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Mustang Hoofprints: Nov. 22

November 22, 2012
By Chris Hmielewski , Southwest Minnesota State University

Happy Thanksgiving Mustang fans!

Congratulations to the No. 2 SMSU volleyball team for winning the program's first NSIC Tournament championship last weekend, defeating top-seeded Concordia-St. Paul for the first time this season. The win for Mustangs secures the NSIC's automatic bid to the NCAA Central Region Tournament, which begins next Thursday. SMSU's Brooke Burmeister, Devin Diedrich, Emily Gutzmer and Mary Groth were all named to the all-tournament team, along with CU's Ashley Murtha and Ellie Duffy.

SMSU (29-2) entered the week ranked No. 2 in the national Top 25 poll and No. 2 in the NCAA Central Region poll, while CU (27-4) was ranked No. 1 in both polls. The Mustangs received the No. 2 seed in the final Central Region ranking, announced Sunday evening. This is the ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for Southwest. Concordia-St. Paul earned the No. 1 seed in the Central Region, followed by Southwest Minnesota, Nebraska-Kearney, Central Missouri, Minnesota-Duluth, Washburn, Truman State and Wayne State.

The Mustangs will take on seventh-seeded Truman State (27-6) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 2:30 p.m., next Thursday at the Gangelhoff Center on the campus of Concordia-St. Paul. Once again, congratulations to head coach Terry Culhane, the coaching staff and our Mustang volleyball players on a great accomplishment!

The next Mustang Booster Club event is the 10th annual Gold Rush Raffle to be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at the SMSU Conference Center. We will have raffle tickets available towards the end of December for you to purchase. Please mark your calendars now for this great mid-winter social event.

Each Wednesday, the Mustang Booster Club hosts its weekly luncheon over the noon hour. This is an opportunity for you to bring a colleague out to the Pizza Ranch for great food and to listen to our head coaches provide a weekly update on the progress of our teams. The Booster Club Luncheons are a relaxing environment and will give you a chance to meet and get to know our boosters, student-athletes, coaches and staff members at SMSU.

Fact Box

When was the last time the SMSU men's basketball team beat South Dakota State prior to Wednesday night's contest?

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

For all the information on the Mustang Booster Club Luncheons and SMSU Athletics, please go to

This Week in Mustang Athletics:

The SMSU men's basketball team (2-3 overall) will continue with its challenging non-conference schedule this week with three games in five days. The Mustangs began the busy stretch Wednesday night by visiting NCAA Division I South Dakota State University (4-2) in Brookings, S.D. SMSU will conclude a busy week on the road with a pair of games at the Northwest Missouri State Bearcat Classic in Maryville, Mo.

Southwest will open with a Central Region opponent in the University of Central Missouri (2-0) on Saturday, with tip-off set for 1 p.m. On Sunday, SMSU will take on the host school, No. 24 Northwest Missouri State University (3-0), with the contest beginning at 3 p.m. Both games will be played at Bearcat Arena on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University.

The SMSU women's basketball team (1-3 overall) brought home its first win of the season last weekend, earning a victory over Missouri Valley College at the Northwest Missouri State Classic last Saturday. Hope Bonlander led three SMSU scorers in double figures with 13 points on 5 of 6 shooting, while Bree Holleman added 11 points, and Rebekah Rolling chipped in with 10 points.

The Mustangs will head south on Sunday to continue with their non-conference schedule, competing at NCAA Division I Nebraska-Omaha with tip-off slated for 2 p.m.

The Mustang wheelchair basketball team (3-9 overall) played five games on Friday and Saturday of last week at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. SMSU went 1-4 on the weekend, beating the University of Edinboro (Pa.) in the last game on Saturday, 54-44. The Mustangs resume action Dec. 8 when they travel to Lincoln, Neb., to play the Madonna Magic.

The SMSU wrestling team competed last Saturday in the Cobber Open, hosted by Concordia College. Wrestlers were split into two divisions, the Gold and Maroon division. The Gold consisted of upperclassmen, while the Maroon division featured freshmen.

SMSU's Justin Reinsma placed fifth, while Micah Larson and Andrew Larson both placed sixth in the Gold division. The Mustangs had a strong showing from their freshmen, as Cody Reed and Stephen Ellis each placed second, while Cody Fritz and Giovani Alvarado placed fifth. The Mustangs will return to the mat Nov. 30 as they head back to Moorhead for a dual with Concordia at 7 p.m.

I would like to wish everyone safe travels and a happy Thanksgving!

Go Mustangs!

g No one was able to provide the correct answer to last week's Mustang Hoofprints Question last week: How many adapted sports has SMSU hosted or participated in during the history of the university? SMSU student-athletes with disabilities have competed in wheelchair basketball, rugby and track and field during the school's history.



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