2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
February 18, 2009

Picture of the Week: Concordia radio broadcaster Larry Knutson will receive the Mike Augustin MIAC Media Award on Wednesday. The award is given annually to recognize a media member for outstanding contributions to Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athletic programs.

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February 18, 2009

Top Note
- Longtime Concordia radio play-by-play broadcaster Larry Knutson will receive the Mike Augustin MIAC Media Award on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at halftime of the Cobber men’s basketball game against St. Mary’s. Knutson has broadcast Concordia athletic events for over 25 years. He is one of the most respected broadcasters in the league and the region. The award is given annually to recognize a media member for outstanding contributions to Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference athletic programs.

Men's Basketball (9-14/6-12 MIAC - beat Macalester 78-60)

- Concordia first-year head coach Rich Glas will go for his 500th career win on Wednesday when the Cobbers host St. Mary’s. Glas has 499 career wins in his 28-plus year collegiate career. He is now 499-316 in his career that spans stints at UM-Morris, Willamette (Ore.) and 18 years at the University of North Dakota.

- Concordia sophomore John Fraase (Bismarck, N.D.) is averaging a double-double this season. Fraase is averaging 14.9 points and 10.7 rebounds on the year. Fraase is on pace to likely become the only players in Concordia history to average more than 10 points and 10 rebounds in a single season. He is also threatening to break the Cobber record for average rebounds in a season which is 10.9 set in 1957-58 by Art Johnson.

- The Cobbers beat Macalester 78-60 on Wednesday. The 78 points scored by CC is a season-high in conference and the second highest total all season long. Concordia posted 84 points in a win at Pacific Lutheran at the start of the year.

Women's Basketball (16-7/15-5 MIAC - beat Macalester 71-57/

lost to St. Kate's 80-73)

- Concordia will host the annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game on Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 5:45 p.m. when they play St. Mary's. The game is part of the national "Pink Zone" campaign to raise awareness and money for the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund. The Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund is named in honor of former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow who died of cancer in January. She was also a founding member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, and a galvanizing voice for the Association. Fans will be able to purchase commemorative t-shirts, donate to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund and sign up for prizes to be given out throughout the contest.

- Concordia senior guard Jenna Freudenberg (Parkers Prairie, Minn.) became the 22nd player in the history of the women’s basketball program to surpass the 1,000 point mark in a career. Freudenberg achieved the milestone on Wednesday against Macalester. She now has 1,033 points and is 20th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

- Concordia needs to win their final two regular-season games to clinch the No.2 seed in the upcoming conference playoffs. The Cobbers are currently tied with St. Thomas for second place at 15-5. By virtue of CC’s sweep over the Tommies in the regular season they hold the tie-breaker if the two teams should tie for second place. Concordia is assured of finishing no worse than fourth place.

Men's Hockey (3-20-2/1-13-2 MIAC - split with Gustavus W 3-1 & L 1-8)

- Concordia senior Alec Holen (Thief River Falls, Minn.) scored the team’s lone goal in the Cobbers’ final game of the 2008-09 season. The point pushed him into a tie for the team lead in scoring and allowed Holen to finish the year with 20 points – the second time in his career that he has scored at least 20 points.

- The Cobbers posted a 3-1 win over Gustavus on Friday. The win snapped a 13-game winless streak against the Gusties. In the victory, sophomore goalie Joe Duncan (Moorhead, Minn.) earned his first collegiate win.

Women's Hockey (10-9-4/7-6-3 MIAC - swept at #1 Gustavus 7-0 & 5-0)

- Concordia finishes off the regular season by playing a series at St. Kate’s on Friday and Saturday. The Cobbers can clinch their second consecutive playoff berth by winning one of the two games or with a loss by St. Ben’s against Hamline.

Swimming & Diving (competes at the MIAC Meet this weekend)

- Concordia will compete in the MIAC Championship Meet this weekend. The Cobbers have six divers ranked in the top 12 in the 1-meter diving competition in the conference and all six are ranked in the top 10 in the 3-meter. The diving team is led by the tandem of Lauren Trudeau (Jr., Stillwater, Minn./Chisago Lakes HS) and Amy Glubzinski (So., Novi, Mich.). Both athletes are ranked in the top seven at each board.

- The Cobber swimming crew is led by sophomore Katie Coleman (Marshall, Minn.). She is currently ranked in the top 20 in the conference in the 200-yard backstroke and the 1650-yard freestyle and is also ranked 22nd in both the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Coleman is coming off a pair of multiple-team invites where she posted a trio of top five finishes.

#8 Wrestling (did not compete)

- Concordia's will compete at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional held at Concordia University in Mequon, Wis. on Saturday, Feb. 21. The top two wrestlers in each weight class at the regional meet earn a spot at the NCAA Tournament Meet. There are also several wild card invitations to the national meet for wrestlers that do not finish in the top two. The Cobbers are hoping to get as many as five wrestlers into the NCAA Meet. CC has never had more than three wrestlers compete at nationals.

- Concordia sophomore Phil Moenkedick (So., Perham, Minn.) will be looking to extend his unbeaten streak at regionals. Moenkedick is unbeaten on the year and is now 28-0 on the year.

- Justin Berns (So., Perham, Minn.) will be trying to chase down history at the regional meet. Berns is now 35-11 on the year and is three wins shy of the school record of wins in a single season.  The program record of 38 wins was set by Mike Northcutt in 1988-89.

Men's Tennis (1-4/0-2 MIAC - lost to Gustavus 9-0/lost to St. Thomas 9-0)

- Cobber sophomore Matt Edin (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) earned his team-leading third win of the season in singles play in the team’s loss against St. Thomas on Sunday. He was the only CC player to earn a point in the match. Edin is now 3-2 on the year.

- Concordia will have a an extended break due to mid-semester break. The Cobbers will return to action on Mar. 6 when they play at Hamline at 4:30 p.m.

Women's Tennis (1-1 - lost to St. Thomas 6-3)

- Concordia freshman Andrea Rognlien (Fr., Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) won her second straight match at No.1 singles for the Cobbers in the team’s 6-3 loss against St. Thomas on Sunday. She is now 2-0 on the season.

- The Cobbers fell 6-3 to St. Thomas on Sunday which marked a huge improvement for CC over the past two seasons against UST. Last season Concordia lost 9-0 to the Tommies and in 2007 they fell 8-1.

- Concordia will now head south for their spring trip over mid-semester break. The Cobbers will play four matches in Orlando, Fla. beginning on Feb. 22.

Men's Track & Field (competed at the SJU Alumni Meet)

- Concordia competed at the St. John’s Alumni Meet on Saturday. The Cobbers won five events at the meet.

- Marly Simmons (Jr, Detroit Lakes, Minn.) posted the most impressive win of the day by capturing the 55-meter hurdles in a time of 7.9 seconds. Freshman David Beery (Belgrade, Mont.) was the most decorated Cobber of the day as he won three events. He won the 400 meters in a time of 52.91. He also took the long jump with a distance of 20-09.25 and was part of the winning 4x400-meter relay team (Beery, Eric Juven, Paul Shol and Simmons). The quartet ran away from the field with a time of 3:34.79.

Women's Track & Field (beat St. Ben's 86-81)

- Concordia beat St. Ben’s 86-81 in a dual meet on Saturday. The Cobbers won seven events and had several other runner-up finishes in the win over the Blazers.

- At the St. Ben’s Dual Meet senior Brittney Christianson (Glenburn, N.D.) was one of the top CC athletes. She posted a season best in the 1000 meters and won the event in a time of 3:13.76. She also finished second in the mile with a season-best time of 5:21.62. That time is the seventh best in school history.

- Also at the CSB Meet, Alexa Kleingartner (So., West Fargo, N.D.) ran an 8.99 in the 55-meter hurdles and won the event by over .50 seconds. She also had a season-best in the 55 meters and finished third. For Kleingartner it was her third straight week with a top five finish in a hurdle event.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
WBB - at home vs. St. Mary's - 5:45 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MBB - at home vs. St. Mary's - 7:30 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Thursday, February 19, 2009
SW&D - at MIAC Championship Meet at U of M - 10:30 a.m.

SW&D - at MIAC Championship Meet at U of M - 6:30 p.m.


Friday, February 20, 2009
SW&D - at MIAC Championship Meet at U of M - 10:30 a.m.

SW&D - at MIAC Championship Meet at U of M - 6:30 p.m.

WH - at St. Kate's - 7:05 p.m. 

Saturday, February 21, 2009
WR - at NCAA Great Lakes Regional at Concordia University - 9 a.m.

SW&D - at MIAC Championship Meet at U of M - 10:30 a.m.

MTR - at St. John's Quadrangular - Noon

WTR - at St. Ben's Quadrangular at St. John's - Noon

WH - at Gustavus - 2:05 p.m. 

WBB - at home vs. St. Olaf - 1 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MBB - at home vs. St. Olaf - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

SW&D - at MIAC Championship Meet at U of M - 6:30 p.m.