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End of run for coach and senior football players 
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

The football career of a legendary coach...Done.
For 20 seniors, their days of playing football...Done.
They all saw it come to an end in Collegeville on Saturday. That is where St. John ‘s, still fighting for a playoff berth, defeated Concordia 35-14. It finished a somewhat disappointing season for the
Cobbers, who posted a 4-6 record. After the game, both coach Jim Christopherson and the seniors reflected on the end. “It ‘s overwhelming,” said Christopherson. “I worked hard at being a
good coach and to get the Cobbers to win. I don ‘t think you really start appreciating the opportunity and the privilege of working with these young men at Concordia until now.”
“I don ‘t think we ‘ll really understand till tomorrow how big of a thing this is,” said senior Adam Strainer. “It will hit me pretty big when I wake up tomorrow and realize I don ‘t get to play football on Saturdays anymore.”
As soon as the game ended, Christopherson was bombarded with hugs from five of his grandchildren.
“These are some of the benefits of life right here, beyond football,” Christopherson said.

Christopherson was also overwhelmed with many handshakes and congratulations. They came from family, current and former players and fans who just wanted a chance to thank him for all he had done. “Today is a special day,” said Christopherson ‘s son Reid, who played for his dad. “It ‘s a culmination of a great run.” 

Even though the Cobbers lost, nothing could ruin this day for Christopherson. “I walk away from the game of football with absolutely nothing but positive thoughts right now,” Christopherson said.
For the seniors, it was the season that wasn ‘t. The team came in with high expectations and thoughts of winning a conference championship. But after a couple of tough early losses, those hopes were lost. So as the clock and the season wound down, it gave the seniors a chance to think about all their years of football. “All the seniors came out, and just absorbed everything, down to the last little detail,” Strainer said. “Sure it ‘s not the best feeling to lose your last game, but just to be a part of football there those last two minutes, it ‘s something you ‘ll always remember.”
After the game, as players congratulated each other for the last time and family members came out on the field, there were both tears and laughter. It was a chance for players to remember what had been and why it was that they played the game. 

“You had a good time, so it doesn ‘t really matter how it ends,” said senior Brad McFadden. “In ten, twenty years, it ‘s all about the friends you made here and the good time you had with them. That ‘s what your really going to remember.”

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Hockey teams put opponents on ice
Kim Thronson, The Concordian

The Concordia men’s and women’s hockey teams combined for four wins and 28 goals this past weekend in their respective ice match-ups.
The women’s team recorded its first two wins of the season, defeating the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 7-4 and 9-2. “These games gave others the opportunity to play,” head coach Deb Lien said. “A lot of players got a lot of playing time.”
The Cobbers had many different players score goals, but were led by junior Sandra Johansson who had four goals and three assists and sophomore Katie Jacques who had four goals and two assists. Freshman Lindsay Kurtis also added three goals and five assists. Freshman goalie Sarah Kuecher also added 22 saves.The wins proved that the team this year will be able to hold its own against most teams. “Our goal is to play competitively in every game,” Lien said. 

She added that they play teams who have a wide variety of experience, from first-year programs to programs who have had girls come in as freshmen and already graduate. The Cobbers will have a conference match-up tonight and tomorrow at Gustavus, a team that is picked to win the conference.
“It will be good for us to see the top level of competition in our conference,” Lien said. “On any given night, anyone can beat anyone.”
Lien noted the fact that her team has more depth at the forward position this year, and that moving Johansson to defense was a strong decision.She also noted the consistent play of sophomore goalie Shyla Wilson so far. The wins improve the women’s record to 2-2-0 overall.

The men’s team also grabbed two victories, theirs against St. Olaf, to remain undefeated in the conference at 3-0-1. Head coach Steve Baumgartner noted that St. Olaf is a strong playoff
contender, and remains a strong competitor in the conference race. “It is our goal to get four points whenever we’re at home,” he said. “We looked at St. Olaf to be right there.”
The Cobbers were led by sophomore Brian Nelson who scored two goals while senior goalie Bryan Howard added 48 saves. Despite their success so far, Baumgartner said one thing his team needs
to work on is reducing its amount of penalties. “We can’t be an undisciplined team and expect to be at the top,” he said. “When we play a team that has an excellent power play, they’re going to score.”

The Cobbers were often at a disadvantage because of penalties, but still held St. Olaf scoreless in both games, 8-0 and 4-0. Baumgartner was happy, though, with the play of his defense and of
Howard, who recorded his fourth shutout against St. Olaf at home. “As a team, we played very well,” he said. “When they had us five-on-five, they didn’t have very many opportunities to score.”

Tonight and tommorow, the Cobbers travel to Wisconsin to play the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Stevens Point is picked to win the national title, a fact that Baumgartner says puts a lot of pressure on his team at early in the season. “We will use this game as a measuring tool to see where we stack up,” he said. “They will give us their best, and we will give them our best.”

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Teamwork leads women’s cross country to nationals
Nate De Cock, Sports Editor

Cross country is often dismissed as an individual sport. But with the women’s fifth place performance and national berth at last Saturday’s Central Regionals in Waverly, Iowa, that myth was put to rest.

The story, simply, was one of teamwork, and senior Heather Brenden’s was the most compelling. Battling an illness lingering from the week before, Brenden ran most of her race under duress, her hand clutching her side throughout. “In a situation like that, I always tell the girls, ‘If you can’t pass
anyone, don’t let anyone pass you,” said head coach Marv Roeske.
And Heather didn’t. As the end of her race neared, she realized that the runner beside her was from fifth seeded Loras College of Dubuque, Iowa, the one school standing in Concordia’s path to nationals. “The only things in my mind were my team and nationals,” said Brenden. “I knew that I had missed the top ten, but my team needed me to beat her.”

Brenden somehow pulled ahead and held her position, finishing fifteenth to the Loras runner’s sixteenth, with less than a second separating the two. The win proved to be the difference for the Cobbers, as they beat Loras by only two points, grabbing the fifth and final spot qualifying
for nationals. “It was a total team effort,” said Heather’s sister, senior Heidi Brenden. “If one person had done any less, our season would be over.”
The Cobbers placed two runners in the top ten, with Heidi Brenden taking sixth and junior Katie Martin tenth. Heather Brenden was third and junior Beth Moen and freshman Lisa Owen were fourth and fifth in Concordia’s line-up.

The Cobbers’ trip to nationals is their first since 1990. Their plane leaves today for Spokane, Washinton, and the competition will be held tommorow at Whitworth College.

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Swimmers start with two splits
Kara Murray, The Concordian

Two seems to be the number for the Concordia swim team, as they’ve gone two and two in their first four matchups of the year. The Cobbers split their first meet, beating MSU-Moorhead 175-122 but
falling 209-91 to St. Olaf College.St. Olaf has a reputation for power in swimming, and the meet was fast according to coach Julie Lucier. “As a team, we knew that St. Olaf would be very tough competition,” Lucier said. “They have won 12 of the last 14 MIAC titles. We were very pleased to earn five first place finishes against them and especially to beat them in the medley relay.”
The meet featured eight new pool records. Cobber senior Shana Letnes set the pool record in the 200-yard backstrok, and tied another in the 100 yard breaststroke. Her timein the 100 ties her for the fastest in that race this year in Division III, and qualifies her provisionally for nationals. Letnes, freshman Tina Mackedanz, freshman Jenny Berg, and senior Anna Berg combined strengths to set yet another record for the Cobbers in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:57.76. 

Concordia also featured other notable swimming performances in its meet. Anna Berg ahead of her pace last season, and has already bested her 100 freestyle time from all of last season. Sophomore Andrea Ross also placed first and second in the diving portion of the competition. Lucier mentioned that Meckedanz and sophomoreCarrie Beisel were making strong strides. They helped the team hold its own against St. Olaf. “St. Olaf is a fast team,” Jenny Berg noted. “We held our ground well
against them.”
In their second meet, Concordia split the day winning over St. Kate’s 136-98, but losing to St. Ben’s 129-112. Letnes took two firsts and senior Carrie Bunger grabbed 2 seconds in distance swimming. Junior Erika Miles added a 3rd in the100 butterfly. The Cobbers swam 18 out of 25 possible races faster than the previous weekend. Divers also had an excellent meet, and the team as a whole is
enjoying its gains and improvements.

“So far we are performing really well,” Berg said. “It looks like a promising season.”