MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: SMSU fall sports teams make postseason

Hello Mustang Fans!

It has been an exciting week for SMSU Athletics because Mustang football, women’s soccer and volleyball have all qualified for postseason play this fall.

On Sunday evening, SMSU football accepted an invitation to play in the Mineral Water Bowl and will be representing the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Mustangs will play Pittsburg State University, of the Mid-America Athletic Association, in Excelsior Springs, Mo., at 12 p.m. Dec. 7. This is the first time SMSU has been invited to a bowl game and the Mustangs third appearance of any kind in postseason play.

SMSU women’s soccer heads to Duluth today to compete against the host school, the University of Minnesota at Duluth, at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The Mustangs are competeing in unchartered waters with this being Southwest Minnesota State’s first NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

The Mustangs are one of 16 teams in left Div. II and, a win versus the Bulldogs would bring SMSU its first NCAA Central Region Tournament championship. The Mustangs ended Minnesota State’s 36-match home winning streak by defeating the Mavericks 2-1 last Sunday in Mankato.

If SMSU wins Friday, it will advance to an Elite Eight match Sunday, where the Mustangs would play the winner of a match bewteen Grand Valley State and Quincy College. The winner of Sunday’s contest will compete in the national semifinals Dec. 5 in Evans, Ga., with the national championship match being held Dec. 7.

The No. 7-ranked Mustang volleyball team was swept in three sets by No. 18-ranked Wayne State in the quarterfinals of the NSIC Tournament on Wednesday at P.E. Gym. The league tournament is a single-elimination event with the final two rounds being played at the home of highest remaining seed.

On Sunday, SMSU will watch the NCAA Div. II Volleyball Selection Show to see if it will make its tenth straight appearance in the Central Region Tournament.

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Congratulations are in order for 14 of our SMSU football players as the NSIC announced its postseason awards Tuesday. The 16 head coaches in the NSIC select the all-conference teams.

Senior wide receiver Anthony Dean, senior offensive linemen Kyle Johnson and Brandon Puffer and junior running back Tyler Tonderum were all named first team All-NSIC South Division, while senior safety Tate Bunkers, junior quarterback Charlie Kern, junior defensive end A.J. Page and junior punter Mike Wenk were named second team All-NSIC South. Senior linebacker J.J. Bobrowicz, senior tight end Cody Condon, sophomore cornerback Andrew McReynolds, senior linebacker Dashawn Miller, senior offensive lineman Jake Thiel and sophomore cornerback Donovan Woods were named to the honorable mention All-NSIC South Division squad.

The Mustangs will take the next three weeks to practice and prepare for Pittsburg State.

Men’s Basketball

The SMSU men’s basketball team (1-2) will continue its non-conference schedule this week with a pair of games versus teams from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

The Mustangs headed to Northern Michigan University (2-1) with a tip-off slated for 6:30 p.m. today. At 6 p.m. Friday, SMSU travel to Houghton, Mich., to face Michigan Tech University (1-0).

Southwest Minnesota State begins NSIC competition at the University of Sioux Falls on Nov. 30. The Mustangs return home Dec. 6 to welcome Augustana College to Marshall for the first league home basketball contest of the winter season.


The SMSU wrestling team placed nine individuals on the podium at the Finn Grinaker Open hosted by Concordia College on Saturday. The Mustangs’ overall performance was highlighted by Travis Peralta’s second-place finish at 184 pounds. He went 2-1 and fell 9-4 to Christian Harrison (Concordia) in the championship match.

Other wrestlers that placed for SMSU were Antonio Meikel (fourth at 125), Justin Reinsma (sixth at 133), Ethan Hildebrandt (sixth at 141), Kyle Begin (fifth at 165), Jacob Begin (sixth at 174), Terrance Maier (fourth at 197), Jon Gorter (sixth at 197) and Cole Wilson (fourth at 285).

Southwest Minnesota State is back in action at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Jimmie Open in Jamestown, N.D.

Women’s Basketball

The SMSU women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, when the Mustangs fell to California State-Monterey Bay 57-45.

The Mustangs had started the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign. SMSU began the trip to California by beating Notre Dame de Namur 80-51.

Southwest Minnesota State is back in action at 6:30 p.m. Friday, when the Mustangs travel to South Dakota Tech in Rapid City, S.D.

Wheelchair Basketball

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team begins the 2013-14 season by heading to Whitewater, Wis., to compete Friday and Saturday.

The Mustang will play Edinboro, Pa., at 12 p.m. Friday before taking on Texas-Arlington at 8 p.m. later that night. On Saturday, Southwest Minnesota State battles Wisconsin-Whitewater at 12 p.m. and concludes its weekend competition with a game against the University of Missouri at 4 p.m. later that afternoon.

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

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

Congratulations to Jared Baartman, who provided the correct answer to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: The SMSU Women’s Basketball team scored 101 points against Crown College on Monday night.

In 2008, the Mustangs scored more than 100 points in four games that season. Can you name the four teams? SMSU beat North Central, Minn., 116-42, Chadron State, Neb., 111-75, Mayville State, N.D., 107-45 and Minnesota-Morris, 105-64.

Trivia Question

Who is the last starting quarterback for the Mustang football team to be a native of Minnesota?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU T-shirt.