Last week, the SMSU wheelchair, men's basketball and women's basketball teams, along with the wrestling team, all kicked off their preseason practices. It is a busy time of the year in the SMSU Athletic Department as our fall sports are coming to the end of their regular seasons and the winter sports are just getting started.
Next week, I will have a different format to hoofprints. I will be interviewing one of our coaches or staff members providing you insight into their family, life as a NCAA Division II coach or staff member at SMSU and the rigorous schedule each one of them perform throughout the academic year and summer months. I look forward to giving you the opportunity to learn a little more about the staff in the SMSU Athletics Department.
Last Friday, we had a great turnout to the basketball "Late Show" that feature all three of our basketball teams. We held the program in the P.E. Gym following the Mustang volleyball match versus St. Cloud State University.
One of my favorite activities during the event is the Slam Dunk Contest. Fortunately, I get a front row seat as one of the judges. This year, Lavione West, won the contest for the second straight year with some incredible dunks. I would like to thank everyone who came out to support Mustang volleyball and our basketball teams last Friday. It was an electrifying environment and I know our student-athletes and coaches appreciated the support.
The No. 15 SMSU volleyball team (18-6, 8-4 NSIC) is on the road this weekend to meet up with a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference opponents for the second time this season. SMSU faces Augustana (11-12, 6-5 NSIC) Friday at 7 p.m. and No. 18 Wayne State (21-4, 9-2 NSIC) Saturday at 5 p.m.
Friday's meeting between SMSU and Augie marks the 49th meeting in a series that dates back to 1972. The Vikings hold the advantage in the series and are 29-18-1 against the Mustangs. SMSU has already defeated Augie once this season, 3-1 back on September 12. Saturday's contest against WSC will be the 40th match between the two schools. The Wildcats lead the series 20-18-1. The Mustangs fell to WSC earlier this season when they dropped a 3-2 decision on September 15 in their home and conference opener.
The SMSU soccer team (1-11-0, 1-8-0 NSIC) will close a seven-game home-stand this weekend when Upper Iowa (8-7-3, 3-4-2 NSIC) and Winona State (11-4-0, 8-1-0 NSIC) come to Marshall. SMSU and UIU are scheduled for a 1 p.m. meeting Saturday, while the Mustangs and WSU will play at 1 p.m. Sunday.
The Mustang football team will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they travel to Mankato to face the No. 5 Minnesota State University-Mankato Mavericks Saturday at 2 p.m. at Blakeslee Stadium. It's SMSU's third game versus a nationally ranked opponent this season.
SMSU, 3-5 overall, 2-5 NSIC, 1-4 NSIC South, began the season 3-1, but has lost five of its last six games and is coming off a 29-17 home loss to Concordia-St. Paul.
Good luck to all of our Mustang Teams this weekend. Go Mustangs!
Last week, Dick Jorgensen (Charter Member of the Mustang Booster Club) provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What year was the Mustang Booster Club started, and who was the first President of the organization? The Mustang Booster Club was started on September 18, 1969 and the elected Charter President of the organization was Myron Thielges. Thank you, Dick, for your help in locating this information.
Thank you to all who submitted answers to last week's trivia question.