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Mustang Hoofprints: Jan. 6

January 6, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

The Gold Rush Raffle Committee has begun the planning for the 8th Annual Gold Rush Raffle, hosted by the Mustang Booster Club on Feb. 25 in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom. Tickets are just $50 each for your chance to win the grand prize of $5,000. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket, call the athletic department at 507-537-7204.

If you have not been to the Gold Rush Raffle, you should buy a raffle ticket and join us for a night of fun, friendship and laughter. Every year, the raffle gets great reviews from the people who attend. It is a mid-winter social event that you will not want to miss, with cash prizes, give-aways, mystery prizes, games, and silent and live raffle items. The Gold Rush is sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club and has sold out all six years. For more information on the Gold Rush Raffle, please go to and click on the "Gold Rush Raffle" button on the right side of our web page.

Here is a rundown of the Mustang Booster Club and SMSU Athletics Department special events coming up in January and February:

Hawaiian Night - Saturday, Jan. 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

What SMSU head coach has been in the profession of coaching, at any level, the longest? Bonus Prize: Provide the number of years he/she has coached.

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 (3-9, 2-6 NSIC) will travel to Mankato to take on Minnesota State-Mankato (7-5, 4-4 NSIC) in NSIC action on Saturday, with the game beginning at 2 p.m. at the Taylor Center on the campus of Minnesota State University. SMSU will continue the road trip next weekend (January 14-15) when it travels to the University of Mary and Northern State for a pair of NSIC games. Both games are slated for a 6 p.m. start.

The SMSU men's basketball team (6-6, 3-5 NSIC) also hits the road on Saturday, as it too battles conference-leading and No. 12 MSU-Mankato (11-1, 7-1 NSIC) starting at 4 p.m. Following this Saturday's game, the SMSU men's basketball team will join the women's basketball team as they compete against the University of Mary and Northern State next Saturday and Sunday. This will conclude the first half of the 22-game conference season for both the Mustang men's and women's teams. SMSU plays seven of its first 11 conference games on the road.

Congratulations to the Mustang wrestling team, which received votes in the latest edition of the NCAA Division II wrestling rankings released by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association on Wednesday. In the individual rankings, SMSU's Brian Rodas is ranked No. 8 at 285 pounds.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference earned four spots in the top 20 in this week's edition of the rankings. St. Cloud State currently ranks second, while Augustana (S.D.) is ranked third. Minnesota State-Mankato cracked the poll at seventh and Upper Iowa landed at 11th. Along with the Mustangs, Minnesota State-Moorhead received votes in the coaches' poll this week.

The SMSU wrestling team will pick up action on Jan. 19 in a triangular with Dakota Wesleyan and Northwestern (Iowa) beginning at 4:30 pm in Mitchell, S.D.

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

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

g No one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many SMSU athletic department coaches and staff members once wore the brown and gold as former SMSU student-athletes? There are five SMSU athletic department staff members who are former SMSU student-athletes for the Mustangs: Terry Culhane (baseball & football), Kelly Loft (baseball), Patty Erickson-Myrvik (softball), Jesse Nelson (football) and Brad Bigler (men's basketball).



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