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Mustang Hoofprints: March 24

March 24, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

When will it end?! I am ready for spring weather and the opportunity to watch Mustang baseball, golf, softball and tennis in 70 degree temperatures and clear blue skies. I will even take the 10-to-20 mile per hour winds of Southwestern Minnesota as long as it comes with shorts and short-sleeve shirts.

As the high school basketball season concludes this weekend up in the Twin Cities, we will have one more great opportunity for the basketball fans of southwestern Minnesota as we host the world famous Harlem Globetrotters in two weeks.

The SMSU athletics department is proud to announce that the Harlem Globetrotters 2011 "4 Times the Fun" North American tour will make an appearance in Marshall on April 6 at the R/A Facility on the campus of SMSU. This game-changing innovation will be on display when the Globetrotters take on the Washington Generals, starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.. Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now by calling the SMSU athletics office at (507) 537-7271 or at Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at Tickets can also be purchased at the gate prior to tip-off.

The Harlem Globetrotters, who have contributed more innovations to the game of basketball than any other team in history, have implemented the first-ever four-point shot as part of all of its games on the team's record 85th season of touring. The Globetrotters last played in Marshall on April 7, 2003.

The SMSU baseball team (4-6 overall) is scheduled to open conference play this Saturday and Sunday with a four-game series versus Concordia-St. Paul in Minnetonka. The Mustangs have now had five games canceled this spring.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

How many SMSU women's tennis players are currently in SMSU's Hall of Honor?

The first person to email me 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 SMSU softball team (12-8 overall) will compete on April 2-3 when they play host to Bemidji State and Minnesota-Duluth. These will be the first home games of the season for the Mustangs.

The SMSU tennis team (3-10, 2-5 NSIC) will compete this Sunday in Grand Forks, N.D. versus Minnesota-Crookston at 8 a.m. The Mustangs are coming off a 6-3 loss to Minnesota State-Mankato last Sunday.

The Mustang women's golf team will be back in action on April 9-10 as they compete in the Augustana Invite in Sioux Falls, S.D.

With the weather continuing to hamper our spring sports, please check for the latest schedule changes and information on SMSU Athletics.

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

- Congratulations to Scott Mellenthin, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What Major League team was former SMSU baseball player, Adam Schrader, drafted by in the spring of 2010? Adam Schrader, a right-handed pitcher, was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 39th round (1,174th overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.



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