- December 1, 2000
Climb in cards for men's basketball
Three years ago, the Concordia men’s basketball team was bad...
And they knew it.
“Players thought we were gonna lose,” said senior guard Nick Killoran.
The Cobbers finished that dismal season with a record of 3-21. But since then, the program has seen a steady improvement. The next year, the Cobbers finished 5-19. Last season, they improved to 9-15 and were in the playoff race halfway through the season. This year, Killoran and the rest of his teammaates hope to bring the program full circle. “We’re focused on winning the league,” Killoran said.
That focus hasn’t gone unnoticed by the coaches. “These guys come to play everyday,” said head coach Duane Siverson.
Helping that cause, according to Siverson, is the fact that this year’s team is full of guys that can play. Therefore, everybody is challenged. “Nobody has a position that’s secure,” Siverson said.
Also helping the Cobbers, is the return of Killoran and juniors guard Robb Flint, forward Mike Syverson and center Jeff Ubben. All four of those players have known what it feels like to lose, and according to Siverson, they don’t want it to happen again. “The leadership on this team won’t stand for mediocrity,” Siverson said.
One player on the team who is definitely not mediocre, is Ubben. The 6-8 center was an honorable mention all-MIAC player last season and is the Cobbers leading returning scorer and rebounder. In Concordia’s season opening loss to MSU-Moorhead, Ubben dominated the Dragons inside,scoring 19 points and grabbing seven rebounds. “We’ve got to look for him,” Siverson said. “He wants the ball, and we’ve got to get him the basketball.”
Ubben knows that his play will go a long way in determining how far
this team goes.
The Cobbers will also get some additional help from a couple of transfers.
Senior six-foot guard Joe Snowden comes to Concordia from NDSU and gives
the Cobs a dangerous perimeter threat. Senior
On the court, the Cobbers are looking to change their style of play this year. The last couple of years, the Cobs have been strictly a half-court team. But with this team’s depth and athleticism, Concordia will look to make it a full-court game with a pressing and trapping style of defense. It’s the same style that brought the Cobbers so much success in the mid-90s. “We’re looking to get ‘more money out of our buck’ so to speak,” Siverson said.
This weekend, the men will get a chance to test out their new style,
when they travel to California to take part in the University of Redlands
tournament. According to Siverson, there is some excellent
With new transfers and some younger players moving up to varsity, it will also give the teammates a chance to get to know each other and get prepared for the upcoming conference schedule. “It’s a chance for everyone to get on the same page and bond out,” Ubben said. “We’ve got to be ready for the conference opener.”
According to Siverson, the MIAC is extremely strong this season. Macalester, St.Thomas, Gustavus, St. Olaf, St.John’s and Augsburg are all extremely talented. In fact, Siverson thinks that everyone except Hamline has a shot at the title this season. “It’s going to be a real dog fight,” Siverson said.
The Cobbers open conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 6th at Augsburg.
Women's basketball takes Tip-Off tourney:
The Concordia women’s basketball team started its news season strongly,
winning its first two games and the Tip-Off Tourney November 17 and 18
Hockey teams have winless weekend
The Concordia men’s and women’s hockey teams played a series of non-conference
match-ups last weekend, losing four games to teams in other leagues.
The two losses bring the Cobbers record to 3-2-1 overall, 3-0-1 in the MIAC. The Cobbers remain at the top of the conference, a place where they hope to stay. Gast said their two goals are to win the MIAC and make it to the national tournament.
The Cobbers play conference foe Bethel this weekend. “The most important
thing is to get two wins,” Gast said. He added that they are going to concentrate
on playing a full 60-minutes, and they
She added that it took a couple of periods to adjust to the physical
nature of the game. Although Concordia didn’t score a goal, the quality
of play improved as the periods went on. “We came together as a team,”
Lien said. “By the last period, we were playing well.”
This weekend the Cobbers play at home against Bethel, a team that Lien
feels her team should beat.
The puck will drop tonight at 7 p.m. and tomorrow at 2 p.m.
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Wrestler's prepare for Cobber open
With several of last year’s leaders returning, including a strong junior class, and some new freshman prospects, the Cobbers are reaching for many goals this season, including an improvement on last years’ 4th place finish at the MIAC championships.
They got themselves off to a good start in their first competition, the 12th annual Auggie-Brute-Adidas Open at Augsburg, where junior Zack Schroeder scored a 4th place finish in the 133 pound class. Two freshman, Jesse Barnacle and Bryan Kvitek, also were successful. Barnacle managed to make it to the 157 pound championship, and Kvitek took 3rd place in the heavyweight class.
The wrestlers next host the Cobber Open, tomorrow at 8 a.m..