A George Jones once sang, it's Finally Friday and this is the last "busy" Friday prior to the New Year.
The Minnesota State men's and women's hoops teams open a four-game roadtrip tonight, while the men's and women's hockey teams close the books on a pair of four-game homestands this weekend.
Additionally, the Maverick wrestling squad will head to the Granite City (good ole St. Cloud for those who aren't down with the Upper Midwest vernacular) to participate in the St. Cloud State Open, its final tune-up before next week's ever so prestigious Reno Tournament of Champions.
Lots to read about with Maverick Athletics in the paper over the last couple of days.
The Maverick men's hockey team is playing well right now following four consecutive victories including its first-ever home sweep against Minnesota. Sophomore netminder Phil Cook turned away 82 of the 85 shots he faced last weekend and was named the league's Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. The Mankato Free Press's Shane Frederick previewed this weekend's WCHA series with North Dakota and highlight cook in this article. Senior forward Ryan Galiardi previews the weekend for a video on msumavericks.com which can be found HERE.
For those wondering about this weekend's series with North Dakota, tickets are still available for each night - contact the Verizon Wireless Civic Center (507.389.3000) for details.
A final couple of notes on last weekend's win over Minnesota - video highlights of the sweep can be found HERE. Head coach Troy Jutting and sophomore Eriah Hayes join Paul Allan and Kyle Bradt on the Maverick Magazine today at 10 a.m. (CST). To listen live, click HERE or listen to the podcast HERE.
The women's hockey team looks to get back on track this weekend as it hosts Bemidji State in its final series before the holiday break. Head Coach Eric Means previews the weekend in a video which can be found HERE.
The Maverick men's and women's basketball team take to the road this weekend to open a four-game roadtrip. The Mavericks play tonight at Concordia University (women's game starts at 5:30, men's at 7:30) and then tomorrow afternoon and evening at St. Cloud State (women's game at 4, men's at 6). Always a great roadtrip. Livestats and live video for the weekend can be found on the schedule page on msumavericks.com for each team.
Juniors Laura Weber and Lauren Barber preview the weekend in video which can be found HERE. Additionally, Chad Courrier pens this column in today's Mankato Free Press about the men's basketball team, discussing how the team is tougher this year and playing better defense.
A live chat with Scott Nelsen will be available for both the men's and women's games this weekend. The link for the chat can be found HERE.
In a follow up to Mavblog's discussion with head wrestling coach Jim Makovsky following his hip replacement surgery, Jim Reuda of the Mankato Free Press inked this column about Makovsky.
In closing former Maverick golfer Bryant Black - now a graduate student at Minnesota State - was mentioned in a front-page story today in the Freep about his class collecting and donating new and used sports equipment to charity. The article can be found HERE
One last sidenote. It was reported this morning that the voice of the Maverick men's hockey program and Oldies 100.5 FM Deejay Mike "Sully" Sullivan as playing this classic Christmas hit. Enjoy.