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Beske named Concordia's first basketball all-American
Outstanding performances by members of the women's basketball team led to various individual honors, a third- place finish in Division III at the MAIAW state tournament and a 20-5 season record this year. Star players included Coral Beske, Lake Park, Minn.; Kathy Meyer and Nancy Halda of Mayville, N.D.; and Mary Schultz, Baker, Minn. The women were coached by Collette Folstad, who was assisted by Jim Narum, a senior from Missoula, Mont.
Highlightling the year's achievements was the selection of senior Coral Beske as one of 10 all-American basketball players in Division Ill of the AIAW. She is the first Concordia basketball player, male or female, to be named all-American. A starter for four years, she was also chosen as an all-region player in Region VI for 1979-80, an all-state tournament player for her third consecutive year and a member of the all-Lutheran Brotherhood team. Beske established a new school record for Concordia by completing her college career with a total of 1,224 points. She was the first woman basketball player to reach the 1,000-point mark.
Senior and four-year starter Mary Schultz joined Beske in breaking the 1,000-point barrier by scoring 1,009 during her basketball career at Concordia. Mary was selected all-state tournament player in 1978-79.
Another senior, four-year starter and captain of the team for two years, Kathy Meyer was chosen as an all-region player this year, as well as an all-state tournament player for the third year in a row. She has been the leading rebounder for the team the last four years, completing her career by establishing a Concordia record of 1228 rebounds.
Sophomore Nancy Halda led her team in total points this year and was also selected as an all-region player, an outstanding achievement for a sophomore. According to her coach, "Nancy was one of the most improved sophomores in Minnesota this year." She was also second-leading rebounder.
In reviewing the 1979-80 season, Coach Folstad stated that it was "super teamwork and great players" that made it so successful.
1979-80 Women's Basketball Team Kris Ludtke, Nicki Peters, Ann Schmidt, Nedda Rack, Raye Ann Hoffman, Britt Lindstrom. Pam Aanenson (Team Manager), Mary Moenkedick, Aldean Lee, Kris Freeman, Patty Niemann, Carol Evenson. Jim Narum (Assistant Coach), Mary Schultz, Karna Johnson, Nancy Halda, Kathy Meyer (Captain), Coral Beske, Cotlette Folstad (Head Coach).
1979-80 Lady Cobber Basketball Schedule Date Opponent H/A Result NDSU W 62-52 St. Thomas W 72-50 UND L 54-58 Gustavus W 70-45 Southwest L 42-43 Bemidji W 66-51 Valley City W 53-50 Duluth W 65-49 Morris W 68-64 OT St. Olaf W 63-48 UND-Williston W 68-62 MSU W 53-39 St. Cloud W 57-56 Mayville L 45-88 Midland L 67-71 Augsburg W 74-55 St. Olaf W 63-52 UND W 63-61 Winona W 75-45 St. Catherine L 54-55 Valley City W 64-57 Hamline W 80-23 Augsburg W 70-46 Morris L 57-61 St. Olaf W 65-57 Final Record: 20-5, 1st Minn-Kota Coach: Collette Folstad
1979-80 Conference Race
Kathy Meyer, All-Region player, All-State Tournament player
Nancy Halda, All-Region player
1979-80 Season Stats
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