Mustang Hoofprints: Jan. 24

Hello Mustang Fans!

Tonight, the SMSU baseball team will be hosting its fifth annual Wild Game Feed in the upper level of the SMSU Conference Center. The social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. dinner buffet. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the dinner.

The SMSU Student Hospitality Organization will be preparing the dinner buffet for the evening. Dinner will include appetizers, multiple entrees, side dishes and refreshments. This is a great opportunity to bring the family out and support the SMSU baseball team and Student Hospitality Organization, while dining on some “upscale” wild game entrees. The Mustang baseball program looks forward to seeing you there!

This Saturday the SMSU Department of Athletics will host the 11th induction into the Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) Athletics Hall of Honor. The festivities will begin at noon, in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom, with a half-hour social, followed by lunch and the induction ceremonies beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets for the lunch and ceremony are $15 per person. To reserve a ticket for the banquet please call the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271.

This year’s induction class includes former men’s 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. The SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1992 and inducts new members every two years.

Saturday both the Mustang women’s and men’s Basketball programs will host the annual SMSU “Alumni Day”. The Mustangs will host Winona State later that night as part of “Hawaiian Night” in the R/A Facility.

The SMSU women’s basketball alumni game will start at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the SMSU men’s basketball alumni game at 11 a.m. with both games being played in the PE Gym.

Following the games, all alumni are invited to attend a brunch starting at noon, provided by SMSU boosters Kevin and Karla Anundson. SMSU basketball alumni will receive two free tickets to the Mustang basketball doubleheader on Saturday night versus Winona State starting at 5 p.m.

The evening will close with a post-game social starting at 9 p.m. at El Rancho sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club and the SMSU Alumni Association.

All basketball alums were encouraged to R.S.V.P. by January 21 to receive your free tickets. Please contact SMSU assistant women’s basketball coach Clare Duwelius at or SMSU head men’s basketball coach Brad Bigler at, or call 507-537-7986.

Gold Rush Raffle Tickets are now available! You can contact Mike Ellingson, Brian Gruhot, Ken Mukomela and Karen VanKeulen who all have tickets. The 10th Annual Gold Rush Raffle held on Friday, Feb. 22 at the SMSU Conference Center. We have some great live and silent auction items planned for this year’s event. The Gold Rush Raffle Committee has set a goal of raising $50,000 this year with all the proceeds going to SMSU Athletic Scholarships. Please mark your calendars now for this great mid-winter social event.

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This Week in Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU wrestling team (10-2 overall, 0-1 NSIC) will continue NSIC competition this weekend going on the road on Friday to Northern State (3-5, 0-1 NSIC) with the match beginning at 7 p.m. The Mustangs will look to battle No. 1 St. Cloud State (15-0, 2-0) at Canby High School on Saturday with the match scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a tie-break loss to Augustana College last Friday.

The SMSU men’s basketball team (10-9, 7-5) will return home this weekend for a pair of NSIC games at the R/A Facility. The Mustangs will battle Upper Iowa University (13-5, 9-3) on Friday with tip-off slated for 8 p.m. On Saturday, SMSU will welcome No. 25 Winona State University (16-3, 10-2) with the contest scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday’s game is the annual “Hawaiian Night” game in which fans are encouraged to dress in “tropical” wear to cheer on the Mustangs and forget about the cold.

The SMSU women’s basketball team (2-15, 1-11) also returns home to the R/A Facility for the second round of contests against South Division opponents, playing host to Upper Iowa (4-13, 1-9) on Friday with game time scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday, the Mustangs play host to the Warriors of Winona State (12-5, 6-4) at 5 p.m. Hawaiian Night always brings an electrifying atmosphere to the R/A Facility, one that our student-athletes look forward to playing in front of each year.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team is 11-9 overall this season and coming off three wins last weekend against the Rollin’ Timberwolves. Last Saturday, the Mustangs defeated the Timberwolves 41-36 in game one and 41-32 in game two and completed the three games series with a 42-41 win on Sunday. SMSU will continue action this weekend in Columbia, Mo. with games versus the University of Texas-Arlington, University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the University of Missouri.

I would like to wish all of our Mustang teams the best of luck this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Congratulations to Rick Haberman, who provided the correct answer to the last week’s Mustang Hoofprints Question: When was the last time the SMSU Wrestling team compiled 10 duals wins in a season? The SMSU Wrestling team last complied 10 or more dual wins in the 2002-03 season under Head Coach, John Sterner.