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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 4 -- The Depression Years

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |
First MIAC Football Championship
Lloyd H. "Pinkey" Falgren, Football, Basketball, Baseball 1928-1932
Herschel H. Lysaker, Football 1928-1932
Clifford A. Halmrast, Basketball, Football 1928-1932

1931 was a great year in Cobber football. Six lettermen plus 34 other players reported to Coach Frank Cleve for a team that won the MIAC conference championship with a 4 - 1 record. The team was 7 - 2 - 1 overall. Named to the All-Conference first team were Fritz, Lysaker, team captain Falgren; second team players were Halmrast, Shipp and Figenshaw. Others on the roster were Rostedt, Hilde, Renne Johnson, Moran, Nick, Hansten, Anderson, Ness, Bjerke, Mohre, Fossum, Malvey, Sagn and Staven.

The season results were:

Concordia 0 NDAC 19
Concordia 26 Hibbing Junior College 6
Concordia 18 Macalester 0
Concordia 0 MSTC 0
Concordia 29 St. John's 0
Concordia 41 Gustavus 6
Concordia 7 St. Thomas 0
Concordia 6 St. Olaf 21

The 1931 MIAC football champions were greeted in chapel and speaker after speaker praised the merits of the team. President Brown acted as master of ceremonies and Moorhead Mayor C. L. Evenson extended the city's best wishes. Helen Pederson spoke on behalf of the student body. A. L. Erickson of Dilworth represented the alumni in congratulating the team. Rev. S. G. Hauge of  Hawley brought greetings as a member of the Board of Directors (Board of Regents.)(6)

Later that year, coach Cleve commented on one of the football rules changes which stated that the formation of the team receiving the kickoff must remain on their 40-yard-line until the ball is kicked. The kick may be made from placement, by a drop kick or by a punt. Cleve said the rule was designed fundamentally to restrict the old flying wedge but he didn't think the rule would stop it.(8)
 

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

The Concordia lettermen held a reunion during homecoming. Paul Figenshaw was in charge of the arrangements. The program consisted of talks by Cliff Halmrast, Pinky Falgren and Coach Cleve and some impromptu speeches by alumni athletes. After the talks, the audience was favored with selections by a German band and the college quartet. At the end of the program all the lettermen joined in singing old college songs.(5)

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

The 1931-1932 basketball team had a fine 13 - 8 overall record and 7 - 3 MIAC record which placed the Cobbers in third place. Included on the roster were All-Conference players Halmrast and Hilde, plus Moran, Falgren, C. Malvey, R. Malvey, Strand, Bakke, Dahl and Bjerke.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia 22 MSTC 26
Concordia 28 UND 21
Concordia 15 UND 22
Concordia 35 MSTC 20
Concordia 29 MSTC 33
Concordia 34 Hibbing Junior College 33
Concordia 33 Superior Normal 38
Concordia 19 NDAC 28
Concordia 38 St. Thomas 41
Concordia 50 Macalester 27
Concordia 37 St. John's 20
Concordia 29 MSTC 25
Concordia 40 Jamestown 20
Concordia 27 Gustavus 24
Concordia 34 Hamline 43
Concordia 45 Augsburg 40
Concordia 29 Macalester 23
Concordia 22 MSTC 27
Concordia 29 St. Olaf 22
Concordia 38 St. Thomas 36
Concordia 28 Gustavus 35

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

The 1932 Cobber described spring sports for that year.

Tennis has assumed an important position among the spring activities at Concordia. Genuine interest in the sport is shown by the large number of competitors in the elimination contests and by the strong spirit of friendly competition that prevails on and about the court during the encounters. The intramural competition is built upon the class basis. Elimination tourneys are held for each class. The winners represent their classes in the finals, the victors of which are chosen to represent the school in intercollegiate meets. The Concordia delegates competing in the tennis meet in Minneapolis in the spring of 1930 were Reidar Daehlin, Merril Distad and Ferdinand Anderson, runners-up in the finals meet. Irvin Huss won the school laurels that spring and was included in the varsity squad competing at Collegeville in the spring of 1931. The three representatives of the previous year again wore the maroon and gold colors in this meet.

A triple contest held with Moorhead State Teachers' College in the middle of May left the banner again in possession of Concordia. Concordia won the first doubles set 6-4, 6-1, and gave the second set to the Dragons 6-4, 11-9. The singles encounter later ended in a 6-4, 7-5 win for Concordia.

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

Baseball has temporarily stepped aside to yield its position of prominence to intramural track, tennis and golf competition during the last few years. The late spring weather, which has delayed baseball practice during the past two seasons, has seriously handicapped the Concordia team in its competition with southern Minnesota colleges, but competition has taken place with local teams. A series of games have been played with the Dragons, in which the wins were usually evenly distributed.

Twenty-five baseball players reported to Coach Cleve in the middle of May and he announced that the possibilities for the development of a program were bright. He thought there was enough material to merit scheduling games to be played that spring. Games were scheduled with MSTC, but due to the late start, it did not seem advisable to schedule any further games.(10)

Players listed included Bakken, Otteson, Nelson, Solberg, Erickson, Rostedt, Feldle, M. Peterson, Marsden, Bakke, Hilde and Falgren.

Two games were played against MSTC:

Concordia 0 MSTC 7
Concordia 4 MSTC 3
 
 

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

One of the sports that is fast finding place in the hearts of Cobber professors and students alike is golf. Fargo and Moorhead offer good opportunities for enjoyment. Four separate courses are now kept up in the two cities. Two of these are municipal courses and are open to students at all times.

Although golf is yet in its infancy at Concordia, it is fast finding its way into the student body as well as into faculty circles. Already many students have equipped themselves with clubs. The college athletic department has installed a driving net in the basement of the gymnasium. This net is up all the time and may be used during the winter months by those who so desire.

It has been customary during the past few years to have a faculty tournament in the fall and in the spring. This meet was held on the handicap basis and proved very satisfactory. Among the professors who are leading the golf enthusiasts are Coach Frank Cleve, J. A. Holvik, Wyman E. Olson, A. M. Sattre, R. E. Fuglestad, Dr. K. O. Lee, A. L Eliason and Dr. T.O. Burgess.

Students who have been most active during recent years are Julian Toftness, Victor Boe, Kermit Overby, Engebret Kvikstad, Gilman Wang, George King, Donald Hilde, Elton Strand and Robert Teisberg.

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

Field and track competition established two years ago under the leadership of Dr. T. O. Burgess has forged into a prominent place in Concordia's athletic calendar. Dr. Burgess was an active track man at Wheaton College and has established a life interest in the development of the sport at Concordia. The project was undertaken to stimulate greater interest in the department of athletics, to further the instruction of the participants in the fundamentals of track and to train them in the various phases of track and field performance in order to prepare them for coaching.

Track competition has been established as an intersociety event. Each society is responsible for the entry and training of its representatives, and points earned by the individual members of each society are totaled to determine the group winners of the event.

The first meet was held on May 21 and 22, 1930. A record of all the events, together with the winners, was compiled and preserved to be used as a standard for subsequent competitors.

Even greater interest, coupled with better performance and keener competition, characterized the second meet held in May, 1931. Some of the records set in the first meet weathered the storm but the majority of the marks were surpassed by performers who had gained knowledge and experience in the various events.(7)

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1931-1932 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Golf | Track | All Sports | Letter Club | Facilities |

The Concordian reported that the possibilities for a new gymnasium were greatly enhanced by the selection of a committee from the Board of Directors to investigate the situation. The agitation for a new building for the Physical Education Department had been around for several years. Necessary funds for the construction were pledged by several classes. The senior class of 1929 pledged $12,500 while the classes of 1930 and 1931 promised equal amounts.

Dr. Brown, in a statement to the Concordian said, "For a number of years we have felt the need for a new Physical Education building. The college has been forced to state many of its athletic, musical and dramatic events off-campus." Gilbert Wang, senior class president said, "It has been shown to us that in the last three years that the need is great. Besides athletics, we need an auditorium for many of our activities."(9)

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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