| Jan. 30, 1998 Concordian
| Cobber Sports |
Hockey | Swimming | Wrestling | Men's BB | Women's BB |
Wrestlers compete at U of Mary
Junior Nathan Reiff brought home a fourth place finish for Concordia wrestling from the University of Mary Open in Bismarck last Saturday.
Senior Shawn Nicholas lost his first match against Brad Fisher, 3-6, and then lost his second match to Jamie Deeper, 6-7. The second match was tied at 4-4 when Nicholas had a take down. His opponent then had a reversal that cost Nicholas the match.
Freshman Brady Berg was pinned by both of his opponents from Augsburg. Berg has lost all six of his matches this season. "Brady needs more experience," said head coach Doug Perry. "He also needs to work on his strength."
Reiff won the first match 11-9 against Seth Swingley. In the second match Reiff lost to Jim Peterson, 0-3. In the third match, pinned Jeremy Hipps from Augsburg at 3:04. Reiff lost 3-5 against Justin Kraft in the fourth match. Reiff, in his first semester wrestling for the team after shoulder surgery, is 5-3 overall.
Freshman Todd Maki did not attend the meets because he didn't make weight. Sophomore Brett Maki and senior Colby Marich also did not attend because of injuries. Marich recently had surgery on his elbow. His status for returning to the team is uncertain at this time.
The team's next meet is Jan. 30-31 at the MIAC duals at Carleton.
Swimmers Swimmers beat MSU, fall to St. Ben's
Concordia's swimmers and divers beat MSU and lost to St. Ben's in a double-dual meet Tuesday at Moorhead High School.
Concordia blew Moorhead State away with a 95-17 win. St. Ben's dominated the meet, beating the Cobbers 81-32.
Freshman Shana Letnes placed first in the breaststroke, finishing the 100m race in 1:10.00. She also took second in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:26.00. Sophomore Janey Hill placed third in the individual medley with 2:28.77. Hill also placed second with 2:05.82 in the 200 freestyle, and second in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:30.27. Freshman Carrie Bunger swam the 1000 freestyle race in 11:25.90, earning first place. Senior Sara Zavoraltook third place in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 12:05.77. Bunger also placed third with 5:33.30 in the 500 freestyle.
In the 200 backstroke, junior Jill Backman placed second with a time of 2:26.07, and in the 100 butterfly freshman Lacy Wallace swam to second place in 1:08.88. Senior Lindsey Bailey took third in the 50 free with a time of 27.17.
sweeps hockey series
Concordia's hockey team is sitting on a 8-9 record. And according to head coach Steve Baumgartner, the Cobbers have lost a few too many battles - battles they should have won.
"In the second half of our season, we've outplayed every team weve played," said Baumgartner. "We are learning and getting better every time we play," but they're still coming up short on the scoreboard.
Last week, the Cobbers faced Bemidji State - ranked ninth nationally among Division II and III schools. When the Cobbers and the Beavers met earlier this season, Bemidji State beat Concordia.
But this time Concordia made a surprising comeback of sorts. After theCobbers jumped ahead to a 3-0 lead, Bemidji State rallied to a 6-5 victory in overtime.
According to Baumgartner, a couple things went wrong when the Cobbers held the 3-0 lead. "That got to us a little bit," he said. "And Bemidji scored two goals quickly after that."
Sophomore Brock Blikre called the loss to Bemidji State both encouraging and frustrating. "We played well, probably the best we've played all year," he said. "But we weren't mentally tough for all 60 minutes. We disappeared for five minutes, and they scored three goals to tie it up."
Frustrating, because they came so close to beating a nationally-ranked team. But encouraging, because they were able to handle such fierce competition. "Concordia is the team that deserved to win," said Baumgartner. "That's what we worked for, that's what we wanted."
Baumgartner echoed Blikre's reasoning for the loss to Bemidji, saying the team members have repeatedly suffered five- to six-minute mental blocks in several games this season. He stressed that it's not that the team isn't trying, and it's nothing they can't correct. "But [during these lapses] we don't do the things we're capable of doing," he said. "Once they understand [how to get over that], this team can do just about anything they feel like doing."
The Cobbers have managed to overcome several of those lapses and come away with wins. They proved that last weekend when they swept UM-Crookston in a two-game series.
In Friday night's 4-0 win, freshman Bryan Howard
stopped 34 shots to
On Saturday, the Cobbers, led by sophomore Brent Kuehne and senior Todd Hashbarger, scored six unanswered goals in the first and second periods. Kuehne scored two goals for Concordia in the second period, and Hashbarger had five assists. UM-Crookston scored the first goal of the game, then closed out the second period with two more, moving the score to 6-3.
The wins over Crookston were a boost for the team's overall record, but aren't reflected in their conference record. And at this point in the season, the team is focusing on their MIAC record.
"We need to get [MIAC] points," said Baumgartner. "[The conference] is not loser out yet, but it's as close as you can get."
This weekend the Cobbers play St. Thomas in an important MIAC series. St. Thomas, 7-3, is ranked 2nd in the MIAC. Concordia is looking ahead for a possible playoff position and anticipating several crucial games in upcoming weeks.
"[The St. Thomas series] is a big series. It will be couple of fast-paced, good games," said Blikre. "Whoever can play better defense is going to win."
According to Baumgartner, the Cobber defense is one of the team's strongest points. Additionally, the forwards have shown great improvement since the start of the season.
"Everyone on the team is contributing," said Baumgartner.
"We haven't had to rely on [the top players] every night. If they're not
going to do it,
Baumgartner said the team has played well
enough to be undefeated, and if the players put their minds to it they
can beat anybody. "I truly believe we are one of the best teams
in the conference. It's just a matter of taking it to the next level,"
he said. The Cobbers are averaging 50 pucks on the net per game. "Now we
just have to put the pucks in the net. Then we'll be successful."
Men's Basketball Cobbers' strong defense not enough to overcome Gusties
The Running Cobber men's basketball team hit a bright spot Wednesday night, holding Gustavus to its lowest point total of the season.
In spite of their defensive efforts, Concordia lost 57-37. The Cobbers are 2-14 overall and 1-11 in the MIAC conference. "We defended as well as anyone has against Gustavus," said Duane Siverson, head coach. "I am pleased with the effort on defense."
Junior Brian Kesselring was the only Cobber in double digits with 10 points. "We want to offensively execute better, score more points and play 40 minutes without any mental errors," said senior co-captain Brian Kjesbo.
In the first half, the Cobbers got a good look at the basket but missed several lay-ups. Concordia's defense boxed out Gustavus for rebounds with 22 defensive rebounds but had only 12 offensive boards. This was a problem as Gustavus used that to score quickly with break-away lay-ups. Gustavus took the opportunity, when Concordia failed to cover the outside, to shoot 3-pointers when the inside shot was covered.
The Cobbers went into the locker room trailing 32-19. In the second half, the Cobbers continued to rebound well on defense. Concordia got into foul trouble midway through the half - seven fouls and just over 13 minutes left. The Cobber defense didn't let Gustavus get the easy 3-point shots like they did in the first half, and Gustavus defense didn't give the Cobbers a good look at the basket.
Concordia appeared to have trouble keeping up with the speed and quickness of Gustavus. The Cobbers also appeared to struggle throughout the second half with Gustavus transition game.
"We wanted to come out and play hard for 40 minutes. We wanted to shut down Gustavus inside game, which I believe we did," said Kjesbo. "We just didn't execute on offense."
Last weekend the men's team lost to St. John's 79-64. Concordia trailed 21-38 at half time. The team did better in the second half, shooting 42 percent, but just couldn't overcome the point deficit of the first half. Kesselring had 15 points, and senior James Gillhouse had 13. This weekend the Cobbers travel to Carleton for more MIAC action.
"We just need experience - the offense is not playing with confidence,"
said Siverson. "The defense is playing well,
but we need to put the ball in the hole."
Women's Basketball Women keep playoff hopes alive
The Concordia women's basketball team kept their playoff hopes alive Wednesday in a 69-63 comeback win over Gustavus. Gustavus led 55-47 with 6:01 left in the game, after Gustie Katie Hansen hit two free-throws. But Concordia outscored the Gusties 22-8 to close out the game.
Junior Heidi Schwichtenberg scored 11 of her 15 points in the last 4:36 of the game, including 6 of 6 from the free throw line in the last 35 seconds.
Freshman Sarah Jacobson hit a three-pointer with three minutes left to play, putting Concordia up 58-57 and giving them their first lead - a permanent lead - of the game.
The Cobbers are 11-5 overall, 9-4 in the MIAC. They travel to Carleton
Saturday for another MIAC contest.