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Mustang Hoofprints: March 17

March 17, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski

Hello Mustang fans!

I would like to feature our Mustang wheelchair basketball Team in this week's Hoofprints article. The Mustangs competed last weekend in the National Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at the University of Texas- Arlington. Southwest Minnesota State finishes its season with a sixth place finish in the national tournament, and a record of 14-10 on the season.

The Mustangs opened the tournament with a 61-51 loss to host University of Texas-Arlington on Thursday night.

SMSU bounced back with a 43-28 win over Edinboro University on Friday morning. With their season on the line, the Mustangs fought hard against the University of Missouri on Friday afternoon, losing 60-54 in overtime. Jacob Williams led the Mustangs in scoring throwing in 26 points in the final game of the season.

During last weekend's tournament festivities, the National Wheelchair Basketball Association announced that Southwest Minnesota State's Jacob Williams has been named Second Team All-American for the 2010-11 season. Williams was one of 10 players selected to the men's division All-American team. Williams, a native of Oak Creek, Wis., led the Mustangs, averaging 23 points per game grabbing 3.7 rebounds per game and dishing out 12 assists in the National Tournament.

SMSU's Kyle Timmerman was the recipient of the Frank Brasile Sportsmanship award for the second consecutive season. A native of Minneota, Timmerman averaged 8.3 points per game during the tournament while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. The award's namesake, Frank Brasile, is a former commissioner in the intercollegiate division of the NWBA. He has been active in the sport for decades. Congratulations to Jacob, Kyle and the entire Mustang wheelchair basketball team on a successful season.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What Major League Baseball team was former SMSU baseball player Adam Schrader drafted by in the spring of 2010?

The first person to email me 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.

Tonight, the SMSU athletics department will be hosting the Minnesota State High School Boys' Basketball Class A and AA section final games in the R/A Facility. The Class A final game, beginning at 5 p.m., features Hills-Beaver Creek taking on MACCRAY. The second game (Class AA final) will see Redwood Valley battling Windom with the contest starting at 8 p.m.

Congratulations to Mustang women's golfer, KC Kane. The junior was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Golfer of the Week for her performance last week in Palm Desert, Calif. Kane, a native of Buffalo, finished fifth at the eight-team, 36-hole Classic Club Invite in Palm Desert, Calif. Kane opened the tournament with a seven-over-par 79, and was one of just three players to shoot under 80 in the opening round. She concluded the tournament with a second round nine-over-par 81 to finish with a 16-over 160.

It was Kane's third top five and fourth top 10 finish of the 2010-11 season. She leads the team with an 81.9 stroke average, while her 80.7 career stroke average in 50 rounds ranks first in school history. SMSU will continue its spring season on April 9-10 at the Augustana Invite.

The SMSU baseball team will compete this weekend in a four-game non-conference baseball series scheduled to be played in Winona. The series, originally scheduled to be played at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, was forced to be relocated due to the facility's roof collapse in December. Doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday are tentatively scheduled for noon, but an official announcement on game times will be made on Thursday.

The Mustangs went 3-5 while on their spring trip to Winter Haven, Fla., while WSU is 4-4 overall.

The SMSU tennis team (3-8, 2-3 NSIC) will continue NSIC play on Saturday taking on Upper Iowa (7-1, 5-1 NSIC) in Owatonna, beginning at 1 p.m. On Sunday, the Mustangs will square off against Minnesota State-Mankato (7-4, 4-1 NSIC) in St. Peter, beginning at 9 a.m. The Mustangs are coming off a spring trip victory as they defeated Mesa Community College 5-4 during its final dual match in Arizona.

The SMSU softball team finished up their spring trip competing in the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla. with a 12-8 overall record, going 6-3 on the trip. The Mustangs are scheduled to open the NSIC schedule on April 2 with a doubleheader against Bemidji State, beginning at 1 p.m. in Marshall.

Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week.

Go Mustangs!

- No one provider the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: What team won the 2010 Mustang Golf Classic? The 2010 Golf Classic Championship Team consisted of Slade Siverson, Chris Daniels, Greg Gilbertson, Gary Zylstra and Travis Olsen. The team was sponsored by NB Golf Cars of Hendricks.



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