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Area Scene: Sturgis’ McPherson an Olympic alternate

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Sturgis’ Paige McPherson faced Diana Lopez of Houston in the recent TaeKwonDo Olympic Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Lopez is the defending bronze medalist from the Beijing Olympics in the bantam/featherweight division and was able to out-score McPherson 2-1 at the trials. McPherson will be the alternate to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. McPherson is also eligible for the light/welter division should the committee select it for the remaining female weight bracket.

She is also looking forward to the 2011 World TaeKwonDo Championships in Korea in May. 

McPherson trained under Master Cody Shepperson of Black Hawk until two years ago, when she moved to Miami to work with Olympic coach Juan Miguel Moreno.

Fried honored for work in classroom

South Dakota School of Mines senior cross country runner Lucas Fried has been named a 2010 Daktronics NAIA Scholar Athlete. Fried, a civil engineering  major from Kodiak, Alaska, also earned the prestigious honor in 2009 as well.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor. Fried is also a Dakota Athletic Conference scholar athlete.

Two BHSU runners earn special honor

The Black Hills State University women’s cross country team had two student-athletes, sophomore Erin Curran and freshman Courtney Dickson, earn All-American honors this season.

Curran, a native of Wahoo, Neb., and Dickson from Cavour each placed in the top 30 at the NAIA National Championship Meet held in Vancouver, Wash. 

Curran placed fourth overall in a time of 17 minutes, 52 seconds. Dickson completed the course in a time of 18:32 to finish 28th.  The women’s team placed third at the meet and the men’s team placed 18th.  The two teams combined for a fourth-place finish overall.

“These two ladies capped off great seasons with their performances at the national meet,” head coach Scott Walkinshaw said.  “Finishing third this year was the 17th time Black Hills State has finished in the top 10 in the nation.”

In order to receive All-American honors, individuals must finish in the top 30 at the national championship meet.

Two earn academic recognition

South Dakota State University running backs Kyle Minett and Tyler Duffy have each been named to the ESPN Academic All-America Team for their efforts in the classroom and on the field.

Minett, a senior from Ruthton, Minn., was named to the university division first team for the third consecutive year and finished fifth in the academic All-American of the year balloting.

A senior from Brookings, Duffy earned a spot on the university division second team after compiling a perfect 4.0 GPA while majoring in electrical engineering.

Rapid City Rush to recognize veterans

The VA Black Hills Health Care System announced the Rapid City Rush will celebrate Military Appreciation Night to honor all military service members, veterans and their families.

Military Appreciation Night at the Rush hockey game will take place on Friday at the Rapid City Civic Center Ice Arena at 7 p.m. In addition to the hockey game, the event will include a special tribute to veterans and active duty military personnel, patriotic activities and recognition of our own local heroes.

“VA Black Hills Health Care System encourages Rush fans to get your tickets and show your support at this special night set aside to pay tribute and share our collective thanks to those who sacrifice so we may remain free, it’s a way to say, ‘Welcome home,’” said Lori Vosika, OEF/OIF Program Manager for VA Black Hills Health Care System. “It is our hope that active duty military service members, veterans from all eras and their families will join in and that the community will come out to help appropriately recognize these true American heroes.” 

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