Mustang Hoofprints: Feb. 14

Hello Mustang fans!

Eight days and counting to 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. You can go to the “Events” tab at and click the Gold Rush Raffle tab to view the live auction items up for bid this year.

We have some new group trips and individual auction items for you to bid on, including a two-day golf trip for four people to a private Minnesota golf course including lodging, meals, gas and eight rounds of golf. We have also worked with Pepsi of Pipestone, who donated a Pepsi machine decorated with Mustang graphics. The Mustang Pepsi machine would look great in a basement or workshop. These are just a couple of the new items we will have up for auction next Friday evening.

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. If you did not get a Gold Rush Raffle ticket, we will have social tickets available at the door.

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

This Week in Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU wrestling team (12-6 overall, 2-5 NSIC) will conclude its NSIC schedule Saturday versus Minnesota State-Moorhead (8-6, 3-3) as the Mustangs pay tribute Saturday to their three seniors – Chris Hale, Ed Reno and Devin Terry – on “Senior Night” in the PE Gym at 7 p.m. Last week, SMSU made the long trek to the University of Mary and Minot State, losing to Mary in the first contest of the trip 24-12 before making a statement at Minot State defeating the Beavers 44-3.

The SMSU men’s basketball team (14-11, 11-7) completes a four game NSIC home stand this weekend. The Mustangs will welcome Wayne State College (15-9, 9-9) to the R/A Facility on Friday, with tip-off slated for 8 p.m. Saturday, the Vikings of Augustana College (17-5, 13-5) come to Marshall for “Senior Night”, with game time set for 7 p.m. The Mustangs will honor six seniors – Michael Appel, Tramel Barnes, Jordan Buddenhagen, Jordan Miller, Tyler Peschong and Lavione West. SMSU is coming off a pair of NSIC victories last weekend over the University of Mary and Minot State.

The Mustangs come into the weekend fifth in the NSIC South Division standings and seventh overall. WSC currently sits in sixth in the NSIC South and is tied for 10th overall, while Augustana is tied for third in the NSIC South and tied for third overall. SMSU is currently two games behind Augustana and Upper Iowa for the third and fourth seed in the NSIC South. The top four seeds in each division will host a first-round game in the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament starting on February 27.

The SMSU women’s basketball team (4-20, 2-16) will lead off the weekend’s games by hosting Wayne State College (14-8, 10-8) on Friday at 6 p.m. Saturday, Augustana College (17-5, 13-5) comes to the R/A Facility for “Senior Night”, with the contest scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. The Mustangs will honor their lone senior – Nathalie Svensson – at Saturday’s game. SMSU is coming off two home losses last weekend against Mary and Minot State

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team is 13-13 overall after going 2-1 last weekend while playing host to the Rollin’ Timberwolves from the Twin Cities. The Mustangs won the first game 42-30 before losing Game 2 on Saturday 54-60. On Sunday, SMSU won 52-40 in a game of runs by both teams. The final contests of the year for the Mustangs are scheduled to be at the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament, played on March 7-10 in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

The SMSU tennis team opened up the 2013 season with a 7-2 loss to Macelester College last Saturday. Shelby Monahan won by default over Katelyn Glenna in singles competition. In doubles, Katie Kienitz and Allison Niedert teamed up to beat the Macalester pair of Katelyn Glenna and Alicia Roopchand, 8-5. The Mustangs will begin NSIC action this Saturday at 5:30 p.m. versus Winona State at the Lifetime Fitness Oakdale complex in St. Louis Park.

Today, the SMSU baseball team opens the 2013 season with a non-conference doubleheader versus Upper Iowa at the Metrodome in Minneapolis starting at 3:30 p.m. The Mustangs will continue non-conference play on Sunday with a doubleheader versus the University of Mary starting at 6 a.m.

Head coach Paul Blanchard begins his 17th season as the Mustang head coach and has 37 players on the 2013 roster. This season’s team features 17 letterwinners from the 2012 squad that finished 22-23 overall. SMSU will play a total of four doubleheaders at the Metrodome before beginning an eight-game road trip the week of March 9 as part of the team’s spring trip to Tucson, Ariz.

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

Go Mustangs!

This week no one provided the correct answer to the last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: How many drunk driving fatalities occur in Minnesota each year? In 2011, there were 109 drunk driving fatalities in Minnesota, and 128 in 2010.