Mustang Hoofprints: March 14

Hello Mustang Fans!

I am happy to report the Gold Rush Raffle reached its goal of raising over $50,000 at this year’s event. SMSU Director of Athletic Development, Tim Steinbach, reported to me this week that the Gold Rush Raffle’s net revenue was just shy of $54,000. This is a great accomplishment for the Mustang Booster Club and the reflection of a lot of hard work by the Gold Rush Raffle Committee, the SMSU Department of Athletics staff members and everyone who took part in the preparation and execution of this year’s event.

I would like to thank all the 2013 Gold Rush Raffle ticket holders, businesses and individuals who donated items for the event and the top bidders of the silent and live auction items. The Mustang Booster Club and our SMSU student-athletes are very appreciative of your generosity and support of the Gold Rush Raffle.

Next up for the Mustang Booster Club will be the 2013-14 Membership Drive which will start up in May. The number one priority of the Mustang Booster Club is to raise athletic scholarship dollars for SMSU Athletics. The Membership Drive is the fund raising event that generates the most revenue for the booster club. If you are interested in participating on one of our membership drive teams, please contact Tim Steinbach in the SMSU Department of Athletics at 537-7204.

With warm weather right around the corner, please mark your calendars for the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic, which will be held this year on Friday, June 14 at the Marshall Golf Club and Saturday, June 15 at the Tyler Golf Club.

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This Week in Mustang Athletics:

Four SMSU wrestlers competed last weekend in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Birmingham, Ala. Justin Reinsma went 1-1 on Saturday to earn seventh place at 133 pounds.

Reinsma, who secured All-American honors following Friday’s opening round, lost 6-5 to Alphonso Vruno in the consolation third round on Saturday morning. The loss dropped Reinsma to the seventh place match on Saturday afternoon where he earned a 6-4 win over Perry McAree from Chadron State. It’s the second straight season Justin has taken home seventh place, finishing the season with 28-9 record. Reinsma becomes just the second two-time NCAA All-American in program history, joining Link Steffen, who earned All-American honors in both 1997 and 1998.

Sixteen individuals qualified for each of the 10 weight classes, with the top eight in each class earning All-American honors.

On Friday, Jacob Begin at 165 pounds, started the day with an 8-4 loss to Chris Watson from Central Oklahoma, before rebounding with a 6-2 victory over Keith Ryan from Pitt.-Johnston (Pa.) in the consolation first round. Begin’s season came to end in the consolation second round with a 6-4 loss to Justin Samora from Adam State. Begin closes the season with a record of 17-5.

Kyle Begin, at 174 pounds, was the only SMSU wrestler to win his opening match, earning a victory by fall at 4:46 over Ray Hall from CSU-Pueblo. Begin then lost a heartbreaker in the championship quarterfinal to Mike Williams from UNC-Pembroke 4-3 in triple overtime. Begin had his season come to an end in the consolation second round with an 11-3 loss to Kelly Henderson from Central Oklahoma and finished the season with a record of 19-4.

Travis Peralta dropped his opening match at 184 to Travis McKillop from Pittsburgh-Johnston, 11-7, before losing by fall at 4:24 to Charles Mason from Notre Dame (Ohio) in the consolation first round. Peralta finished the season with an overall record of 18-13. Congratulations to head wrestling coach Jesse Nelson, his staff and all of our SMSU wrestlers on a successful season.

The SMSU baseball team (4-8-1overall) picked up their first win of the spring trip beating Bemidji State yesterday in a single game 11-9. The Mustangs lost their first five games in Tucson, Ariz. SMSU will be back in action today with a single game versus Bemidji State at 4 p.m., concluding the trip with a game against Dordt College (Iowa) at 11 a.m. on Friday. The Mustangs are scheduled to open NSIC play against Wayne State in a four game set in Wayne, Neb. on March 23-24.

The SMSU softball team (3-5 overall) is coming off a couple of wins on Monday against LIU-Post (N.Y.) and Tiffin (Ohio) before being rained out on Tuesday and idle Wednesday. The Mustangs will pick up play again today looking to avenge a 15-0 loss to Northwood (Mich) at 8 a.m. SMSU will battle Ferris State (Mich.) in Game 2 scheduled for noon. SMSU is 3-3 on their spring trip to Kissimmee, Fla., playing in the Rebel Spring Games.

SMSU will complete its Florida schedule on Friday taking on Wayne State (Mich.) at noon and Ferris State at 2 p.m. The Mustangs are scheduled to play the University of Sioux Falls at home on March 26 at 3 p.m.

The SMSU tennis team (1-7, 0-4 NSIC) lost in a 8-1 decision to Arizona Christian on Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz., closing its Arizona trip with a 1-2 record. ACU received votes in this week’s NAIA national poll. Kayla Uphus earned the only victory for SMSU on Tuesday, picking up a 6-3, 6-4 victory at No. 6 singles.

On Monday, SMSU earned its first victory of the season and its first since 2011, splitting a pair of matches. SMSU defeated Glendale Community College (Ariz.) 6-3, following an 8-1 loss to Mesa Community College (Ariz.). Later in the day, SMSU would take six team points, including three points from doubles matches and three points from singles matches. The duo of Shelby Monahan and Hannah Hagen took their second straight doubles match, this time in thrilling fashion, winning 9-8 (8). Katie Kienitz and Crystal Overbaugh recorded their first match win of the season as they downed Glendale CC’s Sofia Rodriguez and Laura Kirby 8-6.

The Mustangs will return to NSIC action on March 23 in Fargo, N.D., as they battle MSU Moorhead, University of Mary and the University of Sioux Falls.

The SMSU women’s golf team opens the 2013 spring season today and tomorrow hosting the SMSU Spring Invite at the LPGA International Legends Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. SMSU is hosting the 10-team invite, which features one NCAA Division I team and six teams ranked among the top 20 in either NCAA Division II or NAIA.

The 36-hole invite begins with the opening round on Thursday at 8:30 a.m., with the final round on also starting at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. The par 72 layout plays at 6,098 yards. Institutions competing include Barry (Fla.), California (Pa.), Flagler (Fla.), Indiana State, Lynn (Fla.), Marian (Ind.), Minnesota State-Mankato, Northwood (Fla.), Southwest Minnesota State and William Woods (Mo.).

Lynn is ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, while Barry (No. 7), California (No. 14) and Flagler (No. 20) are also ranked. William Woods is ranked No. 6 in NAIA, while Northwood is ranked No. 9.

SMSU last competed on Oct. 6-7, 2012, finishing seventh at the 13-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Fall Championship. Senior Krista Weiszhaar leads SMSU with an 82.7 stroke average in 10 rounds, while junior Marissa Campeau is second on the team with an 85.2 average in 10 rounds.

I would like to wish all of our Mustang teams the best of luck over Spring Break and safe travels!

Go Mustangs!

Congratulations to Max and Mary Lord, who provided the correct answer to the last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: What Mustang Softball player has the highest career batting average? Lynette Zinkula is on top of the career batting average leader board hitting .394 for the Mustangs 1990-91.