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Fall 1976,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
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Golf championship highlights women's fall sports

Cobber women generally had a commendable fall with one championship and some fair finishes overall.

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Women's Golf

Women golfers were unbeatable this year with Diane Fedje, a freshman from Hoople, ND, and Kris Tovson, a senior from Detroit Lakes, MN, trading medalist honors throughout the season. They brought home the Minn-Kota Conference Team championship along with Tovson taking individual honors.

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Women's Tennis

Women tennis teammates suffered through a dismal season with just three wins out of nine matches. They were led by Mary Rostedt, a junior from Kensington, MN, and Judy Bell, a junior from Minneapolis.

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Women's Volleyball

The Cobbers finished in third place in the Minn-Kota Volleyball Conference tournament held at home, and placed captain Joanne Robinson, a junior from Markham, IL, and Vickie Edwall, a senior from New Brighton, MN, on the All-Conference team.

Overall the volleyball team achieved a 6-7 record with four wins and three losses in the conference. In final season play in the MAIAW State Tournament in Duluth, the Cobbers managed to overcome Bemidji State and St Olaf for a 3-5 tournament finish.

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Women's Field Hockey

Concordia was represented on the All-Conference team in women's field hockey by two junior players~onja Peterson from Stillwater, MN, and Sandy Borgstahl from Faribault, MN.

Overall season record was 4-6 with MinnKota Conference standings at 1-5. The Cobber team succeeded in scoring against champion Bemidji State during the MAIAW State Tournament and held their opponents to their lowest point tally in the tournament ending with a 3-1 score.

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 Cobbers end season in three-way tie for second

Concordia closed out a successful 1976 football season in a three-way tie for second place in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). St. Olaf, St Thomas and Concordia each finished with 5-2 conference records.

St. John's succeeded in defending its title as MIAC champions for the third straight year.

Concordia compiled a 6-3 record overall. The Cobber offense gained 2,942 total yards compared to 2,262 for their opposition. Average rival yardage per game fell 75.6 short of Concordia's 326.9.

We had a successful season," Coach Jim Christopherson commented. "I was most encouraged this season by the performances of our underclassmen. This gives us a good nucleus to build on next year." (Five sophomores were in the starting lineup.)

Christopherson felt injuries played a major role in the Cobbers failing to lock in an undisputed second place in the conference. Injuries of key players hit at the end of the year when the competition was the strongest. Several of these injuries resulted in surgery.

Individual rushing leader was halfback Bob Beliveau, a sophomore from Alexandria, MN. In 176 attempts, he gained a total of 766 yards rushing. He was also the leading scorer for the season, chalking up 42 points with seven touchdowns. Second highest scorer was kicker Kurt Christensen, a sophomore from Appleton, WI, who had 20 conversions and six field goals for 38 points.

Individual passing leader was quarterback Mike Lien, a sophomore from Duluth, MN. He completed 37 of 80 attempted passes, with only three interceptions. Leading receiver was flanker Dave Grinaker, a senior from Moorhead, with 34 receptions for 432 yards gained, averaging 54 yards per game.

Junior Barry Bennett, a 245-pound tackle and a junior from North St. Paul, MN, was credited as the overall leading defensive point leader. Bennett, who has excellent pursuit and speed, is considered by Coach Christopherson to be the hardest working man on the team, and the best offensive tackle in the MIAC.

Concordia's defensive secondary picked off 21 passes with Dale Heffron, a junior from Keewatin, MN, leading with five interceptions.

Concordia was well represented on the MIAC 1976 All-Conference team. Six Cobbers who earned positions for outstanding seasonal play were: on offense - split end David Grinaker, tackle Doug Boese, a senior from Anoka, MN, and halfback Bob Beliveau; on defense - safety Dale Heffron, and linemen Barry Bennett and Randy Frisk, a senior from Motley.

Frisk was also selected by his varsity teammates as Most Valuable Player. Freshman Ken Helland, from Emmons, MN, received the Most Valuable Player honor for his performance on the junior varsity squad. The freshmen achieved a 4-1 record for the year.

Preparation for the 1977 season is already under way. Captains will be Barry Bennett, Mike Blum, a junior from Stewart. MN, and Mike Lien. Looking ahead, Christopherson said most of the defense will be returning, which is an important area in which to be strong. "But it is important, too, that we improve."
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