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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 7-- The Restless Sixties

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Coach Jake Christiansen’s 1966 football team amassed a 5 - 3 overall record and was 4 - 3 in the MIAC for fourth place.  At the beginning of the season, Jake commented, “Only one week left and then the opener.  We’re going to be in for a tough opener and this is all I am sure of at the present time.”  With 16 seniors gone from the previous year’s team, Jake, a devout pessimist, really had a bit to be pessimistic about.
Co-captains were Lowell Gorseth and Rodd Olson.  Paul Sannes was voted MVP.  Four Cobbers made the all-MIAC football team: Paul Sannes, Chucky Hanson, Jim Satter and Carl Backes.
Paul Sannes  '67 - Football/Baseball

The following were the scores for the season:
Concordia  17   MSTC   7
Concordia  13   St. John’s  6
Concordia  35   Augsburg  14
Concordia  14   Gustavus  19
Concordia  6   UM-Duluth  18
Concordia  7   Hamline  20
Concordia  32   Macalester  0
Concordia  26   St. Thomas  12

Final standings in the MIAC were:

Hamline   6 - 1
Gustavus   4 - 1 - 2
UM-Duluth  4 - 2 - 1
Concordia   4 - 3
St. John’s   3 - 3 - 1
Augsburg   3 - 4
St. Thomas  2 - 5
Macalester  0 - 7

The roster included J. Lindell, Tim Long, Carl Backes, Dennis Stamp, Franklin Hensch, Paul Anderson, Alan Schmidt, Jim Rosenkranz, Jim Satter, Don Hoven, Steve Erie, Mike Wolf, Eldon Nelson, Dennis Hasbargen, Joe Langemo, Paul Doty, Chuck Hansen, Wayne Orn, Richard Anderson, Mike Swanke, John Malvey, Lowell Gorseth, Larry Larson, Ken Moland, John Hovey, Harry Wagner, Chris Myrold, Brad Martinson, Art  Glasoe, G. Sunde, Gregory Drummond, Ron Sovick, Rod Olson, Tim Braaten, M. Rasmus, Bob Halvorson, Mike Dondelinger, Brad Erickson, Loren Knutson, Tom Fink, Lynn Hanson, Randall Deckert, B. Emerson, Mike Hammond, Neal Jeppson, Tim Lundin, Regan Lefdahl, Dennis Bluhm, John Rose, Tom Yankoff, Merrel Kesler,  Paul Donley, Donald Randall, Bruce Oyen, Larry Gullickson, Gary Williams, Bruce Carlson, Paul Sannes, Dennis Harmoning, Bob Kranz, Charles Rathert, Stephen Kidder and Dennis Johnson.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

The Jake Christiansen Stadium was dedicated prior to the Concordia-Hamline game.

History of the stadium fund drive goes back to the fall of 1964.  At that time a group of business and professional men from Moorhead and Fargo approached D. Knutson.  Their proposal was to raise funds for a stadium that would be named in honor of “Coach Jake.”  At the fall meeting of the Board of Regents the project was approved.

The fund campaign was officially begun the following year in November 1965.  With Arthur P. Diercks as general chairman, the drive met with great success.  Working toward a goal of $235,000, the amount was reached by the following spring.  On May 16 groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted.(4)

Jake Christiansen was named to a three-year term on the National Football Coaches Association rules committee.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

The Concordia basketball team in 1966 opened the season against North Dakota State with possible starters Bob Laney as center, brothers Jim, Dick and Bob Peterson, and either Jim Herhusky or Bob Moe.

The basketball team had an overall record of 13 - 12 and finished 8 - 8 in the conference for fifth place.  Sonny Gulsvig was coach of the team which included J. Lovas, D. Knutson, J. Herhusky, J. Peterson, D. Cox, K. Holmes, K. Strand, W. Uglem, T. Rietz, B. Moe, B. Peterson, B. Laney, D. Peterson, E. Dahlberg and D. See.

Season scores were:
Concordia 82  NDSU   74
Concordia 69  MSTC   67
Concordia 64  St. Cloud   66
Concordia 94  Augustana   82
Concordia 73  Valparaiso  91
Concordia 59  NDSU   61
Concordia 94  SDSU   80
Concordia 73  Gustavus   80
Concordia 77  Morris   65
 Concordia 73  St. Thomas  85
Concordia 86  St. Mary’s   90
Concordia 70  MSTC   72
Concordia 105  St. John’s   75
Concordia 76  UM-Duluth  86
Concordia 98  Augsburg   78
Concordia 72  St. Mary’s   77
Concordia 86  Macalester  82
Concordia 73  Gustavus   71
Concordia 70  Augsburg   79
Concordia 71  St. Thomas  78
Concordia 71  St. John’s   90
Concordia 96  Hamline   67
Concordia 92  UM-Duluth  85
Concordia 87  Macalester  80
Concordia 80  Hamline   78

MIAC Conference standings at the end of the season were:

St. Thomas  15 - 1
St. John’s   11 - 5
Gustavus   9 - 7
Concordia   8 - 8
St. Mary’s   7 - 9
UM-Duluth  6 - 10
Macalester  6 - 10
Hamline   5 - 11
Augsburg   5 - 11

A press release noted: “How about the brother act at Concordia — three Petersons, Dick, Bob and Jim, on the basketball team, Paul and Mark Budd, Tom and Wayne Yankoff, and Martin and Howard Thompson all on the wrestling team make every game or match a family reunion.  The Thompsons are from Laverne, the Yankoffs from Miles City, Montana, the Budds from Osage, Iowa.”

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |
The 1966-1967 hockey team under Coach Charlie Basch finished the season with a 1 -13 record.  W. Horgen was the team captain.  Scores for the season were:
Concordia  2  Augsburg  8
Concordia  0  Augsburg  5
Concordia  0  St. Thomas  3
Concordia  0  St. Thomas  4
Concordia  2  Gustavus  6
Concordia  2  Gustavus  9
Concordia  1  Macalester  4
Concordia  1  Macalester  6
Concordia  3  St. John’s  7
Concordia  2  St. John’s  5
Concordia  2  Hamline  6
Concordia  2  Hamline  1
Concordia  0  St. Mary’s  6
Concordia  0  St. Mary’s  9

On the hockey roster were J. Thompson, J. Schultz, G. Norem, J. Vanbergan, W. Horgen, Gary Graham, D. Earnest, C. Hedland, D. Oehlke, D. Dose, V. Holmgren, G. Uecker, J. Matthewson, A. Marotta, S. Haslerud, N. Engevik, D. McCarthy, D. Idso, and D. Angerhofer.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

In 1967 the presidents and faculty athletic representatives voted to eliminate spring football.  They claimed that it interfered with the spring sports and it overemphasized athletics.  Despite a vigorous fight by the coaches, they lost the battle to their bitter disappointment.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

The 1966 - 1967 wrestling team, under Coach Grinaker, had a successful season, finishing second in the Carleton tournament, fourth in the Luther tournament and second in the conference meet.
 
Douglas J. Dufty, Wrestling 1963-1967

Their dual meet record was 6 - 7 - 0 with the following scores:
Concordia 33  Morris   3
Concordia 34  U. of Minnesota-Duluth 6
Concordia 14  Valley City State  15
Concordia 15  Augsburg   19
Concordia 9  Bemidji State  22
 Concordia 12  NDSU   22
Concordia 4  Moorhead State  31
Concordia 6  Iowa State College 29
Concordia 22  Macalester  15
Concordia 32  St. Thomas  6
Concordia 17  UND   12
Concordia 6  Gustavus   24
Concordia 22  St. John’s    12

On the team were Mark Bratlie, Mark Budd, Doug Dufty, Wayne Yankoff, Olson, Howard Leopold, Charlie Bishop, Tom Yankoff, Paul Sukke, Halvorson, Dennis Stamp, Hult, Martin Thompson, Narvaez, Plumb, Larsen, D. Johnson, Roger Toffle, Howard Thompson, Smith, Sigfrid and Sandman.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

The only information available on the 1966-1967 gymnastics team were the names of four gymnasts: Tom Norton, Steve Kidder, Gordon Isachsen and Terry Nybo.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

The 1967 baseball team chalked up an 8 - 5 record.  Scores for the games were:
 Concordia 5  Offut Air Force Base  0
Concordia 5  NDSU    3
Concordia 6  Macalester   0
Concordia 5  Hamline   4
Concordia 0  Hamline   1
Concordia 4  Augsburg   5
Concordia 4  Augsburg   1
Concordia 11  Gustavus   7
Concordia 11  Gustavus   6
Concordia 0  St. Mary’s   1
Concordia 1  St. Mary’s   4

On the roster were G. Otto. P. Anderson, A. Wicken, W. Cole, T. Braaten, P. Linde, R. Heidt, D. Wick, K. Strand, J. Peterson. J. Langemo, J. Herhusky, L. Perry, R. Olson and P. Sannes.  Charlie Basch was the team coach.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Playing tennis for the Cobbers in 1967 were Don Idso, Mike Vogel, Dave Erickson, Dave Wee, John Bragstad and Volker Hennig.  Bob Nick was the coach. The squad was the youngest of all spring sports.  They split with intra-city rivals, trouncing MSC while dropping their meet with NDSU, and held their own against MIAC rivals.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

The 1967 golf team was comprised of Terry Knauf, Dave Hanson, Doug Herzog, Roger Stadum, Mike Swanke, Steve Ronnigen, Steve Auenson, Dave Stoll, Gary Williams, John Severson and Tom Norton.  Finn Grinaker coached the team.  The season results were:

Cobber-Dragon Invitational - 7th out of 10
Jamestown Invitational - 3rd out of 9
All-City - 1st place
Bison Invitational - 8th out of 13
Morris Invitational - 12th out of 14
MIAC Conference Meet - 9th out of 9
Honeywell Invitational - 5th out of 9

MIAC Dual Meets:
Concordia 1 1/2  Duluth   13 1/2
Concordia 6   Augsburg  9
Concordia 3   St. Mary’s  12
Concordia 2   Macalester  13
Concordia 3   St. Thomas  12
Concordia 1   Gustavus  13
Concordia 9 1/2  St. John’s  5 1/2
Concordia 5   Hamline  10

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Coach Jim Christopherson’s 1966 cross country team undertook the most ambitious schedule in the history of the program at Concordia, competing in seven meets.  Two of the best distance runners in the history of the school — Roger Wrolstad and Roger Neugebauer.

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1966-1967 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | Men's Cross Country | Men's Track | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Jim Christopherson, Cobber track coach in 1967, took three boys to the International Meet of Champions in Winnipeg and they all placed with Al Schmidt winning the pole vault.  Later that spring Al Schmidt broke the school pole vault record with a vault of 14' 2 3/4"..

Chapter 7
 

1. Joel Watne, Concordian, November 11, 1960.
2. Glen Temanson, Concordian, December 2, 1960.
3. Pete Hastings, Concordian, September 12, 1961.
4. Concordian, October 21, 1966.
5. Concordian, April 5, 1968.
6. Neal Jeppson, Concordian, April 19, 1968.
 
 

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