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Feb. 19, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports |
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Men's basketball loses fifth straight
The Cobber men’s basketball team could not protect a four point halftime lead Saturday as they fell to St. Mary’s, 57 to 54.
The loss is Concordia’s fifth straight and seventh in their last eight games. The team now stands at 3-16 in the MIAC and 5-18 overall. Sophomore Mike Wrobel led the Cobbers with game highs in points (16) and rebounds (8).
Concordia controlled the tempo for most of the game. However, a ten percent drop in shooting percentage from the first to the second half coupled with 15 turnovers cost the Cobbers the game. Turnovers in crucial situation have plagued the team all season long.
“The turnovers are from getting wound up in the situation and trying to make things happen, instead of trying to be efficient in the last five minutes,” said sophomore Nick Killoran. “We’ve been trying to run and gun and get the lead quick, rather than just taking it one possession at a time like we’ve talked about all year.”
Once again, the Cobbers suffered a single-digit loss in a game that was decided in the final minutes. It has been a trend that has been present for the entire season. This trend has both frustrated and encouraged them.
“Last year, we just thought, ‘I wish the season would get over,’” Killoran said. “You’re sick and tired of it. But this year, we’re just angry, because we’ve had eight games where we’ve been within three points. It’s frustrating for us to go out and do the things we do each day knowing that we could be fighting for a playoff spot if we would have gotten three baskets in each of those games.”
Despite the team’s record. A dramatic improvement over last years team has not gone unnoticed.
“I’m proud of the effort that the guys have given this year,” said head coach Duane Siverson. “They have had to learn some tough lessons, and I hope they’re lessons that they won’t forget next year.”
The team is learning from each of these lessons and plans on continuing their improvement next year. Most teams are going to be losing key players while the Cobbers retain all but senior captain Brian Kesselring. Siverson said that Concordia should be the team to beat in the MIAC.
“No one is satisfied,” Killoran said. “This team will never be satisfied. Winning isn’t good enough, it’s a matter of everyone going out and doing their jobs. No one guy or this group as a whole is going to be satisfied with just winning or just playing well. We want it all.” The team will take on nationally-ranked Gustavus on Saturday. Siverson said that the team has the potential to end the season with a win. “We have the talent and, more than anything, the desire to win,” Killoran said. “No one takes anything lightly. We want to finish the season on a good note.”
Cobber Women's Basketball |
Loss to St. Olaf dashes women's basketball playoff hopes
The Concordia women’s basketball team outscored St. Olaf by six in the second half last Saturday, but still fell short in a 73-68 loss. Concordia trailed 37-26 at the half, but came back to tie the game at 48 late in the second half. However, St. Olaf went on a scoring run to finish the game with a five point victory.
“It was their offensive boards that hurt us,” freshman Erica Visto said. “We didn’t take it at them.”
Head coach Kathy Wall said that her team played a flat first half, but performed well in a great second half. She added that St. Olaf simply played well and went on a run when they needed to.
“We started off good, but got in a slump and couldn’t come back until the second half, but then it was too late,” freshman Hilary Schutt said. Concordia, previously tied with St. Olaf in the MIAC, was battling for sole possession of fourth place and a spot in the playoffs, but the loss dropped the Cobbers to 13-8 overall and 12-6 in the MIAC. This is the second straight loss for the Cobbers and put them out of playoff range, but with four games still left on the schedule, they are not giving up. “We need to stay focused on what we need to do,” Wall said. “We need to finish strong.”
Concordia will play home tomorrow against Gustavus. Game time is set
for 1:00 p.m.
Cobber Men's Hockey |
Men's hockey: It all comes down to this
The MIAC men’s hockey playoff picture is blurry to say the least, but it will be perfectly clear by the end of the weekend.
There are six teams competing for the top four spots in the conference. The division title is within Concordia’s reach, and yet they are in danger of not qualifying for the playoffs at all. The entire weight of the season is resting on the Cobbers weekend series with Gustavus. “We control our own destiny,” freshman Brady Burgress said. “We have control over where we finish.”
Tonight and Saturday afternoon, the Cobbers take the Gusties at home. To guarantee themselves a playoff spot, the team must take two points from them. One win or two ties will put them in the playoffs. If Concordia sweeps this weekend, and Augsburg and St. John’s split, they would be in position for sole possession of the conference title.
This position is much different than last year when the Cobbers needed a sweep in their last series plus a sweep of Hamline to sneak into the playoffs. Having control of their fate is something the team cherishes. “To have everything in our won hands is a nice change from having to depend on another team and what they might do,” said sophomore goalie Bryan Howard. “When you have your fate in your own hands, you have to take care of business, and that’s what we have to do on Friday.” In earlier action, the Cobbers took on the defending MIAC champions last weekend. On Friday night, the Cobbers and Augsburg played into a 0-0 tie. It is believed to be Augsburg’s first scoreless tie since the Auggies began keeping stats in 1958.
Howard recorded his third consecutive shutout, and improved his school record for most shut outs in a season to four. Howard’s 28 saves over the entire 65 minutes of the game brought his streak for minutes played without allowing a goal to 221.
“It’s a good time to be getting at the top of my game,” Howard said. “This is the right time of the season to get things going. I just want to bring it into this weekend and into the weekends to come, and stay on the roll I am on now.”
On Saturday, the Cobbers fell to Augsburg 3-1. Auggie goalie Ryan McIntosh stopped 42 of the Cobbers 43 shots, while Augsburg only managed 28 total shots.
“It was a disappointment to only get one point after we played so well,” said sophomore Mark Schiller. “There’s no question we outplayed them. We just had to capitalize on our opportunities.”
Despite his personal success this season and the impressive year the team has had, Howard said that the only thing that truly matters to himself and the team is making the playoffs.
“If we don’t make the playoffs, none of this means anything at all,”
Howard said. “Making the playoffs is going to be huge. If we don’t make
it, I’ll feel that all this was done for nothing. It would be an empty
Cobber Women's Swimming |
No story this week. Cobbers are at MIAC
Championship meet the 18th -20th.
Wrestling manager a team player
The wrestlers at Concordia College know not to mess with their student manager, Ann Miller, a Concordia sophomore from Sandpoint, Idaho. Miller works very hard for the wrestlers, coaches, and herself, meanwhile enjoying every minute of it.
Miller has been the wrestling student manager for the 97-98 and 98-99 wrestling seasons. Miller says she really enjoys her job, and working with wrestlers.
“They treat me like one of the guys,” she said. “I don’t usually think about being the only girl.”
Miller grew up in a family where wrestling was constantly involved in some way or another. Miller’s dad, uncle and two cousins wrestled in college, and each one has coached at one time.
Miller said she was not very interested in wrestling as she was growing up. As time went on, though, her mom taught her how to take stats, and she grew to like the sport. Miller was student manager for five years in her junior high and high school wrestling programs. Miller is not sure what exactly it was that sparked her interest.
“It’s something I’ve been trying to figure out,” she said.
As student manager, Miller dedicates an average of nine and a half hours a week to her job, not including duals and weekend tournaments. Miller is expected to be at practices and tournaments running the stopwatch and at away duals doing the books. If one of the three coaches asks her to do something, she adds that to her to-do list as well.
Being the wrestling student manager may take up quite a bit of Miller’s time but that doesn’t bother her. Miller said she enjoys “probably just about everything” involved with her student manager job. Miller also mentioned the coaches treat her very well and the wrestlers on the team “are really nice to me.”
“No one messes with her,” said assistant coach Shawn Nicholas. “If they do they know they won’t get their stats.”
It is not only Miller who enjoys her being a part of the team. “She is very dedicated and that is one of the main things she has to be,” freshman wrestler Ryan Smith said. Smith mentioned that Miller is on the quiet side but she gets along well with everyone.
Freshman wrestler Mark Lowry also enjoys Miller being a part of the team.
“She’s a pretty nice gal, and we all appreciate what she does,” Lowry said.
Lowry said it is nice to hear Miller wish the wrestlers good luck at the duals and tournaments. Lowry said that he feels Miller fits in well with the team which happens to be pretty close knit. “She goes where we go,” he said.
When the team goes away to a tournament or to an overnight dual Miller gets her own hotel room. Nicholas said that every now and then Miller will even get a suite, but no matter what she always has the best room. “She’s spoiled but she earns it,” said Nicholas.
Miller is also given free meals, and Nicholas said that no one complains because she deserves it and everyone knows it.
Miller usually works on homework when the team is at the hotel, but every now and then she said she will go and see what the guys are up to. Miller said she always feels welcome to watch a movie with the guys. “She’s always there hanging out with us,” Lowry said.
Miller is not sure why she chose to be a student manager at the college level for wrestling. She just knows she loves the sport and says she “has no idea why.”
Miller said there are “too many things” to narrow down what she loves the most about the Concordia wrestling team and being student manager. Trying to narrow it down she gave up and said, “I love just about everything.”
Miller said that the one thing she does not like about being the student manager is seeing the guys get hurt.
“There is nothing I can do to make them feel better,” she said. Miller always brings along Advil to away-meets in case one of the guys needs it. She also is always willing to grab an ice bag or first aid kit. These are just little things that mean a lot to the guys and help Miller feel as though she is easing their pain a little bit at least. Miller not only does little things for the guys when they are hurt but also when they are healthy and practicing. Nicholas said that every now and then Miller will bring in a poster with dates of upcoming tournaments that will be taking place around the United States. Nicholas said the little things like that mean a lot to the coaches and team members.
Cobber Women's Hockey |
No women's hockey story this week. Season is over.
| 1999 Men's
Track and Women's Track |
Track athletes compete in individual meets
As Cobber Track and Fielders near the indoor conference championship meet, their grit is being tested in preparation against many powerful opponents.
On Saturday, Concordia traveled across the river to take part in the Bison Open at NDSU. The meet featured 15 teams, from Divisions II and III. With such an expansive competition, at this point in the season, nothing was easy to come by.
“I just think our performances are starting to level out now,” stated men’s coach Garrick Larson. “We’ve started higher intensity training during the week, which leaves us a little flat on weekends, but we’ll be better adjusted for MIAC three weeks from now. We’re kind of paying a price now, but for a benefit later.”
For the men, freshman Brad Ragan threw 49 feet 5 inches in the shot put, within a foot of a provisional national qualifier. Sophomore Chris Goebel’s 1000 came within one second of a personal record, and freshman Paul Poduska, high jumping for the first time, qualified for MIAC with a jump of 6 feet 2 inches.
One major accomplishment pointed out by coach Larson is that Concordia has now automatically qualified at least one competitor in every MIAC event except for the 5000M, a qualifier that he feels is not far down the road.
“It would be the first time ever that Concordia has qualified in every event at conference, and rarely is that done by any team,” said Larson. On the women’s side, the Bison Open served as a gauge as to where the team is at, and where it is capable of going.
“It was a good experience to take part in a meet that has over twice as many teams as we’re used to. There’s no shortage of good competition,” stated women’s coach Marv Roeske. “We had a good meet. We had a number of people drop their times and improve their distances.”
Senior Barb Breidenbach, who ran a personal record and the number-two time in the conference this year in the 3000M, highlighted individual competition for the women. She is also number two in the conference in the 1000M and number four in the 1500M. Junior Sommer Jalbert qualified for the conference meet in the 500M, and junior Kelly Shannon ran an indoor personal best and qualified for conference in the 800M. Junior Cindy Carstens, another middle distance runner, turned in her best mile of the year, continuing to close in on a conference qualifier. It was also an excellent meet for junior Karin McGregor, who turned in the number fifth-longest jump in school history with a jump of 35 feet 1 inch, while also turning in her best long jump and 55M dash of the year.
The biggest highlights this past weekend were seen in Concordia’s Pentathlon,
which it hosted Friday night. On the men’s side, two outstanding
performances were turned in by first time Pentathletes, with freshman Joe
Schmidgall and sophomore Adam Strainer
turning in the number five and six point totals in Cobber history.
They placed third and fourth in the meet, respectively. On the women’s
side, sophomore Angie Strom had the
sixth largest point total in school history, placing fifth overall.