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Hoofprints - Thursday, November 27, 2008

November 28, 2008
By Chris Hmielewski

The fall sports season at SMSU has come to an end. Mustang Volleyball had its best season ever at the NCAA Division II level as they finished up 28-6 overall, second in the NSIC and ranked in the top 25 national poll all season. The Mustangs were ranked as high as No. 3 and finished out the season ranked No. 7.

Mustang Football finished with a 6-5 overall record, the first winning record in nine years. The season was highlighted by a win over conference rival Winona State. The Mustangs ended the season with wins over Northern State and Minnesota State Moorhead. The SMSU football team ended the season in the top half of the NSIC, finishing 6th.

The SMSU Soccer team concluded their season with a 3-14-0 record. The Mustangs ended the season with a two-game winning streak, with victories over Minnesota Crookston and Minnesota State Moorhead.

Last Thursday, Associate Head Football Coach and Defensive Coordinator, Tim Steinbach joined the crew at Mike's Caf at 6 a.m. for a question and answer session. I am happy to report that the first SMSU Coach's Forum was very informative. Dave Drown provided the entire group a great overall history lesson on SMSU and the athletic department.

We were fortunate to have Bill Ziegenhagen at our table who graciously read Ronnie's question to Tim, right from last week's hoofprints article, to get the discussion started. Tim brought a five-year statistical analysis of the Mustang defense and shared it with the group. It was a morning filled with great Mustang tradition, history and a lot of laughter.

I will say, you must walk in Mike's with thick skin because you do not get a chance to even sit down before the ribbing begins.

I am working on scheduling another coach's forum for Dec. and this one promises to be as good as the first. Thank you to the Mike's early morning crew for all their support.

SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor

Five former SMSU student-athletes and two community members will be inducted into the Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Hall of Honor on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Athletics Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the university.

The newest Hall of Honor members are former football player Bruce Saugstad; former baseball player Chris Pack; former volleyball player Paige Karno; former tennis player Carolina Gomez; former wrestling/baseball athlete Link Steffen; and community members and long-time supporters of SMSU athletics, Sheldon and Marge Haaland.

The induction ceremony will take place in the SMSU Conference Center at 1p.m.

The group will again be honored at halftime of the men's basketball "Hawaiian Night" game against Wayne State College later that night.

The public is invited to attend the luncheon with ticket information for the banquet being announced in Dec. The six new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 66 individuals/couples and nine teams. Congratulations to our seven new members of the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor!

Basketball Holiday HoopsFest!

This weekend is the inaugural NSIC Holiday HoopsFest. On Saturday, SMSU plays Augustana at the Sioux Falls Arena - women at 5 p.m. followed by the men at 7 p.m. On Sunday SMSU faces Upper Iowa - women at 1p.m. and men at 3 p.m. at the Elmen Center. Tickets will be at each of the venues for the games with the tickets at the Sioux Falls Arena being $12.50 and $10 at the Elmen Center.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday and good luck to all of our Mustangs teams competing this week!

Congratulations, Cletus Lanners, for providing the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprint's Trivia Question: Who was the first SMSU Women's Basketball player to score 1,000 career points?Cletus gave the correct answer of Cindy Olson who reached this milestone in the 1978-79 season and scored 1,463 in her career at SMSU. Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.


When was the last time the SMSU men's basketball team was ranked in the top 25 national poll?

The first person to e-mail me at with the correct answer to this question will receive a SMSU T-shirt. Please include your first and last name and phone number with the correct answer. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.



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