Mines signs Mandan, N.D., standout
The South Dakota School of Mines men’s basketball program has had a lot of success recruiting talented student-athletes from North Dakota over the past several years. The Hardrockers are hoping to have struck gold again with the recent signing of another hoopster from up north in Erron Collins.
“We found another fine young man out of North Dakota,” said Hardrocker men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry. “We have brought a number of guys into our program from up that way and every one of them has developed into not only a talented basketball player but a well-rounded person, too. I’m pretty excited to add Erron to that list and see him thrive as a Hardrocker.”
Collins, a 5-foot-11 point guard who will join the Hardrocker hoops team for the 2013-14 season, hales from Mandan. During his junior season, Collins was second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game, first in steals (38) and first in assists (72) on a squad that finished with a 19-6 overall record and finished third in the North Dakota State Tournament. Collins was an all-conference selection and picked to the WDA Basketball All-Tournament team.
BHSU signs seven football recruits
Black Hills State football coach John Reiners announced the addition of seven new players in preparation for the upcoming 2013-14 season.
The seven new roster additions that arrived for the spring semester of this year are: Kyle Croll (Fr. 6-1, 210, Coronado, Calif.), Evan Smith (Fr. 6-3, 290, Vivian), Brek Carper (So. 5-10, 180, Gillette, Wyo.), Brian Baldwin (Jr. 5-9, 182, Camarillo, Calif.), Tyler Simmons (Fr. 5-7, 168, New York), Miguel Fernandez (So. 5-7, 180, Bronx, N.Y.) and Trey Hill (Fr. 6-4, 220, Panhandle, Texas).
"These guys are great additions to the depth of our team, especially on defense and wide receiver – we look forward to them contributing next season," Reiners said.
Up next for the Yellow Jacket coaching staff is National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
Racers shine at BH Gold Invite
The Rapid City Racers had a strong showing at the Black Hills Gold Invitational last weekend. Every athlete who participated had at least one individual lifetime-best swim and the team posted an impressive 89% lifetime-best swims.
Kiana Major, Cade Kandolin, Ezekiel Mestad, Reed Ellefson, Chloe Smith, Natalie Montoya and Alex Bachwich all took home top-three finishes and Emily Bachwich, Alex Kandolin, Emily Kandolin, Kiana Major, Chloe Smith, Alex Bachwich, Reed Ellefson, Cade Kandolin and Ezekiel Mestad all posted state-qualifying times.
Moguls pick up second win of season
Edgemont held off Rapid City Christian 48-46 in boys basketball action on Tuesday night to pick up its second win of the season.
Treg Schaak paced the Moguls (2-12 overall) with 17 points and Miles Englebert added 12 rebounds. The Moguls trailed at the half but held a six-point lead with 30 seconds to play before holding off a final Comet charge.