Mustang Hoofprints: Jan. 31

Hello Mustang fans!

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

All proceeds from 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.

We have less than 50 tickets left for people to purchase for the 2013 Gold Rush Raffle. I have instructed you in the past to contact Mike Ellingson, Brian Gruhot, Ken Mukomela and Karen VanKeulen, who all had tickets, but they may or may not have tickets left to sell.

The 10th annual Gold Rush Raffle will be 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. You can also go out to and see some of the new and exciting silent and live auction items we will have at this year’s event.

For more information on the Gold Rush Raffle and Mustang athletics, please go to

This Week in Mustang Athletics

The SMSU wrestling team (11-3, 1-2 NSIC) will be at home on Friday in the PE Gym versus No. 6 Upper Iowa (7-3 overall, 3-1 NSIC), with the match starting at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Mustangs will travel to Mankato to take on 10th-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato (7-2, 4-0), also at 7 p.m. SMSU is coming off a split last weekend, beating Northern State on the road, 32-8, before losing to No. 1 St. Cloud on Saturday Canby, 25-13.

The SMSU men’s basketball team (11-10, 8-6) is on the road this weekend for two NSIC contests against North Division opponents. The Mustangs will first battle Bemidji State (9-9, 7-7) on Friday, with tip off scheduled for 8 p.m. SMSU will then head to Minnesota-Crookston (3-15, 0-14) on Saturday to battle the Golden Eagles, with game time set for 6 p.m.

SMSU begins the weekend fifth in the NSIC South Division standings and eighth overall. BSU currently sits in fourth in the NSIC South and ninth overall, while UMC is last in both the NSIC North and overall. The Mustangs are coming off a split last weekend, beating Upper Iowa on Friday evening while losing to Winona State on Hawaiian Night on Saturday.

The SMSU women’s basketball team (3-16, 2-12) will lead off the weekend’s basketball contests against Bemidji State (8-10, 4-10) on Friday at 6 p.m. On Saturday, the Mustangs will take on the Golden Eagles of Minnesota-Crookston (5-13, 2-12), with the game scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. The SMSU women’s basketball team also split a couple of NSIC games last weekend, losing Friday’s contest to Upper Iowa before beating Winona State 66-64 on Hawaiian Night in front of a packed R/A Facility.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team (11-12 overall) lost three games last weekend against the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of Missouri and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Mustangs’ next scheduled competition is Feb. 9-10 at home against the Rollin’ Timberwolves. The final contests of the year for the Mustangs will be at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, played on March 7-10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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

Go Mustangs!

g Congratulations to Perry McNeil, who provided the correct answer to the last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: Coming into this weekend, how many teams, coaches, community members and student-athletes have been inducted in SMSU’s Hall of Honor? The SMSU Department of Athletics has inducted 70 individuals and 10 teams into the Hall of Honor.