James Naismith invented basketball in 1891 to keep athletes in shape and provide a “sports distraction” during the harsh Massachusetts winter.
Now, however, as the Colorado School of Mines athletes might claim, the winter sports season has evolved into a true destination, and not just a pitfall between fall and summer.
The Mines basketball, wrestling and swim season is underway, and the women’s basketball team is attempting to capture its three-peat conference regular season title.
The Orediggers, who play at Regis on November 25-26, started the season 2-0. The team had final wins over St. Edward’s and St. Mary’s on November 11–12 in San Antonio.
The next home games for both basketball teams will be December 9-10, including the men’s team, which will play No. 5 Black Hills State on December 10 at 7 p.m.
The men’s team also started the season 2-0, including a smashing 69-66 win over top-ranked Lubbock Christian on November 12.
Mines was forecast third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason poll Oct. 20, with Black Hills State and Colorado Mesa forecast as the top two. Getting a W against the Yellow Jackets’ Dec. 10 game is crucial if the Orediggers are to win the RMAC regular-season title.
For Mines wrestling fans, the Orediggers will be back at Volk Gymnasium on December 2nd for a tri-meet against Fort Hays State and San Francisco State.
The wrestling team had a monster opener against Colby Community College on November 3, winning 53-0. The team then hosted their rookie opener on November 6 before scheduled to travel to Kearney, Nebraska for the November 19 Younes Hospitality Open.
Mine swimming fans will have to wait until Jan. 21 for the teams’ lonely home game against Wyoming. The Orediggers will be out in Colorado Springs on December 3 and January 13-14 with Colorado College and the Air Force, respectively.
The men’s and women’s teams are looking to build on the success of last year when they sent a combination of three swimmers and a relay to the NCAA Division II Swimming & Diving Championships.
Meghan Slowey, a current senior, finished eighth in the 1650 freestyle and received First-Team All-America honors. Her time of 17:03.11 was a personal best of 15 seconds and her first NCAA podium of her career.
Slowey, one of this year’s team captains, was named RMAC Swimmer of the Week on October 19th.
Slowey and her fellow Mines swimmers were scheduled to compete at the Colorado Mesa Invitational on November 16-19.
Visit MinesAthletics.com for more information on the winter sports teams, including results and schedules.