Spring 1995 Concordia Sports Wrap-Up


Concordia's spring '95 sports season was marked by great success in  team competition and a bundle of honors for Cobber student-athletes.
Five Spring Teams Finish in Top 25 in NCAA National Rankings

Concordia's spring sports season produced five top-25 teams in NCAA Division III national competition. Baseball won another MIAC title, finished 2nd at the NCAA Regional and tied for 5th nationally. Women's Golf placed 3rd at their national Division III Tournament.

Men's Track & Field tied for 11th at the NCAA National Outdoor Meet.
Women's Track & Field tied for 12th at their NCAA Outdoor Meet.
Men's Golf ended the year ranked 23rd nationally in Division III.
Baseball Captures MIAC With 30-8 Season Behind All-American Coste

Coach Bucky Burgau's 17th season at Concordia produced a school record 30 wins, an MIAC title with a 16-4 record and a third trip to the NCAA Tournament in the past four seasons. The Cobbers finsihed 2nd at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Chris Coste '95, Fargo, N.D., earned his third consecutive MIAC-MVP award and a third consecutive spot on the All-America team. He batted .484 and had a 7-2 record on the mound with a 1.29 ERA. Coste, who played third base when not pitching, graduates having tied or broken seven 7 Cobber career baseball records, including hitting (.442), hits (162), RBI (110), homers (19) and ERA (2.11).

Ron Litzau '95, Park Rapids, capped an outstanding career as a three year starting catcher by being named All-MIAC and first-team All-Region. Litzau hit .339 with 16 RBI and was a vital coach-on-the-field for a young pitching staff.

Jeremy Kovash '95, Moorhead, earned All-MIAC and second-team All-Region honors with his .336 hitting, 35 RBI, 4 homers and solid defense at first base. Those stats, along with his 3.68 GPA in Social Studies Education also earned him Academic All-MIAC status.

Greg Salvevold '97, Moorhead, pitched (2-0, 3.55 ERA) and hit (.362) his way to All-MIAC and second-team All-Region honors. Scott DeBrito '97, Fergus Falls, was also named All-MIAC after hitting .309 with 24 RBI & 30 runs.

Jeremy Holm '97, Fargo, N.D., was All-MIAC for his defense at second, .289 hitting and 35 RBI. Mike Chuba '95, Upsala, hit .533 at the Midwest regional and joined Coste on the All-Tournament Team.

All-American Walrath Leads Women Golfers to Third at Nationals

Coach Duane Siverson's Cobber women took home their fourth consecutive top-3 finish in NCAA Division III golf. Concordia finished 3rd at the Golf Coaches Association National Division III Tournament in New Palestine, Indiana, May 8-10. Kari Walrath '96, Watertown, S.D., earned All-America honors with a 7th place finish in the individual standings.

Aaron Banks Win's National Discus Title, Men's Track 11th at NCAA

Aaron Banks '96, Lynd, won the NCAA Division III outdoor discus title on May 27 in Northfield, Minn., with a toss of 162-6. He followed that up with a second place in the shot put, breaking his won school record with a 57'8.5" in the prelims. His 18 points gave the Cobbers a tie for 11th in the team standings.

Banks, an Academic All-American with a 3.28 GPA in biology, won the MIAC shot put and discus titles on May 14. The Cobber team finished 8th in the MIAC team standings. Earlier this spring Banks captured the NCAA Indoor shot put title and set a school record in the discus at 167'11.25".

Ryan Williams '97, St. Cloud, earned All-MIAC honors for his second-place finish at the MIAC Meet in the triple jump. That performance, combined with his 3.99 GPA in Music and Biology, led to an Academic All-MIAC award as well.

Brian Grove '95, White Bear Lake, the Cobber track captain, also earned an Academic All-MIAC award for his 3.76 GPA in Biology and his seventh place finish in the MIAC 800 meter run in a time of 1:56.35.

Erickson & Berntsen Lead Women's Track to Tie for 12th at NCAA

Reneee Erickson '97, New Rockford, N.D., and Tracy Berntsen '95, Hermantown, earned All-America honors in leading the Cobbers to a 3rd-place finish in the MIAC and a tie for 12th at the NCAA Division III National Track & Field Meet.

Erickson repeated as the NCAA Division III javelin champion with a toss of 147-11 at the national meet in Northfield on May 27. Her 153'3" throw in the prelims set a school record. Erickson captured her first national crown last year as a freshman. She set an MIAC Meet record May 14 with a throw of 152-5. Erickson also earned Academic All-MIAC honors on the strength of her 3.65 GPA in Accounting.

Berntsen won the MIAC 400 meter hurdles and then placed 2nd at NCAA nationals in that same event, posting a school record time of 61.72 seconds. Berntsen, a three-time track All-American is also a three time Academic All-MIAC honoree, graduating this spring with a 3.59 GPA in Math.

Mollee Ludtke '98, Albert Lea, won the MIAC 800 title May 14. She set the school record in that same event with a 2:15.84 on April 29.

Men's Golf Ends Spring Season Ranked 23rd Behind Fargoan Tim Fiechtner

The Cobber men's golf team wrapped up the spring portion of their season with meets in Mankato and Belle Plaine, led by All-MIAC player Tim Fiechtner '96, Fargo, N.D. Fiechtner finished the season with a scoring average of 76.8. The Cobbers fell just short of an invitation to the 20-team NCAA Nationals. The Cobbers, third in the MIAC last fall, were 23rd in the final national rankings for Division III.

Softball Team finishes 9-22

The Cobber softball team suffered a tough blow early in the season when All-MIAC pitcher Stacey Hoien '96, Cokato, broke her leg in a fielding collision. The Cobbers finished the year 9th in the MIAC witha 8-14 record, 9-22 overall.

Concordia was led by two All-MIAC honorees, Jenni Carlson '97, Browerville, and Mindy Schirm '97, Correll. Carlson, a pitcher and outfielder, hit .356 with 19 RBI and was the Cobbers' No. 3 pitcher. Carlson, with a 3.60 GPA in Elementary Ed., was also named Academic All-MIAC. Schirm hit .352 for the Cobbers, had 13 RBI, and scored 20 runs. Lynn Iverson '96, Northfield, who was thrown into the No. 1 pitching spot after Hoien's injury, played well also. She earned Academic All- MIAC honors with a 3.85 GPA in International Relations.

Pavek Retires, Wall Hired in Tennis

Dr. Benice Pavek, our Cobber women's tennis coach for the past 23 years, retired this spring from her teaching and coaching duties. Kathy Wall, a Cobber graduate from Fargo, has been hired as head women's tennis coach. Wall earned her B. A. Degree in Physical Education and Health in 1993 and received her Master of Education Degree from NDSU in May of 1995. Kathy will also teach, assist in women's basketball, and assume Pavek's duties as the senior women's administrator in the department.

Wall takes over a young tennis team that finished 9-10 overall, 5-6 and 6th place in the MIAC. Molly Hansen '97, Eagan, was the top Cobber player this spring, posting a 10-10 record at No. 1 singles. The Cobber men's tennis team finished 7-11 overall, 3-7 and tied for 8th in the MIAC. Eric Holmstrom '98, Grand Rapids, led the team with a 12-7 record at No. 2 singles.

Concordia to Add Women's Swim Team

Concordia announced on May 10 that the Athletic Department will add intercollegiate women's swimming to it varsity sports offerings. A coach will be hirted in the next year and the team will begin competition in 1996-97. Concordia will become the tenth team in the MIAC to offer women's swimming and will be Concordia's ninth women's sport.

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