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Winter  1982-83,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
Winter 82-83

(Picture) Six-foot-one sophomore JoDee Bock from Lisbon, N.D., puts up a shot during Concordia's 75-60 NCAA Division III West Region tournament victory over Pomona-Pitzer College March 4. Bock, leading Cobber scorer during the season, finished the game with 22 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Women's basketball team plays in NCAA regional tournament

Although four all-America members of the  1981-82 Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Division III  championship  Cobber basketball team were lost to graduation,  hopes remained high for another successful season.

The depth from last year's team carried through to the 1982-83 schedule and resulted in a share of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title, with an 8-1 won-lost conference record and 15-8 overall. The College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., and St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minn~, also had 8-1 records.

Concordia was selected as the site for the Minnesota AIAW Division II and Division  III  tournament  Feb. 24-26, which would decide the state championship. After winning in the first round, the Cobbers faced St. Thomas in the semifinals and lost 70-64. St. Thomas went on to take the state title, followed by The University  of MinnesotaMorris in second place and Concordia in third.

Because of their third-place finish, the Cobber women did not expect to continue in postseason play. However, Concordia was invited to host and play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III West Region tournament, March 4-5.

In the NCAA tournament, Concordia was selected ahead of St. Thomas because of the Cobbers' tougher  schedule their three regular-season vic tories over St. Thomas their better record against Division III teams and their reputation as last year's AIAW national champions. The University of Minnesota-Morris,  nationally ranked 20th, was also chosen to compete in the four-team tourney.

Concordia's first opponent was Pomona-Pitzer College of Claremont, Calif., who was tied with Morris in the 20thranked position. In a show of fine offensive and defensive strength, the Cobbers led the entire game and won 75-60.

The next round was an all Minnesota duel with Concordia facing Morris. Although they led most of the game, the Cobbers were beaten by a Morris basket with just 17 seconds left, which made the final score 69-68 and ended the women 5 season.

JoDee Bock, a 6'l" sophomore from Lisbon, N.D., led the Cobbers  in  offense throughout the season and broke the school single-game scoring record by hitting 37 points  against  Valley  City (N.D.) State College, Jan. 17.

Five-foot-nine senior Mary Moenkedick from  Perham, Minn., rounded out a successful collegiate basketball career, falling just five points short of 1,000 for her four-year regular season point total.

Basketball team takes MIAC crown

The  Concordia College men's basketball team won its second straight Minnesota Intercollegiate  Athletic  Conference championship in 52 years.

Concordia chalked up a 14-4 won-lost record in the MIAC and ended  17-8 overall in regular season play.

With three games remaining in the season, the Cobbers clinched the MIAC title Feb. 20 by defeating last-place St. Mary's  College,  Winona, Minn., bya score of 70-67. The win gave the Cobbers a berth in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 13 playoffs.

In first-round play on March 5, Concordia played Northern Intercollegiate Conference runner-up  Southwest  State University, Marshall, Minn. After a slow start that put the Cobbers at a 10-point deficit, Concordia came back and scored 17 unanswered points to win the contest 100-88.

In the NAJA District 13 final on March 9, the Cobbers were pitted against St.  John's University, Collegeville, Minn. Each team had earned a win over the other in two games played earlier in the season In the title game, St. John 5 60 percent field goal success rate proved to be more than the Cobbers could handle. Concordia was knocked out of further post-season competition by a score of 84-70.

Prestigious NAIA District 13 and all-MIAC honors were garnered  by two Cobber seniors for their outstanding performance on the season Seven-foot center Garrett Byrne, Bloomington, Minn. and 6-foot-1  guard Ricky Simpson, Atlanta, were named to the 12-man squad. This was Byrne's second straight all-MIAC honor. Cobber coach John Eidsness was also named MIAC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Cobber players receiving honorable mention positions on the all-MIAC team were seniors Jon Eide, Fargo, N D and Kerry Nelson, Wahpeton N.D., and junior Dale Moe Duluth, Minn.

 Skaters wrap up '83 season

The Cobber hockey team played their last game of the 1982-83 season against Gustavus Adolphus College,  St. Peter, Minn., Feb.19.

An 8-7 loss gave Concordia a 6-10 record, which was good for a fourth-place finish, in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Their overall record was 9-18.

"We knew it would be a building year since we had only one senior on the squad," said hockey coach Al Rice. "We had good speed, but had trouble putting the puck in the net until the end of the season."

As in their final contest, the Cobbers lost a number of games by one goal, which is typical of young teams, according to Rice.

"Playing well under the pressure of close games is something that only comes with experience," he said. "Next year we'll have more experience so we can strengthen our defense."

Junior Andrew Odegaard from  Roseau,  Minn., and sophomore David Swanberg from  East  Grand Forks, Minn., both at the wing position, and senior center Lonnie Vatnsdal, also from Roseau, provided a bright spot for the team. Among them, they accounted for 57 goals and 52 assists throughout the season.

 McLeod receives All-America honors

As a perennial dominant force in the heavyweight division, senior Malcolm "Molly" McLeod from Fargo, N.D., had his collegiate wrestling career capped when he was selected for all-America honors by both the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics.

The honors were given to McLeod in recognition of his second- and fifth-place finishes at the NCAA Division III and I the NAJA national tournaments, respectively. This year marks the fourth year he has received the NCAA award and the first time he has earned the NAJA honor.

McLeod was not the only Cobber to do well this past season. The 10 wrestlers on the Concordia team combined efforts to take second place, behind Augsburg College Minneapolis, in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, held at the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn., Feb.12

Jeffrey Neil, a 142-pound sophomore from Crookston Minn., earned a share of the Carl Larson Memorial Trophy an award given to outstanding wrestlers in the MIAC meet

Concordia took 15th place in a field of 78 squads participat mg in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Tournament in Whitewater, Wis., Feb 17-18. McLeod and junior 158-pounder Wade Christen sen from Frazee, Minn. both won in their weight classes and Paul Morlock, a freshman from Moorhead, took second at 190 pounds.

With this, the three qualified for the NCAA Division III na tional meet at Wheaton Ill Feb. 26, in which McLeod took second. Christensen and Morlock both were defeated in early rounds.

Competition in the NAIA tournament was new for the Cobber wrestlers. Concordia was represented in the meet by McLeod and 126-pound fresh man Scott Putz from Rock ford, Minn.

As a team, the Cobbers tallied an 8-6 won-lost dual meet record for the season.