Two South Dakota School of Mines athletes earned Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference athlete of the week awards Monday.

Enis Sefa, the kicker for the Hardrocker football team, won special teams player of the week and women's basketball guard Cooper Courtney won offensive player of the week.

Sefa was a perfect 5-for-5 in Mines' 35-26 win against Western State Saturday, and is 26-for-26 this season on extra points while filling in for the injured all-RMAC kicker Robbie Jo Gerarden. He is also third on the team with 47 points this season.

"Enis has stepped up and produced for the team when we need him to," Mines coach Zach Tinker said in a release from Mines athletics. "He's a great example of dedication to his team and his craft."

Mines finished the season 5-6.

Courtney has gotten off to a hot start for the Hardrockers, scoring 45 points in two wins against Eastern New Mexico and Texas-Permian Basin over the weekend at the Conference Cross-over Classic in Durango, Colo.

"I'm really excited for Cooper to be honored by the RMAC as player of the week. It's a well-deserved honor," Mines coach Ryan Larsen said in the release. "Cooper had a tremendous weekend offensively and her teammates did a great job of getting her the ball. Besides scoring, Cooper made plenty of other plays that didn't show up on the stat sheet."

Courtney scored nine points against Eastern New Mexico and 36 against Texas-Permian Basin, when she went 11-17.

Wuertzer, Coy win cross country coach of the year awards

Two west river coaches were honored by the South Dakota Cross County and Track & Field Coaches Association, as Royce Wuertzer from St. Thomas More and Jesse Coy from Rapid City Stevens received the award.

Wuertzer won for Area 4A and Coy won for West Class AA boys. Coy led Stevens to a fourth place finish in the Class AA state meet while Wuertzer guided the Cavs to a fifth place finish.

Other winners include: Don Ray of Deubrook Area for Area 1A, Charles Hruby of Webster Area in Area 1B, Tom Brantner of James Valley Christian of Area 2B, Luke VanderLeest of Sioux Falls Christian in Area 2A.

The East AA girls' winner is Larry Beesly of Brandon Valley and the boys' winner is Shane Reilly of Sioux Falls Washington.

In Area 3B the winner was Larry Buffington of Gayville/ Violin, Jayd Schuyler of Winner won for Area 3A, Mary Sieck of Winner won for Area 4B and the Class AA west girls' winner was Bill Martens of Aberdeen Central. 

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S. Dakota downs Bowling Green 88-79 behind Mooney's 26 PTs

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio— Matt Mooney scored 26 points and handed out five assists and Tyler Hagedorn added 15 points and South Dakota beat Bowling Green 88-79 on Monday.

Carlton Hurst contributed 14 points and nine rebounds for South Dakota (2-0) which trailed 35-34 at halftime. Hagedorn's 3 with 8:28 left to play gave South Dakota a 59-57 lead it wouldn't give up. Later, Mooney made a 3, a jump shot and a layup to extend the lead to 72-61.

Bowling Green (1-1) responded with seven-straight and Dylan Frye's 3 made it 72-68 with 3:57 left. The Falcons never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

Frye led Bowling Green with 23 points, Derek Koch had 15 points and 14 rebounds and Rodrick Caldwell scored 10.

It's the second time this season a Jackrabbits team has gotten the better of Bowling Green. South Dakota's football team beat the Falcons 35-27 on Sept. 9.

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