A senior-led Cobber football team fought back from adversity to gain a tie for the MIAC crown by defeating St. John's 30-28 in the season finale at the Metrodome on Nov.10. The Cobbers finished 7-2 in the MIAC, 7-3 overall, and tied with St. Thomas for the league crown.
This was Concordia's 16th MIAC title since that first one in 1931, and it was Coach Jim Christopherson's 10th title in his 22 years at Concordia. Christopherson now has a career record of 160-60-5.
The Cobber squad dropped the "Crystal Bowl" opener at Moorhead State 35-32 and then ran off six straight wins in the MIAC. In week seven of the conference schedule, the Cobbers fell 34-32 to Bethel. The next week's 21-7 loss at home to once-beaten St. Thomas seemed to doom Concordia's hopes for a title. But Gustavus defeated the Tommies Nov. 9, leaving the Cobbers and Johnnies playing for a share of the title on the ~Oth. Concordia came out on top of a well-played, see-saw affair that gave the Cobber seniors their second title in three years.
Concordia was led throughout the year by an outstanding defensive line and senior quarterback Chad Waithall, Staples, Minn. MIAC coaches bestowed allconference honors on Waithall and three senior members of that defensive line - all-American tackle Mike Gindorff, Crosby, Minn., and nose guard Shayne Lindsay and defensive end Pete Byorth, both from Billings, Mont.
All-American senior linebacker Thad Tudor, Cascade, Mont., and junior center Mark Pagel, Duluth, Minn,, also received first-team allMIAC recognition.
Seven other Cobbers were named to the all-MIAC second team: senior defensive backs Mike Grady, Duluth, and Tim Uglem, Northwood, N.D.; senior offensive tackle Kelly Myers, Lake Park, Minn.; senior receiver Jamie Hagness, Moorhead; and three juniors - linebacker Kevin Pavelko, Dilworth, Minn.; receiver Mark Lundstrom, Fargo, N.D.; and kicker Chris Reimertz, Furuland, Sweden.
The 1990 Cobber football team earned their share of academic awards as well. Senior offensive lineman Joel Paschka, from Watertown, Minn., was named to the prestigious GTE academic all-America team on the strength of his 3.77 GPA in political science and his considerable football skills. In addition, Paschka, Uglem, Eric Fischer (senior defensive back, Buffalo Lake, Minn.), and Bob LaTourell (junior running back, Ely, Minn.) received nominations for the fall academic all-MIAC awards.
Women's cross country takes ninth at national meet
The Cobber women's cross country team completed a dream season by winning a league championship at the MIAC meet on Oct.27, taking second at the NCAA regional on Nov.10, and placing ninth at the NCAA Dlvision III national championship in Grinnell, Iowa, Nov.17.
An all-senior lineup, led by Chris Fredrick, Foley, Minn., the MIAC individual champion, captured the first-ever Cobber MIAC cross country titje. Sharon Espeland, Bismarck, N.D.; Molly Weyrens, St. Cloud, Minn.; and Peggy Savanick, Apple Valley, Minn., finished fourth, fifth and ninth respectively at the MIAC meet and earned all-MIAC honors in the process. Chris Godfrey, Duluth, Minn., finished 24th in the field of 124 runners and was the final Cobber scorer. The Cobbers edged St. Thomas 43-47 for the team title, the first time the Tommies had been beaten in the 10 years the MIAC has been sponsoring a women's cross country championship.
Fredrick placed 25th at the national meet, earning her third all-America award in two years. She was an indoor track all-American last winter in the 1,500-meter run and an indoor track all-American in the 800 meter in 1989
The talented seniors on the women's cross country team are also among the finest students on campus. All five scorers at the MIAC and national meets have also been nominated for academic all-MIAC honors. Here's why: Chris Fredrick, English writing, 3.77; Molly Weyrens, corporate fitness, English, 3.57; Sharon Espeland, social studies education, 3.70; Peggy Savanick, biology, education, 3.82; Chris Godfrey, biology, 3.77
It is small wonder that secondyear coach Marion Strand becomes a little misty-eyed when she thinks of having to replace these model student-athletes next fall.
The Cobber men's cross country team showed improvement this year under second-year coach Mike Paul. The Cobbers, led by sophomore Jason Trichler, Billings, Mont., came in seventh at the 10-team MIAC meet. Trichler scored a sixth-place finish in the individual competition at the MIAC and went on to qualify for NCAA nationals with a ninth place finish at the regional.
Women's golf wins MIAC title
Coach Duane Siverson's women's golf team captured its second consecutive MIAC golf title by winning the MIAC meet at the Mankato Golf Club Sept. 29-30. Junior Cathy Johnson, Crookston, Minn., led three Cobbers into the top five in the medalist competition with a second-place finish and a two-day total of 178. One shot back, in third, was freshman Julie Jamison, Moorhead. Last year's MIAC medalist, junior Kelly Cornell, Thief River Falls, Minn., finished fourth with a 182 score. All three Cobbers earned all-MIAC honors.
The Cobber men's team, under first-year coach Jerry Pyle, showed steady improvement throughout the year, finishing fifth at the MIAC tournament held in White Bear Lake on Oct. 12-13. Junior Jeff Penfield, Staples, Minn., was named to the all-MIAC team for his sixth-place finish in individual competition. Penfield shot consecutive 78s at the difficult Dellwood Hills layout.
Women's soccer alive and well
A stong group of seniors and an outstanding freshman class helped give the Cobbers their first winning season in women's soccer. After going 2-13 last season, the Cobbers posted a 10-7 record and came within a whisker of qualifying for NCAA postseason play. Dean Hashbarger completed his third year as head coach by guiding his team to a 44 record and a fifth-place finish in the MIAC. Senior Sara Pittorf, Burnsville, Minn.; Junior Deb Idstrom, New Hope, Minn.; and freshman Lydia Kabaka, St. Cloud, Minn., were all named to the MIAC's all-conference squad. Pittorf and Idstom each had 14 goals for the year. Kabaka had 13. Last season the entire Cobber team scored only 18.
The Cobber men's soccer team had another solid year under fifth-year coach Tom Kennedy. The Cobbers posted a 7-9-2 record, going 4-5-1 in the MIAC. Freshman Pat Crary, Fargo, N.D., led the Cobbers in scoring with six goals and two assists.
Volleyball places third in the MIAC
The Cobber volleyball team posted their fourth consecutive upper-division finish under coach Kathy James by taking third place in the MIAC race. The Cobbers were 21-20 overall.
After going 6-5 during the MIAC regular season, Concordia pulled some upsets and finished third at the MIAC tournament Nov. 2-3 in St. Paul. That finish, combined with their regularseason record, earned the team a tie for third in the overall MIAC standings.
The 1990 Cobbers were led by four-time all-MIAC senior hitter Amy Walstad, Fargo, N.D., and senior setter Marl Stewart, Williston, N.D. Walstad was a first-team all-MIAC selection this year, and Stewart was voted to the second team. Walstad also earned academic all-MIAC honors.
Winter season looks bright
The Lady Cobber basketball team (24-5 last year) was tabbed with a pre-season
No. ~ ranking by the NCAA. Senior all-American Michelle Thykeson, Finley,
N.D., is expected to lead the Cobber women to another fine year. Senior
all-American Mike Hassman, Regina, Saskatchewan, is hoping to spark a high-scoring
Cobber hockey team into the MIAC playoffs again. Chip Halverson, Glasgow,
Mont., an all-American last year at 167, leads a promising wrestling squad.
Senior Eric Gardner, Fargo, N.D., and junior Bryan Flam, Jamestown, N.D.,
both all-MIAC performers, are starring on an improved men's basketball
team. And with most of the Cobber women's cross country team coming out
for the indoor track season, things should also go pretty well for Cobber