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Christensen Hall of Fame! This site is dedicated to the athletes,
coaches, and builders that have made a significant impact on the School
of Mines and the athletics department. The accomplishments and
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RAPID CITY – The South Dakota School of Mines Athletics
Dept., and the Hardrock Club are pleased to announce the 2015 Hardrocker Hall
of Fame inductees: Ann (Konechne) Traphagen (Women’s Basketball), Hugh Boyles
(Men’s Basketball) Mark Morris (Track & Field and Cross Country), Lars
Ditlev (Football) and the 1997-98 SD Mines Women’s Basketball Team.
The inductees will be honored during a banquet Saturday
in the Christensen Hall of Fame Room at the King Center (11:30 a.m.) and also
be recognized during halftime of the M-Day homecoming football game against
Humboldt State later that night.
Basketball: Ann (Konechne) Traphagen
During her basketball college career, Konechne appeared
in 126 games for the Lady Hardrockers. She grabbed 624 rebounds, recorded 316
assists and had 81 blocks. She was a career 42 percent field goal shooter and
also marked up 74 percent from the free-throw line.
Konechne was named All-American following her senior
season at South Dakota Mines in 1999. She was a four-year starter for the
‘Rockers and a three-time All-SDIC honoree, and was also named to the All-NAIA
District 12 Team twice.
She also earned the honor of the SDIC Defensive
Player-of-the-Year in 1997 and finished her career as the sixth all-time
leading scorer with 1,654 points for SDM. She also owns the most three-point
field goals made in a season (69) and is currently ranked second all-time for
career three-pointers made (153) and third all-time for career steals (264),
In her four years with the Lady Hardrockers, she made it
to the NAIA National Tournament four times and to the NAIA National Semifinals
twice. She was also a member of three SDIC championship teams.
Konechne received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial
Engineering and masters’ degree in Health and Physical Education from St. Cloud
Boyle attended SD Mines from 1975-79 where he earned a
bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. During this time he played basketball
and became a four-year letter winner and the fifth leading all-time scorer with
1,405 points. His education landed him a job with Armco Steel for six years in
Kansas City, Mo. After the birth of his daughter, Jen, he and his wife Nancy
decided to move their family to Rapid City.
Track & Field
/ Cross Country: Mark Morris
Morris attended South Dakota Mines from 1991-96. During
that time he competed for the Hardrocker track and field team as well as the
cross country program.
Morris is a five-time NAIA national competitor,
participating in three national cross country championships (1992-94) and two
national track championships (10-kilometer in 1993 and the men’s marathon in
1994). Morris is an All-American in the marathon (fourth place at Nationals)
and the school record holder in that event (2 hours 29 minutes 1 second) which
he set at the national championships. He is also third all-time in the 10k
(32:16.86) and is the District 12 Champion in the 10k (1993, 1994). He also
holds the fifth-fastest time in the men’s 5K event (15:40.84).
In cross country, Morris was name All Conference (SDIC)
1992-1994, was the 1994 individual champ and helped the Hardrockers earn the
team championship that year. He was also All-District (NAIA) 1992, 1993, 1994;
and was part of the 1992 championship team.
Ditlev, a native of Sioux Falls, S.D., and graduate of
Lincoln High School, came to SD Mines to study Metallurgical Engineering. He
was a member of the school newspaper but was recruited by former athletic
director and football coach Dud King and became a talented football athlete, playing for the
Hardrockers from 1970-73. Ditlev remembers his times practicing and
participating for the Hardrockers in the SDIC.
Some of his highlights include playing against the likes
of Benny Francis who was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and Lyle Alzado who
went on to have a storied career in the NFL playing for the Broncos and
Raiders. Ditlev was scouted by several NFL teams including: the Colts, Browns
and Bengals but it was the Eagles that took him in the 13th round of
the 1973 Draft.
Ditlev has two sons who are both SD Mines graduates ---
Keld Ditlev played football and Hans Ditlev played basketball for the
Ditlev currently works for Paco equipment in Seattle,
Washington specializing in drilling and bridge building.
Women’s Basketball Team
The South Dakota School of Mines 1997-98 women’s
basketball team broke several records that season, including reaching 28 wins
in the season, went on an 11-game winning streak, averaged over 80 points a
game, had the most field goals made in as season (940), had the most field goal
attempts in a season (2,178) and earned the best winning percentage (.875). The
Lady Hardrockers finished that year with a 28-4 overall record and the team set
the record for most points scored in a game, cashing in for 104 against Huron
But the crown jewel of the 1997-98 season was the Lady
Hardrockers qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament and making it all the
way to the semifinal round – a feat not accomplished before by SD Mines --- for
the program that had been to the national tournament three times prior.
The 1997-98 squad rostered two NAIA All-Americans (Cori
Hoff, Jami Barraclough), four all-time career leaders in scoring, two
all-time career leaders for blocks, seven all-time career leaders for steals,
four all-time career leaders for assists, five all-time career leaders for
three-pointers made and one all-time career leader for rebounds.
The 1997-98 Lady Hardrockers included: Lady Hardrockers:
Kori Hoff Stephenson, Jaime Barraclough Kortan, Ann Konechne-Traphagen, Erin
Caikowski-Grossboll, Elaine Foy-Baker, Amanda Hubbard, Kelli McCabe-Smith,
Michelle Lammers, Randee Harmdierks-Mason, Brenda Andreasen, Marissa
Richards-Wood & Amy Wilson.