- April 6, 2001
Cobber Men's Baseball |
Baseball’s longest rain delay
There's an old adage that practice makes perfect.
If that's true, then the Cobber men's baseball players should be all set to go because practice is about all they've had so far this year. The problem is that all they get are indoor practices, not real games on the diamond.
Of 12 scheduled games, the team has played just three. They've had seven games rained out, including the last three of the Easton Shootout at the University of Dallas, and their entire four-game set at the Midland (Neb.) Snow Blower Classic. Two games scheduled for last weekend against the University of Wisconsin-Superior and the University of Minnesota-Morris were postponed because of weather.
And with the conditions in Moorhead such as they are, the team is still relegated to practicing in the Olson Forum while it waits for the weather gods to let it play outdoors.
"People are sick of being inside," junior shortstop Tim Miller said. "We've been in there (Olson Forum) since Feb.1 and now we just want to get out and start playing ball."
But the biggest problem the team may face is the fact that other MIAC teams, with the exception of St. Mary's, have been playing this year. Most of them, in fact, have 10-20 games under their belts, according to coach Bucky Burgau. Most MIAC schools, he said, enjoy the advantage of being near or in the Twin Cities, so that they can use the Metrodome to avoid washouts.
"It's frustrating,” Burgau said. “We think we have the chance to be very good, but we really haven't had the chance to improve. Baseball is a game you need to play to maintain and get better."
Just because the Cobbers haven't played many games, though, doesn't mean they will use it as an excuse once MIAC play rolls around.
"We may be at a disadvantage," Miller said. "But that's not an excuse if we lose."
Though the team hasn't played as many games as everyone else, it has still had very good indoor practices, and Burgau thinks the team has players that are good enough to overcome the weather.
"Once we get four or six games in, I think we'll be caught up," said Burgau.
But with the nasty tricks the weather has played, it seems like an outside game can't come soon enough for the anxious Cobbers. But they're not moaning or complaining: All they can do is take it in stride.
As Miller notes, "Mother Nature's just not on our side."
Cobber Women's Softball |
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Cobber Women's Tennis |
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Cobber Men's Outdoor Track and Field |
Cobber Women's Outdoor Track and Field |
Coaches Larson and Roeske ‘running’
Since the end of the indoor track season, the Cobber men and women have had it pretty easy. That is everyone but head coaches Garrick Larson and Marv Roeske. While the rest of the team has had a relatively easy break, the two coaches have seen their days flash before there eyes, all-be-it for good reasons.
Larson has spent the last few weeks frantically trying to finish his masters thesis. In nine days, Larson has a paper due on the "pronation and supination of the female foot," to receive his masters in biomechanics from the University of Minnesota.
To get it all done, Larson, on top of his duties of being a professor and coach, has worked 3- 10 hours a day on the paper. He has also found four students to help him with all the statistical analysis. When all is said and done, Larson figures the paper will be somewhere between 100-150 pages long. Larson said that the one thing that has helped through all of this is a window in the faculty lounge.
"It's amazing how much work I can get done in front of that window," he said. "I think I'm going to have to start doing all my work there."
For Roeske, the last few weeks have been just as busy, although he has enjoyed his hectic life much more than Larson. That's because on March 15th, Marv's wife gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Quinn. That's meant a lot of long nights, and even longer days at work. But for Marv, that's ok.
"It's certainly worth it," he said.
In fact, Roeske said that the lack of sleep and going through the day on adrenaline has helped him to get back in touch with being a college kid again.
"It's helped me to appreciate the demands of a student/athlete in college,"
"It's important for me that the girls are excited about Quinn, since she's going to be raised around them," he said.
The schedule won't get any easier for the coaches either, as the outdoor season moves into full swing this weekend at the All-Lutheran Invitational in Sioux Falls. From now until the MIAC outdoor meet the second weekend in May, the two men will be gone coaching at least 3-4 days a week, in states as far away as Iowa and Kansas.
"Now is when we say goodbye to the wives...‘See you in May’," said Larson.
Sandwiched between all these meets will be the first outdoor meet at Concordia in over 10 years. On April 12th, Concordia will host the Irv Christiansen Invite, on their new track which was put in this summer.
"It's the same surface as they use in the Olympics," Roeske said. "It's
hard and fast."
"The focus now is more on competing," Larson said. "We're going to start
cutting back on volume and let them race."
Both coaches say that the athletes seem ready for the challenge.
"Their chompin' at the bit," Roeske said.