MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: SMSU secures most pledges

Hello Mustang Fans!

The NCAA, along with the T.E.A.M. Coalition and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, has announced the winning schools in the second annual “It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk” campaign.

Southwest Minnesota State University collected the most pledges overall for the second straight year, while the Upper Iowa University collected the highest percentage of pledges from fans in attendance.

The Mustangs collected 1,262 pledges from their fans the weekend of Feb. 21-22. More than 10,000 pledges were signed across the league. The Peacocks had 64 percent of their fans in attendance sign a pledge card. Both SMSU and Upper Iowa will receive checks for $500 that will be donated in their names to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Concordia-St. Paul had the winning video in the campaign. Schools were asked to create short (30-to 60-second) videos to underscore the theme – “It’s a Slam Dunk, Don’t Drive Drunk.” After the videos were submitted, they were judged on the basis of overall impact, creativity, memorable content and delivery and clear message.

The Golden Bears’ video was featured during the NSIC/Sanford Health Basketball Tournament semifinal and championship games. Submissions from all NSIC schools are available to view on the Slam Dunk Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NSICSAAC.

T.E.A.M. Coalition is an alliance of professional and collegiate sports, entertainment facilities, concessionaires, stadium service providers, the beer industry, distillers, broadcasters, governmental traffic safety experts and others working together to promote responsible drinking and positive fan behavior at sports and entertainment facilities.

A big thank you to the NCAA, T.E.A.M. Coalition and the NSIC for the support of this very important campaign against drinking and driving.

SMSU?helping to cure childhood cancer

The SMSU baseball team and the Vs. Cancer Foundation have joined to help the fight against cancer. The Mustangs set a goal to raise $5,000 by April 19 to help cure childhood cancer. The SMSU players will be shaving their heads after the game against Augustana on April 19 at Alumni Field in support of the cause.

The Mustangs are looking for donations and/or support by April 19 to help raise awareness. Childhood cancer is becoming a bigger threat every year. Each year in the United States, approximately 13,500 children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. It’s more than a classroom of kids a day. Many SMSU players and members of the SMSU coaching staff have been or know of someone that has been affected by this terrible disease.

When interested persons visit the SMSU Vs. Cancer team page, they’ll be able to choose how much to donate to this cause. Any amount, small or large, will help. People can either choose to make a one-time donation or set up a monthly donation to the fundraiser. Either way you choose helps a great cause!

After entering the amount, you will be taken to the page where you will be asked to enter your payment information. At this point you will be able to write a message and tell us why you are donating to this fund. You can also opt to make an anonymous payment. Once you have filled everything out you click on “Send Gift.”

Individual gifts will be split two ways. One-half of the donations collected will go the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, which will aid in funding new research for childhood cancer. The other half will go to the Vs. Cancer Foundation.

SMSU is one of numerous teams from across the country participating in the fundraiser for childhood cancer research.

Drown SMSU Golf Classic

Save the date!

The 29th annual David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic will be held June 20 at the Marshall Golf Club. The Drown SMSU Golf Classic is the next Mustang Booster Club fund-raising event, and The Drown SMSU Golf Classic Committee will be convening in the next few weeks to begin the planning for this great event.

Online

For all your information on the Vs. Cancer Foundation, the Mustang Booster Club and SMSU athletics, visit our website: www.smsumustangs.com.

Upcoming SMSU athletic events

Track and Field

The SMSU men’s and women’s track and field teams will be back in action Saturday, when the Mustangs’s outdoor season begins at the Dakota State Open in Madison, S.D.

Women’s Tennis

The Mustangs (3-11 overall, 1-5 NSIC) lost to the University of Mary 8-1 Sunday in NSIC action. The Marauders took all six singles matches and two of the three doubles contests.

Crystal Overbaugh and Katie Kienitz teamed up to defeat Sarah Janes, and Catherine Gibbens 9-8 in No. 1 doubles for SMSU’s lone point.

The Mustangs will hit the court again Saturday versus Minnesota-Duluth at the Lifetime Fitness Oakdale in Minnetonka.

Baseball

The SMSU baseball team (10-10, 1-3 NSIC) went 1-3 last weekend against Minnesota State in Sioux City, Iowa. The Mustangs won Game 2 of the NSIC series 7-4 after losing 3-1 in Game 1, 3-1 in Game 3 and 10-4 in Game 4.

SMSU is idle this week and is scheduled to be back action Tuesday at St. Cloud State, weather and field conditions permitting, for a league doubleheader with the Huskies.

Softball

The Mustangs, 3-15 overall, lost an NSIC doubleheader at the University of Sioux Falls, 6-1 and 4-1, on Wednesday.

SMSU is scheduled to be at home this weekend hosting two NSIC schools. On Saturday, Minot State is coming to Marshall to play a doubleheader, starting at 1 p.m. On Sunday, SMSU hosts U-Mary in a doubleheader at 12 p.m.

Check the SMSU athletics website for any changes due to weather or field conditions.

Women’s Golf

The SMSU women’s golf competed on Sunday at the Missouri Western State Spring Invite held at the St. Joseph Country Club in St. Joseph, Mo.

The Mustangs battled cold temperatures on Sunday, recording a score of 376 to finish in 15th place at the 16-team event.

The second round was canceled due to poor weather conditions.

SMSU will return to action on April 12-13 at the Augustana Invite at Prairie Green Golf Club in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Good luck to all of our SMSU Teams competing this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

Congratulations to Brian Brynes who provided the correct answer to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: Who was the last SMSU Softball pitcher to throw a no-hitter?

On March 8, 2012, Chelsey Evans threw a no-hitter versus Holy Family, Pa., leading the Mustangs to a 9-0 victory.

Trivia Question

How many SMSU women’s golfers have placed first at the NSIC Championships?

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