2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
March 12, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia junior Tony Neumann (C) poses with assistant coach Dennis Katz (L)  and head coach Clay Nagel (R) after earning All-American honors at the NCAA DIII National Meet. He is the first CC wrestler to earn All-American honors since 1999.


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- Men's Basketball - Luke Linz (MIAC MVP), Erike Lien and Cody Dyshaw

- Women's Basketball - Melanie Hageman, Jenna Freudenberg, Sara Sorbo and Erica Nord


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March 12, 2008

Top Note
Wrestling

- Concordia junior Tony Neumann (Willmar, Minn.) earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III national Wrestling Meet this past weekend. He becomes the first Cobber All-American wrestler since 1999. Neumann was one of three Concordia wrestlers to compete at the national meet – the most since 1990.


Men's Basketball (End of Season- 13-13 overall/12-8 MIAC - 4th Place)
- Cobber senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player. He is the third Concordia men’s player to earn league VP honors and first since Garrett Byrne received the award in 1983. Linz was also the first player in program history to score 1,000 points and collect 500 rebounds.

- Concordia freshman Erik Lien (Moorhead, Minn.) was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. He is the first Cobber freshman to receive either MIAC All-Conference or All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Lien finished the year second on the team in scoring with a 9.9 points per game average. He averaged 10.4 points per game in league play. Lien led the team in free throw percentage. He shot 85.7% from the line in all games and 87.0% in conference games. He was tied for third on the team in rebounding in MIAC contests, grabbing 3.6 boards per game.


Women's Basketball (End of Season- 16-10 overall/15-7 MIAC - T4th Place)
- Concordia senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) was selected as a finalist for the WBCA All-American Team. Hageman was a member of the 2008 All-MIAC First Team and finished the year second in the MIAC in scoring in 2007-08. She was also in the top 11 in the MIAC in 5 different statistical categories. Hageman scored at least 20 points in eight different games this season and recorded six double-doubles on the year.

- Two other Cobber players received MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention honors. Jenna Freudenberg (Jr., Parkers Prairie, Minn.) and Sara Sorbo (So., Adams, N.D./Adams-Edmore HS) both received conference postseason honors. Freudenberg was second on the team in scoring and was third in the league in assist to turnover ratio (1.32), while Sorbo led the team third on the team in scoring and was fifth in the MIAC in steals per game.


Wrestling (Competed at the NCAA National Meet in Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

- Concordia junior Tony Neumann (Willmar, Minn.) earned All-American honors at the NCAA Division III national Wrestling Meet this past weekend. He becomes the first Cobber All-American wrestler since 1999. Neumann was one of three Concordia wrestlers to compete at the national meet – the most since 1990.

- With his two wins at the NCAA National Meet Neumann upped his overall season record to 32-17 on the season. he is the fourth Cobber wrestler to eanr 30 wins on the year. That is a school record for most 30-win wrestlers in a single season. The other three CC 30-win wrestlers were Phil Moenkedick (Fr., Perham, N.D.), Justin Berns (Fr., Perham, Minn.) and Lane Lunde (So., West Fargo, N.D.)

- Moenkedick finished the season with a 36-6 overall record. The 36 victories is the second best single-season total in prgoram history. Moenkedick was two wins shy of the record of 38 set by Mike Northcutt in 1989.


Men's Indoor Track and Field (8th at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet)

- Concordia senior Josh Smith (Sr., Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) was the top Cobber finisher at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet last weekend. Smith finished second in the 600-yard dash to earn All-Conference honors for the second straight season. Smith ran a 1:13.63 in the event which was only .01 of a second off the school record time set by Collin Beachy back in 1992. Smith also finished fourth in the 400 meters.

- Paul Westmark (Jr., Appleton, Wis.) broke the school record in the heptathlon at the MIAC Meet. Westmark recorded a final total of 4,479 points which eclipsed his own school record of 4,163 points set last year. Westmark also ran an 8.08 in the final heat of the 55-meter hurdles and finished sixth.

- Cobber junior Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) posted a career best in the shot put at the MIAC Indoor Meet. Oehlers uncorked a distance of 50-8.00 in the preliminary heat of the event. His mark earned him fourth-place honors and was the fourth farthest distance in school history.


Women's Indoor Track and Field (4th at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet)

- Concordia finished fourth at the recently completed MIAC Indoor track and Field Championship marking the fifth time in the past six seasons they have finished in the top four of the conference.

- Concordia sophomore Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) qualified for the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Meet in the high jump. Kay had provisionally qualified for the event with a height of 5-5.00 but was then notified by the NCAA office that she will be one of 17 contestants in the event at the meet. Kay finished third in the high jump at the MIAC Meet and also placed second in the pentathlon and eighth in the long jump.

- Cobber freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) was the only CC athlete to win an event at this year’s conference indoor meet. Brenden ran a 10:36.44 in the 3000 meters and won the event by almost four seconds. Brenden was an All-Region cross country athlete in the fall.


Men's Tennis (5-6/0-2 MIAC; lost at St. Mary's 8-1)

- Concordia freshman Matt Edin (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) earned the only victory in the Cobbers’ loss at St. Mary’s on Sunday. Edin, the team’s No.2 singles player, has won three straight singles matches and five of his past six. He is currently 6-5 on the year after starting his collegiate career 1-4.

- The Cobbers had their two-match winning streak come to an end on Sunday when they lost at St. Mary’s. CC had won four of its previous five matches before the setback in Winona. Concordia will be looking to pick up their first conference victory when they host St. Olaf on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 8 a.m. at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D.


Women's Tennis (2-5/0-2 MIAC; lost at St. Mary's 9-0)

- Concordia will host St. Olaf on Sunday, Mar. 16 at 8 a.m. at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D. The Cobbers are 0-2 in the MIAC this season and 2-5 overall.


Baseball (0-0)

- Concordia will open their 2008 season next week when they head to Arizona to play 10 games in five days in the Mesa area. It is the first time that the Cobbers have gone to Arizona for their annual spring break trip. Concordia will open the year against Hope (Mich.) who won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last year and received votes in the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division III preseason poll.


Fastpitch Softball (0-4)

- Concordia opened the 2008 season by playing four games at the Augsburg Tournament last weekend. The Cobbers went 0-4 against two of the top teams from the WIAC conference. CC junior Laura Johnson (Rochester, Minn./Mayo HS) led the team with a pair of hits. Senior Amanda Johnson (Grey Eagle, Minn./Long Prairie-Grey Eagle) had the only extra-base hit of the weekend for Concordia.

- The Cobbers will head to Florida next week for their annual spring break trip. CC will play 10 games in five days in Fort Myers, Fla. Four of the games in Florida will be held at the Lee County Complex which is the spring training home for the Minnesota Twins.


This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, March 14, 2008
WTR - at NCAA Championship Meet at Ohio Northern - 5:30 p.m.


Sunday, Mar. 16, 2008
MTN - vs. St. Olaf at Courts Plus - 8 a.m.
WTN - vs. St. Olaf at Courts Plus - 8 a.m.

SB - vs. Carroll in Fort Myers, Fla. - 1 p.m.

SB - vs. SUNY-New Paltz in Fort Myers, Fla. - 3 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 17, 2008
SB - vs. Fitchburg State (Md.) in Fort Myers, Fla. - 9 a.m.

SB - vs. Richard Stockton in Fort Myers, Fla. - 11 a.m.

BS - vs. Hope (Mich.) (2) in Mesa, Ariz. - Noon

Tuesday, Mar. 18, 2008
BS - vs. Knox (Ill.) (2) in Mesa, Ariz. - Noon
SB - vs. Albright in Fort Myers, Fla. - 3 p.m.

SB - vs. Keene State in Fort Myers, Fla. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 19, 2008
SB - vs. Bowdoin in Fort Myers, Fla. - 9 a.m.

SB - vs. Illinois College in Fort Myers, Fla. - 11 a.m.