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Spring 1983 Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead

Spring 83

Two track  men In NCAA tourney

Howard Bergiund and David "Buzz" Dahl collected six team points for Concordia during the 94-team  National  Collegiate Athletic Association Division III track tournament, held at Napperville, Ill., on May 28.

Berglund, a junior from Carrington, N.D., who also pitches for the Cobber baseball team, placed seventh in the javelin competition with  a throw of 198-2. Re qualified for nationals  with  a conference-record throw of 218-2, breaking the old record by nearly four feet. Before entering the nationals, he had participated in javelin competition only twice this season.

Dahl, a senior from Canton, S.D., placed 15th in the pole vault at nationals. During the MIAC tournament, he had set a new record by clearing the 14-11 mark.

Glassboro (N.J.) State College won the NCAA meet with 94 team points. MIAC competitor Ramline University, St. Paul, Minn., placed second.

En route to the nationals, Concordia had placed sixth at the MIAC meet two weeks earlier. In addition to wins by Bergiund and Dahl, Cobber Dan Hauer, a freshman from Perham, Minn., finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles, and Eric Ness, a junior from Minneapolis, placed sixth in the javelin.

Two women from the Concordia women's track team earned all-America honors for their high placing at the  NCAA Division Ill track tournament, held at North Central College in Napperville, Ill., on May 28.

Lynnette Dyrdahl, a junior from Kalispell, Mont., placed fifth at nationals in the 1,500 meter and set a new Cobber record of 4:37.97.  Kristine Freeman,  a  senior  from Duluth, Minn., placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 42-5½. Competitors  must place sixth or higher to receive all-America status.

Sharyl Geisert, a junior from Esko, Minn., also did well at nationals, placing eighth in the shot put with a throw of4l-6½ and ninth in javelin with a throw of 128-4. Also taking part in nationals was the 440-meter relay team of Margo RoIm, a senior from Moorhead; Cheryl Richter, a junior from Perham, Minn.; Rachel Pietsch,  a  freshman  from Casselton, N.D.; and Pamela Olsgaard, a freshman from Moorhead.

This was the first time that Concordia had taken part in the NCAA tournament in track. With over 100 teams participating, the Cobbers scored 24 points and tied for 18th.  The  College  of St. Thomas, another school in the MIAC, placed second behind the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.

At the conference level, for the second consecutive year, Concordia  placed  second behind St.  Thomas in the MIAC tournament, held May 13-14 at Macalester College, St. Paul, Minn. Concordia's shot put and discus throwers earned 61 of the total 120 Cobber team points.

(Picture) Wayne Rice, a 1983 graduate from Willmar, Minn., prepares to serve against his Opponent from Moorhead State University during a match held at Concordia's Memorial Auditorium on April 13. Rice, who went on to win the match 6-4, 6-4, ended the season with a 12-4 record. Concordia's season was high lighted  by twice defeating North Dakota State University, Fargo; The University of Minnesota-Morris; and MSU. The Cobbers were 14-6 for the season and placed fifth in tournament action at the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship held May 6-8 at Gustavus Adolphus College, St.  Peter, Minn. Finishing the year with the best record on the team was David Eidsmoe, a junior from White Bear Lake, Minn., who was 15-3.

Women's tennis place sixth in MIAC

Strong performances from several individuals helped lead the Concordia women's tennis team to a 12-3 record in dual meets for the season and a sixth-place finish in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Dr. Joyce Pavek, coach of the team, cited the leadership and playing ability of team captain Tamara Thielman, a junior from Jamestown, N.D., at No. I singles; of Kelly Oevermann, a sophomore from Cass Lake, Minn., at No. 2 singles; and of Carolyn Kramer, a freshman from Waverly, Iowa, who Pavek named  the outstanding newcomer to the team.

Oevermann finished the regular season at 10-2 and placed fifth in the MIAC tournament. Kramer, with an 11-2 record at No. 4 singles, placed sixth in the MIAC.

In doubles action, the No.1 team of Thielman and Kramer was defeated at the conference tourney in the consolation round. The No.2 doubles team of Oevermann and  Karen Brunsdale, a sophomore from Mahnomen, Minn., placed fourth.  Oevermann  and Brunsdale, who had been the No. 1 doubles pair earlier in the season, moved to the No.2 slot to improve their record and their skills. Following the move, they were undefeated during regular season action.

Women's golf team claims second straight MAIAW title

For the second consecutive year, the Cobber women's golf team won the state golf title of the Minnesota Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, held May 2-3 at Island View Country Club in Waconia, Minn.

Concordia ended the tournament with a two-day combined team score of 717, which was 10 strokes better than runner- up Mankato (Minn.) State University.

Karna Johnson ('83) from Alexandria, Minn., who carried an 18-hole average of 82.7 from the fall season, placed third in the tournament with a score of 170. Johnson was two strokes back of a two-way tie for first place between Tammi Rostvold of Mankato State and Barb Ward of Winona (Minn.) State University. Rostvold went on to win in a one-hole playoff.

Other members of the Concordia squad to place were Annette Haugstul, a sophomore from Fosston, Minn., sixth at 178; Melissa Viker, a freshman from Mahnomen, Minn., 11th at 182; and Cindy Johnson, a sophomore  from  Anoka, Minn., 14th at 187.

During the fall 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 Invita tional in Brookings. The Cobber women won six of the eight tournaments they were in.

Baseball team ends season 20-14

The  Concordia baseball team  extended their  1983 season an extra three games when they were invited to participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III Midwest Regional Baseball Tournament  held May 25-26 at Oshkosh, Wis.

Entering the tournament with a 12-6 conference record and 19-12 overall, the Cobbers were stopped with two losses in three games during the double elimination playoff.

In the tournament the Cobbers lost their opener 8-3 to the Otterbein (Ohio) College team, who hit five home runs during the game, including three in the first inning. Otterbein went on to claim the tournament title.

Solid pitching from Howard Berglund,  a junior  from Carrington, N.D., and heavy hitting by the team gave the Cobbers a 13-7 win over Washington University, St. Louis Mo., to put Concordia at 1-1 in the tournament.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh eliminated Concordia from the tournament 5-4 in the third game.

For the year pitcher Stephen Anderson  ('83),  Melrose Minn., and Mark Nelson a junior  from  Alexandria Minn., were named the most valuable players of the team Anderson was 7-2 on the season, which was the most wins by a Concordia pitcher in one season. Nelson set club records with 54 hits, 15 doubles, 39 runs batted in and a .429 batting average. At first base, Nelson ended the season with a .984 fielding average or four errors in 243 attempts.

Nelson, Anderson and Brent Helmeke ('83) from New York Mills., were named to the all-Minnesota  Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball team. During the conference season,  Helmeke finished third in the MIAC with a .444 batting average and topped the conference with eight  doubles.  Nelson and William Stearns ('83) of Moorhead were also named to the NCAA Division III Midwest Region all-tournament team.