RAPID CITY, S.D. --- With one full season under his belt,
South Dakota School of Mines women’s basketball head coach Ryan Larsen begins
to solidify the Lady Hardrocker roster for the 2014-15 season with a stellar
Larsen is pleased to announce the newest student-athletes:
Alicia Faye Gallagher, Stacy Hull, Kahlie Peterson and Payton Humpal to the
Lady Hardrocker program.
“I am very excited about this 2014 recruiting class. Each of
these young ladies are great fits for South Dakota School of Mines academically
and athletically as well as being high-character individuals,” Larsen said.
“All of these student-athletes come from great programs and have been really
well coached. They will be outstanding additions to Hardrocker Women’s Basketball
and we can’t wait to coach them.”
Kahlie Peterson --- 5-foot-10-inch Forward --- Sturgis, S.D.
Peterson is a local talented multi-sport athlete from
Sturgis excelling in basketball, volleyball, track & field and softball. As
a Lady Scooper hoops player, Peterson averaged 15 points and 9.2 rebounds during
her senior season and helped her team to a fourth-place finish at the South
Dakota Class AA State Girls’ Basketball Tournament.
Peterson was named to the All-State Second Team, earned
All-Conference honors in 2013 and 2014, was an All-Conference Honorable Mention
selection in 2012-2011, earned Athlete of the Week honors several times
throughout her high school career from local media, scored over 1,100 points as
a Scooper, was a team captain and a four-year starter.
“We are incredibly excited to have a local talent such at
Kahlie join the Hardrockers,” Larsen said. “Kahlie can play all three guard
positions, is an extremely well rounded student-athlete and her basketball IQ
While at SD Mines, Peterson plans to major in
Stacie Hull --- 5-foot-11-inch Forward --- Broomfield, Colo.
Hull is a skillful player who was a great asset to the Broomfield
High School Eagles who averaged 8.3 points, 1.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6
steals per game as a senior and her team that finished with a 27-1 overall
record. Hull was an All-Conference selection three years in a row and a
four-time Academic All-State selection. Hull was a member of the Colorado Class
4A State championship team in 2011, state runners-up in 2014, made an
appearance in the Final Four in 2013 and the Elite Eight in 2012.
“Stacie is a big piece to this recruiting class. She brings depth
to our post rotation with the skills that we recruit to,” Larsen said. “Stacie
can score from multiple areas on the floor and her defense and rebounding are
already at a collegiate level.”
Hull, who is the sister of graduating post player Renae
Waters, want to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering during her time as SD
Payton Humpal --- 5-foot-10-inch
Forward --- Fort Collins, Colo.
Humpal was a three-year varsity starter for the Fort Collins
High School Lady Lambkins. As a senior, she averaged 16.2 points and 3.4 steals
per game. Humpal assisted her high school team make an appearance in the second
round of the Colorado High School Girls Playoffs as a senior and made it to the
Sweet 16 (sophomore and junior seasons) as well as a trip to the Final Four as
Humpal is a four-year Academic All-American selection, earned
All-Conference Honorable Mention as a sophomore, was an All-Conference First
Team selection and received All-State First Team honors.
“Payton is a tremendous addition to the Hardrocker women’s
basketball program,” Larsen said. “Payton is a versatile player and hard-nosed
competitor. Her athleticism and scoring ability from the perimeter are the
strengths of her game and will be a real asset for us.”
Alicia Faye Gallagher --- 5-foot-11-inch Guard --- Bury St. Edmunds,
Originally from England, Gallagher comes to SD Mines as a
junior college transfer from Lamar Community College in Colorado. Competing
across the pond, Gallagher spent two years playing on the U16 England Training
Squad and one year on the U18 Squad. She represented the East of England Squad
two years in a row and won the U17 National Three-Point Shooting Competition.
Gallagher also went to the Final Fours with the Eastside
Eagles in 2012, made an appearance at the Barking Abbey Div. I Nationals in 2012
and 2013, earned the Barking Abbey Coaches’ Player of the Year Award in 2013
and was a member of the U19 Barking Abbey Premier League Championship team in
2012 and 2013.
“Alicia’s shooting ability was a major priority for this
recruiting class,” Larsen said. “Alicia has competed at a very high level of
basketball for a long time and those experiences will have her ready to