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    Hardrocker Athletics: Hardrockers announce 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees

    RAPID CITY, S.D. --- The South Dakota School of Mines Athletics Dept., and the Hardrock Club are pleased to announce the 2017 Hardrocker Hall of Fame inductees: Jim Smith (Football), Megan Barnes (All-Around), Barry Granger (Football), Dave Becker (Men’s Basketball), Don and Marge Range (Builders) and the 1983-84 Hardrocker men’s basketball team (Team).

    The inductees will be honored during a banquet Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in the Christensen Hall of Fame Room at the King Center in Rapid City, S.D., and also will be recognized during halftime of the M-Day homecoming football game against CSU-Pueblo later that night at O’Harra Stadium.   


    Jim Smith (1949-52) was the quarterback of the undefeated 1951 Hardrocker football team. That year, SD Mines went 8-0 and defeated the eventual North Dakota Conference champs, Valley City State. In the final game of the year against Black Hills Teachers College, Smith threw three touchdown passes to help preserve the perfect season as well as earn the SDIC conference crown and the Homestake Trophy. Smith went on to a career in Washington, D.C., serving in the Treasury Department during the Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford administrations.


    Megan Barnes (2000-03) was an exceptional volleyball standout competing at the outside hitter position for the Hardrockers and excelled as a guard for the SD Mines women’s basketball team.

    During her Hardrocker volleyball career, Barnes was a four-time DAC-10 First Team Selection, two-time All-Region First team selection and a two time NAIA All-American. She amassed 2,082 total kills as a Hardrocker as well as a number of single-season records, which include:  in 2000 – fourth all-time single season aces (56), eighth all-time single season attacks (391), sixth all-time single season in kills per game (3.69), 14th all-time single season digs (383); 2002 – second all-time single season aces (65), first all-time single season attacks (632), second all-time single season kills per game (4.8), eighth all-time single-season digs (623), 2003 – 13th all-time single season aces (43), 2nd all-time single-season attacks (576), 18th all-time single season digs (337).

    During her basketball career, Barnes breached the 1,000-point barrier and, at the time of her induction, was the 21st all-time scorer in Lady Hardrocker history with 1,069 points and was 12th all-time for three-pointers made (109).


    Dave Becker (1983-87) was a guard for the Hardrocker men’s basketball program who had breached the 1,000-point barrier before the start of his senior season and finished his career with 1,678 points as the seventh all-time scorer in Hardrocker men’s basketball history at the time of his induction.

    Becker holds the record for most assists in a season (247) and held the school record for assists in a career, for a time, with 618 total. He was a two-time SDIC All-Conference First Team selection and member of three SDIC championship teams (83-84, 84-85, 85-86).


    Don and Marge Range have been long-time supporters of Hardrocker Athletics and SD Mines academic programs. Don graduated from SD Mines with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1951. He continued his education, earning a master’s degree from UCLA in 1961. Don’s brother, Paul, also graduated from SD Mines with an Electrical Engineering degree in 1947. Both Don and Paul worked at Hughes Aircraft Company until they retired. Don and Marge established the Edith and James Range Memorial Scholarship endowment in 1999, in memory of Don’s parents.


    Barry Granger (1978-80) joined the Hardrocker football program as a sophomore, transferring to SD Mines from Creighton University in Nebraska. He was named SDIC All-Conference in his first season with the Hardrockers, and despite being injured for a majority of the season during his junior year, still tallied 55 tackles and a sack. He earned All-District XII honors as a senior.


    1983-84 Men’s Basketball Team finished the season with a 19-9 overall record and 11-3 mark in SDIC play. That season, the Hardrockers were crowned conference champs, won the SDIC Holiday Tournament, had the SDIC’s MVP in Jim Benjamin --- who also earned NAIA All-District XII honors --- while Jeff Pfalzgraf and Mike Grabham earned All-SDIC selections. The 1983-84 team has four members that are on the SD Mines all-time scoring list which includes: 2. Jim Benjamin (2,348); 5. Jeff Pfalzgraf (1,721); 7. Dave Becker (1,678); 12. Steve Wilcox (1,340).

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