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Mustang Hoofprints: April 8

April 8, 2011
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang fans!

This past Wednesday, the Harlem Globetrotters put on quite the show for the 2,500-plus fans that came to the R/A Facility on the campus of SMSU. Many of the fans in attendance, both kids and adults, saw the Globetrotters for the first time and were amazed with the show. This was my fourth time seeing the Globetrotters in person, and there is always something new for the crowd each year. This year, the 4-Point Play was introduced and came into play during the last three minutes of each quarter. Four circles 35 feet from the basket were put on the floor, and a play could have a four-point play if he hit the shot when shooting from within the circle. The Harlem Globetrotters are true entertainers and do a wonderful job of getting the crowd involved with all aspects of the show. Thank you to all the fans who attended the event on Wednesday and shared in the laughter and talents of the Globetrotters.

The Mustang Booster Club will host the 2011 Mustang Golf Classic, featuring a change in the format for this year's event. The Golf Classic will become a two-day event this year with the traditional 18-hole, 5-person scramble golf tournament on June 24 at the Marshall Golf Club (MGC). On Friday night following the golf tournament, the Mustang Booster Club will host a social at MGC, open to golfers and community members with entertainment, appetizers, beverages, a silent auction and concluding the programming with a live auction.

On June 25, the Mustang Booster Club will host a second 18-hole, 5-person scramble golf tournament at the Tyler Golf Club in Tyler. Both tournaments are tentatively scheduled to have a shotgun start, beginning at 11 a.m. Please save the dates on your calendar and make sure to look for more information in my future Hoofprints articles, as well as at

Also on tap for this spring is the 7th Annual SMSU Football Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament, which will be held on May 14, at the Tyler Golf Club in Tyler, starting with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.

The cost is $100 per person and includes gift and team photo, box lunch, refreshments, hole prizes, silent auction, raffle and dinner. Registration and the driving range will open at 10 a.m., followed by a four-person scramble starting at 11 a.m. Social, dinner and awards will held following the tournament at 4:30 p.m. All proceeds from the event will go toward upgrading SMSU uniforms, on-field practice equipment, travel expenses and operating budget.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

Can you name the SMSU softball player who is the all-time leader in career hits for the Mustangs?

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.

For more information, please contact Christian Guenther at (507) 537-7097.

The SMSU women's tennis team (3-11 overall, 3-7 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) finished the season last weekend in 8th place in the NSIC. The Mustangs played their final two matches last Saturday losing 5-4 to Northern State and 9-0 to Augustana. The top six teams in the NSIC will compete in the conference tournament. Thank you to our seniors - Cailey Grupe, Trisha Baldwin, Brittney Hallahan and Casey Uran - for all your hard work and dedication to the Mustang women's tennis program.

The SMSU baseball team (7-10, 3-3 NSIC) lost a pair of games this week to St. Cloud State in St. Cloud. The Mustangs are idle this weekend and will return to action on April 12, as they head to Sioux Falls, S.D. to battle Augustana, beginning at 1:30 p.m. SMSU will host their first home games of the season next weekend as Upper Iowa comes to Marshall on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (noon).

The SMSU softball team (15-10, 3-2 NSIC) is ranked seventh in the latest edition of the NCAA Central Region Softball Rankings, released on Wednesday. The Mustangs are one of six NSIC teams to earn a spot in this week's edition of the rankings. The NSIC earned six out of the 10 spots in the Central Region with Minnesota State-Mankato earning the No. 1 spot. The Mavericks are followed by Winona State (second), Augustana (third) and Concordia-St. Paul (fourth).

The Mustangs will continue NSIC play on Friday, hosting Minnesota-Crookston at 1 p.m., before welcoming Minnesota State-Moorhead at noon on Saturday. These games were originally scheduled to be played in Crookston and Moorhead but have been moved to Marshall due to poor field conditions and potential weather conditions.

The SMSU women's golf team remains ranked No. 6 in the second Central Region rankings released on Thursday by the NCAA Division II Women's Golf Committee. The top eight teams from the region advance to the NCAA Central Region Tournament from May 1-3 at Hillcrest Golf Club in St. Paul. The Mustangs are one of six teams from the NSIC ranked among the top nine. Augustana is the region's No. 1-ranked team, followed by No. 2 Western New Mexico. SMSU will return to action on April 9-10 at the Augustana Invite at Elmwood Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Good luck to all of our Mustang teams this week.

Go Mustangs!

g Congratulations to Mark Hacker, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Trivia Question: How many SMSU women's golfers have been name NSIC Player of the Year? Laura Lundbohm earned the honor is 2001, 2002, & 2003, Jackie Schulz earned the honor is 2004, and Erin Oaklund was honored in 2005.



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