Mines Football Plays in 2007 Dixie Rotary Bowl

After finishing with a 6-2 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) in 2007, the Colorado School of Mines football team accepted an invitation to compete against Western Oregon University in the 22nd Annual Dixie Rotary Bowl on December 1, in St. George, UT.

Mines' appearance in the 2007 Dixie Rotary Bowl, which was played at Hansen Stadium on the Dixie State College campus, marked the second time in four years that the Orediggers had advanced into the post-season, and the third time in program history that Mines had competed in a post-season bowl game. Despite a 26-12 loss in the Dixie Rotary Bowl, the Orediggers finished at 7-5 overall to secure their sixth winning season in the past seven years.

The top schools from the RMAC and the newly formed football league of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference that did not qualify for NCAA Division II playoffs this fall received the invitations to play in the 2007 Dixie Rotary Bowl.

"We were very excited about our opportunity to compete in the 2007 Dixie Rotary Bowl," said Bob Stitt, head football coach at Colorado School of Mines. "We were proud to represent the RMAC and we truly enjoyed our trip to St. George, Utah."

A. J. Montalvo, a junior linebacker from Houston, TX, was selected as the Orediggers' Most Outstanding Player in the bowl game.

The Dixie Rotary Bowl, which began inviting NCAA Division II schools in 2006, is one of two sanctioned NCAA Division II bowl games. Prior to 2006, the Dixie Rotary Bowl was the premiere junior college bowl game in the country for 20 years.

Thompson Named RMAC & Academic All-RMAC Player of the Year

Craig Thompson, a senior on the Colorado School of Mines men's soccer team, was one of three Orediggers to earn a spot on the First Team Academic All-RMAC squad this fall. One of five unanimous selections on the First Team, Thompson also earned RMAC Men's Soccer Academic Player of the Year accolades. Thompson, who also earned Academic All-RMAC recognition in 2006, has maintained a 3.74 cumulative grade point average while majoring in chemical engineering.

Mines' Nick Kubala and Jeff Nelson also qualified for First Team Academic All-RMAC laurels, while John Mosely earned Second Team honors. Matt Zachman, Kenan Bisic and Drew Werth all earned recognition on the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll. Thompson also went on to earn RMAC Player of the Year and First Team All-RMAC honors in 2007. For Thompson, who garnered All-Midwest Region accolades as a junior, 2007 marked the second time in as many seasons that he brought home First Team All-RMAC laurels. Joining Thompson on the All-RMAC team were Kubala (First Team) and Ross Davis (Honorable Mention). Kubala also earned ESPN The Magazine / CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District recognition.

The Orediggers, who qualified as the number 4 seed in the RMAC Tournament and advanced into the league's championship match, finished the 2007 season with an 11-9-2 overall record (7.6.1 in the RMAC).

Orediggers Retire Jerseys

Harry D. Campbell '42
During halftime at its October 13 game against Western New Mexico University, Mines forever retired the jersey (#48) of 1942 petroleum engineering graduate and member of Mines' undefeated football team of 1939 Harry D. Campbell. By establishing endowments and making major gifts to support scholarships, faculty, facilities and athletics, Harry has helped the School to make great strides in both athletics and academics. Recently, he funded the development of a new football field - the Harry D. Campbell Field - with a major gift, and was inducted into the Platinum Level of the Mines Century Society in recognition of six decades of tremendous generosity.

“It is with great pleasure and gratitude that we retire the jersey of Mr. Campbell and recognize his support,” said Tom Spicer, director of Athletics. Campbell was inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004 as an outstanding supporter.

John P. Lockridge '52
On November 16, Colorado School of Mines retired the men's basketball jersey (#16) of John Lockridge, an 1952 geological engineering graduate and one of the School's most loyal supporters. The jersey was retired prior to the Orediggers' first-ever regular-season basketball game at Lockridge Arena in the Student Recreation Center. John and his wife, Erika, were instrumental in making the 2,500-seat arena a reality, and the couple has generously contributed to numerous scholarships and academic programs at Mines over the years.

John was awarded Mines’ Distinguished Achievement Medal in 1982 and was selected as an Honorary Member of the Colorado School of Mines Alumni Association in 1997. John and Erika were inducted into the Mines Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003 as outstanding supporters, and they are members of the Platinum Level of the Mines Century Society, which honors alumni and friends who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary lifetime giving to the School.

Mines Women's Soccer Nets Success on the Field and in the Classroom

In the fall of 2005, Colorado School of Mines added women's soccer as an intercollegiate varsity sport for the first time in school history. After finishing with a respectable 7-8-0 overall record during their inaugural season, the 2006 Orediggers recorded just five victories and missed out on the annual Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Tournament. Now, in just its third year of existence, the Mines women's soccer program has become a legitimate contender in a conference that has sent a host of teams to the NCAA Division II Tournament in recent years.

After concluding the 2007 regular season with an 8-3-1 record in conference play, Colorado School of Mines (12-8-1 overall) qualified as the #3 seed in the RMAC Tournament. Following a 3-0 Quarterfinal victory over the #6 seed New Mexico Highlands University at the friendly confines of Brooks Field, the Orediggers' season came to an end with a 3-1 setback to #2 seed Colorado State University - Pueblo in the RMAC Semifinals at Auraria FIeld in Denver.

At the end of the year, four Orediggers earned all-conference accolades, including Kayla Mitchell, who garnered First Team All-RMAC recognition. Elizabeth Oba was a Second Team All-RMAC pick, while Diane Wetzel and Corinne Johnson were both Honorable Mention All-RMAC selections.

"The success of the third-year women's soccer program is a tribute to the hard work of the student-athletes and a reinforcement of the belief that Mines administration had in starting the program," said Frank Kohlenstein, who serves as the head coach for both the men's and women's soccer teams. "The RMAC is a great soccer conference, and we hope to continue to build our women's team to be a part of that greatness."

Just as impressive, however, was the fact that the women's soccer team produced five Academic All-RMAC performers during the fall of 2007. Mitchell, Wetzel and Adrea Johnson each garnered First Team All-RMAC laurels while Corinne Johnson and Alyson Burchardt were Second Team Academic All-RMAC performers. In order to be nominated for this honor, a student-athlete must carry a 3.20-or-better cumulative grade point average, be a starter or key reserve and must have completed at least two consecutive semesters at her current institution.

Additionally, five other student-athletes - Ashley Wagener, Stefanie Frelinger, Erin Neil, Erin Doherty and Marissa Burson - earned recognition on the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll in the fall of 2007.

"We are very proud of our women's soccer program," exclaimed Tom Spicer, Mines director of athletics. "Coach Kohlenstein, his staff and his players have represented Colorado School of Mines admirably on the field, as well as in the classroom."

Oredigger News & Notes...

The Colorado School of Mines men's cross country team finished seventh in the nation at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships on November 17, in Joplin, MO. Almost a month earlier, the team placed third in the October 20 RMAC CHampionships in Durango, CO. The Oredigger men, who were ranked as high as fifth in the country this fall, also posted first-place finishes at the Woody Greeno Invitational and the Fort Hays State University Invitational.

Twelve student-athletes from the Oredigger football team, as well as three from the Mines volleyball squad, earned Academic All-RMAC recognition in the fall of 2007. Volleyball's Kaity Edmiston, a sophomore from Clifton, CO, was a First Team Academic All-RMAC performer.



For complete schedules, rosters, results and statistics, please visit the Colorado School of Mines Athletics website