Fall 1997 Concordia Sports Wrap-Up

The fall 1997 Cobber sports season featured another MIAC championship by Women's Golf, runner-up finishes in the MIAC by Football and Menās Soccer and a third place finish by the Volleyball team.  The Cobbers also posted improved performances in Men's Golf, and Men's and Women's Cross Country. And a promising Women's Soccer team was led by several gifted young players.

Concordia also inducted six new members into it's Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet October 4:
Dr. S. Elwood Bohn ('49 Basketball), Dr. Roger Gilbertson (59' Football), Paul Sannes  ('67 - Football/Baseball), Dr. Dan Vandersteen ('87 Tennis), and Dr. Julie Gilbertson ('87  Tennis).

Womenās Golf wins 6th MIAC title in 7 Years

The Cobber Women's Golf team won 4 fall tournaments, including their sixth MIAC Championship in the past seven years. All six Cobbers at the MIAC Championship Meet finished in the tourneyās top-ten and earned All-MIAC honors: Jill Carlin (ā98 Fosston ), Jenny Dick  (ā98 Rochester), Kristen Hanson (Ī99 Fosston), Nicole Koskey  (ā99 Princeton), Christie Strecker  (Ī00 Albert Lea), and  Kari Weidner  (ā00 Fargo). 
Jenny Dick
Jenny Dick 

Christie Strecker (ā00, Albert Lea)  was 6th at the MIAC, earned her second All-MIAC award, was named Academic All-MIAC and led Womenās Golf in scoring.

Jenny Dick (ā98, Rochester) finished 8th at the MIAC, was the second leading scorer on the team, earned her third All-MIAC award and was named Academic All-MIAC for a second time.

Jill Carlin (ā98, Fosston) finished second at the MIAC Womenās Golf Championship and earned her third All-MIAC award.

Juli Johanson (Ī00 Osakis) joined teammates Dick and Strecker in earning Academic All-MIAC honors.

Football Wins Crystal Bowl, Takes
2nd in MIAC and goes to NCAA Playoffs
Concordia started the year with a 17-7 win over Moorhead State in the Crystal Bowl and then went 7-2 in the MIAC to tie for second. The only Cobber regular season losses were to  St. Johnās and MIAC champion Augsburg. The Cobbers advanced to the NCAA Playoffs for the second time in three years but lost to Augsburg 34-22 to end the season 8-3. Along the way head coach Jim Christopherson picked up his 200th career win, all at Concordia.
Ryan Sannes
Ryan Sannes

The 1997 Cobber football team began the year with hopes that their experienced offense could hold the fort until an untested defense caught up.  Instead, it was the defense that  got the Cobbers off to a strong start and helped keep them  in the hunt for an MIAC title share into the final week of the season.

Senior All-MIAC linebacker Ryan Sannes (Breckenridge) led a group of over-achieving defenders who gave up just 97 points during the regular season.  All-MIAC defensive tackle Jeff Gronner (Underwood) and All-MIAC defensive end Jon Jasken (Moorhead) led a front four that applied great pressure all year on the outstanding crop of 1997 MIAC quarterbacks.  And Sannes generally cleaned up the loose ends when runners got through that front four.

The Cobber offense also proved to be a pleasant surprise.  They were expected to be good, with all five interior linemen back and returning quarterback Ethan Pole ('99 Moorhead) having last yearās Cobber MVP, Tory Langemo ('98 Litchfield) to throw to.   But the Cobbers also established their traditional running game earlier than expected, led by senior halfback Dan Steinbeisser (Sidney, MT).

Steinbeisser earned All-MIAC second team honors and finished second in the MIAC rushing race with 686 yards, despite missing nearly three full games games with a knee injury.

Langemo earned first team All-MIAC honors for a third time while spending most of the year double teamed.  He ended his career with 2,559 receiving yards on 165 catches. He also earned Academic All-MIAC honors for a second time.

And Pole, a junior, continued to mature as a top flight MIAC quarterback, earning second team All-MIAC honors by completing 52% of his passes for 1400 yards in nine MIAC contests.

Much of this offensive production was made possible by the leaders of that experienced offensive line, led by seniors Jed Seeger (Westbrook) 1st team All-MIAC) and Noah Caron (Bemidji) (2nd team, All-MIAC.)  Seeger started in 42 consecutive games for the Cobbers and Caron started in 39.

In addition to Langemo and Sannes, seven other Cobbers earned Academic All-MIAC recognition:

Tom Fuchs ('98, Glyndon), Abe Hinderaker ('98, Zumbrota), Scott Holthusen ('00, Wahpeton, ND), Chris Kallenbach ('00, Fargo), Nels Paulson ('00, Cambridge), Aric Rhen ('00, Clearbrook) and Robert Zacher ('99, Alexandria).


Menās Soccer Goes 12-5, Gets 2nd in MIAC

After winning MIAC titles 1995 and 1996 with veteran teams, head coach Jim Cella took a young menās soccer team and built them into another contender. The Cobbers finished 12-5 overall, went 7-3 in the MIAC to tie for second, and just missed a second consecutive invitation to the NCAA tournament.

The Cobbers were led by two senior  forwards, Todd Hashbarger (Fargo) and Jim Stone
Todd Hashbarger
Todd Hashbarger 
 (Fridley). Hashbarger set nearly every Cobber assist record during his career. He was named the MIACās  Most Valuable Player in a vote by league coaches. Hashbarger finished his career with 99 points, including 47 assists (a school record).  Hashbarger recorded 17 assists this season (also a school record) and led the MIAC in points (21) and  assists (9).
 Stone  was second in team scoring with 8 goals and 5 assists and earned honorable mention All-MIAC.

Underclassmen Eric Singer ('00, Plymouth) and Josh Spaulding ('00, Minnetonka) earned first team All-MIAC honors.

Three Cobber sophomores earned Academic All-MIAC honors:
Micah Benson ('00, Moorhead), Chad Fancher ('00, Burnsville), and Will Manke ('00, Vienna, VA).

Volleyball Takes 3rd in MIAC

The Cobber volleyball team went 8-3 in the MIAC regular season, finished 3rd at the MIAC Tournament, and  ended up one game away from advancing to the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive year.

Laura Reitmeier
Laura Reitmeier

All-MIAC hitters Laura Reitmeier (ā99 Fisher) and Anne Larson (ā00 Fargo) led the Cobber attack, with help from 2nd team All-MIAC setter Nicole Vetter (ā00 West Fargo). Reitmeier also earned All-Region honors for the second consecutive year.

Reitmeier and Larson led a group of  six Cobbers who earned Academic All-MIAC honors, including:
Karla Anderson ('99 Blaine), Laurie Flick ('99 West Fargo), Camille Graven ('99 Marshall) and Eva Ladenburger ('00 Mc Henry, IL).

Menās Golf Places High in Fall Meets

The Menās Golf team, under new head coach Mark Johnson, recorded 5 top-5 finishes in their six fall events, including a 2nd at the 20-team Erv Kaiser Invitational in Fargo and a 4th at the 21 team Twin cities Classic.

The Cobbers were led by 2-time All-MIAC performer Brandon Riddering (ā99, Maple Grove).
Brandon Riddering
Brandon Riddering 
   Riddering led Menās Golf  in scoring for the third consecutive year and earned his second consecutive All-MIAC award as the Cobbers posted their best regular season in two decades.

Cobber sophomore Kyle Newman ('00, Fargo) earned academic Academic All-MIAC.

Menās Cross Country Moves up behind Keating
New head coach Garrick Larson and senior Bill Keating (ā98, Fargo) teamed up with a strong group of underclassmen to help the Cobbers move from 11th to 7th in the MIAC.
Bill Keating
Bill Keating 

Keating placed 2nd in the MIACās individual competition and posted 5 other top-ten finishes in fall meets.

Three Cobber men runners earned Academic All-MIAC: Dan Bjerknes  ('99, Thief River Falls), John Staub  ('98, Sisseton, SD), Nathan Voxland ('99, Moorhead).

Womenās Cross Country Improves

Second year head coach Sharon Espeland saw her Cobbers move from 12th to 10th in the MIAC. The Cobbers showed consistent improvement at each meet this year over last year.
Barbara Breidenbach
Barbara Breidenbach 
 The Cobber women were led most of the year by Barbara Breidenbach (ā99 Buxton, ND) and Heidi Brenden  ('01, Minot, N.D.).

Three Cobber women runners earned Academic All-MIAC honors:  Kristen Bollingberg ('98, Bremen, ND), Mollee Ludtke ('98, Albert Lea), Kelly Shannon ('00, Elk River).

Women's Soccer Led by Young Players

A young Cobber Women's Soccer team posted a 7-11 season led by several key young players.
Allison Smith
Allison Smith
 Allison Smith  ('00, Moorhead) was named All-MIAC . Smith  had five goals and six assists for the Cobbers in 1997 .  Jordi Kortan ('01, Moorhead)  and Julie Fretheim ('00, Bloomington) earned honorable mention All-MIAC Honors. Kortan led the Cobbers in scoring with 9 goals and 3 assists.  Fretheim ended the year with two goals and 8 assists.

Four Cobbers earned Academic All-MIAC honors:
Fretheim , Kirsten Jons  ('00, Moorhead), Susan Klee ('00, Rochester), and Priscilla Williams ('00, St. Cloud).

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