MUSTANG HOOFPRINTS: Gold Rush Raffle is Friday

Hello Mustang fans! The 11th annual Mustang Gold Rush Raffle, sponsored by the Mustang Booster Club, takes place Friday in the SMSU Conference Center Ballroom. The event starts with a social at 6 p.m. and the reverse raffle follows at 7 p.m.

We will have plenty of activities going on throughout the evening for everyone’s entertainment, as well as a great silent and live auction and a chance to win the mystery prize.

This year’s Gold Rush Raffle Committee has some new activities planned for the evening with a Valentine’s Day theme.

We still have a few Gold Rush Raffle tickets available, and please remember you do not need to be present to win the grand prize

I look forward to see you Friday for an evening of great fun!

On the Web

For all your information about the Gold Rush Raffle and SMSU athletics, visit our website at www.smsumustangs.com.

Upcoming SMSU athletic events


The SMSU wrestling team (11-5 overall, 5-2 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) is idle this week, preparing to conclude the 2013-14 regular season Feb. 22, when the Mustangs welcome the University of Mary to the P.E. Gym.

Men’s Basketball

The SMSU men’s basketball team (15-9, 12-6 NSIC South) heads on the road this weekend to battle the University of Mary (6-17, 4-14 NSIC North) on Friday in the last NSIC road trip of the regular season. The tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the McDowell Activity Center in Bismarck.

On Saturday, the Mustangs travel to Minot State University (8-14, 4-14 NSIC) with a tip-off slated for 6 p.m. at the MSU Dome in Minot, N.D.

Southwest begins the weekend in third place in the NSIC South Division standings and tied for fourth overall. Last weekend, the Mustangs went 1-1, losing to Minnesota State and beating Concordia-St. Paul.

Women’s Basketball

The SMSU women’s basketball team (4-18, 2-16 NSIC) will play the last two games of this four-game NSIC road trip this weekend.

On Friday, the Mustangs will battle the University of Mary (13-8 overall, 11-7) at 6 p.m. before heading to Minot State (15-7, 11-6) on Saturday with game time set for 4 p.m.

SMSU is coming off a tough NSIC road trip last weekend losing to Minnesota State and Concordia St. Paul.

Indoor Track and Field

The SMSU men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams will resume action at the Minnesota State Open on Saturday in Mankato.

Field events begin at 11 a.m. with the weight throw, long jump and pole vault, while the high jump, shot put, triple jump and running events will start at 12 p.m.

SMSU’s Rylee Armstrong will compete on Sunday in the Pentathlon at the NSIC Indoor Mult, starting at 2 p.m. in Mankato.

Wheelchair Basketball

The SMSU wheelchair basketball team (11-14) team continues its homestand this weekend with four games at P.E. Gym.

The Mustangs will face the Sioux Falls Wheelers at 4 p.m. Saturday before taking on the Timberwolves at 7 p.m. The Timberwolves and Wheelers will play each other at 5:30 p.m.

On Sunday, SMSU will take on the Timberwolves at 9 a.m. before closing the weekend versus Sioux Falls at 12 p.m. Sioux Falls and the Timberwolves will play at 10:30 a.m.

This weekend’s games are the final in the regular season for the Mustangs, who will compete in the National Wheelchair Basketball Championships on March 6-8 in Arlington, Texas.

Women’s Tennis

The SMSU women’s tennis team (1-4, 0-3 NSIC) lost two NSIC matches last weekend versus St. Cloud State and Bemidji State on Saturday at the Fitness Evolution in Sartell.

The Mustangs will take a week off before heading to the Sioux Empire Fitness Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., to battle Augustana and Minnesota-Crookston on Feb. 21-22.


The SMSU baseball team begins its 2014 season this weekend with a three-game series versus Dakota Wesleyan University (S.D.) at Al Ortolani Field on the campus of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan.

The Mustangs and Tigers will play a doubleheader – two seven-inning games – at 12 and 2 p.m. Saturday. The series concludes with a nine-inning game at 11 a.m. Sunday.

Paul Blanchard, enters his 18th season as head coach of the Mustangs, who finished last season with a 17-23-1 record.


The Mustang softball team also opens up their 2014 season, traveling this weekend in Golden, Colo., to play four games versus the Colorado School of Mines.

SMSU will play a doubleheaders at 1 p.m. Saturday and 12 p.m. Sunday.

Jaimie Dunn begins her first season as the Mustangs head coach. SMSU finished 19-21 last season.

Good luck to all of our SMSU teams competing this weekend!

Go Mustangs!

Trivia Contest

No one was able to provide the correct response to last week’s Mustang Hoofprint’s Trivia Question: When was the last time the SMSU wrestling team was nationally ranked?

In 1997-98, the Mustangs finished the season ranked 17th in the country.

Trivia Question

At last year’s Gold Rush Raffle, who won the grand prize of $5,000?

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


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