RMAC Notebook: Nyikos’ name to be on trophy for Mines-Mesa football winner

Dr. Michael Nyikos’ loyalties were split between Mesa State College and Colorado School of Mines.

He was a former vice president of institutional advancement at Mesa State and was the president of the board of trustees at Mines until his death in February.

Nyikos, who lived in Grand Junction until his death, could be found in the stands of just about any game at Mesa State.

His love of both colleges will be remembered in the Nyikos Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the football game each year between Mesa State and Colorado Mines.

The Orediggers received the cup first after their 46-10 win last Saturday over the Mavericks.

The award was announced by the alumni associations of the two schools Monday at the RMAC fall meetings in Golden.

“The Nyikos Cup is significant because it is inspired by the devotion of Dr. Nyikos to higher education, his contagious enthusiasm, spirit of fun, and sportsman-like conduct in every area of his life,” the presidents of the two colleges, Tim Foster and Bill Scoggins, said in a joint statement. “This — much more than winning or losing — is behind this very special tribute to a very special man.”

Playoff sites set: Last year, the RMAC started a pilot program to determine host sites for various conference tournaments based on the standings with two or three weeks remaining in the season.

The idea behind the early decision is to allow teams to make travel plans and give the host teams time to prepare to run the tournaments.

This fall, Nebraska-Kearney will host volleyball, Fort Lewis women’s soccer and Colorado School of Mines men’s soccer.

All-Academic soccer: Two Mesa State men’s soccer players made the RMAC first-team all-academic team this fall.

To qualify for the award, student-athletes must have a 3.30 GPA or higher, be a starter or reserve and have completed two consecutive semesters at the school.

Defenseman Jake Jobe was a unanimous selection. The senior has a 3.82 GPA in history. Alex Mattevi, a senior defenseman, made the first team with a 3.88 GPA in finance. Sam Dixon made the honor roll.

Kaselyn Butters, Kelci Crispe, Kelly Husky, Jackie Ramsey and Megan Swan made the women’s honor roll.

All-Academic football: Two Mesa State players made the RMAC football All-Academic team, sophomore offensive lineman Matt Mankoff, who has a 3.90 GPA in business, and Trent de- Braga, a sophomore defensive back who has a 4.0 GPA in criminal justice.

Daniel Lincoln, Justin Brown, Woody Blevins, Jake Edmiston and Mac Alexander made the second team and Chaz Vaughan made the honor roll.

All-Academic volleyball: Sunni Rae Baird, Kelly Regimbal and Courtney Searls made the honor roll for the RMAC All-Academic team.

Volleyball coach resigns: CSU-Pueblo volleyball coach Chris Jonson has resigned his position, effective at the end of this season, the school announced Monday.

Jonson, whose team plays at Brownson Arena at 7 p.m. on Friday, is 26-77 in four seasons. The ThunderWolves are 6-13 this season.

Tr&233;s chic pink: Friday is the Mesa volleyball team’s Spike Cancer game, and, as usual, the Mavericks will be wearing pink jerseys, but with a twist.

The jerseys are actually the Mavs’ old white jerseys, which were accidentally washed with some maroon clothing, turning the white shirts pink. The players took the pink jerseys and tie-dyed them, making them truly unique.


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