2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
October 15, 2008

Picture of the Week: The Concordia Athletic Department inducted two individuals and a National Championship Team into the Hall of Fame on Saturday. Pictured above: top - 1987-88 Women's Basketball DIII National Championship Team; bottom (L-R) - Jeff Neil, Steve Baumgartner

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This Week's Cobber MIAC Athletes of the Week

Men's Soccer: Justin Foss

Volleyball: Jenna Green

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Football: vs. St. Thomas

Men's Soccer: vs. Hamline

Women's Soccer: vs. Hamline

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October 15, 2008

Top Note

- Two individuals and one national championship team were inducted into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday during the annual Homecoming celebration. Longtime men’s hockey coach Steve Baumgartner ’82 and wrestling great Jeff Neil ’85 as well as the 1987-88 women’s basketball NCAA Division III National Championship Team earned the department’s highest honor. Baumgartner amassed over 200 career wins and was named the MIAC Coach of the Year on three occasions, while Neil was a three-time MIAC champion wrestler and was named the Most Outstanding wrestler in the MIAC in 1983 and 1985. The 1987-88 women’s basketball championship team went 29-2, won the MIAC championship and then won five straight national playoff games to win the title. They still hold MIAC record for most points scored in a single season. Three-time MIAC MVP and current Philadelphia Phillie Chris Coste was also elected to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this year but he is currently playing in the National League Championship Series against the LA Dodgers. Details...

Football (3-2/2-1 MIAC - lost to St. Thomas 14-13)
- Concordia senior running back Cory Johnson (Moorhead, Minn.) needs only 19 more rushing yards to become the first player in Concordia history to rush for 3,000 yards in a career. After Johnson’s 180-yard performance against St. Thomas on Saturday, Johnson has 2,981 career rushing yards. He already holds the school record for rushing yards in a career.

- Johnson currently leads the MIAC in rushing, averaging 127.0 yards per game in the team’s first three conference games. He is also averaging 111.40 yards per game in all five games and ranks 37th nationally in that category.

- As a team the Cobbers are averaging 246.00 rushing yards per game and are leading the MIAC in rushing. CC is currently ranked 19th in the country in rushing yards per game.

Volleyball (16-2/5-1 MIAC - beat Central 3-0/beat Simpson 3-1/

beat Coe 3-0/beat Wartburg 3-0)

National Ranking - 13th in the latest AVCA Poll
- Concordia head coach Tim Mosser earned his 300th career win on Friday when the Cobbers’ beat Simpson College 3-1 in the annual Border battle Tournament. Mosser is now 302-181 in his 15-plus seasons at Concordia. Mosser is the winningest active solo coach in the conference and the all-time winningest solo coach in the history of the league.

- Concordia won all four matches at the Border Battle Tournament over the weekend. The Cobbers also had the best set record of any team in the tournament to earn the mythical tournament championship. CC is now 19-1 in the past five Border Battle Tournaments - the best mark of any school in the MIAC or IIAC during that time.

- Concordia freshman Jenna Green (Dilworth, Minn./Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton HS) was named to the Border Battle All-Tournament Team. She led the Cobbers with 46 kills in the four matches. She hit .243 and had eight total blocks. Green had at least seven kills in all four matches and had a tournament high 16 kills against Coe on Saturday. The 16 kills tied a career high for Green.

Men's Soccer (6-8-0/2-6-0 MIAC - beat Hamline 3-0/beat Jamestown 2-0)
- Concordia beat Hamline 3-0 on Saturday and Jamestown 2-0 on Tuesday. The Cobbers have now scored 24 goals in their 14 games this season. That total is the most since the team scored 40 in 2001.

- Cobber senior Justin Foss (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) scored two goals in CC’s 3-0 over the Pipers on Saturday and one in the team's win over Jamestown. He now has a team-leading nine goals on the year and has scored at least one goal in six of the past seven games. During that time he has a pair of two-goal games. His nine goals on the season are the most by a Concordia player since Dustin Allard had 11 in 2001.

- Cobber sophomore Marco Riboli (Bergamo, Italy) continues to lead the MIAC in assists. He now has 11 assists on the year and became only the third player in program history to reach the 10-assist plateau for a season. Riboli needs seven more assists to tie the school record of 16 set by Todd Hashbarger in 1997.

Women's Soccer (9-2-3/5-2-2 MIAC - beat Hamline 3-2)
- Concordia overcame a 2-0 deficit against Hamline and posted a 3-2 win. The two-goal deficit represents the largest deficit overcome to win a game in the history of the program.

- Cobber sophomore Susan Obermiller (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) is tied for the conference lead in assists in conference games. Obermiller had a goal and two assists in CC’s come-from-behind win over the Pipers and now has four assists in league play this year.

- Concordia is second in the MIAC in shots, points, goals and assists in conference games. The Cobbers have taken 122 shots in their first nine league games of the year. They also have 32 points, 10 goals and 12 assists during that time.

Men's Cross Country  (Did Not Compete)

Women's Cross Country   (Did Not Compete)

Men's Golf  (finished 7th at the MIAC Championship Meet)

Women's Golf (finished 6th at the MIAC Championship Meet)


Former Concordia great and three-time MIAC MVP Chris Coste has a chance to become only the second player in the history of the MIAC to play in the World Series. Coste is currently a catcher for the Philadelphia Phillies who are playing the LA Dodgers in the national League Championship series. Coste, who hit .263 during the regular season, went 1-for-1 on Sunday in his only appearance to date in the championship series.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, October 15, 2008
VB - at home vs. Hamline - 7 p.m. | Live Video | Live Stats

Thursday, October 16, 2008

WS - at Jamestown - 7 p.m.

Saturday, October 18, 2008
FB - at Augsburg - 1 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats

MXC - at Crown College Invite - 10:30 a.m.

WXC - at Crown College Invite - 10:30 a.m.

Monday, October 20, 2008
MS - at Benedictine (Ill.) - 7 p.m.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
WS - at Augustana (Ill.) -  1 p.m.