Winter 94-95 Cobber Sports Seasons Wrap-Up
It's been an exciting and rewarding winter sports season at Concordia.
The Cobber men's basketball team returned to the MIAC playoffs for the
first time since 1987. Women's basketball recorded their 21st consecutive
winning season and advanced to the NCAA tournament for a record 13th consecutive
Five Cobbers earned indoor track all-America honors, including a national
title in the shot put. The hockey and wrestling teams wereeach led by two
all-MIAC underclassmen. And five Cobber student-athletes captured Academic
Men's Basketball Returns to Playoffs
The Cobber men posted an 18-7 record, 15-5 and tied for second in the MIAC,
and advanced to the MIAC playoffs for the first time since 1987. Fourth-year
coach Duane Siverson saw his first recruiting class cap their senior years
with the second most wins in Cobber history, including an overtime win
at Moorhead State.
The team set Cobber season records for scoring (86.4 per game) and field
goal shooting (51.2%) while leading the league in rebounding, scoring,
shooting percentage and defense. Only a 72-67 playoff loss to St. John's
kept the Cobbers from a first ever NCAA tournament bid. Brett Inniger '95,
Fargo, N.D., who earned his second All-MIAC award, scored 20.6 points per
game, set the school career 3-point field goal record with 133, and also
was named to the MIAC All-Defensive team.
Brad Keenan '95, Moorhead, Minn., returned from life in baseball's minor
leagues to finish his degree and All-MIAC basketball honors. He averaged
15 points per game, set the Cobber career rebound record (544), and shot
a school-record 64.9% from the field, 6th best in the nation. Matt Northrop
'96, Omaha, Neb., earned Academic All-MIAC honors by averaging 8 points
and 4 rebounds and maintaining his 3.3 GPA in Health and Physical Education.
Kurt Motschenbacher '95, Glyndon, Minn., averaged 12 points per game
to cap a career that totaled 831 points, 16th best in Cobber history.
Women's Basketball Posts 20-7 Season
Third-year coach Bob Kohler ran his career MIAC record to 49-11 with a
16-4 season in league play. The Cobbers finished third in the MIAC and
advanced to the NCAA tourney for a record 13th consecutive year. After
defeating Bethel 54-50 in the NCAA first-round game, the Cobbers finished
their 20-7 season with a loss to league-champion St. Ben's. Ann Merhkens
'97, Goodhue, Minn., was named All-MIAC on the strength of her team-leading
13.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.
Jody Tulibaski '96, Pennock, Minn., followed up on last fall's All-MIAC
volleyball season with All-MIAC basketball honors. Jody averaged 11 points
and 5.6 rebounds.
Jennifer Hale '95, Worthington, Minn., closed her career as a four-year
starter with a third Academic All-MIAC award on the strength of her 786
career points, 436 career rebounds, and a 3.74 GPA in Biology.
Banks Wins Men's NCAA Shot Put Title
The improving Cobber men's indoor track team, under 2nd-year coach Garrick
Larson, finished 7th in the MIAC championship meet and then brought home
an individual national championship in the shot put. Aaron Banks '96, Lynd,
Minn., repeated as the MIAC indoor shot titleist and then went on to capture
the National Division III shot put crown March 11 with a toss of 54'4.5".
One week later he extended his school record in the shot with a toss of
57'6" in the season's third indoor meet in the Olson Forum. Banks earned
a second All-America award at indoor nationals with a toss of 54'7" to
finish 6th in the 35-pound weight. To cap off his exceptional indoor season,
Banks, who carries a 3.28 GPA in Biology, was named Academic All-MIAC.
Bob Drobinski '95, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., captured the MIAC triple
jump title with a leap of 44'8" and earned Acadeimc All-MIAC honors as
well, maintaining a 3.86 GPA in Economics.
Berntsen Leads Women's Track to 3rd
Concordia women's track and field, under the direction of 4th year coach
Marion Strand, placed 3rd at the MIAC Indoor Championship Meet and then
saw their 4 x 400 relay team earn All-America honors at Nationals. Tracy
Berntsen '95, Hermantown, placed 2nd in the 400 at the MIAC, 3rd in the
55 meter hurdles, 4th in the 200, and anchored the 4 x 400 relay team to
1st in an MIAC-record 4:00.98. She also earned Academic All-MIAC honors
for a third time with her 3.59 GPA in Math. Berntsen then led her 4 x 400
relay team to 4th place at the NCAA Division III Nationals in Ada, Ohio
on March 10th. Joining her in earning Indoor All-America honors were her
relay teammates Britt Jacobson '98, Wales, N.D., Michele Haugen '97, Alexander,
N.D., and Mollee Ludtke '98, Albert Lea, Minn. Ludtke, in addition to her
relay duties, also finished first at the MIAC meet in the 600 meter run
and took second in the 800
Hockey Starts Fast, Ends 7th in MIAC
The Cobber hockey team, under 9th year head coach Steve Baumgartner, opened
the season with a win over Division II Bemidji State and four straight
MIAC wins. But injuries and youthfulness contributed to a fade as the season
progressed. The Cobbers ended 6-17-2 overall, 5-9-2 and seventh in the
Greg Salvevold '97, Moorhead, Minn., was named All-MIAC after leading
the Cobbers in scoring with 13 goals and 12 assists.
Ryan Johnson '97, Brainerd, Minn., was named All-MIAC as the Cobbers'
top defenseman. He also scored 3 goals and had 12 assists.
Wrestlers Finish 5th at MIAC
Doug Perry, Concordia's 4th year head wrestling coach, worked with an expanded
roster in the new Olson Forum wrestling room and came away with two All-MIAC
wrestlers and a 5th place finish at the MIAC Meet. Kevin Jackson '97, Chicago,
Ill., earned All-MIAC honors at 126 pounds with a 3rd place finish at the
MIAC. Joey Richman '98, Harlem, Mont., placed third and earned All-MIAC
honors in the heavyweight division.
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