2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
November 21, 2007

Picture of the Week: Concordia seniors (L-R) Grant Weller, Adam Swingdorf, Dustin Carlson and Brennen Lewis all earned MIAC postseason honors. They were four of the 19 players on the team that received conference recognition.


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

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


Cobber Postseason Award-Winners

Athletics

Volleyball: Michelle Honek - AVCA All-American Honorable Mention

Football: 19 Cobbers Earn MIAC Postseason Honors


Cobber Picture Galleries

Men's Basketball: vs. MSU Moorhead

Men's Hockey: vs. Lake Forest

Women's Hockey: vs. St. Kate's Game 1 | vs. St. Kate's Game 2

Wrestling: 2007 Cobber Open Picture Gallery


November 21, 2007

Top Note
Football
- Concordia senior offensive tackle Grant Weller (Sr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) earned the Mike Stam Award as the top lineman in the MIAC. He is the fourth Cobber player to earn the Stam Award in the past eight seasons. Offensive tackle Nick Didier earned the honor in 2004, defensive lineman Derek Flann was named in 2002 and defensive end Mark Hankel garnered the award in 2000. Concordia is the only school in the MIAC to have four players honored with the award in the past eight seasons.


Football (7-3/5-3 MIAC - 4th Place - End of 2007 Season)
- Concordia senior offensive tackle Grant Weller (Sr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) earned the Mike Stam Award as the top lineman in the MIAC. He is the fourth Cobber player to earn the Stam Award in the past eight seasons. Offensive tackle Nick Didier earned the honor in 2004, defensive lineman Derek Flann was named in 2002 and defensive end Mark Hankel garnered the award in 2000. Concordia is the only school in the MIAC to have four players honored with the award in the past eight seasons.

- The Cobbers had 19 players earn MIAC postseason awards. Grant Weller, running back Cory Johnson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) and linebacker Brennen Lewis (Sr., Great Falls, Mont./C.M. Russell HS) were all named to the All-MIAC First Team. It is the second straight year for Weller to be named to the All-Conference First Team. Last year Johnson and Lewis were named to the All-MIAC Second Team.


Volleyball (17-9/8-3 MIAC - T2nd Place - End of Season)

National Ranking - 23rd in the final AVCA Poll (Link to National Poll)

- Concordia senior standout Michelle Honek (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) finished her career by being named to the American Volleyball Coaches’ Association (AVCA) All-American Honorable Mention Team. It is the sixth time in the past four seasons that a member of the Cobber volleyball team has earned All-American honors. Last year Becca Shane was named to the All-American First Team and Danielle Dahl earned honorable mention honors.


Men's Basketball (0-2/lost to UM-Morris 86-73; lost to MSU Moorhead 67-55)
- Concordia senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) was a perfect 11-for-11 from the field in the Cobbers’ 86-73 season-opening loss at UM-Morris on Friday night. It is the first time in the past 20 years that a Cobber player has not missed a shot in a game when having more than 10 field goal attempts. Linz finished with a game-high 25 points.

- With the combined 41 points against UM-Morris and MSU Moorhead Linz has now scored 934 points in his career and is on track to become the 11th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point mark.


Women's Basketball (0-2/lost to U of Chicago 72-63; lost to Whitworth 76-68)
- Cobber senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) opened the season by scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the team’s 72-63 loss at the University of Chicago on Saturday. With the eight rebounds, Hageman became the 10th player in program history to score 1,000 points and collect 500 rebounds in a career. She also added 17 points and seven rebounds in CC’s 76-68 loss against Whitworth (Wash.) on Sunday. Hageman now has 1,213 career points and 512 career rebounds.

- Hageman was named to the Midway Classic All-Tournament Team. For the two games she averaged 14.0 points and 7.5 rebounds.

- Concordia sophomore guard Kaitlynn Gottenborg (Hawley, Minn.) led the team in rebounding on Sunday. Against the Pirates she finished with eight rebounds and 11 points. She is currently second on the team in scoring and rebounding this season.


Men's Hockey  - Did Not Play - Next game at UM-Crookston 11/27


Women's Hockey (2-5-0/2-0-0 MIAC - beat St. Kate's 4-1 and 3-1)
- Concordia swept St. Kate’s over the weekend. It is only the second conference sweep in the past two seasons for the Cobbers. The two wins also snapped the team’s five game losing streak to start the season.

- Cobber sophomore Kayla Thorson (Rugby, N.D./Minot HS) is currently tied for the league lead in points this season. Thorson has one goal and five assists on the year. She is also tied for the lead in the MIAC in assists. Thorson had a goal and two assists in the two games against St. Kate’s

- Concordia killed off 16 of the 17 power play chances against St. Kate’s over the weekend. The Cobbers are currently ranked third in the MIAC in combined special teams this year.


Swimming and Diving (beat Hamline 133-108; 2nd place Macalester Invite)

- Concordia won its third straight dual meet to start the season. The Cobbers bettered Hamline 133-108 on Friday. It is only the second time in program history that the team has won their first the dual meets of the season. The only other time came at the start of the 1999-00 season. CC ended that year with a program-best 7-1 record in dual meets. Concordia has never won four straight dual meets to start a season.

- The Cobbers finished second at the Macalester Invite on Saturday in a meet that featured eight conference teams. CC had a final team score of 555 points. That represents a huge improvement from last year when Concordia finished fourth at the same meet. In 2006, the Cobbers scored only 265 points.

- At the Macalester Invite, Concordia recorded 14 different career-best times. Amanda Rolik (So., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) headed the list of the 14 career-best times recorded for Concordia. She swam a 2:20.85 in the 200-yard freestyle and finished in fourth in the event. A sampling of the 14 athletes who swam PR's includes Rachel Sudermann (Fr., Northfield, Minn.) in the 500-yard freestyle (6:46.78), Katie Coleman (Fr., Marshall, Minn.) (1:00.67) and Katherine Allen (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS) (1:05.60) in the 100-yard freestyle and Katherine Murnion (Fr., Moorhead, Minn.) in the 1000-yard freestyle (13:05.11).


Wrestling (competed at the Cobber Open)

- Concordia freshman Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) continued his early-season success by winning the 174-lb weight class at the Cobber Open on Saturday. Moenkedick went 3-0 in the tournament and won two of his matches by a fall. He is now 7-1 on the season and has won seven straight matches.

- The Cobbers had a highly-successful outing in the Cobber Open on Saturday. The team placed seven wrestlers in the top six of the ten weight classes. CC also had three athletes finish in the top three in their weight class.

- Besides Moenkedick winning his weight class, fellow freshman Justin Berns (Perham, Minn.) claimed second at 149 and junior Luke Vetsch (Albertville, Minn.) captured third-place honors at 184. berns finished with a record of 4-1 in the very competitive 149 bracket and Vetsch went 3-1 and won the third-place match by a technical fall. Berns is now 7-4 on the season, while Vetsch has a mark of 3-3 for the year.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, November 23, 2007
MBB - at Nebraska Wesleyan - 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 24, 2007
MBB - vs. Luther at Nebraska Wesleyan - 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007
MH - at UM-Crookston - 7:30 p.m.