Hello Mustang Fans!
Last weekend, we concluded a week of activities in the Lakeview School District inviting the community, students and staff of the school to our campus Saturday for Mustang volleyball and football. I would like to thank all the teachers and staff members in the Lakeview School District for allowing our student-athletes to come into their classrooms and share a little about what it is like to be a student-athlete in college and share the type of rigorous schedule they balance between academics, athletics and social activities.
Hy-Vee, Hormel Foods, Pepsi and SMSU partnered to sponsor a "pork chop on a stick" meal for all the fans to enjoy between events. A big thanks to Tom Ries and his staff at Hy-Vee for helping to organize and run Saturday's fundraiser that aided in raising money for SMSU athletic scholarships.
The Mustang football team (3-3, 2-3 NSIC) begins a two-game road trip this Saturday, taking on St. Cloud State (5-1, 5-0 NSIC), at Husky Stadium in St. Cloud, with kickoff set for 1 p.m.SCSU, which received votes in this week's AFCA Top 25 poll, is one of the three teams tied atop the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference standings and has won five straight games.
SMSU snapped a three-game losing streak last Saturday with a 49-14 home victory over Minnesota State-Moorhead, while SCSU earned a 31-17 road win over Minnesota State-Mankato.SMSU and SCSU renew a rivalry that has been dormant for more than 25 years. The former Northern Intercollegiate Conference foes will be playing for the first time since Sept. 8, 1984, and will be meeting for the first time in a conference game since Oct. 25, 1980.
The SMSU volleyball team moved up one spot in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches' Poll and is now ranked No. 2 in the country. This marks the highest ranking in school history for the Mustang volleyball program. The Mustangs rank just behind NSIC foe Minnesota-Duluth, who earned 24 of 32 first place votes and the top ranking. The Mustangs are coming off a win over previously top-ranked Wayne State (Neb.). SMSU took down the number one team in the country in five sets on Saturday. The Mustangs fought back from a 2-1 deficit to beat the Wildcats.
HOOFPRINTS TRIVIA QUESTION
At the 2010 Smokefest, a team won all four categories (pork, chicken, ribs and brisket) for only the second time in Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) history. What team swept the 2010 Smokefest Championships winning all four categories, and what was the name of the only other team to accomplish this feat in the history of the KCBS?
The first person to email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with
the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400 AM each week.
SMSU is 6-2 in 2010 against ranked opponents. The Mustangs are one of five NSIC teams to be ranked in the top 25. This marks the 61st-consecutive week that SMSU has been ranked in the AVCA Coaches' Poll, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006.
The Mustangs continue NSIC play this weekend when they travel to St. Cloud State to take on the Huskies on Friday at 7 p.m. SMSU will then try to bring down the only remaining undefeated team in the conference in Concordia-St. Paul. First serve is set for 4 p.m. in St. Paul.
The SMSU women's golf team shot a team score of 336 during the second round of the NSIC Fall Championship on Sunday at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul and is currently in fourth place of the four-round championship.The final two rounds will be played during the spring season during the month of April in Brandon, S.D.
SMSU was led by Sarah Baukol, who is tied for 10thwith an18-over-par 162.Baukol shot a team-low 10-over 82 on Sunday.KC Kane shot an 83 on Sunday and is tied for 15thwith a 20-over 164.Krista Weiszhaar is tied for 25th with a 169 after carding an 85 on Sunday, while Marissa Campeau is in 32nd place at 173 with a round of 87 on Sunday.Rachel Patnoe scored an 86 on Sunday and is tied for 33rd place with a 174.
The SMSU soccer team (1-7-2, 0-5-2 NSIC) is coming off a loss to Augustana (S.D.) last Sunday. Courtney McCarthy scored the Mustangs lone goal of the game on an assist from Kelly Fitzgerald after eleven minutes. SMSU will return home for more NSIC action when it takes on MSU-Moorhead Saturday at 1 p.m., and Minnesota-Crookston on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center.
Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week. Go Mustangs!
Congratulations to Josh Scholten, who provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Last week, Mary Groth was honored by being named Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Women's Player of the Week. Who was the last Mustang volleyball player to earn this prestigious award?
Megan Wendorff won this award on Aug. 28, 2006, leading the Mustangs to a 27-9 overall record and 14-4 in the NSIC.