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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 3 Young College -- New Conference

Birth of the MIAC | 1921-1922  | Arrival of Coach Fenwick Watkins  | 1922-1923 | 1923-1924 | 1924-1925 | 1925-1926 | 1926-1927 | 1927-1928 | 1928-1929 | 1929-1930 | Looking Back -- The Twenties |

1924-1925   | Football | Men's Basketball | Baseball | All Sports | Booster News |
G.T. "Ted" Birkeland, Football, Basketball, Baseball 1921-1925
Carl R. Narveson, Basketball, Football 1920-1925

The 1924 football team, under Coach Fenwich Watkins proved to be Concordia's best since the sport was initiated at the college. Nineteen men were awarded letters that year. Ten players were seniors. A local sports writer said this class had "the greatest cluster of athletic ability graduating from Concordia in one year."(14)

Those receiving letters were Captain T. Anderson, Captain-elect Sally Brewster, Vic Ahrens, Tideman Ted Birkeland, Kalmer Ostby, Carl R. Narveson, Peter Onstad, Ed Bohnhoff, Torfin Teigen, Oliver Thorson, Karl Lawrence, Egbert Boe, Ira Meland, Harold Melvey, Chalky Reed, Otto Knutson, Erling Fossum, Norman Esser and Melvin Voxland. Brewster was named an All-Conference left halfback and Karl Lawrence was named to the second team.

Scores for the season were:

Concordia 0 St. Olaf 16
Concordia 31 Jamestown 0
Concordia 0 MSTC 0 (second consecutive season as 0 - 0 tie)
Concordia 16 St. John's 6
Concordia 9 NDAC 13
Concordia 13 Gustavus 20

The season record was 2 - 3 - 1 with the MIAC record 1 - 2

1924-1925   | Football | Men's Basketball | Baseball | All Sports | Booster News |

Five lettermen and some good freshmen reported to Coach Watkins at the start of the 1924-1925 basketball season. Letters were awarded to Captain Kalmar Ostby, Captain-elect Karl Lawrence, Sally Brewster, Egbert Boe, Ted Birkeland, Carl Narveson, Oliver Thoreson and Glenn Buesing. Brewster earned honors as second team All Conference.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia 32 Moorhead Independents 16
Concordia 33 Company B 19
Concordia 21 MSTC 19
Concordia 23 Jamestown 20
Concordia 21 NDAC 29
Concordia 31 St. John's 22
Concordia 16 Jamestown 13
Concordia 26 St. Olaf 24
Concordia 29 St. John's 17
Concordia 14 St. Olaf 16 (overtime)
Concordia 17 Gustavus 29
Concordia 26 Augsburg 15
Concordia 32 MSTC 5
Concordia 16 NDAC 25
Concordia 27 Gustavus 26
(In this game Concordia had the lead until the last minute of the game.)

Concordia posted a 10 - 3 overall record with a conference record of 4 - 2.
 

1924-1925   | Football | Men's Basketball | Baseball | All Sports | Booster News |

Coach Watkins greeted fifty baseball candidates when spring football ended a week before. Intensive drills were in order. As part of the commencement exercises a game was scheduled with St. John's. Baseball had been abandoned for a few years but in the spring of 1925 Concordia competed in the Norse-American Centennial in Minneapolis. After four weeks of practice, the team met St. Olaf, the reigning MIAC champions and lost 8 - 1.

Members of the team were:

Pitchers: Reed, Brewster, Onstad, Birkeland

Catchers: Boe, Thoreson

Infield: Birkeland, Lawrence, Ostby, Brewster

Outfield: Boe, Bean, Urdahl, Halvorson, Onstad

The season was limited to intramural games and possibly some games with NDAC and MSTC.
 

1924-1925   | Football | Men's Basketball | Baseball | All Sports | Booster News |

It was reported that track would be started with the possibility of pending representation to the MIAC meet at Hamline.

An editorial in the Concordian commented on the role of college athletics:

College athletics have recently been the subject of lively discussion in college publications. In a recent issue of the Nation excerpts from college papers were printed expressing a strong reaction against the tremendous enthusiasm for college sports. "When the college football team are bona fide students, not hired players and when provision is made for able bodied students to take part in some form of athletics, we believe they may be of some benefit. Yet we feel that the weight of interest shown in athletics has been somewhat out of proportion to the interest shown in the scholastic part of school life.(15)
 
 

Chapter 3

1. Hollingsworth, Gustavus Athletics, p. 77-78.

2. Concordian, December 22, 1920.

3. Concordian, October 24, 1921.

4. Concordian, Novemberf 28, 1921.

5. 1923 Scout, p. 131. .

6. 1920 Scout, p. .

7. Most all of the information including scores and rosters for the 1920's was found in the 1920, 1923, 1926 and 1929 Scout yearbooks.

8. 1923 Scout, p.

9. Concordian, December 15, 1922.

10. Concordian, May 18, 1923.

11. 1923 Scout, p. 132.

12. Concordian, March 5, 1924.

13. Concordian, April 11, 1924.

14. 1926 Scout, p.

15. Concordian, May 5, 1925.

16. 1929 Scout, p 196.

17. 1929 Scout, p. 197..

18. 1929 Scout, p. 199.

19. 1929 Scout, p.180.

20. 1929 Scout, p. 13.

21. 1929 Scout, p. 198.

22. Concordian, December 19, 1929.
 
 
 

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