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Oct. 1, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Productive second half lifts Cobbers over Carleton
Concordia’s easy 36-6 victory over Carelton on Saturday was a tale of two halves.
In the first half the offense struggled scoring only one touchdown. However, the defense also held Carleton to one touchdown. “I told our team last night don’t apologize for that first half,” head coach Jim Christopherson said. “We fought off their best effort and at half time I told those guys you’re still ahead 7-6 lets go out and play football. And they did.”
The second half was a different story. In the third quarter the Cobber offense came to life, scoring 28 points to take a thirty point lead. Junior Jason Braaten scored three of the five touchdowns for the Cobbers.
“I think we just weren’t really fired up in the first half with the long bus ride,” Braaten said. “On the road any win is good. We got our attitude back in the second half and laid it out on the field. I think team unity has a lot to do with it. We are a lot closer as a team and it is a lot easier to feed off your teammates when you are close with them” Concordia’s defense held Carleton the rest of the way not allowing another score.
“In the MIAC its pretty tough to hold a team to six points,” Junior Hankel said. “You have to have really goad fundamental, sound tackling know your assignment. Even when you do all that they call call a trick play. We are happy if we bend but don’t break. If we bend to much we feel we didn’t do our jobs.”
Several members of the team were injured which left Christopherson looking for help in the backfield.
Junior Len Crouse missed the game against Carleton, and will also miss Saturday’s game along with junior Joel Ferrie who is out for at least two games. Sophomore Jon Doebler who is also out with a injury. While most of the team’s injuries are on the offensive side of the ball the defense also is hurting.
“We felt defensively that we are going to be a real solid unit as time
goes on,” Christopherson said. “Junior defensive end Travis
Boyd has been injured since the Moorhead State University game. We
have been using him, but he hasn’t been up to par. I think that he and
Mark Hinkel as the year develops could be the two best pair of defensive
ends in the MIAC.”
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Volleyball succeeds at Rocky Mountian Tourney
The Concordia College Volleyball Team traveled over 600 miles and ten hours this weekend to compete at the Rocky Mountain Volleyball Tournament in Billings, Mont. In addition to the impressive bus ride, the Cobbers finished 3-2 in tournament play giving them third place for the weekend. The Cobbers’ record now stands at 5-9 overall. "It would have been great to win all of them," said junior Sarah Rustad "We went into the tournament wanting to win more than we lost."
In addition to great tournament play, Concordia also showcased two players out of six chosen to the All Tournament Team. Senior Anne Larson and junior Sam Scariano both were named to the team. Larson, who frequently leads Concordia offensively had 36 kills for the weekend. Scariano added 19 blocks and 14 kills in the tournament.
"Its always nice to be honored," Scariano said. "And to be one of only six really makes you want to work hard."
Concordia started the weekend off strong. In the first game the Cobbers shot past Westminster College in three matches. Larson exhibited 14 kills, while teammate Stacy Davis made a strong showing with 12 kills. The Cobbers continued to win, taking Red Deer College in four matches. Concordia fought hard but came up short in the first match, but won the next three games. Sophomore Kristy Anderson showcased 41 sets for the game.
"Our intensity was really high on the first day," Scariano said. Saturday morning the Concordia netters fell short in their opening game with Rocky Mountain, the tournament host, losing in three games. The first two matches showed slowness on part of the Cobbers. They rallied to come back in the third game but fell short.
"We had intensity when we started, but we lost it during the game," Scariano said. "We need to start off high and not let up until it is over."
In their next match against Red Deer, the Cobbers stayed in the game, but could not muster a victory. Red Deer surprised the Concordia by winning the first two matches. The netters refused to let the game go easily and jumped back into it winning the next two games 15-12 each. In deciding match, Red Deer walked away with the game 15-7.
"We would have liked to play Rocky Mountain again," said Rustad, who contributed 15 defensive digs in the game. "But, we lost and had to bring ourselves back up again."
The Cobbers finished out their weekend much like they began it, with a victory over Westminster College in three games. The game was filled with kills from the Cobbers. Larson led with 18, Scariano followed with nine, and freshman Katrina Wilberts and junior Stacy Davis each added five.
"We wanted to go out on a win," said Scariano. "It was a great trip,
a long drive, but a lot of fun."
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Men's Soccer |
No men's Soccer story this week.
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Women's Soccer |
MIAC play unkind to women's soccer Losses turn 6-0
preseason into 0-2 record
The Cobber women’s soccer team knew that on paper the team looked unstoppable entering conference play, but paper is always deceiving. After two games, the team is 0-2.
Again, straight statistics cannot explain the Cobbers preseason success or their recent struggles. The Cobbers opened MIAC play on Saturday against conference leader, and nationally ranked, Gustavus. On Wednesday, the team again faced St. Thomas, both games were tough losses for Concordia.
“I don’t know if that was the best way to prepare for the MIAC,” said junior Jordi Kortan. “It was kind of a reality check when we played Gustavus, but it also showed us that we can compete against the top teams in the MIAC.”
On Wednesday, the Cobbers (6-2, 0-2) dropped a close game to the Tommies, 3-2. The two teams were knotted at one goal apiece going into the half, but the Tommies (1-2, 5-3) capitalized in the second half, outscoring the Cobbers 2-1.
The game was an improvement after the Cobbers 3-0 loss to the Gusties (4-0, 7-1) on Saturday. The game was the team’s first taste of MIAC play this year.
“We played our best game as a team, even though we did lose,” said senior Kristen Hetland. “We were playing a bit faster and we played the whole field.”
Kortan and Hetland said the team enjoys the increased aggressiveness and physical play that comes with MIAC play, yet it took the team a while to adjust to the style of play.
“It made it more difficult for more of the younger players that haven’t played that aggressively before,” said sophomore Candice Bell. “It was a wake up call for us.”
Because Gustavus is a perennial power in the MIAC, Bell said that the team’s cautious first have was more of a mental mistake than domination by the Gusties.
“We almost psyched ourselves out,” Bell said. “We were almost scared going into the game, but we ended up being able to play them better than we expected.
Hetland agreed, and said that fans can expect to see a better performance by the team on the field and on the stat sheets.
“We shouldn’t have to back off when we have some high ranking team coming to Concordia. If we can keep it on our minds that we have the ability to play with them, it shouldn’t be a problem.”
The Cobbers will continue their homestand tomorrow when they host
Carleton at 1 p.m.
Women's Golf |
Women's golf wins Gustavus Invite, advances to MIAC
For the first time in weeks, the weather was unbeatable and, once again, so was Concordia’s women’s golf team. After trailing after the first day, they advanced to win the Gustavus Women's Golf Invitational last weekend against various top ranked teams from around the region and around the nation.
Coming into the tournament on Saturday, the Cobbs were aware of the competition they were up against. Not only were there teams from all over Minnesota, but also numerous teams from out of the state, including nationally ranked Nebraska and Iowa.
Rated third in the nation and first in the region, the Cobbers stepped up once again and proved that they are on the top by rounding out the tournament with a final score of 658, 21 strokes ahead of the second place finisher, University of Minnesota. Senior Kari Weidner, lead the team with a forth place 163 followed closely behind by fifth place finisher Junior, Jenni Kovash, with a 164.
For the first time all season the course conditions were favorable.The leaves were still and the sky was blue.
"The conditions were awesome with beautiful weather," said freshman Tanya Ulven.
According to Ulven, even though the greens were really slow, they were mentally prepared for the challenge. Everyone brought their best game to the tournament.
"Some days some people come through, some days others come through. Last weekend, we all came through," Ulven said.
With the Gustavus meet behind them, the Cobbers are on their way to the MIAC Championships.
The Cobbers have won the MIAC Championship for the last four years with Jenni Kovash earning medallist honors last year at Oakdale Country Club. This year, they are being held in Fargo at Oxbow Country Club. This will be the Cobbers last fall event, so they hope to finish strong.
"There is a sense of pressure,” Ulvin said. “I mean, right now, were the ones to beat."
The Cobbs aren't going in cold though; they have seen the course numerous
times and should have a slight home course advantage. The battle will begin
at Oxbow on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and the second day match will start at
Men's Golf |
Men's golf takes fourth at St. John's
Concordia men's golf ended up with a fourth place finish at the St. John's Invitational over the weekend. 1998 All-MIAC sophomore Mike Hagan led the team on Sunday and and put himself on the leaders board with a score of 75.
On Monday, Zach Hanson was a standout, shooting an exceptional last nine holes to improve his overall score.
Freshman Durand Onell thought the team played much better on Sunday at St. Cloud's course than on Monday at Becker's course.
"Becker was a pretty tough course," Onell said. "It had a lot of trees, a lot of sandtraps, and it was pretty long."
The team's fourth place finish was not disappointing considering it was missing one of its top golfers, Matt Tharaldson, who was gone due to illness. He'll also be absent for this weekend's Gustavus Twin Cities Invitational.
Concordia will only bring its top five golfers to Gustavus due to entry regulations.
"[Our goal against Gustavus]obviously to win,” said freshman Justin Anderson. “There's no reason to show up at a tournament if you're not there to win."
As far as judging how the team will finish overall in the MIAC this spring, Onell said, "we have tons of potential- a lot of great guys who love to play golf. The sophomores, juniors, and seniors are good leaders. Individually and teamwise I think we're pretty strong."
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Men's Cross Country |
Student athletes must also excel at juggling
A 200 mile long bus ride might sound like the perfect distraction-free time for studying, but when you desk is bouncing and words are quickly read by the passing flashes of streetlights, the sturdy desks of the library can actually be an inviting thought.
Throw in the distractions of preparing for and recovering from a game, and it’s easy to see why it’s a constant challenge for multi-sport athletes to continuously juggle sports and school, while they try to maintain a social life.
"To be a student athlete they have got to be extremely dedicated," said Garrick Larson, men's head track and field coach. "You have to manage your time year around. People like Micah [Benson, senior and three-sport athlete] seem to thrive in that atmosphere. It keeps them focused all the time in what they need to do without wasting much time."
Larson said that student athletes must constantly strive to reach their potential in both academics and athletics.
Concordia's philosophy of studies first, athletics second fits well with that of Division III schools that don't offer athletic scholarships. Student athletes must be driven by the love of the sport, not a hefty scholarship.
For many students their priorities are clear. For student athletes however, it can be a struggle to decide which role to embrace. Sophomore Kathy Braun plays three sports soccer, hockey and softball, while trying to have a life outside of sports.
"It's a lot of time management and having to focus on homework when you need to," Braun said. "It takes a lot of discipline not to waste time. Last year I did two sports I wasn't quite ready for three. It takes a lot of dedication and sacrifice."
Braun was also very active in sports during her high school career. Braun has found that the dedication needed to play college sports is much greater than it was in high school.
"In high school I played three sports tennis, basketball and softball," she said. “In high school sports practice was only during the season. You had several months before practice started up again. In college the coaches expect more work in the preseason and after season. There is a lot more commitment in college than in high school."
Benson is also a multi-sport athlete who participates on the soccer, basketball and track and field teams. Benson’s plan to play two college sports changed after he got to Concordia.
"I just played three sports in high school," Benson said. "I only planned to play soccer and track [at Concordia], but I couldn't stand not playing basketball, I asked the coach about playing and he said to try out and I made team. I really enjoy playing sports and all the good friends that I have made."
Benson said that sometimes he spreads himself out too thin. "I try to focus on what's really important to me,” Benson said. “I try to have more time with my friends, but have time for academics as well. I think that being in a sports makes you more disciplined with your school work routine. I practice in the afternoons and try to do my home work at night."
Larson said that often good athletes are successful students. "A lot of times they don't have much time to waste because they have to keep up on homework and not let their homework slide until the last minute," he said.
Benson and Braun know that getting a good education is a top priority. "I never meant to play sports,” Benson said. “I was looking for a good education. I am fortunate to participate in three sports yet get a good education ... Not many will advance to professional sports. Education is the most important aspect of school which will led to being successful." Braun knows what it takes to succeed as student-athlete, but that doesn’t make her juggling act any easier.
"Sometimes it's hard [with] late nights at the computer," she said.
"Road games are difficult trying to study. I know I have to study to go
to school. My dad makes it clear that academics are what's important here
to get a career for the rest of my life. That's what I am here for. I try
not to forget that"
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Men's Cross Country |
No men's cross country story this week.
Women's Cross Country |
No Women's cross country story this week.