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Mustang Hoofprints: Feb. 23

February 23, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

It is finally here! Tomorrow is the Gold Rush Raffle, hosted by the Mustang Booster Club in the SMSU Conference Center beginning at 6 p.m. The raffle tickets are sold out for this year's event. We currently have 350 Gold Rush Raffle ticket holders who are planning to attend the evening's event where they will enjoy beverages, appetizers, games, silent and live auctions, a great atmosphere and the chance to win $5,000.

The Gold Rush Raffle Committee, as well as the SMSU Athletic Department staff is looking forward to hosting a great evening of fun and socializing in support of scholarships for our SMSU student-athletes. I would like to thank all the individuals who helped to sell the raffle tickets as well as all the people who purchased raffle tickets in support of Mustang Athletics.

For all your news on tomorrow night's Gold Rush Raffle winners and information on SMSU Athletics, go to

Upcoming Schedule of Events for Mustang Athletics:

This weekend concludes the regular season for the SMSU women's and men's basketball teams, which are both on the road for a single game against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference travel partner Minnesota State-Mankato. The SMSU women's basketball team (6-19 overall, 5-16 NSIC) will take on MSU-Mankato (16-9, 12-9) for the regular season finale for both teams. The opening tip-off is set for 2 p.m. at the Taylor Center. The Mustangs are coming off a split last weekend, beating Bemidji State on Friday night and losing to Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What Mustang baseball player recorded the highest single-season batting average

at SMSU?

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

The Mustang men's basketball team (15-10, 14-7), currently in fourth place in the NSIC standings, and ranked No. 7 in the latest NCAA Central Region rankings (Feb. 22), will battle the Mavericks (7-18, 6-15 NSIC) at the Taylor Center, with tip-off slated for 4 p.m. A victory for SMSU would be its third straight road win, the program's longest road winning streak since winning nine straight in 2009.

The SMSU men's basketball team will solidify fourth place in the NSIC with a win on Saturday. The Mustangs are looking to host a first-round game in the NSIC men's basketball tournament beginning next Wednesday in the R/A Facility.

The SMSU wrestling team is set to begin postseason competition on Sunday, competing in the NCAA Super Region Three Championships hosted by St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud. The action is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Halenbeck Hall.

Sunday's regional tournament is one of four tournaments that will take place prior to the NCAA Championships, which will be held March 9-10 in Pueblo, Colo. To advance to the NCAA Championships, a wrestler must finish in the top four of their respective weight class.

The Mustangs finished the 2011-12 season at 10-6 overall, including 3-4 in the NSIC, which was good for a fourth-place finish for the second straight season. SMSU's 10-6 overall record marked its second straight winning season, and its most wins since the 2002-03 season.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team is 7-12 in regular season competition and will return to action on March 7-10 at the NIWBT Championships in Champaign, Ill.

The SMSU tennis team (0-6, 0-2) won two singles matches and a doubles match, but it would not be enough as the University of Mary (1-4, 1-3) would take a 6-3 win in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference match.

Angie Wiegmann and Katie Kienitz got the Mustangs on the board early with an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles. Allison Niedert and Ashley Plucker fell 8-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Wiegmann earned a hard fought win at No. 1 singles defeating Brianna Thomas 7-6 (3-0), 6-2, 1-0 (10-6), while Kienitz earned a 7-5, 6-4 win over Megan Bosch in No. 2 doubles play.

Niedert fell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles to Julia Amundson and U-Mary's Ashley Tuschling was able to pick up a 6-4, 6-7 (3-0), 1-0 (10-6) win at No. 4 singles.

The Mustangs will return to action on March 17 with a non-conference match against Concordia-Moorhead in St. Cloud.

The SMSU baseball team opens the 2012 season this evening with a non-conference doubleheader versus Minnesota Duluth at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis, starting at 5 p.m. Mustang head coach Paul Blanchard, entering his 16th season with a record of 390-288-1, has 46 players on the spring roster, with 22 returning letterwinners.

Next week, the Mustangs will compete in the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Ariz., playing eight games during their spring break trip. The change to head to Arizona for the Mustangs ends a 15-year tradition of going to Fort Myers, Fla., where they competed in the Gene Cusic Classic.

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

n Congratulations to Diane Taylor who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprint's Question: Who was the last Mustang women's tennis player to be inducted into the SMSU Hall of Honor? Carolina Gomez was the last SMSU tennis player to be inducted into the Hall of Honor in 2011.



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