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Mustang Hoofprints: Jan. 5

January 5, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

On Monday, our students will be back on campus and the spring semester will get under way. The SMSU winter sports have been practicing since Dec. 27, with men's and women's basketball competing earlier in the week. Beginning on Monday, our spring sports begin their preseason practice schedule. The Mustang athletics department will have eight sports (men's, women's and wheelchair basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, tennis and women's golf) in-season. It is an exciting time at SMSU as we begin the spring semester and the second half of the athletic schedule.

Also coming up in 2012 are two events hosted by the Mustang Booster Club: the Gold Rush Raffle (Feb. 24) and the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic (June 15-16). Please put these two events down on your calendar today.

I am proud to announce our student-athletes posted a cumulative grade point average (GPA) just above a 3.0 for the fall semester. This is a great accomplish that took much hard work and dedication by our student-athletes and coaching staff. The SMSU Department of Athletics has set a goal of attaining a cumulative 3.1 GPA each semester. I would like to commend our student-athletes and coaches for great effort this fall semester as we continue to work towards the high standard of academic excellence we have set as a department.

We are less than three weeks away from the SMSU softball team hosting its winter skills clinic on Jan. 22 and 29 at the PE Gym in Marshall.

The camp, under the direction of first-year head coach Missy Bruggeman and the SMSU softball team, is open for individuals in grades 2-12. The youth clinic is for individuals in grades 2-6 and is from 1-2 p.m. both days. The offensive/defensive clinic is for grades 7-12, and will take place from 2:15-4:15 p.m., while the pitching/catching clinic is also for grades 7-12 and is from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What year did SMSU drop track and field as a sponsored sport from Mustang athletics?

The first person to email Chris Hmielewski at with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.

The cost is $30 for the two youth clinics, $30 for the two pitching/catching clinics, and $40 for the two offensive/defensive clinics. Individuals can sign up for both the pitching/catching and offensive/defensive clinics.

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Upcoming Schedule of Events for Mustang


The SMSU men's basketball team (6-6 overall, 5-3 NSIC) will play host to their Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference travel partner, Minnesota?State-Mankato (4-8, 3-5), this Saturday at 6 p.m. in the R/A Facility. The Mustangs went 1-1 on their NSIC road trip earlier this week. SMSU is coming off a tough 75-67 loss to Minnesota State-Moorhead on Tuesday. On Monday, the men started off the road trip with a win at the University of Minnesota-Crookston.

The SMSU women's basketball team (5-7, 4-4) went 2-0 this week, beating two very good teams on the road in Minnesota-Crookston and MSU-Moorhead. The Mustangs welcome MSU-Mankato (9-3, 5-3) to the R/A Facility on Saturday, with the game beginning at 4 p.m.

Both the Mustang women's and men's basketball teams begin a very important three-game NSIC homestand against MSU-Mankato, Mary and Northern State.

Mustang wrestling will host Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) next week on Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. in the PE Gym, while wheelchair basketball will head to Champaign, Ill. on Jan. 21 to play four games in two days at the University of Illinois.

Good luck to all of our teams this week and Believe in Brown!

n Congratulations to Paul Muecke who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: How many of the SMSU athletic department coaches and/or staff members were Division III student-athletes? Paul provided all eight coaches and staff members, as well as the Division III institutions they attended.



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