Hello Mustang Fans!
The SMSU athletics department has a host of athletic events on-campus this weekend. It is a great opportunity to bring your family out to SMSU on Saturday to experience SMSU wheelchair basketball, tailgating prior to the Mustang soccer and football contests. Following the Mustang football game, the Marshall Tiger football team will play Willmar at 8 p.m. in a section semifinal match-up. Here is what is going on this weekend in Mustang athletics.
The Mustang wheelchair basketball team will be celebrating 40 years of Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball this Saturday and Sunday, on the campus of SMSU. The Mustang wheelchair team will take on the Junior Timberwolves, representing the Courage Center in the Twin Cities, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday in the PE Gym. A trio of SMSU current players - Kyle Timmerman, Josh Scanlon and Rob Wilhelm - formerly played for the Junior Timberwolves.
The SMSU wheelchair basketball program will be hosting a reception for players and those associated with the program will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. On Sunday, the Mustangs will take on the Timberwolves in the PE Gym at 10 a.m., with many of the Timberwolves player being former SMSU student-athletes. The SMSU alumni will then play a game at noon on Sunday for all to come out and see.
The SMSU volleyball team (20-3, 12-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) will travel to Mankato to take on Minnesota State-Mankato (16-6, 8-6 NSIC) on Saturday. First serve is set for 4 p.m., as these teams meet for the second time this year.
This week, Mustangs junior middle blocker Devin Diedrich was named Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Women Player of the Week. She earned the award for her efforts in the Mustangs three NSIC wins.
Hoofprints Trivia Question
What Mustang wrestler was a two-time NAIA?All-American in 1984 and 1985 at 150 pounds, and in 1984 beat the three-time defending national champion to get to the semifinal round at 142 pounds?
The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with
the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt. The winner will be announced on The Saturday Morning Mustang Show between
9-10 a.m. on 1400 AM each week.
Diedrich, a native of Braham, earned the award after propelling the Mustangs to a trio of NSIC wins. Diedrich kicked off action with a 22-kill, six-block, five-dig outing in SMSU's 3-2 victory over Augustana. She followed by drilling a career-high 28 kills, to go along with two blocks, two digs and one ace in the Mustangs' sweep of Winona State. Diedrich wrapped up the week's action by contributing 14 kills, five blocks, two digs and an ace in a sweep of Upper Iowa. For the week, Diedrich averaged 5.73 kills, 1.36 blocks and 6.68 points per set, while hitting an efficient .376 hitting percentage.
This marks the second time this season and third time in school history that a Southwest Minnesota State player has garnered Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Player of the Week honors, the last being Mary Groth's nod on Oct. 5. Megan Wendoff was the first when she earned the distinction on Aug. 28, 2006.
The Mustang football team (4-4, 3-4 NSIC) returns home to battle Winona State (5-3, 4-3 NSIC) on Saturday, with the kickoff slated for 4:30 p.m. at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center. SMSU will be looking for its second-straight victory, matching its longest winning streak of the season. A victory would also give the Mustangs a 5-4 record for the first time since the 2004 season.
The SMSU soccer team (1-10-3, 0-8-3 NSIC) will return home for its final matches of the regular season when they take on Bemidji State (12-3-0, 8-3-0 NSIC) on Saturday at noon, and Minnesota Duluth (9-4-2, 9-2-0 NSIC) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Regional Event Center.
Bemidji State currently sits at third in the NSIC behind Winona State and Minnesota-Duluth, respectively. SMSU has played Bemidji State a total of 15 times in a series that began in 1996. The Mustangs currently have the upper hand against the Beavers with a 10-3-2 record. The Mustangs have not beaten UMD in 18 attempts and lost to the Bulldogs last season 2-0. Sunday's game will mark the final SMSU competition for five Mustangs who will be honored at the game.
The Mustang women's basketball team will be in action on Wednesday as they head to the Twin Cities to take on the University of Minnesota in an exhibition game beginning at 7 p.m. The men's basketball team's next action will be on November 7 at 2 p.m. in the R/A Facililty as they will play an SMSU alumni team at "Andy Wiersma Night" on the campus of SMSU.
Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week. Go Mustangs!
Congratulations to Darla Timmerman, who provided the correct answer to the Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What Mustang Wheelchair Basketball player was awarded the Frank Brasile Sportsmanship Award during the 2009-10 season? Last year, Kyle Timmerman was awarded the 2010 Frank Brasile Sportsmanship Award by the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Association.