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Yellow Jackets win the 2012-13 RMAC Sportsmanship Cup

(Photo/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)
(Photo/Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference)

Courtesy of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Black Hills State University won their first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Cup, announced today by the conference office.  This is the seventh year of the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup.  The 2012-13 season marks the Yellow Jackets first year as full-time members of the RMAC.

“We are honored to be selected for the 2012-2013 RMAC Sportsmanship Cup Award,” said BHSU Director of Athletics, Jhett Albers. “Sportsmanship is one characteristic that Yellow Jacket Athletics focuses on as an NCAA DII institution and member of the RMAC.  Credit goes to our 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 for the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup is an online system that ranks four game environment factors: players, fans, staff, and coaches.  Each category received one ranking from excellent to poor.  The head coach and a Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) member from each school voted per sport on all 21 RMAC sponsored sports. 

The Yellow Jackets received an average score of 3.957, and also earned the highest ranking in three of the four categories: Players (3.86), Fans (3.82), and Staff (4.12).  Chadron State averaged a score of 4.09 in the Coaches category, followed by the Yellow Jackets 4.02 mark. Also ranking in the top five for the Sportsmanship Cup were Chadron State (3.895), Colorado Mines (3.776), CSU-Pueblo (3.775), and Colorado Christian (3.687).

Black Hills State will be recognized and receive the RMAC Sportsmanship Cup on Friday, July 12 at the RMAC Hall of Fame & Awards Ceremony at the Colorado Springs Marriott.


  Players Fans Staff Coaches Overall
1. Black Hills 3.86 3.82 4.12 4.02 3.957
2. Chadron State 3.81 3.65 4.03 4.09 3.895
3. Colorado Mines 3.8 3.65 3.9 3.76 3.776
4. CSU-Pueblo 3.66 3.51 3.98 3.95 3.775
5. Colorado Christian 3.61 3.62 3.92 3.59 3.687


2012-13: Black Hills State University
2011-12: Colorado Christian University
2010-11: Chadron State College
2009-10: Colorado Christian University
2008-09: Colorado Christian University
2007-08: Colorado Christian University
2006-07: University of Nebraska at Kearney

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