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 by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 7-- The Restless Sixties

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

Coached by Jake Christiansen and led by co-captains Carl Backes and Chuck Hansen, the Cobbers tied for second in the MIAC.  They ended their season with a 7 - 1 - 1 record.

On the roster were Dennis Hasbargen, Bob Ross, Myron Smith, Tim Long, Carl Backes, Larry Gullickson, Loren. Knutson, Mike Swanke, Ken Moland, John Rose, Lynn Hanson, Robert Kranz, Steve Erie, Les Perry, Dave Meier, Tim Lundin, Paul Donley, Dennis Stamp, Don Randall, Merle Kesler, Greg Drummond, Paul Genter, Gary Sengbusch, Art Glasoe, Roger Hoversten, Frank Hensch, Paul Anderson, Jim Rosenkranz, Rick Seim, Gary Noren, Bob Schoonover, Chuck Olson, Bob Hotchkiss, Don Tordson, Curt Johnson, Ed Anderson, Doug Aden, Robert Lefdahl, Dennis Harmoning, Rod Westrum, Joel Johnson, Rick Gilreath,  Dick Anderson, Gale Otto, Bruce Zempel, Don Johnson, Tom Fink, Eldon Nelson, Steve Kidder, Don Hoven, Mitch Rasmus, Joe Langemo, Tom Yankoff, Robert Halvorson, Charles Rathert, Brad Erickson, Tim Braaten, Mike Hammond, Gerald Agrimson, Dennis Bluhm, Neal Jeppson, John Backlund and Dan Erickson, Chuck Hansen, Tom Cummings and Gary Halmrast.

A rule change affected the Cobber offense and forced them to modify their famous and unique shift: The MIAC followed the NCAA rule on the shift, which meant that no interior linemen would be allowed to change position on the line of scrimmage from a three-point stance.  The MIAC faculty representatives voted down the bid to increase the traveling squad for league games.  This always hurt the visitors.
Rod Grubb was the coach of the frosh team which beat the Baby Bison from NDSU in a thriller.

“Give the game ball to Joe, eight more to go,” was written on the blackboard in the Cobber dressing room following the opening game win over Moorhead State.  The reference was to the tremendous running of junior running back Joe Langemo.  The game was a real exciting one and could have gone either way and certainly was not settled until the waning minutes of the fourth quarter.”

Scores for the season were:
 Concordia  27   MSTC   7
Concordia  12   St. Thomas  10
Concordia  12   St. John’s  9
Concordia  44   Augsburg  8
Concordia  0   Gustavus  13
Concordia  8   UM-Duluth  8
Concordia  24   Hamline  14
Concordia  34   Macalester  22
Concordia  33   Luther   14

Conference standings at the end of the season were:

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

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

An article in the Concordian questioned the priority given to the football stadium over the other pressing needs of the athletic department.

“It would seem that the problems arise from policies of the college and athletic department, from community pressures (especially alumni) and from the generally held image of the necessity of athletics as “character builders” in our nation’s colleges and universities. To call the problem one of priorities may be an over-simplification of the matter.  Specifically, there seems to be misplaced priorities in the area of facilities, in the area of certain sports receiving too much emphasis and in the area of women’s sports.

Certainly it’s nice to have a $300,000 stadium which is used four afternoons a year, but what attempt was made to convince the sources of the money that a swimming pool, winter sports arena or an all-weather track would receive far more use.”

A letter to the editor of the Concordian from Neal Jeppson sought to clarify some of the points of contention.

“The name of the stadium should be clarification enough.  This stadium was built to honor Jake Christiansen and to show respect for a job well done.  I agree there is a need for other facilities, but I think the stadium committee deserves credit for selling their program.  Now someone else must sell their programs to get other needed facilities.

Athletic Director, Irv Christenson, and Larry Macleod, Athletic Director at Moorhead State announced jointly that Concordia and Moorhead State would not compete against one another in 1968 or 1969.  Because of scheduling conflicts, one of Minnesota’s oldest collegiate rivalries would be interrupted.(6)

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

The 1967-1968 basketball team, under Coach Sonny Gulsvig, finished the season with a 13 - 13 overall record, 8 - 8 in the conference for sixth place.  Senior Bob Laney closed out his collegiate career as Concordia’s all-time high scorer, averaging over 25 points per game.  He was selected to the All-MIAC team for the second straight season.
Robert Laney, Basketball 1964-1968

Also on the team were Steve Myhre, Bruce Backberg, Alan Nordstrom, Jim Herhusky, Terry Knauf, Ken Holmes, David Cox, Brad Selland, Darrell Nielsen, Don See, Wayne Uglem, Bob Moe, Richard Peterson, John Erickson, Robert Peterson, Ed Dahlberg and Larry Sonju.

The season scores were:
Concordia 84  NDSU    78
Concordia 83  MSTC    66
Concordia 91  Morris    63
Concordia 61  St. Cloud    94
Concordia 69  SDSU    80
Concordia 75  NDSU    85
Concordia 94  Rockhurst    93
Concordia 77  Hiram Scott   73
Concordia 54  St. Cloud    74
Concordia 74  St. John’s    83
Concordia 71  St. Thomas   83
Concordia 63  Hamline    56
Concordia 77  UM-Duluth   58
Concordia 61  Gustavus    77
Concordia 99  Augsburg    87
Concordia 83  St. Mary’s    64
Concordia 77  Gustavus    68
Concordia 72  Macalester   81
Concordia 91  MSTC    95
Concordia 75  St. John’s    85
Concordia 82  St. Thomas   76
Concordia 70  Hamline    57
Concordia 89  UM-Duluth   87
Concordia 93  Augsburg    82
Concordia 70  St. Mary’s    76
Concordia 72  Macalester   77

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

Finn Grinaker’s 1967 - 1968 wrestling team was comprised of E. Narvaez, B. Sandmann, G. Plumb, Wayne Yankoff, Larry Olson, Charlie Bishop, Dan Boyce, N. Hult, Roger Toffle, Mark Budd, Paul Budd, Howard Thompson, Howard Leopold, Doug Dufty, Eldon Nelson, P. Larsen, Myron Smith, M. Bratlie, Bob Westrum, Mark Stenehjem, M. Thompson, Paul Sukke, D. Johnson, Dennis Stamp, Bob Halverson and Tom Yankoff.

Doug Dufty received the Carl Larson award as the outstanding wrestler at the MIAC tournament, after winning his fourth conference title.  Howard Leopold finished his collegiate career with a 44 - 1 - 3 record, while Paul Budd had a 47 - 10 - 1 record for his four years at Concordia.

The Cobber wrestlers were second at the Carleton tournament, the Luther tournament and the conference meet.  Their dual meet record was as follows:

Concordia 11  Bemidji State   28
Concordia 14  Valley City   29
Concordia 8  UND    26
Concordia 14  Augsburg    20
Concordia 26  Duluth    16
Concordia 11  Moorhead State   31
Concordia 13  NDSU    29
Concordia 21  St. John’s    13
Concordia 41  St. Mary’s    3
Concordia 14  Morris    14
Concordia 30  St. Thomas   20
Concordia 31  Macalester   3
Concordia 31  Hamline    5
Concordia 22  Gustavus    16

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

The 1967-1968 hockey team was coached by Charlie Basch and included the following members:  J. Thompson, J. Schultz, G. Noren, J. VanBergen. W. Horgen, D. Earnest, C. Hedland, D.  Oehlke, D. Dose, V. Holmgren, Gary Graham, G. Uecher, J. Matthewson, A. Marotta, S. Haslerud, N. Engevik, D. McCarthy, D. Idso and D. Angerhofer.  Senior captain Carson Hedland was selected as an All-Conference defenseman and freshman center Duane Earnest received honorable mention honors.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia 3  St. Thomas   4
Concordia 4  Hamline   5
Concordia 2  Hamline   4
Concordia 2  Macalester   3
 Concordia 2  Macalester  4
Concordia 1  Gustavus   6
Concordia 1  Gustavus   6
Concordia 1  St. Mary’s   5
Concordia 3  St. John’s   2
Concordia 9  Detroit Lakes  3
Concordia 3  St. John’s   3
Concordia 3  Augsburg   5
Concordia 1  Augsburg   5
Concordia 7  Detroit Lakes  6
Concordia 5  St. Mary’s   9
Concordia 2  St. Thomas  7

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

Concordia’s 1967 - 1968 gymnastics team had a short, successful season under Coach Jim Christopherson.  Senior Al Schmidt led the Cobbers to victory over NDSU by winning the high bar, the long horse, and the trampoline.  Also winning events for the Cobbers were freshman Harold Anderson on the rings and junior Gordy Isachsen on the side horse.

On the team were M. Gunderson, D. Spence, J. Hoover, G. Isachsen, G. Steinbach, A. Agrinson, G. Konzelman, R. Bartholomaus, P. Grover, J. Schubert, S. Handley and H. Anderson.

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

Not even a snowed-out game could dampen the the baseball prospects for 1968.  Charlie Basch’s squad had tough luck at first, dropping several contests by only a single run, but they also managed to pull out victories over some of the best teams in the MIAC.  Standout players were Jim Herhusky, Tom Cummings and Tim Braaten.  The weather (the worst ever) hurt the Cobbers.  With seven games rained or snowed out of the schedule, it was difficult to build any momentum.

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

The tennis team was the youngest of all the Cobber spring sports.  Craig Olson, Craig Anderson and Steve Handley were the top freshmen, while Don Idso, a sophomore, proved to be a highly capable performer.  Senior Dave Erickson was the only upperclassman playing for Concordia, under Coach Bob Nick.  The squad split with intra-city rivals, trouncing MSC while dropping their meet with NDSU, and held their own against MIAC rivals.  It was the best Cobber tennis team in years and the future looks bright for the team.

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

 Lack of depth and an absence of point-getters in the distances and weights caused the Cobber track team to have a difficult season in 1968.  Pole vaulter Al Schmidt was a consisten winner and record-breaker throughout the year.  Freshman Greg Kaiser in the hurdles and sophomore Dennis Rud in the 440 showed promise for future seasons.  The manpower deficit and poor outdoor practice facilities left Coach Jim Christopherson’s cindermen fighting to keep out of the lower divisions in most meets.

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1967-1968 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Facilities |

On the golf team in 1968 were Haslerud, Mike Swanke, Hovland, Terry Knauf, Mikkelson, Steve Ronnigen, Bostrom, Siekes and Roger Stadum.  Finn Grinaker was coach of the team.  Team results were:

Cobber-Dragon Invitational - 6th out of 10
Bison Invitational - 10th out of 18
Morris Invitational - 10th out of 18
MIAC Conference Meet - 6th out of 9

Dual Meets:
Concordia 7 1/2  Hamline  7 1/2
Concordia 7 1/2  Macalester  7 1/2
Concordia 5   St. Thomas  10
Concordia 8   Augsburg  7
Concordia 8 1/2  St. Mary’s  6 1/2
Concordia 5   Gustavus  10
Concordia 7   Duluth   8
Concordia 10   St. John’s  5

Athletic Director Irv Christenson announced that Al Rice, former head football coach at West Fargo High School was added to the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at Concordia and would serve as hockey coach and assistant football coach in addition to his teaching duties in the department.

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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