2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
March 4, 2009

Picture of the Week: Senior guard Jenna Freudenberg takes the ball to the basket through a corridor of St. Thomas players in the Cobbers' win in the semifinals of the MIAC playoffs last week.


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March 4, 2009

Top Note
Women's Basketball
- Concordia earned one of the 20 at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament it was announced on Monday. The Cobbers will be making their 16th appearance in the NCAA playoffs when they square off against Concordia University (Wis.) on Friday, Mar. 6 at 5 p.m. at UW-Stevens Point. Concordia is 20-15 in their previous 15 tournament appearances and won the NCAA National Championship in 1988.


Men's Basketball (11-14/7-12 MIAC - END OF SEASON)


Women's Basketball (19-8/17-5 MIAC - beat St. Thomas 70-61/

lost to St. Ben's 48-57 - MIAC Championship Game)

- Concordia earned one of the 20 at-large bids into the NCAA Tournament it was announced on Monday. The Cobbers will be making their 16th appearance in the NCAA playoffs when they square off against Concordia University (Wis.) on Friday, Mar. 6 at 5 p.m. at UW-Stevens Point. Concordia is 20-15 in their previous 15 tournament appearances and won the NCAA National Championship in 1988.

- Any fans planning to attend the Concordia women's basketball team's first round playoff game against Concordia (Wis.) on Friday, Mar. 6 at UW-Stevens Point must buy their tickets in advance. The arena at UW-Stevens Point only holds 900 people and all tickets will be sold prior to Friday night's game.
Fans can call the Stevens Point ticket office at (715) 346-4100 to purchase tickets. Fans that just show up Friday might be turned away since they expect a sellout. Game time is 5 p.m.

- Concordia senior guard Jenna Freudenberg (Parkers Prairie, Minn.) has scored in double figures in all but one of the team’s 27 games this season. She posted a career-high 34 points against MIAC champion St. Ben’s. She finished the conference season third in scoring (17.0 ppg) and third in assists (4.27 apg).

- Concordia sophomore Maggie Bauernfeind (Rosemount, Minn.) has 46 3-point field goals this season. That is fifth on the school’s all-time single season list. Cathy Johnson holds the program record for shots from behind the arc in a season. She connected on 71 3-point baskets in 1992.


Men's Hockey (3-20-2/1-13-2 MIAC - END OF SEASON)


Women's Hockey (10-110-5/7-7-4 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 2-1)
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Concordia finished the season by falling to St. Olaf 2-1 in the first round of the MIAC playoffs. It was the second straight trip to the conference postseason for the Cobbers.

- Concordia freshman Becca Kent (Princeton, Minn./Elk River HS) finished the year by leading the Cobbers in scoring. Kent had 12 goals and seven assists for 19 points.

- Kayla Thorson (Jr., Rugby, N.D./Minot HS) scored the team’s lone goal in the playoff game against St. Olaf. She finished the season second on the team in scoring with five goals and 12 assists for 17 points.


Swimming & Diving (8th at the MIAC Meet - END OD SEASON)


#8 Wrestling (finished 2nd at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional)

- Concordia sophomore Phil Moenkedick (So., Perham, Minn.) continued his quest for All-American status. Moenkedick won all four of his matches at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional and captured the 184-lb weight class championship. It is his second regional championship (last year he won at 174). Moenkedick is now 32-0 on the season and will compete at the NCAA National Meet on Mar. 6-7 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The top eight in each weight class earn All-American honors.

- Cobber senior Tony Neumann (Willmar, Minn.) was the only other CC wrestler to earn a spot at the NCAA National Meet. Neumann finished second at 197 by winning the true second place match. He will be looking to earn All-American honors for the second straight year. Last season he finished eighth at nationals.

- Justin Berns (So., Perham, Minn.) finished his season by tying the program record for most wins in a single season. Berns went 3-2 at the 149-lb weight class at the regional meet and ended the season with a 38-13 overall mark. That ties the mark that Mike Northcutt set in 1988-89.


Baseball (0-0)

- Concordia opens their 2009 season when they play Edgewood (Wis.) in a doubleheader on Saturday, Mar. 7 at 10 p.m. in the Metrodome. The Cobbers will then play at Dakota Wesleyan on Saturday, Mar. 14 before heading to Arizona for eight games from Mar. 18-20.

- The Cobbers will be led by senior catcher Kyle Johnson (Cambridge, Minn./Cambridge-Isanti HS). Johnson earned All-Region honors last year as he led the team in hitting for the second straight season with a career-high .450 average. During the season he set a school record by hitting safely in 20 consecutive games. He led the team in hitting, slugging percentage (.725), on-base percentage (.496), runs scored (36), hits (49), RBI’s (37), doubles (13), home runs (5) and total bases (79).

- CC will also have a deep pitching staff in 2009 that will feature All-Region performer Adam Johnson (Jr., Pelican Rapids, Minn.). Johnson led the team in ERA (2.43) and was tied for the team lead in wins (5). He appeared in 10 games in 2008 and made a team-high seven starts on the year. He was credited with the win in the Cobbers' upset victory over NCAA Division I NDSU on Apr. 29. Johnson was 3-1 in MIAC play and gave up only five earned runs in 20.1 innings of work.


Fastpitch Softball (4-6 - Orlando Box Scores)

- The Concordia fastpitch softball team went 4-6 during their spring break trip to Orlando, Fla. The four wins on a spring trip is the most since the 2006 season when they won five in Arizona.

- The Cobbers have 10 freshmen listed on their opening-day roster. Of the 10, nine saw playing time in Florida. The group was led by first-year pitcher Kesley Jones (Billings, Mont.) who pitched in five games and had an ERA of 1.81. She struck out 33 batters in her 31 innings of work.

- Emily Jensen (Jr., Benson, Minn.) led the team in hitting in Florida. She posted a batting average of .400 in 25 at bats and had two triples, one home run and seven RBI’s.


Men's Tennis (1-4/0-2 MIAC - Did Not Compete)

- Concordia will have 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 (5-1/0-1 MIAC - beat Webber Int. 9-0/beat Capital 9-0)

- Concordia went 4-0 on their spring break trip to Orlando, Fla. The Cobbers are now 5-1 on the season. That is the best start to a year since 2002 when CC went 8-1. Concordia has now won seven of their last nine matches dating back to the end of last year.

- Concordia freshman Andrea Rognlien (Fr., Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) remained perfect on the season as the team’s No.1 singles player. Rognlien was 2-0 before heading to Florida and then captured all four matches on the spring break trip. She is now 6-0 for the season.

- The Cobber No.3 doubles tandem of Mollie Miller (Sr., Litchfield, Minn.) and Melanie Gail (So., Madison, Minn./Lac Qui Parle Valley HS) is also unbeaten on the season. The pair is now 3-0 on the year.


Men's Track & Field (competed at the Macalester Pre-MIAC Meet)

- Concordia will host the MIAC Track and Field Championship Meet on Friday, Mar. 6 and Saturday, Mar. 7. The conference pentathlon will also be held at Concordia on Thursday, Mar. 5. The Cobbers last hosted the conference meet in 2005.

- Concordia senior Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) upped his national provisional qualifying mark in the shot put at the Macalester Invite on Friday. Oehlers posted a distance of 51-06.50 and is currently ranked 12th in the nation.

- The Cobbers took advantage of spring break by competing in the Cal Rossi Relays at Claremont College in California. The 4x400-meter relay team of Paul Westmark (Sr., Appleton, Wis.), Michael Dunn (So., Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS), Paul Shol (Sr., Fergus Falls, Minn.) and David Beery (Fr., Belgrade, Mont.) recorded the ninth fastest time in school history in a time of 3:20.96. It is by far the fastest time posted before April.


Women's Track & Field (competed at the Macalester Pre-MIAC Meet)

- Concordia will host the MIAC Track and Field Championship Meet on Friday, Mar. 6 and Saturday, Mar. 7. The conference pentathlon will also be held at Concordia on Thursday, Mar. 5. The Cobbers last hosted the conference meet in 2005.

- Concordia junior Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) finished third in the javelin at the Cal Rossi Relays at Claremont College (Calif.). Kay’s distance of 135-08.00 would have provisionally qualified for the national meet and placed her 12th in the country but it came one day before the opening of the outdoor season when marks can be officially counted towards national.

- The Cobbers will once again try to post a top tier finish at the conference indoor meet. CC has posted eight top three finishes in the past 11 years and is the only other school other than St. Thomas to win an indoor championship title.


Football

- For the second straight season the Cobbers finished in the top 10 in the nation in attendance. Concordia averaged 3,956 fans in their five home games in 2008. CC’s top 10 finish helped the MIAC lead the nation in attendance for the fourth straight season. In 2007 Concordia was second in the nation with a school-record average of 5,441 fans.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, March 5, 2009
MTR - hosts MIAC Pentathlon - 2 p.m.

WTR - hosts MIAC Pentathlon - 2 p.m.

Friday, March 5, 2009
WR - at NCAA National Meet at Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 11 a.m.
SB - vs. Luther at Augsburg - Noon

MTR - hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 2 p.m.

WTR - hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 2 p.m.

WBB - vs. Concordia (Wis.) at UW-Stevens Pt. - 5 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats
- NCAA Tournament First Round

MTN - at Hamline - 7 p.m.

WTN - at Hamline - 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 6, 2009
SB - vs. UW-Stevens Point at Augsburg - 8 a.m.
WR - at NCAA National Meet at Cedar Rapids, Iowa - 10 a.m.
MTR - hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 10 a.m.

WTR - hosts MIAC Championship Meet - 10 a.m.

MTN - at Macalester - 6 p.m.

WTN - at Macalester - 6 p.m.

WBB - vs. TBA at UW-Stevens Pt. - 7 p.m. | Live Audio | Live Stats
- NCAA Tournament Second Round

BS - vs. Edgewood - 10 p.m. | Live Audio

High School Basketball Tournament Schedule at Concordia
Saturday, March 7
1:00 p.m. - Girl's 6A North Quarterfinal
2:30 p.m. - Girl's 6A North Quarterfinal
6:30 p.m. - Girl's 8AA West Quarterfinal
8:00 p.m. - Girl's 8AA West Quarterfinal

Tuesday, March 10
6:30 p.m. - Girl's 6A North Semifinal
8:00 p.m. - Girl's 8AA West Semifinal

Friday, March 13
6:30 p.m. - Girl's 6A Final
8:00 p.m. - Girl's 8AA Final

Saturday, March 14
1:00 p.m. - Boy's 6A North Quarterfinal
2:30 p.m. - Boy's 6A North Quarterfinal
6:30 p.m. - Boy's 8AA West Quarterfinal
8:00 p.m. - Boy's 8AA West Quarterfinal

Tuesday, March 17
6:30 p.m. - Boy's 8AA West Semifinal (TV)
8:00 p.m. - Boy's 6A North Semifinal

Friday, March 20
6:30 p.m. - Boy's 8AA Final (TV)