It was a pretty good weekend for area college athletes.
Up in Spearfish, BHSU redshirt sophomore guard Wyatt Krogman was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Yellow Jackets two wins last weekend at Western State and Colorado State-Pueblo.
Krogman scored 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting and dished seven assists in the Yellow Jackets 88-79 victory over Western State. He then followed that performance with 19 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the 82-62 win at CSU-Pueblo.
For the weekend, Krogman averaged 19 points, five assists and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 73.3 percent from the field.
Speaking of the Yellow Jackets, BHSU swept the weekend for the second straight weekend and have moved into a first-place tie in the Rocky Division at 7-4. The Jackets have won six of their last seven games and are now 9-6 on the season.
Head coach Jeff Trumbauer has to like the way things are beginning to progress in his second year at the helm.
The Black Hills State women dropped an overtime heartbreaker to CSU-Pueblo on the road for a split on the weekend, but the Jackets are still in first place in the Rocky Division at 9-2 and are 13-2 on the season.
Both BH teams will be at home this weekend at the Young Center, hosting Metro State University-Denver and Colorado-Colorado Springs.
In Rapid City, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology women's team swept a road series for the first in RMAC history, knocking off CSU-Pueblo 55-51. The Hardrockers beat Western State the following night and are looking to move up in the standings at 5-6 and 8-7 overall.
It was a special night in Pueblo for Hardrocker junior Megan Rohrer, who played against her little sister, Molly, for the first time. Older sister has bragging rights for the season as not only did her team win the game, but she finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, to six points and eight boards for Molly.
It's cold outside (duh) and area tracksters are running, jumping and throwing inside and both BHSU and Mines competed last Friday in the Myrle Hanson Open at the Young Center.
Two BHSU thinclads, seniors Alec Baldwin and Madison McLaughlin did so well that they were honored by the RMAC for their efforts.
Baldwin earned the conference's Track Athlete of the Week after placing second in the mile run in 4 minutes 17.21 with an elevation-adjusted time of 4:10.53. The senior All-American currently leads all of NCAA Division II in the event.
McLaughlin won the shot put with a toss of 48 feet, 4 inches and placed second in the weight throw with a heave of 58-9.25. Both marks meet the NCAA provisional qualifying standards.
Mines athletes also competed in the meet and came away with 23 personal best marks.
Up next is the Dave Little Alumni Mile on Saturday at the Young Center.
In Brookings, two former Rapid City wrestlers, both freshmen with South Dakota State, had outstanding weekends with the sub varsity as Kasey Klapprodt, a Stevens graduate and Martin Mueller, a Center alum, both came away with individual titles at the Worthington Open.
Klapprodt defeated teammate Brett Bye 3-1 in the 165-pound championship match. Klapprodt opened with an 11-4 decision over Connor Hanson of Rochester Community and Technical College (Minn.) and advanced to the semifinals with a 5-3 decision over Trevor Paulson. He then advanced to the finals with a 10-7 victory over Stephon Gray of Iowa Central Community College.
Mueller claimed the 184-pound title with a 4-0 record. He began his tournament run with first-period pins of Jayce Frank of Morningside and St. Cloud State’s Monty Holm. Mueller advanced to the finals with a 10-9 decision over Cole Hennen of Southwest Minnesota State, and won the title with 13-8 decision against William Balow of Minnesota.
Spearfish's Nate Rotert, meanwhile, and the rest of the varsity Jackrabbits were in Greeley, Colo., on Friday and defeated Northern Colorado 34-3 for their first Big 12 Conference dual win.
Rotert, ranked 14th in the country at 197 pounds, defeated UNC's Trent Noon who is ranked 17th, 9-5.