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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 2 - Pre-MIAC Years - 1903-1921

College Athletic Association  | Athletic Facilities  | Sports in the Early Years, 1903-1910  | 1910-1911 | 1911-1912 | Interstate School Conference Founded  | 1912-1913 | 1913-1914 | 1914-1915 | 1915-1916 | 1916-1917 | 1917-1918 | 1918-1919 | 1919-1920 | 1920-1921 | Looking Back -- Early Years |


The new gymnasium was partly completed when school opened in the fall of 1915.

Every afternoon at 3 o'clock the boys were divided into companies of six and sent to the battlefield which in this case happened to be the inside of the new gym. The tasks consisted of working on the ceiling and floor. The work is progressing rapidly and the building responds with the noise of hammer, saw and much advice to be had without asking.(26)

In November the gym lacks only a few touches of being ready for use and basketball practice will be started in the very near future. In December bleachers were installed in the gym with a capacity of approximately 300 people so that the spectators no longer need go home with stiff necks from overstretching. This is a great improvement and those who helped erect it have done a great service to the school.(27)

The athletic association met and elected officers for the 1915 season: L. P. Seierstad, President; George Brekke, Vice President; Morris Bye, Secretary-Treasurer; Ingeman Sattre, Basketball Manager; Idar Tanner and Alph Overby, Board of Control.

New faculty at the college included Alfred "Pop" Sattre who headed the science department. He had graduated from St. Olaf in 1904 and also studied at NDAC. Previous to coming to Concordia he was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and in the science department at Spokane College where he coached athletic teams.(28)

1915-1916 Basketball

Basketball season practice started for the first time in the new gym and the Crescent reported that great spirit is showing among the boys as well as the girls. The first game played was between the college and the Academy. The college won the game 24-8.

The athletic association met and committees were appointed for the purpose of drawing up rules and the right of the students to wear the college monogram.

The various classes organized their basketball teams and it was anticipated that they will give each other some "vigorous scrubbings" later on in the season when the inter-class schedule is played off.

Members of the 1915-1916 basketball team are Tobe Lavik, Halass, Quam, Dyness, Brunsvold, Martinson and Loe. With this material plus a new gym, Coach Holzer should be able to compete with almost any team in the northwest.

Scores for the 1915-1916 basketball season were:

Concordia 15 Fargo College 19

Concordia 10 NDAC 11

Concordia 19 NDAC 22

(This was the first game in the new gym. Thirty-seven years later the first game in Memorial Auditorium was also with NDAC (NDSU).

Concordia 8 Fargo College 15

Concordia 33 Valley City Normal 32

Concordia 40 Mayville Normal 5

Concordia 54 Wahpeton Science 20

Concordia 44 Ellendale Industrial College 24

Basketball season came to a halt when the trip to Ellendale was called off due to a smallpox epidemic at that school.

Inter-class basketball was reported as rather a failure. There were six teams. The schedule was not completed so no winner was announced.(29)

At a meeting of the athletic association it was decided to have a track and field day at Commencement. A committee was appointed with Professor Tonning as chairman to consider what events should take place. The following were chosen: Cross country run with the Chrysostem and Periclesion literary societies competing; 100-yard dash, high jump, broad jump, shotput and discus. Medals were awarded to the winners.

Baseball scores for the 1916 season were:

Concordia 3 NDAC 10

Concordia 4 Fargo College 9

Concordia 0 NDAC 7

Concordia 1 Park Region 4

An article in the Crescent deplored the fact that the student body did not help to finance the athletic program.

At a school with an enrollment the size of ours, it is a deplorable fact that it shall be so difficult to finance our athletic organizations. The funds resulting from the sale of season tickets to students are not sufficient by reason of the fact that less than half of the students purchase tickets. We can hardly rely on outsiders for support as the cities of Fargo and Moorhead contain no less than six educational institutions supporting teams. This causes a surfeit of basketball games during the winter and in the spring, the Northern League team draws the baseball crowds. As a result, the management is forced to resort to benefit socials, private subscriptions, and the like, to make both ends meet.

No student has any business registering at a school unless he intends to support its activities. Many institutions require students, at registration, to pay a certain sum towards athletics. This we believe to be a good plan. If students who register for the whole year should pay two dollars, and winter students one dollar, the resulting funds would be ample for the needs of our athletic teams. Other plans may present themselves but some change must be made to insure a permanent basis. This slipshod manner of running affairs has gone on long enough.(30)

Quite a few boys took part in the inter-society track meet which was going to be held on Class Day. They were getting up early in the morning and taking cross country runs before breakfast. The event was the first of its kind ever held at the college and was looked forward to with great interest.

Chapter 2

1. Concordia College Record, July 1907.

2. Cobber Chronicle, p. 52.

3. Concordia College Record, July 1907.

4. Crescent, December 1909.

5. Cobber Chronicle, p. 200.

6. Concordia College Record, July 1907.

7. Concordia College Record, March 1908.

8. Concordia College Record, May 1909.

9. Crescent, November 1909.

10. Crescent, May 1910.

11. Ibid.

12. Crescent, February 1910.

13. Crescent, January 1911.

14. Crescent, May-June 1911.

15. Crescent, November 1911.

16. Crescent, December 1911.

17. Crescent, April-May 1912.

18. Crescent, May-June 1911.

19. Crescent, October 1912.

20. Crescent, March 1913.

21. Crescent, April 1914.

22. Crescent, October 1914.

23. Crescent, March 1914.

24. Crescent, February 1914.

25. Crescent, May 1915.

26. Crescent, October 1915.

27. Crescent, December 1915.

28. Crescent, November 1915.

29. Crescent, March 1915.

30. Crescent, January 1916.

31. Crescent, October 1916.

32. Crescent, October 1916.

33. Crescent, November 1916.

34. Concordia College Record, January 1916.

35. Crescent, January 1916.

36. Crescent, January 1916.

37. Crescent, February 1916.

38. Crescent, February 1916.

39. Crescent, October 1916.

40. Crescent, October 1917.

41. Crescent, October 1917.

42. Crescent, April 1917.

43. Crescent, January 1918.

44. Crescent, October 1919.

45. Crescent, January 1919.

46. Crescent, November 1919.

47. Crescent, February 1919.

48. Crescent, April 1919.

49. Crescent, April 1920.

50. Crescent, March 1920.

51. Crescent, May 1920.

52. Crescent, October 1920.

53. Crescent, October 1920.

54. Concordian, December 22, 1920.

55. Concordian,. April 22, 1921.

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