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Fall 1999 Concordia Sports Wrap-Up

Women's Golf

The women's golf team ended their falls season ranked No. 2 in the nation after capturing their 8th MIAC title in the past nine years and their fifth in a row.  The Cobbers won five of the seven tournaments they entered. Three Cobbers earned All-MIAC honors. Kari Weidner ('00, Fargo) finished second at the MIAC Championship, followed by Christie Strecker ('00, Albert Lea) (3rd) and Jen Kovash ('01, Moorhead) (6th). Cobber head coach Duane Siverson was named MIAC coach of the year.


After a season opening loss to Moorhead State, one of the youngest Cobber football teams in years clung to first place in the MIAC through the seventh week of the season. Concordia entered the final game of the season with an outside chance at a share of an MIAC title and an NCAA post season bid.  But an Augsburg touchdown in the last two minutes of play left the Cobbers with a 7-5 loss, a 6-3 MIAC record and a tie for 4th in the MIAC.

Leading the Cobbers were four first team All-MIAC players. Fullback Nathan Reiff ('00, Whitehall, MT) led the Cobbers in rushing with 598 yards. Kicker/Punter Clayton Horgen ('00, Fergus Falls) became Concordia's third leading career scorer with 183 points and career punting leader with a 38 yard average.  Offensive tackle Jake Estenson ('00, Rice Lake, WI) helped  the offensive line lead the league in rushing yardage.  And defensive end Mark Hankel ('01, Mapleton, ND) set a school record with 14 sacks.

The Cobbers, with just five senior starters, are well positioned to make another title run in 2000.

Men's Cross Country

Both the men's and women's cross country programs continued to establish themselves as powers in the MIAC.  Garrick Larson, head coach of the accending men's team, was named MIAC coach of the year. The Cobbers have gone from 12th in the MIAC in 1996 to 4th this year. Leaders among the men runners included Brian Klug ('02, Alexandria), who finished 18th at the MIAC meet and Steve Edlund ('01, Cyrus), who led the Cobbers most of the season and finished 24th in a field of 169 at the NCAA Regional meet.

Women's Cross Country

A cluster of four women consistently led the Cobber women, who also finished 4th in the MIAC and have also improved from 12th in the league in 1996. Heather Brenden ('01, Minot, ND), Katie Martin ('03, Bozeman, MT), Heidi Brenden ('01, Minot, ND), and Barb Breidenbach ('00, Buxton, ND) took turns leading the Cobbers. Heather Brenden and Katie Martin earned All-MIAC honors by finishing 8th and 13th respectively at the MIAC Meet.

Men's Soccer

Coach Jim Cella's men's soccer team rallied from a 1-3 start to finish 5-5 in the MIAC and tied for 5th. Leading the Cobbers were two All-MIAC seniors. Eric Singer ('00, Plymouth) earned his third All-MIAC award. His seven goals in MIAC play was one short of the league record of 8. That record was tied this year by the other All-MIAC Cobber, Josh Spaulding ('00, Minnetonka).

Women's Soccer

The women's soccer team set a school record for wins in a season with their 12-6 overall record. Like the men, the Cobber women got off to a slow start in MIAC play, losing their first four, but rallied by going 4-2 the rest of the way to finish in eighth place. Leading the Cobbers was All-MIAC junior Jordi Kortan ('01, Moorhead) and team scoing leader Kendra Lee ('03, Jamestown, ND).

Men's Golf

The men's golf team, under new head coach Peter Hovde, played some excellent golf most of the fall. But a bad second day at the MIAC Championship meet dropped them to a 6th place finish. Leading the Cobbers was All-MIAC junior Seth Johnson ('01, Devils Lake, ND), who finished 9th at the MIAC meet and Mike Hagen ('02, Moorhead).

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Academic All-MIAC winners |

Portions of Armin Pipho's "Cobber Clippings" letter to Athletic Alumni

After an unusually mild fall, it hardly seems possible that we have wrapped up the fall sports season.  In fact, being only days away from Thanksgiving we havenāt had to wear our winter coats or boots yet.

We have a few changes on our coaching staff this year. Peter Hovde, who many of you know in our political science department and director of May Seminars, took over our menās golf program.  He has brought some excitement and energy to this program, and I know our golf program is in competent hands.  Sharon Espeland, who has been a wonderful womenās cross  country coach the past few years, was married this summer and moved to Bismarck, North Dakota.

 Marv Roeske, the person responsible for the dramatic improvement in our womenās track and field team, has taken over womenās cross country coaching as well.  Julie (Stenberg) Lucier, a 1991 Concordia graduate, was named our womenās swimming coach in the summer and she has that team off to a fast start with dual meet wins over St. Thomas, St. Benās and Moorhead State.

Julieās husband, Scott Lucier ā91, took over our football recruiting coordinatorās job when Terry Horan decided to go back to his head football coaching position at Breckenridge.  Scott also coached the defensive line this fall and did a great job with them.  Deb Lien was hired last year to begin our womenās club hockey team and has recruited enough talent to get the first year of intercollegiate competition in the MIAC off to a very good beginning.

We also have two new athletic trainers this year.  Kevin Stalsberg and Stephanie Brandt both have M.A. degrees and are teaching a couple of courses as well.  Our student athletes are receiving great care and enjoying their helpful nature and positive attitudes.

Garrick Larson, head menās track and field and cross country coach, and Duane Siverson, whose women golfers captured another MIAC Championship, were both honored this fall as MIAC Coaches of the Year.  Garrickās cross country team has moved up from a tenth place finish in 1966 to fourth in the MIAC this year. It is not very common to be picked as MIAC Coach of the Year by your peers with a fourth place finish.  Congratulations to Duane and Garrick for this honor.

Our Athletic Hall of Fame banquet was attended by almost 300 people this year as we inducted the 1964 NAIA National Championship football team as well as three individuals÷Allen Holm ā79, Steve Fox ā79, and Jillayn Quaschnick ā89.  Twenty-nine of the forty-two members of the 1964 football team returned to share some wonderful memories.  One of the team members had made copies of a scrapbook for everyone, and you should have heard the stories that were being told at a get-together following the banquet.

This is also my annual request to be an ćofficialä Letter Club member by submitting your dues to the Concordia Letter Club.  Your donations support the Athletic Hall of Fame program and other special projects approved by the Letter Club Board of Directors.  Minimum dues are $5.00, but we are thankful most of you give more.  We also appreciate your completing the Letter Club dues form so we can know more about your present status.

This fall we have been meeting to discuss the renovation of our outdoor track.  Plans are to complete the project this coming summer.  More on this in my spring newsletter.

While winter begins to close in we also begin to anticipate the excitement and many joys of the coming holidays.  As we reflect on the year we are especially thankful for our opportunity to continue to work with the same quality of young men and women you were as students at Concordia.  We realize the responsibility entrusted to us to provide a worthwhile athletic experience, and we are thankful of your continued encouragement and support of Cobber athletics.

Have a Blessed Holiday Season!

Dr. Armin Pipho

(Return to Armin Pipho. Athletic Director, Concordia College, 901 S. 8th Street, Moorhead, MN  56562)

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