2008-09 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
April 29, 2009

Picture of the Week: A pair of Cobber athletes broke school records earlier in the week. Baseball senior Kyle Johnson hit his 12th home run of the year to break the record for HR's in a single season and fastpitch freshman Kesley Jones set the new program record for strikeouts in a single season.


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Picture Galleries

- Baseball - vs. St. Mary's | vs. St. John's

- Fastpitch Softball - vs. Bethel | vs. St. Kate's

- Men's Tennis - vs. NDSU

- Women's Tennis - vs. Carleton | vs. Gustavus | vs. Bethel

- Men's and Women's Track - Cobber Twilight Meet


April 29, 2009

Top Note
Fastpitch Softball
- Cobber freshman pitcher Kesley Jones (Billings, Mont./Billings West HS) broke the school record for strikeouts in a single season on Monday. Jones fanned five batters in the first game of the team’s series with Bethel. She finished the season with 152 K’s. That edges the old mark of 141 set by Erin Gunderson in 2000. Jones led the MIAC in strikeouts this year.


Baseball (14-13/7-9 MIAC - Swept St. Mary's 6-5/13-2;

Split with St. John's L 5-8/W 9-1)

- Cobber senior catcher Kyle Johnson (Cambridge, Minn.-Cambridge-Isanti HS) hit five home runs in six games and had a 1.50 slugging percentage as Concordia posted a 3-3 record to stay in the hunt for one of the league’s four playoff spots last week. For his efforts he was named to the MIAC Player of the Week. Johnson currently has nine home runs in conference play which is more than nine teams in the conference.

- Concordia senior pitcher/first baseman Scott Schumacher (Thompson, N.D.) has a career-best 11-game hitting streak. Schumacher is second on the team in RBI in conference games with 19 and is second on the team in average with a .404 mark.

- Concordia beat St. Mary’s 6-5 in the first game of their doubleheader on Saturday on a walkoff home run by Kyle Johnson in the seventh inning. It marked the first time all season that CC has come back to win a game after trailing after six innings. The Cobbers were 0-10 when trailing after six innings heading into Saturday.


Fastpitch Softball (14-22/9-13 MIAC - Split with St. Ben's W 8-0/L 1-2;

Split with Bethel L 3-5/W 3-2; Sweep St. Kate's W 5-1/W 5-1)

- Cobber freshman pitcher Kesley Jones (Billings, Mont./Billings West HS) broke the school record for strikeouts in a single season on Monday. Jones fanned five batters in the first game of the team’s series with Bethel. She finished the season with 152 K’s. That edges the old mark of 141 set by Erin Gunderson in 2000. Jones led the MIAC in strikeouts this year.

- Concordia junior outfielder Emily Jensen (Benson, Minn.) broke the program record for triples in a season. Jensen connected on her sixth triple of the year on Monday, breaking the old mark of five set by Kelly Holecek in 1994. Jensen is currently tied for first place in the conference in that statistical category.

- The Cobbers finished the season by winning three straight games. It marked the third time this season that Concordia has won three straight games.


Men's Tennis (6-9/2-7 MIAC - lost to Bethel 0-9; lost to St. Olaf 1-8)

Cobber sophomore Jordan Swanson (Thief River Falls, Minn.) won two of his final three singles matches in conference play. Swanson, the team’s No.4 singles player, posted a win over Jordan Hughes of Carleton who was one of the league’s top No.4 singles players.


Women's Tennis (13-6/5-5 MIAC - beat Bethel 9-0; lost to St. Ben's 2-7;

lost to St. Olaf 3-6; beat St. Kate's)

- Concordia has seven players with at least seven singles wins on the season. That is more than the past 10 years combined. Andrea Rognlien (Fr., Fargo, N.D./Oak Grove HS) and Ayah Kamel (So., Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) lead the team in wins with 12.

- The Cobbers need to win their final MIAC match of the regular season to claim their first-ever playoff berth since the league went to the current six-team playoff format in 2007. Concordia is currently 4-5 in conference play and finishes off the regular season by playing at St. Kate’s on Tuesday, Apr. 28 at 4 p.m.

- Concordia’s No.2 doubles tandem of Kamel and Ashley Leister (Sr., Thief River Falls, Minn./Lincoln HS) lead the team in doubles victories with 11. They are currently ranked third in the MIAC at No.2 doubles among duos that have played at least 10 matches at No.2 doubles.


Men's Track & Field (competed at the Al Cassell Relays)

- Concordia senior multi-event athletes Paul Westmark (Appleton, Wis.) and Paul Shol (Fergus Falls, Minn.) competed in the decathlon at the prestigious Drake Relays over the weekend. They were the only two NCAA Division III athletes to be invited to participate in the competition.

- Cobber senior field athlete Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) provisionally qualified for the NCAA National Meet in the shot put at the St. John’s Invite on Sunday. Oehlers posted a distance of 50-08.25 and is currently 19th in the nation.

- Felix Okoth (Fr., Mombassa, Kenya) is currently ranked in the top 12 in the conference in both the long jump and triple jump. Okoth recorded a distance of 20-08.00 in the long jump at the St. John’s Invite on Sunday and owns the 12th best mark in that event. In the triple jump he has the third farthest distance at 43-10.00.


Women's Track & Field (competed at the Al Cassell Relays)

- Cobber senior Kristina Bruns (Eagan, Minn.) won a pair of events at the Al Cassell Relays hosted by Jamestown College on Saturday. Bruns captured the long jump and the triple jump at the meet. She had a distance of 35-11.25 in the triple jump which is the seventh best in program history.

- Leah Kay (Jr., Dassel, Minn./Dassel-Cokato HS) was the only NCAA Division III athlete to compete at the Drake Relays heptathlon last weekend in an event that featured a former Olympian. Kay finished the multi even with a national provisional qualifying score of 4,214 points. She also provisionally qualified for nationals in the javelin with a toss of 130-02.00.

- Concordia freshman Tessa Comstock (Bemidji, Minn.) cleared 9-09.00 in the pole vault at the Al Cassell Relays on Saturday. That mark is the seventh best in program history.


Men's Golf (competed at the St. John's Invite)

- Concordia senior Erik Weiss (Moorhead, Minn.) fired a 77 to lead the Cobbers at the St. John’s Spring Invite on Sunday. It is the team’s only competitive event of the spring.


Women's Golf (competed at the St. Thomas Invite)

- Concordia sophomore Hilary Vokovan (Coon Rapids, Minn.) shot a two-day total of 183 (90-93) at the St. Thomas Invite to lead the team in the Cobbers’ only event of the spring season.

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, April 30, 2009
MTR - at MIAC Decathlon at Carleton - 1 p.m.

WTR - at MIAC Heptathlon at Carleton - 1 p.m.

Friday, May 1, 2009
MTR - at MIAC Decathlon at Carleton - 11 a.m.

WTR - at MIAC Heptathlon at Carleton - 11 a.m.
WTN - vs. St. Olaf at Gustavus - 3 p.m. - MIAC Quarterfinals

Saturday, May 2, 2009
MTR - at Ron Masanz Invite at MSU M - 9 a.m.

WTR - at Ron Masanz Invite at MSU M - 9 a.m.
BS - at UND - 1 p.m.
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Monday, May 4, 2009
BS - at Augsburg - 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
BS - at home vs. Carleton - 1 p.m. | Listen Live | Live Stats | Live Blog