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The Concordian Sports

Apr. 18, 1997

  Baseball   Softball 

Men's & Women's Track & Field

Men's and Women's Tennis

Mark Johnson New Men's Golf Coach

Hockey - Shawn Morse

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Baseball : Baseball Slips in conference play at Olaf
Andy Pratt, Staff Writer, 4/18

Doubleheaders against Augsburg and St. Olaf presented some for Concordia's baseball team.

The Cobbers travelled to St. Olaf on Wednesday and dropped two games to the Oles, losing 6-9 and 5-9.

Concordia fared somewhat better against Augsburg on Tuesday, dropping the first game 2-3 but recovering to win the secon 9-5.

Senior pitcher Joe Cuchna allowed only 8 hits in seven innings in the first game against Augsburg. However, the Cobbers managed only two runs on six hits. The game was tied until Augsburg scored a run on its final hit.

Offense came alive in the second game against Augsburg. The Cobbers scored four runs in the first inning and put the game away with three runs in the fourth inning.

The Cobbers are ranked third in the conference as of Tuesday. St. Thomas is at the top, followed by St. Olaf.

The baseball schedule has changed a number of times, but the Cobbers are scheduled to play St. Thomas on Saturday and Carleton on Sunday. Both games are doubleheaders and will be played at Concordia, assuming the baseball diamond is playable.

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Softball Softball Struggling in conference play
Jennifer Gayvert, sports editor, 4/18/97

Indoor practice took a toll on the Concordia softball team in conference play.

"Our bats are sleeping right now. I think everybody forgot what the ball looks like coming at your face," junior pitcher Julie Campion said.

The Cobbers lost 5-6 and 0-5 in a doubleheader with St. Thomas on April 15, followed by a 1-8 and 2-4 doubleheader loss to Augsburg on April 15.

"The other teams had the advantage; they've played outside. We just weren't mentally ready," senior Jen Carlson said.

The games against Augsburg ended in another loss for the Cobbers. Senior infielder Lana Thompson tore knee ligaments sliding into third base. The extent of her injury is not known.

Hitting was expected to be the Cobbers strength in conference play. However, many of the players feel that it is the offense that needs work.

"We've got a lot of strong hitters. It's time to start stepping up to the plate," senior infielder Heather Reichow said.

The team expects performance to improve now that practice has moved outdoors. Although much time has been devoted to cleaning up the field, the team is glad to be outside.

"Now that practice is outside, there is an incentive to improve ourselves. We can actually put our plays into practice," Reichow said.

The Cobbers currently sit near the bottom of the conference. In order to move on to postseason regional play, the team says they have to start improving.

"I don't think we can take any team too lightly," Carlson said.

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Cobber Men's and Women's Track: Cobbers rack up another win
Selmer Moen, Staff Writer, 4/18/97


Concordia men's and women's track faced weekend meets affected by weather changes. These changes did not prevent the Cobbers from bringing home trophies, however.

WOMEN'S

The women's track team captured a team victory as well as a sizable number of individual wins last weekend at Bemidji State.

"We did really well and continued our strong start to the season," senior Michele Haugen said.

The women tallied 82 points to capture first place, while University of North Dakota and Bemidji State earned 72 and 19, respectively, for second and third place. They did this despite the fact that the air coming off the lake caused a 15 degree temperature fluctuation from one end of the track to the other.

"It was a bonus to beat a Division-II school," senior Kristi Berger of the victory over UND.

Individually, the Cobbers won seven different events. haugen won the 400m dash with a time of 60.33 seconds and freshman Katie McCarvel took the 400m hurdles with a time of 69.40 seconds. Haugen and McCarvel, teamed with freshmen Karin McGregor and Berger, took the 4x100 relay with a time of 51.83.

Berger, Haugen, sophomore Julie Engh and junior Mollee Ludtke also took the 4x400 relay in time of 4:06.61.

"We had some good competition on the relays from UND," said Haugen.

Junior Sarah Severson won the long jump with a leap of 18-4 feet, making her a provisional national qualifier.

"It should give me a good chance of going to nationals," said Severson.

Another provisional qualifier was junior Becky Kearns who, with a throw of 134-6, won the discus. Senior Renee Erickson won the javelin with a throw of 122-1.5.

"[UND] had some really good athletes, which made the meet more exciting, "Berger said.

MENS

The men's track team expected to compete at a full meet last weekend at Augustana College. Due to the weather, however, the meet was called off and another meet was organized at St. Olaf.

"We weren't looking forward to a four-hour bus ride in order to run in 30 degree weather," senior Bill Keating said.

The Cobbers captured second place overall at St. Olaf. The Cobbers finished with 83 points while Gustavus won with 105 points.

"The meet only lasted 2 hours, so it was pretty stressful," said senior Peter Benson. "We ran really well as a team, considering the circumstances."

Concordia had several individuals capture first place in their events. Sophomore Jeremy Blake won the 400m with a time of 50.46 seconds, while freshman Matt Raml won the 800m in a time of 2:01.62. Keating was scheduled to run in the 800m but instead ran the 1500m.

"There was a guy who I wanted to run against who was in the 1500, so I switched to that one," said Keating.

He ended up winning a close race with a time of 4:02.74.

Peter Benson brought in a win in the 400 hurdles. He also changed events for this meet.

"I didn't expect to compete in this event, but I ran it in high school and was able to run it well at St. Olaf," Peter Benson said.

Both the 4x100 and the 4x400 relays won in times of 43.91 and 3:25.14, respectively. Freshman Micah Benson won the long jump with a leap of 21-6.

Some Cobbers will travel next weekend to Kansas City, Mo., for an invitational relay event. Others will compete in the Valley City meet.

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From the Archives

From the April 22, 1977, issue of The Concordian sports section:

"In the final Let's Play Hockey magazine college hockey ratings, Concordia was ranked sixth. NAIA champion St. Scholastica was ranked number one followed by Gustavus. Augsbur was ranked fourth."

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Men's Golf
Pyle named Tech consultant
Local Pro takes on Coaching Role

Pyle Named Bush Tech Consultant

Sports Information Director (SID) Jerry Pyle has relinquished his role as head coach of the men's golf team to serve as a Bush Foundation Learning Through Technology (LTT) consultant.

"I think he was definitly picked on the strenghth of his application and the amount of work he's done on the Web," LTT consultant coordinator Susan Gammill said. "He has a strong vision on how the Web can be used at Concordia."

Mark Johnson, head golf pro at The Meadows Golf Club, will take over Pyle's role. Pyle will continue to teach and serve as SID and assistant men's basketball coach. Pyle gave up golf to focus his attention on LTT.

"My primary focus as a Bush consultant will be to help people with Web pages," Pyle said, adding that he will also work with other forms of technology.

The Bush Foundation was created in 1953 to "encourage and promote charitable, scientific litarary and educational efforts," according to the LTT Web page. The Bush Foundation allows faculty to attend workshops and conferences, become acquainted with new technology and serve as consultants.

Pyle replaced Doug Paulson, who leaves the program at the end of the year. According to Dr. James Postema, who served on the committee that chose Pyle, Pyle will be a good addition to the program.

"He's very enthusiastic and very knowledgeable in a number of areas of technology," Postema said.

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Local pro takes on coaching
role

Cobber men's golf is going pro.

Mark Johnson, head pro at The Meadows Glof Club, was named head coach of the concordia men's golf team on Tuesday by Athletic director Armin Pipho. Johnson will continue at The Meadows while taking over coaching in the fall of 1997.

"I'm really excited. I'm very eager to work with the golfers and Concordia," Johnson said.

Johnson is filling a space vacated by Sports Information Director Jerry Pyle, who gave up the position to serve as a Bush Foundation Learning Through Technology consultant at Concordia.

"This is a very good move for the program," Pyle said. "He will be onderful as a new coach."

Johnson comes into the sports department with a number of goals, especially in reference to MIAC play.

"There is no reason why we shouldn't compete for a conference title. In my opinion, if we don't set these goals, we fall short," he said.

Johnson also plans to institute structured practices, including a video analysis of the players' swings.

"Golf is fun, but [the team] is going to have to work very hard if [it] wants to travel," Johnson said.

Johnson has served as head pro at The Meadows since 1995. johnson was head golf coach at Moorhead State University from 1993-95 and assistant pro at Moorhead Country Club from 1990-94. He is also a member of the Minnesota PGA Section Board of Directors, Education Committee and Junior Golf Committee.





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Tennis(Women's Tennis/Men's Tennis): Weather hurts tennis play
Elizabeth Weixel, Staff Writer, 4/18/97

Unusual circumstances are taking their toll on the cobber men's and women's tennis teams.

This weekend the men fell 0-9 to Carleton and 3-6 to St. Mary's, while the women picked up a 8-1 win against St. Catherine's before falling to number-one-ranked Gustavus 1-8.

The weekend's matches were complicated by unusual circumstances, head coach Bob Nick said. Sandbagging and a tough playing schedule, allowing for little rest between matches, took a physical toll on the teams, said Nick. Both teams were uncertain whether they would even play because of the flood.

"It was kind of a compacted road trip," Nick said.

The women's team is also coping with the loss of two players and the addition of a new one, according to freshman Lori Wagner. These are changes that will impact the team for the rest of the season, she said.

Freshman Rikki Schmeck joined the team last week to fill the vacant spot for conference competition.

Schmeck hasn't played tennis since last year and hasn't played singles since her sophomore year in high school. St. Catherine's was a gppd omtrpdictopm tp cp;;ege-level play, she said.

Gustavus was intimidating, she said.

"I was totally panic stricken," Schmeck said. "It was hard to get back into the swing of things."

Schmeck and her doubles partner Wagner were in the swing of things. They brought in the only win against Gustavus, 7-5, 6-3.

Wagner was encouraged with both this win and those against St. Catherine's.

"It showed us what we're capable of ," Wagner said. "I expect that we'll continue to improve. Towards the end, we'll play well."

The teams need to improve net games and aggrtessiveness in order to make that happen, according to Nick.

"We have to up it a notch from where we are. You have to be in an attack mode. You can't be laid back," Nick said. "At this stage we have to dictate points more than we have."

The men's team had trouble dictating points against Carleton Friday.

"There's alot of [matches] that we seem to let slip out of our hands; we have control, and then we lose it," freshman Matt Blom explained.

Challenge matches last Wednesday finalized the men's conference line-up.

Blom is pleases with the arrangement.

"We've got a lot of depth with our line-up right now. Most of the players could move around," Blom said.

Both teams' current conference records stand at 3-9. The men play Bethel tomorrow and Hamline Sunday, and the women tak on Hamline Sunday. All matches are at Concordia.

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Shawn Morse: Sticking to his goals while blocking others

Connie Colwell, Staff Writer

Shawn Morse is the epitome of Concordia students: easy-going, pleasant, quick to smile, light-hearted and genuinely likable. he is a first-year student with the ytpical amount of first-year uncertainties about his major. He's sick of the Moorhead weather. He loves to spend time with friends, to have fun and joke around and to play hockey, and he can't wait until he's of age to hit the bars.

In fact, there is really only one thing which distinguishes him from me or you: Shawn is deaf.

Shawn grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, and is infinitely proud of his Canadian roots. He sports a seemingly unlimited supply of jackets, hats and other apparel boasting the name of his home country. Shawn attended Thom Collegiate, a public school in Regina, and played hockey in the junior league there. He came to Concordia in January and started goal-tending for the hockey team nine games into the season.

Although Shawn's parents can hear, both he and his younger sister were born deaf.

But to talk to those who know Shawn, his disability is anything but limiting.

"To us, he was just one of the players; he wasn't just a deaf player," said teammate and friend Jeff Corkish. "He doesn't act like he has a disability at all."

Head hockey coach Steve Baumgartner agrees, adding that when it comes to the ice, Shawn's deafness is no issue.

"He's got one of the fastest set of feet I've seen on a goalie, " says Corkish. "He moves laterally really quickly."

Shawn heard about Concordia through Baumgartner's brother, wh runs the goal-tending school in Saskatchewan where Shawn works tin the summers.

"[My brother and I] had talked to him a little bit," says Baumgartner, "and he knew we were looking for goal-tending help."

Shawn had been playing in the junior league and , according to Corkish, junior league players have a more intense and aggressive attitude toward hockey than do college players. Junior leaguers often don't go to school while they're playing.

"It's a real different style of hockey: it's a different lifestyle," says Corkish. "College guys are older and more mature, and they get along better [with each other]."

Shawn agrees. "I think it's normal to be crazy in the dressing room and on the team bus, but [Concordia players are] more mature in public. So am I," he said.

But the hockey team wasn't the only thing that attracted Shawn to Concordia. According to Baumgartner, Concordia is not only a place where the hockey players are more mature, but where Shawn can earn a degree and play at the same time. "The hockey's a bonus on the side," Baumgartner says.

And since Shawn is considering an accounting major and hopes one day to have a career as an accountant, Concordia seemed to offer the best of both worlds: He could play some hockey and pursue his future career. According to corkish, Shawn is well on his way. "He's got his priorities set ... on and off the ice," Corkish says. "He works his butt off."

For Shawn, this hard work may come with the territory. He has an interpreter who attends all his classes with him and translates lectures into sign language. Although this process works well for him, Shawn does with his professors knoew a little sign language.

"If I don't watch [my interpreter] then I will miss [ the information]," Shawn says. "But, I have no problems with the classes."

Shawn signs Signed English [SE] and American Sign Language [ASL]. he can also read lips, but tries to avoid it for the most part because he tends to misread certain words. 'Two' and 'to', for instance, involve basically the same lip movements.

Shawn communicates with family and friends mainly through e-mail and his TTY, a telephone-typewriter hybrid which can be hooked up to phones to allow messages to be typed and read, rather than spoken and heard.

The majority of Shawn's friends know little to no sign language, but Shawn doesn't mind. "I have been with all-deaf people who sign a lot, and I'm tired of it," he says. Many of his friends are interested in learning sign language, and he doesn't even mind giving the occasional lesson. However, he admits to tiring of signing because of the limitations it imposes on who he can talk to.

Shawn's roommate, first-year student Randy Lempert, knows a mere five or so signs, according to Shawn. They communicate mostly by way of note-writing.

"Shawn tries to teach me a little [bit of sign language], but [it's] not enough fto communicate," Lempert says.

Baumgartner also knows a minimal number of signs and is presently taking lessons in sign language.

"I'm learning bit by bit, and hopefully by this summer, I'll have it down," he says.

However, Baumgartner stresses that communicating in hockey practice and games poses no problem for Shawn and his teammates. "When it comes to on-ice, he knew when I was making a point," Baumgartner says.

For the most part Shawn has very few difficulties with life at Concordia. His meager complaints include a lack of transportation to the bank and the occasional hockey-homework conflict.

"He's an absolutely great guy," Corkish reminds. "If you look past the disability that he has and to the person that he is, you'll see a best friend." More importantly, according to Shawn, you'll see a Canadian.

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