Sports Columns

NICK’S NOTES: Understudies

When I was a senior in high school, I tried out for the role of Lt. Joe Cable in my school's production of "South Pacific." I thought I nailed the audition. I had worked hard in the offseason, joining choir and taking voice lessons. I wanted that part so bad. I thought I deserved it.I did get ...

NICK’S NOTES: Nick’s notes: The gold standard

A few weeks ago, I was collecting interviews from Southwest Minnesota State University Mustang volleyball players for a season preview. While I was speaking with head coach Terry Culhane, assistant coach Paul Soupir walked into the PE gym with two big gulp-sized soft drinks for himself and ...

NICK’S NOTES: No trouble with trophies

The latest internet outrage cycle, inspired by Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison taking aways his sons' participation trophies, is the stupidest viral discussion since we all tried to guess the color of the dress.Harrison can parent however he wants, but he's pretending to be ...

MEMORIES OVER MEDALS

As the NFL season approaches, Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker James Harrison gave us a refreshing NFL headline that let us escape the black hole that is Deflategate.He recently took away participation trophies from his 8- and 6-year old sons and told them that they can "earn" real ones.Keep in ...

2014-15 Independent All-Area Girls Basketball Team

FIRST TEAM: Explosive, smart, versatileBy Jenny KirkAlong with Player of the Year Taylor Reiss - a 2015 Miss Basketball finalist who led the Minneota Vikings to a Class A third-place finish at the state basketball tournament - Dawson-Boyd's Justine Lee, Marshall's Sarah Buysse and Morgan ...

NICK’S NOTES: Sincere cheer

If you have not been down to Mustang Field to see a Southwest Minnesota State Mustangs softball game, you're missing out on the most of joyful part of the spring sports season: the cheers of the Mustang softball team.The chants get stuck in your head, make you smile and help you forget that ...

PREP BASEBALL: MCC wins

MCC moves to 2-0 after 6-5 win over SW UnitedMurray County Central stole eight bases, and Mitchell Woldt and Kellen Johnson struck out a combined nine batters as the Rebels improved to 2-0 on the season with a 6-5 Red Rock Conference win over Southwest United on Tuesday.Woldt pitched 3 1/3 ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Mustang Booster Club Drive underway

Hello Mustang fans!On Tuesday night, the Mustang Booster Club (MBC) hosted a Membership Drive Social at the Schwan Regional Event Center where new and current members gathered information and sign up for the 2014-15 athletic season.Former SMSU men's basketball player, Marshall resident and MBC ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Finals approaching; seasons ending

Hello Mustang Fans!Finals week at Southwest Minnesota State is next week.The SMSU softball and women's golf teams concluded their seasons last weekend. The Mustang baseball team and women's and men's track and field teams are in the final week of regular season competition.It is hard to believe ...

PUT ME IN COACH: Silver takes big step

New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver handled his first league-wide scandal Tuesday by giving us an emphatic answer.Silver suspended Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life from the franchise, as well as, any other NBA-related activities for making racist comments to his girlfriend about ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Spring season coming to fast conclusion

Hello Mustang Fans!The spring semester is winding down, and we are two weeks away from finals on the campus of Southwest Minnesota State University.The women's tennis team has concluded its spring season with baseball, softball and track and field just two weeks away from Northern Sun ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Track and Field Complex taking shape

Hello Mustang Fans!On Monday, Southwest Minnesota State University and Marshall Public Schools broke ground on the Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex. There was a great showing of university, school district and community support at the groundbreaking ceremony.I want to thank everyone ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Mustang app available now to be downloaded

Hello Mustang Fans!This week, the Southwest Minnesota State University Department of Athletics and sponsors, Aramark, Hy-Vee and Pepsi, are excited to announce a new way for fans to interact with the Mustangs on their mobile devices.The new Mustang app, which is now available for download, will ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: SMSU secures most pledges

Hello Mustang Fans!The NCAA, along with the T.E.A.M. Coalition and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, has announced the winning schools in the second annual "It's a Slam Dunk, Don't Drive Drunk" campaign.Southwest Minnesota State University collected the most pledges overall for the ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Nelson named NSIC Coach of the Year

Hello Mustang Fans!Congratulations to Southwest Minnesota State University wrestling head coach Jesse Nelson, who was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Coach of the Year by his peers for leading the Mustangs to a 6-2 league record this season.The six NSIC wins are the most in ...

PUT ME IN COACH: Watch out for St. Joe’s, Providence in the East

MARSHALL -As the opening tip off draws near, I hope some of you have at least gotten started with filling out your brackets.This one of my favorite times of year.There is so much hype in the air. As a sportswriter, seeing certain teams and players grow up in front of our television screens is ...

PUT ME IN COACH: Dayton, SFA could shock South Region

MARSHALL - With the NCAA tournament field set, there are some very intriguing matchups as we look over each region.I will be breaking down the second-round matchups in each region - one region per day - until the tournament starts Thursday, excluding the four first-round (play-in) games.Today, ...

PUT ME IN COACH: March Madness in full swing

As the finals of the conference tournaments approach, March has proved college basketball's most important lesson to be true once again - anything can happen.In the Big Ten, top-seeded Michigan slipped past Illinois before hanging on for a 64-63 win Friday and advancing to face Ohio State, yet ...

MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Mustang Booster Club plans for membership drive

The Mustang Booster Club (MBC) is in the initial stages of planning for this year's MBC Membership Drive.The membership drive will begin the last week of April and will continue up to Smokefest which begins Aug. 15.The committee has new events and activities focused on enhancing the MBC ...