Author: Tim Flynn

A brief look at another successful sports season

MEN’S SOCCER The men’s soccer team had a historic fall, capturing both the RMAC regular-season and RMAC Tournament championships on the way to an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16. Mines went 17-4-1 behind the play of all-American forward Johnny Haist, who tied the program record with 22 goals scored, and all-American midfielder Niki Grotz, who set the Mines career assists record as a senior with 41. The season was highlighted by a heart-stopping 2-1 win over rival Colorado Mesa University on Nov. 5, 2017, to win the RMAC Tournament (pictured), as second-half goals by Trevor Amann and Haist...

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Mines Wrestling Giant Gets His Due

Dedicating nearly four decades to an athletics program is no small feat and ensures one leaves a lasting legacy, both in its athletes and the school itself. Honoring a figurehead in the schools’ athletics history, Mines dedicated the Jack Hancock Wrestling Center on July 20, 2017, celebrating the longtime athletics coach. Hancock, a member of the Mines, RMAC, Northern Colorado and NCAA wrestling halls of fame, served in numerous roles in the school’s athletics program over 37 years, including as head wrestling and tennis coach, assistant football coach and head athletic trainer. He was the head wrestling coach throughout...

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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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