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October 16, 2009
Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

Last week, the Southwest Minnesota State University Homecoming festivities were a huge success. It takes a campus community to pull together a week's worth of activities. The entire campus did an excellent job of creating an electrifying collegiate environment surrounding the 2009 SMSU Homecoming Mardi Gras week. The craziness continues this weekend with all our fall sports playing at home.

The No. 15 ranked SMSU volleyball team (17-5, 7-3 NSIC) is back home this weekend, hosting St. Cloud State (6-16, 2-8 NSIC) Friday at 7 p.m. and top-ranked Concordia University-St. Paul (21-0, 10-0 NSIC) Saturday at 3 p.m.

Friday's meeting between SMSU and SCSU marks the 31st meeting between the two schools.The Huskies lead the series and are 18-12 against the Mustangs all time.Saturday's match against CU is the 38th meeting between the two programs.The Mustangs hold a one-match advantage in the series and are 19-18 against the Golden Bears all time.Saturday will be the second tilt this season between SMSU and CU; the Golden Bears topped the Mustangs 3-0 back on Sept. 22.

The SMSU men's, women's and wheelchair basketball teams will hold their annual "Late Show" intra-squad scrimmages Friday, at approximately 8:45 p.m. following the volleyball game against SCSU.

This year's event will also include a three-point and dunk contest. An autograph session with all three teams will immediately follow the dunk contest. The "Late Show" will be the public's first chance to see the 2009-10 basketball squads in action. The event is free and open to the public.

The 2009 NSIC women's Golf Championships scheduled for Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul this weekend was canceled due to poor weather conditions. The tournament will now be a 36-hole championship and will be played in April 2010 in Brandon, SD at the end of the Mustangs spring season.

The SMSU Soccer team (0-10-0, 0-7-0 NSIC) will host a pair of conference neighbors this weekend when Augustana and Wayne State come to Marshall. SMSU and Augie are scheduled for a noon meeting Saturday, while the Mustangs and Wayne State will square off Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Mustang Football team will look to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday, hosting Concordia University-St. Paul at New Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center with the kick-off scheduled for 6 p.m.

SMSU, 3-4 overall, 2-4 NSIC, 1-3 NSIC South, finished with just 160 yards of offense in the loss to Augustana. The Mustangs entered the game ranked ninth in the nation in scoring and 13th in passing offense. CSP, 1-6 overall, 1-5 NSIC, 0-3 NSIC South, has lost four straight games and is coming off a 54-3 home loss to No. 7 Minnesota State, Mankato.

Good luck to all of our Mustang Teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!

Trivia Question: Last week, Sara Granheim provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What year was the first year women's soccer competed at SMSU? Bonus Prize: Who was the head coach at that time? Jen Zebroski was the first head coach for the Mustang Women's Soccer team that began in 1996 at SMSU. Congratulations, Sara for submitting the correct answer.

Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.

What year was the Mustang Booster Club started and who was the first President of the organization?

The first person to e-mail me at with the correct answer to this question will receive a SMSU Ag Bowl t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between 9-10 a.m. on 1400AM each week.



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