RAPID CITY, S.D. --- South Dakota School of Mines women’s
basketball head coach Ryan Larsen is pleased to announce the addition of Mary
Klapperich as the newest member of the Lady Hardrocker hoops squad.
Klapperich is a 6-foot-1-inch guard who comes to South
Dakota Mines as a NCAA Div. I transfer from Southern Utah University in Cedar
City, Utah. She is originally from
Wasilla, Alas., where she was a standout player for Colony High School.
“We are extremely excited that Mary has decided to pursue an
education and continue her basketball career at South Dakota School of Mines,”
Larsen said. “Mary is an exceptional person, an exceptional student and a
perfect fit for the Hardrocker women’s basketball program.”
As a freshman at Southern Utah, the Lady Thunderbirds
finished with a 23-10 overall mark. Klapperich appeared in 10 games and was
able to contribute to SUU’s winning season. During her high school career she
received All-State honors for three years in a row, was a final candidate for
the ESPN Gatorade State Girls Basketball Player of the Year following as a
junior, and helped Colony High School to the Alaskan State Semifinals and an
overall third-place finish in 2012 and 2013.
“Mary brings experience, length and will be a dynamic and
versatile athlete for the next three years,” Larsen said. “Mary has a
skill set that is unusual for an athlete her size --- we will be able to play
her at multiple positions that will give us different looks offensively and
defensively. Combined with this year’s returners and newcomers Mary is another
superb addition the Hardrocker women’s basketball program.”
While attending SD Mines, Klapperich plans to study for a
degree in Industrial Engineering.