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Mustang Hoofprints: Nov. 25

November 25, 2010
By Chris Hmielewski

Happy Thanksgiving Mustang fans!

The SMSU athletics department has many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. First and foremost, we are thankful for the successful diagnosis and treatment of the heart attack Mustang head volleyball coach Terry Culhane experienced early Friday morning. Coach Culhane returned home to Marshall on Sunday evening and is on the road to recovery. We would like to thank the entire Mustang family for their thoughts, prayers and support for Terry, Sandy, Ashley, Allison, his entire family, our coaching staff and student-athletes over the past week.

We would like to thank our Mustang volleyball team and coaching staff for having the type of success this season that gave us the opportunity to host this year's NCAA Central Region Volleyball Tournament. Congratulations to Coach Culhane, the coaching staff and our student-athletes on an amazing season.

I am very thankful for an incredible SMSU athletic department staff who contributed a considerable amount of time and effort to host this successful NCAA Central Region Volleyball Tournament. The SMSU athletics department is always supported by SMSU scheduling and events services, maintenance staff, University Public Safety, the grounds crew and Aramark, all of which play and important role in hosting an athletic event of this magnitude.

SMSU, Marshall and Redwood Falls all received many compliments throughout the week from visitors from all the teams who had a wonderful experience while attending the tournament. It takes a community to host a successful athletic event and we are very appreciative of the team effort shown by all our area businesses and organizations.

The SMSU men's basketball team (2-1) continues its four-game home stand this Saturday, taking on Northwest Missouri State (1-1) at the R/A Facility in Marshall, starting at 3 p.m. It will be the second meeting this season between the two teams, with SMSU earning a 72-67 victory in Maryville, Mo., on Nov. 14.

Fact Box

Mustang Trivia Question

How many student-athletes does SMSU have participating in the 11 sports sponsored by the university?

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.

The Mustang wrestling team competed in the Auggie Open hosted by Augsburg College last Saturday in Minneapolis. More than 500 wrestlers competed in the open, one of the largest small-college wrestling tournaments in the Midwest. No team results were recorded in the open tournament.

SMSU had 15 wrestlers place in the tournament. Seife Kenea finished the open in first place at 125 pounds in the silver bracket. Travis Borchert also wrestled at 125 pounds in the bronze bracket and finished second.

At 141 pounds, Shane Fesenmaier took second place, while Blaine Miller at 165 finished first in his bracket. Micah Larson finished first at 184 pounds and Erik Berdahl finished first in the 197 pound bronze bracket. Jarek Bannister finished first in the heavyweight copper 2 bracket. The Mustangs will host its first dual of the season on Dec. 2 when they welcome Morningside to the PE Gym at 7 p.m.

The SMSU women's basketball team will travel to St. Paul this weekend to participate in the Concordia Classic, hosted by Concordia-St. Paul on Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs will take on No. 17-ranked Michigan Tech on Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. before matching up with Northern Michigan at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Following Saturday's game, the Mustangs will open the 2010-11 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference season on Dec. 3-4, hosting Augustana and Wayne State in the R/A Facility.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball is idle until Dec.4 when they will take on the Madonna Magic, continuing their 11-game home stand to begin the season.

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

Last week, no one provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: In what sports has the SMSU Athletics Department hosted NCAA Regional competition? Since becoming a member of NCAA Division II, SMSU has hosted regional championships in women's golf (2003), wrestling (2008), men's basketball (2008) and this year, volleyball.



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