| Feb. 13, 1998 Concordian
| Cobber Sports |
| Women's BB | Track |
Women's basketball on a roll
The leading scorers for the Cobbers were senior Leah Sonstelie with 18 points and freshman Sarah Jacobson with 12 points. The Cobber defense had 15 steals and 7 blocked shots in the game. The Cobbers had 30 offensive rebounds and 25 defensive rebounds.
"I thought we really crashed the boards well tonight," said Kathy Wall, head coach.
The Cobbers got off to a rough start Wednesday.
"We got over-excited early on. We hurried the ball, but we will be ready for St. Thomas on Saturday," explained Wall.
The Cobbers overcame their rough start and played well throughout the rest of the game. The Cobbers left the half with a commanding 47-18 lead over St. Catherine, holding St. Catherine to 22 percent from the field in the half.
In the second half the Cobbers moved the ball up court well with quick passes, which allowed for easy layups. The defense kept St. Catherine in check for most of the half, and the Cobbers sailed to a 89-53 victory.
On Saturday, the Women Cobbers rolled by St. Olaf 68-41. Saturday was senior recognition for the Cobbers, as the fans were on their feet cheering for Sonstelie, the team's only senior. Sonstelie, who has been with the team for four years, is averaging 12 points a game and six rebounds this season. She has 943 points as a Cobber and just over 500 rebounds. Other highlights in Sonstelie's career as a Cobber include being named Academic All MIAC in '97 and earning honorable mention all-MIAC in '97 while finishing 10th in league scoring, second in league FT percentage, 5th in FG percentage and 12th in MIAC rebounding during the 1996-97 season.
"It's been a fun season," said Sonstelie. "This team is unique because of its youth. We have a lot of spirit on this team this season."
The Cobbers started the game off sluggishly as they just weren't in rhythm. "We were out of sync &emdash; we weren't playing our style of basketball," said Sonstelie.
The Cobbers let St. Olaf's offense get a good look at the basket and weren't getting the offensive rebounds early on.
"We had the open shots; we just didn't make them. We weren't squaring up on the basket," said Wall.
The Cobbers started to settle down after the first 10 minutes of play. At half time the Cobbers were leading 26-21.
In the second half, the Cobbers came out and started with a slower pace. The defense kept St. Olaf from the basket most of the half with defensive rebounding preventing St. Olaf from getting good inside shots. The Cobbers ended the game winning 68-41.
The Cobbers play St.Thomas Saturday afternoon. "We need to play solid defense for 40 minutes to win," said Sonstelie. "When we play St. Thomas we can't have any lapses; we must be ready to play. We must play with energy every game; we can't ease up at all."
The Cobbers are concentrating on trying to make a run to get into the
playoffs. "We must win all our games including St. Thomas to get into the
playoffs," said Wall.
Tracksters prepare for indoor MIAC meet
The recent warm weather has many Concordia students heading for the outdoors. Concordia's track and field teams, however, have been honing their skills indoors as they prepare for the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships in March.
The women's team, which has competed in four indoor meets already this season, is looking to improve its sixth place finish at last year's championships.
"We really think we'll have a chance to win the meet," said sophomore Cindy Carstens. "We've kind of stepped it up this year."
Carstens cited the continuing improvement of returning and new members of the team as the reason for the chance at the championship.
"All the returning runners have improved [their times] at each meet," she said, "and the frosh have a lot of talent."
Over 20 team members qualified for the MIAC meet through the first four meets, according to Carstens. Two more indoor meets remain for members to qualify for the MIAC championships, to be held March 6-7 at the University of Minnesota.
Sophomore Karin McKenzie has qualified in three events for the MIAC tournament: the long jump, the triple jump and the 55-meter dash. She hopes to qualify at least one more event before the MIAC Championships.
McKenzie sees the season building up to the MIAC indoor meet, where she agrees that the women's team has a good chance of competing for the championship.
"We keep improving every meet," she said. "Hopefully, we'll all peak at the MIAC meet."
The Concordia men's team has competed in four meets this season. As with the women's team, the men are also looking to improve on last year's MIAC Indoor Championship performance, where the team placed seventh.
"A good goal for this year is to place in the top five in the MIAC," junior Rob Nick said.
Nick cited the addition of more coaches as a reason for possible improvement to the top five at the meet.
Coach Garrick Larson said the coaches were added because of a bigger team.
"Our team's gotten quite a bit bigger [in the past few years]. With more athletes it's been harder to train them well," he said.
Many of the additional team members are inexperienced, according to Larson. Fourteen track team members graduated last year.
"We are overall a very young team," he said. "Freshmen will have a big role as to how the team does [at the championships]," he said.
Because of the team's youth, Larson is looking at the indoor season as a time for the team to grow, rather than place well. He hopes instead that the team will improve to finish in the top five at the MIAC Outdoor Championships.
"We have about as good as a team as we've ever had in the past," senior Matt Drewes said. "Every week there have been some pretty outstanding performances by different team members."
With such performances, as well as the addition of coaches to the team, Nick even hopes for a surprise performance at the MIAC Outdoor Championships.
"We're starting to pick it up now and everyone's getting into a groove," Nick said. "I think we could really surprise some people at the conference meet."
Both the men's and women's teams are looking forward to a spring break trip to Texas for a meet and outdoor training.
"It should give us a good chance to get ready for the outdoor season," Carstens said.
Both the men's and women's teams will compete in the Cobber Quadrangular