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Men’s Basketball bounces back

Men’s Basketball bounces back

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


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Southwest Minnesota State University’s men’s basketball team played their first Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference games of the season this weekend at the R/A facility at SMSU. The Mustangs faced Upper Iowa on Friday, Dec. 1 and Winona State on Dec. 2. Coming off a loss against Sioux Falls...

Blake Gimbel: beyond the lights

Blake Gimbel: beyond the lights

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

December 8, 2017


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Each Saturday throughout the fall lights come on, fans fill the bleachers and hopeful athletes try to prevail as they battle in a true test of strength, character and determination. Not many football players across the NSIC are responsible for more of those cheers from excited fans than SMSU’s quarterback...

Aidrus becomes first All-American runner for SMSU

Aidrus becomes first All-American runner for SMSU

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017


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Bashir Aidrus becomes first All-American runner for SMSU at the NCAA Championships On Nov. 18, 2017, sophomore Bashir Aidrus became the first SMSU runner to earn All-American honors at the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships. Aidrus finished 18th out of 249 runners in the 10K race with a time of 31:31.9....

Mustang football drops eighth straight on record breaking day

Nick Rathke, Spots Editor

November 17, 2017


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Southwest Minnesota State set a season-high 618 yards of offense. Concordia-St. Paul took advantage of several big plays to earn a 37-20 win. It was a record-setting day for SMSU senior wide receiver Nate Huot in his final collegiate game. Huot tied a school single-game record with 19 receptions and i...

Hockey Season in full swing in Minnesota

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

November 17, 2017


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First, the National Hockey League begins its cancer awareness month of Nov. with its theme of purple warm-up and practice jerseys, a purple backdrop on the official NHL app, and for the Minnesota Wild, Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night on Nov. 14 during their game against the Philadelphia Flyers. On Sa...

NFL Week 10 In review

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

November 17, 2017


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This week was pretty slow as far as big headline go for the NFL. There was not any ground breaking upsets. However, the injury bug continues to plague the NFL’s greatest stars, as Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman went down in the Thursday night game with an Achilles injury. Seattle and Arizona ...

Aidrus first to qualify for cross country nationals

Aidrus first to qualify for cross country nationals

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

November 17, 2017


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On Nov. 4, Bashir Aidrus became the first-ever SMSU runner to advance to the NCAA Cross Country Championships, placing second at the NCAA Central Region Championships. Both the men’s and women’s teams traveled to Kearney, Nebraska for the meet. It was hosted by the University of Nebraska Kearney ...

Winter Dance Team tryouts

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

November 3, 2017


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Anyone who likes to dance, has danced in the past, or wants to become a dancer, can try out for the SMSU Dance Team. This is an athletic team, but it is labeled as a club, rather than an actual NCIS sport. For that reason, anyone can join the team. “My teammates are my second family,” said sopho...

Rugby keeps rolling

Sabrina Pankratz, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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If you have not heard of our SMSU Women’s Rugby Team, you have been truly missing out. Currently 6-3 for the fall season, the Women’s Rugby Team is doing well this semester. On Sat., Oct. 21st, the team had three home games on the track and field turf. Two 7s games (7 players, 7 minute halfs), an...

NFL Week 8 In Review

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

November 3, 2017


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Week 8 gave football fans arguably the best game of the season. The Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans combined for over 8oo yards passing and 79 point’s between the two teams. The lead changed three times in the closing minutes, with both quarterbacks making plays to give their team the lead. Wil...

NHL breakdown

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

November 3, 2017


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There’s a lot going on in the National Hockey League right now; not the least of which is the Vegas Golden Knights historic start. As October comes to a close so does only the first month of the NHL’s regular season, but the 31st expansion team in Las Vegas has made it as exciting as when the seas...

SMSU Cross Country competes at championship

Ben Broze, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017


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On Saturday Oct. 21, the SMSU XC teams competed in the NSIC Cross Country Championships in Moorhead, Minnesota. The championships were held by the University of Minnesota, Moorehead, and took place at the Moorehead Soccer Complex. The men’s team placed ninth out of 12 teams and the women’s team finished...

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