MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Mustang Booster Club plans for membership drive

The Mustang Booster Club (MBC) is in the initial stages of planning for this year’s MBC Membership Drive.

The membership drive will begin the last week of April and will continue up to Smokefest which begins Aug. 15.

The committee has new events and activities focused on enhancing the MBC packages and donor appreciation throughout the drive and during the athletic seasons. The Membership Drive committee is looking to offer special booster club incentives for families with young children to get involved with the MBC.

We will continue to provide greater details as we get closer to the kick-off event of the MBC Membership Drive in late April.

Drown SMSU Golf Classic

Save the date! The 29th annual David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic will be held Friday, June 20, at the Marshall Golf Club.

The Golf Classic is the next Mustang Booster Club fundraising event, and the Golf Classic Committee will be convening in the next couple of weeks to begin the planning for this great event.

Online

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Upcoming SMSU athletic events

Wrestling

The SMSU Wrestling team (12-5 overall, 6-2 NSIC) qualified four wrestlers for the NCAA Division II National Championships that will be held this Friday and Saturday, in Cleveland, Ohio. Justin Reinsma (133), Kyle Begin (165), Jacob Begin (174) and Cole Wilson (285) all qualified in the NCAA Super Region 3 Tournament hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma two weeks ago.

You can follow the National Championships via live stats and webcasts of the bouts at SMSUmustangs.com. Good luck to Coach Nelson and our four wrestlers as they look to earn the right to stand on the podium as All-Americans at the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships.

Track and Field

The SMSU Women’s and Men’s Indoor Track and Field teams will begin training for their outdoor season, which begins March 29 at the Dakota State Open in Madison, S.D.

Women’s Tennis

The SMSU women’s tennis team (2-5, 1-4 NSIC) is in Mesa, Ariz., this week for seven non-conference matches that started on Tuesday and continues through Friday. Today, the Mustangs will battle Dixie State (Utah) at 1 p.m. and Mesa Community College (Ariz.) at 6 p.m.. On Friday, SMSU will conclude their spring trip by playing Colorado Mesa at 10 a.m. SMSU will continue their NSIC schedule on March 22 when they head to Bismarck, N.D., to compete against the University of Mary.

Wheelchair Basketball

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team (15-17) went 1-2 at the NWBT Championships on the campus of Texas-Arlington this past weekend. The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 33-69 loss to the University of Alabama. SMSU would rebound in game two beating Edinboro (Pa.) 48-31. The Mustangs season came to an end with a 31-69 loss to the University of Illinois.

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association announced this past weekend that SMSU player/head coach Derek Klinkner was awarded the Frank Brasile Sportsmanship award for the 2013-14 season.

The award’s namesake, Frank Brasile, is a former commissioner in the Intercollegiate Division of the NWBA. He has been active in the sport for decades. The award is voted upon by the head coaches in the NWBA college division. Klinkner is the second SMSU player to receive the award in recent years. Kyle Timmerman, a native of Minneota, earned the award in both 2010 and 2011. Congratulations to Derek on being recognized by his peers for displaying great character and sportsmanship while representing SMSU.

Baseball

The SMSU baseball team, 6-4 overall and 5-1 in Tucson Invitational play this week, will battle Mayville State (N.D.) today in a single game. The Mustangs on the trip to Tucson, Ariz., have beaten Northern State three times, Concordia (Neb.) and Malone (Ohio) with their only loss coming to California State, San Bernardino 5-10. SMSU will conclude its spring trip with a doubleheader against Concordia-St. Paul on Friday and a single game against Minot State on Saturday.

Softball

The Mustang softball team, 2-10 overall and 2-6 on their spring trip which has taken them through Alabama to Winter Haven, Fla., is in the middle of a 12-game schedule at the Rebel Spring Games. The Mustangs have fallen to Ohio Dominican, Wayne State (Mich.), Glenville State (W.Va.), and Southern Indiana while beating Ferris State (Mich.) and Maryville (Mo.) on the trip.

SMSU has a doubleheader today against Southern Indiana at 12:00 p.m. and Hillsdale (Mich.) at 2:30 p.m. Southwest will conclude competition on Friday with games against Glenville State (W.Va.) at 10 a.m. and Florida Southern at 1 p.m.

Women’s Golf

The SMSU women’s golf team is in Daytona Beach, Fla., this week hosting the SMSU Spring Invite at LPGA International Golf Club on Thursday and Friday. SMSU heads south over spring break each year to begin their spring season of competition and practice in warm weather. The Mustangs have four tournaments scheduled for their Spring Season concluding with the NSIC Spring Championship and NCAA Central Region Championship.

Good luck and safe travels to all of our SMSU teams competing this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

Congratulation to Landon Erickson who provided the correct response to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: What was the last year the SMSU Wheelchair Basketball team won the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship?

The Mustangs have won the NWBT Championship three times in 1981, 1983 and the last time was in 1986.

Trivia Question

Who was the last SMSU baseball The first person to email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU T-shirt. pitcher to throw a no-hitter?