- November 10, 2000
Football over Augsburg: Prepares for season-ender at
“It was all about heart and showing the rest of the conference that were a team for real,” said senior receiver Adam Strainer.
After Augsburg jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, Concordia took over in the second. Senior runningback Josh Oien started the scoring for the Cobbers, as he scampered in for a 21-yard touchdown. Later in the quarter, senior halfback Jason Braaten scored on an option from two yards out to give the Cobbers a 14-7 lead. Concordia’s next two scores came through the air. Senior quarterback Jeff Hertel hit Strainer on an out pattern, which he turned into a 16-yard touchdown. Then, Hertel hit streaking junior Raleigh Schmidt down the sideline for a 50-yard score and a 28-7 halftime lead. “We really played inspired football in the second quarter,” said coach Jim Christopherson.
Not to be forgotten in all the success, was the Cobber defense. The defense held the Auggies three-and-out on all their possessions before the Cobber touchdowns. “We just got off to a good start defensively,” said senior linebacker Mike Schwab. “We stuck together out there.”
At halftime against Augsburg, Christopherson was presented with two special gifts in recognition for his 32 years of service to the game of football. First, Concordia and the alumni association gave him a model sailboat. It was in recognition of his contribution to the college and his love of sailing. Then, to top it off, the MIAC announced that the conference MVP award would now be called the Jim Christopherson award. It all came as quite a surprise to the coach. “I am totally floored,” Christopherson said. “That’s an unexpected award. It’s definitely an honor that I will just really cherish for the rest of my life.”
Now, Christopherson and the seniors turn their attention to their final
game, St. John’s. The seniors have never
beaten St. John’s. “It’ll be a pretty special one,” Schwab said. “It’d
be great to get a W
The game is scheduled for 1 pm on Saturday, at St. John’s.
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Hockey teams open ‘00-‘01 season.
Concordia’s men’s and women’s hockey teams opened their seasons last weekend, with the men’s team tying and defeating St. Mary’s, and the women’s team dropping two to St. Ben’s.
“We grew from Friday to Saturday,” head coach Steve Baumgartner said. “On Saturday, we didn’t take anything for granted.”
Six different players scored goals for the Cobbers, led by junior Toby Schneider and sophomore Antonio Castaneda who each had two. Senior goalie Bryan Howard added 66 saves over the weekend. The Cobbers are the defending conference champions, a fact that Baumgartner said will make them a target for other teams. “Every team is going to be looking to beat us,” he said. “We have to realize we’re a new team, and we have to improve every time out.”
Baumgartner’s goals include finishing in the top four in the conference and making the NCAA playoffs. He added that the top conference contenders include Augsburg, St. Thomas, Bethel and St. Olaf. The Cobbers have four returning All-MIAC players including seniors Howard and Mike Gast, junior Brady Burgess and sophomore Brian Nelson.
The Cobbers play at home tonight and tomorrow against MIAC opponent St. Olaf, a team that Baumgartner says will be tough. “They’re a team that works extremely hard and doesn’t give up,” he said.
The women’s team opened their second year of conference play last weekend against MIAC opponent St. Ben’s, but fell short in two games, losing 8-1 and 7-5. “We saw an improvement from the first game to the second,” head coach Deb Lien said. “The first game, we were a little nervous, but we’re gaining more experience.”
She added that many of the MIAC teams didn’t open their season with a conference game, something that she felt was an advantage for her team. “It was a great experience to see some of our conference competition and the level we have to be at,” she said.
Sophomore Annie Knierim and junior Sandra Johansson each scored two goals for the Cobbers while sophomore goalie Shyla Wilson had 113 saves over the weekend. This is only Concordia’s second year of conference play, but Lien hopes to finish in the top four and make the conference playoffs, a goal she thinks is not out of reach. “This year we have better athletes, and players who can put the puck in the net,” she said.
Lien cited St. Ben’s, Gustavus, St. Mary’s and Augsburg as teams to beat in this year’s conference race. This year’s team is led by sophomore co-captains Shyla Wilson and Katie Jacques.
The Cobbers play a non-conference match-up this weekend at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Volleyball measures success by personal growth
Success is measured through bigger things than wins and losses; this
is certainly the case for the Concordia Volleyball team. Head coach Tim
Mosser defines the success of this volleyball season by
“Through volleyball we can learn lessons for life: hard work, discipline,
self-focus, and commitment,” Mosser said. “These skills apply for life
in a job or marriage. You learn sometimes you have to
The Cobbers wrapped up their successful season Saturday in the MIAC tournament, with a lot of important lessons learned, and also a better record than last year. In the first match of the tournament, Concordia blew past Carlton, a team they beat earlier in the season. The Cobbers swept to an early lead to take the Knights 15-7, 15-8, and 15-1. “Against Carlton, we had a great third game,” Mosser commented. “We played hard and had a lot of fun.”
In their second match, Concordia faced Macalester, who took the Cobbers
in the first game 15-11. Concordia answered, taking the second 15-11, but
fell short in games 3 and 4, losing 15-3 and 15-13.
The loss severed any title hopes for the Cobbers, but allowed them to
play in a consolation match against St. Ben’s. Concordia lost to St. Ben’s
in three straight games 15-8, 15-12, and 16-14.
Concordia raps up their season with an 18-17 overall record, 6-5 in the MIAC. The Cobbers finish in a fifth place tie in the conference. The Cobbers look towards next year with high expectations, for another season of learning and fun. “We have a lot of exciting players coming up,” said Mosser. They know they can be successful if they are unselfish and consistent.”
Mosser ended with an acronym that applies to all teams, in sports and
in life: CAR-Confidant, Aggressive, and Relaxed. “It’s not the games you’ve
lost or won, but what you have gained as a
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