Hello Mustang Fans!
The spring semester is coming to an end with our students beginning to prepare for finals. This means the spring sports season is also coming to a close. Mustang softball will finish up its regular season this weekend, while Mustang baseball will conclude its regular season in Wayne, Neb., next weekend competing at Wayne State. The SMSU women's golf team will be traveling to St. Paul to compete in the NCAA Division II Central Region Women's Golf Tournamen, with an opportunity to earn its way to the national championship by finishing in the top three at the region tournament.
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 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 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.
Also on tap is the 7th Annual SMSU Football Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, which will be held on May 14 at the Tyler Golf Club, starting with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.
How many former Marshall High School graduates are members of the SMSU Athletics Department and can you name them?
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 cost is $100 per person and includes 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 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go toward upgrading SMSU uniforms, on-field practice equipment, travel expenses and operating budget.
For more information, please contact Christian Guenther at 507-537-7097.
The SMSU baseball team (9-17 overall, 5-10 NSIC) lost two games Wednesday, 10-7 and 13-6, to Minnesota-Duluth in Fergus Falls. The doubleheader was moved to Fergus Falls on the campus of Minnesota State and Technical College because of poor field conditions in both Duluth and Marshall.
The Mustangs will return home this weekend to begin a home-and-home series with Minnesota State-Mankato. MSU-Mankato is ranked No. 2 in this week's NCAA region rankings and is riding a 15-game winning streak. The two teams will meet at Alumni Field in Marshall on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader, followed by a doubleheader in Mankato on Sunday, also starting at 1 p.m.
The SMSU softball team (22-13, 10-5 NSIC) has announced it will be playing Concordia-St. Paul Friday at 2 p.m. at Carlander Field on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul. This doubleheader was originally scheduled for Wednesday of this week.
Prior to Friday's contest, the Mustangs will host a doubleheader against No. 12 MSU-Mankato today at 3 p.m. The Mustangs and the Mavericks were originally scheduled to play last Friday but were forced to move the game because of heavy rain in Marshall last week.
The Mustangs are scheduled to play at Northern State at noon on Saturday before traveling to finish the regular season against Mary at noon on Sunday. Please check SMSUMustangs.com for all your scheduling changes.
The SMSU women's golf team has qualified for the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament. The Mustangs are one of nine teams selected to compete in the 54-hole Central Region Tournament held at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul, beginning on Sunday and continuing through Tuesday.
It's the third straight year SMSU has qualified for the NCAA region tournament and the eighth time in school history. SMSU made five straight appearances in the regional tournament from 2002-06.
The Mustangs were seeded sixth in the nine-team championship, with Augustana (S.D.) earning the region's No. 1 seed. Western New Mexico was seeded second, followed by Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota State-Mankato and Mesa State (Colo.) rounding out the top five. SMSU was seeded sixth, followed by Upper Iowa, Winona State and Adam State (Colo.).
The top three teams, along with the top three individuals not with a national qualifying team from each region tournament, will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championship held May 11-14 at The Meadows in Allendale, Mich.
Good luck to all of our Mustang Teams this week.
g No one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was the first head coach for the Mustang women's soccer team? Jen Zebroski coached the Mustangs in 1996 and 1997 and was the first women's soccer head coach at SMSU.