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Winter  1978-79,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
  Winter 78-79

Cobbers finish second in national hockey tourney

Concordia's hockey team finished second in post-season play at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament and had a 17-13 season won-lost record. The Cohhers lost to Bemidji (Minn.) State University. the NAIA's number one-ranked team, in the championship game.

The Cobbers played shorthanded at the national tourney as a result of disciplinary action imposed by college officials against the coach and several key players. The suspensions resulted from an altercation durlng the final regular season game at Augsburg College.

With senior tri-captain Ray Weisgarber out with an injury, the Cobbers were a definite underdog in the tournament. Concordia surprised most hockey experts by defeating Augsburg, a team that had beaten them twice, in the first round and Duluth's St. Scholastica in the semifinals. The team was guided during the tournament by assistant coach Greg Simoneau.

Senior Jeff  Frieder set a school record with 26 goals this season. Second place John Villalta had 11 goals.

Women cagers end season at Missouri tournament

Concordia's women's baskethall team had a fine year. capped with an appearance in the Region 6 tournament of the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women in Missouri in mid-March.

Coach Collette Foistad's team went into that event with a 26-5 record overall after tying for the conference championship with Valley City (N.D.) State College and the University of Minnesota Morris, each with 6-1 records. The team also won the North Dakota State University Holiday Tournament and repeated as winner of the Minnesota Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Tournament in Minneapolis Named to the All-Conference team were senior Diana Anderson of Starkweather, N.D., and Kathy Meyer a junior from Mayville, ND. Selected to the All-Tournament team in the Cobbers' repeat victory among Minnesota schools were Meyer; Coral Beske, a junior from Lake Park, Minn.; and Mary Schultz, a junior from Baker, Minn.

Field hockey team finishes in tie for second place

Concordia's women's field hockey team was better than their 5-13 overall record mdicates, according to Coach Afton Nellermoe. She noted that Bemidji, conference champion, defeated Concordia three times, each by one point.

The team finished in a tie for second in the conference along with Moorhead State University and the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks.

Two seniors, Kim Remark of Moorhead and Mary Moe of Kindred, N.D., were selected AllConference.

Mark Jensen heads wrestlers as second year All-American

Concordia's wrestling squad posted a 7-6 record in dual meets during Coach Finn Grinaker's 24th year at the helm.

The team finished fourth in the conference and had two wrestlers who finished second in the conference meet. They were Tom Gruhlke at 142 pounds a junior from Palisade, Minn., and Mark Jensen, a 150-pound senior from Brainerd, Minn.

Highlights of the season included a first-place finish in the nine-team North Country Invitational Tournament at St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn., and AH-American designation for the second consecutive year for Jensen. The Brainerd wresfier started this season late because he was also on the championship football team and participated in the post-season games. Jensen placed fifth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III competition in California. He also set a school record of 102 victories durmg his college career, bettering the record of 96 set last year by Barry Bennett. Jensen had a final total of 102 wins, 26 losses and 1 tie.

Basketball season was 'close shave' for Cobber pair

After a fast start, Concordia's men's basketball team finished the season with 11 wins and 16 losses in the first season for Coach John Eidsness. In the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Cobbers finished 6-12

In the Augsburg Invitational Tournament in Minneapolis during the Christmas holidays, the Cobbers claimed the trophy, an event that led to two players wearing stocking caps a great deal around campus. Junior Eric Larsen and senior Chuck Gulsvig said they would let their heads be shaved by teammates if Concordia won the three-game holiday tournament. When that happened, they tried to pacify the others by showing up for practice with mohawk haircuts, leaving a stripe of hair down the middle. The others were not to be denied, and it was easy to locate the two on the court or on campus for the remainder of the season. Larsen is from Fargo, N. D., and Gulsvig, son of sports information director Sonny Gulsvig, is from Moorhead.