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Fall 1998 Concordia Sports Wrap-Up

The fall 1998 Cobber sports season was highlighted by an MIAC championship in women's golf, a second place finish by men's golf and a third place finish by women's cross country.

Women's Golf Wins 7th Title.

The Cobber women's golf team continued their MIAC dominance, winning their 7th MIAC title in 8 years. Sophomore Jenny Kovash ('01, Moorhead) captured the MIAC medalist trophy with a tournament record 152 two-day total at the Oakdale Country Club near Hutchinson Oct. 3-4.  Cobbers Christie Strecker ('00, Albert Lea) and Kari Weidner ('00 Fargo) finished 3rd and 4th respectively to join Kovash on the All MIAC team. The Cobbers won 5 of the 7 tournaments they entered this fall and are currently ranked 2rd in the nation among Division III teams. Two Cobbers, Strecker and Amber Severson ('00, Sioux Falls, S.D.), earned Academic All-MIAC honors for maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.35 or better.

Men's Golf  Takes Second

The Cobber men's golf team posted their best MIAC finish of the decade with a 2nd place trophy at the MIAC Tournament Oct. 9-10 at Bunker Hills in Coon Rapids. The Cobbers were led by All MIAC golfers Mike Hagen ('02, Moorhead) and Mike Simonich ('99, Mora). Hagen and Simonich finished 6th and 8th respectively at the tourney. Kyle Newman ('00, Fargo) earned Academic All MIAC honors for a second time.

Women's Cross Country Continues Upward Climb

The Concordia women's cross country team also posted its best finish in the 90's, placing third at the MIAC Championships at Como Park in St. Paul on Oct. 31. In the three years since Sharon Espeland ('91) became the Cobber head coach, her team has moved from 12th to 10th to 3rd in the league.

Heidi Brenden ('01, Minot) led the 1998 Cobbers with a 4th place finish at the MIAC race. Joining her on the All MIAC team were her twin sister, Heather Brenden ('01, Minot), and Barb Breidenbach ('99, Buxton, N.D.) who finished 16th and 19th respectively. Five Cobbers earned Academic All MIAC honors: Susan Barrett ('01, New London), Stephanie Collins ('00, Prior Lake), Lori Lotthammer ('01, Alexandria), Kelly Shannon ('01, Elk River) and Amy Wick ('01, Elk River).

Men's Cross Country Goes Up a Notch

The Cobber men's cross country team also moved up, placing 6th at the MIAC Championship race. The Cobber men were led by freshman David Dahlseng ('02, Cyrus) who earned All MIAC honors with his 25th place finish at the MIAC. Three Cobbers earned Academic All MIAC honors: Dan Bjerknes ('99, Thief River Falls), Steven Edlund ('01, Cyrus) and Josh Johnson ('01, Moorhead).

Pole and Zacher Lead Football |

The Cobber football team posted a 4-6 season, an under .500 record for just the second time in the past 15 years. After making the NCAA playoffs in 1997, 30 year head coach Jim Christopherson (career record 204-91-7) began rebuilding for next year with a host of younger players.

But at least two senior Cobbers made lasting impressions. Three year starting quarterback Ethan Pole ('99, Moorhead) ended his final season as the school's career leader in passing yards (4,889) and touchdown passes (40).  Bob Zacher ('99, Alexandria) finished his third year as a starting center. Zacher, who carries a 3.75 GPA with a double major in math and physics, was honored at a Oct. 17th half time ceremony as the Division III Burger King Scholar Athlete of the Week. A check for $10,000 was given to the Concordia general scholarship fund in Bob's name by the Burger King Corporation.

Among the crew of talented underclassmen who will lead next year's Cobbers is kicker Clayton Horgen ('00, Fergus Falls). Horgen averaged 40.4 yards per punt in 1998, setting a Cobber single season record and finished 9th in the nation in punting. Six Cobbers, including Zacher, earned Academic All MIAC honors. The others were Scott Holthusen ('00, Wahpeton, N.D.), Marcus Ludtke ('01, Albert Lea), Matt Palmen ('01, Mora), Nels Paulson ('00, Cambridge) and Eric Wold ('01, Fargo).

Reitmeier and Larson Lead Volleyball |

The Cobber volleyball team placed 7th in the MIAC despite All MIAC performances by Laura Rietmeier ('99, Fisher) and Anne Larson ('00, Fargo). The Cobber record was 16-18, 5-6 in the MIAC. Reitmeier, a three-time All MIAC selection and two-time All West Region honoree, finished her Cobber tenure as the school's career leader in kills and blocks.  Her three prior teams finished 2nd, 2nd and 3rd in the MIAC. Her career record in MIAC regular season matches was 33-11.  Larson earned All MIAC honors for a second time.  Reitmeier and Larson also earned Academic All MIAC honors, along with four of their teammates, Rhianna Anderson ('01, Benson), Stacy Davis ('01, Wadena), Sarah Rustad ('01,  Fargo) and Erika Simons ('01, Crosby).

Women's and Men's Soccer |

The Cobber women's soccer team went 7-11 overall and 3-7 in the MIAC to finish 8th. The balanced and improving Cobbers were led by two-time All MIAC forward Allison Smith ('00, Moorhead). Three Cobbers were named Academic All MIAC: Smith, Kirsten Jons ('99, Moorhead) and Whitney Ostrem ('01, Roseville).

The Cobber men's soccer team, after MIAC finishes of 1st, 1st and 2nd respectively in the three preceding seasons, posted an un-Cobber-like 8-10 overall record, 3-7 and 9th in the MIAC. The Cobbers were led by two All MIAC juniors, Eric Singer ('00, Plymouth) and Dustin Holt ('00, St. Cloud).  Four Cobbers were named Academic All MIAC:  Adam Ailsby ('01, Regina, Sask.), Micah Benson ('00, Moorhead), Chad Fancher ('00, Burnsville) and Will Manke ('00, Vienna, VA).


Six former Cobber athletes were inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame at a banquet on Oct. 3: Howard Leopold ('69 Wrestling),  Dan Tavica ('75, Hockey), Jim Klug ('82,  Football), Garrett Byrne ('83, Basetball), MaryLee Legried ('88, Basketball), Jessica (Beachy) Rahman ('88, Basketball).

Deb Lien ('94, NDSU), a Warroad native and has been named Concordia's first women's hockey coach. She will coach the Cobbers this season as a club team. Women's hockey will begin play as Concordia's 10th women's varsity sport in the 1999-2000 academic year.

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