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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 |

Looking Back -- At the Twenties

Concordia's entry into the MIAC ushered in a new era of athletics at the college. Many scheduling problems were resolved, eligibility concerns no longer existed, championships in the various sports were awarded in a specific manner and, probably of most importance, competition was against teams from basically the same kind of institutions -- small, church-related liberal arts colleges with the some kind of athletic philosophy.

Football and basketball were the so-called major sports receiving the most emphasis in the program. Baseball, which was so popular in the early years, seemed to fade out of the picture, although in the spring of 1929, Concordia did compete in MIAC baseball. This may have been due to the inclement weather in the spring making it difficult to practice and play the scheduled games. Also, because of lack of numbers, it interfered with spring football. Probably many players competed in both sports.

There was some interest in hockey and for a few years, a team was organized and games were played with area schools and town teams. Just as in the early years sporadic attempts were made in include sports such as track and tennis in the spring sports program.

There continued to be a great interest in intramural sports, especially in basketball. Most of the competition was between classes.

In the late twenties some students and alumni began clamoring for a new gym. The college was forced to rent the Moorhead Armory for some basketball games. They also felt that the other college activities needed a larger facility. The 1929 class pledged $12,500 for that cause and two other classes agreed to match the pledge.

Some Moorhead businessmen organized a Booster Club for the purpose of fostering athletics at the college.

Two new coaches came to the college in the twenties. Fenwick Watkins, who had much success at Fargo College and NDAC, served in the early years and was replaced by Frank Cleve. Coach Cleve, building on the legacy and hard work of nearly a quarter century of Concordia sports, brought the Cobbers into the limelight and experienced considerable success during his years at the college.

It must be mentioned again that the college really supported the athletic program and did everything within their means to see that it grew and improved. Sports were an important part of college life. It seemed that a good share of the student body participated at either the varsity or intramural level.

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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