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Feb. 7, 1997

Men's Basketball    Wrestling

Hockey Women's Basketball

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Cobber Men's Track and Field


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Men's Basketball : Cobbers defeat Scots; move up in MIAC
Vic Quick 2/7/97

Continuing to move up in the conference, the Concordia men's basketball team derfeated Macalaster here 84-59, putting the Cobbers at 7-7 in the MIAC.

"This win does a lot for our team's morale, " said head coach Duane Siverson.

Concordia opened the game up with a 27-11 run and never gave up the lead. Macalaster came close, shrinking the Cobber lead to eight points in the first half, but couldn't get the edge. Going into the half, the Cobbers led 43-30.

"We came out, played well and stuck to outr game plan," said senior forward Daimen Crump.

Crump led the Cobbers in scoring, bringing in 15 points during the game. Also adding big points were senior guard Cornelius Bishop with 13 points and junior forward James Gillhouse with 10.

According to Siverson, this victory helps the team's morale. Siverson was worried about a letdown before this weekend's game at St. Olaf.

"I told them at halftime not to play at a level below our potential. We only have seven games left, and I told them to leave it on the floor," said Siverson. "I was pleased with our intensity in the second half.

Concordia also defeated Carleton on Saturday night by a score of 85-64.

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Women's Basketball: Offensive control key in win
by Andy Pratt, 2/7/97

Moving into the homestretch of the season, the Concordia women's basketball team defeated Macalaster here Wednesday night by a score of 71-51.

The Cobbers controlled most of the game, leading 34-20 going into the half. Leading scoring for the game was senior forward Holly Zollar, who brought in 11 points. Also strong was freshman guard Sara Kragerud, who scored 10 points.

Offensively, the Cobbers completed 65.4 percent of attempted field goals and kept turnovers down to 13.

Prior to that, on Feb. 1 , the Cobbers defeated Carleton 86-53 here.

For the majority of the game, the Cobbers kept control. They were up 35-23 going into the half and finished the second half on a shooting spree to ensure the win. Leading the Cobbers for the evening again was Zollar, who had 19 points, including three three-pointers and nine rebounds.

"Defensively, we have been playing very well," said Zollar. "Offensively, we finally came together and we were getting good shots."

Also assisting in the win were junior center Leah Sonstelie and freshman guard Nikki Vetter. Sonstelie brought in 14 points for the evening, while Vetter added 10.

For many Cobber players, this game was unique in that every member of the 12-player team scored for Concordia.

Currently, the Cobbers are 10-3, putting them fourth in the league. For the next few games, the Cobbers will not take on any of the traditional powerhouses, but according to Zollar, this is no time to be complacent.

"We can't look ahead; we must take each game at a time. Atthis point in the season, it is easy to look too far ahead into the playoffs,: Zollar said, "Offensive execution must be focused on. If we just do what we have to do, we should be fine."

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Men's Hockey : Roller Coaster Series for Cobber hockey
Selmer Moen, 2/7/97

After splitting victories with Augsburg over the weekend, the Cobber hockey team secured an 8-5 win over non-conference opponent University of Minnesota-Crookston on Tuesday. The Cobbers take on UMC again in a make-up game next week.

The weekend's games were a series of ups-and-downs for the Cobbers. According to the team, it played the five best periods it has played all season. Unfortunately, the one period that wasn't up to par made the difference between a split and a sweep against Augsburg.

On Friday the Cobbers used strong defense and a balanced offensive attack to win 7-4. The scoring was spread between seven different players and came from all four lines.

First to find the net was sophomore defenseman Coey Rupp, with assists from junior wing Josh Brekke and junior center Josh Arnold. Still in the first period., Brekke got his own goal, assisted by freshman center Ken Putt and senior wing Chris Thomes.

Topping off the scoring in the first was sophomore winger Mike Simonich, with help from firstyear center Jason Mahlen and senior defensemen Ryan Johnson.

The Cobbers then got two in the second. First, Arnold scored on assists from Rupp and fresman defenseman Guy Clairmont. Second to score in the period was sophomore defensemen Justin Reinholz on feeds from freshman defenseman Rob Framer and sopphomore forward Brock Blikre.

The scoring continued into the third with Johnson scoring a power-play goal on assists from Gramer and Reinholz. The final goal of the night came from freshman center Jason Mahlen.

Junior goalkeeper Peter Hamilton stopped 27 shots during the game and feels the defense was instrumental in the win.

"We did a really good job of putting the puck in the neutral zone," said Hamilton.

He also added that the Cobbers kept the puck out of the defensive end most of the game. Thomes also cited the improved defense and goaltending.

"We played a complete 60 minute game," Arnold said. Overall, the Cobbers felt that Friday night was the best they had played all year.

On Saturday, the Cobbers continued the great play for the first two periods as Simonich started off the scoring in the first with help from Mahlen and Cortan. Also scoring in the first was junior winger Levi Klaudt from Gramer and Brekke.

By the second period, Arnold added a goal, assisted by senior wing Jeff Corkish, putting the Cobbers up 3-2.

Then the game turned.

Augsburg promptly rang up three goals in the third period to win 5-3.

The reasons for the Augsburg rally are varied. Small offensive errors could have played a part.

"We missed a good power play opportunity at the beginning of the period that could have put us away," said Arnold.

Some members, however, felt that referee calls had something to do with Augsburg's win.

"Both teams were playing real aggressive and then the calls started to go against us," Thomes said.

According to the team, the worst part of teh night was a missed call by the referees in which Augsburg scored. The Cobbers claim it was offsides.

"We let the ref take us out of the game," Thomes said.

However, some good may come from the experience, according to Hamilton.

"We learned from it, because you can't do anything about the reffing, but you have to deal with it," he said.

The Cobbers are currently 4-5-1 in the MIAC, which puts them in sixth place and a point behind both Gustavus and St. Mary's.

The Cobbers are looking for a win in this weekend's series at home against powerhouse St. John's.

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Wrestling : Cobbers happy with Dual meet
Jennifer Gayvert, 2/7/97, SportsEditor

Dispite his team's fourth place finish at the MIAC Duals, head wrestling coach Doug Perry feels the Cobbers are on teh right track.

Concordia's wrestling team finished 2-3 overall at the duals, with Augsburg winning 5-0.

"It was just an outstanding tournament. Augsburg again came through as they usually do -- they're ranked number one in the country right now, and they kind of wiped everybody out," said Perry. "As far as we're concerned, I thought we wrestled very well."

On Friday, Jan. 31, the Cobbers took on conference powerhouse Augsburg and were defeated 50-0. However, in round two later that evening, they bounced back, defeating Carleton 40-15.

In the round, Shawn Nicholas (134 lbs.), Kevin Jackson (142 lbs.) and Charlie Nelson (HWT) won by forfeit. However, in all other weight classes except three, Cobber grapplers secured wins.

"For some wrestlers who haven't wrestled a lot, [forfeits are] discouraging because they don't get a match, but some have been in a lot of matches and could use a break," said Nicholas.

On Saturday, the Cobbers' only overall win was in round four against St. Thomas, whom they defeated 31-11. In the other two rounds of the days, the Cobbers fell to St. John's 39-9 and St. Olaf 27-18. Again, some wins for the Cobbers were by forfeit.

Overall, Perry was pleased with the intensity of the team but mentioned that small errors added up.

"We're still a young team, and we're still making some young errors." he said. "When you go against kids that are seasoned veterans, you don't want to make a mistake because they will catch you."

The Cobbers lacked a 118 lb. wrestler, a fact which Perry said hurt. According to Perry, a good portion of recruiting efforts are focused on filling this spot with at least three wrestlers.

As a Division III school, Concordia struggles in recruiting against Divisions I and II. Financial aid often drives college choices, according to Perry. Division III schools like Concordia are unable to offer sports scholarships.

"A lot of kids want to come here, but it all boils down to how much money they get. They like the school," said Perry.

Perry believes that one of teh best ways to recruit wrestlers is to sell the school itself and get the team involved. Colleges which don't have a wrestling program also help Concordia. He points to the story of sophomore Jeremy Hernandez as a successful recruiting venture.

Upon hearing that Hernandez, originally attending Montana State University-Billing., wanted to wrestle but was attending a school without a team, Perry and other wrestlers strongly encouraging Hernandez to transfer.

This type of one-on-one effort as opposed to financial aid has been successful many times.

"The program is coming. We just need to get a couple of kids in here to keep up the intensity level in practice," said Perry.

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Cobber Women's Track & Field: Women‚s track gives strong showing in meet

By Jennifer Gayvert, Sports Editor

Concordia men's and women's track and field teams travelled across the river to compete in the NDSU Bison Open on Feb 1. The women's team placed sixth overall, while the men's side did not keep score. Following are individuals who placed in the final heats of their events:


400m Dash Michele Haugen 3rd

800m Run Mollee Ludtke 2nd, Julie Engh 7th, Kristen Bollingberg 8th

4X400Relay Kristi Berger , Kristen Bollingberg, Mollee Ludtke, Michele Haugen - 4th

Long Jump Sarah Severson 6th

Triple Jump Sarah Severson 6th

20 lb. Weight Becky Kearns 3rd

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From the Archives From the February 4, 1977, issue of The Concordian Sports section:

"Sometime around the turn of the century an innovative mind first suggested that athletes who compete in team sports wear numbered jerseys. Today, virtually all athletes who compete in team sports wear numbered jerseys...A number often suggests a player's position; it may become part of his identity or it can symbolize a goal or source of inspiration."

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Cobber Men's Track & Field: at NDSU

By Jennifer Gayvert, Sports Editor

Concordia men's and women's track and field teams travelled across the river to compete in the NDSU Bison Open on Feb 1. The women's team placed sixth overall, while the men's side did not keep score. Following are individuals who placed in the final heats of their events:

Men's ( from NDSU Bison Track Meet)

8000m Run Bill Keating 1st

4x400 Relay Concordia 7th

4x800 Relay Concordia 6th

Long Jump Ryan Williams 8th

Triple Jump Alex Krivobok 4th

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Swimming: Feb. 7, 1997

Concordia's swim team fell to Macalaster over the weekend. Macalaster scored 133 points to Concordia's 93 Following are the top Cobber placers in each event:

50 Free Open: Lindsey Bailey 2nd

100 Free Open: Jill Backman 2nd

200 Free Open: Janey Hill 2nd

500 Free Open: Janey Hill 1st

100 Fly Open: Anne Mostad 2nd

100 Back Open: Lindsey Bailey 2nd

100 Breast Open: Melanie Freidt 3rd

200 IM Open: Anne Mostad 3rd

200 Free Open Relay: Team A 1st

200 Medley Open Relay 2nd

1000 Free Open: Sara Zavoral 1st

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