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April 29, 2010
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang Fans!

Last night at the Marshall Golf Club, the Mustang Booster Club kicked off the 2010 Membership Drive. It was a fun night but the lines were drawn by the three teams created following a draft of former membership drive participants. The goal of this year's membership drive is to increase to 400 members and raise $150,000 during the drive that will go for the next five weeks.

Here are the teams and their captains: The Gold Diggers who are captained by Karen VanKeulen and Terry Culhane, Team SIMBA (Kelly Loft came up with the team name, he claims there is a symbolic meaning to it) is captained by Brian Brandt and the 11 Mustang head coaches. Last, but not least, are the Two Pollocks and the "Outstanding" Family, captained by myself and Brian Gruhot. The Gold Diggers were last year's top team, and Brian Gruhot was the top membership drive individual seller with Karen VanKeulen coming in a close second.

If you are interested in participating in this year's membership drive, please contact Tim Steinbach in the Athletics Department at 537-7204. The Mustang Booster Club Membership Drive is a fun way to help raise athletic scholarship dollars in a competitive environment with prizes and weekly drawings for all who participate in the weekly meeting and overall individual and team results. Thank you to all the participants who came to last night's successful kick-off.

The SMSU tennis team received a number of honors by the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference this week as Mustang senior Danielle Hildebrandt and freshman Lissa Murakami have been named singles All-NSIC honorable mention, while juniors Cailey Grupe and Trisha Baldwin have been named doubles All-NSIC honorable mention.

This marks Hildebrandt's third singles All-NSIC accolade; she was also an honorable mention pick in 2009 and 2008. A native of St. James, Hildebrandt compiled a 10-10 singles record in 2010, playing at SMSU's No. 2 spot. A native of So Paulo, Brazil, Murakami finished the 2010 season with a singles record of 11-8, playing in the No. 1 position. Grupe, who is from Trimont, and Baldwin, who is from Montevideo, charted a 15-7 doubles record and held down the No. 1 spot for SMSU all season. SMSU finished its season with an overall record of 9-11 (4-6 NSIC). The Mustangs took the No. 7 seed to the NSIC Tournament where they were defeated by St. Cloud State in the opening round. Congratulations to our Mustang tennis team on another successful season.

The SMSU softball team lost two games to Wayne State yesterday in Wayne, Neb., dropping the Mustangs' record to 17-20 (10-12 NSIC). The Mustangs will finish the 2010 regular season on the road this weekend when they travel to Winona State on Saturday and Upper Iowa on Sunday for a pair of conference doubleheaders.

After Wednesday's split with Winona State in Winona, MN, the SMSU baseball team is now 23-15 overall, 19-9 NSIC. The Mustangs are currently in fourth place in the NSIC standings and were ranked No. 8 in this week's NCAA Central Region rankings with four games remaining. The Mustangs will host the University of Mary in a four-game series this weekend at Alumni Field. SMSU can secure a spot in the six-team NSIC tournament on May 5-8 in St. Cloud with two victories. SMSU can move as high as second place in the final standings depending on this weekend's results.

The games this weekend for both Mustang softball and baseball will impact both teams bids to qualify for post-season NSIC Tournament action next week.

The SMSU women's golf team was selected as one of nine teams to compete in the 54-hole NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Tournament held at The Jewel Golf Club in Lake City on May 2-4.

It's the second-straight year SMSU has qualified for the NCAA regional tournament and the seventh time in school history. SMSU made five straight appearances in the regional tournament from 2002-06 and again last season.

The Mustangs were seeded sixth in the nine-team championship with Minnesota State-Mankato earning the region's No. 1 seed. Augustana was seeded second, followed by Western New Mexico, Concordia-St. Paul and Mesa State (Colo.) rounding out the top five. SMSU was seeded sixth, followed by Montana State-Billings, Winona State and Upper Iowa.

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

- No one provided the correct answer to the last Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: Who was the last SMSU Women's Tennis player to earn NSIC Player of the Year honors? Heda Hlavova was the last Mustang Tennis player to be named the NSIC Player of the Year in both 1996 and 1997.

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

Hoofprints Trivia Question

Who was the last SMSU Women's Tennis player to earn NSIC Player of the Year honors?

The first person to email me at with the correct answer to this question will receive an 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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