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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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1930 - 1931 | Football | Men's Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | All Sports | Letter Club News |
Herschel H. Lysaker, Football 1928-1932
Clifford A. Halmrast, Basketball, Football 1928-1932
Earl A. Moran, Basketball, Football 1930-1934
Carrol E. "Shorty" Malvey, Football, Basketball 1931-1934
Donald "Pat" Hilde, Basketball, Football 1930-1934

A number of veterans and some strong candidates from junior colleges made up the 1930 football team with Coach Frank Cleve at the helm. Captain of the team was George Lee and All-Conference players were Ole Dahl (first team) and George Lee and Herschel Lysaker (second team.)

The results were:

Concordia 0 NDAC 6
Concordia 20 Valley City State 0
Concordia 6 Hibbing Junior College 0
Concordia 0 MSTC 0
Concordia 7 St. John's 0
Concordia 39 Augsburg 0
Concordia 6 Macalester 7
Concordia 5 Gustavus 26

The final tally was 4 - 3 - 1, with a 2 - 2 record in the MIAC.


1930 - 1931 | Football | Men's Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | All Sports | Letter Club News |

The 1930-1931 basketball team, coached by Frank Cleve, brought the first MIAC championship to Concordia with an 8 - 1 record. They led the conference in both offensive and defensive averages. The team averaged 32 points a game in offense against 22 points in defense. Their overall record was 14 - 3.

Members of the squad included Pat Hilde, Shorty Malvey, Storslee, Earl Moran, Erickson, Lee, Dahl, Cliff Halmrast, Anderson and Bjerke. Hilde, Moran and Malvey were all from Moorhead High School which had won the state basketball tournament. Named to the All-Conference team were Halmrast, Hilde and Moran.

Scores for the season were:

Concordia 29 Valley City State 28
Concordia 24 UND 32
Concordia 30 Wahpeton Science 17
Concordia 26 MSTC 22
Concordia 20 MSTC 22
Concordia 30 MSTC 27
Concordia 42 Augsburg 25
Concordia 49 St. John's 18
Concordia 23 NDAC 21
Concordia 26 St. Thomas 25
Concordia 36 St. Olaf 20
Concordia 30 Macalester 32
Concordia 46 St. John's 32
Concordia 43 Hamline 18
Concordia 37 St. Thomas 28
Concordia 27 Hamline 11
Concordia 24 MSTC 19

The Cobbers downed Hamline 27-11 in the final home game of the season before a large crowd at the Moorhead Armory. The Concordian reported that the Alumni watched with tears of joy as the greatest of all Concordia teams seemed to toy with the Piper team. The Cleve-men scored at will and set up a defense so strong that not before ten minutes of the second half elapsed did the sphere swish through the hoop to give Joe Hutton's cagers their first goal of the game.(4)

The conference standings for the 1930-1931 basketball season were:

Concordia 9 - 0
Gustavus 7 - 3
Augsburg 7 - 5
St. Olaf 5 - 4
Macalester 6 - 6
St. Thomas 6 - 6
Hamline 2 - 10
St. John's 2 - 10


1930 - 1931 | Football | Men's Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | All Sports | Letter Club News |

The Lettermen's Club was organized in 1930 with 23 charter members. The purposes of the club was to foster a better spirit of fellowship among athletes, to create greater interest in athletics and to assist the athletic board in selection of lettermen.


1930 - 1931 | Football | Men's Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | All Sports | Letter Club News |

The annual class tennis tournament was held with the winners representing Concordia at the MIAC meet at St. John's. Playing for Concordia were Merril Distad, Ferdinand Anderson and Raeder Daehlin.

In early May the inter-society track meet was held. Forty-eight men competed the previous year with a better turnout in 1931. Alpha Epsilon Sigma won the meet, the Athenians were second, the Mondamins were third and Delta Rho ended up in fourth place.


1930 - 1931 | Football | Men's Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | All Sports | Letter Club News |

That spring 25 baseball players started practice. Games were scheduled with MSTC and one or two with North Dakota colleges. On the roster were Falgren, Lee, Erickson, Williams, Wells and Otteson.

The results of the MSTC games were:

Concordia 3 MSTC 9
Concordia 2 MSTC 7

Chapter 4

1. Bogstad, Concordia College Through 50 Years, p. 177.
2. Concordian, January 20, 1922.
3. Concordian, January 19, 1923.
4. Concordian, March 13, 1931.
5. Concordian, November 6, 1931.
6. Concordian, November 20, 1931.
7. 1932 Cobber, p. 211-213.
8. Concordian, April 15, 1932.
9. Concordian, April 29, 1932.
10. Concordian, May 13, 1932.
11. Concordian, Nov. 4, 1932.
12. Concordian, May 6, 1933.
13. Concordian, Nov. 10, 1933.
14. Concordian, May 11, 1934.
15. Concordian, June 4, 1934.
16. Concordian, November 10, 1934.
17. Concordian, May 16, 1936.
18. Concordian, May 22, 1936.
19. Concordian, October 9, 1936.
20. Concordian, October 31, 1936.
21. Concordian, December 16, 1936.
22. Concordian, May 7, 1937.
23. Concordian, September 21, 1939.
24. Concordian, February 15, 1940.
25. Concordian, February 9, 1940.

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