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The sky’s the limit– or not. It depends on the time of Year

Meghan Sullivan, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

Fall sports season ends as the start of a steady transition to indoor events ensues. Even though track season is split into two halves, it meshes into one long season for most of the Mustang athletes. Just like any season, though, there are key differences in the competitive events which cause at...

Senior Preview: Kayla Jansky

Senior Preview: Kayla Jansky

Nick Ludwig, Sports Reporter

November 5, 2019

Senior Kayla Jansky recently finished her fourth and final year of cross country at SMSU. She has been a leader and a fierce competitor throughout her time on the team. Jansky reflects past seasons, saying that they were all experiences that helped her to improve. “I really enjoyed it here. ...

Wayne State Invite Recap

Meghan Sullivan, Sports Reporter

October 10, 2019

Swapping out their usual Roy Griak Invitational this past weekend, the Mustang men’s and women’s cross country teams headed south to Wayne, NE, for the Wayne State Classic on Friday, Sept. 27. The women competed first in a 5000-meter race, with Kayla Jansky capturing second place in a time of...

SMSU Soccer off to a Hot Start

SMSU Soccer off to a Hot Start

Nick Ludwig, Sports Reporter

October 10, 2019

The SMSU women’s soccer team has been off to a hot start this season. Head coach Erin Kasmarik-Mallett, and seniors Alli Miskowiec and Kelli Wentz are performing with plenty of confidence. The Mustangs are 5-1, but they are only focused on one game at a time. “We try to take things a game at a...

In the Spur Spotlight with Onte Burns

In the Spur Spotlight with Onte Burns

Lacey Barke, Editor-In-Chief, Sports Editor

September 24, 2019

For this week's In the Spur Spotlight story, Sophomore Linebacker Onte Burns was selected. Throughout the interview, Burns described aspects about his personal life and how those pieces help to make him not only a dynamic player on the gridiron, but also a great man off of it. I hope you enjoy the ...

SMSU Cross Country Changes Plans, Competing in Herb Blakely Invite Instead

SMSU Cross Country Changes Plans, Competing in Herb Blakely Invite Instead

Meghan Sullivan, Staff Writer

September 23, 2019

Due to heavy rain throughout the week, SMSU cross country had a quick change of plans for their second meet of the season. Rather than heading to the Dakota State University meet in Madison, SD, the Mustangs added another thirty minutes of travel to Sioux Center, IA, for the Herb Blakely Invite. On...

FOOTBALL– Coach Extras

Lacey Barke, Editor-In-Chief, Sports Editor

September 11, 2019

The coaches each took the opportunity to speak on their players, game goals, and the overall outlook for Saturday’s ballgame and both teams’ first game of the season.  For SMSU head coach Cory Sauter, he focused on managing the manageable; the game items that he and his team could control thos...

SMSU Loses 23-38 In Ag Bowl Home Opener

Lacey Barke, Editor-In-Chief, Sports Editor

September 11, 2019

Saturday featured cloudy skies and two determined teams that were clearly ready to face off and get the first game of the season underway. Unfortunately, SMSU kicked off their 52nd season of college football with a 23 to 38 loss against #3 ranked defending Northern Sun champions-- Minnesota State Uni...

Before the Storm

Before the Storm

Lacey Barke, Editor-In-Chief, Sports Editor

September 11, 2019

Even though the Mustangs fell short for the 18th consecutive year of the series, they are already an improved team that holds the promise for a successful season. Here’s the climactic calm before the rain on the Saturday of SMSU”s 13th annual Ag Bowl event.  “Mankato is extremely talented, and...

Football 2-3: Stangs hit their stride

Kyle Cox, Staff Writer

October 4, 2018

The football season started off rocky with three initial losses. “We didn't have the best start to the season, but we've battled to get back to where we are now,” senior quarterback Blake Gimbel said.    “It’s a pretty daunting schedule,” head coach Cory Sauter said. “Look at the teams that we hav...

To kneel or not to kneel: Mustangs divided

To kneel or not to kneel: Mustangs divided

Kelly Regan, Sports Editor

October 4, 2018

When the national anthem plays at the next SMSU football game, no Mustangs will be kneeling on the field. It’s not because none of them want to exercise their right to free speech and protest police violence. In 2017, some SMSU football players joined the national protest by kneeling during the anthe...

Coach Cobb on the Mental Game of Tennis

Lacey Barke, Staff Writer

September 21, 2018

In athletics, it is easy to get caught up in the physicality of the game, but SMSU’s new head tennis coach Andrew Cobb holds merit in the mental side of the coin as well. “For me, the technique really isn’t important. If you look at the top pros, it is whoever is smarter that day, they don...

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