2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 10, 2007

Picture of the Week: Concordia junior running back Cory Johnson carries a Hamline defender for extra yards in the Cobbers' 34-14 Homecoming win. In the game, Johnson ran for 172 yards which enabled him to become the fifth player in program history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark for a career.

Welcome to the Cobber athletics newsletter. Each week we will post the news items from the in-season Concordia teams.

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook

College Sporting News Profile: Senior Football Player Dustin Carlson

This Week's Cobber Picture Galleries

Football: vs. Hamline

Women's Soccer: vs. Macalester

Volleyball: vs. Augsburg

October 10, 2007

Top Note
Hall of Fame
- Concordia inducted six people into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday. The Reverend Carl Lee, Patricia Kubow (basketball), Dwight Hintermeister (football), Aaron Banks (Track and Field), Chris Coste (baseball) and current head baseball coach Bucky Burgau were all honored during the Homecoming festivities. Lee founded the chaplaincy program for the Cobber football team. Kubow lead the Lady Cobber basketball team to its best four-year record, with 104 wins and only 13 losses from 1985 to 1989. Hintermeister played a prominent role in two national championship football teams. Banks is one of Concordia’s most honored track athletes. From 1994 to 1996 he was a national runner-up four times and a NCAA Division III national champion three times. Coste is currently a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies professional baseball team. He was a three-time All-American and three-time MIAC Most Valuable Player. Finally, Burgau is the winningest baseball coach in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with 343 wins, and has coached the Cobbers to 555 overall wins in his 30 years as baseball coach. More Details...

Football (4-2/2-2 MIAC - beat Hamline 34-14)
- Concordia junior running back Cory Johnson (Moorhead, Minn.) became the fifth player in school history to rush for over 2,000 yards in a career. Johnson ran for 172 yards in the Cobbers’ 34-14 win against Hamline and now has 2,045 for his career. He needs only 349 more yards to become the school's all-time rushing leader. Johnson has 500 yards on the season and leads the MIAC in rushing yards per game for MIAC contests (103.5 yds/game).

- Concordia is currently leading the MIAC in rushing yards and is ranked 12th in Division III in that category. CC is averaging 273.7 yards per game. The Cobbers are also ranked 20th in the nation in points per game. Concordia is averaging 37.7 points per game and has scored at least 34 points in five of their six games this season.

- Cobber junior defensive end Clinton Strother (Brainerd, Minn.) had his most productive sack game of his career against Hamline on Saturday. Strother had a career-high 3.0 sacks and now has 6.0 for the season. He is currently tied for first in the MIAC in sacks and ranks 27th nationally in that category. He was also named to the D3football.com Team of the Week.

Volleyball (13-5/4-1 MIAC - beat Augsburg 3-0/beat Coe 3-1/beat Buena Vista

3-2/lost at Simpson 3-2/beat #19 Central 3-1)

- National Ranking - 15th in the latest AVCA Poll

- Concordia senior Michelle Honek (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) broke the school record for digs in a career last week. Honek had 25 digs in the team’s sweep over Augsburg on Wednesday to push her career total to 1,075 digs. She bettered the old mark of 1,067 set by Angie Carlin from 1994-96. Honek now has 291 digs for the season and 1,159 for her career.

- Concordia had their Border Battle unbeaten streak snapped on Saturday. The Cobbers had won an incredible 14 straight matches against the top teams in the IIAC before finally losing to Simpson 3-2 in this year’s Minnesota/Iowa Border Battle Tourney. The Cobbers finished the tournament 3-1 and have now posted a record of 15-1 in the last four tournaments that pit the top teams in the MIAC against the top teams from the IIAC.

- Cobber junior Abby Scheel (Fergus Falls, Minn./Hillcrest Lutheran Academy) is third on the team in kills this season. Scheel has 106 kills for the year, which is two better than her career-high 104 set last season. After not having more than nine kills in any match during her first two-plus seasons at CC, Scheel has now recorded double-digit kill totals in two of the team’s last five matches and has 47 total kills during that time. Scheel is also continuing her success at the net on the defensive side of the ball. She has a team-leading 84 blocks this year and is coming off an 11-block assist match against 19th-ranked Central on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer (2-8-1/1-4 MIAC - lost at St. Thomas 6-1)
- Concordia junior forward Justin Foss (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) scored his second goal of the season on Saturday in the team’s 6-1 loss at St. Thomas. The goal came on a penalty kick and was the first penalty kick for the Cobbers in the past two seasons.

- Junior goalkeeper Mads Schmidt (Rodding, Denmark/Skive HS) will be making his first appearance in goal this Wednesday when CC takes on Macalester. Schmidt, the team’s lone goalie at the start of the year, broke his hand in the team’s first game of the season on Sept. 1 and has not played since. Converted forward Kirby Johnson (Crookston, Minn.) filled in for Schmidt and has posted a respectable 2.39 goals against average in the nine games he played. Johnson is currently third in the MIAC in total saves and saves per game.

Women’s Soccer (9-2-1/6-0-1 MIAC - beat Jamestown 7-0/won at St. Thomas 3-0 /beat Macalester 2-1)
- Senior forward Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) has scored a goal in each of Concordia’s past six conference games. Last week she scored two goals in the team’s 3-0 win over St. Thomas. Lewis, who scored the game-winner, has four game-winners on the season and now has eight goals and one assist for a team-leading 17 points on the year. That total equals her career-best of 17 points, which she totaled last season.

- After graduating three of their top four scorers from last year, including goal-scoring impresario Morgan Bain, Concordia currently leads the MIAC in goals scored in conference games (17) and has scored at least three goals in four of their last seven games. All told, CC graduated 53 points and 19 of their 29 goals. During the past seven games, the Cobbers have scored 23 goals and have outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 23-4.

- Concordia has won seven straight games and has recorded three shutouts during that string. CC is ranked second in the MIAC in goals allowed and goals against average. Concordia has recorded six shutouts on the year, which is second-most in the conference.

Men’s Cross Country   (finished 3rd at the Jamestown Invite)
- Concordia finished third at the Jamestown (N.D.) Invitational on Friday. The Cobbers showed improvement at the meet. After beating Jamestown by only one point at the UND Invite on Sept. 14, CC beat the Jimmies by 18 points on Friday.

- At the Jamestown Invite, the Cobbers were led by freshman Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.). It was the fourth straight meet that Sederquist has led the team. At them meet he ran a 27:42.47 and recorded the first top ten finish of his collegiate career by placing ninth.

Women’s Cross Country   (finished 2nd at the Jamestown Invite)
- Concordia placed second in the Jamestown Invite on Friday, marking the second time in the past three meets that they have posted a second-place finish. At the Jimmie Invite, CC placed four runners in the top 16 and had their top six runners place in the top 25.

- Cobber freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) recorded her best collegiate finish at the Jimmie Invite. Brenden ran a 19:26.11 and finished in third place. She has led the Cobbers in all four meets this season and has placed in the top three in two of the past three meets.

Men’s Golf (finished tied for 5th at the MIAC Championship Meet)
- Concordia senior golfer Drew Dvorak (Litchfield, Minn.) earned MIAC All-Conference honors for the fourth straight season at the recently-completed MIAC Championship Meet. Dvorak is only the second golfer in the history of men’s golf at Concordia to record such a feat and is one of only 12 players in the history of the MIAC to accomplish the honor.

- Dvorak shot a second-round score of 68 at the MIAC Championship Meet at Bunker Hills on Sunday. That is the lowest score ever posted at the conference meet held at Bunker Hills and one of only three rounds in the 60’s posted at the MIAC Meet in the past 20 years.

- Dvorak finished the fall season with a 74.8 strokes per round average. That is the sixth best in the MIAC. He is the top golfer in the conference outside the two MIAC powerhouse teams of Gustavus and St. John’s.

Women’s Golf (finished tied for 5th at the MIAC Championship Meet)
- Concordia finished in a tie for fifth place at the MIAC Championship Meet this past weekend marking the 19th straight year the Cobbers have finished in the top five of the league. CC has posted a top five finish in every year since the MIAC went to a conference meet back in 1989 and have won 11 team titles, the most of any school in the conference, during that time.

- Cobber freshman Hilary Vokovan (Coon Rapids, Minn.) led Concordia at the 2007 MIAC Championship Meet with a final total of 255. She finished in 13th place.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
VB - at Hamline - 7 p.m.

Friday, October 5, 2007
VB - vs. Coe at MN/Iowa Border Battle at Central (Iowa) - 1:15 p.m.

MCC - at Jimmie Invitational at Hillcrest GC - 4 p.m.
WCC - at Jimmie Invitational at Hillcrest GC - 4 p.m.

VB - vs. Buena Vista at MN/Iowa Border Battle at Central (Iowa) - 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 6, 2007
MXC - at Drews/Neubauer Invite at UW-La Crosse - 11 a.m.

WXC - at Drews/Neubauer Invite at UW-La Crosse - 11 a.m.

FB - at #17 St. Olaf - 1 p.m.
MS - at Hamline - 1 p.m.

WS - at Hamline - 3 p.m.

Sunday, October 7, 2007
WS - at UW-River Falls - 2 p.m.