|Mines Athletics Receives 2007 Civic Award from Golden Chamber of Commerce|
|In December of 2007, the Colorado School of Mines Department of Athletics was selected to receive the 2007 Civic Award from the Golden Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented by the Golden Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors at a luncheon on January 17 at Rolling Hills Country Club in Golden.
"It was an honor to receive the 2007 Civic Award from the Golden Chamber of Commerce," said Tom Spicer, director of athletics. "Our student-athletes and staff continuously strive to work for the betterment of the Golden community. We are very grateful to the Golden Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for this recognition."
Cross Country Teams Run Away with Academic Honors from USTFCCCA
The Colorado School of Mines men's and women's cross country teams combined to place three individuals on the U.S. Track & Field Association's (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Cross Country teams in 2007.
Aaron Swift and Clifton Oertli were named to the men's team, while Sydney Laws garnered recognition for the Oredigger women. In order to qualify, a student-athlete must have completed at least 24 semester hours at their current institution and have amassed a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher. The student-athlete must also finish in the top 30 percent of individual participants at their respective regional cross country championships.
In addition, both the men's and women's cross country squads earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team awards in 2007. Teams must compete at the NCAA Division II regional championships and have a cumulative team GPA of 3.00 or higher to receive this honor.
Thompson Selected 28th Overall by Houston Dynamo in 2008 MLS Supplemental Draft
Former Colorado School of Mines men's soccer player, Craig Thompson, was drafted by the Houston Dynamo in the 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supplemental Draft on January 24, 2008.
A native of Littleton, CO, Thompson was selected 28th overall by Houston. Thompson, who garnered NSCAA/adidas First Team All-Midwest Region honors following his senior season in 2007, also earned First Team All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and Daktronics First Team All-Midwest Region accolades last fall.
Selected as the RMAC Player of the Year and the RMAC Academic Player of the Year in 2007, Thompson established a new individual single-season school record with 18 goals in 2007. Thompson, who also led Mines in assists (tied – five) and game-winning goals (four) last fall, tied Mines' individual single-season program record for total points (41) during his final season in an Oredigger uniform.
A three-time Academic All-RMAC performer in the classroom (2005, 2006 and 2007), Thompson also garnered First Team All-RMAC, NSCAA/adidas Second Team All-Midwest Region and Daktronics All-Midwest Region laurels as a junior in 2006.
Seven Student-Athletes from Mines' Basketball Teams Earn Academic All-RMAC Recognition in 2007-08
A combined total of seven student-athletes from the Mines men's and women's basketball squads have been recognized on the 2007-08 Academic All-RMAC teams.
Earning recognition on the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll for the Oredigger women were Elise Goggin, Liz Jeffries, Julie Marshall and Emily Przekwas. On the men's side, Ben Mohr earned First Team Academic All-RMAC accolades, while Levi Hamilton and Casey O'Hayre both garnered recognition on the Academic All-RMAC Honor Roll.
To qualify for Academic All-RMAC recognition, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or better, be a starter or key reserve, and have completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters (or three quarters) at their current institution.
Oredigger News & Notes...
The Colorado School of Mines Department of Athletics has added three new coaches to its staff: Bob Benson is the Orediggers' new associate head football coach/defensive coordinator, Lori Scheider returns for her second stint as the assistant women's soccer coach, and Heather Roberts will be the new assistant volleyball coach.
Six players from the Mines football team were named to the 2007 National Football
Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame - Colorado Chapter All-Colorado Team. Derek Dykstra and Stephen Immel were both First Team selections on offense, while Drew Ferren, Marc Schiechl and Marin Richardson garnered First Team accolades on defense. Kevin Folly-Kossi earned recognition on the Second Team defense.
For complete schedules, rosters, results and statistics, please visit the Colorado School of Mines Athletics website.