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Football practice started in the fall of 1919 under Coach Sattre but the Crescent reported that for various reasons the college was unable to put a team on the field. Although no games were played the players were instructed in the fundamentals.

Basketball activities have been delayed this year due to conditions known by us all. Real practice did not commence until after the holiday recess. Up to this time the gym had been used for barracks. Right now Coach Sattre is very interested in trying to wallop a little form into his varied material for the opener against the Fargo A.C. Reitan, Estby and Lee are the only veterans, and around these the less notable aspirants will have to be grouped. Among those who have good intentions and are anxious to secure recognition are: Lawrence "Kid" Tanner, Raftshol and Reitan. The last three mentioned wouldn't fetch even a grunt of approval two years ago, but for the benefit of the out of town sympathizers, it might be said that these gentlemen have improved with age. They are liable to be heard from shortly. In spite of the handicap under which we start the season, we are anxious to establish a little turmoil in the season's train of events. We feel confident that, with the loyal support of the student body something on that order can be accomplished this year also. The loyal support and enthusiasm of the student body is an important factor in helping the boys put their stuff across, that cannot be overestimated. Lots of "being" on the side lines puts "smash" into the quint. The schedule for the coming season is as yet in a tentative state, but from now on to the close of the season games will follow in close succession.

The athletic association organized and elected officers for the coming year. They are as follows: President, C. Ramstad; Vice President, B. Duckstad; Treasurer, A. Harris; Board of Control, Coach Sattre, J. Jenner and G. Forrester; Basketball Manager, I. J. Tanner; Assistant Basketball Manager, E. D. Hagen; Baseball Manager, M. Langemoe; Tennis Manager, O. Hoverson.(45)

1919-1920 Basketball

Tuesday, November 11, Concordia ushered in its basketball season with a game between the Preachers and the Farmers. (As far as one can tell the rosters of the two teams were varsity basketball players.) The game was very spirited and closely played. Scoring began early in the game and the first half ended 8 to 6 with the Preachers in the lead.

The second half called, both teams entered the floor with grim determination. The one to maintain the lead gained in the first half, the other to overcome it. Reitan of the Farmers, in a couple of spurts succeeded in caging a goal, the score was tie. Five minutes of rest. Rafshol of the Preachers, then started the drive towards victory, caging 3 baskets in succession. The final score was 16 to 10 with the Preachers in the lead.

Preachers Lineup Farmers

J. Rafshol-- 2-2-2-2-2 W. Reitan-- 2

A. Tanner-- 2 C. Reitan

I. Tanner-- 2 J. Jenner-- 2-2

O. Scheie E. Quam-- 2-2

O. Elster P. Aune

M. Gronningan (substituted Elster)-- 2

C. Lawrence (for C. Reitan)(46)

The lineup for the 1919-1920 Concordia varsity team was as follows: Estby, right forward; A. Tanner and I. Tanner, left forward; Lee, center; Lawrence, right guard; Reitan, left guard.

The scores reported that season:

Concordia 0 NDAC 30

Concordia 6 Fargo College 15

Concordia 21 Wahpeton Science 17

Concordia 14 NDAC 26

Concordia 19 Wahpeton Science 16

Concordia 36 Fargo College 14

The return game with the A.C. was played on February 11. At the close of the fray Concordia had 14 points. This is remarkable. The A.C. had 26, which is more remarkable. After the first round the score stood 5-5. Would, it could have remained there. But the thing couldn't stop with that. Beginning at the time toastmaster Tierney blew his little five-cent whistle, the farmers started to shovel in the important things, and they didn't call halt until they had ruined all available spades. Some mother's son of the opposition chilled one of our delegates with a plug in the solars. Nobody deliberately killed tho. Then followed a "catch as catch can" revival. The weary worn jumped on and rode, some just hung on by an ear and functioned as brakemen, while others were left behind to wait their turn, or be forgotten. For our side the Reitan brothers layed out a few, but were outclassed by the brawney farmers. Halaas missed his chance and was stabbed in the back, as Christy felled a blue-eyed little baby. After the game, everybody went home.

Concordia Lineup A.C.

Halaas R.F. Ries

Rafshol L.F. Gardner

Christiansen C. Anderson

W. Reitan R.G. Horn

M. Reitan L.G. Chaney

Field baskets: C.C -- 6 A.C. -- 11 Free throws: C.C. -- 2 A.C. -- 4(47)

After the college basketball season class tournaments were started. The academy sophomores won the championship and in the college division, the seniors won. The seniors then played the academy sophomores and won 31-23.(48)

From an article in the Crescent entitled "The Student and Athletics":

The main purpose that a student should have in attending school should be to try to make as much of his education as he is able, and to become as efficient and expert in the subjects he is taking as possible.. A student cannot accomplish this purpose by continually sitting over his textbooks. He must try to do more studying in shorter time and thus increase his own efficiency. Every person needs a certain amount of physical exercise and recreation; one person may not need as much as another but no one can do without them if he is going to keep himself at his best. In order to be a good student one must have besides a well-developed mind also a healthy and strong body. Truly many great men who have had very weak bodies have accomplished great things. But they have done this in spite of their physical condition, often with great pain and suffering. A strong mind lodged in a weak body may be compared to a strong powerful barrel of a cannon mounted on a weak carriage. As long as the carriage is able to sustain the weight of the barrel, the cannon is serviceable, but as soon as the carriage breaks down the entire cannon is useless. It is of utmost importance then, for every student who desires to establish his education upon a firm basis to attend to the care of his physique.

The various games usually included in the athletic program of schools furnish both splendid physical exercise and good recreation. They are of such a nature that they will appeal to young women as well as to young men. A game like football is, of course, too violent to be played by ladies, but volleyball, basketball, and tennis are ideal sports for everybody.

In many schools where participation in athletics and gymnastic work has been voluntary the school authorities have found it necessary to make gymnastic work compulsory. The main reason for this has been the fact that those who needed some sort of physical exercise the most did not take part in any athletic activities. Only those who were especially interested in athletics took active part; the others neglected it entirely. Because compulsory physical training remedies a long-felt need for bettering the health of the students, some such system is generally adopted in colleges all over the nation.

A greater stimulus in athletic activities and physical training in our colleges will, besides improving the physical condition of the students also be an important boost for the betterment of our national health.(49)

Baseball season is here and the Crescent reports that never in its history has Concordia had so much available material as in 1920.

Plans are already in the making for a fifteen game schedule and one large trip east to Carleton, St. Olaf, Gustavus Adolphus, Luther, St. Cloud and St. Johns.

So far no actual practice has taken place--but Coach Sattre, by a series of conferences will instruct the prospects in such a manner that practice can "go on without a hitch."

As the schedule is a very large and heavy one it is going to require cooperation between the team and student body from the very outset. Not the "player" himself but the student body is responsible for the physical condition and the class standing maintained by each player. Too little of this so called cooperation has been practiced in the past, consequently fewer victories have been won. Students and so called supporters of Concordia athletics, what are you going to do about it? Rooting at the games is only half of your duty. You say "your team"-- what are you doing that gives you the right to call it your team, are you behind its "every move?"(50)

The 1920 baseball team had only five games on their schedule:

Concordia 6 NDAC 9

Concordia 8 Carleton 4

Concordia 1 St. Olaf 10

Concordia 0 Luther 2

Concordia 5 UND 8(51)

Members of the 1920 team were: Catcher, S. Newgard; Pitcher, J. Gronningen; 1st Base, J. Jenner; 2nd Base, J. Martinson and W. Reitan; 3rd Base, C. Lawrence; Shortstop, H. Dahl; Left Field, E. Reiersgord and O. Berg; Center Field, W. Estby; Right Field, F. Tanner;

From an article "New Plan Adopted to Control Student Activities" in the Crescent:

This year a new plan has been devised to control the various activities of our college. Boards have been established consisting of seven members each, three faculty members and four students, two from the College and two from the Academy Departments. The Boards are: Literary, Athletic, Musical, Religious, and Social.

This is a new experiment and it is the unanimous opinion that it is a very good plan of management. Through these boards, all matters pertaining to the activities of the school are acted upon after due consideration.

The Athletic Board shall have general supervision over all athletics. The Treasurer of the Board shall have charge of all athletic funds and cannot make any payments not authorized by the Board. Schedules of games must be met with the approval of the Board and no dates can be fixed, no contracts signed nor purchases made without the authority of the board. It shall also be responsible for all athletic equipmet and also for the enforcement of the eligibility rules of the college and in case of conference games, the eligibility rules of the conference.(52)

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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