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Mustang Hoofprints: Sept. 13

September 13, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Marshall Independent

Hello Mustang Fans!

It was another great week to be a Mustang. The Mustang Booster Club hosted the seventh annual Mustang Shootout presented by the Marshall Radio Station at Shooter's Sporting Clays in Marshall last Saturday.

Last week's event saw a record 119 shooters compete in the individual and team competitions that featured 13 stations where the participants shot at 100 sporting clays. The course featured the "flurry" and "frenzy" stations, where shooters were challenged by multiple combinations of sporting clays.

Ron Halgerson won the Champion of Champions shoot-off for the second consecutive year. The special shoot-off competition featured this year's champion and previous individual Mustang Shootout champions. The individual shooters who posted the best scores of the 119 shooters saw first-place honors going to Travis VanOverbeke (95/100), with Zac Corbin and Lance Hurd (92/100) each tying for second place.

The team champions included Zac Corbin, Nathan Buysse and Leo Buysse, while the team of John Murphy, Leslie Murphy, Jeff Kessler and Jim Engvalson earned second-place honors. Kim Christensen won the grand prize drawing, a grill donated by Running's Farm & Fleet in Marshall. All proceeds generated from the Mustang Shootout benefit the SMSU Athletics Scholarship Fund. A big thank you the Mustang Shootout Committee members and all the participants who came out to shoot last Saturday.

The excitement only continues to grow as the SMSU Department of Athletics will host the sixth annual Ag Bowl presented by Ralco Nutrition, Inc., this Saturday. The Ag Bowl will feature a new event this year, hosting the Scholarship Challenge - welcoming FFA teams to the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University competing in the areas of Ag Issues, Marketing and Communications. The winning teams and individuals could earn prizes and scholarships totaling over $13,000. This is an exciting new event that will complement the Ag Bowl festivities leading up to the SMSU football game versus the University of Mary starting at 5 p.m.

Fact Box

This season, how many different players have scored goals for the SMSU women's soccer team?

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

Here is the schedule of events for this Saturday:

Noon-4 p.m.: Ag Bowl Scholarship Challenge presented by Ralco (2nd Floor of Charter Hall)

1-5 p.m.: Pedal pulls, tractor displays, hay rides, mechanical bull ride, ag Olympics, inflatable games, Lighter Side Clowns

1:30-5 p.m.: Hy-Vee/Hormel Food Zone presented by Hy Vee of Marshall

1:30-4:45 p.m.: Live music performed by Kayla Daniels

5 p.m.: Ag Bowl game versus Mary

Halftime Features: Ag Bowl sponsor recognition, Ag Bowl raffle winners announced, Ag Bowl Scholarship Challenge winners announced

This is an opportunity for your family to join SMSU in the celebration of agriculture in southwestern Minnesota, in Marshall and at SMSU. It is a full afternoon of games, fun activities, great food and drink, socializing and Mustang athletics!

For all the information on Ag Bowl and Mustang athletics, please go to

This Week in Mustang Athletics:

This weekend, the SMSU soccer team (3-0 overall) will travel to North Dakota for a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference contests. Saturday, SMSU will play Mary (1-2) in Bismarck, N.D., at 1 p.m., before heading up to Minot State (2-1-1) on Sunday in Minot, N.D., with the match also beginning at 1 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off a 3-0 victory under the lights at the Regional Event Center last Friday against Sioux Falls.

In exciting fashion, the Mustang football team closed out a win over Northern State with a 26-yard field goal from Lance Schuveiller in the final three seconds of last week's game. The SMSU football team (1-1 overall, 1-1 NSIC) will return home to continue NSIC play this Saturday, facing the University of Mary (2-0, 2-0 NSIC). This is Ag Bowl weekend on the campus of SMSU, with Mustang football concluding the day's festivities with kickoff slated for 5 p.m. at Mattke Field at the Regional Event Center.

The second-ranked SMSU volleyball team (7-0 overall) will begin NSIC play on the road this weekend with matches against No. 3 Concordia-St. Paul and No. 11 Minnesota State-Mankato. No. 2 SMSU will travel to St. Paul on Friday to compete with rival Concordia-St. Paul, with the match beginning at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Mustangs will head to Mankato for another tough opponent in MSU-Mankato with a 4 p.m. start time.

The Mustang women's golf team held a two-shot lead after Round 1 of the Concordia-Moorhead Invite on Saturday, but MSU-Mankato rallied during Sunday's final round to earn the team championship at the 11-team, 36-hole invite held at Wildflower Golf Course in Detroit Lakes. SMSU finished second overall with a two-round score of 664, four shots behind MSU's 660.

MSU's Alyssa Kalthoff won the individual title with a 15-over-par 159, three shots ahead of SMSU's Rachel Patnoe and Krista Weiszhaar, who both tied for second.

Patnoe led after Saturday's opening round with a 7-over 79, but finished with an 11-over 83 on Sunday. Weiszhaar tied for the second-lowest round on Sunday with a 6-over 78, following a 12-over 84 on Saturday. Marissa Campeau shot a 6-over 78 on Sunday and finished tied for seventh overall at 23-over 167. Becky Koepp tied for 10th overall with a 29-over 173, shooting a 13-over 85 on Sunday. Emaliegh Vreeman rounded out SMSU's team scoring with a 15-over 87 on Sunday to finish in a tie for 24th at 36-over 180.

The Mustangs will now have two weeks off before hosting the annual Mustang Invite on September 22-23 at the Marshall Golf Club.

On Friday, SMSU women's and men's cross country will compete for the first time since 1990 in Brookings, S.D., at the South Dakota State Classic. The race will be held at Edgebrook Golf Course, with the women's 5,000-meter race starting at 6:15 p.m., with the men's 8,000-meter race set for 6:45 p.m. The teams expected to compete include South Dakota State, North Dakota, North Dakota State, Minnesota (women), Augustana, Northern State, Minnesota State-Moorhead and Valley City State. I wish our cross county teams the best of luck as they make their debut.

For all the details on these events and Mustang athletics, please go to

I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this season!

Go Mustangs!

g No one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question: Who holds the career record for the most passing touchdowns for the SMSU Football team? Jeff Loots in his career as a Mustang threw 102 touchdowns in the early 1990's.



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