2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
January 9, 2008

Picture of the Week: Players struggle for position underneath the basket during Concordia's 90-73 win over Macalester on Saturday. The Cobbers have won three straight MIAC games for the first time since the 2004-05 season.

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January 9, 2008

Top Note
Men's Basketball

- Longtime Concordia men’s basketball coach Duane Siverson announced on Dec. 31 that he will resign after the completion of the 2007-08 season. Siverson, who is currently in his 17th season as head coach of the men’s program and 30th year at Concordia, cited personal reasons for the decision.

Siverson became the head men’s coach in 1991 after serving as the head women’s basketball coach at Concordia from 1984-1991. He is the winningest coach in Cobber basketball history having accumulated 338 total wins with both the men’s and women’s basketball programs. In his 17 years as the Cobber men's head coach Siverson put together three of the four most successful seasons in Concordia history. He has 173 wins on the men’s side and led CC to six MIAC playoff appearances. Details...

Men's Basketball (4-6/3-2 MIAC - beat Macalester 90-73/beat Hamline 99-76)
- Concordia has won three straight conference games for the first time since they beat Hamline, St. Mary's and St. John's in the middle of the 2004-05 season.

- Cobber senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley Watkins HS) scored at least 30 points in the team’s last two games. His 31 points against Hamline on Monday was a career high. He is the first player to score 30 or more points in a single game twice in one season since Josh Downey accomplished the feat back in 2004. Linz has now scored 1,074 points in his career and is sixth on the school's all-time scoring chart.

- Concordia’s 90-73 win over Macalester and 99-76 victory over Hamline marks the first time since the start of the 2003-04 season that the Cobbers have scored at least 90 points in consecutive games (Mayville State 109-82, Dana College 92-63).

Women's Basketball (5-4/4-2 MIAC - beat Valley City 75-67/beat Macalester 74-62/beat Hamline 78-70)
- After losing the first four games of the 2007-08 season, Concordia has now won five straight games and is currently tied for second place in the league standings. The five-game win streak marks the fifth straight season the Cobbers have had at least a five-game winning streak. Last year CC had two, five-game winning streaks.

- Concordia senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) leads the team in scoring and is currently second in the MIAC in scoring in conference games. Hageman is averaging 18.8 points per game in the team’s six MIAC games. Hageman has scored 1,337 points in her career and is sixth on the school's all-time scoring chart. Next up is current St. Mary's head coach Mandy Pearson who scored 1,346 points in her career.

- The Cobbers are currently leading the MIAC in points scored in conference games. CC is averaging 76.3 points per game in their six league games. They have scored at least 70 points in their last seven games. They have also scored at least 74 points in their last six games.

Men's Hockey  - (1-10-0/0-4-0 MIAC - lost to St. Michael's 3-2/lost to Neumann 6-3)

- Concordia traveled to Burlington, Vt. To compete in the St. Michael’s Invitational Tournament over the Christmas break. The Cobbers dropped games to host St. Michael’s and then Neumann (Pa.).

- In the St. Michael’s Tournament, Concordia was outscored 5-2 in the second period. The middle frame has been the Achilles ’ heel for the Cobbers all season long. CC has been outscored by a combined total of 28-7 in the second period of play.

- Concordia has 18 players with at least one point on the season but doesn’t have a single player with more than seven points on the year. The Cobbers are led in scoring by Shawn Goos (So., Fergus Falls, Minn.) and Alec Holen (Jr., Thief River Falls, Minn.) both of whom have seven points on the year.

Women's Hockey (4-6-1/4-1-1 MIAC - lost to Lindenwood 6-1 (exhibition))
- Concordia lost 6-1 to Lindenwood University (Mo.) in an exhibition game in their only competition during the holiday break. Lindenwood is now 18-2 on the year and ranked nationally in the ACHA.

- The Cobbers are currently 4-1-1 in conference play. They are ranked third in the conference in goals against average (1.50) and are tied for fourth in goals scored per game (2.67).

- Concordia is led in scoring by junior Bre Bian (Cedarburg, Wis.). Bian has four goals and five assists for a total of nine points.

Swimming and Diving (lost to St. Thomas 138-107)

- Concordia saw their record-setting four-meet winning streak come to an end on Saturday when they lost to St. Thomas 138-107. The Cobbers are now 4-1 in dual meets in 2007-08.

- In the loss to St. Thomas, Concordia had one second-place finish and three third-place marks. The runner-up finish was turned in by freshman Whitney Walters (Albert Lea, Minn.) who swam a 27.19 in the 50-yard freestyle and finished second. The third-place finishes were turned in by Rachael Hagen (So., Albert Lea, Minn.) who posted a time of 2:15.36 in the 200-yard freestyle, Aleina Weisz (Fr., Williston, N.D.) who swam a 1:20.62 in the 100-yard breaststroke and Mackenzie Koeck (So., Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) who recorded a time of 2:46.61 in the 200-yard butterfly.

Wrestling (third place at the Blue Hawk Classic)

- Concordia returned to action by placing third at the Blue Hawk Classic hosted by Dickinson State on Saturday. The Cobbers finished with a final team score of 83.0 points, which is the highest score at a multi-team invite for CC in recent history. Concordia finished behind host Dickinson State, who is ranked fifth in the latest NAIA national wrestling poll and Chadron State (Neb.) who is currently ranked 11th in NCAA Division II.

- Cobber freshmen Justin Berns (Perham, Minn.) and Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) continue to have outstanding first years. Both wrestlers finished third in their respective weight classes on Saturday. Berns won his third-place match at 149 by a technical fall and Moenkedick claimed a 7-1 decision in his third-place match at 184. Berns is now 19-8 on the year, while Moenkedick has a team-leading 20-3 overall record. Both wrestlers are on pace to finish in the top five on the Cobber list for most wins in a single season.

- Concordia will compete in the prestigious National Duals Tournament held in Cedar Rapids and hosted by the University of Northern Iowa. The two-day tournament has the top seven teams in NCAA Division III. The Cobbers will open against No.3-ranked UW-La Crosse on Saturday at 11 a.m. Tournament Website

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, January 9, 2008
WBB - at home vs. Gustavus - 5:45 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MBB - at home vs. Gustavus - 7:30 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Friday, January 11, 2008
SW&D - at St. Ben's - 6 p.m.

MH - at UW-River Falls - 7:05 p.m.

Saturday, January 12, 2008
WR - at National Duals at Cedar Rapids, Iowa - all day

WBB - at home vs. Bethel - 1 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MBB - at home vs. Bethel - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Sunday, January 13, 2008
WR - at National Duals at Cedar Rapids, Iowa - all day

MH - at home vs. UW-Stout - 2 p.m. | Live Stats