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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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In 1920 Rudolph Lavik replaced Pop Sattre as football coach for Concordia. Coach Lavik had just graduated from Springfield College where he had played against such teams as Harvard and Yale. He had 20 to 30 players out, most of whom were inexperienced. Only three football games were played under Coach Lavik against Fargo College, Moorhead Normal and Jamestown College. The only game reported was the opener against Jamestown College -- Concordia lost the game put kept the score respectable.

Playing for Concordia were :

Center: Halmrast, Ahrentz

Ends: Christopherson, Knutson

Tackles: Langemoe, Gronhovd

Guards: Ahrentz, Rafshol, Sheie

Quarterback: Carl Narveson |

Left halfback: Erickson

Fullback: Gronningen, Lund(53)

The school paper described the football banquet held at the end of the season.

Thursday evening, December 16, marked the official close of the 1920 football season at Concordia. The day will also be a milestone in our athletic history. But while the reader ponders on the importance of that date, we must tell of the feast which Miss Fjelstad had prepared for the event. It was a banquet such as only she can prepare and all present did justice to her accomplishment. What would the students' organizations do without such a matron? Ask "Ted" Olson. He realizes, as others, the value of good victuals to the athlete. It is rumored that "Ted" got away with more pork chops than anyone lese, but he evidently wished to add to his weight and stature in anticipation of next years' demand for brawn and sinew on the football field. Weight, however, as was brought out in one of the speeches given after the "feed" is not all that is necessary. A good player may be light in weight and if he has the "drive" and "stick-to-itiveness" in him he is bound to make good. The possibilities of the squad were made still more encouraging after Coach Lavik had outlined the course of athletics for next year, and the battles that are in store for the football squad of 1921.

After the "eats" had been disposed of, the college and Academy squads elected their respective captains. Magnus Gronningen of Buxton, N.D, who played fullback on this year's team, was chosen to head the eleven of the college squad and Oyvin Fossum of Fargo, N.D. was chosen by the Academy squad. With these football enthusiasts leading the two squads, Concordia can look forward to active and aggressive football on her campus next fall.(54)

1920-1921 Basketball

The Scout reported that a great deal of spirit was shown among the students for basketball in the 1920-1921 season. The lineup included Edwin Quam and Walter Estby as forwards, Karl Lawrence at center, and Walter Reitan and Olaf Scheie as guards. Other members of this team were Joseph Martinson, Reuel Jacobson, Agnar Tanner, Claude Reitan and Julius Rafshol.

The last game of the season was played against Wahpeton Science. Nearly all the students were present at the game and at times it was almost impossible to think on account of the way the audience expressed their interests. The final score was 15-11 in favor of Concordia. Other scores reported were:

Concordia 35 Wahpeton Science 15

Concordia 35 St. John's 12

Concordia 21 Fargo College 20 (overtime)

Concordia 9 NDAC 42

Concordia 16 Jamestown 19

The inter-class basketball season was a success. All the games were well attended. The teams were well matched with the college freshmen winning the title.

No baseball was played in the spring of 1921. Only one team in the area had baseball that year -- NDAC. Consequently Coach Lavik made use of the time and practiced spring football.

The Concordia described the beginnings of a cross-country team:

Coach Lavik announced that the inter-class cross-country meet will be staged soon. Quite a number have been training for the event. Track work has been neglected for some years because of the need of most of the material for baseball and football. But we have enough students now to make it possible to devote more time to track. Coach Lavik intends to have track well organized before the end of the school year.(55)

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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