The 2009 Smokefest sponsored by Hormel Foods saw 37 teams compete last Friday and Saturday in the R/A facility parking lot. The smell those days was amazing and the barbeque chicken, pork, ribs and brisket tasted even better. The grand champion for the 2009 Smokefest was Shiggin & Grinnin, who took first place in the categories of pulled pork and beef brisket.
I would like to thank the entire SMSU staff that helped to make this event a huge success. It was great to see the numbers we had for the Friday night Mustang Trail Street Dance (more than double from a year ago). On Saturday, the Mustang fans came out in full force walking around and visiting with our cooks, eating barbeque and supporting our Mustang football team.
The next special event on the calendar is homecoming, featuring the Mustang Trail Mardi Gras, beginning the week of October 5 on the SMSU campus around Marshall.
This weekend, the Mustang volleyball team is in action at home on Friday as Northern State comes to battle the Mustangs at 7 p.m. SMSU's record coming into the weekend's competition is 10-5 (0-3 NSIC). On Saturday, the University of Mary is in town with the contest starting at 3 p.m.
The SMSU women's golf team will be hosting the Mustang Invite at the Marshall Golf Club on Saturday and Sunday. This is the only home contest of the fall for the Mustangs. The Mustang Invite will have sixteen schools competing, with a number of regional teams in the field.
The SMSU soccer team (0-5-0, 0-0-0 NSIC) will finish a seven-game road stand this weekend when the Mustangs travel to St. Cloud State and Concordia University-St. Paul for a pair of conference matches. SMSU and SCSU will meet up on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the Mustangs and CU square off on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The SMSU football team begins a two-game NSIC road trip this Saturday at No. 22 Wayne State College in Wayne, Neb. The kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. at WSC's Cunningham Field.
Saturday's game will feature two of the top offensive teams in the country. The two teams' starting quarterbacks also enter the game with impressive statistics. SMSU junior Ryan Ratekin is first in the nation in passing efficiency (204.1) and is tied for 13th in total offense (294.0), while WSC senior Silas Fluellan is seventh in total offense (323.2).
Good luck to all of our Mustang Teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
Trivia Question: Last week, many people attempted but no one provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Can you name all the SMSU head coaches for our women's golf program?
The Mustangs have had three head coaches: Nancy Blanchard, Greg Stemen and Ross Webskowski.