Cobber Men's Basketball |
Jan. 29, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Deaven George too much for men's basketball
Concordia College men's basketball team managed to keep it competitive, despite 40 points scored by Augsburg's Devean George, but ultimately come up short in a 78-67 home loss Saturday afternoon. The loss was the team’s fourth straight.
Augsburg opened with a 14-0 run, and the Cobbers (2-9, 4-11) didn't score a field goal until 14:13 left to go in the first half.
The person on everyone's mind that afternoon was George, whom the Minneapolis Star Tribune calls the best college basketball player in Minnesota. "He was like a man among boys," remarked one admittedly amazed fan in the stands. With his 360-degree turn-and-slam dunks and his high flying alley-oops over the Cobbers' biggest men, George had Cobber fans almost cheering for more.
"The start just killed us," said sophomore forward Mike Wrobel. "The whole game we just had to keep battling back."
George had 27 points in the first half, just two points shy of the whole Cobber team.
The Cobbers were down but they were not out. After Augsburg led 45-29 at halftime, the Cobbers came out the second half and began to effectively clamp down on George. Joe Ford, Brian Kesselring, and Kermit Cooper provided their own highlights for the Cobbers. Ford had 15 points with his electrifying outside shooting and aggressive rebounding on both sides the court.
Kesselring and Cooper were tough under the basket all game, scoring 14 and 12 points respectively. And, with the help of Wrobel and Nate Malchow, they owned the inside for most of the second half.
"We didn't make any special adjustments at halftime," said Wrobel. "We just decided we needed to start working."
Cooper had 10 rebounds, while Wrobel and Kesselring had six each, and the 6-foot-8-inch Malchow acted as a wall against Augsburg's inside attack.
Sparked by an inside goal by Malchow, the Cobbers went on a 13-0 run to close the score 58-53, in favor of Augsburg, with 12 minutes remaining. It was as close as they would get.
Augsburg's outside shooting helped deteriorate the Cobbers' strong inside
defense. That opened things up once again for George, who had 8 points
in the final 10 minutes after a relatively quiet second half. Kevin Van
Rossum and George each had three big 3-point field goals for Augsburg,
which had nine total for the afternoon.
Women's basketball beats Carleton, Augsburg
Concordia was led by sophomore Brandi Myers, whose 24 points, 8 rebounds, and six assists all were game highs.
The victory was the Cobbers’ fifth in their last six games, keeing them in strong contention for a playoff spot.
On Saturday, the Cobbers used a strong second half to overcome a slow start and spark a 72-49 victory over Augsburg last Saturday afternoon. Augsburg, at seventh place in the MIAC, should've been an easy victim for the third place Cobbers.
"Our offense just wasn't there," said freshman Erica Visto. "We had a lot of steals but couldn't convert and we missed easy shots." The first half consisted of 12 lead changes and five ties, but a
three-pointer by sophomore Brandi Myers broke a 24-24 tie three and a half minutes before the half. Augsburg responded with a three-pointer of their own, but Myers made a lay up to put the Cobbers ahead by two. Following two Cobber free throws, Jaime Olson scored to increase the Cobber lead to six, 33-27. A pair of Augsburg free throws narrowed the lead to four, but Jaime Olson was fouled and made one of her free throws to give the Cobbers a 34-29 lead at the half.
However, the second half was a different story.
After coming out of the locker room the Cobbers dominated the second half. The Auggies got within nine, but an 8-3 run, including two three-pointers and a lay up by freshman Mandy Berggren, put the Cobbers up 50-36 halfway through the second half. From that point on the Cobbers never looked back.
"The second half we had more perimeter movement which opened up the inside," Visto said.
Consecutive baskets by sophomore Rebecca Karli within the last minute of the game sealed the victory for the Cobbers.
"We didn't push the ball as much as usual," said freshman Hilary Schutt. "We couldn't get our running game going, but when we did, nobody could make the shots."
Two Cobbers recorded double-doubles on the day. Jaime Olson led the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Sara Spears netted 10 and also pulled down 10 rebounds. Mandy Berggren also played well for the Cobbers with 14 points, five assists, and three steals.
"With a young team, we are going to be tight because expectations are high," head coach Kathy Wall said. "We didn't play how we should've, but we still won by 23 points."
The MIAC race is a close one with the Cobbers tied with St. Olaf for third place. The Cobbers know they will have to pick up the intensity to finish at the top of the conference.
"Even if we finish third in the conference I think we will still make playoffs because our conference is so tough," Berggren said. "If we pick it up, we'll make playoffs."
Wall agrees. "One of our goals is to get better every game and then
it will take care of itself. We need to come out ready to play, and we
need to be there mentally in order to win."
Cobber Men's Hockey |
Men’s Hockey fifth in West Regional poll
Concordia’s men’s hockey team has moved up to fifth place in the NCAA’s Division III West Region poll.
The poll, released on Tuesday, is conducted by the NCAA Division III Hockey Committee, and is used to determine which teams advance to the national tournament.
With 28 points, the Cobbers are the highest ranked team in the MIAC, which held each of the bottom six spots. Teams from Wisconsin made up the top four.
Last week, the team was ranked seventh in the region. After falling at home to U of M Crookston,on Wednesday, the Cobbers are 9-8 overall, and 5-3 in the MIAC.
Concordia will host St. John’s twice over the weekend. The first game
is Friday at 7 p.m., and the second is Saturday at 2 p.m.
Cobber Women's Swimming |
No Swimming story this week. The Cobbers were off last week.
Low meet turnout brings changes for wrestlers
Things are going to be changing for Concordia's wrestling team to ensure better results in duel meets and tournaments, according to head coach Doug Perry.
Perry made these comments following a disappointing showing at the University of Mary's Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Perry said he has been lenient towards the wrestlers, being as nine out of ten are freshmen and are still adjusting to college life. Therefore, he has not required each wrestler to go to the tournaments every weekend. Perry said from here to the end of the season things will be changing and the wrestlers will need to take things more seriously, being at practices, duels, and tournaments.
"The wrestlers are learning a new level of intensity," Perry said. "Things are starting to level out now."
College wrestling is not like high school wrestling he said. Perry said that when the guys get to the college level they are wrestling opponents who take wrestling very seriously. Guys who eat, breathe, and sleep it. Only 6 wrestlers went to University of Mary's Invitational this past weekend.
"We need to become more of a team," said freshman Zack Schroeder. Schroeder said the Concordia wrestling team should start to do better as long as the team pulls together more than they are right now. This coming weekend is the MIAC tournament which takes place at St. Olaf College.
"We should do good if we have a full team," Schroeder said.
Looking back at the Valley City State University duel meet two weeks ago, the Cobbers had to forfeit two weight classes, 157 and 165 pounds, which cost the team the duel. Schroeder stressed how important a full team is and how important it is that the team pulls together.
The MIAC meet is a duel tournament which is put on for the simple fact that college wrestling teams are able to wrestle teams who are too far away to come for an evening duel. The MIAC gets all of the surrounding college wrestling teams together for two days.
The team wrestles tonight at 7:00 p.m. against St. Johns and Augsburg at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, they wrestle St. Thomas at 11:30 am and Carleton at 1:00 pm.
The next duel is at home against Jamestown College on February 9 at
7:00 p.m. Schroeder said the wrestling team should measure up pretty well
against Jamestown College providing Concordia has a full team. Right now
the only weight class that is not filled is 165 pounds.
Cobber Women's Hockey |
Women's hockey wins fifth straight
Only a few months ago, some of them couldn’t skate. Of those who could, only a handful had ever played organized hockey before. The only things that the members of Concordia’s innagural women’s club hockey team had in common were the dedication to improve and the drive to succeed. Over the weekend, the team won three straight games, extending their current win streak to five. The Cobbers are now two games over .500 at 6-4.
“We’re playing very well,” said head coach Deb Lien. “The change from the end of December until now has been almost 180 degrees.” Last season, the club wasn’t funded by the school. This year, Lien said that the team is being treated like a varsity sport. They have gone from practicing late at night twie a week to five times a week right after the men’s team.
“We’ve been really lucky to get a lot of ice time,” said sophomore Jeni Nigg. “The Sports Center has been really good with working with us, and our athletic director did a lot to make sure we got ice time every say. A big part of this year has just been getting on the ice and practicing. And that does make a difference.”
Gaining experience has been crucial to the Cobbers success in preparing to become a full-fledged MIAC varsity team net year.
“Limitations are based on lack of experience,” Lien said. “The more experience we give them will greatly increase our success. You can’t learn the game of hockey in one day, or two weeks, or even a year. It takes a long time to develop a good hockey player and hockey sense.” While the club has been dominating the othe club teams lately, they know that their competition will be at a much higher level next year.
“Next year it will be more challenging, because we’ll be playing teams like Gustavus and Augsburg who have had club teams and now varsity teams for a few years,” Nigg said. “It will be tougher, but we’re hoping on continung to gain experience and hopefully keep improving.”
To allow the team to compete, Lien said she plans on increasing the intensity of preseason preperation and conditioning. Dry land training and a weight lifting program will help the team compete with the best teams in the conference.
“If they don’t come prepared ,they’re going to wipe us off the ice,” Wall said.
The team’s confidence level is high. They realize that they have the potential to be competitive in thier first MIAC season.
“We’re not at their level yet, but we’re getting there,” said freshman Sandra Johansson. “Everyone wants to work hard, so I think we have a good chance against any team.”
Johansson, who is from Sweeden, has been the team leader this year. Through ten games she has 45 points, including 24 goals and 21 assists. Also, she was named the MIAC player of the week on December 8, even though the Cobbers are not yet a MIAC team.
“It’s a priveledge and an honor to get it, but I don’t really care about it,” Johansson said. “I just want to win.
“I only want to do my best, and it just happens that I am the leader. I just want to win. I love playing hockey.”
Judging from their improvement over the past two months, the Cobbers know what it takes to win when no one expects them to. Their love of the game is sure to bring them success next year.
“We’ve kept it up.” Johansson said. “If wehave a tough week, we still
go into practice with a smile. Even though some of us have been sick or
hurt, they still come to practice, and they all give 100 percent.”
| 1999 Men's
Track and Women's Track |
Track teams continue early season domination
Nathan De Cock
Both the men's and women's track and field teams continued their early season success with impressive showings at the Cobber Invitational Saturday. The men placed second overall, while the women mirrored their first place finish of the previous week.
Concordia's women, under the leadership of second-year coach Marv Roeske, are in pursuit of consecutive MIAC indoor championships. They faced one of their toughest opponents all season in Jamestown. Taking challenge in stride, the Cobbers beat Jamestown 268 to 251. It was their second straight first place finish, and it confirmed their status as a "team to be reckoned with," Roeske said.
Six Cobbers placed in the top eight spots in the high jump. Sophomore Angie Strom placed first with a jump of 5 feet-2 1/4 inches. Freshman shot putter Erin Schmidt placed second with a throw of 34 feet-2 inches, in only her second collegiate meet. Sophomore Sara Grineski took first in the 55 meter hurdles with a time of 8.92 seconds.
Three middle-distance runners finished in first place. Sophomore Heidi Brenden taking the 800 meters, Sophomore Marnee Bergenheier won her first ever 1000 meter race, and senior co-captain Barb Breidenbach clinched both the 1500 and the 3000 meters.
The most outstanding individual performance of the day, belonged to senior co-captain Laura Utke. With a 20-poundweight throw of 54 feet-4 inches Utke set meet, Olson Forum, and school records. Her throw automatically qualified her for the national meet in March, and is now ranked as the number one throw in the country.
"It was nice to finally automatic. I didn't think I would do it by that much," Utke said. "As the year goes on, you just get more relaxed and know that you have nothing to lose. You just have to go all out and have fun."
Roeske pointed out that it is still early in the season, and there is still room for improvement.
"Overall, we're very pleased with what happened," Roeske said. "Right now we have 19 athletes qualified for the conference championship... and that definitely will go up. It's a good start after two meets."
The Cobber men also faced a formidable foe in Jamestown College, a team which has ranked nationally year in and year out, and has dominated its conference for over two decades. Despite an impressive showing by the Cobbers, Jamestown came out on top, 361 to 202.
Concordia was ledby several outstanding individual performances. Senior co-captain Dan Buchholz achieved a personal best in the 55 meter hurdles, placing fourth overall. Sophomore Chris Goebel ran the 3000 meters for the first, defeating three Jamestown runners including a two-time North Dakota state high school champion.
Freshman Joe Schmigdall placed first in the high jump, equaling his collegiate best of 6 feet 4 inches. And three Cobber weight throwers dominated the field, with Joel Nelson placing second, Mark Aslakson third, and Scott Jorgenson fourth.
According to Cobber head coach Garrick Larson, the team performed well, and a match-up with Jamestown is one that he looks forward to.
"I thought we had a pretty good meet with a lot of really good performances.
Jamestown is an awfully good team in the NAIA, ...but every year we keep
moving a little closer to them...I want another shot at Jamestown."