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 Winter 90-91,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead

 Winter 90-91

A ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid by the Lady Cobber basketball team and the Cobber hockey team's season ending twelve-game winning streak highlighted Concordia's winter sports scene.

 Thykeson leads Lady Cobbers

I.ady Cobber basketball coach Duane Siverson, who ran his seven-year won-lost record at Concordia to 163-37, will he losing three valuable seniors this spring.

Senior forward Michelle Thykeson, Finley, N.D., led the lady Cobbers to a 19-7 regularseason record, a second-place finish in the 1990-91 MIAC title race, and a ninth consecutive invitation to NCAA post-season play. Thykeson, a Kodak allAmerican last year, averaged 16.3 points per game and 7.8 rebounds to earn all-MIAC honors for the fourth consecutive year. She also became the Lady Cobbers' third leading all-time scorer, racking up 1,648 points in her career.

Seniors Kim Fierke, Mountain Iron, Minn., and Rhonda Schneekioth, Tower City, N.D., will also he missed next year. Fierke was one of the league's best reboundcrs and an academic all-MIAC honoree. Schneekloth will go down as one of Concordia's all-time great shooters.

These three seniors led their teams to an NCAA national title, two MIAC championships and a 96-17 record in their four years of play.

Next year's Lady Cobber team will be led by junior guard Cathy Johnson, Crookston, Minn., who earned all-MIAC honors for a second time in 1990-91.

 Hockey ends with 12 straight wins

The Cobber hockey team got off to a slow start, at one point falling to 1-7 in the MIAC race. But they battled back to win their final 12 games, including eight in MIAC play, and came within one game of earning a spot in the four- team MIAC playoffs. The Cobbers finished the season at 16-11 overall, 9-7 and fifth in the MIAC.

 Coach Steve Baumgartner completed his fifth year at Concordia by having to bid farewell to the three outstanding seniors who comprised the highest scoring line in Cobber history. All-American Mike Hassman, Regina, Saskatchewan, led the Cobbers and the MIAC in scoring again, racking up 69 points on 36 goals and 33 assists. He was followed by linemates John Town, Peterborough, Ontario, 47 points and Shawn McGurran, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, 46 points.

Men's basketball ends strong

Coach John Eidsness' 13th season at Concordia got off to a slow start but finished strong. The running Cobbers captured six of their last eight games, including wins over MIAC co-champions Gustavus and St. Thomas in the year's final two contests. The Cobbers ended the year with a 11-14 record, 9-11 and tied for seventh place in the MIAC.

The Cobbers were led by all MIAC senior center Eric Gardner, Fargo, N.D., who shot 62 percent from the field and averaged 13.4 points per game. Junior guard Bryan Flam, Jamestown, ND., came back from last season's foot injury to average 12.8 points. And senior Mike Hilley, Fergus Falls, Minn., added valuable scoring from the outside, averaging 12.3 points per game.

 Leinwand, Halverson, Larsen lead wrestlers

The Cobber wrestling team finished fourth at the MIAC Meet on Feb. 9. Concordia was led again by senior 167-pounder Chip Halverson, Glasgow, Mont. senior heavyweight Kirk I.einwand, Forsyth, Mont., and junior 158-pounder Steve Larsen Rochester, Minn.

Kuehi, Ault qualify for indoor track nationals

The Cobber indoor track season was highlighted by two record-breaking performances in the weights. Junior Kris Kuehl, Stordon, Minn., who captured the NCAA title last spring in the discus, set the Cobber women's shotput record in February with a toss of 44-10.5. And sophomore Jon Ault, Moorhead, bettered his own record in the 35-pound weight with a throw of 57-11.75.

Other outstanding performances by the Cobber track athletes included a school-record 3:02.13 in the 1,000-meter run by all-American senior Chris Fredrick, Foley, Minn., and a national qualifying 43-3.25 in the shotput by junior Kristi Farver, Scobey, Mont.