Highlighting 1985 spring sports at Concordia was a conference championship in baseball and national cornpetition berths for track and tennis team members.
Donald Bucky Burgau, head coach of Concordia's baseball team, guided the Cobbers to their second baseball MIAC championship in Concordia's history, the first coming in 1962. The Cobbers finished with an MIAC record of 15-5 and an overall standing of 23-10-1. Under pressure throughout the season, the team tied with St. Olaf for first-place honors by defeating the Oles 5-1 in the final game.
Burgau, completing his seventh year as coach, was named MIAC Coach of the Year and NCAA Division II Midwest Region Coach of the Year.
Players receiving all-conference honors were May graduates Ray Brekke, Timothy Anderson and Kent Kuball; Greg Toivonen '86 and Joel Smith '87. Anderson also received the Max Morlock Most Valuable Player Award, which goes to one player in the MIAC, and Kuball and Smith were named all-district players.
In tennis, the women's team finished fourth in the conference and compiled an overall record of 18-3. Julie Gilbertson '87 placed first in conference play in No.1 singles and competed at the national level. Gilbertson and her partner, Barbara Brunsdale '88, took second place in No.1 doubles at the conference level. In May the college will host the MIAC women's tennis tournament at the Southgate Racquet Club in Fargo.
The men's tennis team placed seventh in conference competition.
In track, the women's team placed second in the conference and sent six members to compete nationally. The men's team closed their season with a sixth place conference standing and sent three to nationals.
Competing at the national level were Kurtis Waters '88, who earned a
fifth-place finish in the pole vault; Daniel Flauer '86, hurdles; Henrik
Pedersen '85, steeple chase; Cynthia Bogatzki '86 who placed fifth in the
discus; sophomores Mary Line, Tammy Krell and Ann McKenna, and junior Pamela
Olsgaard, who took fifth in the 1,600-meter relay; and Marion Strand '85,
who competed in the 3,000-meter run.