new BHSU record.

--The Black Hills State Track and Field team will next compete in Pueblo, Colorado this Saturday, April 16. The Black Hills State Open, originally scheduled for this Saturday has been cancelled. The next home meet for Black Hills State will be the Yellow Jacket Open on Saturday, April 30.

--The Black Hills State Softball team lost two games to Dickinson State on Tuesday in Dickinson, ND.

The Yellow Jackets were defeated 5-0 in the first game of the day. Black Hills State managed only three hits in the game. Kyley Barela went 2-for-2 in the contest. Kelsie Chambers was the only other Yellow Jacket to get a hit in the game. Katie Wagner gave up all five runs on seven hits and was saddled with the loss.

In the second game, Black Hills State lost 9-0 to Dickinson State. Aleishia Giesey tallied the only hit in the game for the Yellow Jackets. Alex Huntington took the loss in the game after giving up nine runs on ten hits.

--The BHSU Softball team has cancelled its games scheduled for Thursday, April 14 against Western Nebraska Community College due to the expected inclement weather. Black Hills State has also cancelled games against Chadron State that were slated for April 26. Instead, the Yellow Jackets will travel to Madison, South Dakota to take on Dakota State on April 25 and 26 to make-up games that were previously postponed.

--The Yellow Jacket Athletic Department will be hosting "Student Appreciation Day" on Saturday, April 16. The softball team will host Mayville State at the Black Hills State softball complex for a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

"When the students at Black Hills State come to our games, the atmosphere and the excitement that comes with them gives us a tremendous advantage," said head football coach Jay Long. "Our team feeds off of their energy."

Student appreciatation games and contests will take place during the softball game at 1 p.m. Drinks, hot dogs, and hamburgers will be available to students at $1 each.

The student appreciation activities are sponsored by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).



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