South Dakota School of Mines sophomore Jake Heath was named to 2017-18 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic First Team while teammates Logan Elers, Jack Fiddler, Triston Von Nieda, Troy Brady and Trey Smith all earned spots on the RMAC Honor Roll announced Thursday by the league office in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
RMAC First Team All-Academic members were voted on by the conference's Sports Information Directors. To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must carry a 3.30 cumulative grade point average and must have been an active student at the institution for at least two-consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters. Grade point averages are based on grades prior to the 2016 fall semester.
Heath, a sophomore guard from Melbourne, Australia, has a 3.625 GPA and is an Interdisciplinary Sciences major. Earlier this season, Heath led the nation in 3-point goals made percentage and is currently averaging 9.7 points per game.
Elers, who currently is the Hardrockers' leading scorer (13.4 ppg), is a Metallurgical Engineering major from Roturua, New Zealand with a 3.875 GPA.
Von Nieda, a sophomore post player from Fort Collins, Colorado, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, has a 3.81 GPA.
Fiddler, a sophomore guard from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, has a 3.625 GPA.
Brady is a red-shirt freshman guard from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, majoring in Civil Engineering, has a 3.596 GPA; and Smith, a red-shirt freshman guard from Senecaville, Ohio, majoring in Civil Engineering, is a 3.563.
Jason Anderson of CSU-Pueblo captures this year's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Men's Basketball Academic Player of the Year award.
For Black Hills State University, two Yellow Jacket men were named to the team.
Stefan Desnica, from Temerin, Serbia, has a 3.682 GPA as an economics and finance major. The sophomore averages 6.0 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game.
Wyatt Krogman, a native of White River, holds a 3.342 grade point average in elementary education. The senior averages 6.1 ppg, and also dishes out 2.3 assists per game.
Eight Yellow Jackets, four Hardrockers named to women's team
Eight Black Hills State University women's basketball team members were named to the RMAC All-Academic Honor Roll.
Julia Seamans, from Gillette, Wyoming, has a 3.612 grade point average as a math education major. The junior averages 7.7 points per game, playing in all 24 games so far this season.
Cortez Standing Bear, a native of Pine Ridge, holds a 4.0 GPA as a sophomore in physical exercise education.
Keely Bertram, a native of Elkpoint, has a 3.59 GPA as an elementary education major. A junior, Bertram averages 7.3 ppg and 4.4 rpg, and makes the Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
Remi Wientjes, a junior from Onida, has a 3.856 grade point average in elementary education. She scores 7.1 points per game, and is on the Honor Roll for the third consecutive season.
Hannah Cass, hailing from Newcastle, Wyoming, holds a 3.697 GPA as an exercise science major. Cass averages 5.1 ppg and 3.8 rpg.
Alyssia Martinez, a sophomore from Highlands Ranch, Colo., has a 3.438 GPA as a business administration and management major.
Abby Switzer, a native of Casper, Wyoming., holds a 3.612 as a sophomore in business administration, and Haley Schneider, from Worland, Wyoming., has a 3.455 as a sophomore in elementary education.
South Dakota School of Mines was represented by four members on the team.
Lady Hardrocker hoops players Stacy Hull, Taylor Molstad, Krista Showalter and Sarah Rawlings all received the prestigious honor.
Hull, a junior from Broomfield, Colorado., majoring in Industrial Engineering has a 3.944 GPA.
Rawlings, a senior from Parkman, Wyoming., majoring in Civil Engineering, has a 4.0 GPA.
Showalter, a senior from Arlington, Washington., majoring in Engineering Management, has a 4.0 and Molstad, a junior from Rapid City, majoring in Interdisciplinary Sciences, has a 3.563 GPA.
CSU-Pueblo's Molly Rohrer was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Women's Basketball Academic Player of the Year.
SDSU women run past Denver
With five players scoring in double figures, the South Dakota State women's basketball team recorded a 95-59 win over Denver Thursday night in Summit League play in front of 1,543 fans at Frost Arena.
The Jackrabbits, now 20-5 and 9-1, have won 20 or more games for the seventh-straight season and 12th time in the last 13 seasons. Macy Miller led the Jacks with 20 points. Madison Guebert added 15 points while Tagyn Larson and Tylee Irwin each scored 13 points. Alexis Alexander recorded 10 points.
Denver, 13-12, 4-6, was led by Carie Weinman's 16 points and Claire Gritt's 11 points.
USD men topple Fort Wayne
Five players in double-digit scoring led the South Dakota men’s basketball team to an 86-69 victory over Fort Wayne Thursday night inside the Sanford Coyote Sports Center.
Matt Mooney and Triston Simpson each tallied a team-high 17 points while Nick Fuller came off the bench for 14 points. Tyler Hagedorn and Tyler Peterson each added 10 points for the Coyotes who outscored the Mastodons 58-32 in the paint. Mooney totaled a career-high nine assists.
The Coyotes improve to 21-6 overall and 9-2 in the Summit League as Fort Wayne falls to 16-11 overall and 5-5 in league play.
Jenkins' 31 points helps S. Dakota St. hold off Denver 81-77
DENVER — David Jenkins Jr., tied a career-high with 31 points, Mike Daum had a double-double and South Dakota State beat Denver 83-75 on Thursday night.
Daum finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jenkins also scored 31 points in a 112-103 double overtime loss to Colorado in Boulder on Dec. 15. The Jackrabbits (21-6, 9-1 Summit League) have won four straight and 12 of their last 13.
Reed Tellinghausen added 16 for South Dakota State.