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Mustang Hoofprints: Jan. 1

December 31, 2010
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

It has been a week of travel for the Hmielewski Family as we visited my side of the family for the holidays in Olathe and Gardner, Kan. The roads traveling down to Kansas last Thursday were touch and go from Sioux City to Kansas City with a rain, sleet and a snowy mix the entire way with temperatures ranging from 31-35 degrees. We never did have stretches of ice, thank goodness.

We encountered much better road conditions on our return trip all the way until we hit Worthington. Worthington to Marshall was slow with stretches of ice. It was like our travel slowed down to a crawl for those last 60 miles.

We found out upon our return to Marshall on Wednesday that 34 degrees in the Kansas City area is much different than 34 degrees here in Marshall. We were in sweat shirts in Kansas and completely bundled up Wednesday night as we shoveled off the driveway. Overall, it was a very relaxing trip. We will now begin to prepare for a very busy spring semester with all our winter and spring sports in full swing. Classes at SMSU will start up again on Monday, Jan. 10. The Mustang Booster Club and SMSU athletics department have a number of events coming up in January and February:

Hawaiian Night - Saturday, January 29 at 6 p.m./8:00 p.m. (women's and men's basketball vs. Winona State)

Gold Rush Raffle - Friday, Feb. 25 at 6:00 p.m. (Social Hour)

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

How many SMSU athletic department coaches and staff members once wore the brown and gold as former SMSU student-athletes?

The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at 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.

Hall of Honor - Saturday, Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

The SMSU women's basketball team (2-8, 1-5 NSIC) and the Mustang men's basketball team (5-5, 2-4 NSIC) are back in action this weekend as they welcome the University of Minnesota-Crookston (5-4, 1-4 NSIC) on Monday, with tip-offs slated for 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., before facing Minnesota State University-Moorhead (6-3, 3-2 NSIC) on Tuesday, with the contests beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the R/A Facility.

The Mustangs wrestling team (2-0-1 overall) will pick up action on Jan. 19 when they head to Mitchell, S.D. to take on Dakota Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa) in a triangular starting at 4:30 p.m.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (6-1 overall) will return to action Jan. 15-16 as the Mustangs play host to the Timberwolves with the set at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Jan. 15 and 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 16. The following weekend (Jan. 21-23), the Mustangs will head to Champagne, Ill. for the College Conference Wheelchair Basketball Tournament

From the SMSU athletics department, we would like to wish all our Mustang fans safe travels this weekend and a Happy New Year!

Go Mustangs!

g Congratulations to Tom McLaughlin, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What former SMSC men's golfer finished 3rd in the NIC Tournament for the Mustangs 1973? Marshall's own Tom "Crash" Ellingson was the Mustang men's golfer who placed 3rd overall for the Mustangs in the NIC Tournament.



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