2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
November 27, 2008

Picture of the Week: The Concordia basketball teams hosted MSU Moorhead in a doubleheader on Tuesday as the two schools tried to substitute basketball for football in the annual Power Bowl celebration. Sara Sorbo and John Fraase led the Cobbers against their crosstown rivals.

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November 27, 2008

Top Note
Women's Basketball

- Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman will be sidelined for six weeks due to surgery to have a benign tumor removed from her stomach. Rahman will have the surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and spend the next six weeks away from the team. During her absence assistant coach Rachel Bergeson will assume the head coaching duties.

Football (6-4/5-3 MIAC)
- Concordia junior defensive tackle Travis Aufderheide (New Ulm, Minn.) was named this year’s recipient of the Mike Stam Award which goes to the top lineman in the MIAC. Aufderheide becomes the fifth Cobber lineman in the past nine seasons to win the award. He had 4.5 sacks and 8.0 tackles for a loss in the team's 10 overall games. In conference play Aufderheide had 4.5 sacks and 7.0 tackles for a loss. He was fourth in the league in sacks and tied for seventh in tackles for a loss.

- Concordia senior running back Cory Johnson (Moorhead, Minn.) was named to the MIAC All-Conference First team. It is the fourth straight season he has earned MIAC All-Conference honors and the third time he has been name to the All-MIAC First team. Johnson finished the year with 1,028 rushing yards and became the sixth player in program history to run for over 1,000 yards in a single season. He ended his career with a school-record 3,452 rushing yards.

- The Cobbers had 16 players earn MIAC postseason honors. Concordia was a perfect 4-0 on the road in conference games this season.

Men's Basketball (1-1 - lost to MSU Moorhead 73-60)

- Concordia will celebrate Thanksgiving Day in the state of Washington. Concordia will play in the Pacific Lutheran Tournament in Tacoma, Wash. on Friday and Saturday. CC will play host Pacific Lutheran on Nov. 28 and then square off against Concordia University (Ore.) on Nov. 29. The Cobbers will then open MIAC play by playing at defending MIAC regular season champion on Dec. 3.

- Concordia head coach Rich Glas earned a win in his first game as head coach for the Cobbers on Tuesday. Glas, who is coaching in his 29th career season after spending 18 seasons at the University of North Dakota, recorded his 491st career victory against UM-Morris in CC’s 71-65 season-opening win.

- Sophomore forward John Fraase (Bismarck, N.D./Century HS) scored a career-high 24 points in his first career start against UM-Morris on Tuesday. He backed that up with 16 points in the team's loss to MSU Moorhead and is averaging 20.0 ppg this year.

Women's Basketball (1-2 - llost to Hope 81-71/beat Alma 72-45/

lost to MSU Moorhead 73-60)

- Concordia head coach Jessica Rahman will be sidelined for six weeks due to surgery to have a benign tumor removed from her stomach. Rahman will have the surgery on Tuesday, Nov. 25 and spend the next six weeks away from the team. During her absence assistant coach Rachel Bergeson will assume the head coaching duties.

- Concordia split their first two games of the season, losing 81-71 at No.8-ranked Hope College and then beating Alma College 72-45. In the second game the Cobbers held Alma to only 12 points in the second half. It is the fewest points given up by CC since they only allowed 10 in the first half against Macalester in the 2003-04 season.

- Cobber senior Jenna Freudenberg (Parkers Prairie, Minn.) scored 16 points in each of Concordia’s first two games of the season. For her efforts she was named to the Hope Tip-Off Tournament All-Tournament Team. She also led the team in rebounding, averaging 5.5 rebounds per game.

Men's Hockey (0-7-1/0-4-0 MIAC - lost to St. Mary's 6-5 OT/tied SMU 3-3 OT)

- Concordia snapped an 18-game losing streak on Saturday when they skated to a 3-3 overtime tie at St. Mary’s. The Cobbers’ losing skid started on Jan. 19 of last season.

- Concordia senior forward Alec Holen (Thief River Falls, Minn.) had a career weekend against St. Mary’s. Holen tallied seven points in the two-game series. On Friday night he had a goal and three assists and then on Saturday he scored a goal and added two assists. On the weekend he had a hand in seven of the team’s eight goals.

- Holen is currently second in the MIAC in scoring in conference games. He has eight points in the first four league games this year. He currently leads the MIAC in assists with six.

Women's Hockey (5-1-0 - beat St. Mary's 5-2/2-0)

- Concordia completed their second consecutive conference sweep of the season. The Cobbers beat St. Mary’s 5-2 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday to up their overall record to 5-1 on the year. It is the best start to a season since the 2002-03 campaign when they opened the year by going 5-0.

- Concordia is currently in the “others receiving votes” category in the latest USCHO Division III national poll. The Cobbers are the 13th ranked team in the nation. It represents the first time in program history they have been ranked among the national leaders.

- CC sophomore goalie Julie York (Bismarck, N.D.) posted her first shutout of the season on Saturday. York is tied for the league lead in winning percentage this season. She is 4-0 in her four starts in 2008-09. She is also second in the MIAC in save percentage (.960) and third in goals against average (1.00).

Swimming & Diving (finished 2nd at the Macalester Invite)

- Concordia finished in second place at the Macalester Invite on Saturday. It marked the second straight year that the Cobbers recorded a runner-up finish at the meet. CC scored 410 total team points and was only 32 points behind the team champion.

- Cobber junior diver Lauren Trudeau (Stillwater, Minn./Chisago Lakes HS) won the 1-meter competition at the Macalester Invite on Saturday. She finished with a total of 198.10 points. She was also second in the 3-meter event. Trudeau has also won the 1-meter events at the team’s dual meets with St. Thomas and Macalester.

- Concordia had a pair of swimmers earn third-place finishes at the Macalester Invite. Senior Shaina Fossum (Sr., Minnetonka, Minn.) was third in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 12:08.22 and third in the 200-yard butterfly in 2:36.81. Katie Coleman (So., Marshall, Minn.) also had a pair of third-place results. She went 5:47.90 in the 500-yard freestyle and 2:05.29 in the 200-yard freestyle.

Wrestling (hosted the Cobber Open)

- Concordia hosted the annual Cobber Open last Saturday. The Cobbers welcomed eight different teams and over a hundred wrestlers to the invitational. At the meet, CC had 16 wrestlers place in the top six of their weight class. Concordia had at least one wrestler make the top six in all 10 weight classes.

- Cobber sophomore Phil Moenkedick (Perhman, Minn.) remained unbeaten on the season. Monekedick was a perfect 3-0 at the Cobber Open to win the 184-lb weight class. He improved his overall season record to 8-0.

- Besides Moenkedick, CC All-American Tony Neumann (Willmar, Minn.) and freshman Daron Hohbein claimed wins in their weight classes. Neumann won the 197-lb weight class and Hohbein was the champion at 125. Neumann currently leads Concordia in wins this season. He is currently 9-2 on the year.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, November 28, 2008
MBB - at Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) - 10 p.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2008
MBB - vs. Concordia (Ore.) at Pacific Lutheran (Wash.) - 6 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008
WBB - at St. Thomas - 5:45 p.m. | Live Audio

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