PORTLAND, Ore. – South Dakota School of Mines sophomore
soccer player Gabe Dahmke was the lone Hardrocker to earn Great Northwest
Athletic Conference Soccer Academic All-Conference honors announced Wednesday
Dahmke is a 6-foot-1-inch defender for the Hardrocker soccer
program currently in its second year of existence. The Sheridan, Wyo., native
also becomes the first ever South Dakota School of Mines scholar-athlete to
earn a conference honor at the NCAA Div. II level.
“I’m very proud of Gabe,” said Hardrocker soccer head coach
Joe Burger. “He is the first guy to ever earn a Div. II conference honor at
South Dakota Mines. It means a lot to him and it means a lot to the Hardrocker
soccer team. Gabe is exactly the type of student-athlete we want in our program
and at our great institution.”
Dahmke is pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering while
attending South Dakota School of Mines.
To be eligible for the GNAC academic team, student-athletes
must be a letter winner, have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 and be in
at least their second year of competition at their university.
A total of 82 student-athletes – 53 women and 29 men - have
been selected to the 2013 GNAC Soccer Academic all-conference team.
Central Washington and Saint Martin’s led the way placing
nine players each on the women’s team. Seattle Pacific had eight and
Western Washington had seven all-academic selections on the women’s team.
Seattle Pacific had the most academic selections on the
men’s team with eight. Western Washington and University of Mary each
placed five on the men’s academic team.
Twelve student-athletes were named to the soccer academic
team for the third time, including six women and six men. An additional
30 student-athletes, 24 women and six men - earned academic all-star honors for
the second time.