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 Spring 89,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
 The Cobber spring sports season was filled with number of outstanding dividual performances but mixed results in the race for MIAC victories. Se Cobbers advanced to the national track meet, the baseball team won 10 of its last 11 games, and six more Cobber student-athletes earned academic allconference honors.

 Seven go to NCAA track meet

The Cobber track teams, relying heavily on some key performers, turned in respectable seasons. The Cobber women placed third in the MIAC outdoor meet, and the men finished seventh. The women were led by all-American Kris De&er, senior from Pine Island, Minn., who took first in the triple jump and second in the long jump. Freshman Shelly Jader, Cloquet, Minn., grabbed a first in the long jump and third in the triple jump. On the men's side, Dave Schwietz, a junior from Cannon Falls, Minn., placed second in the decathlon, and Scott MacKenzie, a freshman from Chinook, Mont., took second in the high jump.

The Concordia track teams sent seven athletes, who had previously met qualifying times and distances, to the NCAA national track meet. In addition to DeBoer and Jader, the following Cobbers competed: Chris Fredrick '91, Foley, Minn., in the 1,500-meter; Jill Farver '89, Scobey, Mont., and Kris Kuehi '92, Heron Lake, Minn., in the discus; Lisa Conzemius '89, Breckenridge, Minn., in the 100-meter hurdles; and, as the sole male athlete, Don Worcester '90, Perham, Minn., in the 110-meter hurdles. DeBoer took seventh in the triple jump for the only Concordia points at nationals.

 Baseball team wins 10 of last 11 games

Mter an illness-plagued season-opening trip to Arkansas and a 3-7 start in the MIAC race, the Cobbers'  hitting and pitching warmed up. The result was 10 wins in the last 11 games. The baseball team finished 10-8 in the MIAC, good enough for sixth place but just one game out of a four-way tie    A for third. The Cobbers were 16-17 overall.

The team was led by two veteran standouts from last fall's football team. Seniors Terry Horan, Willmar, Minn., and Doug Toivonen, Starbuck, Minn., brought their football all-conference credentials to the diamond and enjoyed similar results. Both were named to the MIAC's all-conference baseball team by league coaches. Toivonen was named Cobber Most Valuable Player on the strength of his .365 batting average, his 5-0 record and 1.10 earned-run average in his last five starts on the mound, and for some other    Aminor things, such as leading the team in home runs and runs batted in. Horan earned NCAA all-region honors with his smooth .400 batting average and the fact that he  was safe on 22 of 23 stolen base attempts. Wade Hanson '89 Willmar, completed an errorless MIAC season at second base and hit .515 in MIAC games.

Hanson achieved a rare sports double when he was named to the MIAC's spring academic all-conference team. He had previously been named to the winter academic all-conference team as a point guard for    it the basketball team. He graduated in May with a 3.78 GPA in biology.

Season is mixed for softball team

The Cobber softball team never quite got in sync this spring. The bats were hot in oflly the first half of the season, and pitching was solid in only the second half. The Cobbers finished the season 9-15. Junior shortstop Joan Swanson, Moorhead, had another outstanding year. Hitting .350, she was named to the all-conference team. Freshman Cathy Johnson, Milbank, S.D., showed promise by also hitting at a .350 clip for the year.

Tennis teams show depth

The Cobber women's tennis team enjoyed one of its best dual seasons in years by going 19-2 during the regular season. Although they finished sixth in the MIAC meet, they were only a few points out of second place. Junior Lisa Hanson, from (where else?) Wilimar, led the Cobbers from her No.2 spot with a 19-3 season record. Her younger sister, Jill, a freshman, had a 17-5 record at No.4 singles. Senior captain Tania Thielman, Jamestown, N.D., teamed with Lsa to post a 17-2 doubles record. Only two of the top eight players graduated, so it looks good for women's tennis next season.

The men's tennis team capped the year with a fifthplace finish in the MIAC meet after posting a 10-8 regular season record. Mike Leffel, a senior from Eau Claire, Wis.,led the Cobbers with a 10-6 record from his No.3 singles spot. As with the women's team, six promising freshmen will return to anchor next year's squad.

Six named academic all-conference

Six springsport Cobber athletes were narned to the MIAC's academic allconference team by a vote of conference sports information directors. Joining Hanson on the list of spring honorees were Greg Defor, senior from Bloomington, Minn. Conzemius; and Fredrick for track, as well as seniors Kristi Hall, Jamestown, N.D., and Rachel Libi, Minot, N.D., from the women's tennis team.