GOLDEN - After leading the Colorado School of Mines men's basketball team to a 4-0 record junior center Trevor Wages has been named the RMAC Athlete of the Month for December 2012, the RMAC office announced Friday.
The Littleton native averaged 24.8 points and 14.5 rebounds per game over the four-game stretch that featured victories over New Mexico Highlands, Chadron State, Black Hills State and Colorado Christian.
Wages opened the month with a career-high, 30-point performance in Mines' 89-84 overtime victory over NMHU on Dec. 1, while finishing 11-of-15 from the floor (73.3 percent) and recording 14 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.
He recorded 20 points and 12 rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting (72.7 percent) in Mines' 72-67 win over CSC on Dec. 7, before posting 26 points and career-high tying 21 rebounds in the Orediggers' 69-64 victory over BHSU on Dec. 8.
He closed out the month with 23 points and 11 rebounds in Mines' 71-69 victory over CCU on Dec. 15.
For the month, Wages shot 63.6 percent from the floor (35-of-55) in addition to recording four-straight double-doubles and earning one of his three RMAC Player of the Week awards of the 2012 season.
SEIMERS NAMED COACH OF THE YEAR
After directing the Colorado School of Mines men's cross country team to its highest ever finish at the NCAA National Championships, interim head coach Chris Siemers was recognized as the 2012 CaptainU Division II Men's Cross Country College Coach of the Year.
Siemers guided the team to a new program mark with a runner-up showing at last November's championship race at the Missouri Southern State Cross Country Course in Joplin.
With five runners in the top-36 and earning USTFCCCA All-American stature, the Orediggers continued their noteworthy run of high showings at the national championships, finishing in the top-five for the fourth straight year and in the top-10 for an eighth consecutive season.
WILSON AWARDED FOR PERFECTION
After posting a perfect 5-0 record for the Colorado School of Mines wrestling team last week, including a 4-0 record at the Grand Canyon Duals on Saturday, freshman 197-pounder Paul Wilson has been named this week's Mines Student-Athlete of the Week, athletic department officials announced Monday.
Wilson improved his current winning streak to nine matches with his unblemished mark last week and the true freshman has not lost since falling in the third-place bout of the season-opening Wyoming Cowboy Open on Nov. 3, which currently puts his record at 15-2 on the season.
MINES FALLS TO GRAND CANYON
Wins by John Crowley, Ryan Swanson and Paul Wilson accounted for all 13 points for the Colorado School of Mines wrestling team as the squad was defeated by sixth-ranked Grand Canyon by a score of 26-13 in the third round of the Grand Canyon Duals on Saturday at GCU Arena.
Mines (2-3, 0-1 RMAC) opened the conference portion of its dual schedule in the matchup.
Crowley captured his second victory and got the squad on the board with a 12-1 major decision at 157 pounds to trim GCU's lead to 12-4, but that lead would be increased to 20-4 before Mines would claim another win.
In the 184-pound bout, Swanson posted a 5-3 decision victory over Brett Sanchez to trim the lead to 20-7 before Wilson posted a first-period pinfall victory over Eric Fan to bring the score to 20-13. Both athletes upped their record to 3-0 at the tournament with their victories.
GCU's third-ranked Tyrell Fortune captured a pinfall victory over Alex MacKenzie in the heavyweight bout to bring the score to final at 26-13.
GIRLS HOOPS BEAT BY COLORADO MESA
The Colorado School of Mines women's basketball team fell behind early Saturday at No. 13 Colorado Mesa and never recovered as the host Mavericks defeated the Orediggers 68-53 at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
The setback was the first in five games and second to a top-25 foe for the Orediggers, dropping their overall record to 8-5 and RMAC mark to 5-2, while CMU remained unbeaten at 12-0 and 8-0 in the conference with their eighth straight home win dating back to last season.
MEN BLOW LEAD TO COLORADO MESA
Colorado Mesa shot a blistering 72.7 percent from the floor in the second half to erase a 10-point halftime deficit in running past visiting Colorado School of Mines by a 75-56 final on Saturday evening at Brownson Arena in Grand Junction.
Mines (7-4, 4-3 RMAC) shot a season-low 34.0 percent from the field, including 25.0 percent (7-of-28) in the second half. Colorado Mesa (9-3, 6-2 RMAC) shot just 26.1 percent from the floor in the first stanza, but rebounded to finished 16-of-22 in a 53-point second half.