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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 4 -- The Depression Years

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1936-1937
 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

Fifteen lettermen formed the nucleus of the 1935 football team coach by Louis Benson, assisted by Tom Scott, the new athletic director and basketball coach. This roster included Captain John Butorac, Hank Held, Art Ernst, Einar Husby, Rueben Gustafson, Ed Anderson, Al Dyke, Gene Cowles, Pete Syvrud, Harold Thornby, Dan Baccus, Arnold Schneider and Larry Schneider.

Their overall record was 3 - 5 - 0, in the MIAC, 3 - 2.

Concordia 19 Winnipeg Peggers 21
Concordia 0 MSTC 3
Concordia 0 NDAC 15
Concordia 33 Hamline 0
Concordia 0 Gustavus 13
Concordia 0 St. John's 13
Concordia 19 St. Thomas 6
Concordia 13 Macalester 0

Named to the All-Conference team were John Butorac, Pete Syvrud and Hank Held, with Lottie Kroll on the second team and Art Ernst, honorable mention.

Probable starting lineup was:
Baccus LE Butorac RE
Dyke LT Kroll RT
Cowles LG Syvrud RG
Schneider C Gustafson QB
Held LH Rosenen RH
Thornby FB

John Butorac, who transferred from the University of Minnesota, said, "The caliber of material at large universities is no better than that of the small schools. There is just more material.(19)

Coach Louie Benson had a brilliant athletic career including playing for brief periods of time, major league baseball with the Detroit Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals and played under Ty Cobb and Roger Hornsby, two of baseball's immortals.(20)

It was rumored that Ed Widseth, All-American tackle at the University of Minnesota, would replace Louis Benson as football Coach. Dr. Brown declared "that to my knowledge there is complete satisfaction with the program," and added, "I believe that Coach Benson is the peer of state college grid coaches."(21)

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

Twenty-five men started basketball practice, fifteen of which would make the varsity team. Of these 25, six were lettermen -- Captain Al Dyke, Larry Schneider, George Kester, Garvin Croonquist, Art Ernst and Nathaniel Kaushagen. Tom Scott was the coach of the team.

The probable starting lineup was:
Duane Fiskum F
Larry Schneider F
Ron Foster C
Al Dyke G
Art Ernst G

Finishing in fourth place in the MIAC with a 5 - 7 record and 7 - 11 overall, the Cobber's inability to win on the road kept them from gaining a higher spot in the league standings. Season results were:

Concordia 22 Jamestown 23
Concordia 29 NDAC 27
Concordia 17 MSTC 24
Concordia 13 NDAC 26
Concordia 21 MSTC 28
Concordia 34 St. Olaf 27
Concordia 35 Gustavus 34
Concordia 27 Hamline 31
Concordia 28 Augsburg 39
Concordia 20 St. John's 37
Concordia 40 MSTC 31
Concordia 27 Macalester 37
Concordia 38 St. Mary's 34
Concordia 27 Augsburg 29
Concordia 33 St. Olaf 36
Concordia 37 St. Thomas 42
Concordia 40 St. John's 44
Concordia 39 St. Thomas 37

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

Concordia entered an indoor track meet which was held at the University of Minnesota fieldhouse in February. Coach Scott urged anyone interested to report to him. Track members included Larry Schneider, Arnold Tjomsland, Harold Thornby, Norm Erickson, Al Bonk, Harry Lien, Robert Stoeve, Otto Gilbertson, Duane Fiskum, Earl Haight, Art Ernst and John Butorac.

The team placed third in the meet with Duane Fiskum winning the long jump with a leap of 20' 11" and Arnold Tjomsland winning the 440 with a time of 54.3 seconds. Team scores were:

Macalester 42 2/3
Hamline 32
Concordia 27 1/3
St. John's 24
St. Thomas 6

The Cobbers placed second in the MSTC track meet, winning the one-mile and two-mile relays and taking third place in the 440 relay. One of the outstanding performers was Ray Foster, who won the discus with a throw of 129'. Final team totals were:

MSTC 90
Concordia 72 1/2
Mayville 43
Wahpeton Science 27

In the MIAC track meet held at St. Olaf, Ray Foster again won the discus with a throw of 131' 2" -- just one foot short of the conference record.

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

Excavation began on the cinder track which would circle the football field. Coach Scott stated that the track would be ready for the following year.
 

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

Tennis practice under Coach Carl Ylvisaker had 10 - 15 men working out daily. Veterans returning were Donald Teisberg and Alf Stavig. Freeman Holman and Alf Stavig were eliminated in the first round of the MIAC meet held at St. John's.
 

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

The baseball team won two out of three games from MSTC. These were the only games played.

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |
A new semester transfer rule, a round-robin system of scheduling football games and a new method of selecting basketball and football officials were the major issues at the spring meeting of the MIAC.

The college reported that six spring sports were offered: track, tennis, golf, horseshoes, baseball and softball. Horseshoes and softball were available through the intramural program.

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1936-1937 | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Baseball | Track | All Sports | Facilities | Rognstad  Hired | MIAC News |

Joe Rognstad, Valley City High School coach, has accepted the position of head football coach at Concordia to replace Louis Benson who resigned to devote his time to his business.

Rognstad is a St. Olaf graduate, spending his first three years at Spokane College in Washington and transferring to St. Olaf for his senior year. He coached at St. Paul Luther College and Concordia Junior College in St. Paul with a great deal of success.

From there he went to Valley City High School as football and basketball coach. His Valley City football team was recognized as the unofficial high school champions this past year.(22)

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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