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Wild struggle against Blues in 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Caleb Herrlich, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under Sports

Wednesday, Apr. 12 saw the opening of the first round of the NHL’s postseason. Since then, every game has been anything but predictable as of Monday Apr. 17. The Minnesota Wild secured second in the Western Conference and home-ice in the first round, but so far have fallen 0-3 against the St. Loui...

SMSU shines at Mustang Open

SMSU shines at Mustang Open

Ben Ryan, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under Sports, Top Stories

SMSU hosted its first track meet since the program was reinstated a few years ago on March 31 and Apr. 1. The Mustangs opened the new Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex with a win Friday, March 31, by Kelly Fitzsimmons in the 3000m steeplechase, with a time of 10:30.95. The first day of competition involv...

MN Twins’ hot start

Nick Rathke, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under Sports

The Twins have been the lovable losers for some time now. Every year the question is not whether or not they will make the playoffs but whether or not they will lose 100 games. Not this year, though. The Twins have started off hot, winning their first 4 games and surprising much of the league as well as t...

SMSU Baseball splits with Winona State

Nick Rathke, Staff Writer
April 20, 2017
Filed under Sports

Southwest Minnesota State went 1-1 in their double header at Loughery Field in Winona, MN on Apr. 14, with SMSU earning a 4-3 win in nine innings in game one before WSU rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off 4-3 victory in game two. SMSU seems to be plagued with walk-offs th...

March Madness upsets destroy brackets one at a time

Kristen Weber, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Sports

Tis the season for March Madness basketball, when fans everywhere gather to watch their favorite team or alma mater compete for all the glory of being National Champions. Many people choose to fill out a bracket to predict who will go the distance and win it all. Every year brings surprise endings in th...

From the soccer field to the track: A runner’s journey

From the soccer field to the track: A runner’s journey

Ben Broze, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Bashir Aidrus is the current mile and 5,000 meter run record holder at SMSU. At this year’s indoor conference meet at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Aidrus ran a time of 15:44 for the 5k. What is exceptional about Aidrus’s performance is that he only began running a year ago. Last year Aidrus att...

Track prepares for upcoming season

Ben Ryan, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Sports

SMSU is preparing to host its first-ever track meet this weekend at the new Marshall Regional Track and Field Complex. Mustang athletes began practicing at the new facility in October of 2014, but have not had a meet at home until now.  High school meets have taken place already, but coordinating a meet ...

NHL Update: Wild continue to struggle during best ever season

Caleb Herrlich, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Sports

With only a couple weeks of regular season left, the NHL and its fans are looking eagerly towards the playoffs. No other team is more ready, however, than the Minnesota Wild. Through November, December and January the Wild have proven themselves one of the top teams in the League. Goalie Devan Dubnyk...

Quidditch debuts at SMSU

Kaleigh Farrelly, Staff Writer
March 30, 2017
Filed under Satire, Sports

Fans of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series will rejoice at this piece of news: Southwest Minnesota State University now has its very own Quidditch team. Sophomore Desiree Bauer is the team’s captain. “It was a process to get this team on campus, but I really felt like we needed this spo...

Golden Knights join the NHL

Caleb Herrlich, Staff Writer
March 16, 2017
Filed under Sports

There is no turning back now. As of Mar. 1, Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has made the final payment on a 500-million-dollar entree fee. General Manager George McPhee and his staff are now free to begin building the 31st team of the National Hockey League. The expansion draft isn’t until J...

Mustang Basketball comes up short

Nick Rathke, Staff Writer
March 16, 2017
Filed under Sports

Southwest Minnesota State rallied from a nine-point deficit with less than nine minutes remaining in the game to earn a 74-70 victory over No. 3 seed East Central University (Okla.) in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament on Sunday night. “I think our guys showed a lot of ...

Softball travels to Florida

Kristen Weber, Staff Writer
March 16, 2017
Filed under Sports

Last week The Southwest Minnesota State softball team took a seven-day spring break trip to Clermont, Florida for a stretch of 10 road/neutral games. Their “Spring Games” include six neutral site games in Clermont, following two double header games on their way down. They opened up the trip agai...

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