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the Yellow Jackets finished with a Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) Championship and a first-ever trip to the NAIA playoffs. The Jackets finished with an 8-3 overall record and an impressive 7-0 conference record.

Football team remembered as 'team that got it done' T

he football team at BHSU is looking forward to the 2007 season follow- ing a stellar season in 2006 when

looking to build on a solid core of return- ing players on both sides of the ball. As fall practice begins, the Yellow Jackets are bringing in a group of 40 new recruits to join the returning veterans. According to Scott, the team has a great deal of opti- mism.

The team, ranked 12th in the NAIA pre-season poll, begin their demanding non-conference schedule Sept. 1 on the road against NAIA number four ranked Carroll College. The Jackets then host NCAA Division III opponent the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sept. 8 at Lyle Hare Stadium. The conference season is expect- ed to be a tough schedule as well. Head Coach John Scott and his staff are entering their fifth season and are

Offensively the Jackets return eight starters. Last fall the quarterback position was one of Scott’s biggest concerns. This fall the position is in good hands with All Dakota Athletic Conference quarterback Eric Osborne returning for his senior cam- paign. He finished last season passing for over 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns. On the defensive side of the ball the Jackets return seven starters, but must replace a trio of linebackers who started nearly every game in their four year careers and a four-year starter at cornerback. The

defensive backfield returns Dakota Athletic Player of the Year and All-American safety Tanner Tetrault. Tetrault brings leadership, experience, and a wealth of talent to the defensive backfield.

Eric Osborne, All Daktoa Athletic Con- ference quarterback, will return to help lead the Yellow Jackets in '07.

Track and field team finish successful season T

he BHSU track and field team added a number of names and performanc- es to the past successes during the 2007 indoor and outdoor season. The women’s team once again repeat- ed as indoor and outdoor DAC team cham- pions and during the process compiled a list of 14 all conference performers. They finished fifth as a team at the Indoor National Championships and went on to finish 12th to cap off their outdoor season. The women established seven new school records that included Wesleigh Jastorff in the 600 and 800 indoors and out- doors, Aubrey Baxter in the weight throw and shot put, Wendy O’Lexey in the 3000, and Lynnae Fox in the hammer. Jastorff

also set a new conference record and established herself as the Indoor National Champion in the 800. Baxter also captured two national titles in the shot put and weight throw and set a new national record in the weight throw. Baxter holds the South Dakota Collegiate records in both the shot and weight. These two All-Americans were joined by teammates Amber Brodersen, Lynnae Fox, Wendy O’Lexey, Shelli Scheffler, Kendra Karst, and Liz Woodruff who also received All-American honors at the National Championships in 2007. The women’s team was not alone setting new records as the men’s team combined for a total of 13 All-Conference performers and four new school records.

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Members of this select group included Eric Flores, Tyg Long, Cody Bordewyk, James Hansen, and Allen Wood who all continued on to earn All-American honors at the NAIA Championships. Flores, a freshman from Custer, was crowned the indoor National Champion in the weight throw with a toss just over 59 feet and then returned to the outdoor season to capture the title in the hammer with a toss of 215 feet. Other school record holders included Trent Waage in the marathon posting a time of 2:31.05 in his debut. The men’s team finished runner-up at both the indoor and outdoor conference championships and went on to finish 8th and 16th at the national championships.

Softball begins at BHSU T Black Hills State University Alumni Magazine Page 30

he return of softball to the BHSU campus began on a high note as President Kay Schallenkamp threw out the first pitch in April, and the team went on to win all three double headers

that weekend. The team ended the season with an 11-25 record. Fastpitch softball, which was played at BHSU from 1976 until 1981, is a crowd pleaser and Amy Gurney, head coach, notes that the fan base was terrific in the first season. “The bleachers were always filled, and people were excited to

watch softball games,” Gurney says. “It was a good way to start off our program.”

Gurney is looking forward to building the team this year and has been recruiting from across the region.

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