Author: Tim Flynn

Orediggers bring March Madness to Golden

With about a minute and a half left in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament championship game, it certainly looked like Colorado School of Mines’ dream of a storybook ending wasn’t going to happen. Two weeks earlier, Mines had won in overtime on the road against their biggest rival, Fort Lewis College. But this time, it seemed all but certain things would be reversed. With 1:22 left on the clock, the Orediggers trailed the Skyhawks by eight points. If you listened to the statistics, Mines had a 99.3 percent chance of losing. They didn’t. Somehow—in one of...

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Justin Dvorak ’16 Became the Second Player in Mines History to be Named National Player of the Year

Colorado School of Mines quarterback Justin Dvorak ’16 received the 2016 Harlon Hill Trophy on January 6, 2017, recognizing him as the NCAA Division II football national player of the year. Dvorak was presented with the trophy during a banquet at the University of North Alabama, the alma mater of Harlon Hill. He is the second Oredigger to receive the honor, joining 2004 winner Chad Friehauf ’05. Dvorak was announced as the winner on December 16, 2016. An emotional Dvorak dedicated the award to his teammates and family. “I want to thank the guys who made me look so...

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Mines’ Teams Continue to Shine

Coming off what was arguably the best year in its history, Colorado School of Mines Athletics had big shoes to fill entering the 2016 fall season. So how did the Orediggers respond? With four RMAC championships, an RMAC Tournament title and five NCAA Championships appearances. Here is a closer look at another historic fall season for Mines Athletics: CROSS COUNTRY The rise of Mines cross country continued as the men’s team— the 2015 national champions—again made history with the program’s first-ever RMAC and NCAA South Central regional championships. Mines had one of the most dominant RMAC Championships runs ever with five of the top six finishers. The women’s team continued...

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Orediggers Aim High

There’s no question that 2015–16 was the most successful year ever for Colorado School of Mines athletics. And the even better news? The best is yet to come. In July 2016, Mines accepted the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference All-Sports Competition Cup for only the second time in its history, recognizing the top overall athletic program in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Impressively, Mines scored more points in the cup standings (937 out of a possible 1,000) than any other team in the 24-year history of the competition. The win was the Orediggers’ first RMAC All-Sports Cup since the 2011-12 season, and Mines has not finished lower than third place...

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Orediggers Enjoy Historic Winter Season

Colorado School of Mines athletics enjoyed a phenomenally successful 2015-16. During the winter season, Oredigger teams won five RMAC regular-season championships and three RMAC Tournament titles—the most ever in a single year. The athletics program has also made a splash on the national scene, ranking third in the final winter Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, which measure the best overall programs in NCAA Division II. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL The women’s basketball program won its first RMAC Championship in 36 years after an improbable underdog season established the Orediggers as the league’s top team. Picked ninth in the pre-season coaches’ poll, Mines went 21-7 (including a program record 13-game win streak in mid-season) under RMAC Coach of...

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