Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Eagles to conclude 2010 slate in Denver area Dec 15

CHADRON - The Chadron State College basketball teams will try to close out the 2010 portion of their schedules on a high note this weekend when they return to the Denver area for RMAC double-headers against Colorado Christian on Friday night and Colorado Mines on Saturday night.

The Friday night action will start at 5 p.m. and the Saturday twin-bill at 6.

The Chadron State men are 4-4 overall and 2-2 in the conference. The women are 1-6 for the season and 0-4 in the RMAC.

The Colorado Christian women are 4-2 for the year and 3-0 in the conference. The men are 2-4 and 1-2. The Mines women are 4-4 overall and 0-3 in the conference after being hit by injuries. The Mines men are riding high, going 7-0 for the season and 3-0 in the league.

While winning three times in the RMAC, the Colorado Christian women have been living dangerously. They have edged Colorado Mines 70-67, CSU-Pueblo 62-61 and Colorado-Colorado Springs 64-59.

The Cougars have balanced scoring, led by 5-foot-7 freshman Christina Whitelaw at 13.7 points a game. Kelsie Hert, a 6-1 junior, is next at 12.7 points.

The Christian men have lost to Mines 78-65, edged CSU-Pueblo 68-65 and lost to UCCS 80-67. Abram Ziemer, a 6-4 junior, leads the team at 15.3 points and 5.3 rebounds a game. Rye Olson, a 6-2 senior, is next at 11.3 points. The Cougars have been outscored 138 to 67 from the free throw line in their first six games.

The Colorado Mines women won four of their five non-conference games in November, then lost starters Angie Charchalis and Allie Grazulis to season-ending knee injuries in their first RMAC game against Colorado Christian. They fell to the Cougars 70-67, Colorado Springs 59-54 and Pueblo 67-60.

Brecca Gaffney, a 6-1 senior, is the Lady Orediggers’ top gun. She is averaging 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds. Charchalis was averaging 14.3 points and Grazulis 8.5 when they were injured.

The Mines men are shooting 50 percent from the field while racking up their 7-0 record. They needed overtime to win at Pueblo 64-61 on Saturday night before barely winning at Colorado Springs, 62-58, the previous night.

Four Orediggers are averaging in double figures, led by senior guard Sean Armstrong at 16.3 points a game. He’s made 40 of his 66 field goal shots. Dale Minschwaner, a 6-6 junior who is averaging 15.4 points and 10.4 rebounds, is considered one of the top inside players in the conference.

The Orediggers have had seven straight winning seasons under coach Pryor Orson.  

The CSC men had won four straight games at home before losing to Regis 86-76 and Metro State 82-63 last weekend in Denver.

The CSC women lost to Regis 74-61 and to Metro 72-44 during the trip.

While the two conference games in the Denver area will be the last ones for the CSC men in 2010, the women are scheduled to play at Montana State University-Billings Wednesday, Dec. 29.

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