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Mustang Hoofprints: May 5

May 5, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

Congratulations to Ken Mukomela, a longtime member of the Mustang Booster Club, who is one of three recipients of the Noel Olson Volunteer of the Year Award this year. The award is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Mukomela, along with Paul and Barb Halstenson from Augustana College, will be honored with the award during the 12th Annual NSIC Hall of Fame Banquet on July 13 at the Best Western Kelly Inn in St. Cloud. Please go to to see the full press release.

Today will be an exciting day for SMSU, as our interim president, Ron Wood, will be formally announced at 3 p.m. in the upper level of the student center. The session will be open to the public and campus community. I was able to spend time with President Wood last week and we had an enjoyable conversation about Mustang athletics. He shared his passion for athletics from both his personal and professional experiences. I would also like to mention, Ron and his wife were the first to register for the Mustang Golf Classic.

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. Both tournaments are tentatively scheduled to have a shotgun start 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

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

How many years has SMSU been a member of NCAA?Division II?

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.

Also on tap for the spring, the 7th Annual SMSU Football Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament will be held on May 14 at the Tyler Golf Club, 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 operating budget.

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

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.

The SMSU baseball team (10-22 overall, 6-15 NSIC) rallied from two runs down in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings and eventually earn a 6-5 victory in 10 innings over Bemidji State in Game 2 of a doubleheader in Tuesday Marshall. BSU pushed across three runs with two outs in the top of the seventh to earn a 3-0 victory in Game 1.

The Mustangs will close out the 2011 season this weekend with a four-game series at Wayne State (22-16, 15-9 NSIC) in Wayne, Neb. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m and Sunday's contests will begin at noon. The Wildcats have won 10 straight games following two victories on Tuesday.

The SMSU softball team (28-17, 16-9 NSIC) earned the No. 6 seed in the NSIC Tournament and will face No. 3 seed Minnesota-Duluth (29-13) at 10:00 a.m. today. The tournament is being hosted by regular season champion and No. 1 seed Augustana. Games will be played at Sherman Park and Bowden Field in Sioux Falls, S.D. Good luck to the Mustang softball team this weekend!

The SMSU women's golf team shot a final round score of 353 (65-over par) and finished in seventh place at the nine-team, 54-hole NCAA Central Region Championship at the par-72 Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul. SMSU finished with a three-round score of 1,040 (176-over).

Augustana won the region championship convincingly, finishing with a final three-round score of 967 (103-over) and will advance to the NCAA Championships along with runner-up Concordia-St. Paul and third-place Western New Mexico. The championships take place in Allendale, Mich., next week.

It's the third straight season SMSU has finished seventh in the NCAA region championship. Freshman Marissa Campeau was SMSU's top individual, carding a 36-over par to finish in a tie for 11th place. Rachel Patnoe shot an 85 on Tuesday and finished in a tie for 31st at 50-over. KC Kane finished in a tie for 21st at 46-over, Krista Weiszhaar finished 35th at 52-over, while Sarah Baukol, the lone SMSU senior, wrapped up her career finishing in a tie for 36th at 54-over.

Congratulations to the SMSU women's golf team on a great season!

Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week.

Go Mustangs!

- Congratulations to Greg Debrenski, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many former Marshall High School graduates are members of the SMSU Athletics Department staff, and can you name them? Head volleyball coach Terry Culhane, assistant volleyball coach Raftyn Rignell and assistant athletic director Rolly Muller are all graduates of Marshall High School.



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