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NFL round up: week three in review

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

September 29, 2017


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Week 3 was the most action packed yet. Filled with huge upsets, great comebacks, and high scoring games. But before the games, many of the players knelt, or linked arms in response to President Trump’s statement regarding NFL players protesting the anthem. The Steelers even went as far as to not come...

NHL starts strong

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

September 29, 2017


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The 2017-18 season doesn’t officially start until October 4, but already the National Hockey League has surpassed expectations of an exciting new year. Part of the excitement began in June, when the Vegas Golden Knights, newly inducted and 31st team of the NHL, televised their draft picks.  Following ...

SMSU fights the elements at Roy Griak, Cross Country

SMSU fights the elements at Roy Griak, Cross Country

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

September 29, 2017


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On Saturday, Sept. 25th, the men’s and women’s cross-country teams raced at the Roy Griak Invitational hosted at the Les Bolstad Golf Course by the University of Minnesota. In the Maroon DII race The SMSU Men’s team placed 37th out of 41 teams, and the women’s team placed 32nd out of 41 teams. ...

Women’s Rugby prepares for the upcoming season

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


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SMSU’s women’s rugby team prepares for its upcoming season. Last year, the club was a very new team comprised mostly of rookies. The club plans to be more competitive this season. President of the women’s rugby club, Courtney Mulder said “This year we have a lot more experience, we practice mo...

Mustang runners start strong

Kristen Weber, Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


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The Mustang Cross Country teams have kicked off their seasons with a couple of busy weekends, filled with stiff competition. On Friday Sept. 1, the Mustang runners participated in the annual Augustana Twilight race in Sioux Falls, at Yankton Trails. This past weekend, Sept. 9-10, they traveled to Ma...

SMSU Football bounces back after St. Cloud

SMSU Football bounces back after St. Cloud

Kristen Weber, Staff Writer

September 14, 2017


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In week one, the Mustangs took a hard loss after letting St. Cloud slip through their fingers. St. Cloud had a strong second half showing, proving to be too much for SMSU. Looking for redemption on Sept. 7, the Mustang’s strong defense and offense powered them to a 51-35 win over the MSU Moorhead...

Wild struggle against Blues in 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Caleb Herrlich, Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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