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Mustang Hoofprints: Feb. 17

February 17, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

Today, the SMSU baseball team will be hosting its third annual Wild Game Feed in the upper level of the SMSU Conference Center, with a social beginning at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet of food featuring "wild game," prepared by the SMSU Student Hospitality Organization.

The SMSU Student Hospitality Organization will be preparing a "Smokehouse" and "Cajun" style dinner buffet for the evening. Dinner will include appetizers, multiple entrees and side dishes, and a dessert provided by Cold Stone Creamery. Refreshments will be provided.

This is a great opportunity to bring the family out and support the SMSU baseball team and Student Hospitality Organization while dining on some "upscale" wild game entrees. Any questions can be forwarded to either assistant coach Kevin Tomasiewicz or head coach Paul Blanchard. Tickets are available for sale in the athletic office (FH 323) and may also be purchased at the event tonight. I look forward to seeing you tonight at the third annual Wild Game Feed, hosted by the SMSU baseball team and the Student Hospitality Organization.

It will be a quiet weekend on-campus with regards to SMSU athletic events as Mustang women's and men's basketball, softball, tennis and wrestling will all be on the road competing. I believe this is called the calm before the storm. Next weekend, the SMSU athletics department and the Mustang Booster Club will host two very important events, kicking off the weekend with the Gold Rush Raffle on Friday and the SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor banquet on Saturday afternoon, and concluding with the last women's and men's basketball NSIC home doubleheader of the year.

Tim Steinbach has reported over 400 Gold Rush Raffle tickets have already been purchased with more coming in every day. The tickets are going fast as I sold five more tickets at Mike's Caf yesterday morning, so please contact us today to secure your opportunity to win some great prizes and be part of an enjoyable social atmosphere. 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.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

SMSU has had eight head softball coaches in its 40-year history. What head coach has accumulated the most wins over their career at SMSU?

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.

This year's Gold Rush Raffle, hosted by the Mustang Booster Club, will be on Feb. 25 in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom. 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 seven 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 webpage.

Here is a rundown of the Mustang Booster Club and SMSU athletics department special events coming up next weekend:

Gold Rush RaffleFriday, Feb. 25 - 6 p.m. (Social Hour)

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

As mentioned above, next Saturday the SMSU athletics department will induct three alumni student-athletes, a championship team, a former director of athletics and a community member into the Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Hall of Honor. The SMSU Athletics Hall of Honor is the highest athletic distinction awarded by the university.

The newest Hall of Honor members are: former volleyball and basketball player Jenai (Hutchinson) Wright, former football player and track athlete Carlton Lance, former tennis player Carolina Gomez, former director of athletics Butch Raymond, community member and long-time supporter of SMSU athletics Dick Jorgensen, and the 2000-01 men's basketball team.

The luncheon ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and will be held on the second floor of the SMSU Conference Center. Tickets for the lunch and ceremony are $15 per person. To reserve a ticket for the banquet, please call the SMSU athletics office at (507) 537-7271. The group will again be honored at halftime of the men's basketball game against Minnesota State-Mankato later that night.

A 10-member committee chose the inductees from a group of nominations. The six new inductees bring the membership in SMSU's Athletic Hall of Honor to 69 individuals/couples and 10 teams. The Hall of Honor is displayed in the lobby of the R/A Facility. A complete listing of the Southwest Minnesota State University Athletics Hall of Honor can be found at Congratulations to all our 2011 Hall of Honor inductees.

The SMSU women's basketball team (7-16 overall, 6-13 NSIC) will go on its final road trip of the season this weekend before returning home next Saturday to put an end to the 2010-11 season. The Mustangs begin the road trip with Bemidji State (5-17, 2-16 ) on Friday night. Opening tip is set for 6 p.m. in Bemidji. On Saturday, SMSU will make a visit to Minnesota-Duluth (12-10, 10-8 NSIC) taking on the Bulldogs at 4 p.m.

The SMSU men's basketball team (11-12, 8-11), currently in a tie for eighth place in the NSIC standings, travel to Northern Minnesota for a pair of crucial conference games this weekend.

On Friday, the Mustangs will face Bemidji State (8-14, 5-13), currently in 13th place in the NSIC, beginning at 8 p.m. at the BSU Gymnasium. SMSU will conclude the weekend on Saturday, taking on the University of Minnesota-Duluth (9-13, 7-11), currently in 10th place in the NSIC, with tip-off slated for 6 p.m. at Romano Gymnasium.

Two Mustangs move closer to career milestones for the SMSU women's and men's basketball teams. Senior guard Tori Fink has compiled 980 career points for the Mustang women's basketball team. She enters this weekend just 20 points shy of becoming the 17th member of the 1,000 point club at SMSU. Fink currently ranks 17th all-time at SMSU in scoring.

Senior men's basketball forward Scott Roehl ranks 17th on the school's all-time scoring list with 986 points and needs just 14 points to become the 16th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. The last time SMSU had a 1,000 point scorer was in 2008, when Travis Krenske and Matt Fletcher each reached the milestone. Good luck to Tori and Scott this weekend as they approach this career milestone.

The SMSU wrestling team earned a victory last Friday in the PE Gym against NCAA III competition Buena Vista University. The Mustangs took away three falls on the night, as well as two technical falls to earn a 38-6 victory. The Mustangs advance to 6-4-1 overall. The Mustangs will be on the road next today for more NSIC action versus University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D. with the dual beginning at 6 p.m.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball team finished 1-2 this past weekend at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo. SMSU dropped a 62-42 decision to Illinois in its opener, before falling 65-52 to Missouri. The Mustangs closed out the weekend earning a 64-54 victory over Edinboro University (Pa.). The Mustangs, 10-7 overall, will return to action on March 5, hosting the Junior Timberwolves in a doubleheader.

The SMSU tennis team (1-2 overall, 1-0 NSIC) won two out of six singles matches and one out of three doubles matches on Sunday, falling 5-4 to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. Cailey Grupe and Trisha Baldwin both won their singles matches and paired up for a doubles win.

The Mustangs will return to NSIC action this Saturday, with a doubleheader taking on St. Cloud State at 10 a.m. and Bemidji State at 1:30 p.m. The Mustangs will then play Minnesota State-Moorhead at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.

Another spring sport will begin their season this weekend. The SMSU softball team will head to Denver, Colo. to open the 2011 season. The Mustangs will play in a Crossover with three RMAC schools: Metro State, Regis and Colorado School of Mines this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Mustangs were picked to finish seventh in the NSIC preseason poll as voted on by the 14 head coaches in the league. Wayne State was selected as the preseason favorite earning 177 points and nine first- place votes. Junior Christine Borowiak (OF, Omaha, Neb.) and Ali Honken (RHP, Sr., Clarinda, Iowa) were both selected as "players to watch" in the NSIC this season.

The SMSU softball team finished the 2010 season 18-25 overall and 11-15 in the NSIC, finishing eighth in the final conference standings. The Mustangs were took the No. 8 seed into the conference tournament before being eliminated by Concordia-St. Paul. The Mustangs first contest will be against Metro State at noon on Friday.

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

- Congratulations to Landon Erickson, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What Mustang baseball player holds the career home run record for the SMSU Baseball team? Andrew Kinney holds the all-time home run record, hitting 50 in his career as a Mustang.



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