Hello Mustang fans!
Tonight, the SMSU men's, women's and wheelchair basketball programs will hold its annual "Late Show" at 7 p.m. in the R/A Facility. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with SMSU basketball players available for autographs and pictures. The event, which is free and open to the public, will offer the first look of the 2011-12 basketball teams at SMSU. Each team will hold an eight-minute intra-squad scrimmage, to go along with three-point and dunk contests.
SMSU students will have the opportunity to enter drawings to win multiple prizes throughout the event. One male and one female SMSU student will be picked to attempt a half-court shot with the chance of winning a $1,000 tuition waiver. Drawings will also be held to give away SMSU basketball apparel, an Apple iPod Touch and a Blu-Ray home DVD player.
Both the men's and wheelchair basketball teams kick-off their pre-season competition this weekend. The men's basketball team will team open its 2011-12 season on Sunday afternoon with an exhibition game versus the SMSU Alumni Team, starting at 2 p.m. at the R/A Facility. The game is part of the second annual "Andy Wiersma Day" at SMSU.
Andy Wiersma passed away in an auto accident on July 27, 2008. He was a four-year letterwinner at SMSU from 2002-06, playing in 112 career games with 36 starts. He scored 418 points while grabbing 237 rebounds in his career. He shot 42.6 percent from the field (135-of-317) including 37.7 percent from three-point range (69-of-183).
Following his playing career in 2006, the SMSU men's basketball program honored Wiersma by renaming its "Mustang Award" the "Andy Wiersma Mustang Award." The award is given each year to an SMSU men's basketball player who exemplifies the qualities of being a Mustang men's basketball student-athlete.
Hoofprints Trivia Question
How many head coaches has the SMSU wrestling program had over its 44-year history, 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.
Tickets for Sunday's exhibition game are $5 for adults and $1 for ages 12-and-under. SMSU students will be admitted free with valid SMSU ID.
The SMSU alumni team will consist of some of the best players in school history. Players expected to play include Ryan Krome, DeAnthony Zanders, Undre Ellis, Andy Beilke, Travis Krenske, Jacob Fahl, Jon DeRock, Andrew Peschong, Kevin Andrews, Nick Dale, Jeremy VanKlompenburg, Scott Roehl, Chris Aggen and Chad Orum.
The Mustang men's basketball teams look to avenge a 66-62 loss to the SMSU alumni team in last years inaugural game. Last year's game was very entertaining and intense with a lot of Mustang basketball pride shown by both teams throughout the game.
The SMSU wheelchair basketball team will also begin their 2011-12 season hosting two games at the PE Gym on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m., with the second game to follow at 3 p.m. The Mustangs, under the direction of third-year head coach Lew Shaver, open the season hosting the Minnesota Adult Timberwolves for two games.
Jake Williams returns as SMSU's leading scorer from last season, averaging 21 points per game. Savoy Brown finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 13 points per game, and Kyle Timmerman also returns after scoring 8.8 points per game in 2010-11. SMSU finished the 2010-11 season 14-10 overall, including a sixth-place finish at the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament in Arlington, Texas.
For all your news and information on the Mustang basketball "Late Show" and SMSU athletics, go to SMSUmustangs.com.
The No. 9 SMSU volleyball team (17-6, 11-3 NSIC) returns home this Saturday to begin a four-match homestand, beginning with No. 19 Minnesota State-Mankato (15-7, 8-6 NSIC). First serve is set for 4 p.m. at the PE Gym. This first NCAA Central Region volleyball ranking came out this week and the Mustangs were at No. 6, with the top eight teams advancing to regional play.
The Mustangs will continue their home stand on Tuesday, as they play host to Minnesota State-Moorhead for a 7 p.m. start in the PE Gym.
The SMSU soccer team is coming off a heartbreaking loss to No. 25-ranked Winona State (12-3-1, 10-1-0 NSIC) who scored in the 97th minute off a rebound to defeat SMSU (5-9-1, 4-6-1 NSIC) 2-1 in overtime last Sunday.
The Mustangs will play their final regular season matches this weekend, taking on Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday at 1 p.m. The SMSU soccer team will then head to Bemidji to battle Bemidji State at 1 p.m. on Sunday. SMSU is looking to make the NSIC tournament for the first time since 2007 with a couple of wins this weekend.
The Mustang football team (3-5, 3-4 NSIC, 1-2 NSIC South) will travel to Winona this Saturday to take on Winona State University (4-4, 4-3 NSIC, 2-1 NSIC South) in an NSIC South Division matchup. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m. at Verizon Wireless Stadium. The Mustangs are coming off a come-from-behind 28-24 victory over Upper Iowa, scoring the game-winning touchdown with 4:15 remaining in the game on a Cody Condon 3-yard reception.
Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!
n No one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: What SMSU basketball player won last year's three-point contest during the 2010 Mustang basketball "Late Show?" Women's basketball player Bree Holleman edged out Mustang men's basketball player Trent Carlson in the 2010-11 "Late Show" three-point contest.