For the first time at the NCAA Division II level, the Black Hills State University women's cross country team is nationally ranked. According to the USTFCCCA Coaches' Poll, the Yellow Jackets are 18th in the nation. This comes on the heels of upsetting then No. 9 UCCS at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference championships. UCCS fell to 25th in poll.
"It's nice that the women's team is getting some national recognition," said head coach Scott Walkinshaw.
The Yellow Jacket women are also currently ranked fifth in the South-Central Region, which is also a program high ranking. The men's team continue to fly under the radar, sitting at ninth in the South-Central Region.
BHSU also received conference honors this week as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference announced its All-RMAC Teams. Junior Nicole Allerdings, from Plevna, Mont., and the Ipswich native, senior Tori Moore, were named second team All-RMAC. Allerdings finished 24th, while Moore finished 26th. Senior Jonah Theisen, a Kenai, Alaska native, and junior Jake Iverson, a Winnet, Mont. native, also were named second team All-RMAC. Theisen finished in 17th, while Iverson took 26th.
The Black Hills State harriers will compete in the South-Central Regional championship on Nov.17 at Washington Park in Denver. To earn a bid into the national meet, BHSU must either finish in the top three or receive one of 10 at-large bids. The women will be running against four schools ranked in the Top 10. The men's team will be facing seven Top-25 schools.
Butler earns honors with Newman soccer
Rapid City Central graduate Kyra Butler was named All-Heartland Conference first team in soccer for Newman University in Wichita, Kansas.
A sophomore, she was also named to the Preseason All-Conference team. This season she appeared in 19 games, starting 18, playing 1,495 minutes as a defender with seven shots, three on goal and one goal this season.
In her freshman season, she received second team all conference and Freshman Athlete of the Year. She appeared in 19 games, starting 19 and played 1,594 minutes as a defender with two shots and one shot on goal.
She is working on a double major in biochemistry and forensic science with a minor in criminal justice.
Stevens, Central players on All-ESD football team
Despite a tough season, four Rapid City Stevens players were named to the All-ESD football team earlier this week. Rapid City Central also had one player named to the squad.
Named to the defensive team for the Raiders was senior defensive lineman Tyrese Morris and juniors Colton Hartford (defensive back) and Isaac Gehlsen (linebacker). Senior placekicker Corben Mahaffy was named to the special teams squad.
For the Cobblers, junior running back Jeremy Weidmann was named to the offensive team.
The Eastern South Dakota Conference consists of Class AAA teams Brandon Valley, Watertown, Central, Stevens and Aberdeen Central, and AA teams Pierre, Harrisburg, Yankton, Brookings, Mitchell and Huron.
Brandon Valley, which had 10 selections on the All-ESD team (five offensive and five defensive) will play Sioux Falls Washington Saturday night for the AAA state title at the DakotaDome in Vermillion, while Huron faces Pierre for the AA title Friday night.
Rushomore 75+ baseball team still unbeaten
The South Dakota Rushmore 75+ baseball team is 4-0 in the Roy Hobbs World Series after handling the New Jersey Cardinals 12-3 on Wednesday in Fort Meyers, Fla.
Phil Trooien went the distance on the mound, scattering nine hits while allowing only three runs. The "Rushmore defense helped out with two double plays.
Six Rushmore players had two hits each, Nick Pashulka, Lew Ingalls, Howard Bich, Kent Rolfing, Harvey Austin and Bill Shields.
The Rushmores take on the Kent Mudhens Thursday in the final game of the round robin before playoffs start on Friday and conclude on Saturday. The Rushmores are the only undefeated team in the tournament.