Mines roundup: Honors continue to pile up for Wages
GOLDEN - Colorado School of Mines junior Trevor Wages has been named the RMAC/Baden Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday.
A Littleton native, Wages averaged 14.0 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Orediggers during the squad's 1-1 weekend that featured a 72-71 win over Regis on Friday and a 77-61 loss to Metro State on Saturday.
He opened the weekend with a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double in Friday's win over the Rangers for his seventh double-double of the season, and the sixth in his last seven games up to that point.
He shot 70.6 percent from the floor and added two blocks and seven steals over the two-game stretch.
The Reigning RMAC Male Athlete of the Month is currently sixth in the conference with an average of 16.7 points per game and is second in the league with a 59.7 field goal percentage on the year. He is second in the conference with an average of 10.8 rebounds per game and 10th with an average of 1.5 steals per game.
GRAZULIS TABBED MINES BEST
Junior forward Allie Grazulis has been named this week's Mines Student-Athlete of the Week, the athletic department officials announced Monday.
Grazulis was a catalyst on both ends of the floor in Mines' weekend home sweep over the pair of local rivals (Metro State and Regis) by averaging a double-double of 16.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game.
She recorded 16 points and eight rebounds in the Orediggers' 71-70 overtime victory over the Rangers on Friday at Lockridge Arena before adding a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double in Saturday's 57-56 win over the Roadrunners.
MINES WRESLTING BEATEN
Mines wrestling team battled back from a 19-7 deficit to cut the Northern Colorado lead to 19-16, but the squad ended up falling to the Bears by a 25-19 final on Sunday afternoon at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion in Greeley.
Mines (3-5) got wins from Isacc Elge (141), Austin Cordova (149), Ryan Swanson (184), Paul Wilson (197) and Luis Gurule (125) during the dual, but the home-standing, NCAA Division I Bears were able to accumulate more points in their five victories, which included two falls and a major decision, as well as a forfeit at 165 pounds.
Wilson, the reigning RMAC Wrestler of the Week, posted his 11th-consecutive victory with a first period pin.
MINES PLAYERS GIVE BACK
The Mines softball team started off the semester by giving back to the Golden community on Wednesday.
The Orediggers made a trip to the Christian Action Guild Food Bank in downtown Golden, which serves 400 to 500 members of the Golden community each month.
The team labeled and sorted food collected from local food drives, including the Zoo Lights food drive. In just a couple hours, the team filled the food bank's shelves with pounds upon pounds of food, allowing regular volunteers to focus on helping people in need to "shop" for food that will help them get by during tough times.
"Lauren (Aberle) came to me late in the fall semester and asked if this was something we could do as a team," Mines coach Kristie Hawkins said. "It seemed like a really great opportunity for us to give back to a community that is so supportive of our school and I know the girls felt very fortunate to be able to help. This was tremendous way for us to kick off our 2013 season."