2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
February 27, 2008

Picture of the Week: A pair of longtime Concordia coaches made their final appearance behind the bench this past week. Men's basketball coach Duane Siverson and men's hockey coach Steve Baumgartner are resigning after spending countless hours at practice and many years of dedication to their individual programs.

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Men's Basketball: vs. St. Mary's | vs. Bethel (MIAC Quarterfinals)

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

Women's Hockey: vs. Gustavus

Men's Tennis: vs. UM-Morris

Women's Tennis: vs. UM-Morris

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February 27, 2008

Top Note

- Concordia finished third at the recently completed NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday. That is a huge jump from the 13th-place finish the Cobbers had last year. In addition to the giant leap in the team standings, Concordia also qualified three individual wrestlers for the NCAA National Meet on Mar. 7-8. It is the first time since 2000-01 that the Cobbers have had a wrestler qualify for the national meet and first time since the 1997-98 campaign that they had more than one national qualifier.

Men's Basketball (13-13/12-8 MIAC - beat St. Thomas 67-57/beat St. Mary's 84-77/lost to Bethel 75-64 - MIAC Quarterfinals)
Concordia senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) averaged 21.0 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists last week and helped the Cobbers clinch the No.4 seed in the MIAC Tournament. For his efforts he was named the MIAC Co-Player of the Week. Linz had 30 points against St. Mary’s on Saturday, marking the third time this season he has scored at least 30 points in a game.

- Concordia made its first trip to the conference playoffs since the 2004-05 season. The Cobbers made its seventh overall appearance in the MIAC playoffs since the league adopted a postseason tournament back in 1984-85. CC was 4-5 in the previous six trips to the conference playoffs

- Concordia finished the MIAC regular season by leading the league in field goal percentage defense and finishing second in blocked shots per game. The Cobbers held opponents to 42.4% from the field in their 20 conference games. CC also blocked 3.40 shots per game.

Women's Basketball (16-10/15-7 MIAC - lost to St. Thomas 69-63/beat St. Mary's 65-40/lost at Carleton 62-61 - MIAC Quarterfinals)
- Concordia finished the season by earning its sixth consecutive trip to the MIAC playoffs. The Cobbers ended the year with a 16-10 overall record and a 15-7 mark in the MIAC. It is the the 25th consecutive season that Concordia has won at least 10 games in MIAC play. The Cobbers are the only school in the MIAC that has posted 25 consecutive double-digit win seasons in league play.

- The Cobbers finished second in the MIAC in scoring in conference games. Concordia averaged 71.0 points per game in league play and scored over 70 points in 14 of the 22 league games this year.

- Senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) finished her illustrious career by scoring 15 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the Cobbers’ season-ending playoff loss at Carleton. It was her sixth double-double of the season and 18th of her career. She had six in each of her last three seasons. Hageman finishes her four years with 1,625 points and 690 rebounds. She is fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list and eighth on the rebounding chart.

Men's Hockey  (1-23-1/0-15-1 MIAC - lost at Gustavus 6-1/lost at Gustavus 10-1)

- Concordia sophomore goalie Mike Persson (Regina, Sask.) set a school record for most saves in a single game in the team’s series with Gustavus. On Friday night Persson stopped 61 shots to eclipse the old mark of 57 set by Dave Morinville in 1976 and duplicated by Kevin Sorenson in 1978.

- Cory Johnson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) scored a goal in the final game of the season to capture the team’s goal-scoring title for 2007-08. Johnson finished the year with seven goals and six assists for 13 points. He was third on the team in overall scoring.

- Cobber juniors Ryan Clukey (Moorhead, Minn.) and Alec Holen (Thief River Falls, Minn.) ended the year tied for the team lead in scoring. Clukey had four goals and 12 assists for 16 points, while Holen collected 3 goals and 13 assists for 16 points.

Women's Hockey (10-11-2/10-6-2 MIAC - lost to Gustavus 3-0/lost to GAC 7-1)
- Concordia will be playing in its first conference playoff game since the 2002-03 season when they square off against St. Thomas in the MIAC semifinals in St. Paul on Saturday. The Cobbers are making their third overall appearance in the playoffs. They are 1-2 in their previous two trips and have never advanced past the semifinals.

- Concordia juniors Bre Bian (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.) tied for the team lead in scoring during the regular season. Both players finished with 17 points on the year. Bian had seven goals and 10 assists, while Dahl collected six goals and 11 assists. Both point totals are career highs for Bian and Dahl.

- The Cobbers had their penalty-kill streak ended in the final game of the regular season. Concordia had successfully killed off 37 straight power play attempts before nationally-ranked Gustavus finally scored on the man-advantage situation in the third period of Saturday’s game. The streak encompassed 12 games and CC had not allowed a power play goal since before Christmas break.

Swimming and Diving (9th at the MIAC Championships)

- The Concordia 4x400-meter relay team broke the school record at the recently completed MIAC Championship Meet. What makes the feat even more remarkable is that all four members are freshmen. The quartet of Sarah Ament (Park Rapids, Minn.), Katie Coleman (Marshall, Minn.), Whitney Walters (Albert Lea, Minn.) and Aleina Weisz (Williston, N.D.) swam a school-record 3:45.82 and finished seventh. The all-freshman team broke the old program record of 3:46.47 set in 2005.

Wrestling (3rd at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional at SJU)

- Concordia finished third at the recently completed NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Saturday. That is a huge jump from the 13th-place finish the Cobbers had last year. In addition to the giant leap in the team standings, Concordia also qualified three individual wrestlers for the NCAA National Meet on Mar. 7-8. It is the first time since 2000-01 that the Cobbers have had a wrestler qualify for the national meet and first time since the 1997-98 campaign that they had more than one national qualifier.

- The Cobbers had three individual wrestlers qualify for the national meet. Ben Anderson (Fr., Frazee, Minn.), Phil Moenkedick (Fr., Perham, N.D.) and Tony Neumann (Jr., Willmar, Minn.) all finished in the top two of their weight class to earn the trip to nationals. Anderson went 4-1 in the 141-lb weight class and won the true second place match to earn his trip, while Neumann was also 4-1 at 197 and won his true second place match.

- Moenkedick became the first wrestler in program history to win a weight class title at the regional meet on Saturday. He went 4-0 at 174 and had two pin falls along the way. Prior to the 2002-03 season, individuals qualified by earning a spot through the MIAC Championships. Moenkedick started his title run with a pair of pin falls. He then scored a major decision over fourth-ranked Greg Schroeder in the semifinals. In the championship match he earned a two-point decision at 6-4 over George Lynaugh of Augsburg. With his four wins in the regional, Moenkedick has now won 36 matches on the year and is only two wins away from tying the school's single season record of 38 set by Mike Northcutt in 1988-89.

Men's Indoor Track and Field (hosted the Cobber Open)

- The Concordia 4x400-meter relay team of Josh Smith (Sr., Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS), Paul Westmark (Jr., Appleton, Wis.), Dusten Olejnicak (Sr., Brainerd, Minn.) and Michael Dunn (Fr., Fargo, N.D./Oak Grive HS) continue to near the school record. On Friday, the quartet clocked a 3:25.25 in the Cobber Open. That time is only .39 of a second off the record time set last year at the MIAC Meet.

- Smith also continued his string of outstanding performances in the 600 meters. In the Cobber Open he ran a 1:24.24 to win the event. His time is currently the third fastest in the MIAC. Smith is the defending champion in the 600-yard dash.

- Concordia junior Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) had his best shot put competition of the year on Friday at the Cobber Open. Oehlers recorded a season-best distance of 48-9.0 which earned him a second-place finish at the meet. That mark is currently the fifth best in the MIAC this year.

Women's Indoor Track and Field (hosted the Cobber Open)

- Two Concordia athletes recorded top ten school marks at the Cobber Open on Friday. Sarah Peterson (Fr., Moorhead, Minn.) recorded a height of 8-06.00 in the pole vault. That mark ties the 10th best height in school history. Junior Katlin Anderson (Lisbon, N.D.) posted a jump of 5-03.25 in the high jump to finish in a tie for first place in the event. That mark is fifth best in school history.

- Cobber freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) won two events at the Cobber Open. She clocked a 5:23.93 and won the mile by almost five seconds. She also won the 3000 meters in a time of 10:40.50. Her 3000-meter time is currently the eighth fastest in the MIAC this year.

Men's Tennis (lost at Gustavus 9-0/beat UM-Morris 9-0/beat Hanover (Ind.) 6-3/lost to Mount St. Mary's 8-1)

- Concordia split their opening two matches on their spring trip to Orlando, Fla. on Sunday and Monday. The Cobbers defeated Hanover (Ind.) 6-3 on Sunday and then lost to NCAA Division I opponent Mount St. Mary’s (Md.) 8-1 on Monday.

- Cobber senior Wills Wischer (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS) won both his No.1 singles matches in Florida. Wischer now leads the team in singles wins with five. He is 5-2 on the year and has a two-match winning streak.

- Cobber freshman Peter Zender (Litchfield, Minn.) had two wins over UM-Morris. He won 6-0, 6-0 at No.4 singles and then teamed with David Bloomquist (Fr., Spicer, Minn./New London-Spicer HS) to win 8-0 at No.2 doubles.

Women's Tennis (lost at Gustavus 9-0/beat UM-Morris 9-0)

- Concordia beat UM-Morris 9-0 to earn their second win of the season. The two wins is one more than they had in all last season and ties the total for most wins in a season since CC went 6-8 in 2003. The 9-0 win for Concordia marks the first time since the 1998 season that they have swept an opponent 9-0.

- In the match against the Cougars, Concordia played 12 different players. The Cobbers lost only lost only nine games in the entire six-match singles play. CC then turned around and used six new players in doubles and did not lose a single game in the three matches.

- Cobber freshman Melanie Gail (Madison, Minn./Lac Qui Parle Valley HS) won her team-leading fourth singles match of the season on Sunday. Gail is now 4-2 on the year and has posted victories against opponents from NCAA Division II schools MSU Moorhead and St. Cloud State.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, February 27, 2008
MTN - vs. Emory & Henry in Orlando, Fla. - 1 p.m.

Thursday, February 28, 2008
MTN - vs. Univ. of Puerto Rico in Orlando, Fla. - 12:30 p.m.

Friday, February 29, 2008
WTR - at St. Olaf Invite

Saturday, Mar. 1, 2008
MTR - at St. Olaf Invite - Noon

WH - at St. Thoomas - MIAC Quarterfinals - 3 p.m.