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Yesterday the Lady Yellow Jackets battled two nationally ranked teams in (#11) Bellevue and (#16) Dordt. Coming off of Fridays big wins, the Yellow Jackets faced two tough matches against formidable opponents.

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Friday the Black Hills State volleyball team played NAIA #4 ranked Azusa Pacific and Dana College in the Red Raider Classic. Friday’s matches were a big test for the Lady Yellow Jackets as they looked to measure up against two well coached teams. The Jackets were able to rise to the occasion and push their record to 4-3.

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This past Saturday afternoon the BHSU Yellow Jackets took the field for their first scrimmage.  The first team defense went against the first team offense for 30 plays followed by the second teams competing against each other for 30 plays as well.  “Our goal was to see our young guys compete for the first time this season.  We made a few mental mistakes here and there but overall they’re beginning to understand the system,” said Head Coach Jay Long.

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Over 50 3rd-6th graders attended Midget Mania this past Saturday on the BHSU campus which was followed by a barbecue in Lyle Hare Stadium.  At the barbecue the Yellow Jacket program hosted an autograph session where the campers were able to meet their favorite Yellow Jackets.  BHSU Head Coach Jay Long was pleased with the turnout.

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The Lady Yellow Jackets finished up the Carroll College/UGF Classic in Great Falls, Montana yesterday. First, the Jackets squared off against Co-host University of Great Falls on their home court. Both teams were equally matched throughout, as the match went all the way to five sets.

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Yesterday the Yellow Jackets played two talented Montana teams in the first day of the Carroll College/UGF Classic. Black Hills State was able to start the day off right by recording their first win of the season against Montana Tech.

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Last night the Lady Jackets battled a talented Carroll College team in their 2009 season opener in Helena, Montana. The Lady Jackets had troubles passing the ball against the unorthodox Saint offense in the first two sets, which led to inconsistency in offensive execution.

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The Black Hills Sate University men’s and women’s cross country coach Scott Walkinshaw (12th Year) released the final schedule for the upcoming 2009 season on Friday with the teams first meet, the Alumni Open, on Friday, September 4. “I think it is a very good schedule,” Walkinshaw said. “This year we have taken a different approach with the major meets we will be attending.

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The Black Hills State University Women’s Golf Team is entering their 5th year of competition in the Dakota Athletic Conference.  The Jackets are once again being led this year by former BHSU golfer Jaime Bentley, and assistant coach Ray Ginsbach.  The BHSU women’s golf team is coming off its most successful season in which they won their first ever Dakota Athletic Conference Title, and their first appearance in the NAIA National Tournament.  The team is looking forward to continuing the success they had last year, and to defend their conference title.

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The BHSU men’s basketball team has much to be excited about for the 2009-10 season and has scheduled some quality opponents to get themselves prepared for their Dakota Athletic Conference Schedule (DAC).  The exhibition games are highlighted once again with very tough NCAA Division I and II opponents starting November 2nd with a game at Big 12 Iowa State University. 

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The Yellow Jackets are coming off their 2008 DAC Championship and NAIA National Tournament Appearance where they finished 26-8 and ranked 13th in the NAIA.  BHSU will start the 2009 season only losing one player from that 2008 roster due to graduation but gained three new freshmen that should all make an immediate impact. 

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Black Hills State Yellow Jacket Football will begin preparation for their fall season on August 12th with 17 returning players with starting experience.  The Yellow Jackets will begin fall camp with a two-day orientation with 43 newcomers to the program.  On August 13th 45 veterans will report to camp with practices beginning that afternoon.  First year Head Coach Jay Long and his staff are looking to build upon past years of success and compete for a Dakota Athletic Conference Championship. 

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