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Mustang Hoofprints: Feb. 9

February 9, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

We are two weeks away from the mid-winter social event of the year. The Mustang Booster Club will be hosting the Gold Rush Raffle on Friday, Feb. 24 in the SMSU Conference Center. The raffle tickets are almost sold out, with very few tickets available to anyone who has not talked with one of our Mustang Booster Club members or SMSU Athletic Department staff members.

We sell 600 raffle tickets each year. Each Gold Rush Raffle ticket ($50) will get the holder of the ticket entry into the Feb. 24 evening event where they will enjoy beverages, appetizers, games, silent and live auctions, a great atmosphere and the chance to win $5,000.

In June, the Mustang Booster Club will be holding another great SMSU tradition, the David and Carol Drown SMSU Golf Classic, with an 18-hole, five-person scramble tournament on Friday, June 15 at the Marshall Golf Club which will be followed by the awards ceremony, a meal, live and silent auctions, and games lasting all evening. We will conclude the event with an 18-hole, five-person scramble tournament at the Tyler Golf Club on Saturday, June 16 with an awards ceremony and social following the event.

The SMSU baseball program, along with The Hitching Post in Marshall, had a very successful 4th Annual "Super Supper", raising over $3,000 for the SMSU baseball program. Next up for the Mustang baseball team will be its 4th Annual Wild Game Feed on Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Upper Level of the SMSU Conference Center.

The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m.dinner buffet. Tickets will be $20 for adults and $10 for children under the age of 12. Tickets are available for sale in the Athletic Office (FH 323) and may also be purchased at the gate the night of the dinner. The SMSU Student Hospitality Organization will be preparing the dinner buffet for the evening. Dinner will include appetizers, multiple entrees, side dishes and refreshments.

Fact Box

Hoofprints Trivia Question

What former Mustang baseball player and coach came up with the idea to host the SMSU?Baseball Wild Game Feed?

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

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 Blake Eller or head coach Paul Blanchard at 507-537-7398 (Office) or email for all your Wild Game Feed information.

For all your news and information on SMSU Athletics, go to

Upcoming Schedule of Events for Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU women's and men's basketball teams hit the road this weekend for a pair of key Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games. The Mustang men's basketball team (12-9 overall, 11-6 NSIC), currently in fifth place in the NSIC standings and one-half game out of third place, will face Concordia University-St. Paul (9-12, 6-11) on Friday, with tip-off slated for 8 p.m. at the Gangelhoff Center.

The Mustangs will conclude the weekend on Saturday when they will battle No. 24 St. Cloud State (17-4, 13-4), with tip-off slated for 6 p.m. at Halenbeck Hall. The Mustangs are coming off two home victories over Wayne State and Augustana College. Last Saturday's game versus Augustana was Hawaiian Night on the campus of SMSU, and the Mustang fans came out in full force dressed in their traditional Hawaiian outfits at the R/A Facility. It was an electrifying environment and I would like to thank everyone who came out to support our women's and men's basketball teams last weekend. You could not have asked for a better NCAA Division II basketball environment to play in if you are a fan, coach or student-athlete.

The SMSU women's basketball team (5-16, 4-13) hits the road for its final two-game road trip of the 2011-12 season. The Mustangs travel to Concordia-St. Paul (9-14, 6-11) on Friday, with tip-off set for 6 p.m. The Mustangs will travel north to St. Cloud State (11-10, 8-9) to take on the Huskies at 4 p.m. on Saturday. SMSU is coming off two home losses to couple of very good teams in Wayne State and Augustana College.

The SMSU wrestling team won seven out of 10 matches, earning a 21-10 dual victory over the University of Mary last Saturday afternoon in Marshall. The Mustangs improve to 8-5 overall on the season, 2-3 in the NSIC. The Mustangs will return to action on Friday, hosting Concordia-Moorhead in a non-conference dual beginning at 7 p.m. at the PE Gym in Marshall.

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team will head to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday. The Mustangs will play four games against Whitewater, Alabama, Illinois and Edinboro in the final regular-season games of the season. The Mustangs will play Alabama on Friday, completing the weekend's competition with Whitewater, Edinboro and Illinois on Saturday.

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 Hoofprint's Question: What NSIC opponent did the SMSU men's and women's basketball teams play last season for Hawaiian Night?

The Mustangs welcomed the Winona State Warriors to the R/A Facility last year for the Hawaiian Night festivities.



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