Concordia's athletes performed well in a challenging fall sports season.
The Cobber football team 1986 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Association champions and National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III semifinalists, finished second in the MIAC this year and posted a 7-3 overall record.
Quarterback Dan Paladichok, a junior from Sidney, Mont. was the No.2 passer in the MIAC and ranked fourth in passing efficiency among NCAA Division III schools. Terry Horan, junior split end from Willmar, Minn., set a conference record in reception yards and ranked seventh nationally in pass receiving.
Dave Hertl, junior placekicker from Center City, Minn., and Steve Grove, junior fullback from Grand Forks, N.D., ranked first and second, respectively, in the MIAC scoring charts.
Players named to the MIAC all-conference first team were senior noseguard Jim Southwick, Rochester, Minn.; junior defensive back Terry Storm, Walker, Minn.; and Horan. Paladichok and junior center Joel Anderson, Maplewood, Minn., were named to the second team. Volleyball
The volleyball team posted a 6-5 conference record this fall. Freshman Amy Walstad, Fargo, and sophomore Tabitha Wendlandt, Litchfield, Minn., . ranked second and sixth in the conference respectively, for blocking skills.
Kelly Schroeder, a junnior from Marshall, Minn. was the Cobbers' setter and earned all-conference honors. Mary Rice, a junior from Moorhead, and Sara Burros, a junior from Marshall, provided excellent leadership as co-captains throughout the season, according to coach Kathy James.
Men's cross country
Coached by Tom Dahlen, the men's cross country team moved up three slots from last year to earn a fifth place finish in the conference, Senior Mark Lingle, Park Rapids, Minn., finished first and set an MIAC meet record with a time of 26:38. He advanced to the national meet at Hope College, Holland, Mich., where he finished 11th and qualified as an all-America runner.
Women's cross country
The women's cross country team placed fourth in both the MIAC Meet and NCAA Division Ill Regional Meet. Dahlen said the entire team performed consistently, led by sisters Heidi and Sue Licke, seniors from Deer River, Minn.
The women's golf team placed third in the National Small College Division Ill Tournament at Des Moines, Iowa, and first in the Northern State Invitational in Aberdeen, S.D.
According to Coach Duane Siverson, the team's hardworking practice habits led to consistent scoring. Among the team's best golfers were sophomore Jodie Wange, Luverne, Minn. who had the lowest scoring average on the team, and senior Kathy Larson, Franklin , Minn., who placed 15th in the national tournament
The men's golf team, coached by John Eidsness, placed third in the MIAC, a conference of 11 teams. Players who averaged below 80 strokes per round were senior Marc Beulke, Virginia, junior Tim Carlin, Fosston, and sophomore Wayne Severud, St. Louis Park, all in Minnesota.
The women's soccer team posted a 4-9 record this fall. According to Coach Steve Baumgartner, the young team has a lot of potential for the future if additional depth can be obtained through this year's recruiting efforts.
Freshman Sara Pittorf, Burnsville, Minn., scored nine goals and was the Cobber's chief offensive threat. Senior Jill Collier, St. James, Minn., played sweeper, center striker and center midfielder, and proved to be an excellent all-around player. Dawn Kilgard, senior stopper from Golden Valley, Minn., showed outstanding defensive play throughout the season, Baumgartner said.
The men's soccer team, coached by Tom Kennedy, became official members of the MIAC this fall. They posted a season record of 5-6-1. Cekiel Danielson, a sophomore goalie from Moorhead, Minn., enjoyed a great year, and Eric Nelson, freshman from Brazil, was named to the all-conference team.
Gilbertson honored for sportsmanship
Julie Gilbertson 87 was awarded the ITCA Head Arthur Ashe Sportamanship Award for the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Division III. Gilbertson won the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference singles tennis tournament and advanced to the NCAA Division III national tournament all four years.
In her freshman year Gilbertson reached the semifinals at the national tournament and was designated as an All American. She is the first Concordia tennis player ever to receive that honor
Last spring she was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship based on
her academic and athletic achievement. She graduated summa cum laude with
a major in biology. She is in her first year of medical school at
the University of North Dakota Grand Forks.