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Mustang Hoofprints: Oct. 6

October 6, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

I have to apologize to the Mustang Shootout Committee and all the participants who took part in this great event on Saturday, Sept. 17. This year, the Mustang Shootout had 108 shooters participate, which is the most people we have had shoot over the event's six-year history. I need to thank the Marshall Radio Station for being the title sponsor of the event and Shooter's Sporting Clay's for hosting the event. Brad Strootman and Steve and Nate Peterson have been instrumental in building the foundation of this event, making it one of the top fundraising events for the Mustang Booster Club.

I would like to thank all the committee members for their hard work and dedication. The committee members include: Neil Frost, Ron Halgerson, David Krull, Chuck Muller, Rolly Muller, Bill Mulso, Nate Peterson, Steve Peterson, John Smallwood, Tim Steinbach and Brad Strootman. Here are the results from the 2011 Mustang Shootout:

Individual Winners:

1st Place: Jason Becker (97)

2nd Place:

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What year did the Mustang volleyball team advance to the NAIA?National Championship for the first time in school history?

The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.

Ken Mathiowetz (92)

3rd Place: West Plath (90)

Winning Team: Ken Mathiowetz, Mark Maschoff, Tom Sanders, Nathan Buysse, Zac Corbin

Champion of Champions Shoot: Ron Halgerson

Congratulations to all of our Mustang Shootout winners and thank you to all the shooters who participated in the event!

In two weeks, the SMSU volleyball team, SMSU athletics department and the Alumni Association will be partnering to host an all-class Mustang volleyball alumni reunion on Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15.

Head volleyball coach Terry Culhane is looking forward to having our current student-athletes spend time with former Mustang volleyball players who helped to build the foundation of the SMSU volleyball program.

"Having our Alumni back for a special weekend will be great time. It will be a great opportunity to connect with former players and coaches who helped build the strong tradition of SMSU volleyball," Culhane said. "Our current players and coaching staff really look forward to meeting and visiting with former players and coaches to see where we have been and show where we are going."

Below is the schedule of events for the weekend:

Oct. 14th

7 p.m.-SMSU vs. St. Cloud State

Following the match: Booster Club and SMSU volleyball alumni social at the Wooden Nickel

Oct. 15th

11 a.m.- Check-in (lower level conference center)

11:30 a.m.-Past and Present Luncheon

1 p.m.-Campus Tours (optional)

3 p.m.-SMSU vs. Concordia-St. Paul

6 p.m.-SMSU football vs. St. Cloud State

Reception to follow SMSU volleyball match (tenative start time 5:30pm)

5:30-6:30 p.m.-Social (Lower Level Conference Center)

6:30 p.m.-Program and Food

For all your registration information on the Mustang volleyball alumni weekend and SMSU athletics, go to

This Week in Mustang athletics:

The SMSU soccer team (4-5-0 overall, 3-2-0 NSIC) had a hard-fought 4-0 loss to the NSIC's top soccer team in Minnesota State-Mankato last Sunday. The Mustangs held the Mavericks to a scoreless first half. Mustang goalkeeper Sonya Smith finished with a career-high 19 saves. The soccer team is back in action this weekend as it hosts Augustana College on Saturday, with Wayne State College coming to Marshall on Sunday. Both weekend matches scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time at the Regional Event Center.

The Mustang football team (1-4, 1-3 NSIC, 0-2 NSIC South) will travel to Moorhead to face MSU-Moorhead at 1 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a 52-29 loss to Wayne State College and will look to grab their second win of the season this Saturday against the Dragons. MSU-Moorhead (2-2, 1-2 NSIC) posted a 29-22 win over Minnesota-Crookston last week.

The SMSU volleyball team remains the sixth-ranked team in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll. SMSU earned 613 total points, after going 2-1 last week, including a loss to No. 1 Concordia University-St. Paul. The Golden Bears continue to hold down the top spot in the AVCA coaches' poll earning 800 points and all 32 first-place votes.

The Mustangs were one of five Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) schools to earn a spot in this week's edition of the coaches' poll. Minnesota-Duluth joins SMSU and Concordia-St. Paul in the top 10, earning 704 points and the No. 4 ranking. Wayne State dropped two spots from No. 10 to No. 12 after going 2-1 last week. MSU-Mankato made the biggest drop of the NSIC teams, falling from No. 13 to No. 19.

The Mustangs have now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 73 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 5, 2006. This weekend, the SMSU volleyball team will play on Friday at Augustana, beginning at 7 p.m., before traveling to Wayne, Neb. to take on No. 12 Wayne State at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The SMSU women's golf team shot a second-round score of 329, the fifth lowest round of the day, to earn a seventh place finish at the 18-team NSIC/RMAC Crossover at Tiburon Golf Club in Omaha, Neb.

SMSU finished the tournament with a two-day total of 669. Augustana College won the tournament with a score of 625, while Augie's Allie Ostrander winning medalist honors with a 153 (+9). KC Kane shot a 78 (+6) on Monday and finished in a tie for seventh overall with a 159 (+15).

Krista Weiszhaar tied for 25th with a 168 (+24). Rachel Patnoe tied for 44th with a 172 (+28), while Marissa Campeau finished tied for 46th at 173 (+29). Campeau shot a 10-over 82 in the final round. Haley Gudim tied for 67th with a 182 (+38).

The Mustangs will conclude the fall season this weekend, competing at the NSIC fall championships this Saturday and Sunday, at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City.

Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!

n Congratulations to Dave Drown, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: At what institution did Director of Athletic Development Tim Steinbach coach softball? Tim Steinbach was the head softball coach at the University of Minnesota-Morris in 1995.



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