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Mustang Hoofprints: Dec. 20

December 20, 2012
Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang fans!

The holiday season is upon us and today is the last day of finals for the fall semester at SMSU. It will be quiet on campus and with SMSU athletic activities until after the start of the new year. Thank you to everyone who supports and takes interest in SMSU Athletics and our student-athletes. We truly appreciate the support of the Marshall community and southwestern Minnesota in helping to grow our athletic programs.

Gold Rush Raffle tickets are now available! The Mustang Booster Club will host the 10th annual Gold Rush Raffle on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the SMSU Conference Center. Please mark your calendars now for this great mid-winter social event.

Earlier in the month, SMSU Athletics announced the inductees for the 2013 Hall of Honor. SMSU will honor five alumni student-athletes, a former head coach, three community members and a championship team on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013. The Hall of Honor ceremony will take place in the SMSU Conference Center beginning at noon that Saturday. The ceremony is open to the public and tickets will be on sale after the first of the year. The SMSU Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the university.

The newest Hall of Honor members are former basketball player Frank Belmont, swimmer Mike Fallon, football player Jason Jacobs, football and baseball player Rich Rhinesmith, basketball player Andrea (Schreier) Sawatzky, former head baseball coach Jim Denevan, community members and supporters of SMSU Athletics Brian and Kris Gruhot and Dan Snobl, and the 1991 volleyball team.

For more information on the SMSU Hall of Honor inductees and Mustang Athletics, please go to

Fact Box

How much money did the Gold Rush Raffle raise last year for SMSU?athletic scholarships??(closest guess wins)

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

This Week in Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU wrestling team is off to a great start this year. The Mustangs are perfect on the season in dual matches, posting a 7-0 record earning three wins this past weekend over Ridgewater Community College, Itasca Community College and St. John's.

On the weekend, SMSU beat Ridgewater CC 28-18, Itasca CC 23-3 and concluded with a 35-15 victory over St. John's. The Mustangs will take a break over the holidays and resume action in Gunnison, Colo., on Jan. 12, 2013, for four duals hosted by Western State University.

The SMSU women's and men's basketball teams will also break for the holidays. Last weekend, the SMSU women's basketball team went 0-2, losing to Minnesota State-Mankato and Concordia-St. Paul. The Mustangs are 1-9 overall and 0-5 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

The SMSU men's basketball team split on the weekend, losing in a heartbreaker to the MSU-Mankato on Friday before rebounding on Saturday with a 96-86 victory over Concordia-St. Paul. Both teams will return to action Jan. 4 when they head to Winona State to kick off the new year. The Mustangs will battle Winona State on Friday and head to Upper Iowa University on Saturday the first NSIC road trip of the year.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team decided not to travel to Pittsburg State last week. The Mustangs' next competition will be Jan. 11-12 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Invite.

I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

Go Mustangs!

- Congratulations to Al and Mary Roth, who provided the correct answer to the last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: What Mustang wrestler has the career record for dual matches won? Randy Vogt (1968-73) holds the record with 50 career dual match wins as a Mustang wrestler.



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