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 by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 7-- The Restless Sixties

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

ďJake Christiansen blew the opening whistle for the twenty-eighth time this fall.  Eighty-three Concordia football players answered the call, all of them upperclassmen.  It goes without saying that the 83 will be rushed along as fast as possible as the Cobbers will play an early opener September 7 with cross-town rival Moorhead State College.  Jake and his staff will have their work cut out for them as they have 19 holes to fill on losses from last yearís squad that finished 7-1-1.Ē

This season was the last year of coaching for legendary Coach Jake Christiansen.  His legacy will last for generations at Concordia.  Jake was elected to the NAIA Hall of Fame.  The team finished the season with a 7 - 3 overall record, 4 - 3 in the MIAC for third place.  Named team captains were Tom Fink and Joe Langemo, while Dennis Stamp and Chuck Olson were received All-Conference honors and Joe Langemo was the team Most Valuable Player.

Bob Nick was named to coach the frosh as Concordia lost two coaches over the summer ó Charlie Basch went to St. Cloud and Rod Grubb left for St. Olaf.
 
Jacobi "Jake" Christiansen, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach 1941-1968

Scores for the season were:
Concordia 7  MSTC   6
Concordia 28  Augustana   7
Concordia 27  Macalester  0
Concordia 27  St. Thomas  13
Concordia 0  St. Johnís   7
Concordia 29  Augsburg   21
Concordia 14  Gustavus   22
Concordia 23  UM - Duluth  14
Concordia 7  Hamline   32
Concordia 42  Luther   38

Conference standings were:

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

On the roster were Bruce Zempel, Dale Hertel, Tom Cummings, Dennis Stamp, Tom Fink, Joe Langemo, Regan Lefdahl, Joel Johnson, D. Peterson, Eldon Nelson, G. Van Hunnik, M. McGee, R. Johnson, Dave Jordahl, L. Teske, Paul Linde, J. Jenson, Frank Hensch, Don Tordsen, Wayne Nelson, Kent Zimmerman, Wayne Skaff, Gary Noren, Bob Kranz, Mike Swanke, B. Anderson, Jim Rosenkrantz, A. Schmidt, Don Hoven, C. Rudd, Art Glasoe, Greg Drummond, Doug Dale, Chuck Olson, A. Ritchie, B. Schoonover, J. Backlund, G. Agrimson, B. Brandt, V. Smith, Doug Aden, M. Diede, Avery Siefert, Gale Otto, Ken Moland, T. Rietz, S. Kidder, P. Falk, D. Larson, T. Vickerman, Ed Anderson, Les Perry, Robert Halvorson, Myron Smith, R. Lindstrom, L. Moe, Curt Johnson, Paul Genter, Bob Westrum and V. Holmgren.
 

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

Coach Sonny Gulsvigís 1968-1969 basketball team had a 14 - 12 record overall and an
8 - 8 record in the MIAC.  On the team were Steve Carnal, Bruce Backberg, Steve Myhre, Ed Dahlberg, Terry Knauf, Doug Hastad,  Pete Rutherford, Brad Selland, Steve Reiten, Dick Peterson, John Erickson, Bob Peterson, Don See, Wayne Uglem, Randy Taylor and Larry Sonju.

The seasonís results were:
Concordia  56  Moorhead State  77
Concordia  74  Augustana   67
Concordia  68  NDSU    62
Concordia  86  Gustavus   65
Concordia  41  St. Cloud State  59
Concordia  96  Humboldt State  77
Concordia  79  Eau Claire   78
Concordia  65  East Michigan   91
Concordia  54  St. Cloud State  56
Concordia  80  St. Thomas   79
Concordia  60  St. Johnís   58
Concordia  59  Hamline   57
Concordia  73  UM - Duluth   62
Concordia  63  St. Maryís   74
Concordia  46  Macalester   68
Concordia  79  NDSU    109
Concordia  80  Gustavus   65
Concordia  59  St. Thomas   79
Concordia  82  St. Johnís   86
Concordia  67  Hamline   68
Concordia  68  UM - Duluth   89
Concordia  70  MSC    69
Concordia  85  Augsburg   68
Concordia  71  St. Maryís   69
Concordia  55  Macalester   62

The conference standings at the end of the season were:

St. Johnís   12 - 4
Macalester  11 - 5
St. Thomas  11 - 5
St. Maryís   10 - 6
Gustavus   8 - 8
Concordia   8 - 8
Hamline   7 - 9
Augsburg   4 - 12
UM - Duluth  1 - 15

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

On the roster for Coach Finn Grinakerís 1968 - 1969 wrestling squad were Mike Kane, Maxwell, Kim Boyce, Roger Toffle, Hult, Tim McCoy, Hoppe, Berg, Wayne Yankoff, Don Lilleboe, Pete Michel, Lindquist, Tom Fink, Yockim, Anderson, Terry Bishop, Myron Smith, Estvold and Gronneberg.  The team placed fifth in the Carleton tournament, eighth in the Luther tournament and third in the conference tournament.

They finished the season with a 7 - 6 dual meet record.  Scores were:

Concordia  17  Morris Branch  16
Concordia  3  Valley City   42
Concordia  9  Bemidji State   32
Concordia  11  St. Johnís   30
Concordia  42  Hamline   3
Concordia  27  Duluth    11
Concordia  24  St. Thomas   21
Concordia  13  Augsburg   28
Concordia  21  Macalester   19
Concordia  24  Gustavus   15
Concordia  7  NDSU    37
Concordia  8  Moorhead State  38
Concordia  27  St. Maryís   13

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

The 1968-1969 hockey team had their best season yet under new coach, Al Rice.  Practice sessions were now held in the new Fargo Coliseum and this resulted in a 4 - 8 record for the conference season.  On the roster were R. Moon, L. Seeger, D. McCarthy, A. Lutz, J. VanBergan, W. Horgen, D. Earnest, G. Uecker, C. Watkins, L. Haslerud, G. Noren, P. Gronhovd, K. Litzenberger, J. Thompson, D. Satre, C. Peterson, S. Erickson and G. Lee.

Team scores were:
Concordia  4  Rainy River JC  2
Concordia  1,6 St. Cloud   5,7
Concordia  2,2 St. Maryís   5,7
Concordia  3,3 St. Johnís   5,13
Concordia  2,1 Augsburg   9,8
Concordia  3,3 Gustavus   10,10
Concordia  6,6 Macalester   5,3
Concordia  4  St. Johnís   3
Concordia  2,5 St. Thomas   6,4
Concordia  2,4 Hamline   6,5
Concordia  3  Rainy River JC  8

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

The 1968-1968 gymnastics team competed against three teams this season.  After losing to Bemidji, the Cobbers outscored South Dakota State University in a triangular meet which was won by North Dakota State University.  Those on the roster were M. Gunderson, H. Anderson, R. Strand, G. Virkus, S. Kidder, R. Bowman, A. Seifert, A. Agrimson, D. Rudd, B. Jahraus and C. Frank

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

Lettermen on the 1969 golf team, coached by Finn Grinaker, were Terry Knauf, Steve Haslerud, Bill Hanson, David McBroom and Tom Stegbauer.  The team placed 7th out of 10 teams in the Cobber-Dragon Invitational, 7th out of 19 teams in the Morris Invitational, was third in the Alll-City and placed 7th out of 9 teams in the MIAC.

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

Aided by newly surfaced courts but hampered by the loss of injured Don Idso, coach Bob Nickís 1969 tennis team faced tough MIAC competition.  The team met St. Thomas and Augsburg and participated in an all-conference meet.  On the team were C. Olson, Volker Hennig, Mike Vogel, Norm Newell, Craig Anderson and T. Simmons.

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

Al Rice was the coach of the 1969 baseball team, comprised of W. Nelson, D. Nielson, S. Carnal, L. Perry, T. Cummings, Paul Linde, D. Drommerhausen, D. Peterson, K. Knoff, D. Johnson, L. Sannes, B. Sieling, D. Hertel, P. Holte, S. Graff, D. Dale, P. Krabbenhoft, K. Yohe, L. Peterson, S. Simonson, L. Erdahl, G. Otto, R. McDaniel and R. Peterson.  Unable to held practice outdoors, first-year Coach Rice faced the season challenged by the naming of an untried starting line-up.

The team finished in second place in the MIAC baseball race.  The Cobbers compiled a
9 - 5 conference record while posting an 11 - 7 season record.  Pitcher Tom Cummings and third baseman Kerry Knoff were named to the All-Conference team.  Joe Langemo and Tom Cummings were the team captains.

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1968-1969 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports |

Hurdler Greg Kaiser and vaulters Al Agrimson and Avery Seifert returned from last year to lead a small but determined track squad.  These sophomores worked hard with promising freshmen to overcome inexperience.  The team was coached by Jim Christopherson and student-coach Al Schmidt.

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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