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Mustang Hoofprints: Nov. 18

November 18, 2010
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang Fans!

It has been quite the week for hosting athletic events for the SMSU athletics department and the Marshall community.

Last weekend, we hosted SMSU volleyball on Friday and Saturday, with Mustang football playing its last game of the season on Saturday at the Regional Event Center. During the first half of the Mustang football game, I was on the phone with NSIC commissioner Butch Raymond, exploring the possibility of Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State-Mankato playing football at the REC on Sunday.

Due to poor field conditions, Butch made the decision to move the football game scheduled to be played in Mankato on Saturday to Marshall on Sunday. We were fortunate to secure hotel rooms for both teams on Saturday night. Both UMD and MSU-Mankato football teams were able to practice at the REC that night and the game began at 10 a.m. Sunday. The SMSU and MSU-Mankato administrative and game management staff combined efforts to facilitate the game-day experience for both teams.

There was a small break on Sunday afternoon before joining our Mustang volleyball team that evening for the 9 p.m. announcement of the NCAA regional volleyball brackets. We were fortunate to be the second region announced, so our student-athletes and coaching staff did not have to wait long to find out Mustang volleyball earned the No. 1 seed in the Central Region, and would be hosting the Central Region Tournament right here in Marshall.

The SMSU athletics department has been buzzing with activity ever since, and today we will see how all the hard work unfolds as tournament play begins at noon in the PE Gym. The Central Region hosts some of the best Division II volleyball teams in the country. Do not miss the opportunity to watch great volleyball at the PE Gym today, tomorrow and Saturday in an electrifying atmosphere.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

In what sport has the SMSU?athletic department hosted an NCAA?regional competition?

The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at 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.

This is the first time in school history that SMSU will host an NCAA volleyball regional tournament. The SMSU volleyball team (26-3, 18-2 NSIC) will take on No. 8 seed Colorado School of Mines, which finished 19-9 overall and 12-6 in conference play, tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the PE Gym.

The Mustang football team finished the season Saturday, ending the season 4-7 overall and 3-7 in the NSIC. The Mustangs had seven football players honored by the NSIC on Monday, as the conference released its postseason awards. The all-conference teams were selected by the 14 head coaches in the conference and were announced on Monday afternoon from the league office in Burnsville.

Senior quarterback Ryan Ratekin was the lone Mustang to earn first team All-NSIC South Division honors, while freshman punter Mike Wenk was named second team All-NSIC South Division.

SMSU also had five players named honorable mention All-NSIC South, including senior wide receiver Bret Ballantine, senior tight end Shane LaDage, junior linebacker John Kersbergen, junior safety Levi Reiff and junior offensive lineman Brian Rodas.

The SMSU men's basketball team continued non-conference action this week with a pair of games, including the team's season opener. SMSU is 1-0 on the season following Sunday's opening season 72-67 road victory over Northwest Missouri State.

The Mustangs will battle NCAA Division I South Dakota State today in Brookings, S.D., with tip-off slated for 7 p.m. at Frost Arena. SDSU is 2-0 on the season with road victories over Eastern Illinois and Iowa. On Saturday, the Mustangs open their home schedule, taking on former conference rival Minnesota-Morris (now a member of NCAA Division III).

The SMSU wrestling team opened the 2010-11 season last Saturday at the 41st annual Bison Open, hosted by North Dakota State. The Mustangs had 30 wrestlers participate in the open, with six of them placing.

SMSU freshman Zach Coates was the highest place finisher for the Mustangs, taking third place at 174 pounds. Redshirt freshmen Justin Reinsma and Jake Begin both finished in fifth place in their respective weight classes. CD Johnson and Samuel Bonsu both picked up sixth-place finishes in Fargo, as did redshirt freshman Saifemichael Kenea.

The Mustangs will continue the season Friday when it travels to Northfield to compete in a dual with St. Olaf, with the match beginning at 7 p.m.

The SMSU women's basketball team is back in action Saturday, continuing the non-conference portion of its schedule when it hosts Minnesota-Morris at 1 p.m. at the R/A Facility. The Mustangs are looking to bounce back from their loss on Tuesday night against William Penn.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball is idle until Dec. 4 when it will take on the Madonna Magic, continuing its 11-game homestand to begin the season.

Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week. Go Mustangs!

Congratulations to, Randy Johnson, who provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was the first head women's basketball coach for the Mustangs during the 1969-70 season? Eleanor Rose was at the helm of Mustang women's basketball for two seasons and compiled a 7-19 record.



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