2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
March 11, 2009

Picture of the Week: Cobber sophomore Phil Moenkedick wrestles in the NCAA championship match at 184 under the watchful eyes of head coach Clay Nagel and assistant coach Dennis Kaatz at the NCAA Championship Meet last weekend.


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March 11, 2009

Top Note
Wrestling
- Concordia sophomore standout wrestler Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) placed second at the NCAA Championship Meet on Saturday in the 184-lb weight class. Moenkedick lost in the championship match to become the first Cobber wrestler to compete for a national championship since 1983. Moenkedick, who lost only one match all season, finished the year 35-1 and became the 12th Concordia All-American wrestler in school history.


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

- Concordia sophomore John Fraase (Bismarck, N.D./Century HS) was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team on Thursday. Fraase led the league in rebounding and is believed to be the only Cobber player in program history to finish the year by averaging at least 10 points and 10 rebounds per game. He ended the season by averaging 15.6 points and 11.4 rebounds.


Women's Basketball (19-9/17-5 MIAC - lost to Concordia Univ. 76-72/

- NCAA Tournament 1st Round)

- Concordia senior guard Jenna Freudenberg (Parkers Prairie, Minn.) was named the MIAC Most Valuable Player. She is the fifth player in program history to earn the league’s top award. She finished the conference season third in scoring (17.0 ppg) and third in assists (4.27 apg) and had at least 10 points in all but one conference game. She posted a career-high 34 points against MIAC champion St. Ben’s.

- Cobber head coach Jessica Rahman was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. It is the second time in her career that she has earned the honor. She led Concordia to a second-place finish in the MIAC regular season and postseason tournament. CC also qualified for their second NCAA Tournament under the watch of Rahman. She has a 114-47 record in her six seasons with the Cobbers.

- Concordia lost 76-72 to Concordia University (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA Division III National Tournament on Friday. The national playoff appearance marked the 16th time in program history they have qualified for the NCAA Tournament. CC is now 20-16 in their national playoff appearances.


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

- Concordia freshman Erick Galt (Fargo, N.D.) was named to the MIAC All-Conference Team last week. He becomes the first CC player since the 2006-07 season to earn the all-conference award. Galt was the team's top defenseman and logged more playing time than any other player on the team. He was on the team's top power play unit and was also a key member of the Cobber penalty kill team. He led the team in shots on goal with 82 and was tied for the team lead in shots on goal in conference play with 56. He also finished the season tied for the team lead in power play goals (3).

- Cobber senior Alec Holen (Thief River Falls, Minn.) earned his second MIAC postseason award. For the second time in his career Holen was named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. He led the team in scoring in conference games with six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. His 10 assists was also a team high. He was tied for the team lead in points in overall games with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.

- Joining Galt and Holen as postseason award winners was Marc Harrie (Fr., Fargo, N.D.). Harrie also earned Honorable Mention honors. He was tied for the team lead in points in all games. Like Holen, he finished with nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points. In MIAC play he had six goals and seven assists for 13 points.


Women's Hockey (10-110-5/7-7-4 MIAC - END OF SEASON)


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


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

- Concordia sophomore standout wrestler Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) placed second at the NCAA Championship Meet on Saturday in the 184-lb weight class. Moenkedick lost in the championship match to become the first Cobber wrestler to compete for a national championship since 1983. Moenkedick, who lost only one match all season, finished the year 35-1 and became the 12th Concordia All-American wrestler in school history.

- Cobber senior Tony Neumann (Willmar, Minn.) capped his career at Concordia by going 1-2 at thr NCAA national Meet. Neumann fell 7-2 in the opening match which put him into the scramble of having to compete through the wrestlebacks. He then went on to post a 7-1 decision before being derailed in the next round.


Baseball (0-1)

- Concordia dropped their season opener to Edgewood (Wis.) in the Metrodome on Saturday. The Cobbers rallied to score four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game at 7-7. However, CC allowed six runs in the top of the eight and lost 13-9. The game lasted 3:05 and forced the second game to be called after five innings.

- Concordia junior Lucas Genereux (Thief River Falls, Minn./Lincoln HS) came off the bench to go 2-for-3 and drive in three runs in the team’s extra-inning loss to Edgewood.

- Cobber starting pitcher Adam Johnson (Jr., Pelican Rapids, Minn.) pitched four innings against Edgewood in the opener. He allowed three earned runs and only two walks in his first outing of the season.


Fastpitch Softball (5-9 - Augsburg Invite Box Scores)

- Concordia went 1-3 at the Augsburg Invitational Tournament last weekend. The Cobbers were swept by Luther but then came back to split against UW-Stevens Point

- In the Cobbers’ 1-0 win against the Pointers on Saturday, freshman pitcher Kesley Jones (Billings, Mont.) pitched a complete-game shutout and struck out nine in the process. It was her first collegiate shutout and helped lower her season ERA to 2.02. Jones has picked up the win in four of the team’s five victories this year.


Men's Tennis (2-5/1-3 MIAC - beat Hamline 5-4/lost to Macalester 7-2)

- Concordia won their first conference match of the season against Hamline on Friday. The Cobbers claimed a 6-3 decision over the Pipers to claim their first MIAC win of the year.

- Cobber No.1 singles player Matt Edin (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) won both of his matches over the weekend and upped his team-leading win total to five. He is now 5-2 on the year and has won three straight matches.


Women's Tennis (7-1/2-1 MIAC - beat Hamline 5-4/beat Macalester 5-4)

- Concordia swept their two conference matches over the weekend. CC downed Hamline and Macalester by identical 5-4 scores. The Cobbers are now 7-1 on the season. That is the best start to a year since 2002 when CC also went 7-1. Concordia has now won nine of their last 11 matches dating back to the end of last year.

- Concordia freshman Andrea Rognlien (Fr., Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) lost her first match of the season on Saturday against Macalester. Rognlien had rattled off seven straight wins to start her collegiate career before falling against the Scots’ No.1 singles player.

- Cobber sophomore Ayah Kamel (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) upped her season singles record to 7-1. She has now won six straight matches. Her win on Saturday against Macalester won the overall team match for the Cobbers. She was down 3-0 in the second set at No.4 singles but then stormed back to win 6-7. 7-6, 10-7.


Men's Track & Field (finished 5th at the MIAC Indoor Meet)

- A pair of Cobber multi-event athletes qualified for the NCAA Division III National Indoor Seniors Paul Westmark (Appleton, Wis.) and Paul Shol (Fergus Falls, Minn.) officially qualified for the national meet in the pentathlon it was announced on Monday. Westmark is seeded fifth in the event and Shol is 10th. It marks only the second time in program history that CC has qualified more than one athlete for the national indoor meet.

- Concordia finished sixth at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet last weekend in Moorhead. The sixth-place finish marks the first time since the 2002 season that the Cobbers have finished in the top six at the conference indoor meet.

- Westmark had a personal-best performance at the conference indoor meet. Westmark posted five different marks that were among program’s all-time 10 best. He also scored 20 points individually which is more than two teams did at the meet. Westmark won the pentathlon and placed in the top five in two other events. He also tied or improved nine lifetime best marks over the course of the MIAC Championship.


Women's Track & Field (finished 6th at the MIAC Indoor Meet)

- Concordia finished fifth at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet last weekend in Moorhead. It marks the ninth time in the past 12 seasons they have finished in the top five of the meet.

- Concordia junior Leah Kay (Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) officially qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor National Meet. Kay, who qualified in both the high jump and pentathlon, will be making her second straight national indoor appearance and third straight national meet trip. Last year she earned a pair of All-American awards at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Meet.

- Concordia sophomore Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) placed second in both the 3000 and 5000 meters at the MIAC Indoor Meet. She posted a school-record time of 17:58.93 in the 5000 meters to become the first CC athlete to break the 18-minute mark. Her time of 10:17.37 in the 3000 meters is the fourth in school history.


This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, March 13, 2009
MTR - at NCAA DIII Indoor Meet at Terra Haute, Ind. - 1 p.m.

WTR - at NCAA DIII Indoor Meet at Terra Haute, Ind. - 1 p.m.

Saturday, March 14, 2009
MTR - at NCAA DIII Indoor Meet at Terra Haute, Ind. - 11 a.m.

WTR - at NCAA DIII Indoor Meet at Terra Haute, Ind. - 11 a.m.

BS - at Dakota Wesleyan - 1 p.m.
WTN - at home vs. Univ. of Mary - 3 p.m.
MTN - at home vs. Univ. of Mary - 7 p.m.

 

High School Basketball Tournament Schedule at Concordia

Wednesday, 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)