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Release Date Monday, January 18, 2016

Nine Mines Basketball Players Earn RMAC All-Academic Honors

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Jan. 18, 2016) – Nine South Dakota School of Mines men’s and women’s basketball scholar-athletes received Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Academic honors Monday, with two Hardrockers earning first-team honors and seven being named to the RMAC Honor Roll list for the 2015-16 season.

On the women’s side, Megan Rohrer, a junior from Greenwood Village, Colo., majoring in industrial engineering, earned a spot on the RMAC Women’s Basketball Academic First Team with a GPA of 3.81.

Seniors Alexis Long and Devyn Asche, along with sophomore Krista Showalter, were named to the RMAC Women’s Basketball Honor Roll.

Long is a chemical engineering major from New Hope, Minn., with a 3.67 GPA; Asche is a civil engineering major from Glendive, Mont., with a 3.57 GPA; and Showalter is an industrial engineering major from Arlington, Wash., with a 3.84 GPA.

“We have some quality scholar-athletes in our program,” said SD Mines women’s basketball head coach Ryan Larsen. “Balancing academics with athletics can be challenging, but balancing both at a high level is truly impressive. I’m extremely proud of these girls and happy they are getting the recognition they deserve.”

On the men’s side, Konor Kulas, a junior from Appleton, Wisc., majoring in industrial engineering earned a spot on the RMAC Men’s Basketball Academic First Team with a 3.39 GPA.

Seniors Phil Schanilec and Justin Schock, along with juniors Joe Newkirk and Tyler Schoening and redshirt freshman Sterling Winzel, were all named to the RMAC Men’s Basketball Academic Honor Roll.

Schanilec is a civil engineering major from Forest River, N.D., with a 3.76 GPA; Schock is a mechanical engineering major from West Fargo, N.D., with a 3.69 GPA; Newkirk is a mechanical engineering major from Layton, Utah, with a 3.54 GPA; Schoening is a mechanical engineering major from Sydney, Neb., with a 3.30 GPA, and Sterling is a mechanical engineering major from Austin, Texas, with a 3.67 GPA.

“We set our standards high in our program,” said SD Mines men’s basketball head coach Jason Henry. “And to consistently have guys measure up to those standards is quite a feat. It’s great to have all these scholar-athletes earn these type of accolades from their hard work and efforts.”

To qualify for Academic All-RMAC, student-athletes must have a GPA of 3.30 or better, be a starter or reserve, and have completed two consecutive semesters or three quarters at their current institution.

“Athletes at South Dakota Mines have a higher GPA than the student body as a whole. They are truly scholar-athletes,” said SD Mines President Heather Wilson. “We’re very proud of these young men and women, and we will continue to cheer them on in the classroom and on the court.”

The student-athlete’s cumulative GPA is what she or he had earned prior to basketball season beginning. All RMAC Sports Information Directors selected the first team.

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Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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