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Black Hills State University
   BHSU To Host 26th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk


Black Hills State University will hold the 26th Annual Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run/Walk on Saturday, April 16, before the Lakota Omniciye powwow. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. in Salem Park.

The Memorial Run/Walk is held each year in memory of Kevin Whirlwind Horse, a former BHSU student who was killed in a car accident in 1984. Marla Herman, a fellow 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, one $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 using the Spearfish run/walk path through the Spearfish City Park and out towards 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 t-shirt while supplies last. Proceeds will go to the Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Scholarship fund. For more information, call BHSU Student Support Services at 642-6294.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, April 11, 2011 (02:02:12)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Men's Basketball To Hold Awards Banquet


The Black Hills State University men's basketball team will hold its postseason awards banquet on Saturday, April 9 at the Spearfish Chophouse at 3 p.m. in Spearfish.

The Yellow Jackets finished the season with a 27-7 overall record and a mark of 12-2 in their final season as part of the Dakota Athletic Conference. Black Hills State won both the conference regular season and tournament titles en route to an NAIA Division II Sweet 16 appearance. Seniors Luke Enos and Will John Johnson each were named NAIA All-Americans.

The awards banquet is open to the public. The cost to attend is $20 for adults and $7 for children 12 and younger. Fans are welcome to sponsor a student-athlete's meal as well. Those wishing to attend must RSVP to Tim Collins by phone at 642-6400.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, April 07, 2011 (02:54:55)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Women's Rodeo Team Takes First Place At Yellow Jacket Stampede


The Black Hills State University women's rodeo team captured the women's team title with 455 points edging out a very competitive Dickinson State University team which earned 425 points during the Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede this past weekend at the Seven Down Arenas near Spearfish. Competitors from 12 different universities covering a five-state region known as the Great Plains Region roped, rode, and raced for team titles and their respective event championship titles.

Joey Painter, sophomore from Buffalo, South Dakota, led the women's team. In the first round of competition, she placed second in the breakaway roping, fifth in the team roping, and first in the goat tying. During the short-go, Painter showed her domination in the goat tying event by winning the short-go round with a time of 7.5 seconds. Painter also left the arena with the title of all-around cowgirl.

Jordyn Johnson, junior from Sturgis, had a strong showing in the first go by winning the breakaway roping with a 2.6 second run. Johnson also raced her way to the lead in the barrel racing with a time of 13.98 seconds in the first go edging out teammate Kristen Lawrence. Lawrence, sophomore from Promise, tied for second place in the barrel racing in the first round of rodeo competition with a 14.00 second run.

The BHSU men's team placed second as a team accumulating 410 points. The men's team from South Dakota State University won the men's team title with 710 points. Tye Hale, senior from White Owl, roped his way to fifth place in the first go of the tie-down roping with a time of 12.2 seconds. Hale went on to place fifth in the average in the tie-down event with a 12.6 second run in the short go. Hale also placed second in the team roping event with a time of 6.7 seconds during the first round and scored fifth place honors in the average in the team roping.

The BHSU rodeo teams will travel to Brookings to the SDSU Jackrabbit Stampede this weekend, April 7-10.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 (03:03:38)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University's Aleisha Giesey has been named the Dakota Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week. The junior shortstop from Fenton, Michigan hit .500 with a 1.357 slugging percentage as the Lady Yellow Jackets split a four game series with Jamestown College. For the week, she was 7 of 14 with three doubles, three home runs, four runs scored, ten RBI's and three walks.

--The Black Hills State Softball team will be in action this week with a pair of games at Chadron State on Wednesday, April 6. They return home to take on Minot State in double-headers on Friday and Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m. each day.

--The Black Hills State track and field teams competed at the Vance Butler Invitational in Sioux Falls on Saturday, April 2. The Yellow Jackets had 17 athletes finish in the top 10 in their respective events.

The Yellow Jackets were led on the women's side by Mila Andric who finished second in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the 100-meter dash. Abi Beaver finished third in the steeplechase. Cody Milbourn placed fourth in the hammer throw and Breanna Janovy took home third place in the women's discus.

The Black Hills State men's team was led by Jed Morgan who placed third in the steeplechase posting a time of 9:17.68. Cole Nicholas placed sixth in the hammer throw with a toss of 172'11".

The Yellow Jackets will return to action on Thursday, April 7 as they compete in the Bauer Invitational in Rapid City. They will send some athletes to the Potts Invitational in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday, April 9 as well.

--The conference women's golf season resumes this Sunday and Monday, April 10-11 with the South Dakota School of Mines Invitational. Minot State tops the conference standings after the three fall tournaments. The remaining conference tournaments are the Dickinson State Invitational on April 17-18 and the Black Hills State Invitational on April 21-22.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, April 06, 2011 (02:53:02)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University Rodeo Team will host the 2011 Will Lantis Yellow Jacket Stampede April 2-3. Performances will be held at the Seven Down Arena, located just outside of Spearfish, Saturday, April 2 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m.

In conjunction with the Yellow Jacket Stampede, the Cowboys and Candlelight Dinner and Auction will be held Friday, April 1 at the Spearfish Holiday Inn. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6 p.m. The BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame induction ceremony, an auction, and live entertainment will follow dinner.

Tickets for the dinner and auction are $35 per person or $60 per couple. Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, March 30. All proceeds will benefit the BHSU Rodeo Team.

For more information about the rodeo or to purchase tickets to the dinner contact Glenn Lammers at 642-6852.

--The Black Hills State Track and Field team will go to Sioux Falls this Saturday, April 2 for the Vance Butler Inviational.

--The Yellow Jackets will be hosting two softball double-headers against Jamestown on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2 in Spearfish.

Friday's games are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Black Hills State Softball Complex. Saturday's contests will begin at 12 noon and 2 p.m. The schedule change is due to inclement weather in Jamestown, ND.

The Lady Yellow Jackets enter the weekend at 5-11 overall. The match-up with Jamestown will be the first Dakota Athletic Conference games of the season for Black Hills State after last weekend's games against Dakota State were postponed due to inclement weather.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 (01:16:33)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University football team will begin its spring practices on Monday, March 28. The spring practice schedule includes a scrimmage on Saturday, April 9 at 10:00 a.m. and concludes with the spring game on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

"With 81 student-athletes competing this spring, we will have the most participating in spring practices since I have been at Black Hills State," said Long. "As a staff, our goals for the spring are for our redshirt athletes to learn the schemes and the expectations to be a starter. All athletes will be able to compete for a starting job."

Last season, the Yellow Jackets went 6-4 overall with a 5-3 record in the Dakota Athletic Conference. The 2011 season is the second year of Black Hills State's transition to NCAA Division II. Black Hills State has accepted an invitation to be considered for membership in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Currently, the Yellow Jackets have no conference affiliation.

Long stated, "Last year we had a great turnout for our spring game. We hope to have another great turnout with events going on like the Gridiron Gathering, spring game bbq, and music this year. We are adding a draft as well where we will select a green team and a white team."

The Yellow Jackets open the season at home on Saturday, August 27 against Grand View, (Iowa). The game will be played at Spearfish with a kick-off at 1 p.m.

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

The game will be played Saturday, April 30 with a kickoff set for noon central time 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.

--Black Hills State University is ranked tenth in the Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings after the completion of the winter sports season.

Black Hills State picked up points for team finishes at the national championships in men's basketball, women's basketball, men's indoor track and field, and women's indoor track and field.

The Learfield Sports Director's Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 12 sports--six women's and six men's.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, March 25, 2011 (19:21:23)


Black Hills State University
   SD National Association Of Teachers Of Singing Competition At BHSU


Over 100 singers from across South Dakota will participate in the third annual South Dakota National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition (SD NATS) Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26 in Clare and Josef Meier Hall at Black Hills State University.

“We are definitely looking forward to hosting the event this year,” said Dr. Nancy Roberts, BHSU assistant professor of music and voice instructor. “It’s just wonderful to have the opportunity to hear some of the best singers from all over the state.” Roberts and Dr. Jonathan Nero, assistant professor of music and voice instructor, noted they are proud to have a growing number of BHSU students entered in the competition. A total of 10 BHSU students are entered in this year’s competition; last year eight BHSU students participated. Other universities participating in the competition are Northern State University, South Dakota State University, the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and the University of South Dakota.

SD NATS allows students of vocal instructors a chance to showcase their talent and compete against other students across the state. NATS student adjudications (auditions) are designed to nurture singers at various levels of voice study.

The competition offers an exciting experience where singers perform and receive written feedback about their performances. Singers meet and hear other singers, NATS teachers get to know their colleagues better, and everyone has the chance to hear a variety of songs.

The two-day event, which is free and open to the public, begins Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m. in the Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall, with a presentation "Developing Musical Independence in Singers" by Dr. Christopher Mitchell, professor of music at Murray State University in Kentucky. The presentation is geared towards voice instructors and focuses on developing music reading and learning skills in singers in the studio, but also provides many practical, interesting ideas from research about how we learn music best that is useful in any teaching situation.

The preliminary round of the singing competition begins Saturday, March 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. when students sing for a panel of adjudicators and an audience. The final round will be held Saturday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Clare and Josef Meier Recital Hall.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 (02:39:19)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Volleyball To Hold Elite Position Camp


The Black Hills State University volleyball team will be holding an Elite Position Camp on Sundays beginning April 3 through May 8 at the Young Center in Spearfish.

This will be a 5-session camp that concentrates on specific skill development and training to a player's specified position in volleyball. Each session will last two hours and each athlete will have individual attention from a member of the Black Hills State volleyball coaching staff or a Black Hills State student-athlete. The sessions will also include agility and jump training. The camp dates are April 3, April 10, April 17, May 1 and May 8. Camps will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the Young Center. The camp is for high school students currently in 9-12th grade.

If you would like further information on the camp, please contact Jennifer Weitzel by phone at 642-6870.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Monday, March 21, 2011 (07:00:00)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Track and Field Has Several Earn All-American Honors


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University men's and women's track and field teams had five individuals and one relay team earn NAIA All-American honors at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Geneva, Ohio on March 3-5.

"The indoor national meet this year was a great place to showcase our tremendous student-athletes," said head coach Travis Covey. "There were a number of outstanding performances. We set six school records and 13 of the 15 student-athletes that went to the national meet had personal bests."

Mila Andric was an All-American in two events, the 400-meter dash and the 60-meter hurdles. She set Black Hills State records in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash at the national meet. Andric ran the 200 meters in a time of 24.92 seconds breaking Shannon Hellman's record time of 25.60 seconds set in 2008. Andric also broke Callie Ackerman's 400-meter record time of 58.50 seconds set in 2006. Andric ran the 400 meters in 56.19 seconds.

Erin Curran set the Black Hills State record in the indoor mile run at the NAIA National Indoor National Championships with a time of 4:55.38. Curran set the mile record earlier this season and broke the record set by Jessie Palczewski in 2003. Palczewski ran the mile in 5:02.24. Curran earned NAIA All-American honors with her second place finish.

The women's distance medley relay team of Abi Bever, Alyson Perrett, Anna Yanchek and Curran smashed the previous record set by Alicia Verhulst, Niki Shinkle, Kayla Ivers and Shelli Scheffler in 2009. The old record was 12:07.30 and the new record is 11:57.99. The relay team placed fourth to earn All-American.

On the men's side, Cole Nicholas was fifth at the national championship meet in the weight throw with a toss of 62'0.5" and was named All-American. Nicholas topped the mark set by Eric Flores in 2008 of 61'6.0". The toss was the second longest by any S.D. athlete.

Laine Parish broke the Black Hills State record in the 5,000-meter run en route to his sixth place All-American finish. Parish's time of 14:31.72 bested Dennis Newell's time of 14:31.92 set in 2002.

All-American honors are awarded to the top-six individuals in each event and all four runners in the top-six relay teams.

Covey stated, "These performances during the indoor season give us a lot of confidence to do great things as we transition to the outdoor season."

Black Hills State will open the outdoor track and field season at the Bauer Invitational in Rapid City, S.D. on March 26.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 (03:53:33)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Women Fall In NAIA Quarterfinals


The Black Hills State University women's basketball team was defeated by Walsh (Ohio) in the quarterfinals of the NAIA Basketball Tournament 83-73 on Saturday afternoon in Sioux City, Iowa.

Black Hills State was led in scoring by Keely Krolikowski with 19 points. Katelynn Lamb and Mandy Brumfield each had 16 points in the loss.

The Yellow Jackets led 38-27 at halftime and could not overcome a strong second half by the Cavaliers. Black Hills State was outscored in the second half 56-35 in the final stanza.

Black Hills State finishes the season 24-8 overall. The Yellow Jackets went 11-3 in the Dakota Athletic Conference and were regular season conference champions.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, March 13, 2011 (11:00:14)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Women's Basketball Advances to NAIA Quarterfinals


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University women's basketball team knocked-off Kansas Wesleyan 72-62 in the second round of the NAIA National Basketball Tournament.

The Yellow Jackets were fueled by hot shooting in the second half of the game. Black Hills State shot 50% from the field and 61% from three-point range for the game including 5-of-7 from beyond the arc in the second half.

Katelynn Lamb scored 24 points in the contest and Kristi Ryan poured in 18 points. Ryan was 5-of-7 from three-point range. Black Hills State held Kansas Wesleyan to 39% from the field.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, March 12, 2011 (23:39:27)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Men's Basketball Loses In Overtime At National Tournament


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The #5 Black Hills State University men's basketball team played its final game of the season today, falling to the #12 seed Davenport, MI 78-74 in overtime.

The Yellow Jackets led for most of the first half behind the play in the post position from senior forwards Will John Johnson and Luke Enos. However, a late run by the Panthers gave Davenport a 32-28 lead at the half.

In the second half, Black Hills State continued to rely on their big men in the post offensively. The Yellow Jackets outscored their opponent in the second half 35-31. The game was tied at 63-63 at the end of regulation.

It was overtime that Davenport was able to grab a small lead on the shoulders of Nathan Cox. Cox finished the contest with 26 points and sealed the Yellow Jackets fate by hitting two key free throws in the final seconds. The Yellow Jackets were unable to finish down the stretch as the ball seemed to bounce the way of the Panthers.

For Black Hills State, Johnson was 10-of-14 from the floor, 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, and finished with a team high 24 points. Enos also carried a bulk of the offensive load for the Yellow Jackets finishing the game with 23 points and seven rebounds. Cain Atkinson was the only other player for Black Hills State to score in double-figures. Atkinson finished the game with 10 points.

Black Hills State ends the season at 27-6 overall. The Yellow Jackets were the regular season and tournament champions in the Dakota Athletic Conference.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Saturday, March 12, 2011 (23:35:17)


Black Hills State University
   Women's Basketball Advances To Second Round Of NAIA Tournament


The Black Hills State University Women's Basketball team held off Concordia, OR 66-59 to advance to the second round of the NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Yellow Jackets were led in scoring by Keely Krolikowski with 23 points. Katelynn Lamb was the only other player to post double-digits in the scoring column. Lamb had 16 points in the contest.

Black Hills State was hot from behind the arc in the first half hitting 7-of-13 three point attempts. In the second half, the Yellow Jackets failed to connect from three-point range going 0-of-9 from behind the arc. The Yellow Jackets held on to the lead in the second half going 15-of-20 from the free throw line down the stretch.

Black Hills State will play Kansas Wesleyan on Friday, March 11 at 12:45 p.m. You can catch all the action right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, March 11, 2011 (07:43:37)


Black Hills State University
   Men's Basketball Rolls In First Round Of NAIA Tournament


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The #5 Black Hills State University Men's Basketball team defeated first round opponent Holy Names by a score of 85-62 at the NAIA Division II National Tournament on Wednesday.

"It was goo to get this one under our belt," said head coach Bradd Schafer. "We were able to jump up early and we had a number of guys step up in this one."

The Yellow Jackets set the tone from the opening tip, starting the game with a 7-0 run which included a three-point field goal from senior guard Clay Pottorff and a rim rattling dunk by senior forward Luke Enos.

Black Hills State continued to pull away with four players finishing in double-figures. Enos fueled the Yellow Jackets with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Enos scored 17 of his points in the second half. Pottorff added 17 points, shooting 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Senior Will John Johnson added 14 points to accompany his seven rebounds, while Tanner Adler added a scoring spark off of the bench with 12 points.

Black Hills State will square-off against Davenport on Friday, March 11 at 7:30 a.m. You can hear the game live on 980 AM KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Friday, March 11, 2011 (07:37:33)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State University Volleyball Signs Two Recruits


By Travis Langer
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University volleyball team recently added two players to the 2011-12 roster. Ashley Bertsch from Worland, Wyo. and Sammi Ausborn from Ames, Iowa have signed letters of intent to attend Black Hills State in the fall.

Bertsch finished her senior volleyball season with the Worland Warriors where she was a three-year letter winner. She is the daughter of Danny and Tammy Bertsch of Worland, Wyo. For the Warriors, Bertsch earned all-conference honors in 2010 as well as being named captain of the volleyball team.

"We are very excited to add Ashley to the Yellow Jacket roster," said head coach Jennifer Weitzel. "She has a lot of potential to compete for the setter position. Ashley brings a strong work ethic and tough mental attitude that allows her to lead as well. She fits in extremely well with our team and we are happy that she chose Black Hills State University."

Ausborn is the daughter of Randy and Sam Ausborn from Ames, Iowa. Ausborn played volleyball for the Ames High School Little Cyclones where she was named captain her senior season. Ausborn was named most valuable defensive player and earned all-conference honorable mention honors in 2008 and 2009. She was named first team all-conference in 2010.

"Sammi is a solid player at the libero position and a complete athlete," said Weitzel. "Her skill development at both the high school and club level has provided her with a sound foundation in volleyball as well as the characteristics to be a great teammate. I have no doubt that she will be a great asset to the Yellow Jacket volleyball family and to Black Hills State University."



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Posted by A-Cody
on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 (05:19:07)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State University Women's Track and Field Team Wins DAC Title


By John Kietzmann
Black Hills State Athletics

The Black Hills State University women's track and field team won the 2011 Dakota Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship on Saturday afternoon at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish, S.D. The men's track and field team finished in second place behind Dickinson State.

"I'm very proud of the effort that our student-athletes had today," said head coach Travis Covey. "It is very special to be able to win the DAC championship in our last season in the conference. It is great to send our seniors out with a Dakota Athletic Conference title. They can be proud of what they have accomplished."

The Yellow Jackets women's team broke four school records and one DAC record on Saturday. Freshman Ana Andric finished in second place in the women's 60-meter dash posting a time of 8.09 seconds which is a new Black Hills State record. Freshman Mila Andric broke two school records in the 400-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 57.83 seconds and 25.38 seconds, respectively. Mila Andric broke the DAC record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.04 seconds. On Friday, senior Lisa Koch won the pole vault clearing a height of 12-2.75 feet, breaking her previous record of 12-1.5 feet.

Other outstanding performances from Saturday for the Black Hills State women included Erin Curran. Curran won the 800-meter run in 2:15.92, won the the mile run in 5:02.93 and won the 3,000-meter run in 10:47.50. Alaina Yaracz won the shot put with a mark of 13.04 meters after winning the weight throw on Friday night with a toss of 16.48 meters.

"Our men's team competed hard and they have nothing to hang their heads about," said Covey. "With Riley Meissner breaking the school record in the heptathlon, Chad Hofkamp breaking his own record in the 60-meter dash, and the way our men's 800-meter relay team ran, we had a great performance. Dickinson State has a great team and they showed what they are capable of today."

The men's track and field team got off to a great start with sophomore Riley Meissner finishing in second place in the heptathlon earning 4,259 points. With his score, Meissner broke the Black Hills State record in the heptathlon. Freshman Chad Hofkamp finished in fifth place in the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.98 seconds. Hofkamp broke his own record set earlier this season. The men's 800-meter relay team of Bryar DeSanti, Hofkamp, Drew Neilson and Douglas Jordan finished first in a school record time of 1:30.82 seconds. Laine Parish won the 3,000-meter run in a time of 8:52.64.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action at the NAIA Indoor National Championships in Geneva, Ohio on March 3-5.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Sunday, February 20, 2011 (22:49:08)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University women's basketball team remained at No. 9 this week in the NAIA Division II Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The Yellow Jackets defeated Dakota State and Mayville State last weekend to advance their record to 20-5 overall and 10-2 in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

Black Hills State leads the conference standings by two games over Valley City State. Valley City State is ranked No. 24 in this week's poll while Minot State and Jamestown are both receiving votes.

Black Hills State travels to Minot, N.D. to square-off against Minot State on Friday, February 18. Tip-off is slated for 4:30 p.m. MT. The Lady Yellow Jackets will then travel to Dickinson State on Saturday, February 19 to finish up the regular season. Tip-off time is slated for 4:00 p.m. You can catch all the action this weekend right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State University men's basketball team moved up two spots to No. 5 in this week's NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.

The Yellow Jackets picked up two wins last week over Dakota State and Mayville State to move to 21-5 overall and 10-2 in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

Black Hills State holds a one-game lead over rival S.D. School of Mines in the conference standings. S.D. School of Mines enters the Top 25 for the first time this season at No. 25. Jamestown and Dickinson State are both receiving votes.

The Yellow Jackets will face Minot State on Friday, February 18 in Minot, N.D. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. MT. The Yellow Jackets wrap up the regular season on Saturday, February 19 as they square off against Dickinson State at 6:00 p.m. Hopes for a third straight DAC regular season championship is on the line this weekend and you can follow all the action right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Dakota Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships will be held at the Young Center Fieldhouse in Spearfish February 18-19.

"We are excited to be the host school for our last season in the DAC," said head track and field coach Travis Covey. "We have a good shot at bringing home a conference title for both the men and women."

Last season, Black Hills State finished second in the women's standings behind Jamestown. The men's team placed third behind Dickinson State and Dakota State.

"Having the DAC Conference Meet at home is awesome," said senior Lisa Koch. "Having fan support is huge to us. It really helps to get us pumped up during the meet, which is really important as we chase another DAC title."

"This is the last time that we will get to compete for a DAC Indoor title," said junior Jed Morgan. "Our new track is awesome and I encourage everyone to come and check it out."

The DAC Indoor Championships will start Friday, February 18 with the men's and women's multi-events starting at 10:00 a.m. Field events will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the 5,000-meter run will be held at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, the meet will resume at 8:30 a.m.

--Black Hills State University is asking for nominations for the first induction of the BHSU Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Nominations to honor former BHSU stand-out competitors and supporters are currently being selected. Those people eligible to be included are: stand-out athletes with emphasis on national performers; significant contributors to the University's rodeo program, and former BHSU rodeo coaches/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 in April. The deadline for nomination submissions is Sunday, February 20. 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 Friday, February 18, 2011 (03:49:54)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers confirmed that the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) has extended an invitation for Black Hills State to be considered for membership.

"We are very excited that the RMAC is considering adding Black Hills State to the conference," said Albers. "The RMAC is a competitive league and over the next few months we are looking forward to the opportunity to showcase our athletics program to the RMAC conference members."

Albers stated, "We are still at the beginning of our transition to NCAA Division II. One of our immediate goals is to find a conference that is a fit for the University and the student-athletes and we believe the RMAC will be a good option for us."

The Yellow Jackets are in their final year of NAIA competition.

--Black Hills State University Director of Athletics Jhett Albers announced that tickets are now on sale for the first round of the DAC men's and women's basketball tournament.

"We are very excited to be able to host the DAC Playoffs," said Albers. "Both the men's and women's teams have had successful seasons and hosting the playoffs will be a great way to cap off the year."

Tickets are $11 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. All tickets will be available for advance purchase at the Young Center.

The DAC men's and women's basketball tournament first round games will be held at the Young Center in Spearfish on Wednesday, February 23 with the women's game scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game at 7:30 p.m. Opponents for the Yellow Jackets are still to be determined. You can hear both games right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State University men's and women's basketball teams raised over $1,100 for the families of Dennis Bauer and Lily Wilson on Friday, February 11. Both Bauer and Wilson are currently battling cancer.

"Everyone knows someone who has been affected by this disease," said athletic director Jhett Albers. "We wanted to show our support of both Dennis and Lily as they fight to win their battles against cancer."

Black Hills State coaches showed their support by wearing suits and sneakers during their game against Dakota State. The Yellow Jackets raised money by donating the 50/50 proceeds, collecting change from fans, and selling pink pom-poms.

--BHSU junior Cody Milbourn was named the DAC Women's Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.

Milbourn, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, won the shot put and finished second in the weight throw during last week's Rock 'N Jock Invitational. Currently, Milbourn ranks seventh nationally in the weight throw and 12th in the NAIA in the shot put.

Black Hills State will compete in the DAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Frebruary 18-19 at the Young Center in Spearfish.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, February 17, 2011 (05:15:33)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU Track And Field Hosts Rock And Jock Invitational


The Black Hills State University track and field team hosted the Rock N Jock Invitational at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish on Thursday night. Black Hills State had eight athletes hit NAIA automatic qualifying marks on the evening.

The women's team was jump started by the efforts of Cody Milbourn, Lory Johnson and Alaina Yaracz. All three women hit automatic qualifying marks in the women's weight throw with distances of 17.11 meters, 15.88 meters and 16.36 meters, respectively. Milbourn and Yaracz also hit automatic qualifying marks in the women's shot put. Mila Andric won the 200-meter dash posting a time of 25.34 seconds which was also an automatic qualifying time. Erin Curran won the women's 800-meter run posting an NAIA national qualifying time of 2:18.14. Lisa Koch earned a first place finish in the pole vault clearing a height of 3.48 meters.

Black Hills State was led on the men's side by Kyle Chapman who won the men's high jump clearing a height of 1.89 meters. Cole Nicholas won the weight throw with a toss of 16.77 meters.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action on February 18-19 for the Dakota Athletic Conference Indoor Championships. The meet will be held at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Saturday, February 12, 2011 (06:47:41)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State University women's basketball team fell to No. 9 in the NAIA Top 25 poll released Monday. The Yellow Jackets dropped four spots after suffering conference road losses to Jamestown and Valley City State.

The Yellow Jackets are now 18-5 on the season with a mark of 7-2 in the Dakota Athletic Conference. Black Hills State has been in the top 10 all season and with four games remaining on the regular season schedule the Yellow Jackets are on top of the DAC standings.

Jamestown College is in the poll this week moving up two spots to #22. Valley City State and Minot State are both receiving votes this week.

Black Hills State will return to action this Friday, February 11 as they square off against Dakota State at the Young Center in Spearfish. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. here on 980 AM KDSJ.

--BHSU senior women's basketball standout Katelynn Lamb was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Third team.

Lamb, is a native of Onida, SD. She is averaging 16.6 points per game and shooting 45% from the field and 47% from three-point range. Lamb also has a 3.88 grade point average and is majoring in Biology.

--The Black Hills State University men's basketball team improved their record to 19-5 overall and 8-2 in Dakota Athletic Conference play, and jumped two spots to #7 in this week's NAIA Top 25 Poll.

Last week, Black Hills State defeated Jamestown and Valley City State giving the team a one-game lead in the DAC title race over rival South Dakota School of Mines.

Jamestown College remains in the Top 25 this week as they drop three spots to #24. South Dakota School of Mines and Dickinson State received votes this week.

Black Hills State will return to action on Friday, February 11 to face Dakota State at the Young Center in Spearfish. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State Indoor Track and Field team traveled to Chadron, NE on Friday for the Chadron State College Twilight Meet. The meet was non-scoring.

Mila Andric led the women's team with a first place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.00 and second place finish in the 55-meter hurdles with a time of 8.57 seconds. Lisa Koch won the pole vault competition after clearing a height of 3.35. meters.

Jonathon Grace was the only individual event winner on the men's side. Grace won the long jump with a mark of 6.57 meters.

--The Yellow Jacket Track and Field team had two student-athletes earned Dakota Athletic Conference honors for their performances this past weekend.

Junior Jed Morgan and sophomre Erin Curran each were honored for their efforts at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Morgan ran a time of 8:42.38 in the 3,000 meter run. Curran won the mile run in 4:58.82 and posted a time of 10:05.72 in the 3,000-meter run.

The Yellow Jackets will return to action this Thursday as they host the "Rock and Jock Invitational" at the Young Center in Spearfish. Other teams competing at the meet include Dickinson State, Chadron State, Montana State-Billings, Gillette Community College and Rocky Mountain College. Field events will start at 4 p.m. and the running events will begin at 5:30 p.m.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 (05:22:50)


Black Hills State University
   BHSU To Host Coaches Vs Cancer Night


The Black Hills State University men’s and women’s basketball programs will host “Coaches vs. Cancer Night” on Friday, February 11 when the Yellow Jackets face Dakota State. Proceeds from the event will be split between two individuals currently battling cancer, Lily Wilson and Dennis Bauer

Lily Wilson is 16 months old and in December she was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare form of cancer affecting six in every 1 million people. Lily is the daughter of Pete and Mikayla (Tetrault) Wilson. Pete and Mikayla have both taught and coached basketball in the northern hills and now reside in Upton, Wyo. Mikayla is a Black Hills State University graduate.

Dennis Bauer was diagnosed September 17, 2009 with stage four colon cancer. Dennis is the father of women’s basketball assistant coach Jordan Bauer. Dennis and his wife Judy are season ticket holders for the Yellow Jackets and are often seen in attendance cheering on the Yellow Jackets. Dennis and Judy reside in Pierre, S.D.

The No. 7 men’s basketball team is 19-5 overall and 8-2 in the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). The No. 9 women’s basketball team is 18-5 and also 8-2 in the DAC.

The women’s basketball game will begin at 5:30 p.m. MT with the men’s game following at 7:30 p.m. MT.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 (04:56:19)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State At The Husker Invitational


The Black Hills State University track and field team travelled a split squad to Lincoln, Neb. to compete in the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational on Saturday, February 5.

Erin Curran won the mile run in a time of 4:58.82. She also returned to track later in the meet to place fourth in the 3,000-meter run in a time of 10:05.72. Curran’s 3,000-meter time is the fifth fastest in the NAIA this season. Leigh Anne Whiteside also ran in the 3,000-meter run. Whiteside posted a time of 10:36.49.

Laine Parish and Mitch Kraft both ran in the mile run. Parish ran the mile in 4:17.27, the ninth fastest time to date in the NAIA. Kraft posted a time of 4:23.70. Jed Morgan competed in the 3,000-meter run and ran the fastest time of the season for a Yellow Jacket, 8:42.38.

Black Hills State will return home to compete in the Rock and Jock Indoor Track Meet at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish, S.D. on Thursday, February 10.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, February 06, 2011 (01:30:54)


Black Hills State University
   Lamb Named To Capital One Academic All District Team


Black Hills State University senior women’s basketball standout Katelynn Lamb was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Third Team earlier today.

Lamb, is a native of Onida, S.D She is averaging 16.6 points per game and shooting 45.0% from the field and 46.9% from three-point range. Lamb also has a 3.88 grade point average and is majoring in Biology.

The Capital One Academic All-District team is voted on by members of the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Black Hills State will face Jamestown on Friday, February 4 in Jamestown, ND. Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. MT. The radio broadcast can be heard live on your sports station KDSJ 980 AM and right here online at www.kdsj980.com.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Friday, February 04, 2011 (00:52:24)


Black Hills State University
   Black Hills State University Football Inks 31 On Signing Day


Black Hills State University Head Football Coach Jay Long announced the addition of 31 student athletes to the 2010 roster including 15 transfer students and 16 high school students.

Locally signed students include: Trevor Melum and Jimmy Seward of Belle Fourche High School, Ray Moore of The University Of Sioux Falls originally from Sundance, WY, and Tanner Urbaniak of Sturgis Brown High School.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, February 03, 2011 (23:11:14)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State Women's Basketball team remained at #5 in this week's NAIA Top 25 poll after defeating South Dakota School of Mines to advance to 18-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in the Dakota Athletic Conference.

The Lady Yellow Jackets are currently on a 12-game winning streak dating back to November 27. In this week's poll, the top-eight teams retained their rankings. Davenport (Michigan) remained at No. 1 with a mark of 25-0 on the season. Jamestown College is the only other DAC team in the poll, the Jimmies rank #24 this week. Minot State and Valley City State received votes.

Black Hills State will return to action this weekend as they take on #24 Jamestown (16-5 overall, 6-3 DAC) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. MST They finish up the road trip with a game against the Valley City State Vikings (15-8 overall, 5-4 DAC) on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. MST. You can hear all the action, right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State Men's Basketball team fell two spots in this week's NAIA Top 25 Poll. The Yellow Jackets drop from No. 7 to No. 9 for the week. The Yellow Jackets are 17-5 on the season and 6-2 in the DAC.

Jamestown College is the only other team in the Top 25 as they come in at No. 21. South Dakota School of Mines and Dickinson State received votes this week.

Black Hills State will face #21 Jamestown on Friday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m. MST. The Jimmies are a half game up on the Jackets in the DAC standings with a 7-2 record and 18-5 overall. The Yellow Jackets will wrap up the weekend playing at Valley City State on Saturday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m. MST. The Vikings are last in the conference at 1-8 and 7-16 overall. You can follow the Yellow Jackets this weekend right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State University track and field team hosted the Dave Little Invitational Saturday at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish.

The Yellow Jackets had athletes hit automatic qualifying marks for the NAIA Indoor Championships in ten events with three additional athletes posting provisional qualifying marks.

Black Hills State was led once again by the throwers on the women's side. The group had three athletes hit automatic qualifying marks during Saturday's competition. Junior Cody Milbourn had a toss of 13.30 meters in the women's shot put and 15.91 meters in the women's weight throw. Sophomore Alaina Yaracz put the shot 12.93 meters and threw the weight 15.65 meters. Sophomore Lory Johnson also qualified with a distance of 16.45 meters in the women's weight throw. Senior Lisa Koch cleared a height of 3.63 meters in the pole vault while sophomore Erin Curran ran the mile in 5:02.98. Freshman Mila Andric posted a time of 8.93 seconds in the women's 60 meter hurdles.

On the men's side, freshman Justin Bergeson ran 1:24.66 in the 600-meter run and senior Cole Nicholas won the men's weight throw with a toss of 17.55 meters. The two marks are both automatic qualifiers for the national championships. Senior Neil Long won the 3000-meter run with a time of 9:16.80 and sophomore Philip Repasky won the high jump after clearing a height of 1.89 meters. Freshman Daniel Mayer won the pole vault, clearing a height of 4.30 meters.

Black Hills State will return to action Friday, February 4 as they travel to Chardon, Nebraska to participate in the Chadron State College Open. Some of the Yellow Jacket Indoor Track and Field team will go to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Saturday, February 5.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Thursday, February 03, 2011 (06:09:54)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--The Black Hills State Yellow Jacket Men's Basketball team dropped four spots in this week's NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The Yellow Jackets 17-4 overall and 6-1 in the Dakota Athletic Conference are #7 this week. They remain the only DAC team in the poll. Jamestown and Dickinson State received votes this week.

The Yellow Jackets return to the hardwood this Thursday night as they host arch-rival South Dakota School of Mines. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and you can catch all the action, right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State Women's Basketball team remains locked at #5 in this week's poll. The Lady Yellow Jackets are 17-3, and have sole possession of the DAC standings at 7-0. The Yellow Jackets recorded back-to-back home victories last weekend with one coming against a Top-25 opponent. Down 24-23 at halftime, Black Hills State fought back to register a 62-53 win against Dickinson State on Friday, January 21. The following day, they once again battled back from a first-half deficit and posted a 80-74 victory over then-No. 17 Minot State.

Jamestown College is the only other DAC team in this week's coaches Top 25 poll. The Jimmies come in tied for #21 with a 15-4 record overall. Valley City State, Minot State and Dickinson State all received votes this week.

The Lady Yellow Jackets will hope to continue their winning streak this Thursday night as they host South Dakota School of Mines at 5:30 p.m. here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State Indoor Track and Field team will host the Dave Little Invitational this Saturday, January 29. Teams from across the DAC will come to Spearfish to compete in the one-day meet.

--The Black Hills State football team had two student-athletes named NAIA All-American Honorable Mention.

Senior linebacker Forest Sainsbury and senior offensive lineman Tom Owsiany were each named to the honorable mention team.

"This year, Tom and Forest had a great season for us," said head coach Jay Long. "They are both tough football players that made plays. As seniors, both Sainsbury and Owsiany showed the young players how to be tough. They both battled through injuries this season and are great players and exemplify what Yellow Jacket football is all about. We will miss both guys in our program."

The Yellow Jackets finished the season 6-4 overall. The Black Hills State defense ranked first in the NAIA in sacks per game, averaging 3.8 a game. The Yellow Jackets held opponents to an average of 72.2 rushing yards per game which was second in the NAIA.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 (06:50:52)


Black Hills State University
   Yellowjacket Foundation Giveaway


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 (605) 642-6832 or John.Kietzmann@BHSU.edu.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Thursday, January 20, 2011 (05:42:34)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Lady Yellow Jacket senior guard Katelynn Lamb was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Week for her efforts against Mayville State and Dakota State this past weekend. It is the second time this year that she has received this honor.

Lamb, a native of Onida, S.D., had 17 points, seven rebounds and three steals against Mayville State. Black HIlls State defeated the Comets 74-63. She also had 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in the Yellow Jackets' 72-41 victory over Dakota State.

--The Black Hills State Women's Basketball team is now ranked No. 5 in the nation in the latest NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. Minot State (12-4) is the only other DAC team ranked, coming in at #17. Jamestown and Valley City State each are receving votes this week. The Lady Yellow Jackets, who were ranked fourth in the preseason poll made their first return to the top-five since October 25, 2010. The Yellow Jackets, 15-3 overall and 5-0 in the DAC, have won nine straight games going into this weekend's conference match-ups.

This Friday, January 21, the Yellow Jackets face off against Dickinson State at 5:30 p.m. Then on Saturday, January 22, Minot State comes to the Young Center to take on the Yellow Jackets at 4:00 p.m. You can hear both games live right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--Dakota Athletic Conference officials announced this week that Will John Johnson has been named the men's basketball player of the week.

Johnson, a native of Whitewood, S.D., posted his 10th and 11th double-doubles of the season this past weekend. He scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the Yellow Jackets' 87-76 victory over Mayville State on Friday night. Johnson came back on Saturday against Dakota State to score 14 points and snare 17 boards in only 25 minutes of play. Black Hills State defeated Dakota State 81-63.

--The Black Hills State Men's Basketball team moves up three positions in the latest NAIA Division II Coaches' Top 25 Poll. The third ranked Yellow Jackets are tied for the top spot in the DAC with a 5-0 record. At 16-3 overall, the Yellow Jackets have won five straight games and 11 of their last 12. This is their first top-five ranking this year. Dickinson State joins the Yellow Jackets in the Top 25. The Blue Hawks enter the poll at #23. Jamestown College received votes this week.

The Yellow Jackets return to the hardwood this Friday and Saturday for a couple of big DAC contests. On Friday, they will face off against co-leader of the DAC Dickinson State at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. they welcome in Minot State to finish off the first half of the DAC season. You can catch all the action right here on your home for the Yellow Jackets, 980 AM KDSJ!



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 (04:58:43)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket Open


The Black Hills State University men’s and women’s track and field teams both competed in the 2011 Yellow Jacket Indoor Open on Saturday afternoon at the Donald E. Young Center in Spearfish, S.D. The meet was non-scoring.

The women’s team once again had strong performances in the field events as well as the distance events. Erin Curran won the 1,000-meter run in a time of 3:01.05 and teammate Abi Bever placed second in a time of 3:11.64. Bever also won the mile run after posting a time of 5:26.31. Black Hills State won the 1,600-meter relay and the 3,200-meter relay with times of 4:33.31 and 9:52.12, respectively. Lisa Koch cleared a height of 3.48 meters to win the pole vault while Lory Johnson put the shot 12.97 meters to place first.

On the men’s side, Chad Hofkamp won both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash with times of 7.18 and 22.95 seconds, respectively. Peter Amondolar won the 600-meter run in 1:30.44 and Dustin Worthington won the long jump with a mark of 6.81 meters. The men’s 3,200-meter relay team took home first place honors in a time of 8:13.80.

The Yellow Jackets will travel to Ames, Iowa to compete in the Iowa State Open on January 21-22. Events are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. CST on January 21 and 10 a.m. CST on January 22.



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Posted by A-Ryan
on Sunday, January 16, 2011 (15:59:10)


Black Hills State University
   Yellow Jacket News and Notes


--Black Hills State Men's Basketball Senior forward Luke Enos was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Week. Enos scored 42 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, handed out seven assists and added two blocks and two steals in helping the sixth ranked Yellow Jackets to a pair of conference home wins. In the two outings, he was 16 of 22 from the field and 10 of 14 from the free throw line.

--Black Hills State senior Will John Johnson became the first player in BHSU history to grab 1,000 rebounds and score 1,000 points. Senior Clay Pottorff from Greely, Colorado scored his 1,000th point against Jamestown.

--The Black Hills State Men's Basketball team remains #6 in this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll with a record of 14-3 and 3-0 in the DAC. The Yellow Jackets are the only team from the DAC in the Top 25, Dickinson State and Jamestown are receiving votes. Black Hills State hits the road this week as they travel to Mayville State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday they battle Dakota State in Madison, SD at 6:00 p.m. You can catch all the action this weekend right here on 980 AM KDSJ.

--The Black Hills State Women's Basketball team remains #7 in this week's NAIA Division II Top 25 Poll with a record of 13-3 and 3-0 in the DAC. Minot State is at #16 in this week's rankings with Valley City State dropping one spot to #24. Jamestown continues to receive votes in this week's poll. The Lady Yellow Jackets will be on the road this week as they take on Mayville State on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and then go to Dakota State on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. You can hear all the conference action this weekend right here on 980 AM KDSJ!

--The Black Hills State women's basketball team announced the signing of Cassidy Kotelman and McKenna Haist.

Kotelman, a 5'10" senior from Brookings High School, is the daughter of Lee and Bernadette Kotelman of Brookings, SD. She is a four sport athlete for the Bobcats and has earned two varsity letters in basketball, three in volleyball, one in track and field and two in softball. Kotelman currently maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is a member of the national honor society.

"Cassidy is a very versatile player, which makes her a tough match up," said head coach Mark Nore. "We love how hard Cassidy plays and the type of teammate she is. We are very excited about her as an addition to the university and to our program. We are lucky to have her part of the Yellow Jacket family."

Haist, a 5'4" senior from The Classical Academy, is the daughter of Frank and Sandra Haist from Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also plays volleyball for The Classical Academy. Haist was named honorable mention all-state, first team Tri-Peaks League, and second team all city. Haist holds five school records and was named The Classical Academy MVP.

"McKenna is a great addition to our team," said Nore. "We are extremely excited abut her; she is one of the most skilled athletes we have ever signed. She is equally good with her left hand as she is with her right. I believe she is going to be a better collegiate player than high school. We are extremely happy with her decision to be a Yellow Jacket."

--The Yellow Jacket High School Indoor Track and Field Open will be this Friday in the Young Center Fieldhouse. The Yellow Jacket Indoor College Track and Field Meet will be this Saturday, also in the fieldhouse.



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Posted by A-Cody
on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 (06:23:33)


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