The Cobber winter sports teams were led by a record breaking men's hockey team that captured the MIAC Playoff Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987. Sharing the winter spotlight were the men's and women's track teams, each of which placed second in the MIAC, and the 19-6 women's basketball team.
Hockey Reaches NCAA Tourney
The men's hockey team ended the year with a 20-9 record, becoming just the second Cobber hockey team to post a 20 win season. The Cobbers, led by All Americans Rob Gramer (defenseman, '00, Moorhead) and Bryan Howard (goalie, '01, Gold River, CA), finished second in the MIAC with a 13-2-1 league record, the best MIAC winning percentage in school history. They then captured the MIAC playoff championship with a sweep over Augsburg and a come from behind series win over St. Thomas. Concordia advanced to the team NCAA National Tournament but lost in their first round series at UW-Superior.
Joining Gramer and Howard in winning all-MIAC honors were Brady Burgess ('02, Moorhead), Mike Gast ('01, Fargo), Brian Nelson ('03, Moorhead) and Kori Pearson ('00, Neepawa, Manitoba). Cobber coach Steve Baumgartner was named MIAC Coach of the Year.
Track Teams Take Second at MIAC Indoor
Both Cobber track teams posted runner-up finishes at the MIAC Indoor Championship. The Cobber men were led by Micah Benson ('00, Moorhead), who set school records in both the long jump (23'6") and 200 meter run (23.04), and Adam Strainer ('01, Helena, MT), who set a school record in the pentathlon with a score of 3570. Gabe Arntson ('00, Truman, MN) won the 1000 meter run. Joel Nelson ('01, Fargo) finished second and third respectively in the shot-put and weight throw.
The Cobber women, who came into the meet having won the last two MIAC indoor championships and last spring's MIAC outdoor championship, were led by Sara Grineski, ('01, Moorhead), Lisa Hodapp ('01, Willmar, MN), and senior Karyn Senst ('00, Two Harbors, MN). Grineski placed second in the 55 hurdles with a time of 8.49, a school record. Hodapp pole vaulted 10-2 3/4, finishing third, and Senst finished third in the weight throw with a toss of 49-1.
Benson, Strainer, Grineski and Senst were joined by Maria DeBoer ('01, Pine Island) in qualifying for nationals. Benson posted the top Cobber finish at nationals, placing 7th in the long jump.
Women's Basketball posts 19-6 season
The Cobber women's basketball team placed third in the MIAC with a 17-5 league record, 19-6 overall. The Cobbers were led by two juniors Brandi Myers ('01, Glyndon) and Sara Spears ('01, Spicer). Each earned a spot on the All-MIAC team for a second time. Myers, who averaged 14 points, also earned honorable mention honors on the Lutheran Brotherhood Lutheran College All-America Team.
At the end of the season fifth year head coach Kathy Wall announced she was stepping down. Wall stepped down because she and her husband have decided to make their home in the Twin Cities. Wall compiled a record at Concordia of 92-34 overall, 80-26 in the MIAC.
Men's Basketball posted 9-15 record
An improved men's basketball team put themselves in a position for an MIAC playoff berth with a 7-7 start in conference play. But injuries to two key players played a big role in the team's 0-6 record in February. The Cobbers were led by All-MIAVC senior forward Joe Ford ('00, Grand Forks) sophomore center Jeff Ubben ('02, Moorhead).
Women's Hockey goes 9-15-1 in Inaugural Season
After spending one year as a club team, the Concordia women's hockey team played its first season as a varsity sport in 1999-2000. Head coach Deb Lien guided the Cobbers to a 9-15-1 record and a 7th place finish in the MIAC. Leading the Cobbers were freshman goalie Shyla Wilson ('03, Cohasset, MN) and sophomore scoring leader Sandra Johansson ('02, Jonstorp, Sweden).
Wrestlers take 4th in MIAC
A deeper and stronger Cobber wrestling team, led by four All-MIAC sophomores, took 4th place in the 6 team MIAC Championships. Earning All-MIAC honors were Ryan Smith ('02, Brainerd MN), 2nd at 149, Zack Schroeder ('02, Wahpeton ND), 2nd at 133, Aaron Swartz ('02, Starbuck MN), 3rd at 125, and Jason Dubord ('02, Kindred ND) 3rd at 142.
Three football players named Lutheran College All-Americans
Three Concordia Moorhead football players were named in January to the first team of the the 1999 Lutheran Brotherhood Lutheran College All-American Football Team. Offensive tackle Jake Estenson ('00, Rice Lake, WI) helped the offensive line lead the league in rushing yardage. Punter/Kicker Clayton Horgen ('00, Fergus Falls) became Concordia's third leading career scorer with 183 points and career punting leader with a 38 yard average. Defensive end Mark Hankel ('01, Mapleton, ND) set a school record with 14 sacks and was voted the Cobbers' 1999 team MVP.
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