Hello Mustang fans!
This weekend will conclude the fall regular seasons for Mustang football and volleyball teams. With two wins, the Mustang volleyball team has a chance to host the NSIC Tournament Championship Nov. 16-18. Concordia-St. Paul, Minnesota-Duluth and SMSU are all in the hunt for the regular season NSIC title and a chance to host the tournament. It will be an exciting two games this weekend in the PE Gym!
We also have three teams on the road this weekend with the men's basketball team in California, the women's basketball team in Kansas, and the wrestling team in North Dakota.
The SMSU Department of Athletics will be hosting a MSHSL Class A state football quarterfinal game Friday at 7 p.m. between St. Clair and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at the Regional Event Center. We have a lot of athletic events on the campus of SMSU for you to take part in this weekend.
As a member of the Southwest Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate all the individuals who have put in countless hours to support the SMASC and MERIT Center projects. The successful vote during Tuesday's election will allow both of these projects to continue to move forward providing Marshall and southwestern Minnesota with new athletic and training facilities and programs. These facilities and programs will attract many new and repeat visitors to Marshall annually, creating a more vibrant community through the increased tourism and economic development opportunities.
I would also like to thank our SMSU students who did a great job of getting the word out to the student body on the future impact the SMASC and MERIT Center projects. Our students saw the value of the SMASC and MERIT Center projects right away and realized the positive impact these two initiatives would have on Marshall and their collegiate experience at SMSU. I am excited to see the vision of these two projects become a successful reality for Marshall and southwestern Minnesota.
Who is the last SMSU women's basketball player to lead the NSIC?in regular season scoring?
The first person to email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.
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This Week in Mustang Athletics:
The top-ranked SMSU volleyball team (25-1 overall, 17-1 NSIC) will host two regionally- and nationally-ranked conference opponents in the PE Gym this weekend to conclude the 2012 regular season. The Mustangs will host No. 22 Minnesota State-Mankato on Friday at 7 p.m. in the PE Gym as we celebrate Senior Night for our three seniors.
With a win Friday night, the Mustangs will have secured at least a share of the regular season NSIC championship.
On Saturday, No. 2 Concordia-St. Paul will come to town, with the contest beginning at 4 p.m. It is "Parents Night" on Saturday in the PE Gym, where our student-athletes will be honoring their parents for all their support throughout the season. This is a big weekend for the SMSU Volleyball team, so bring your family out to SMSU on Friday and Saturday to cheer on the Mustangs to an NSIC championship.
The SMSU football team (4-6 NSIC, 3-3 NSIC South) concludes the 2012 season on Saturday against Augustana College (4-6 NSIC, 2-4 NSIC South) with kickoff scheduled for 1 p.m. at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center.
A victory for SMSU would be its fourth in NSIC South division play, its highest total since division play was implemented in 2008. It would also ensure SMSU at least fourth place in the division, its highest since finishing fourth in 2008.
Saturday's game is the final home game for 18 Mustang senior players. The players will be introduced, along with family members, prior to kickoff as part of Senior Day for our SMSU football program. SMSU will be looking for its first win over Augustana since Sept. 7, 1991.
The SMSU women's cross country team competed at the NCAA II regional last Saturday at the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. The team finished 26th with 814 points, while the men's team had only four runners compete and did not have a team score.
Augustana won the women's region title with a team score of 28 points, while the Augustana men's team also won the title with 31 points. AnnMarie Dykstra led the SMSU women's team with a time of 25 minutes, 36.7 seconds to finish in 159th place in the 179-person race. Tatum Larson (25:52.3), Diana Moe (28:27.3), Kaelyn Turner (28:37), Karli Tholen (30:05.9) and Amanda Estes (32:13.3) rounded out SMSU's scores.
On the men's side, Alex Solheim led SMSU with a time of 34:20.1 to finish in 134th place in the 163-person race. Jack Derham (36:38.8), Demond Carter (36:47.3) and Andrew Feucht (38:19.4) all competed for SMSU. The races were the final of the season for both programs, which were reinstated in June.
The SMSU men's basketball team opens its regular season this weekend with three games at the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif. SMSU will face California State, Dominguez Hills at 3:30 p.m. CST on Friday, followed by North Carolina-Pembroke at 8:15 p.m. CST on Saturday, and Grand Canyon (Ariz.) at 1:15 p.m. CST on Sunday, with all the games being played at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Mustangs are coming off a 68-49 win against St. Olaf on Monday in their last exhibition game.
This will be the Mustangs' second trip in four years to the Disney Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim and third time playing in a Disney Classic. SMSU finished 1-2 at the 2000 Disney Tip-Off Classic in Orlando, Fla., defeating St. Joseph's (Ind.) in the opening round, before losing to Rollins (Fla.) in the semifinals and Bentley (Mass.) in the third-place game.
In 2008, SMSU won the three-day round robin with a perfect 3-0 record, defeating Alaska-Anchorage, Humboldt State (Calif.) and Fort Lewis (Colo.).
The SMSU women's basketball team had an impressive win over Bethel University on Monday night. SMSU was led by Annessa Rosch, who scored 14 points off the bench to led Southwest to a 76-45 victory in its final exhibition game. The Mustangs will head south this weekend to open the regular season at the Pittsburg Classic, with games against Pittsburg State on Friday at 3 p.m. and Missouri Southern State on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both games will be played at the John Lance Arena in Pittsburg, Kan.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (0-4 overall) will take the court on Saturday and Sunday against the Madonna Magic of Lincoln, Neb. On Saturday, the Mustangs will play at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., with Sunday's contests scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. All games will be played in the R/A Facility.
The SMSU wrestling team will begin its open season this Saturday competing at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. The Mustangs will wrestle in the first dual match of the season on Nov. 30 at Concordia-Moorhead. The Mustangs' first home dual match will be on Dec. 5 in the PE Gym.
I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this season!
-- Congratulations to Josh Junker, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question last week: What Mustang Wrestler holds the career record for pins at SMSU? Jim Louwagie holds the career all-time pins record for Mustang wrestling with 53.