2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
December 5, 2007

Picture of the Week: Concordia senior Luke Linz hits a pull-up jumper against St. Olaf for his 1,000th career point. Linz finished the game with 12 points in the Cobbers' 62-55 win. (Picture courtesy of Kim Hagemeyer)


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 Picture Galleries

Men's Basketball: vs. St. John's | vs. Carleton | vs. St. Olaf

Women's Basketball: vs. Carleton | vs. St. Olaf

Women's Hockey: vs. Hamline Game 1 | vs. Hamline Game 2


December 5, 2007

Top Note
Men's Basketball
- Concordia senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) became the 11th player in Cobber men’s basketball to reach the 1,000-point mark for a career. Linz reached the milestone midway through the first half in the Cobbers’ 62-55 win over St. Olaf on Monday. Linz now has 1,005 career points and 404 career rebounds. He is on pace to become on of only a few men’s players at Concordia to join the 1,000-point/500-rebound club.


Football (7-3/5-3 MIAC - 4th Place - End of 2007 Season)
- Concordia senior offensive tackle Grant Weller (Sr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) was one of three MIAC players to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors it was announced last week. Weller, who carries a 3.80 GPA while majoring in Mathematics and Economics, is the fourth Cobber athlete in the past two years to earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American honors. He is also the first football player to earn the prestigious award since Jordan Talge ’05, accomplished the feat in the fall of 2004.

- The annual Power Bowl® game held between Concordia and MSU Moorhead was cancelled for the 2008 season due to scheduling conflicts. The two teams have met annually in a series that started in 1916 and has been held every year since 1946. The Power Bowl® was started in 1999 with the Cobbers holding a 5-4 edge over the Division II Dragons in the game sponsored by Moorhead Public Service (MPS), and Missouri River Energy Services (MRES). Complete Release


Men's Basketball (2-5/1-2 MIAC - lost to St. John's 62-71; lost to Carleton 65-76; beat St. Olaf 64-55)
- Concordia senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) became the 11th player in Cobber men’s basketball to reach the 1,000-point mark for a career. Linz reached the milestone midway through the first half in the Cobbers’ 62-55 win over St. Olaf on Monday. Linz now has 1,005 career points and 404 career rebounds. He is on pace to become on of only a few men’s players at Concordia to join the 1,000-point/500-rebound club.

- The Cobbers earned their first conference win of the season with their seven-point win over the Oles. CC held St. Olaf to only 55 points in the game marking the first time since the middle of the 2004-05 season Concordia has limited a conference foe to 55 or fewer points. The last time the Cobbers pulled off the feat was on Jan. 24, 2005 when they beat St. John’s 67-51.

- Concordia is currently second in the MIAC in steals per game. The Cobbers are averaging 8.00 steals in their first seven games of the season and have recorded double-digit steal totals in two games. CC is led by freshman Karl Olson (Buffalo, Minn.) who is fourth in the conference with an average of 2.14 steals per game.


Women's Basketball (1-4/1-2 MIAC - lost to St. Ben's 71-79; lost to Carleton      75-84; beat St. Olaf 76-52)
- Concordia recorded its first win of the season on Monday against St. Olaf. The Cobbers cruised past the Oles 76-52 in the team’s first home game of the season. CC is now 22-4 at home against MIAC opponents in the past three years.

- Sophomore guard Anna Matetich (Hibbing, Minn.) had a career-high 17 points in the team’s win over St. Olaf on Monday. Matetich is currently one of two Concordia players averaging in double figures in points this year. She is scoring at a 10.4 points per game clip and has scored in double figures in two of the team’s five games.

- Cobber senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) leads the team in scoring this season. She is averaging 14.4 points per game and has scored in double figures in all five games this year. She currently has a streak of 18 consecutive games with at least 10 points. The last time she was held under 10 points was back on Jan. 17 against St. Mary's.


Men's Hockey  - (1-6-0/0-2-0 MIAC - lost to Hamline 3-8; lost to Hamline 1-4)

- Concordia was swept by Hamline last weekend 8-3 and 4-1. The Cobbers had four different players score goals.


Women's Hockey (3-5-1/3-0-1 MIAC - tied Hamline 1-1 OT; beat Hamline 4-1)
- Concordia remained unbeaten in MIAC play with their tie and win over Hamline last weekend. The Cobbers and Pipers skated to a 1-1 tie on Friday and then CC pulled away from Hamline, who was predicted to finish fourth in the MIAC coaches’ preseason poll, 4-1 on Saturday. Concordia is now 3-0-1 in the league and in sole possession of second place.

- In their four conference games this year, Concordia has only allowed three goals. The Cobbers are tied for the league lead in fewest goals allowed and lowest goals against average. CC is also leading the MIAC in penalty killing. Concordia has successfully killed off 27 of the 28 power play chances they have faced in league play this season.

- Concordia goalies Julie York (Fr., Bismarck, N.D.) and Maddie Haroldson (Sartell, Minn.) both have a goals against average of under 1.00 in conference games this year. York is third in the MIAC with a 0.50 GAA in her two league games, while Haroldson has a 0.96 GAA in her two games. Overall, York is third in the MIAC with a 1.28 total GAA and Haroldson is in fifth place with a 2.23 GAA.


Swimming and Diving (finished second at the Cobber/Dragon Invitational)

- Concordia returned to action after the Thanksgiving holiday by recording their second consecutive runner-up finish in a multi-team invitational. CC recorded 626 team points and finished second at the Cobber/Dragon Invitational held at MSU Moorhead on Friday and Saturday.

- The Cobbers will be looking to set a school record for most consecutive dual meet wins to start a season when they host UM-Morris on Friday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. Concordia is currently 3-0 in dual meets in 2007. That ties the program record for most dual meet wins to begin a 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.

- Concordia freshman Aleina Weisz (Williston, N.D.) continued her run of outstanding performances at the start of the season. Weisz, who has already set a Cobber school record, was the only CC athlete to win an individual event at the Cobber/Dragon Invitational. Weisz swam a 2:05.87 in the 200-yard freestyle to claim the victory by .03 seconds. Weisz also finished second in the 100-yard backstroke. Her finals time of 1:05.86 was less than a second off of her school-record time of 1:05.19 she set earlier in the year.


Wrestling (participated in the Dragon Open)

- Concordia competed at the Dragon Open on Saturday. The Cobbers took an unprecedented 23 wrestlers to the meet and came away with just as much success as CC had nine wrestlers finish in the top five of their weight class and two wrestlers win their weight division.

- Cobber freshman Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) continued his early-season tear by winning the 174-lb weight class in the White Division. Moenkedick has now won 11 straight matches after dropping his first collegiate bout and is now 11-1 on the year. He has won his weight class in the last two invites he has competed in.

- The most impressive results at the Dragon Open from a pair of third-place finishes. Both Justin Berns (Perham, Minn.) and Tony Neumann (Willmar, Minn.) earned third-place honors in the Red Division of their weight classes. The Red Division was the top classification at the meet. Berns went 4-1 at 149 with his only loss coming to Vince Salminen, a scholarship athlete from NDSU. Berns is now 11-5 on the season. Neumann won five straight on his way to winning third place at 197. He dropped his opening match but then went on a streak to finish the meet with five straight wins.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, December 5, 2007
WR - at MSU Moorhead - 7 p.m.

Friday, December 7, 2007
SW&D - at home vs. UM-Morris - 6 p.m.

MH - at home vs. St. Mary's - 7 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at St. Mary's - 7 p.m. | Live Stats

Saturday, December 8, 2007
WR - at St. Cloud State Open - 9 a.m.

WBB - at home vs. St. Kate's - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MH - at home vs. St. Mary's - 2 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at St. Mary's - 2 p.m. | Live Stats