Fall 1991 Cobber Seasons Sports Wrap-Up

The 1991 fall sports season has concluded with numerous post-season honors for Cobber athletes. And a promising winter sports season is underway. The 1991 fall season featured sparkling individual performances in all eight sports, an MIAC team title in women's golf, individual MIAC titles in golf and cross country, and a rare rebuilding year for Concordia football.

Outstanding Individuals Highlight Fall Season

Two Cobbers captured individual MIAC titles during the fall season and each Cobber team found strong leadership in their best athletes. Jason Trichler, a junior physics major from Billings, Mont., captured the individual title in men's cross country at the MIAC Championship Meet, run on a snow-covered course in Northfield on November 7th. He went on to finish third at the NCAA Regional and compete at the NCAA National Meet in Newport News, VA.

Kelly Cornell, a senior from Thief River Falls, Minn., was the medalist at the MIAC Women's Golf Championship in Mankato on September 28-29. Teammates Cathy Johnson (Sr., Milbank, S.D.) and Julie Jamison (So., Moorhead) each tied for third in the meet and helped the Cobbers capture the MIAC team title. The Cobbers are anticipating an invitation to the spring 1992 NCAA Division III Women's Golf Championship based on their fall performance. Cornell was also honored as one of Concordia's four fall Academic All-MIAC athletes.

Many other Cobber athletes found similar success in the fall.

Deb Idstrom, a senior from New, Hope, Minn., broke the Concordia school record for goals in a season with 19 as she led the women's soccer team. Teammate Lydia Kabaka (So., St. Cloud, Minn.) joined Idstrom in making a repeat appearance on the coaches' all-MIAC soccer team. Idstorm was further recognized as a first-team NCAA All-West Region player. Andy Stotts, a standout sophomore defenseman from Edina, Minn., was named to the coaches' All-MIAC Men's Soccer Team.

Sarah Berg, a freshman from Willmar, Minn., ran her way to all-MIAC honors, finishing 12th at the MIAC Women's Cross Country Meet.

John Harris (Sr., Alexandria, Minn.) and Bob Doce (Sr., Grand Forks, N.D.) led the Cobber men's golf team. Both earned all-MIAC honors at the MIAC Men's Golf Meet on October 4th.

Kerri Smerud (Sr. Moorhead, Minn.) was named to the all-MIAC volleyball squad by the league's coaches and was also honored with the Academic-All-MIAC Award.

Fall Teams In Middle of MIAC Pack

Aside from the MIAC team championship in women's golf, most Cobber sports teams were young and rebuilding. The Cobber football team ended with an uncharacteristic 3-6 record, 3-5 in the MIAC and tied for seventh place. Coach Jim Christopherson's young team gained some respect with a 24-7 loss to undefeated St. John's in a closer-than-it-sounds season finale game at the Metrodome. That game gave reason for hope that the Cobbers will return to their familiar winning form next fall. Christopherson will bring a 163-66-5 record into his 24th season.

The 1991 Cobber gridders were led by senior captains Kevin Pavelko (Glyndon, Minn.), Mark Pagel (Duluth, Minn.), and Mark Lundstrom (Fargo, N.D.). All three earned spots on the coaches' All-MIAC First Team. Pavelko was one of the top linebackers in the MIAC and was voted the Cobber MVP. He was also recognized as an Academic All-MIAC athlete and earned a spot on the GTE Academic All-Region team. Pagel triggered the Cobber rushing attack as the league's best offensive center. The speedy and sure-handed Lundstrom led the Cobbers in receiving and kick returns.

Other Cobber football players honored this fall include senior Bob LaTourell (Ely, MN), who led the Cobbers in rushing. Bob was named to the GTE Academic All-Region team and earned a spot on the Academic All-MIAC team.

Joining LaTourell and Pavelko on the Academic All-Region team were senior kicker Chris Reimertz (Oaks, N.D.) and defensive lineman Steve Swanson, from Kennedy. The Cobber football team has elected junior quarterback Dan Sward (Whitefish, Mont.) and junior cornerback Andy Becker (Rothchild, Wisc.) as captains of the 1992 team.

Other Cobber fall sports teams also finished down in the MIAC standings.

Men's golf was 5th. Women's cross country was 6th. Volleyball amd men's cross country finished in 7th place. Women's soccer was 9th and mens soccer was 10th. Hope abounds for better results in 1992.

Cobber Winter Sports With "New" Coaches

The Cobber winter sports season has gotten underway with "new" head coaches in men's and women's basketball and wrestling. All three have held other positions on the Cobber coaching staff. Duane Siverson, who compiled a 165-38 record in leading the Lady Cobber basketball team for the past seven years, has taken the reins of the men's team following the retirement of 13-year head coach John Eidness. Siverson captured four MIAC titles in his role with the Lady Cobbers and is aiming for comparable success with the Running Cobber men.

Jerry Pyle, Siverson's assistant for the past six years and the Cobber sports information director, is heading up the Lady Cobber basketball program. Pyle is counting on two-time all-MIAC guard Cathy Johnson (Milbank, S.D.) to lead the tradition-rich Lady Cobbers this season.

Doug Perry has taken over the Cobber wrestling program from Dr. Ron Nellermoe, who has returned to full-time teaching in the Biology department. Perry coached the Cobber track teams for the past eight years. Perry's 1991-92 team is led by 167-pounder Steve Larsen (Rochester, Minn.), who earned all-MIAC honors last season and has twice been named an Academic All-American.

Steve Baumgartner returns for his 6th season as head hockey coach. His team ran off twelve straght wins at the end of last season and has hopes of reaching this season's MIAC playoffs. The Cobbers finished second at the MIAC Thanksgiving Tournament in Bloomington.

Cobber Sports on KQWB Radio

KQWB 1550 AM radio is carrying Cobber sports this year. The Cobber football season was broadcast in its entirety and the Cobbers will receive the same coverage for men's basketball. The 1991 Cobber football season was also carried on KJJK 96.5 FM of Fergus Falls. This greatly-expanded coverage of Cobber football helped fans thoughout west-central Minnesota tune in to the Cobbers.

In addition to the football and men's basketball coverage, ten Lady Cobber basketball games are also being carried live on KQWB this season. Veteran area broadcaster Larry Knutson is providing the Cobber basketball play-by-play.


Dr. Armin Pipho, Chair-Physical Education and Health Department

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