A propulsive season gave the Cobber women's basketball team a share of the conference championship with St. Mary's, Winona, Minn., and their fifth straight year at the national playoffs.
Coining off a 17-game winning streak, which began Jan. 11, the Lady Cobbers advanced to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament, where they beat St. Mary's 67-63 before losing to Bishop College of Dallas, 90-86. The women ended their 1985-86 season with an overall record of 25-3 and an MIAC record of 20-2. Coach Duane Siverson, in his second year as head coach for the women, was named MIAC Coach of the Year.
Led by seniors Cynthia Bogatzki, Bertha; Janet Peterson, Hallock, and Kim Sternhagen, Barrett, all in Minnesota, the women had an inspiring season. In their opening game, they tallied an 85-71 win over national runner-up North Dakota State University.
They also achieved a single game scoring record of 113 points against Carleton College. A highlight of their 17-game winning streak was a 95-66 win over St. Mary's, then rated third in the nation.
Siverson said, ''The depth, quickness and unity of our players was incredible, as was the tremendous leadership shown by our three seniors. Our goal was to win the conference title and we did it."
Receiving all-conference honors were Bogatzki and Peterson and sophomore Jessica Beachy of Staples, Mion. Sternhagen received honorable mention. Beachy and Peterson were also selected to the all-region team. Beachy established a single-season scoring record of 571 points.
Young hockey team is sixth in MIAC
Head coach Al Rice received his 200th-career win as the Concordia hockey team closed out the 1985-86 season with an MIAC record of 6-10 placing them in a sixth place tie with St. Mary~s.
The young skaters defeated three challengers in a row at the start of the season: St. John's 7-1; North Dakota State University, 8-3; and Hamline, 8-6. Eighteen-year coach Rice said, "At this point we were playing four lines and six defensemen and were really skating as an equal group." Overall, the Cobbers finished 8-18 for the season.
Selected all conference are junior Cohn Kerslake, Regina, Saskatchewan,
Canada, and Mark Ricc senior, Moorhead. Honorable mention designations
went to senior Andrew Mack, Soldotna, Alaska; juniors John Breyer, Grand
Forks, N.D.; and Todd Thompson, Devils Lake, N.D.; and sophomores Brian
Johnstoii, Thief River Falls, Minn.; and Craig Tietz, Virginia, Minn..
Men's Baketball team excels on home court
The Cobber men's basketball team had their ups and downs as they closed out their season with an MIAC record of 9-11 and 12-13 overall. Eight-year coach John Eidsness, assisted by Andy Askegaurd and Sonny Gulsvig, led the senior dominated starting line-up to several big victories offsetting some frustrating defeats.
The men compiled an outstanding 10-3 record at home but lost close games away to finish 2-10 on the road.
Among the highlights was defeating Moorhead State University twice, along with conference winner St. John's and second-place conference finisher, Bethel.
One player, senior Darrel Pederson from Lake Park, Minn., was named
to the all-conference team. According to Eidsness, Pederson had a fantastic
year, leading the conference in scoring with a game average of 20.3 points.
This year alone, Pederson racked up 498 points for a career total of 921.
Only six other players in Concordia's history have bettered that single-season
Two collegiate sports added
Varsity men's socccr and varsity women's softball teams will be competing at the intercollegiate level at Concordia College beginning with the 1986-87 academic year, according to Dr. Armin Pipho, athletic director.
The two new additions support the college's philosophy of providing students with as much quality and opportunity as possible in extracurricular as well as curricular areas, Pipho said.
A search is underway for the two new head coaches, both of whom will be hired on a part-time basis.
Upper weights help wrestlers
Three seniors dominated the top weights to pull the Concordia wrestling team to a fourth-place finish in the MIAC tournament and an overall dual meet record of 8-8.
The team began the season well, placing third in both the 10 team North Country Tournament held at Concordia and in the All-Lutheran Tournament held at Luther College in Decorab, Iowa. The Cobbers placed fifth out of 18 teams at the St. Cloud 8tate University Tournament.
Former Cobber wrestler and first-year coach Ron Nellermoe said, 'We worked very well as a tournament team, but we were not as competitive in the dual meets. Of the dual meets we lost, most of them were by just one match. We were very strong in our upper weights."
Nellermoe was an assistant coach to Vernon "Finn'' Grinaker for three years before assuming the head coaching position.
Concordia hosted the MIAC tournament Feb.15, placing fourth, but only 6.75 points away from first.
Sophomore Brett Larson of Elbow Lake, Minn., and seniors Paul Morlock of Moorhead and Thomas Raedeke of Worthington, Minn., qualified for th national tournament held at Trenton N.J. State College. Paul Donner a senior from Moorhead, joined the threesome by drawing a wild card. Each of the grapplers won at least one match and advanced to the quarterfinals where they lost, ending just one step from all-American honors.
Raedeke, however, received academic all-American honors, which are awarded
to 20 men for excellence in the classroom and in wrestling.