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Jan. 14, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Success Continues For Men's Hockey
The Concordia men's hockey team extended their winning streak to three games last weekend, and upped their national ranking to 11, by sweeping their weekend series.
"We did what we had to do to win the game," head coach Steve Baumgartner said. "We're progressing the way we want to progress."
Saturday night the Cobbers shut out a tough UW-Superior team, 4-0. "We took a big step forward by beating a team that's ranked ahead of us," Baumgartner said. "We played very well. We outworked them, start to finish."
Four different players scored goals for the Cobbers, a feat that displays Concordia's tremendous effort.
"It was a total team effort," Baumgartner said. "The things we have to do to beat great teams, we're doing."
Howard added 27 more saves in his second shut-out of the season. Baumgartner especially cited the play of seniors Rob Gramer, Guy Clairmont, Jason DiMatteo and junior Mike Gast. He also noted the outstanding play of the Cobber defense in the win over UW-Superior. The wins improves Concordia's record to 8-2-2 overall, and 5-0-1 in the MIAC. The Cobbers currently sit at the top of the conference, but face MIAC opponent Bethel this weekend.
Although Bethel is toward the bottom of the conference, Baumgartner says they are a team that the Cobbers can't overlook.
"Offensively, they're pretty good," he said. "We need to refocus and concentrate on one of our main goals: finishing at the top of the MIAC."
Men's Basketball continues up and down season
After a roller-coaster couple of weeks, the Concordia Men’s Basketball team continues to hover around .500. In their past four games, the Cobber men have beaten Hamline, lost to Macalester, defeated Bethel, and fallen to St. Thomas.
The two wins and two losses leave the Cobbers at 5-6, 3-4 in the MIAC.
On January 3, the Cobbers kept their game with Hamline close throughout. The two teams were evenly matched as the lead switched between teams. In the second half, Concordia trailed by seven points. With just under 10 minutes remaining, the Cobbers made a ten point run to go ahead 64-61. Concordia maintained its lead, winning the game 68-65.
"At halftime we came out with more intensity," said sophomore gaurd Rob Flint. "We could force them into some turnovers."
The Cobbers continued a tough week, traveling to Macalester on January 5th. The Cobbers struggled with accuracy, shooting their field goals at 32 percent in the first half and only 20 percent in the second half. As a result, Macalester stormed past Concordia 60-36.
The outcome of the Cobbers’ next game, January 8th against Bethel, seemed open and shut early in the first half. Bethel at one point trailed the Cobbers by 20 points but scrapped its wayback into the game, narrowing the lead to ten points by halftime. In the second half, Concordia continued to let Bethel slip into the game. With 1:48 left to play, Bethel tied the game at 71. The teams traded baskets as time ran down, and the game looked to go into overtime until sophomore center Jeff Ubben ended the game with a defensive rebound, giving the Cobbers a 76-74 win.
"This was a big game for us," Flint said. "We won it, which is what we had to do."
Monday night's overtime loss against St. Thomas started s low for the Cobbers. St. Thomas jumped out to an early lead and never looked back throughout the first half. Concordia felt the sting of the third ranked MIAC team as they ended the first half trailing 40-31. In the second half, the Cobbers sped back into the game with a 24-7 run which gave them a 55-49 lead over the Tommies. Concordia maintained their lead until the last 30 seconds, when a free throw by St. Thomas tied the game at 71. In overtime St. Thomas took control of the court and never relinquished the lead. The Cobbers last effort three pointer fell short, and the game ended with the Tommies winning 79-76.
"We have to play tough to win, because every game in the conference helps us," Flint noted.
When telling his New Year's resolution to win the conference, he remarked,
"Of course, that is probably everybody on the team's resolution."
Women's Hockey Looking Ahead to MIAC Action
After losing to Division I Bemidji State, Concordia's Women's hockey team is more than willing to take on its usual MIAC foes. Concordia was crushed against Bimidji with scores of 9-0 on Friday and 7-2 on Saturday. This dropped their wins and losses to 7-5 for the year. Coach Deb Lien said that Bimidji recruited many girls out of Canada. "Bemidji plays a different style of game then we do," said Lien. "Their players are very physical."
The team is looking past the loss and looking forward to upcoming games against St. Bens, Augsburg, and Gustavus. Coach Lien said that the team’s athletic and physical talents will match up better.
"This weekend should be a good test for us," said Lien. "They (St. Bens) are comparable to us and we should be able to find out where we stand." Jennie Berger, a former player from Bemidji's club team, has now joined Concordia's line. Both Berger and Lien are excited for her addition to the team as a forward.
"They're about my level," said Berger. "I'm starting to feel like part of the team and mesh into the lines."
Lien has the women working on the physical aspect of the game this week to be prepared for this weekend as they play at St. Bens both Friday and Saturday.
Lien said, "Body contact and physical play is mainly what our focus
Tough Time for Cobber Wrestlers
This past weekend proved to be a challenge for a Cobber wrestling team ravaged by sickness and injury, as they placed last in the Northern Country Tournament with a total of 19.5 points.
The tournament hosted ten teams overall including the Cobbers. The dominator of the meet was the University of Mary scoring a total of 146.5 points. St. John's followed in second place with 109.5 points. On a positive note, the tournament was a success for a few reasons. First of all, the few individuals who did wrestle for the Cobbers placed higher at this tournament than in previous years.
"We wrestled strong and tough as a team", said sophomore captain Jason Dubord.
This was true as two sophomore wrestlers Zack Schroeder and Ryan Smith both finished an impressive fourth place. Also on the upside was how well the Northern Country Tournament was run. "The competition was outstanding and there were some great matches,” commented coach Doug Perry. “I want to commend everyone who had a part in it"
As far as what the Cobbers will do prepare for their next meet, Dickinson State on January 15th, Jason Dubord said, "We are just going to go with the same hard work attitude."
"We are going to work hard and try to correct some of the mistakes we had this past weekend", added coach Perry.
With intensive work and return of some of the Cobber wrestlers, they
look to do just that.
Estenson Honored With Trip to Aztec Bowl
Senior Concordia offensive tackle Jake Estenson was the recent recipient of an honor reserved only for the best who play football in Division III. On December 18, in this year’s Aztec Bowl, Estenson joined 39 other USA Division III All-Stars in Mexico City for a game against the best that Mexican football has to offer.
“It’s just such an honor to be able to represent your country,” Estenson said. “We came into a hostile environment and played in front of a hostile crowd, but we were able to prove our talent on the field.” The US team defeated the Mexican National Team convincingly, racking up 329 total yards in offense and holding the Mexican team to a mere 101 total yards in a 44 - 13 victory. Opening up holes with the rest of his offensive line, Estenson aided the dominance of the US rushing game, which turned in 238 yards and produced the player of the game in running back Ben Smith of Buena Vista.
Estenson characterized the experience as one he will never forget. “With so much talent on one team, it’s hard not to have fun,” said Estenson. “After the game, all the little kids were asking for our autographs . . . They didn’t even know who we were, but still wanted our autographs.”
According to Estenson’s Concordia coach, Jim Christopherson, too have been selected to play in the Aztec Bowl is an honor of which Estenson is truly deserving.
“To put this in some comparison, one has to realize that there are 17,000 players in Division III football,” said Christopherson. “To be one of the forty is a huge honor. Jake is a good athlete and demonstrates true leadership qualities, and its exciting to have him honored in this way.”
A two time All-MIAC honoree and 1999 Cobber Captain, Estenson has since been honored yet again. Along with teammates Mark Hankel, a junior defensive lineman, and Clayton Horgen, a senior punter and kicker, Estenson was selected for the 1999 Lutheran Brotherhood Lutheran College All-American Football team.
“I always dreamed of something like this, but never really expected
it,” said Estenson. “I know one thing . . . It’s a great way to end
Kara Murray, The Concordian
In Monday night's 69-59 loss to St. Thomas, the Cobbers came out to a slow start, allowing St. Thomas to get a 6-point lead before sprinting back into the game. Concordia slipped behind by seven points, leaving the halftime score 28-21. The Cobbers fought hard to move back into the game, but could only diminish the score to 41-40 with thirteen minutes remaining. St. Thomas pulled ahead and maintained their distance to finish 10 points over the Cobbers.