MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Time to break out the tropical T-shirts

Hello Mustang Fans!

It is Hawaiian Night weekend on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.

On Saturday, the Hawaiian Night crowd will welcome the Golden Eagles of Minnesota-Crookston to the R/A Facility, displaying an electrifying collegiate basketball experience. This exciting weekend of NSIC Basketball kicks off Friday, when the Mustangs host Bemidji State.

We encourage all of the Mustang fans to put on their best tropical outfit for Saturday’s Hawaiian Night festivities.

Alumni Day

Also on Saturday, the SMSU men’s and women’s basketball programs will host their annual “Alumni Day.” The Mustang women’s basketball alumni game will start at 10 a.m. and will be followed by the SMSU men’s basketball alumni game at 11 a.m. with both contest being played at P.E. Gym.

Following those games, all alumni are invited to attend a brunch at 12 p.m., provided by Mustang boosters Kevin and Karla Anundson.

Post-game Social

After the SMSU men’s basketball game Saturday, the Mustang Booster Club and the SMSU Alumni Association will host a post-game social at Brau Brothers in Marshall. The event is open to all Mustang Booster Club members and potential members.

Super Supper

Another SMSU tradition continues Monday as the Mustang baseball team, along with The Hitching Post in Marshall, will partner again this year for the sixth annual Super Supper to help support the SMSU baseball program.

The Super Supper will take place a day after Super Bowl XLVIII from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at The Hitching Post on Highway 59 in Marshall.

All food and beverages purchased during this time will be donated to the SMSU baseball program to help the team’s operating budget, including the squad’s trip to Arizona in March.

For more information, contact the SMSU baseball office by calling 507-537-7268 or by sending email to

Gold Rush Raffle

We are just two weeks away from the 2014 Gold Rush Raffle, which is sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club on Feb. 14 in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom.

The event starts with a social at 6 p.m. and the reverse raffle follows at 7 p.m.

We have a limited number of the 600 Gold Rush Raffle tickets still available.

This year, tickets cost $75 and includes a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. The price of a ticket also includes free beverages and appetizers during the social hour from 6 to 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m., we will begin drawing out, one-by-one, each of the 600 tickets until we get down to the final five tickets in the barrel. We will announce each individual who has purchased a ticket as their ticket number is drawn.

Each raffle ticket that has been sold will be displayed on the board and will be recognized by name to the attendees.

The first and 100th number drawn each win $100, while the 300th number drawn wins $500. Other great prizes will also be given away for every 20th number drawn throughout the night.

The raffle gets exciting when the tickets of five lucky individuals remain. These individuals, who are in attendance or have selected to split on their ticket, can walk away with $1,000 each or hold out for the grand prize of $5,000!

There are other activities taking place throughout the evening for everyone’s entertainment, such as a great silent and live auction with a chance to win a mystery prize.

This year’s Gold Rush Raffle Committee has some new activities planned for the evening with a Valentine’s Day theme.

Your presence is requested but not required at the Gold Rush Raffle. Individuals do not need to present to win prizes, including the grand prize.

The Gold Rush Raffle has become the mid-winter social event in Marshall. The SMSU Department of Athletics and the Mustang Booster Club look forward to hosting another memorable night for all of our attendees.

Raymond to retire

Last Friday, dear friend and colleague Butch Raymond announced he would be retiring from 50 years of service to collegiate athletics as of Aug. 1.

Raymond spent seven years of his career as the Director of Athletics at SMSU before becoming the NSIC Commissioner, a role that he has held for the last ten years.

At SMSU, we are very thankful for his vision, hard work and persistence in helping to continually grow the our department of athletics and the NSIC in his leadership roles for both organizations.

We congratulate him on his retirement and look forward to him visiting Marshall for a cup of coffee at Mike’s Caf, an SMSU basketball game or 18-holes of golf on Friday’s with the crew from the Mustang League.

Signing Day

Next Wednesday is National Signing Day for football, soccer, track and field and cross country.

SMSU will be following all the signings by the minute and updating fans on our website at “SMSU Signing Day Central.” We will be posting bios and signing updates on the website, Twitter and Facebook of our student-athletes, who sign National Letters of Intent and will be joining the SMSU family.

It is an exciting time to be a Mustang!


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Upcoming SMSU athletic events


The SMSU wrestling team (9-4 overall, 3-1 NSIC) went 1-1 last weekend, winning 19-15 at Minnesota State-Moorhead after having to win their last three decisions to secure the victory. On Sunday, the Mustangs lost a 27-9 decision against No. 8-ranked Upper Iowa in Fayette, Iowa.

On Saturday, SMSU hosts Minnesota State at 3:30 p.m. at the P.E. Gym. The last time the Mustangs were victorious over the Mavericks was during the 1990-91 season.

Southwest is currently tied for third place in the NSIC with Augustana, which SMSU defeated in Sioux Falls, S.D., this season.

Men’s Basketball

The SMSU men’s basketball team (13-7, 10-4 NSIC) will take on a pair of NSIC North opponents this weekend battling Bemidji State University (14-4, 11-3 NSIC) at 8 p.m. Friday. The Mustangs will close out the weekend against Minnesota-Crookston (4-14, 1-13 NSIC) on Saturday with the tip-off slated for 7 p.m.

Southwest is coming off an exciting two-game road trip last weekend, beating Wayne State and Augustana.

The Mustangs begin the weekend third in the NSIC South Division standings and tied for fourth overall. BSU, which is on a seven-game winning streak, is first in the NSIC North and tied for second overall, while UMC is seventh in the NSIC North and 16th overall.

Women’s Basketball

The Mustang women’s basketball team (3-15, 1-13 NSIC) also welcomes Bemidji State (8-10, 4-10 NSIC) to the R/A Facility at 6 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the SMSU women get Hawaiian Night kicked off versus Minnesota-Crookston (7-11, 4-10 NSIC) at 5 p.m.

The Mustangs are coming off two losses to Wayne State and Augustana College last weekend.

Track and Field

The SMSU men’s and women’s indoor track and field team competed Friday and had an impressive showing at the St. Thomas Invitational with the men’s team capturing four first place finishes.

Jay Schneider led the men’s team earning first place finishes in both the 60-meter dash (6.94) and the 200-meter dash (22.54). Alejandro Sanchez also had a solid meet capturing first place in the 800-meter with a time of 1:56.78, while O.J. Ojullu earned a second place finish in the 600-meter at 1:23.25. Dallin Finley advanced to the finals of the 60-meter dash and finished sixth with a time of 7.29. Chris Kveseth and Paul Demings both earned top 10 finishes in the 800-meter, with Kveseth earning fifth place (2:01.79) and Demings finishing eighth (2:08.02).

SMSU’s men’s 1,600 relay team of Schneider, Ojullu, Kveseth and Sanchez won its first race of the season with a time of 3:24.43.

On the women’s side, Rylee Armstrong recorded a high jump of 4.98m to finish in fifth place, while Amanda Grengs finished ninth in the 1-mile run with a time of 5:28.04.

The Mustangs head to Mankato on Saturday to compete in the Minnesota State Open against teams from all over the midwest.

Wheelchair Basketball

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team (8-12) won two games on Sunday to cap a perfect 4-0 weekend at the P.E. Gym.

On Saturday, the Mustangs defeated Sioux Falls (60-25) and the Timberwolves (56-29) to open weekend play. On Sunday, SMSU beat the Timberwolves 46-44 is a nail-biter and closed out the weekend with a win over the Sioux Falls Wheelers 52-49.

The Mustangs head to Wichita, Kan., this weekend to play Edinboro, Alabama and Texas-Arlington on Friday and Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

Saturday, the SMSU women’s tennis team will open its season with a pair of matches versus St. Thomas and Macalesteron Saturday in Minneapolis.

The Mustangs will begin the season with fourteen players competing in a 20-match schedule this spring.

Good luck to all our Mustang Teams this week!

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

Congratulations to Jared Baartman who provided the correct response to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: Who holds the SMSU record for the men’s 100 meter dash?

Wayne Hawkins holds the 100 meter dash record with a time of 10.37.

Trivia Contest

When was the last time the SMSU men’s and women’s basketball teams both won on Hawaiian Night?

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