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May 6, 2010
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang Fans!

This Saturday marks the end of the 2009-10 academic year at SMSU. Women's tennis and golf have finished their spring competition and baseball and softball will be competing in their NSIC Tournament with baseball having competed Wednesday and softball beginning their tournament Friday.

The SMSU Athletics Department is having another successful year with eight of the eleven teams competing in post-season competition. Mustang volleyball, wrestling and women's golf to this point have all participated in NCAA Regional competition. This is a credit to the efforts of our dedicated members of the Mustang coaching staff and our student-athletes who have achieved excellence in the classroom as well as on the field, mat and court this year.

The Mustang Booster Club began its annual membership drive last Wednesday with a goal of signing up over 400 total members and raising more than $150,000 during this five-week period. The membership drive has three super teams out renewing memberships, as well as signing up new members to be part of the Mustang family. If you have questions about the Mustang Booster Club Membership Drive, please contact Tim Steinbach at 507-537-7204.

The SMSU golf team concluded its season on Tuesday, recording a final round of 335, finishing seventh with a 54-hole total of 1,002, at the NCAA Super Region Three Championships at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City. Augustana won the title with a score of 972.

SMSU's KC Kane shot her lowest round of the championship on Tuesday, with a 9-over 81 and finished tied for 20th at 32-over 248. Melissa Lackas posted a score of 15-over 87 in her final collegiate round and finished tied for 22nd at 33-over 249. Krista Weiszhaar was 24th overall with a 34-over 250, after shooting an eight-over 80 on Tuesday. Sarah Baukol shot a final round score of 89 and finished tied for 38th at 44-over 260, while Steph Bruns closed the tournament with a round of 87 and finished 40th at 46-over 262. This year's NCAA region tournament was SMSU's second straight and seventh NCAA appearance in school history.

The Mustang softball team (18-23, 11-15 NSIC) earned the No. 8 seed to the NSIC Tournament this past weekend, taking one of two games against the University of Upper Iowa. The Mustangs will face No. 1-seeded and host school, Augustana College, on Friday with the game time scheduled for noon at Bowden Field in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Also on Friday, beginning at 10 a.m., No. 2-seeded Wayne State will play the No. 7-seeded University of Mary, and No. 3 Winona State will take on No. 6 Minnesota-Duluth. The other game at noon will be No. 4 Concordia-St. Paul against No. 5 Minnesota State-Mankato. If the Mustangs win, they will take on the winner of Game 4 (C-SP vs. MSU-Mankato) and a loss in Game 1 will have SMSU playing the loser of Game 4.

The SMSU baseball team (26-16, 22-10 NSIC) is competing at the NSIC baseball Tournament at Faber Field in St. Cloud, May 5-8. SMSU, the tournament's No. 5 seed, opened the double-elimination tournament with an 8-6 loss against No. 2 seed Winona State University (35-12, 24-8 NSIC). With the Mustangs' loss on Wednesday, they will play No. 6 Wayne State today at noon. The winner of the tournament earns an automatic bid to the NCAA region tournament on May 13-16.

The Mustangs are the only program in conference history to qualify for all 15 NSIC tournaments since its inception in 1996. SMSU baseball has won the tournament championship four times, in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2002, and has finished second in both 1998 and 2005.

Good luck to our Mustang teams during the week and over the weekend as they play to qualify for NCAA Regional play. Go Mustangs!

- Because we repeated the question from the previous week, Dave Drown was able to provide the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was the last SMSU Women's Tennis player to earn NSIC Player of the Year honors? Heda Hlavova was the last Mustang Tennis player to be named the NSIC Player of the Year in both 1996 and 1997.

Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.

Mustang Trivia Question

How many NSIC Tournament appearances have both Mustang baseball and softball participated in under head coaches, Paul Blanchard and Shawn Semler?

The first person to email me at 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.



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