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Mustang Hoofprints: Feb. 2

February 2, 2012
Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

Yesterday, the Mustang football and soccer teams announced their student-athletes who signed national letters of intent to attend SMSU and wear the Brown and Gold. The SMSU football team announced the signing of thirty-four student-athletes with a emphasis on the defensive side of the ball. The SMSU soccer team announced the signing of ten student-athletes who will join the program in the fall of 2012. Congratulations to Mustang football head coach Cory Sauter, Mustang soccer head coach TJ Buchholz and their coaching staffs for a great effort in bringing these forty-four student-athletes to SMSU and the community of Marshall.

We are a little over a month away from the mid-winter social event of the year. The Mustang Booster Club will be hosting the Gold Rush Raffle on Friday, Feb. 24 in the SMSU Conference Center. The raffle tickets are available at the SMSU Athletic Department or you can buy a ticket from one of our many Mustang Booster Club members out selling in the community.

We sell 600 raffle tickets each year. Each Gold Rush Raffle ticket ($50) will get the holder of the ticket entry into the Feb. 24 evening event where they will enjoy beverages, appetizers, games, silent and live auctions, a great atmosphere and the chance to win $5,000.

In June, the Mustang Booster Club will be holding another great SMSU tradition, the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic with an 18-hole, five-person scramble tournament on Friday, June 15 at the Marshall Golf Club, which will be followed by the awards ceremony, a meal, live and silent auctions, and games lasting all evening. We will conclude the event with an 18-hole, five-person scramble tournament at the Tyler Golf Club on Saturday, June 16, with an awards ceremony and social following the event. Please put these two events down on your calendar, today.

The SMSU baseball program, along with The Hitching Post in Marshall, have partnered again this year for the 4th annual "Super Supper" to help support the SMSU baseball program. The Super Supper will take place a day after the this Sunday's NFL Super Bowl on Monday, Feb. 6 from 5-8 p.m. at The Hitching Post on Highway 59 South in Marshall.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What NSIC opponent did the SMSU men's and women's basketball teams play last season for Hawaiian Night?

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

All food and beverages purchased from 5-8 p.m. will be donated to the SMSU baseball program to help the team's operating budget, including the squad's trip to Arizona in March. For more information contact the SMSU baseball office at or 507-537-7268.

For all your news and information on SMSU Athletics, go to

Upcoming Schedule of Events for Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU women's and men's basketball teams return home this weekend for a pair of key NSIC games at the R/A Facility. The Mustang men's basketball team (10-9 overall, 9-6 NSIC), currently tied for fifth place in the NSIC standings, will face Wayne State College (7-10, 4-9) on Friday, with tip-off slated for 8 p.m.

The Mustangs will wrap up the weekend on Saturday against preseason NSIC favorite Augustana College (12-7, 9-6), with tip-off slated for 8 p.m.

The SMSU women's basketball team (5-14, 4-11) returns to the R/A Facility this weekend looking to put an end to its seven-game losing streak. The Mustangs have a tough task ahead, welcoming the top two teams in the NSIC in Wayne State and Augustana. SMSU will face No. 7 Wayne State (19-2, 13-2) on Friday, with tip-off set for 6 p.m., before closing out the weekend on Saturday against No. 25 Augustana College (16-3, 13-2), also scheduled for a 6 p.m. start time.

Saturday night is the annual "Hawaiian Night" game, concluding a week worth of activities on campus in conjunction with "Winter Meltdown". If you have not experienced the Hawaiian Night atmosphere, I would encourage you to come out on Saturday and join us for one of SMSU's most electrifying evenings in the R/A Facility.

The SMSU wrestling team continues NSIC action on Friday night, traveling to Augustana College to take on the No. 3-ranked Vikings at 7 p.m. at the Elmen Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Mustangs will return home on Saturday to take on the University of Mary at 2 p.m. in the PE Gym.

The Mustangs will enter the weekend with an overall record of 7-4, including 1-2 in the NSIC. The grapplers split last weekend's matches. They earned a 23-17 NSIC dual victory over Northern State on Friday night in Marshall. The Mustangs then traveled to Canby to take on No. 1 St. Cloud State at Canby High School. SCSU earned a 33-6 victory over the Mustangs in front of a sellout crowd.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball program was idle this past week. Their next competition is Feb. 10-11 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Mustangs will play games against Whitewater, Alabama, Illinois and Edinboro in the final regular season games of the season.

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

n Congratulations to Kari Loft, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprint's Question: What do Tim Steinbach, Missy Bruggeman and Chris Hmielewski all have in common? All three have been head softball coaches during their careers, with Missy and myself at SMSU and Tim at the University of Minnesota-Morris.



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