Hello Mustang Fans!
SMSU wheelchair basketball and wrestling have practices under way, while women's and men's basketball begin on Tuesday and indoor track and field will start their workouts on Nov. 1. This is one of the busiest times of the year for the SMSU athletics program as our fall and winter sports overlap seasons.
Our student-athletes, coaches and staff members are very hard at work, and the activity picks up in all of our athletic facilities. Good luck to all of our winter sports as they begin preseason practices.
Next Thursday, the SMSU women's, men's and wheelchair basketball teams will hold the annual "Late Show" in the R/A Facility starting at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will offer the first look of the 2013-14 basketball teams at SMSU.
Each team will hold an eight-minute intra-squad scrimmage to go along with three-point and dunk contests. The teams will also be signing autographs following the event.
SMSU students will have an opportunity to win a number of great prizes. To conclude the evening, one male and one female SMSU student will be picked to attempt a half-court shot with the chance of winning a $1,000 SMSU tuition waiver. Come out next Thursday and support the SMSU Basketball programs as they kick-off their 2013-14 seasons.
For all the latest information on the SMSU Department of Athletics go to SMSUmustangs.com.
This week in SMSU athletics
The No. 21 SMSU soccer team (10-0, 7-0 NSIC) will continue their unbeaten streak this weekend as the Mustangs welcome Upper Iowa (8-2, NSIC 6-1) this afternoon and Winona State (6-2-2, NSIC 5-2) on Sunday. Both contests are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. The Mustangs are coming off two road wins last weekend, winning at Bemidji State and Crookston.
After two wins this past week, Southwest dropped three spots to No. 21 in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) /Continental Tire National College top 25 poll. SMSU has not won against Upper Iowa since 2007 and is 0-25-2 against Winona State. The Mustangs are currently tied with Minnesota State for first place in the NSIC. This is another important weekend of competition for Coach Buchholz and the Mustang women's soccer program.
The No. 6 SMSU volleyball team (12-3, 7-0 NSIC) won a pair of important matches on the road last weekend beating the University of Mary and Minot State. The Mustangs head into this weekend's competition tied with Concordia-St. Paul for first place in the NSIC.
On Friday, SMSU welcomed Winona State (5-11, NSIC 2-5) to the PE Gym for an NSIC match-up. Later this afternoon, Upper Iowa (6-10, NSIC 2-5) comes to Marshall with the contest starting at 4 p.m. The Mustangs will head on the road next weekend to battle Minnesota State and Concordia-St. Paul.
The SMSU football team (2-3 NSIC, 0-1 NSIC South) will head to Wayne, NE, today to take on an NSIC South Division opponent in Wayne State College (2-3 NSIC, 1-0 NSIC South). Kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at WSC's Cunningham Field. The Mustangs are coming off a heartbreaking loss to the University of Sioux Falls 48-55 last Saturday. Congratulations to Tyler Tonderum, who leads the nation in rushing averaging 211.2 yards per game.
Congratulations also goes out to Anthony Dean, who was named the NSIC's Offensive Player of the Week for his record setting performance this past weekend against USF.
The Mustang women's golf team finished the second round of the NSIC championship last weekend in fifth place with the fall tournament being played at The Classic at Madden's in Brainerd.
SMSU was in sixth place following Saturday's opening round with a score of 357 and has a two-round total of 698 (+122). The final two rounds of the NSIC championship will be played on April 26-27, 2014, at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club in Morton.
Augustana and Concordia-St. Paul are the leaders following the first two rounds with a score of 656 (+80) and are 12 shots ahead of Minnesota State. Marissa Campeau is tied for ninth overall with a 23-over 167. Rachel Patnoe carded SMSU's low round on Sunday with a 10-over 80 and is 20th overall with a 172 total (+28). Beckey Koepp is 26th with a 179 (+35). Dana Wagner is tied for 27th at 180 (+36), while Abby Gruber sits 35th overall at 187 (+43). This tournament concludes the fall season for Southwest and will resume play next March.
The SMSU women's and men's cross country teams are back in action today at the Briar Cliff Invite held at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, S.D. The women's 5,000-meter race begins at 10 a.m., while the men's 8,000-meter race will start at 10:45 a.m.
The SMSU women's team is coming off an 11th-place finish out of 12 teams at the SDSU Classic last Friday in Brookings, S.D. Amanda Grengs and Paige Yi finished 75th and 76th, respectively, to lead the Mustangs. The SMSU men's team earned a ninth-place finish out of 11 teams with Trent Smith leading the way with a 31st-place finish.
I would like to wish all of our teams the best of luck this weekend!
Congratulations to Mark Hacker, who provided the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprint's Trivia Question: Who was the quarterback for the Mustangs in the last SMSU homecoming football victory? Tyler Peschong was the quarterback last season when the Mustangs beat Wayne State 40-24 on homecoming.
Who won last year's slum dunk contest at the SMSU Late Night Show?
The first person to send me an email me at MustangHoofPrints@SMSU.edu with the correct answer to this question will receive an SMSU t-shirt.