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There will be a registration table set up prior to the women’s and men’s games this Saturday night, Oct 31st.  There will also be a registration held at the Dairy Queen in Spearfish on Thursday, November 5th, between 5:30 and 7:30PM.  BHSU Men’s Basketball players will be present to help with registration.

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The men’s and women’s basketball programs will open their seasons this weekend in the Donald E. Young Center.  The women will start the weekend off Friday night at 5:30pm as they take on College of Saint Mary out of Omaha, Nebraska. 

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The cross country dual meet with SD School of Mines and Technology scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, October 30th has been cancelled due to the weather conditions. The meet will not be rescheduled. The next meet for The Running Yellow Jackets will be the Dakota Athletic Conference Championships scheduled for Friday, November 6th at Robbinsdale Park in Rapid City. The women’s race will take place at 11:00 am followed by the men at 11:45.

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This Saturday the 4-4 Yellow Jackets are in Lyle Hare Stadium for their final home game of the season.  South Dakota School of Mines comes into Spearfish with a record of 4-3 fresh off a victory over Valley City State last weekend.  Both teams enter this contest 3-3 in DAC play. 

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The Yellow Jacket volleyball team competed in their final two regular season home games this past weekend at the Donald E. Young Center gymnasium. Black Hills State was able to put on an impressive show and pick up a decisive win over foe Valley City State in three sets. Saturday, the Yellow Jackets came back to battle the Jamestown College Jimmies. The Yellow Jackets were unable to hand Jamestown their first loss of the season as they fell in four sets.

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The Yellow Jacket Cross Country program had a positive week moving up in the recent NAIA rankings.  The men’s team jumped up to 13th from 16th in the previous poll.  The women moved up to 18th after sitting at 21.  The Yellow Jackets are off this weekend but will return to action next weekend as they host the Yellow Jacket/Hardrocker Dual on October 30th.
 

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This Saturday the 4-3 Yellow Jackets will be in Lyle Hare Stadium to take on the 3-4 Jamestown College Jimmies.  Both teams are coming into this contest 3-2 in DAC play.  “Jamestown is entering this game on a three-game winning streak.  The first few games their offense struggled but since then they have really started to click.  Jamestown and us are very similar in a lot of ways and this should be a solid matchup,” said Head Coach Jay Long.

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The Black Hills State University men and women’s cross country teams will be competing in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational this Saturday, October 17. Both teams are coming off impressive wins in the Montana State University-Billings Yellow Jacket Invitational last Saturday, October 10.

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It’s safe to say that expectations are high for the Black Hills State University Men’s Basketball team this upcoming season.  With all five starters returning from a team that finished with a BHSU record 30 wins and made it to the National Semi-Finals, there is good reason why.  Any liklehood of sneaking up on their opponents are gone, replaced by a huge target on their back. 

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The Lady Yellow Jackets return 4 starters, two 1st team all-conference players, and an All-American for the 2009-2010 season.  They also return some other very talented players from last year’s basketball team that went 26-8.  BHSU made it to the Elite 8 of the NAIA National Tournament and lost to the eventual national champions, Morningside College. 

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You don’t have to look very far to see the impact of 9-man football players on the Black Hills State University roster especially if you’re an opposing offensive player. Three starters on the Yellow Jacket defense come from 9-man schools.  Camp Crook linebacker Forest Sainsbury, New Underwood defensive back Clayton Schleusner and Newell nose tackle Sterling Boylan have all had an impact on the Yellow Jacket defense so far this season.

 

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This past Saturday the Yellow Jackets were at Lyle Hare Stadium as they took on Dickinson State University.  Both teams came into the contest 3-0 in DAC Play.  On an extremely cold afternoon the Yellow Jackets and the Blue Hawks both struggled offensively in a defensive battle.

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The Black Hills State Lady Yellow Jacket Volleyball team turned up the tempo toward the end of the first half of their DAC conference season. The Yellow Jackets notched three impressive wins over conference opponents Mayville State, Dakota State, and rival S.D. School of Mines.
 

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It was a cold day for the teams competing in Saturday’s Yellow Jacket Invitational held at Riverfront Park in Billings, MT. Despite the icy conditions and a temperature near 20 degrees, both the Black Hills State University men and women's teams turned up the heat to capture team titles. The annual meet hosted by Montana State University-Billings had eight teams competing.  
 

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This past weekend the Yellow Jackets traveled to Valley City, North Dakota to take on DAC Conference opponent Valley City State University.  The Yellow Jackets took an early lead into halftime 7-0.  In the second the half BHSU again got off to a fast start increasing their lead to 23-7 entering the fourth quarter.  The Vikings put together a good fourth quarter to close the gap to 23-21.  On the two point conversion senior linebacker Nic Prather from Marysville, California tackled the Valley City State quarterback for a loss which sealed the game for the Yellow Jackets. 

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The Yellow Jackets defeated Valley City State University this past weekend to improve to 4-1 on the season.  The Yellow Jackets haven't lost since the first game against NCAA II Southwest Minnesota State University.

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