2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
January 30, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia sophomore James Baldwin goes for the block in the Cobbers' game with Carleton. Baldwin was part of the CC defense that held opponents to under 50 points in back-to-back games last week.


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This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


Cobber MIAC Athletes of the Week

- Dusten Olejnicak - Men's Co-Field Athlete of the Week

- Leah Kay - Women's Field Athlete of the Week


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Men's Basketball: vs. St. John's

Women's Basketball: vs. St. Ben's

Men's Hockey: vs. Bethel Game 1 | vs. Bethel Game 2

Swimming & Diving: vs. Macalester

Men's Tennis: vs. Northwestern

Women's Tennis: vs. Northwestern


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January 30, 2008

Top Note
Women's Indoor Track and Field

- Cobber sophomore Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) won the Cobber Pentathlon on Friday with a final total of 3,102 points. It is only the third time in Cobber indoor track and field history that an athlete has scored over 3,100 points. It is currently the top score in the MIAC this season. Kay posted indoor personal bests in all five pentathlon events including a conference-leading leap of 5-4.5 in the high jump and a jump of 16-9.25 in the long jump which is the second best in the league this year. For her efforts, she was named the MIAC Field Athlete of the Week.


Men's Basketball (8-9/7-5 MIAC - beat St. John's 54-43/lost to Carleton 64-62)
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Last week Concordia held St. Mary’s to 44 points in a 71-44 win and St. John’s to 43 points in a 54-43 victory. It marked the first time since the 1949-50 season that the Cobbers have limited opponents to fewer than 50 points in back-to-back games.

- Concordia leads the MIAC in scoring defense in conference games. The Cobbers are allowing an average of 63.8 points per game in their first 12 league games. Last year CC finished seventh in the conference allowing opponents to score 74.4 points per game.

- Concordia will play five of their next six MIAC games on the road. After that six-game stint, the Cobbers will finish off the MIAC regular season by hosting St. Thomas and St. Mary’s.


Women's Basketball (10-6/9-4 MIAC - beat St. Ben's 49-34/lost to Carleton 75-73)
- On Wednesday Concordia beat St. Ben’s 49-34. The 34 points scored by St. Ben's represents the fewest points allowed by CC this season and fewest since they allowed 29 against St. Kate's on Dec. 1, 1984. It was also the least amount of points scored by a single team in the 54-game history between the Cobbers and Blazers.

- The Cobbers are now 10-6 on the year. It is the 33rd straight season that CC has posted a double-digit win total.

- The four league losses for Concordia have all come when the team has scored at least 70 points in the game. In their four league defeats, CC is allowing 78.2 points. In their seven MIAC wins, the Cobbers are giving up an average of 59.5 points per game.


Men's Hockey  - (1-15-1/0-7-1 MIAC - lost to Bethel 3-1/lost to Bethel 5-2)

- Concordia broke a 0-for-34 slump on the power play on Saturday against Bethel. The Cobbers scored their first power play goal in 35 attempts in the second period of a 5-2 loss to the league-leading Royals. CC is now 3-for-49 (6.1%) on the power play in the last eight games.

- In the Cobber’s loss to Bethel on Saturday, goalie Mike Persson (So., Regina, Sask.) made 43 saves. It marked the second time in the last three games that he has stopped at least 40 shots in the game. In the past three games he has made 119 saves.


Women's Hockey (6-7-2/6-2-2 MIAC - beat Bethel 3-1/beat Bethel 3-1)
- Concordia swept Bethel last weekend to record their second conference sweep of the season. That is the most MIAC series sweeps since the Cobbers recorded three during the 2003-04 season.

- Cobber junior forward Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.) had three goals in the team’s sweep over the Royals over the weekend. She entered the series without having scored a goal all season. On Saturday she scored two goals marking the second time in her career that she has posted a two-goal game. The first time was last season against Hamline on Dec. 9.

- Concordia has two of the top four goalies in the MIAC this season freshman Julie York (Bismarck, N.D.) has a 1.40 goals against average and is third in the league. Sophomore Maddie Haroldson (Sartell, Minn.) sports a 1.78 GAA and is in fourth place. Haroldson is second in save percentage (94.2%), while York is third (93.7%). Both goalies are tied for second in win/loss percentage at 3-1-1.


Swimming and Diving (5-3 - lost to Macalester 157-138)

- Concordia freshman Aleina Weisz (Williston, N.D) broke her second school record in as many weeks in the Cobbers’ dual meet with Macalester on Saturday. A week after breaking the mark in the 100-yard backstroke, Weisz swam a 2:20.57 in the 200-yard backstroke and broke the seven-year-old record.

- Concordia finished off the 2007-08 regular season by falling to Macalester 157-138. The Cobbers ended the year with a 5-3 record in dual meets.

- In the dual meet with the Scots, the Cobbers posted 17 career-best marks. Concordia will now have a three-week break before competing in the MIAC Championship Meet on Feb. 14-16 at the University of Minnesota.


Wrestling (competed at the Jamestown Invite)

- Concordia tuned up for the dual-meet portion of their schedule by competing in the Jamestown Invite on Saturday in Jamestown, N.D. The Cobbers, who will have five dual meets in their next six competitions, had 12 wrestlers place in the meet. CC came away with one weight class champion, one runner-up finish and five third-place medals.

- Cobber freshman Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) won his second individual weight class title at a multiple team event this season. Moenkedick won the 174-lb weight class at the Jamestown Invite with a perfect 3-0 record.  He is currently second on the team in wins this season. Moenkedick has 25 victories on the year with eight by pin fall. 

- The other top two finisher for the Cobbers at the Jamestown Invite was fellow freshman Joe Meinert (Park Rapids, Minn.). Meinert had his best performance of the season as he placed second at 157. He ran the table until the championship match where he lost a close battle to Taylor Nagel of NCAA Division I NDSU.


Men's Indoor Track and Field (2nd place at the Cobber Duals)

- Concordia senior Dusten Olejnicak (Brainerd, Minn.) started the 2008 indoor season on a high note as he posted a personal-best distance of 22-0.75. That mark is the best of the year in the MIAC. For his efforts he was named the MIAC Co-Field Athlete of the Week.

- The Cobbers finished with a 5-1 record at the Cobber Duals meet on Saturday. CC beat teams from Jamestown, Minot State, North Dakota State, University of Mary and UM-Morris.

- Concordia junior Paul Westmark (Appleton, Wis.) won the Cobbber Pentathlon on Friday with a final total of 3,146 points. It is the ninth best pentathlon score in school history. In the event, Westmark ran a 2:45.14 in the 1000 meters to erase a 90-point deficit heading into the final event of the competition.


Women's Indoor Track and Field (2nd place at the Cobber Duals)

- Cobber sophomore Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) won the Cobber Pentathlon on Friday with a final total of 3,102 points. It is only the third time in Cobber indoor track and field history that an athlete has scored over 3,100 points. It is currently the top score in the MIAC this season. Kay posted indoor personal bests in all five pentathlon events including a conference-leading leap of 5-4.5 in the high jump and a jump of 16-9.25 in the long jump which is the second best in the league this year. For her efforts, she was named the MIAC Field Athlete of the Week.

- Concordia finished with a 5-1 record at the Cobber Duals meet on Saturday. CC beat teams from Jamestown, Minot State, North Dakota State, University of Mary and UM-Morris.

- At the Cobber Duals, Concordia posted 22 career-best marks. CC was led by senior Ali Parsons (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd HS) who ran a career-best 2:34.14 in the 800 meters and finished second. Parsons was one of four CC athletes to finish in the top three in an individual event. Concordia also had all three of their relay teams finish second in the three relay events.


Men's Tennis (beat Northwestern 9-0)

- The Concordia men’s tennis team opened the 2008 season by blanking Northwestern (Minn.) 9-0. It was the first shutout for the Cobbers since the 2005 season.

- In the match against Northwestern, senior Wills Wischer (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS). Did not lose a single game in either his doubles or singles match. He won 8-0 at No.1 doubles and then turned around to win 6-0, 6-0 at No.1 singles. It is the first time in the past 15 years that a CC player has accomplished that feat.


Women's Tennis (lost to Northwestern 5-4)

- Concordia opened the season by falling 5-4 to Northwestern (Minn.). The four individual match wins is more than they had in all but one match last season. Last year the Eagles finished second in the UMAC conference and did not graduate a player from the team that posted a school record for wins.

- Cobber sophomore Amy Freeman (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) started the year with a pair of wins. She teamed with Val Bostrom (Sr., Owatonna, Minn.) to win her No.3 doubles match 9-8 (7-2) and was victorious in her No.4 singles match (6-4, 6-1).

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
WBB - at St. Olaf - 5:45 p.m. | Live Audio

WR - at home vs. St. John's - 7 p.m. | Live Video

MBB - at St. Olaf - 7:30 p.m. | Live Audio

Friday, February 1, 2008
MH - at home vs. St. Thomas - 7 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at St. Thomas - 7 p.m.

MTN - vs. UW-Eau Claire at Sartell, Minn. - 8 p.m.

Saturday, February 2, 2008
WBB - at Macalester - 1 p.m. | Live Audio

MTN - vs. St. Scholastica at Sartell, Minn. - 1 p.m.

MH - at home vs. St. Thomas - 2 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at St. Thomas - 2 p.m.

MBB - at Macalester - 3 p.m. | Live Audio

MTR - at Bison Open - 3 p.m.

WTR - at Bison Open - 3 p.m.

MTN - vs. St. Cloud State at Sartell, Minn. - 4 p.m.

Sunday, February 3, 2008
WR - at home vs. SW Minnesota State - 1 p.m. | Live Video

WTN - vs. St. Scholastica at Sartell, Minn. - 1 p.m.

MTN - vs. St. Cloud State at Sartell, Minn. - 4 p.m.

Monday, February 4, 2008
WBB - at St. Kate's - 7:30 p.m. | Live Audio