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The Black Hills State Yellow Jackets are the athletic sports teams for Black Hills State University. They are currently a member of the NCAA Division II and participates in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC). BHSU Rodeo teams are members of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA).

Black Hills State Yellow Jackets
UniversityBlack Hills State University
ConferenceRocky Mountain Athletic Conference
NCAADivision II
Athletic directorJhett Albers
LocationSpearfish, South Dakota
Varsity teams13
Football stadiumLyle Hare Stadium
Basketball arenaDonald E. Young Center
NicknameYellow Jackets
ColorsGreen and Gold[1]


Varsity sportsEdit


Black Hills State's main athletic rival is the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Hardrockers. The rivalry is generated from proximity, with SDSM&T located less than 50 miles to the east in Rapid City. Educational differences between the schools also help fuel the rivalry, with BHSU being mainly a liberal arts college and SDSM&T an engineering research university. The football rivalry is the second most-frequently played series in the US, behind Harvard-Yale. It is also the oldest football series west of the Mississippi River. The last game of each season is reserved for the two schools to play, however the two schools may play twice in the same season. In the later game, they battle for the Homestake Trophy, named for a mine in the Black Hills area. This game is called the Black Hills Brawl, due to the ferocity in which the teams play each other.[2]


The Yellow Jackets softball team appeared in the first Women's College World Series in 1969.[3]

Transition to NCAAEdit

In July 2010 the university received word it had been accepted into NCAA Division II. The move to the NCAA was a multiple-year process that included a two-year candidacy period followed by a one-year provisional season, in which BHSU was not be allowed to advance into NCAA postseason play.[4] The Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) extended an invitation for Black Hills State University to be considered for membership. Following the successful transition, the university became a full member of the NCAA DII in 2013.[5]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Black Hills State University's Visual Identity Standards – Colors and Fonts". Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  2. ^ West River Rivalry – BHSU vs. SDSM&T
  3. ^ Plummer, William; Floyd, Larry C. (2013). A Series Of Their Own: History Of The Women's College World Series. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States: Turnkey Communications Inc. ISBN 978-0-9893007-0-4.
  4. ^ Holsen, Matt (July 12, 2010). "BHSU, SDSMT Accepted To NCAA Division II". Sioux Falls, SD: KELOLAND TV. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Looney, Josh (July 15, 2013). "Division II adds new conference, members". NCAA. Archived from the original on July 18, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.

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