Cobber Men's Basketball |
Jan. 22, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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No Story this week. The Cobbers did not play last Saturday.
Cobber Women's Basketball |
Women's basketball comes up short at Gustavus
They had the momentum going into the game, but the Cobber women’s basketball team could not overcome an 18 point halftime deficit with a strong run late in the game, and lost to Gustavus 77-62.
A three game winning streak by Concordia evened the teams’ records at 9-4 overall and 8-2 in the MIAC. The Gusties were fresh off their loss to St. Ben’s and had just been placed at sixth place in the Western Region. A win probably would have allowed the Cobbers to take their place. The two teams were even in nearly every category, except for shooting percentage. The Cobbers only shot 30 percent from the field, including 21 percent in the first half, while Gustavus shot 57 percent for the game.
A late second-half run put the Cobbers within seven points of Gustavus, the closest they had been since midway though the first half, but the Gusties were able to hold of the Cobbers and win by 15. The Cobbers were led by sophomore Sara Spears, who led the team with ten points, nine rebounds, and two assists.
Before the loss to Gustavus, the Cobbers had won six of their last seven games. Until last week’s 30 point rout of St. Olaf, Concordia hadn’t scored 100 points in over eight years. It only took them five days to do it again. Only one week after their 107-74 victory over the Oles, they doubled St. Catherine Wildcats on Saturday by the score of 100-46. Concordia started slowly against the Wildcats (0-13), falling behind 14-12 after eight minutes.
“One thing that we need to work on as a team is being sure that we start every game strong,” said sophomore Rebecca Karli.
After calling a time out, the Cobbers buried St. Catherine with a 25-2 run over the next six minutes. “Coach told us that we needed to turn it up to our level and not play with these guys,” said sophomore Brandi Myers. “She told us going in that if we just go in thinking we’re going to win, it’s going to be a long afternoon, but if we go in knowing what we need to do, then we’ll play our game.”
Once the Cobbers found their game, they were unstoppable. They went on to finish the first half leading 54-28, the last points the Cobbers needed came with a minute left until halftime, when Concordia went up 48-26 on.a jumper by Myers.
Concordia outplayed the St. Katherine’s in every facet of the game. They kept the intensity high in the second half, opening with a 10-2 run, and scoring their 100th point on a three point basket by junior Sara Kreggerude with seven seconds left in the game.
Although the team is satisfied with their performance against the Wildcats, they know that they must continue to step up their game and execute against the top teams in the MIAC.
“We need to play this well on the big games,” Myers said. “It doesn’t really matter when you beat a team that’s 0-11 and you beat them by 50 points. We need to have the same mind set for the big games because those are the ones that matter.”
The Cobbers will start the second half of the MIAC season with their work cut out for them. In order to prove themselves this season, the young team will have to survive in a league which head coach Kathy Wall describes as brutal.
“We have a young team, but we can’t use that as an excuse,” Spears said.
“We can do it this year. We don’t need to wait until we’re juniors and
Cobber Men's Hockey |
Men's hockey ranked seventh in west region
The NCAA released its Division III regional poll on Wednesday, ranking Concordia’s men’s hockey team seventh in the West Region. The poll, conducted by the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Committee, is used in the selection process during the championship selection process.
Over the weekend the Cobbers dropped two close games to University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers, a Division I independent, but still managed to fly back to Concordia confident in their ability to compete against any team in the MIAC and continue on their path to a playoff spot. The Cobbers (9-7, 5-3) played tough against the Chargers (16-3-1) but fell 5-3 on Friday and 4-2 on Saturday. The team’s best game was on Saturday. In front of a road crowd of nearly 4,000, the Cobbers went up 2-0 before Alabama-Huntsville scored four consecutive goals to complete the sweep. The attendance was a season high for the Chargers.
“I think we can take a lot of positives out of the series,” said sophomore goalie Bryan Howard. “We played tough with a team that is probably in the top 20 in Division I right now. We played competitively with them, and we showed we can play good hockey even in tough situations where the crowd is not on our side, and situations where some things don’t go our way. We can play though stuff like that.”
According to junior Nick Bourdon, it took the Cobbers a while to calm their nerves and realize they can compete against a Division I team. “I think we were ready to play, but we got a little nervous going up against a bigger team than we’re used to seeing,” Bourdon said. “But once we figured out that we were just as good as them, we started playing our game.”
Concordia was led by the goaltending of Howard. Over the weekend, Howard stopped 70 shots, including stifling many break-away opportunities by the Chargers.
“Bryan Howard was unbelievable,” Bourdon said. “I’ve been playing hockey for years, and that was some of the best goaltending I have ever seen.” The Cobbers are currently in second place in the MIAC and are in strong contention for a playoff spot. Junior Ken Putt said the series against the Alabama-Huntsville boosted the team’s confidence. Putt, who scored a goal in Saturday’s game, said the team stuck to their game plan and played aggressively against a stronger team.
“If we play that hard against any opponent in the MIAC, we can beat anybody,” Putt said.
Putt said that in order for the team to finish the season strongly, they must improve on consistency. They have seen that they can compete against any team. Now, they have to play aggressively against every team.
“We can’t let up,” Howard said. “We can’t lower our level. Sometimes you have the tendency to raise your level against better teams, and sometimes you have a tendency to lower your level against teams that aren’t as good. We just can’t let that happen. We have to play our game the whole time, and not let ourselves get mediocre on ourselves, because we know we’re capable.”
The Cobbers host all but one of their remaining seven games, the first
will be a non-conference meeting with the University of Minnesota, Crookston
on Jan 27.
Cobber Women's Swimming |
Swimmers place fifth at St. Ben's/St. John's invite
Concordia’s Women Swimming and Diving team placed fifth at last weekend’s St. Benedict’s and St. John’s Invitational. They scored 298.5 points beating out Moorhead State University, St. Thomas, Hamline and Macalester. The top team was University of North Dakota with 1016.5 points. Highlights of the meet were sophomore Shana Letnes’ first place finish in the 100 and 200 breaststroke; freshman Angela Storts’ new team and freshman records in 1-meter and 3-meter diving; and sophomore Carrie Bunger’s third place finish in 1650 freestyle, making her the top MIAC placer in that event.
“I had a lot of fun at this meet,” Storts said. “I got over my nervousness.” Storts hopes to improve her diving in order to place in the top three at the conference meet.
“We practice the 1-meter at Concordia,” Storts said. “We practice the 3-meter at NDSU because Concordia doesn’t have the right facilities. We also practice on the trampoline at Concordia which helps a lot. We go through and practice each dive as if it’s a meet. Watching the competition from the Division I and II meets has helped.”
Bunger is looking forward to competing at the conference meet. “I’ve been training hard,” Bunger said. “I’m trying to get in all the practice I can and start mentally preparing for conference.”
Concordia’s 200 free relay team of Letnes, senior Jill
Eddy, freshman Meghan Davis,
and sophomore Anna Berg finished sixth
with a time of 1:51.69. The women 400 medley relay team placed fifth with
a 4:26.86 time. Eddy, Letnes, Bunger and sophomore Lacy
Wallace made up the relay team. The women 200 medley relay team of
Swanson, Letnes, Wallace and Berg also finished fifth with a
4:26.86 time. The team heads to St. Catherine’s Jan. 30 for a quadrangular
Cobber Wrestling |
Wrestling team ties Valley City in duel meet
The Cobber wrestling team had a strong showing on Wednesday in a duel meet against non-conference rival Valley City State University in Memorail Auditorium. The meet ended in a 24-24 tie.
Despite Concorida’s threat, Valley City escaped with their seven-year undefeated record record against Concordia intact. However, the Cobbers out wrestled Valley City, but lost points because they did not have any wrestlers in the 157 and 165 pound classes.
“We wrestled really well as a team,” said freshman Ryan Smith. “If we wouldn’t have given up those two weights, we definitely would have won.” Smith, and freshmen Zach Schroeder and Nick Hamm all won their matches, with senior Nathan Reiff winning his match by forfeit, and freshman Bernardo Salcido won by a pin in his exhibition match.
“Our conditioning and mental preparation was much better than usual this meet"said freshman Aaron Swarts, who narrowly lost his match. “Everyone came out ready, and each time we wrestled we made headway.”
Head coach Doug Perry said that the team is prepared to step up another level, and start to win more matches.
“We’re coming on,” said head coach Doug Perry. “We just want to break out. We’re just about there. We’re right on the edge.”
Last weekend, the Cobbers took eighth place out of thirteen teams at the Dickinson State Open. Reiff starred for Concordia, going 4-1 and taking third place in the 174-pound weight class.
According to head coach Doug Perry, the team started the open slowly, but improved throughout the day.
“We needed to wake up and warm up,” said Perry. “We didn’t get as mentally prepared as we wanted to be. But once we got that point we wrestled well”
The team participates in the University of Mary Invitational in Bismarck
Cobber Women's Hockey |
No Story this week. Women's hockey did not play last weekend.
| 1999 Men's
Track and Women's Track |
Track Teams Start Season on Right Foot
Nathan De Cock
Both Concordia's men and women performed well at this season's first full team meet, the Concordia Invitational.
The men's team placed a strong third in a meet that boasted two perennial contenders, St. Olaf and South Dakota State. Not to be outdone, the women began defense of last year's conference indoor title with a first-place finish at the meet.
Both teams expect continued success throughout the season, the likes of which has not been seen at Concordia in a very long time. The source of such optimism is, simply, teamwork. With runners and field participants out in record numbers, both the men's and women's programs have flourished.
“I think we have a lot of depth...With a lot of talent within that depth,” said women's head coach Marv Roeske.
It is a depth and talent which allows not only extended coverage of events, but also opportunities for both personalized and team growth, from freshman to senior. Freshman Joe Dauner characterizes his Concordia track and field experience this year as “inspired”.
“[The seniors] welcomed us into the team,” Dauner said. “So I'm going to work hard in practice and put as much dedication as I can into it to help them win the conference.”
The powers of teamwork and chemistry are not taken lightly by the upperclassmen, who realize their roles as both leaders and, ultimately, mutual benefactors.
“The key to success is a complete team effort...we need support everywhere. We have very close ties with our teammates. We are all friends... this is something most teams don't have,” said senior co-captain Laura Utke.
It is this closeness which drives and develops the Cobber Track and Field program to successes never before reached in Concordia's history. The men are seeking their first conference championship in over four decades, while the women attempt to remain on top. Both realistically face top 20 finishes in the nationals, but by no means will their paths be clear.
Men's head coach Garrick Larson said
many challenges lie ahead, but none which cannot be overcome through hard
work and team involvement. Wherever this season leads Cobber Track
and Field, we can all as fans rest assured, that in the end, our pride
will stand because of the principles which make athletics so valuable.
The Concordia Track and Field Program has already displayed so much to
emulate, and will inevitably continue to do so, both on and off the track.
Indoor soccer new addition to intramurals
Indoor soccer has been added to block three intramurals, which already includes both men’s and women’s five on five basketball and floor hockey.
According to Jim Cella, the director of intramurals at Concordia, the addition came along because of student interest. “People inquired about it, and it went from there,” Cella said. The men’s league includes five teams with names like “The Internationals” and “Team Russia.” A women’s league was also offered, but only one team signed up, leaving them with no one else to play. As long as interest for indoor soccer keeps up, Cella plans for it to remain an intermural sport next year with hopefully more teams, including a women’s league. The indoor soccer action can be found Sunday evening in the Olson Forum.