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The Concordian Sports

Dec. 6, 1996

Men's Basketball 

Women's Basketball 

    Wrestling Hockey 

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Men's Basketball Needs Rebound
Vic Quick 12/06/96

After a 92-81 loss at the hands of the Moorhead State Dragons on Nov. 26, the Concordia men's basketball team will try to get back on the right track for conference play.

"Our chemistry should get better once we start playing in the conference," said junior center Brett Klabo.

Against the Dragons, senior forward Daimen Crump led Concordia with 26 points. The Cobbers played even with MSU in the first half, but the Dragons pulled away early in the second half.

"Everybody was standing around. No one was anticipating stealing the ball like we should have been. We weren't playing as a team," said junior forward Jim Gillhouse.

Prior to MSU, the Cobbers traveled to New Jersey for a tournament in which they defeated Pennsylvania's Gwynedd-Mercy 89-71, then lost 70-68 to New Jersey Institute of Technology. Crump and senior guard Cornelius Bishop were named All-Tournament.

Concordia opens up conference play Saturday against St. John's.

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Women's Basketball: Cobbers Ready for MIAC Play
Jennifer Gayvert, Sports Editor, 12/06/96

After finishing near the top of the conference last year, the women's basketball team is looking for an even better 1996-97 season.

"Whether we win or lose, how we bounce back will be important," said head coach Kathy Wall. "The expectations, both the team's and mine, are very high."

On Sunday, the Cobbers handed a 75-64 loss to UM-Crookston. Senior forward Holly Zollar scored 13 points and led the team in scoring in Monday night's game against Mayville.The Cobbers won 63-60, and Zollar brought in 17 of those points.

"Those were games we needed to play at the beginning of the season" said Zollar. "We needed to get the kinks out."

To begin their season, the Cobbers traveled to Texas on Nov. 23-24 for the Trinity Tournament. The women defeated Roanoke College 66-64 in the first round, but then lost 66-56 to UC-San Diego in Sunday's final round. According to Wall, the Cobbers struggled against the very physical San Diego team.

"UC-San Diego plays a different style of ball. We needed to adjust, and we just didn't adjust," said Wall.

Upon returning home, the women lost to crosstown rivals Moorhead State, 59-57. The game, played here on Nov. 26, showed the need for mental concentration.

"We never quite saw the ball go in the hole," said Wall.

Leading the Cobbers in scoring is Leah Sonstelie, who brought in 25 points against Roanoke and scored 16 points against Moorhead State. Second in scoring is Zollar. Both leaders have high expectations.

"If we . .. stay aggressive on offense, lots of things can happen. This team has a lot of talent," said Sonstelie.

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Men's Hockey Hoping for MIAC Improvement
Selmer Moen, 12/6/96

After just two weeks, the Cobber men's hockey team has already won more games than all of last season.However, as their seventh place finish at the MIAC Thanksgiving tournament shows, the team still has a way to go before they can contend for the league title.

The season opened with a two-game series against Marion College of Fon-du-Lac, Wis., on Nov. 22 and 23. Both games were decisive victories for the Cobbers as they defeated the Sabers handily, 10-3 and 11-3. While the Cobbers were never seriously challenged and were able to score seemingly at will, both games were marred by frequent penalties on the Cobbers.

Following their opening weekend success, the Cobbers went to the annual MIAC Thanksgiving tournament in Bloomington, Minn. The team dropped a tough opening game against St. Thomas, 7-3 -- a game the Cobbers led 3-2 after on period. Four unanswered goals over the next two periods did the Cobbers in, however.

"We proved we could play with them. We just needed to play 60 minutes instead of 40,"said senior wing Jeff Corkish.

The Cobbers next faced St. Olaf, losing 4-3 in overtime. The Cobbers were triumphant in their final game against Bethel. The game was tied 7-7 at the end of regulation, and the Cobbers won in a shootout to take seventh place overall.

Corkish commented that the Cobbers "made huge strides in the three games. We are going to surprised a lot of people if we play the way we are capable of."

The top goal scorers for the tourney were senior Chris Thomes with three and junior Joh Brekke and Corkish with two. The leading point scorers oft the year are Corkish, with 10 points on five goals and five assists, and senior Chris Thomes, with four goals and six assists.

The Cobbers face St. Olaf in a two-game set this weekend. Friday's game is at 7 p.m. and Saturday's game is at 2 p.m. Both games are at the Moorhead Sports Arena.

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Wrestling : Improvement Emphasis for Wrestlers
Darrell Ehrlick, 12/06/96

Though Thanksgiving has come and gone, the Concordia wresling team has many things to be thankful for.

At the Auggie Open, held Nov. 23 at Augsburg College, Concordia's grapplers performed well, according to head coach Doug Perry.

"It's probably the toughest tournament they will have," said Perry. "We were slow at first but we were on fire during the later matches."

Sophomore Jeremy Hernandez and freshman Anderston St. Germain both took third place in their respective weight classes. hernandez wrestled in the 118 lb. category and St. Germain at 142 lb.

Hernandez finished the Auggie Open with a 3-1 record, losing his third match to Zac Weiglein of Wartburg, 1-6. Wartburg was the NCAA Division III champion last year.

"Hernandez opened eyes," Perry said, "He wrestled well, and if that third match were to be wrestled again, things would definitely be different."

St. Germain also ended the tournament with a 3-1 record, losing to Matt Romsdahl of Augsburg in the third match, 7-10. In that match, St. Germain jumped out to 5-0 early, but couldn't keep the lead.

"That loss was hard, but it's a matter of getting my head back into the match," said St. Germain.

Last season, Augsburg finished as NCAA Division II runner-up.

"We haven't beat them [Wartburg or Augsburg] yet, but we are closing the gap and moving in close," Perry said, "At the same time we have to give them credit -- they're tough."

Concordia also got a look at the other MIAC schools, including the perennial power of St. John's. Carleton was the only MIAC school that did not participate in the meet.

Perry stressed that the team must continue to improve its intensity during the early matches, especially during the first matches.

"We need to be ready to go both mentally and physically," Perry said.

In order to help prepare the team, Perry modified the warm-up exercises.

"The first match is always the toughest, because we're still edgy. We can make some mistakes," Perry said.

Instead of just stretching and light exercise, Perry will have the team doing some more intense wrestling drills.

"We have to get the sweat going.  We have to be a little tired. If you're tired out by that, then you have trained properly," Perry said.

The key for the team will be striking the balance between not warming up enough and using up too much energy before the first match.

"The adrenaline will leave quickly if you fire yourself up too much, too soon," Perry said.

Tomorrow the team participates in the Dakota Wesleyan Dual.

"Every move we make will be crisp and we won't back down.  So if we get beat, it's not because we let up," Perry said.

On Tuesday, Concordia's wrestlers will compete in the Moorhead State Tournament.

"We have to be very intense for that meet, "Perry said.

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