Posted 2 years ago

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RMACBlack Hills State University, in its first year in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, has captured the league’s Sportsmanship Cup…edging out Chadron State. This is the 7th year for the cup.

BHSU AD Jett Albers says the school is honored to win the award, adding that sportsmanship is a characteristic Yellow Jacket Athletics focuses on. Albers gives credit to the student-athletes, coaches, game day event staff, and fans for their efforts to make sportsmanship a priority at Black Hills State University.”

The voting process is an on-line system using the head coach and one Student Athlete Advisory Committee member per sport from each school in all 21 RMAC-sponsored sports. They rank 4 game environment factors: players, fans, staff, and coaches from poor to excellent to poor.

BHSU received an average score of 3.957 with the highest ranking in 3 of the 4 categories: Players (3.86), Fans (3.82), and Staff (4.12).

CSC had an overall average of 3.895, was tops in the Coaches category at 4.09, and had the second-best average in the 3 other categories.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Eagles have finished in the top 5 of the Cup standings, including winning it for the 2010-11 year.

Retiring Athletic Director Brad Smith says the consistently high finishes says a lot about the school’s  student-athletes, adding that he’s always felt Chadron State does a great job showing what true sportsmanship is all about and that he’s proud of it.

Rounding out the top five in the Sportsmanship Cup voting were Colorado Mines (3.776), CSU-Pueblo (3.775), and Colorado Christian (3.687).

BHSU will be presented with the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup at the RMAC Hall of Fame & Awards Ceremony  on Friday, July 12 at the Colorado Springs Marriott.

At that same ceremony, Chadron State’s Casey Beran will become the third Eagle football player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Beran, who played from 1995 to 1999, was the first CSC player to earn both All-American and Academic All-American honors.