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A Checklist of Champions
"I was numb after winning the title," Marc Langseth, coach of the Cobber women's basketball team, said during chapel services honoring the national championship team. "It was special because of the way we won it team." The phrase "as a team" rang familiar. Other Concordia coaches had been saying the same thing about their teams.
In addition to the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division Ill championship women's basketball team, other athletic teams, individuals and coaches also achieved outstanding accomplish ments this year. The Cobber football team won the Division II National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) championship, and the basketball and golf teams were both Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) champions. Three wrestlers represented Concordia at the National Collegiate Athletic Associa tion (NCAA) tournament, and three gymnasts participated in the AIAW Division Ill national meet.
Concordia College also boasts two "coaches of the year." James Christopherson was named MIAC and NAIA Division football coach of the year, and John Eidsness was selected MIAC and NAIA District 13 men's basketball coach of the year. Allen Rice, head hockey coach, participated as an assistant coach in the East West all~star game.
"What makes this year of outstanding accomplishments even more exciting," says Dr. Armin Pipho, athletic director and chairperson of the physical education, health and recreation department at Concordia, "is that we have experienced this success with young men and women who have made us equally proud of their efforts and actions outside the competitive arena, Wherever we have competed, Concordia's athletes have conducted themselves with dignity and poise."
First ever: A championship basketball team
When the Cobber women defeated Mount Mercy College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 73-72 on March 27 for the AIAW Division Ill title, they became Concordia's first-ever national championship basketball team.
Concordia was rated third in the Division Ill season-ending poll. Mount Mercy, who defeated Concordia 77-57 in the Region 6 tournament last year was rated number nine.
En route to that final game, the Concordia women defeated Malone College of Canton, Ohio, 74-64 in quarterfinal action and Millersville (Pa.) State College by a score of 67-57 in the semifinal round.
The Cobbers had built a lead early in the game against the Mount Mercy Mustangs only to see a complete turnabout during the second half, when the Mustangs took a 58-49 lead. With two and one-half minutes remaining, freshman JoDee Bock, reserve center from Lisbon, N.D., regained the lead for the Cobbers 67-66. Mary Moenkedick, a junior guard from Pelican Rapids, Minn., made a basket, following a successful jump-ball play by Marybeth Stephan, senior co-captain and guard from Bismarck, N.D. The Mustangs then hit to make it 69-68. Sue Ekberg, senior center from Bismarck, added a free throw and basket, and Stephan claimed the last Cobber point with a free throw. A final Mustang basket in the closing seconds of the game brought the score to Concordia 73, Mount Mercy 72.
The win concluded a sparkling season for the Cobber women that spanned 34 games in five and one-half months. Their impressive 31-3 record included 25 straight wins. Coach Langseth, who completed his second year as Concordia's women's basketball coach, has a 57-9 record.
Nancy Halda, a 6-foot senior forward from Mayville, N.D., who scored 25 points in the final game, was named most valuable player in the national tournament. Senior forward Paula Langseth, Casselton, N.D., was selected to the AIAW Division Ill all-American team. She led Concordia in scoring for the season with a ~3.9-point average. Four individuals, all from North Dakota, were voted to the Minnesota state all-tournament team: Halda, Ekberg, Stephan and Bock.
Langseth named coach of the year
Concordia women's basketball coach, Marc Langseth, was named coach of the year for the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Division III basketball teams.
Awarded by the American Women's Sports Federation, the honor
recognized Langseth's leadership of the Cobber women to the national
championship. In the title game, played March 27, the Cobbers defeated
Mount Mercy College of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 73-72, to earn the first national
basketball championship in Concordia's history. The team's remarkable 31-3
season included a winning -streak of 25 games. In the two years he
has coached the women's basketball team, Langseth
has compiled a 57-9 record.
1981-82 Lady Cobber Basketball Schedule Date Opponent H/A Result Louisiana St. L 61-73 NDSU W 80-77 UND W 69-66 Mary College L 63-65 Valley City W 71-64 Bemidji W 93-75 St. Catherine *W 86-39 UofM Morris W 76-57 NDSU L 54-93 USD L 64-53 St. Ben's *W 94-47 Northwestern W 110-33 Hamline *W 81-35 Macalaster *W 99-44 MSU W 82-50 St. Olaf *W 72-45 Bethel *W 70-48 Valley City W 70-51 St. Scholastica W 82-26 Gustavus *W 93-56 St. Mary's *W 85-61 St. Thomas *W 71-60 Augsburg *W 80-46 UofM Morris W 59-58 Northern W 67-66 State Tournament: Carleton *W 93-39 St. Thomas *W 90-52 St. Olaf *W 68-64 UofM Morris W 75-58 Region VI Playoffs: St. Olaf *W 65-51 Baker College W 97-71 NCAA National Tournament: Malone College W 74-64 Millersville Coll W ? Mt. Mercy College W 73-72 1st Region 8 AIAW National Champions AIAW Division III Final Record: 31-3, 8-0, 1st MIAC Coach: Marc Langseth
1981-82 MIAC Race
Conference Standings 1981-82 Team Record 1 Concordia 8-0 31-3 2 St. Thomas 7-1 3 Bethel 6-2 4 St. Olaf 5-3 5 Augsburg 4-4 6 St. Mary's 3-5 7 Gustavus 2-6 8 Macalaster 1-7 9 Hamline 0-8
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