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Feb. 25, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Menís hockey ready for second season
The Concordia men's hockey team enters the playoffs this weekend, finishing the regular season at second place in the conference with a 13-2-1 MIAC record.
Concordia will be playing at home the first round against Augsburg. "We need to come together as a team," senior Brent Kuehne said. "We need to be ready to play."
Concordia, who previously split with Augsburg, will be looking to sweep them to move on in the playoffs.
"We have to score goals," Kuehne said.
Even though the Cobbers finished above Augsburg in the conference, they are not going to take them lightly.
"We're not looking by them," senior Guy Clairmont said. "We have to take this weekend first and foremost."
This year's team has a chance to go far in the playoffs, but Kuehne says the biggest thing they have to do is take one game at a time.
"This is the real season we've been waiting for," he said. "This is what makes a good team or a bad team."
He added that this year's team is heading into playoffs with a different view on their position.
"This year, we're the ones other people are trying to knock off," he said. "Last year, it was us trying to knock off other teams. It gives us a different perspective."
Concordia hosts Augsburg in postseason play tonight and tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Tickets for the MIAC playoffs are $5 for adults, $2 for students. Because this is an MIAC rather than a Concordia hosted event, Concordia passes are not honored.
Ticket window at the Moorhead Sports Center will open at 6:00 each night.
Cobber Men's Basketball |
Men's basketball still positive to the end
The Concordia menís basketball team ended its 1999-2000 season this Saturday with a 67-62 loss at Gustavus. The loss was the Cobbers sixth straight, and left Concordiaís final mark at 9-15, 7-13 in the MIAC (8th place).
Though the season ended on a down note, more important to the team than wins and losses is the excitement the team generated in its sometimes turbulent season.
Chemistry is what Duane Siverson, the men's basketball head coach, chalks his team's exciting season up to.
"Chemistry can really affect the team play," Siverson said. "When we won over at NDSU the first game of the season, we saw we could beat anybody. It changed our chemistry and has made all the difference in the world."
The first half of the season showed the Cobbers could content with anybody, as they became surprising victors in some tough matches against Division II opponent NDSU and third place conference finisher St. John's. Concordia also took eventual regular season MIAC champ St. Thomas to overtime, before falling in a tightly contested matchup. "We had a couple of games nobody thought we could win," said senior guard Matt Anderson. "We learned a lot about ourselves . . . how we could win on any day if we play hard."
Long road trips and plaguing injuries, however, grated into the team, causing them troubles in their hopes for success. Against Gustauvus, the injury riddled Concordia team clearly felt the pains of its inuries. While Concordia pushed ahead to lead 33-25 at the end of the first half, the Gusties exploded in the second half outlasting and outscoring the Cobbers 42-29.
"We had seven kids out with injuries," Siverson said. "You could say we literally limped to the end of the season."
Limping or not, the Cobbers still played with dedication and desire, creating an exciting atmosphere for anyone who follows the team. "We have the most people at games of any of the schools we play," Siverson noted. "It is fun to have the band and cheer team as an active part of the game atmosphere."
Though the team improved substantially over its 5 wins last season, this yearís squad proved that the sport is really more than wins and losses. Its about confidence, chemistry, dedication, and desire. All of which Concordia takes from its 1999-2000 basketball season.
"We enjoy and are thankful just to be able to play college ball," Anderson
said. "Every morning I thank God that I can play with a really good
group of guys."
Women's Hockey |
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Wrestling is hosting the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday
Cobber Women's Basketball |
Women's basketball splits two decisions
The Concordia women's basketball team split its two games this week, winning big over St. Kate's and falling hard to Gustavus. The two decisions leave the Cobbers with a 17-6 overall record, 15-5 in the MIAC.
"In St. Kate's everything just kind of clicked for us, and at Gustavus nothing really clicked," said senior guard Sara Kragerud. "It was like two opposites."
Concordia crushed St. Kate's, taking the game 100-36. St. Kate's opened with the game's first points, but that is when their lead ended. Concordia jumped ahead and maintained an impressive lead throughout the game. The Cobbers ended the first half with a dominant lead of 49-18. The second half brought Concordia even further ahead as they outscored St. Kate's 51-18 to finish out the game. Freshman guard/forward Kasey Bostow led all scorers with 25 points and junior guard Brandi Myers added 19. The Cobbers also featured four other players with nine points each, senior and junior guards Nikki Vetter and Sarah Jacobson, and junior and freshman forwards Sarah Spears and Katrina Wilberts. Wilberts also made ten rebounds for the Cobbers.
On Saturday, the Cobbers traveled to St. Peter to meet up with Gustavus. Concordia trailed through most of the game's beginning, the Gusties outscoring the Cobbers in the first-half 30-19. The Cobbers pressed harder in the second half of the game, but it was too little too late and they lost by a final of 60-44. Myers led the Cobbers with 15 points. Sophomore guard Mandy Berggren added 11. Each also contributed three rebounds to Concordia's cause.
"We kept playing hard, even though we were down," Kragerud said. "We were just down too far and couldn't get out of it."
The Cobbers now strive to finish out their last two games creating an upswing. The Cobbers playoff chances are still hopeful, but they may have to rely on other teamsí losses.
"Our chances are decreased, but you never know what could happen," Kragerud
said. "I'd like to see us continue to play hard and finish out the season
strong, just having fun, no matter what our playoff chances are."
Cobber Swimming and Diving |
Swimmers rewarded for work
The Concordia women's swimming and diving team finished sixth at this weekendís MIAC championships at St. Johnís, closing a whirlwind season that saw two coaching changes and numerous injuries.
Junior Shana Letnes summed up the teamís final performance as a positive finish to a turbulent year.
"Overall, the team did very well," Letnes said. "The majority of the team achieved personal bests."
Nine team records were set at the Conference meet, including new benchmarks for junior Lacy Wallace in the 100m Butterfly and freshman Andrea Ross in the 1 and 3m dives. Also achieving a new record was the 200 Freestyle relay team, composed of junior Carrie Bunger, freshman Carrie Beisel, Letnes and junior Anna Berg.
Despite its impressive showing at conference, injuries have all season been a thorn in Concordiaís back. Early in the season, the diving team was diminished to 3 divers after losing a teammate to a shoulder injury. The swimmers were also plagued with injury. Letnesí knee injury three weeks prior to the conference meet affected her both physically and mentally.
"My stroke was thrown off from the different training I had to do," Letnes said. "My confidence went down because I wasn't as comfortable in the pool as I usually am."
Julie Lucier, head swimming coach, is a 1992 graduate of Concordia College. Before returning to Concordia as a coach, she was head coach of the Marshall High swim team in Marshall, Minn.
"Julie was a great first year coach," Letnes said. "She made a great impact on our program."
After head diving coach Jim Everroad's suddenly left for personal reasons, all the divers wanted for Christmas was a new coach, and that's exactly what they got when they returned to school after break. Heidi Rowe had stepped in as the new head coach for the divers.
Rowe dove in high school and for Division 1 Iowa State, but has never coached above a high school level. Rowe said she enjoyed the level of maturity the girls displayed.
"I have never worked with a better group of three girls," Rowe said. "Everyday they came to practice with positive attitudes, wanting to learn new dives."
The newness of the college coaching environment, however, did not cause the new heads to shy away from pushing their protoges.
In an attempt to give their team an edge over the other competition, Lucier and Rowe held 4 morning practices each week. The team also maintained a strict diet plan allowing fat intake of no more than 15 percent.
It was a tough regimen that commanded a lot of dedication, but the positive results at the MIACs served as a testament to the teamís resolve.
And the rewards of their resolve were immediately recognized.
"We got to have pizza on the bus ride home," Letnes said.
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and Women's Track and Field |
Track and field puts break to good use
Like many college students, the Concordia track team will be heading to California over spring break. But relaxation will not be the only thing on their minds as they work on their suntans. That's because the Cobbers will be busy competing and preparing for next weekend's MIAC indoor championship.
Over 80 members of the team will be taking part in the annual spring break trip. On Saturday, Feb. 26, the Cobbers will compete in a meet at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College, which will include Divsion I teams USC, Cal-Irvine, and Cal St. Fullerton. The Cobbers will use the rest of their time in California to relax and get ready for the upcoming conference meet March 2-4.
"It's (the trip) a good chance for the team to bond," said head men's track coach Garrick Larson. "It's also a chance for the athletes to get away.
With all the temptations that a place like California has to offer, it could be very easy for the athletes to lose focus. But according to Larson, this trip does more good than harm.
"I think the break actually helps the athletes mentally," Larson said. "Having to worry about nothing but track for a week helps them focus even more."
The focus on the women's side will be to win another MIAC indoor title. The Lady Cobbers have won the last two indoor championships and this year's team is looking to continue that trend.
"Anything less than a championship would be disappointing," said head women's coach Marv Roeske. "That's not just me, that's the girls too." The Cobbers and St. Thomas are the favorites going into the meet. According to Roeske, whoever picks up the lower places will come out on top.
"Both teams will have people finishing in the top four places," Roeske said. "The key for us will be scratching and crawling our way to those sixth through eighth spots."
The Lady Cobs do come into the meet banged up. Sophomore Kelly Tranby will probably not compete, and juniors Angie Strom and Heidi Brenden are nursing minor injuries. Those injuries combined with jet lag from the return trip could hurt the team, but they will try not let those factors get in the way.
"We talked as a team about not making excuses or pointing fingers," Roeske said. "If we think positive, we will perform well."
While the men are not favored to win the conference championship, they do have high expectations.
"We should finish no lower than third," Larson said. "If we score in every event that we can, we have a chance to win or do very well." As usual, St. Thomas is the heavy favorite to win the title. After that, St. John's, St. Olaf, and Concordia appear to be the biggest challengers. While the Tommies will be tough to beat, Larson knows that anything could happen.
"Lots of things could change between now and then," Larson said. "That's why we run."
A big event for both the men and the women will be the pentathlon. It is held a day before the start of the conference meet, and a good showing will be key for both teams.
"A good start in the pentathlon could set the tone for the rest of the meet," Roeske said.
Both the men and the women will have between 35 and 40 athletes competing at the conference meet. The meet starts with the pentathlon on March 2 at St. Olaf, and finishes with the rest of the meet March 3-4 at St. John's.