Mustang Hoofprints: April 11

Hello Mustang Fans!

This week, I would like to provide you some information about our SMSU Believe in Brown Card. The Believe in Brown Card is your opportunity to support SMSU athletics while eating and shopping at our local and regional businesses. The Believe in Brown Card gives supporters of SMSU athletics an opportunity to earn cash-back rewards, while benefitting the SMSU athletic scholarship fund through donations on purchases at more than 15 participating merchants.

Cardholders will earn cash-back rewards on all purchases made anywhere the card is accepted, while the rewards can be redeemed on future sales. On average, five percent of each transaction is automatically donated to the SMSU athletic scholarship fund. The card is also pre-loaded with a cash value of more than $75.

There are no fees or hidden games with the Believe in Brown Card. Cardholders are encouraged to build their rewards card balance and take advantage of the savings. Currently, Believe in Brown Card members have spent over $1.1 million with our supporting businesses with those businesses donating over $32,000 back to SMSU athletics.

Activation of the card is required to access pre-loaded cash rewards from the card. To receive a card or for more information call Tim Steinbach at 507-537-7204 or e-mail

We are a little over two weeks away from starting the 2013-14 Mustang Booster Club Membership Drive. The top priority for 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 each year. 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.

Following the membership drive the booster club will host the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic which will be held this year on June 14 at the Marshall Golf Club and June 15 at the Tyler Golf Club. Please mark your calendars for what has grown into a two-day event.

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This Week in Mustang Athletics:

I am sitting at my dining room table watching the snow fall as I am writing this week’s Hoofprints article and wondering when our spring sports will be able to play a contest. Usually, we are dealing with isolated poor weather conditions, but this year, the rain, sleet and snow has cover the entire Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference footprint. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and allow our spring sports to finish up the conference schedule with green grass and warm temperatures.

SMSU baseball had to cancel their doubleheader versus St. Cloud State on Wednesday due to poor weather all through the upper Midwest. Per NSIC rules, the two games will not be made up. The Mustangs (9-15-1, 4-6 NSIC) are scheduled to play, weather and field conditions permitting, Minnesota State-Mankato this weekend in a four-game home-and-home series. Saturday’s doubleheader will be played in Mankato with Sunday’s twin bill scheduled for Marshall. Game times both days are set for 1:30 p.m.

The SMSU softball team announced Wednesday that the program’s doubleheader versus Wayne State (Neb.) scheduled for today has been canceled due to weather. Per NSIC rules, the two games cannot be made up at a later date. The Mustangs (11-13, 4-8 NSIC) are scheduled to play a pair of home doubleheaders this weekend, weather and field conditions permitting, versus Minnesota-Crookston and Bemidji State.

The SMSU tennis team (2-10, 1-7 NSIC) will compete this weekend in Grand Forks, N.D. at the Choice Health and Fitness facility on Friday and Saturday. The Mustangs will battle Bemidji State on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Minnesota-Crookston at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

The SMSU women’s golf team announced yesterday a schedule change for the team this weekend. The Mustangs were originally scheduled to compete Saturday and Sunday at the Augustana Invite at Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D., but weather conditions have forced the 36-hole invite to be canceled.

SMSU will now travel to the state of Missouri this Sunday and Monday for the Green and Gold Shootout hosted by Northwest Missouri State and Missouri Western State. The 36-hole tournament begins on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. with 18 holes played at St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo. The final 18 holes will be played on Monday at Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville, Mo., with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

This Saturday, the SMSU volleyball team will host the annual Dick Bragg Spring Volleyball Tournament at the R/A Facility as part of their spring schedule. The event is free and open to the public. Along with SMSU; Concordia-St. Paul, the University of Sioux Falls and South Dakota State will compete in the tournament. The first match will start at 10 a.m. with the other matches starting at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Each team will play everyone once and play three sets to 25.

Also on Saturday, the SMSU women’s soccer team will be hosting an alumni soccer game in the R/A Facility at 3 p.m. with a social to follow at El Rancho. Head coach TJ Buchholz has over 30 former Mustang soccer players coming back to Marshall for the event. Former SMSU head soccer coach Jill McCartney will also be in attendance for the weekend’s alumni events.

Please continue to check for all your scheduling updates as our teams manage these unpredictable spring weather conditions. I would like to wish all of our Mustang teams the best of luck and safe travels this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Congratulations to Deanna Rotz-Schlegel who provided the correct answer to our last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What Mustang tennis player holds the career record for most singles wins? Michelle Olson (1986-89) collected 107 career singles wins as a Mustang women’s tennis student-athlete.