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Mustang Hoofprints: April 21

April 21, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

We added a new member to the SMSU Athletic Department staff earlier this week with the announcement of TJ Buchholz taking over the leadership responsibilities for the Mustang women's soccer program. TJ's personality and ability to develop relationships will help him and the SMSU women's soccer program to make great strides in building a strong foundation to our program.

With experience at Northwestern College (Iowa) and Wartburg College (Iowa), TJ has successfully recruited in the upper Midwest and built winning soccer programs at both institutions. He will bring great energy to soccer at SMSU and in the Marshall community. TJ, his wife, Candace, and two children, Chloe and Season, will be transitioning from California to Marshall in late May. I would like to welcome TJ, Candace, Chloe and Season to the Mustang family!

The Mustang Booster Club will be starting its annual membership drive in May. We are always looking for passionate members of the Mustang family to participate on one of our three membership drive teams. It is a fun event to take part in, with lots of laughter, camaraderie and competitive spirit amongst the teams. If you are interested in finding out more about how to join a membership drive team, please contact Tim Steinbach at 507-537-7204.

In late June, the Mustang Booster Club will host the 2011 Mustang Golf Classic, featuring a change in the format for this year's event. The Golf Classic will become a two-day event this year, with the traditional 18-hole, five-person scramble golf tournament on Friday, June 24 at the Marshall Golf Club. On Friday night following the golf tournament, the Mustang Booster Club will host a social at MGC open to golfers and community members, with entertainment, appetizers, beverages, a silent auction and concluding the programming with a live auction.

On Saturday, June 25, the Mustang Booster Club will host a second 18-hole, five-person scramble golf tournament at the Tyler Golf Club in Tyler. Both tournaments are tentatively scheduled to have a shotgun start beginning at 11 a.m. Please save the dates on your calendar and be looking for more information in my future Hoofprints articles as well as at SMSUMustangs.com.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

This week, TJ?Buchholz became the fourth head coach for the SMSU women's soccer team. Who was the first head coach for the Mustang women's soccer team?

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.

The SMSU football team will conclude spring drills this Saturday with its annual Spring Game at the Regional Event Center, starting at noon. The game is free and open to the public.

Again this year, in conjunction with the Spring Game, the SMSU football program will host a free youth football clinic, starting at 10:45 a.m. The event is open for all kids from kindergarten through eighth grade. SMSU players and coaches will conduct the camp and all individuals will receive a free t-shirt. Following the clinic, all participants will receive a free hot dog, chips and beverage during the Mustang Spring Game.

SMSU will open the 2011 regular season on Sept. 1, at Northern State in a non-conference game.

Also on tap for SMSU football this spring is the 7th Annual SMSU Football Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Tyler Golf Club, starting with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

The cost is $100 per person and includes a gift and team photo, box lunch, refreshments, hole prizes, silent auction, raffle and dinner. Registration and the driving range will open at 10 a.m., followed by a four-person scramble starting at 11 a.m. A social, dinner and awards will held following the tournament at 4:30 pm. All proceeds from the event will go toward upgrading SMSU uniforms, on-field practice equipment, travel expenses and the operating budget.

For more information, please contact Christian Guenther at 507-537-7097.

The SMSU baseball team (9-14 overall, 5-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) has had several changes to this week's NSIC baseball schedule.

The Mustang's baseball doubleheader with Northern State has been moved to Marshall and will now be played today at Alumni Field, starting at 1 p.m. The twinbill was originally to be played in Aberdeen, S.D., on Wednesday, but NSU's field has been deemed unplayable.

Also announced on Wednesday, SMSU's scheduled four-game series at Minnesota-Crookston on Friday and Saturday has been moved to Marshall. Friday's doubleheader will start at 1 p.m., while Saturday's doubleheader will start at noon. Per NSIC rules, NSU and UMC will serve as the home team on the scoreboard for all six games. Northern State enters the doubleheader on Thursday with a 8-16 overall record, 6-10 in the NSIC.

The SMSU softball team (22-13, 10-5 NSIC) dropped one spot in this week's edition of the Central Region Rankings. The Mustangs are now ranked No. 8 in the region after being ranked No. 7 for two consecutive weeks. SMSU is one of six NSIC teams ranked in the Central Region.

Augustana (S.D.) took over the top spot in this week's poll. The Vikings were ranked third in last weeks' poll. Minnesota State-Mankato fell from the No. 1 spot and is now ranked second, while Winona State earned the No. 3 spot.

Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference member Metro State (Colo.) was the only team to stay put earning the No. 4 spot. Wayne State (Neb.) sits in fifth and is followed by Colorado School of Mines and Mesa State (Colo.).

SMSU is ranked eighth and is followed by Minnesota-Duluth and Concordia-St. Paul.

SMSU continues NSIC play on Thursday, traveling to St. Cloud State for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m. On Friday, SMSU will host No. 12 MSU-Mankato in a conference twinbill, which begins at 2 p.m. in Marshall.

The SMSU women's golf team continues action this weekend in the third and fourth rounds of the NSIC Championship this Friday and Saturday at Brandon Golf Club in Brandon, S.D.

The first two rounds were played at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul Oct. 9-10. The Mustangs are currently in fourth place in the championship with a two-round score of 91-over-par 667. Augustana leads the championship with a 39-over 615. Concordia is in second place at 77-over, followed by Minnesota State at 88-over.

SMSU's KC Kane is tied for eighth at 18-over with a 162. SMSU will begin the third round at 9 a.m. on Friday, while Saturday's final round also begins at 9 a.m.

Good luck to our Mustang women's golf team as it looks to solidify its spot in the NCAA Super Regional Three Tournament, which begins May 1 in St. Paul.

Congratulations to Mustang women's tennis players Cailey Grupe and Trisha Baldwin, who earned All-NSIC honorable mention honors for the 2011 season in an announcement made by the league office on Wednesday. Grupe was named honorable mention in singles and doubles play, while Baldwin earned honorable mention honors in doubles play.

Grupe, a native of Trimont, finished the 2011 season 5-11 as the Mustangs' No. 1 singles player, and was 7-7 in No. 1 doubles play. Grupe finishes her career at SMSU with an overall record of 44-43 in singles play. She compiled a doubles record of 51-37 in four seasons.

Baldwin, a native of Montevideo, finished her senior season 7-7 in doubles play alongside Grupe at No. 1 doubles. She compiled a career record of 47-32 in doubles play. Baldwin finished the 2011 season 5-11 in No. 2 singles play, while compiling a career record of 39-37.

Grupe and Baldwin also earned NSIC honorable mention honors as a doubles tandem in 2010. In 2008, Baldwin earned honorable mention honors in doubles, while Grupe was named All-NSIC in singles and was an honorable mention in doubles.

The Mustangs finished the 2010-11 season 3-11 overall and 3-7 in conference play, finishing ninth in the 12-team NSIC standings. Good luck to all of our Mustang eams this week.

Go Mustangs!

- Congratulations to Rick Haberman, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many SMSU baseball players have been named NSIC Pitcher of the Year? Chris Pack (1995) and Patrick O'Brien (2002) both have both won the honor of NSIC Pitcher of the Year for the SMSU baseball team.

 
 

 

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