Hello Mustang Fans!
I apologize for not submitting my "Mustang Hoofprints" article last week. As many of you know, Ben Bundy passed away last Wednesday in Sioux Falls, S.D., of a brain aneurysm he suffered on Feb. 12 in Marshall. It was a loss that was felt throughout the entire Mustang family. I would like to thank all of the people that sent e-mails and called sharing their sympathy, thoughts and prayers for our Mustang football team and the Bundy family.
Last Friday night, the Mustang Booster Club hosted the 7th Annual Gold Rush Raffle. We are very thankful for all the support as we had the largest crowd we have ever had at the event. I would like to congratulate Mike Ellingson, Sue Alcorn, Norma Raske and Becky Lecy who split the $5,000 grand prize. I would also like to thank the Gold Rush Raffle Committee for all its efforts in preparing for this great event as well as the SMSU athletic department staff who worked at the event.
This year, we had five individuals who sold over forty tickets that I would like to recognize: Rolly Muller (41), Karen VanKeulen (66), Brian Gruhot (69), Mike Ellingson (70) and our top seller this year was Ken Mukomela (135). Thank you so much for your hard work and support of the Mustang Booster Club and Mustang athletics.
The SMSU women's basketball team (15-11, 9-10 NSIC) and the men's basketball team (14-11, 9-10 NSIC) played yesterday against Wayne State College in their last home contest of the season. Both Mustang teams will head to Northern State this Saturday to take on the Wolves in their last regular season games of the year. Saturday's women's game will start at 6 p.m. and the men's game at 8 p.m.
These last two contests of the regular season will determine whether the Mustang women's and men's basketball teams will compete in the NSIC postseason tournament. The top eight teams in the conference will participate in the tournament.
The SMSU wrestling team (4-6, 1-6 NSIC) moves to postseason action on Sunday as the Mustangs will wrestle in the Super Region Three Tournament at Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at noon. The Mustangs enter the regional with high hopes of qualifying four to six wrestlers for the national tournament held in Omaha, Neb., March 12-13.
The SMSU softball team takes the field for the first time this spring in the St. Cloud State Dome Invitational. Saturday the Mustangs will compete against Wisconsin-Superior at 7 a.m. and St. Cloud State at 9 a.m. The Mustangs will be back in action at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday against Dakota State University and will complete the four game set against Bemidji State at 3 p.m.
The SMSU tennis team defeated Morningside College 8-1 in the teams' first-ever meeting and lost to South Dakota 6-3 last Saturday at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. The Mustangs add a tally to the win column, improving to 1-2 (0-1 NSIC); Morningside falls to 0-1, and USD improves to 4-5. The Mustangs will compete this Saturday against Upper Iowa in Owatanna at 4 p.m.
Good luck to our Mustang teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
n Congratulations, Betty Dale for providing the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was the first $5,000 winner at the Gold Rush Raffle? Betty e-mailed me last Thursday morning providing the correct answer of Mary Tate, who was our very first winner of the $5,000.
Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.
What was the last year both the Mustang women's and men's basketball teams qualified for the NSIC postseason tournament?
The first person to e-mail me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU Ag Bowl t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.