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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
dedication of these these individuals and teams will also be remembered
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HARDROCKERS ANNOUNCE 2016 HALL OF FAME
CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines Athletics Dept., and the
Hardrock Club are pleased to announce the 2016 Hardrocker Athletic Hall of Fame
inductees: Steve Butherus (football), Jami (Barraclough) Kortan (women’s
basketball), Mitch Ruedebusch (cross country and track & field) and the
1971-72 SD Mines men’s golf team.
inductees will be honored during a banquet Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in the
Christensen Hall of Fame Room at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D., and also will
be recognized during halftime of the M-Day homecoming football game against
Adams State later that night on Dunham Field at O’Harra Stadium.
Steve Butherus (1975-78) was a versatile
player for the Hardrocker football program playing a number of positions, including:
quarterback, running back, wide receiver and defensive back as well as kick and
finished his final season for SD Mines as arguably the most versatile player in
the history of the college. He was a repeater on the All-SDIC and All-District
12 teams and led the nation in NAIA stats in punt returns (19.4 ave.). Butherus
also still holds that record at SD Mines (1977) as well as the school record
for kickoff returns --- averaging 27.1 yards in a season (1977).
Jami Barraclough Kortan (1996-2000) is the all-time
leading scorer for the Lady Hardrocker women’s basketball program with 2,422
points and went to four-straight national tournaments which included NAIA
national quarterfinals and semifinals appearances.
The Spearfish native was the 2000 South
Dakota Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, was a four-time NAIA All-American
selection, earned NAIA Academic All-American honors in 1999 and 2000, was a
four-time SDIC All-Conference selection and was the 1997 SDIC Rookie of the
holds a number of other Hardrocker school records including: points in a season
(698 in 99-00); points in a game (42 points in 98-99); attempts in a season
(267 in 99-00); free throw attempts in a game (20 in 99-00); field goals made
in a career (1,693 in 96-00); field goals made in a season (262 in 99-00);
field goals made in a game (16 in 98-99); field goal attempts in a career (895
in 96-00); field goals attempted in a season (493 in 99-00); third on all-time
rebounders list with 997; fifth all-time on steals list with 235; 12th
on all-time blocking list with 61.
Mitch Ruedebusch (1990-94) was a member of three
championship cross country teams in his career (one conference championship and
two district championships). He is also a three-time NAIA national cross
country qualifier. In track & field Mitch earned an SDIC conference title
in the men’s 5-kilometer race.
The 1971-72 SD Mines men’s golf team laid the foundation for
success for several years to follow. The group of Hardrockers golfers, coached
by Bob Hunt, won the SDIC conference and NAIA District 12 tournaments during
the season to advance to NAIA National Tournament. Members of the team
included: Steve Lux, Mark Lux, Jeff Walker, Ralph Wagner and Henry Mott.