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Mustang Hoofprints - Thursday, January 8, 2009

January 8, 2009
Chris Hmielewski

As I had mentioned in my previous hoofprints articles, the Mustangs have a lot going on in the early part of 2009. Take a look at the line-up of SMSU Athletic and Booster Club events.

Post-game social this Friday night at Shay's

The Mustang Booster Club will host a post-game social on Friday at Shay's located in the Best Western Marshall Inn. The social will be held after the basketball games versus Winona State. The social is open to all booster club members, basketball parents and families.

Mustang Round-Up in St. Cloud on Jan. 16

Join the SMSU Alumni Association and the Mustang Booster Club for a Mustang Round-Up before the SMSU vs. St. Cloud State basketball games on Friday, Jan. 16. The social will be held at Buffalo Wild Wings (3701 West Division St.) from 5 7 pm. Meet fellow Southwest alumni and friends, enjoy some free food and get ready to cheer on the Mustangs. Please RSVP by Wednesday, Jan. 14, for a chance to win great SMSU prizes. RSVP by calling 1-800-260-0970 or online at www.SouthwestAlumni.comFor more information contact Tyler Bowen, Alumni Director, at 1-800-260-0970 or 507-537-6266.

SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor Banquet Tickets on Sale

Tickets for the ninth induction into the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 24 are now on sale to the general public by calling the SMSU athletics office. The luncheon ceremony will begin at 1 pm and will be held on the second floor of the SMSU Conference Center. Tickets for the lunch and ceremony are $15 per person and must be reserved by Jan. 20. To reserve a ticket for the banquet please call the SMSU athletics office at 507-537-7271.

This year's induction class includes former football player Bruce Saugstad; former baseball player Chris Pack; former volleyball player Paige Karno; former tennis player Carolina Gomez; former wrestling/baseball athlete Link Steffen; and community members and long-time supporters of SMSU athletics, Sheldon and Marge Haaland. The SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor was established in 1992 and inducts new members every two years.

Pancake Breakfast for Scholarships at Applebee's Jan. 24

An all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast supporting Regional Scholarships at Southwest Minnesota State University will be held from 7:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24 at Applebee's in Marshall.

The Saturday morning Mustang radio show will be broadcast live from there from 9-10 a.m. on KMHL, 1400 AM. It will feature sports director Aaron Ziemer, along with SMSU Director of Athletics Chris Hmielewski, Athletics Communications Director Kelly Loft and Mustang coaches.

Tickets for the breakfast are $6 for adults and $4 for those 12-and-under. Money raised will go toward Regional Scholarships at SMSU. Regional Scholarships are awarded through the SMSU Foundation to entering freshmen from the region based on academic and leadership performance.

The event will kick off Hawaiian Night activities on Jan. 24. The Hall of Honor induction luncheon will be held at 1:00 pm in the Conference Center ballroom. The Mustang women's and men's basketball teams host Wayne State University at 6:00 and 8:00 pm, respectively. For more information, call 507-537-6266.

Gold Rush Raffle Tickets Now Available

The 6th Annual Gold Rush Raffle will be held on Friday, Feb. 20. Tickets are just $50.00 each for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket call the athletic department at 507-537-7204.

If you have not been to the Gold Rush Raffle, you should buy a raffle ticket and join us for a night of fun, friendship and laughter. Every year the raffle gets great reviews from the people who attend. It is a mid-winter social event that you will not want to miss with cash prizes, give-aways, games, and silent and live raffle items.

No one provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many current members of the SMSU Coaching Staff wore the brown and gold as Mustang student-athletes in their college athletic careers? Bonus: Can you provide the coaches names and the sport they played at SMSU? The correct answer was Brad Bigler and basketball, Kari Loft and softball, John Petersen and baseball and Terry Culhane who played basketball and baseball for the Mustangs.


If the R/A Facility was at full capacity for the Mustang Men's and Women's Basketball games this Friday, how many people would be in attendance?

Note:Person closest to the maximum capacity wins.

The first person to e-mail me at with the correct answer to this question will receive a T-shirt. Please include your first and last name and phone number with the correct answer. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.



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