(September 29 - October 5, 2004)
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(Complete List of Cobber Homecoming Events)


Women's Soccer - at Macalester - 4:00pm (Listen Live)
Volleyball - at Hamline - 7:30pm

Men's X-Country - at NCAA Pre-Nationals at UW-Eau Claire - 3:00

Football - at Gustavus - 1:00pm (Listen Live)
Women's Soccer - at St. Mary's - Noon
Men's Soccer - at St. Mary's - 2:00pm
Men's Golf - at Twin Cities Classic
Women's Golf - at St. Ben's Invite

Men's Golf - at Twin Cities Classic
Women's Golf - at St. Ben's Invite

Men's Golf - at Twin Cities Classic

Women's Soccer - at MSU-Moorhead 5:00pm
Volleyball - at Bethel - 7:00pm

Three Cobber Athletes Earn MIAC Player of the Week Honors!
Concordia senior middle hitter Jacki Barten (Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) was named the MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week as she helped the Cobbers win three straight conference matches. Concordia is currently ranked 19th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Poll.

In Wednesday's five-game win over Macalester, Barten had 18 kills, six digs and two blocks. On Friday night against St. Olaf Barten finished with a match-high 17 kills, three blocks and three service aces. She capped her week by leading Concordia to a three-game sweep over St. Mary's. In that match she  had 10 kills, but more importantly, had four blocks and was part of a defense that limited Saint Mary's to only a .076 attack percentage on Saturday.(More

Morgan Bain (So., Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) was named the MIAC Women's Soccer Player of the Week for her two-game performance against St. Olaf and Carleton last week.

Bain scored four goals and collected nine points in the Cobbers' two conference victories last week. She helped Concordia improve their MIAC record to 4-0, which sets a new school record for most consecutive conference wins to start the season. 

In the teams' 4-2 victory over St. Olaf on Tuesday, Bain was responsible for three of the team's four goals - picking up her first collegiate hat trick. Against Carleton on Saturday, Bain had a goal and an assist as Concordia beat Carleton 6-0. For the season, Bain has 11 goals and three assists for 25 points. She currently leads the MIAC in points, goals, game-winning goals and shots in conference games.(More)

Men's Golfer Drew Dvorak Named MIAC Co-Golfer of the Week!

Concordia freshman golfer Drew Dvorak (Litchfield, Minn./Litchfield HS) was named the MIAC Co-Golfer of the Week for his performance at the Carleton Invitational this past weekend.

Dvorak notched his first “top five” finish in his career by placing third at the Carleton Invitational over the weekend. Dvorak carded a 152 (76-76) total and was only three strokes off the medalist score.(More)

Cobber Athletic Hall-of-Fame Member Honored!
Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame member Herschel Lysaker was recently honored by the University of Minnesota, Crookston. He was named as an honorary head coach and was on the sidelines for the Golden Eagles’ game against Augustana.. 

Lysaker graduated from Concordia in 1932 and was inducted into the Concordia Hall of Fame in 1992. He was a two-time all-conference lineman in football and a key member of the 1931 football team that won Concordia's first conference title. 

In 1977, Lysaker was inducted into the Minnesota Football Hall of Fame. In 1982, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents named the new gymnasium on the UMC Campus in his honor – Lysaker Gymnasium. 

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Record: 2-0 MIAC, 3-0
National Ranking: 12th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette Poll, "Other Receiving Votes" in D3football.com and AFCA polls
Recent Results: Carleton 15 at Concordia 40 - Complete Recap
Upcoming Events: at Gustavus on Saturday, October 2 at 1:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia defense currently ranks number one in the conference in overall yards allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per game. The Cobbers have only given up 35 total rushing yards in the team’s first two conference games. Overall, they are allowing only 169.0 yards in total offense per game.

In the first two MIAC games of the year, the Cobber defense has not allowed an opposing running back to gain more than 33 yards in a game. In both games, the Cobbers completely shut down a pair of top conference ball carriers. Against St. Thomas, Concordia held Walter Dosh to only 33 rushing yards. The week before, against Coe College (Iowa), Dosh had racked up 115 yards on the ground. On Saturday, the Cobber run-stopping machine limited Carleton’s premiere back, Wade Thompson, to 11 yards. In the Knights' season opener against Lake Forest (Ill.), Thompson had 152 yards on the ground and was named the MIAC Offensive Player of the Week.

- The Cobbers' 3-0 start marks the best beginning to a season since the 1997 campaign when they went 6-0 to start the year.

The longest winning streak to open a season in the past 20 years is eight games. The 1988 Concordia team went 8-0 at the beginning of the year and finished the season by winning the MIAC title. This is the best start for a Cobber team under current head coach Terry Horan.

- Concordia has two players who top the league’s scoring charts. Cobber kicker Brian Halverson (Jr., Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) leads the MIAC in scoring by a kicker, and running back Ed Oehlers (Sr., North Branch, Minn./North Branch HS) is tops in touchdowns scored.

Halverson has 18 points in the team’s first two conference games. On Saturday against Carleton he continued to add to his school record for most consecutive field goals Halverson connected on field goal attempts of 32 and 35 yards and finished the game with 10 points. He has now kicked 12 straight field goals – a streak that dates back all the way to October 4, 2003. Halverson has scored 30 of the team’s 90 points this season. He is currently tied for the lead in NCAA Division III for field goals per game.

Oehlers scored two touchdowns for the second consecutive game . He scored on runs of five yards and plunged in from one yard out. He is also ninth in the conference in rushing yards per game (55.0).
Record: 4-0 MIAC, 12-1
National Ranking: 19th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Poll
Recent Results: Macalester 2 at Concordia 3 - Recap; St. Olaf 2 at Concordia 3 - Recap; St. Mary's 0 at Concordia 3 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at Hamline on Wednesday, September 29 at 7:00pm; at Bethel on Tuesday, October 5 at 7:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior middle hitter Jacki Barten (Melrose, Minn./Melrose HS) has a streak of 92 matches where she has recorded at least one block. She has 437 blocks in her career and needs only 16 more to break the school record for most blocks in a career. 

- The Concordia College volleyball team has won 12 straight matches. That is the second longest winning streak in program history. Currently, the Cobbers are 4-0 in the MIAC, 12-1 overall and ranked 19th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 poll. 

- At the recently completed Concordia Invitational Volleyball Tournament four Cobber players earned post-tournament awards. Jacki Barten, Amy Fitzner (Sr., Valley City, N.D.), Jessica Walden (Sr., Hawley, Minn.) and Becca Shane (So., Detroit Lakes, Minn.) were all named to the All-Tournament team and Shane was named the tournament MVP. It was the third straight year that Barten has been named to the Concordia Invite All-Tournament Team, and the second time for Fitzner, Walden and Shane. 

Men’s Soccer
Record: 0-4-1 MIAC, 1-6-2
Recent Results: Concordia 1 at Carleton 6 - Recap; Macalester 3 at Concordia 0 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at St. Mary's on Saturday, October 2 at 2:00pm; vs Colorado College at Carleton on Sunday, October 3 at 1:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia goalkeeper Nik Pickett (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn) leads the MIAC in saves this season. Pickett has made 60 saves in the team's first nine games. He has started every game for the Cobbers and has played every minute of every game.

- Sophomore forward Brandon Root (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) is among the conference leaders in shots taken in conference games. He has taken seven shots in the team's first four league games and is currently ranked 12th.
Women’s Soccer
Record: 4-0 MIAC, 6-2-0
Recent Results: Carleton 0 at Concordia 6 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at Macalester on Wed., Sept. 29 at 4:00pm (Listen Live); at St. Mary's on Sat., Oct. 2 at Noon; at MSU-Moorhead, Tues. Oct. 5 at 5:00pm 

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia sophomore Morgan Bain (Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) currently leads the MIAC in points, goals, game-winning goals and shots taken in conference games. She has scored at least one goal in the team’s last five games. That streak is one off the school record of scoring at least one goal in a game. The record of six consecutive games is held by Kendra Lee (’03), who set that mark at the beginning of the 1999 season. 

Bain now has 11 goals and three assists for 25 points in the team’s first eight games. She is on pace to break the school record of 46 points in a season.

- Cobber freshman goalie Ashley Liegakos (Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove HS) has recorded five shutouts in her first eight collegiate starts. She currently leads the MIAC in shutouts. 

- The Concordia women’s soccer team set a school record for most consecutive wins to start a conference season. With their win on 6-0 over Carleton on Saturday, the Cobbers pushed their MIAC record to 4-0. That is the first time in the history of the program they have started the conference season with four wins.

Men’s Cross Country
Recent Results: 2nd Place at the South Dakota Tech Invite - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the NCAA Pre-Nationals at UW-Eau Claire on Friday, October 2 at 3:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia senior Nick Myran (Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) logged over 1,000 training miles this summer. He is coming off a breakout year that saw him become the first Concordia cross-country runner to earn all-region honors since 1992. He also competed at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field
Championship meet in the spring. He missed earning All-American honors in the 1500 meters by .09 of a second.
Women’s Cross Country
Recent Results: 9th Place at the Roy Griak Invitational at the U of M - Recap
Upcoming Events: vs. MSU-Moorhead on Friday, October 8 at 4:00pm at Ponderosa GC

Latest News and Notes:
- Natalie Hanson (Sr., Rogers, Minn./Elk River Area HS) was the Concordia women's cross country team's top finisher for the fourth straight meet this season. She finished 25th in a time of 24:21 at the Roy Griak Invitational last weekend. Her top finish of the season is fifth place at the South Dakota Tech Invite. She also finished sixth at the season-opening meet at St. John's, and 20th at the University of North Dakota Ron Pynn Invite.

- The Cobbers have a roster of over 30 athletes this season. That is one of the largest team by sheer numbers in recent history. Marv Roeske's group has nine newcomers this season.

Men’s Golf
Recent Results: 3rd Place at the Carleton Invitational - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the Twin Cities Classic on October 2-4 at Links @ North Fork GC/Elk River CC/Stillwater CC

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia first-year golfer Drew Dvorak (Litchfield, Minn.) notched his first “top five” finish in his career by placing third at the Carleton Invitational over the weekend. Dvorak carded a 152 (76-76) total and was only three strokes off the medalist score.
Women’s Golf
Recent Results: 2nd Place at the Lady Bison Classic - Recap; 3rd Place at the NDSU Fall Classic - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the St. Ben's Invite on October 2-3 at Greystone GC - Sauk Centre, Minn.

Latest News and Notes:
- Katy Stevens (Sr., Colstrip, Mont.) continues to be the top Cobber women's golfer in 2004. She has posted the lowest score in all five of the team's meets this season. Last weekend she finished eighth at the Lady Bison Classic and then ninth at the NDSU Fall Classic. Her best finish of the season was at the Concordia Invitational where she finished ninth. The Invitational had 15 participating teams, over 80 golfers and some of the top teams from the MIAC and NCAA Divison II. 

Last year Stevens earned All-Conference honors by finishing in a tie for tenth place at the MIAC Championship Meet. 

Please Note: The views written in this piece are the work of the writer and and do not necessarily reflect the views of Concordia College. They are not meant to harm or disrespect any of the athletes or school. It is merely an attempt to give the reader a different perspective into the world of Concordia athletics.

Different Perspective Index: 2003 Different Perspective Index

Welcome Back - Now Get Out and Go!
by Jim Cella

September 29, 2004

We're Baaaaaaaaack! Unlike the Cobber fall sports teams, we're slow starters at the Cobber Sports Weekly, so it's taken a full month to get acclimated to a new year and up-to-speed with all that is going on. The fall couldn't have started any better for fans of the maroon and gold. As of this writing, three of the four Cobber team sports are on top of the MIAC. Two teams are nationally ranked and a third just set a school record for consecutive wins to start a conference season. There must be something in the water - either that or now that there is a full-time SID, greatness is sure to follow!!

Now that we've waded into the water, we have to explain things for the maiden "Different Perspective" readers. First, and foremost, this column is not to be taken seriously (as you can tell by the last remark in the last paragraph). This is written to give the reader a "different perspective" on what goes on in the world of Cobber athletics. It is in no way, shape or form the opinion or viewpoint of anyone involved in the administration of Concordia.

Secondly, if you are expecting to read well-constructed, tight, economical prose you are in the wrong place. Since we are responsible for all web content, game programs, statistics and media coverage at Concordia, things tend to get a little hectic and grammar, typo's, etc. can sometimes slip by our crack staff. We apologize in advance and hope that the main point of the story will come through. 

Finally, one of the main goals of the column is to make the reader: A) think about things he/she normally wouldn't, B) laugh at the off-beat, definitely unique viewpoint of the Different Perspective crew, C) understand how wonderful the athletes and coaches are that make up Cobber athletics or D) all of the above. If you answered "D", then you can continue to read. 

Alright, blow the whistle, kick the ball off, put up the serve and fire the starting gun - the 2004 season has officially started. 

After spending a glorious Family Weekend at home watching, and working (despite the cries from the athletic staff that I am the department's chief slacker), the football game, volleyball matches and women's soccer game, I came to a conclusion - there is no better span of time during the year than the time frame that lasts from the middle of October to the beginning of November. So, for the rest of this week's column I will accomplish two things - I will prove "beyond a shadow of a doubt" why fall is truly the most wonderful time of the year and why college sports fans in Minnesota have one of the greatest venues in the whole country. (Another note to first time readers: I usually don't explain my column as I go along but since some of you might be new, I feel it is important to explain what is going on.) 

With all due respect to Eddie Pola and George Wyle who penned the timeless Christmas classic, "It's the most wonderful time of the year" - winter has nothing on its much nicer neighbor. To show what we mean, we will use a common tool in the sports information business trade called the "breakdown" (you have all seen this tool used in newspapers, TV sports shows and any game program where the SID is desperately trying to fill space).

Today's Gameday Breakdown - Fall vs. Winter
Category: Attire
Fall: Comfortable fleece-type jackets and anything that weighs less than 10 pounds.
Winter: Boots, mittens, scarf, hat, long underwear, turtleneck, sweater and pants that weigh more than my one-year old son.
Advantage: Fall (As they say in the business - this is a no-brainer!)

Category: Seasonal Labor
Fall: Raking leaves, mowing the lawn one last time, getting to pick all the vine-ripened vegetables.
Winter: Shoveling snow, clearing snow off the roof and getting to pick icicles from your eyelids.
Advantage: Fall (Call me crazy but working until your sweat cracks on your face and you can't feel most of your extremities is not the way to go)

Category: Seasonal Sensory Perception
Fall: The sound of the leaves as they crack under your step, the smell of burning leaves and the taste of caramel apples and hot apple cider.
Winter: The sound of your skin as it cracks from the wind, the smell of Vicks Vapo-Rub as it wafts gently from your chest and the taste of canned soup that you've eaten for the fifth day in a row because of your cold/flu.
Advantage: And the winner is - fall.

Category: Seasonal Holiday Preparation
Fall: Stopping at the store at the last minute to buy bags of candy. Knowing the joy that kids will get because they can unselfishly eat mounds of candy for at least two days. 
Winter: Fighting hoards of people that all put off shopping until the day before Christmas Eve and supposedly have the "Christmas Spirit". Understanding the present that you give your brother John will be put in the closet and spent collecting dust because you have no idea what to get a person who puts down the same things on his list from year-to-year.
Advantage: Fall (Come to think of it, I might just buy my relatives bags of candy this Christmas!)

Category: Seasonal Music
Fall: School fight songs and memories of homecoming dances
Winter: Christmas Carols that are sung by every "boy band", pop wannabe and aging balladeer.
Advantage: Fall. Sorry, but a person can only take so many acapella renditions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

Game, set, match fall. 

The biggest reason fall is the best time of the year is because of the sights, sounds, tastes and atmosphere that is so prevalent around athletic events in the MIAC. For the past 21 years I have spent every fall traveling to all the schools around the MIAC - playing and coaching soccer. For the first time since the mid 80's, I am stuck at home with no where to go. When people ask me if I miss coaching, I say "no" and for the most part I mean it. The two things I miss most are the players and the weekends spent traveling to the different schools around the state. 

In case you haven't realized it, we are very blessed to be in the part of the country that has such a dramatic seasonal change, is home to outstanding colleges and that attracts student/athletes who are some of the best young people in the region.

I really miss seeing the leaves turn colors and spending Saturday's on the beautiful campuses that make up the MIAC. It doesn't matter if you go south to St. Mary's, Carleton or St. Olaf. Or if you head southwest to Gustavus. Or north to St. John's, St. Ben's and Concordia. You can even stay in the Twin Cities and visit Augsburg, Bethel, Hamline, Macalester, St. Kate's and St. Thomas - they all have their own unique appeal.

So you see, that is my appeal for every reader this fall - get out and visit one of the school's in the MIAC on a Saturday. Leave the yard work alone for one day, don't worry about winterizing your car and readying that snow blower for the long haul ahead. Get out and enjoy what the MIAC has to offer. 

Make a whole day of going to just one school and taking in all the atmosphere that surrounds the college. There doesn't even have to be an athletic event to watch, and you don't have to be thinking about which college your kid/brother/sister/nephew/niece/grandkid should attend. You can just stroll through the campus and feed off the energy of the students as they perpare to embark on a lifelong journey.

Below are just a few suggestions - there are way too many positive things at each school to list in one column. As you will see, most are accompanied by some of the school's unique dining facilities. One of the hoorors of being a coach in the MIAC is alsways having to eat at fast food places or chain restaurants. Anytime you can find a great place to eat nearby a college, you and your stomach will enjoy the treat. 

- Travel southeast on Highway 61 as it winds along the Mississippi River and head to St. Mary's. In the middle of October it is one of the most beautiful drives in the country. You can stop in Red Wing and shop at the little stores along the way. The scenery of all the bluffs that make up the landscape is breathtaking in the fall. St. Mary's doesn't have a football team but the crowds they get to attend the soccer games make it one of the more interesting venues in all of the MIAC (side note 1: the Cobber men's and women's soccer teams play in Winona this weekend).

- Take 35W south out of the Twin Cities and visit Northfield where you can stop at two terrific schools. Get off on Highway 19 and you'll see the off-white buildings of St. Olaf come up on your left. The surrounding hills and the tranquil feel to the area is a great way to get away from the city (My first connection to the MIAC is when my older sister went off to college at St. Olaf and I have always loved the feel of the campus. The way the buildings are perched on the hill and the way the campus meanders up and down the hills so that you can stroll down to the football and soccer fields make it a unique setting.). Continue on Hwy. 19 until you come to the old town of Northfield and Carleton will greet you as you continue to head east. The Carleton campus is surrounded by wonderful Victorian houses. You can spend hours walking around the campus and neighboring area. After the day is through make sure to stop at Hogan Brothers' submarine sandwich shop for a truly Northfield college eating experience.

- Another terrific drive is southwest out of the Twin Cities along Hwy. 169 to Gustavus. Once you get past the Renaissance Festival traffic jam (allow at least 35-40 minutes), you get to drive through many small towns and past restaurants and roadside markets that beg to be investigated. Stop at Emma Krumbees Restaurant and Orchard in Belle Plain and sample all the homemade pies, jams and food. If you are really lucky, you will visit on a day they are having one of their festivals. Keep going on 169 until St. Peter. It has a tremendous southern Minnesota history and you can spend a whole day walking around the town and college. (side note 2: Concordia football plays at Gustavus on Saturday!!) Top off your day by stopping at the Whiskey River Bar and Restaurant for dinner. It offers one of the best views in the St. Peter area, and the food is very good as well. 

- You don't even have to venture out of the Twin Cities to find colleges that offer an oasis to the hectic urban life. You can walk along the Summit and Grand Avenue areas  between St. Thomas and Macalester and feel the history in the neighborhoods. The Snelling Avenue area that links Hamline and Bethel is also a treat to visit, and even though Augsburg is tucked square in the middle of Minneapolis, it has a great "feel" to the campus. One of the original Davanni's restaurants is located just off the corner of the soccer/football fields at Augsburg and has a great two-story eating area where you can enjoy the delicious hoagies and deep dish pizzas. 

- To me, fall will always be heading along Interstate 94 and the schools dotted along the way. One of the real MIAC experiences is a Saturday at St. John's for a football game. The game is secondary - the things that go along with the game are the real treasures. There is a family-run orchard located just outside the campus that sells the most delicious hand-picked apples you will ever have. Turn right on Fruit Farm Road and follow it to Collegeville Orchards. Pick up a couple of different types of apples and then sit on the hillside for a Johnnie game and you will suddenly forget all about the impending doom of winter. You don't even need to watch the game, the scenery and atmosphere make it a perfect way to spend an afternoon even if you are not a football fan. (side note 3: Concordia football plays at St. John's on October 16 - the leaves will just be turning colors!) 

After the game, pick up a loaf of St. John's bread in the information center (great for those cold fall days with stew for dinner or in the morning with fresh homemade jam!),  head five miles southeast on 94 and stop in St. Joseph to look at St. Ben's. The architecture and the manner in which they have restored some of the older buildings  make a walk through campus seem like a stroll through a different time in history. One of the great food places in all of the MIAC is located just off the St. Ben's campus. Bo Diddley's submarine shop makes the best sub sandwiches I have ever tasted. They are located just off main street and trust me, you will enjoy every bite. 

- Finally, head northwest to the terrific town of Moorhead. Stop along Hwy 94 in any of the small towns that line the way and you will be able to find something unique in each one. The drive itself is uninspiring, unless you like farm after farm, but the destination is well worth the extra miles. There is a reason I have stayed in this part of the country for 13 years (I am originally from the Twin Cities). The people and city offer so much to the visitor. You can visit museums, shop, and find great restaurants all within a couple of miles of the campus. It has all the trappings of the Cities without all the traffic. Concordia's homecoming is on Saturday, October 9, and after being a part of my first full Family Weekend - I can't wait for the memories of homecoming.

So, that's my travel section for the year. I urge you to get out and see the sights, taste the treats and experience all the things that the MIAC has to offer. Winter will be here soon enough and then it will be time for the second-most wonderful time of the year!!

From inside the box and dreaming, that's this week's perspective.

Enjoy the fall weather - now get out and go!

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