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November 5, 2009
Marshall Independent

It will be another busy weekend for Mustang Athletics on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University. Tonight, we will host section semifinal high school volleyball in the R/A Facility. Friday, we will be hosting high school football section championship games at New Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center. The SMSU Wheelchair Basketball team will have their first games of the year on Friday in the R/A Facility.

Saturday, we will kick-off the day with Mustang football, transition to Mustang volleyball and end the night with two high school volleyball section final matches.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team will open the season at home on Friday, hosting Wisconsin-Whitewater in a doubleheader at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a seventh place finish at last year's national tournament and will be co-captained by Nathan Carruth and Kyle Timmerman this season.

The SMSU football team will close out the 2009 season on Saturday when they host Minnesota State University-Moorhead at 1 p.m. at New Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center. The Mustangs, 4-6 overall, 3-6 NSIC, 1-5 NSIC South, began the season 2-0, but lost six of its next seven games, including five in a row, but snapped the losing streak last Saturday with a 34-10 road victory over Northern State.

Saturday will be Senior Day as we will say goodbye to sixteen Mustang football players.

Mustang volleyball moved up one spot and is ranked No. 15 in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division II Top 25 Poll released Monday. Five NSIC teams made the top 25 including the No. 1 ranked team in the country, Concordia-St. Paul.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many head coaches have been at the helm of Mustang volleyball at SMSU and can you name them?

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.

SMSU went 2-0 this past weekend in conference play, defeating then No. 11-ranked Minnesota Duluth and Bemidji State. The Mustangs (21-7, 11-5 NSIC) host No.13 Minnesota State University-Mankato on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the P.E. Gym.

The No. 19 Mustang men's basketball team and interim head coach, Brad Bigler, picked up the first win of the season in an exhibition game Tuesday against St. Olaf. The Mustangs will have another exhibition game Monday hosting Gustavus in the R/A Facility at 7 p.m.

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

Congratulations, Fran Downing, for providing the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What Mustang Women's Basketball player holds the career record for games played at SMSU? The answer was Shelli Schoeneck (1999-2003) who played in 122 career games for the Mustangs.

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



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