An outstanding 1989-90 winter sports season at Concordia was highlighted by another Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference basketball title for the Lady Cobbers, a playoff appearance by the hockey team, and all-America performances in wrestling, indoor track, basketball and hockey. And Cobber athletes, epitomizing Concordia's goal of combining athletic and classroom excellence, also collected an impressive number of academic honors.
Lady Cobbers reach "Elite Eight"
The Lady Cobber basketball team won its fourth MIAC title in five years by posting a 19-1 conference record, capturing the title on the last day of the regular season with a 75-73 win at St. Ben's. This young team, led by its lone senior, point guard Becky Ehnert, New York Mills, Minn., then went on to capture its third National Collegiate Athletic Association West Region title in four years with a thrilling 81-77 overtime victory over MIAC runner-up St. Thomas in the Cobber gym.
The West Region championship put the Lady Cobbers in the nation's top eight Division III schools. But a 70-65 road loss in the NCAA's quarterfinal game to Centre College of Danville, Ky., ended Concordia's 24-5 season.
In Ehnert's four-year career her Lady Cobber teams compiled a record of 103 wins and 15 losses. She dished Out 598 career assists, the second highest total in Cobber history.
Coach Duane Siverson, 144-30 in his six years as head coach, will have a lot of talent returning next year. This season's top four scorers will be back, including junior all- American Michelle Thykeson, Finley, N.D. (17.8 points per game), who was also named Kodak all-American as one of the 10 best players in Division III; sophomore Cathy Johnson, Milbank, S.D. (11.4 ppg); junior Rhonda Schneekloth, Tower City, N.D. (10.2 ppg); and junior Kim Fierke, Mountain Iron, Minn. (8.6 ppg)~
Thykeson, named the MIAC's Most Valuable Player, was joined by Ehnert and Johnson on the coaches' all-MIAC team. SchneeIdoth and Fierke received honorable mention in all-conference voting, and Fierke, a business administration major, also earned academic all-MIAC honors.
Hockey team makes MIAC playoffs
Led by the highest-scoring line in Cobber history, Concordia's hockey team put together a 10-4-2 MIAC record (14-11-3 overall), good for third place and a berth in the MIAC playoffs. Though the Cobbers lost their playoff game at Gustavus Adoiphus 8-6, it was an outstanding season for Coach Steve Baumgartner's young team.
Baumgartner, 53-52-3 in four years as head coach, relied heavily on his explosive all-I unior front line of Mike Hassman, Regina, Saskatchewan (77 points); Shawn McGurran, Winnipeg, Manitoba (56 points); and John Town, Peterborough, Ontario (56 points).
All-American Hassman was named co-MVP of the MIAC and led the league in scoring, with 44 points in 16 MIAC games. His 77 points (42 goals, 35 assists) in 28 games led the nation in scoringper-game and established a Cobber single-season record. His 42 goals were also a Cobber single-season record.
Town set a Cobber record for assists with 37.
Hassman, Town and McGurran were named to the coaches' allMIAC squad. Senior goalies John Gillie, Williams, Minn., and Ron Fee, Killam, Mberta, along with senior defenseman Mark Jenson, Moorhead, received honorable mention in the all-MIAC voting.
Gillie, a business administration major who had a 9-2-2 record this season, was also named an academic all-MIAC athlete.
Halverson, Northcutt lead wrestlers
Several of coach Ron Nellermoe's wrestlers collected NCAA and MIAC honors in the 1989-90 season. Despite a spate of late-season injuries, Nellermoe, in his fifth year as head coach, guided his team to a 10-7 dual record and a fourth-place finish at the MIAC meet. Three Cobber wrestlers then advanced to national competition.
Junior Chip Halverson, Glasgow, Mont. (31-11-1), earned all-Arnerica honors with his fourth-place finish in the 167pound weight class at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Tournament in Ithaca, N.Y. Senior captain Mike Northcutt, a 150pounder from Missoula, Mont., placed first at the NCAA Regional, and junior heavyweight Kirk leinwand, Forsyth, Mont. (33-11), took third at the Regional to earn spots in the National.
And it was not just on the mat where these young men excelled. Halverson (history-political sdence), Northcutt (accountihg) and 158-pounder Steve Irarsen (mathematics), Rochester, Minn., an alter nate to the NCAA National tourney based on a fourth-place finish at the Regional, were named to the 48-member coaches' academic all America wrestling team.
For Northcutt, who also earned academic all-MIAC honors, it was the second consecutive year on the academic all-America squad. Northcutt ended the season 38-13-~ (a Cobber record for most wins in a season) and had a 103-39-2 career mark (a Cobber record for most wins in a career).
Fredrick paces track teams
Chris Fredrick, a junior from Foley, Minn., capped a successful Cobber indoor track season by earn mg all-America honors with a sixth-place finish in the women's 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division III Nationals in North Hampton, Mass., and set Cobber records in both the 1,500 (4:35.28) and the 800 (2:17.82) An English writing malor Fredrick was also one of six Cobber winter sport athletes to earn academic all-MIAC honors.
The Cobber men's and women's indoor track teams, led by seventh-year coach Doug Perry, both placed third in their MIAC championship meets.
Cobber women winning MIAC titles were Predrick in the 1,500; sophomore Shelly Jader, Cloquet, Minn., in the long jump and triple jump; and junior Kathy Keele, West Yellowstone, Mont., in the 3,000-meter run. Junior Jyl Boline, Fosston, Minn., a biology-chemistry double major, earned both all-MIAC honors in the 1,000-meter run and academic all-MIAC honors.
The Cobber men were led by sophomore shot putter Mark Olson, Livingston, Mont., who earned all-America honors with a sixth-place finish at NCAA Nationals and set a school record with a toss of 51-4 1/2. Senior hurdler Dan Worcester, Perham, Minn., captured the MIAC 55meter hurdle title. He also earned a spot in the national meet with a Cobber record-tying time of 7.64 seconds. Senior Bart Mueller, Hendricks, Minn., a chemistry malor, took second in the 800 at the MIAC meet and was named academic all-MIAC.
Gardner leads mens basketball
Concordia's 6-foot-7 junior center Eric Gardner, Fargo, N.D., earned
all-MIAC honors as he led the Cobber men's basketball team with 16.7 points
per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. Coach John Eidsness (12th year, 208-221)
saw his young team improve over the year, despite a 6-19 record, 6-14 in
the MIAC and tied for eighth. Sophomore guard Greg Mastrud, Fargo, showed
his promise with a 15.2 ppg season. And sophomore post Pete Myrvik, Moorhead,
had a fine year, averaging 9.4 ppg.