2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
April 16, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia athletic director Dr. Larry Papenfuss (L) presents new men's hockey head coach Chris Howe with a Concordia wind jacket during the press conference to announce the hiring.

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April 16, 2008

Top Note
Men's Hockey

- Concordia Athletic Director Dr. Larry Papenfuss announced that Chris Howe will be the new head coach for the Cobber men’s hockey team. Howe has spent the past five seasons as the top assistant at St. John’s University. Howe becomes only the third coach in program history since the 1968-69 season. During his five seasons at St. John’s, the Johnnies won two MIAC championships and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2005. The St. John’s team compiled a 83-40-10 record during his tenure and earned a spot in the MIAC playoffs in four of the five seasons. In addition to his duties as assistant coach at St. John’s, Howe is the Alternative School Director at Sartell High School in Sartell, Minn. Before coming to St. John’s, Howe served as a volunteer assistant coach for St. Cloud State University under head coach Craig Dahl.


Baseball (10-7/3-3 MIAC; lost to Gustavus 9-8 & 3-1/split at Macalester 5-4 & 17-12)

- Cobber catcher Kyle Johnson (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS) extended his hitting streak to 11 games in the Cobbers’ doubleheader with Macalester on Tuesday. Johnson went 3-for-8 in the series. He had two hits in the opener against the Scots and has now had eight multiple-hit games this year.

- Junior pitcher Scott Schumacher (Thompson, N.D.) did not allow an earned run against Gustavus on Sunday and lowered his team-leading ERA to 1.61. He has only allowed four earned runs in his first 22.1 innings of the season.

- Concordia has a team ERA of 4.51. They are currently in the top four in the MIAC in pitching. Last year the Cobbers had a combined team ERA of 6.28.

Fastpitch Softball (5-17/2-6 MIAC; lost to St. Kate's 11-3 & 10-3/lost to Augsburg 4-0 & 5-4/swept Carleton 8-3 & 9-0)

- Concordia freshman shortstop Jamie Odden hit her second collegiate home run in the second game of the Cobbers’ series against Augsburg on Sunday. Odden has two extra-base hits on the year and both are round-trippers.

- Cobber pitcher Erin Johnson (Fargo, N.D./West Fargo HS) has started 18 of the team’s 20 games this season. She has also pitched in 97 of the entire 123 innings this year. In MIAC play, she has started seven of the eight games and has pitched all but 10 innings.

Men's Tennis (8-10/2-6 MIAC; beat Macalester 7-2/beat Hamline 8-1)

- Concordia won their first two conference matches of the season by claiming a 7-2 win over Macalester and an 8-1 decision over Hamline.

- The Cobbers are now 5-1 at home this season.

- Concordia senior Wills Wischer (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS) won his 10th singles match of the season in the Cobbers' win over the Pipers. It is the first time in his career that he has earned 10 singles wins in a season. He is now 10-6 on the year.

Women's Tennis (5-11/1-8 MIAC; lost 5-4 to Macalester/beat Hamline 5-4/beat MSU Moorhead 7-2)

- Concordia ended their four-year MIAC winless streak on Sunday when they edged Hamline 5-4. The last time the Cobbers won a conference match was back in 2004 when they defeated Macalester 5-4. The streak reached 40 matches before the big win on Sunday.

- Cobber freshman Melanie Gail (Madison, Minn./Lac Qui Parle Valley HS) won her No.5 singles match 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday against MSU Moorhead. It was her team-leading 10th win of the season. She becomes the first Cobber to win 10 singles matches in a year since the 1995 season when Heather Sandberg led the team with 12 victories.

Men's Outdoor Track and Field (competed in the Bison Open)

- Concordia junior Tom Flynn (Shelby, Mont.) and sophomore Xavier Carroll (El Cajon, Calif./Grossmont HS) were named the MIAC Men’s Track and Field Athletes of the Week on Monday. It is the first time in over 10 years that Concordia has swept the outdoor track and field weekly awards.

- Flynn earned his award for finishing in second place in the javelin at the Bison Open on Sunday. Flynn posted a mark of 185-01, which is a personal best by over 14 feet and is less than three feet away from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Meet. The distance is also the second best in the MIAC this season. Last year Flynn's top mark was 170-0 at the Jamestown Open. He finished fourth in the MIAC in the javelin in 2007 and was runner-up in his freshman season in 2006.

- Carroll ran a 22.85 in the 200-meter dash and placed third at the Bison Open. That time is the fifth best in the conference this season and is almost one second faster than his best time in all of last season. In 2007, Carroll posted a season best of 23.68 at the Cobber Twilight on Apr. 17.

Women's Outdoor Track and Field (competed in the Bison Open)

- Cobber sophomore Kristin Slette (Moorhead, Minn.) was one of three Concordia athletes to post a third-place finish at the highly competitive Bison Open on Sunday. Slette ran a 59.24 in the 400 meters.

- The other Concordia third-place finishers at the Bison Open were Anna Hagen (So., East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Kristen Warren (Fr., Oakes, N.D.). Hagen posted a time of 2:26.79 in the 800 meters and Warren recorded a distance of 126-04. For Warren that was a season best. That mark is only six inches away from provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Meet.

- Concordia hosted the annual Cobber Twilight Meet on Tuesday, Apr. 15. The meet was larger than usual because of all the weather cancellations. There was athletes from over 20 teams at the meet.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, Apr. 17, 2008
SB - at St. Thomas - 4 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 18, 2008
MTR - at Kansas Relays - 9 a.m.

WTR - at Kansas Relays - 9 a.m.

Saturday, Apr. 19, 2008
MTR - at Kansas Relays - 9 a.m.

WTR - at Kansas Relays - 9 a.m.

SB - at home vs. Macalester - 1 p.m. | Live Stats

BS - at St. John's - 1 p.m.
MTR - at UM-Morris Invite

WTR - at UM-Morris Invite

Sunday, Apr. 20, 2008
BS - at home vs. St. Olaf - 1 p.m. | Live Stats

SB - at home vs. Hamline - 1 p.m. | Live Stats

WTN - at home at Carleton - 2 p.m.

MTN - at home at Carleton - 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Apr. 22, 2008
BS - at Bethel - 2:30 p.m.