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Fall 1982,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead

Fall 82

Seven Cobbers named to all- MIAC gridiron team

Losses by the Concordia College football team in its final games against St. John's and Gustavus kept the Cobbers from earning a fifth-straight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) title and a playoff bid. Following a non-conference loss to Moorhead State in the season opener, the Cobbers went on to win the next five games, four of them by shutouts. A forfeit win over Hamline and a hard-fought victory over St. Thomas were to be the last triumphs of the season for the Cobbers, who finished in a three-way second place MIAC tie with Gustavus Adolphus and St. Thomas with 6-2 conference record. Undefeated St. John's took the MIAC title.

Although the team did not advance to the playoffs, seven Cobbers were named to the 28-member all-MIAC team. They are seniors Kevin Arndt, Wilimar, Minn., linebacker Joe Gotta, Moorhead, split end;  Doug McMiIlan, Absarokee,  Mont.,  defensive tackle; Dan Olson, Buffalo, Minn.,  free safety;  David Roen,  Lake Park,  Minn., defensive end; Mark Tommerdahl, Fergus Falls, Minn., offensive tackle; and sophomore Reid Christopherson, Moorhead, halfback. Five additional Cobbers received honorable mentions.

A season highlight for Jim Christopherson, who just completed his 14th year as head coach, was his 100th win, the homecoming victory over Mankato (Minn.) State University.

Women's golf team wraps up successful season

Although the young Cobber women golfers had their best season ever, winning five of their six meets, there is no national post-season tournament for them to play in because of the elimination of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW).

During the season  the women set Concordia records for a team stroke average of 342, which is 14 better than last year's mark, and for a single meet score of 332 set at the _ Dakota State Invitational in Sioux Falls, S.D., and again at the South Dakota State Invitational in Brookings, S.D.

Leading the Cobbers throughout 1982 was senior Karna Johnson from Alexandria, Minn., who held an 18-hole average of 82.7; earned medalist honors for taking first place at the Briar Cliff Invitational in Sioux City, Iowa; and never finished below fourth place in any of the other five tournaments.

Annette Haugstul, a sophomore from Fosston, Minn., also had an outstanding year. Averaging 83.4 shots per 18 holes, Raugstul pushed Johnson the entire season and finished among the top five in all but one meet.

Close behind in the individual stroke average category were sophomore Jill Olafson from Wadena, Minn., and freshman Melissa Viker from Mahnomen, Minn., with 85.5 - and 86.5 averages respectively.

According to Coach Duane Siverson, when the AIAW folded, the golf squad had to join either Division II or III of the  National  Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) or the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics, none of which holds a national meet. The team chose the NCAA Division III.

Although the Cobbers cannot compete as a team in post- season tournaments, five individuals from Division III schools will be chosen to play in the NCAA Division I tournament next spring.  Both Johnson and Haugstul stand a good chance of being selected, according to Siverson.

Women's soccer initiated at Concordia

Women's soccer is a new addition to the Concordia athletic roster this year. And, like many teams in their "expansion" year, the soccer squad gained more in experience than wins.

"Given the growing popularity of soccer in the upper Midwest," said Concordia athletic director Armin Pipho, "we decided late last summer to start a women's soccer program in place of field hockey. We had little time to prepare for the season and even less time to recruit players."

The interest shown in soccer was remarkable for a first-year sport, according to  Pipho. Thirty-seven women turned out for the first meeting and 18 stayed to complete the eight game schedule. The team ended with a 0-8 win-loss record. Mike Anderson ('80) served as the women's soccer coach this season and is expected jo return next year. Anderson is a biology/science teacher at Glyndon-Felton High School and has been involved in the Fargo-Moorhead  Soccer Association.

 Women, men harriers finish a good season

Both women's and men's cross country teams wrapped up their seasons recently with conference and regional meets.

The Cobber women captured third place in a field of 10 in the Minnesota Intercollegiate  Athletic  Conference Women's Division (MIAC W) meet and finished ninth out of 14 in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Championships The men tied for fifth place at the MIAC meet with nine schools and achieved an eighth-place  finish out of 19 at the NCAA Division Ill regional meet.

Junior  Lynnette  Dyrdahl from Kalispell, Mont., was the top  runner throughout the season for the women. At the conference meet, her 5 000 meter time of 18:55 was good enough to win eighth place as well as all-MIAC honors Dyrdahl placed 29th at the region al, followed directly by junior teammate Carlene  Paulson from Moorhead in 30th place.

Sophomore Hans  Henrik  Pedersen  from  Sofiemyr, Norway, was the men's top performer in the conference and regional meets, placing 19th and 26th, respectively. None of the Cobbers qualified for national competition

 Volleyballers play in conference tourney

Concordia's volleyball squad completed its 1982 season with a fifth-place finish at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Division (MlAC) State Tournament held at Macalester College in St. Paul, Nov. 5 and 6.

The Cobbers defeated St Thomas on the first day of the meet to qualify for the next day's play. However, they met defeat at the hands  of Gustavus Adoiphus, who went on to win the tournament Also finishing ahead of the Cobbers were Augsburg Ma calester and Bethel.

With four freshmen, a sophomore and a junior on the starting lineup, the Cobbers  were a young team. Despite the fact it was a building season they accumulated an 11-14 record overall, with a 3-6 record in the MIAC-W.

 Men golfers round out season

After losing three of its top five players from last year, the ' Cobber men's golf team still hoped to repeat as Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) champions. But it was not to be.

"We never got all five golfers playing well at the same time,"  said Coach  John Edsness. "We usually finished between fourth and sixth in our meets

However, Gary Martinson, a senior from Barnesville, Minn and the squad's number one player throughout the season, earned all-MIAC status by ' placing second in the conference tournament, Oct. 11 and 12, with a two-day score of 77-77-154. As a team, the Cobbers took fourth place in the MIAC meet with a 329-317-646.

The team experienced a particularly exciting moment when freshman Paul Stageberg from Willmar, Minn., shot a hole in one at the St. John's University Invitational at the Owatonna (Minn.) Country Club, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.