Rapid City Rush defenseman Michael Sdao will miss the upcoming series against the Colorado Eagles after the ECHL suspended him three games for an illegal check to the head Saturday against the Allen Americans.

The illegal check came 3:20 into the second period of a 6-2 loss to the Americans. Sdao was also fined a undisclosed amount of money.

In 19 games Sdao has recorded zero points and has a plus/minus rating of -6 this season.

The Rush (7-12-0-0) begin a three game series with Colorado (13-4-3-0) Wednesday at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The final two games of the series will be played Friday and Saturday in Loveland, Colorado.

Sdao will be back on the roster for the Rush game Wednesday Dec. 13 in Boise against the Idaho Steelheads.

Shay Timble leads Stevens at Lolly Forseth Invitational 

Rapid City Stevens gymnastics took third at the Lolly Forseth Invitational in Sioux Falls. Rapid City Central finished 11th.

Leading the Raiders was Junior Shay Timble, who won the bars with a score of 9.575. Timble also finished eighth in the beam, second in the floor, vault and all-around.

Myah Morris of Watertown edged out Timble in the all-around with a 37.375 compared to Timble's 37.275.

Jamie Iwan led the Cobblers, with a 21st place finish in the all-around with a 30.000 and a 8.300 in the floor event to finish 29th. 

Both Stevens and Central will be traveling to the Hub City Invitational in Aberdeen, which begins Friday.

BHSU and Mines women's basketball ranked regionally

After strong starts to the season, both Black Hills State and South Dakota School of Mines women's basketball found themselves ranked in the Division II South Central Region by D2SIDA.

The Yellow Jackets come in at No. 4 after a 8-0 start with 39 points after being ranked No. 5 last week.

Mines, who is in a four way tie for ninth, cracked the rankings for the first time after a week where it opened Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference play with a 70-58 loss to Metro State-Denver and a 65-38 win of the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.

The Hardrockers are 5-2 on the season.

Lubbock Christian remained No. 1 at 9-1, West Texas A&M is No. 2 at 9-0, Colorado Mesa is third at 8-0 and Fort Lewis rounds out the top five at 6-1.

Six RMAC teams made the top 15 poll, with Mesa, BHSU, Fort Lewis, Colorado State-Pueblo (9), Metro State (9) and Mines, with Colorado School of Mines receiving votes.

Mines will face Colorado Christian Friday and BHSU takes on Colorado Mines. Both are home games.