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Recap of Winter Olympics

John Palmer, Staff Writer

March 2, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, kicked off on Feb. 9 with a moving opening ceremony that saw all of the athletes from every participating nation marching together under a banner of unity. In reality, the games had begun two days before, with some of the longer-running events such a...

Eagles win Super Bowl LII

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

February 12, 2018

Underdogs no more. The Philadelphia Eagles were considered underdogs the entire post season, despite having the No. 1 seed in the NFC. After potential League M.V.P. quarterback Carson Wentz went down late in the regular season with a knee injury, everyone had written the team off as a bust. The Eagles used this...

MN Wild look for traction

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2018

Yes, the Super Bowl was on Sunday evening, Feb. 4, but the Vikings missed their chance to be in it. Friday and Saturday night the Minnesota Wild played back-to-back games against the Vegas Golden Knights and the Dallas Stars. The Golden Knights are only in their first year as an expansion team, but ...

Hawaiian Night victories

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

February 12, 2018

Both the men’s and the women’s basketball teams earned a win on Hawaiian night. At the RA facility on campus, both teams faced the Marauders from University of Mary.   The women’s team ended their four-game losing streak with a 73-58 win against UM. The Mustang’s took the lead early, finishin...

Vikings take heart breaking loss

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

January 27, 2018

Poised to be the first team to play a Super Bowl game in their home stadium, the Vikings suffered a disappointing loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings scored easily on the first drive, but failed to score another touchdown for the rest of the game. Minnesota’s top-ranked defense could...

2018 Winter Olympics preview

Caleb Herrlich, Editor-in-Chief

January 27, 2018

Oh, so many things are different for these games than any other. The last Olympics games were in the summer in Brazil, two years ago, and one of its most underrated headlines was the millions of dollars that the games were supposed to bring into the struggling economy. The opening ceremony was completel...

SMSU Dance Team

Desiree Bauer, Commentary Editor

January 27, 2018

The SMSU Dance Team started off the new semester with a new routine to show at the Jan. 12th and 13th Men’s and Women’s Basketball games. This new routine was based more on the lyrical, well-known jazz style of dance. The dance was also considerably longer, and more difficult than previous routine...

Super Bowl 51 preview

Nick Rathke, Sports Editor

January 27, 2018

It’s that time of year again. The NFL’s best teams compete for the game’s greatest prize on February 4. The AFC Champion, for the third time in four years, is the New England Patriots. In the AFC Championship game, the Patriots were trailing the Jacksonville Jaguars 20-10 with about 10 minutes lef...

Men’s Basketball bounces back

Men’s Basketball bounces back

Kelly Regan, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

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

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

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

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...

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