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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 4 -- The Depression Years

Cobbers -- the Origin of the Name Cobber  | 1930-1931 | 1931-1932 | 1932-1933 | 1933-1934 | 1934-1935 | 1935-1936 | 1936-1937 | 1937-1938 | 1938-1939 | 1939-1940 | Looking Back -- The Depression Years |

1938-1939 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

The 1938 football team had a 2 - 6 - 1 record and ended up in eighth place in the MIAC with a 0 - 5 record. The season's results were:

Concordia 7 Calgary Broncs 6
Concordia 7 Regina Rough Riders 24
Concordia 27 Mayville 0
Concordia 0 Gustavus 27
Concordia 6 MSTC 6
Concordia 7 Hamline 27
Concordia 13 St. Thomas 15
Concordia 6 St. John's 33
Concordia 7 Macalester 13

Joe Rognstad coached the team and Bob Nick was the team captain. Named to the second team All-Conference were Bob Nick and Les Perry.

Three home games were broadcast over KVOX by Manny Marget.

A typical starting lineup was as follows:
Nick LE Lorentzen RE
Perry LT Brodin RT
Misner, Carriere LG Setness RG
Jenson, Thompson C Gray QB
Piltingsrud, Hallquist HB Ludwig HB
Burchard FB

The final conference standings were:
St. John's 5 - 0
Gustavus 4 - 1
St. Thomas 4 - 1
St. Olaf 3 - 2
Hamline 2 - 3
Macalester 2 - 3
Concordia 0 - 5
St. Mary's 0 - 5
St. Mary's 0 - 5

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1938-1939 | Football | M- BasketballBaseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

The MIAC adopted a new eligibility rule that made it necessary for an athlete to maintain passing grades in 12 hours with a grade of C or more in at least six of those 12 hours. Under the old rule,athletes were eligible providing they were passing 12 semester hours.

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1938-1939 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

Under Coach Joe Rognstad, the 1938-1939 cagers established a 9 - 11 overall record and a 4 - 4 MIAC record which placed the Cobbers in fifth place. Norm Roos and Curt Thompson were the co-captains of the team.

Members of last year's varsity who were expected to challenge for positions were Bill Burckhard, Ernest Carlson, Richard Melby, Harry Meyer and Marshall Lien. Duane Fiskum, Bob Walstrom, Harold Poier and Martin Kranz were other strong candidates.

Marshall Dyke and Mike Peinovitch who were both members of the University of Minnesota freshmen team the previous year were candidates for the team but were later declared ineligible because of a transfer rule.

The Concordian listed the following as a probable starting lineup for an early game:

Duane Fiskum F
Mike Peinovitch F
Norm Roos C
Marshall Dyke G
Curt Thompson G

Scores for the season were:
Concordia 40 Bottineau 21
Concordia 40 Minot 39
Concordia 34 Valley City 28
Concordia 36 MSTC 20
Concordia 26 NDAC 30
Concordia 41 Jamestown 28
Concordia 30 NDAC 36
Concordia 32 NDAC 40
Concordia 38 Augsburg 37
Concordia 28 Augsburg 53
Concordia 24 St. John's 38
Concordia 22 MSTC 28
Concordia 34 Macalester 33
Concordia 39 St. Mary's 42
Concordia 23 Gustavus 44
Concordia 42 St. Olaf 39
Concordia 28 St. John's 27
Concordia 27 Hamline 39
Concordia 26 St. Thomas 44
Concordia 31 MSTC 35

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1938-1939 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

The possibility of adding baseball as a major sport was discussed. Coach Rognstad met with the athletic board and it was decided that the expense of organizing and equipping a team would necessitate a period of experimentation before entering conference competition. The baseball team did play several games that spring.

Concordia 16 MSTC 4
Concordia 3 MSTC 8
Concordia 8 MSTC 9
Concordia 18 Hawley 5
Concordia 4 Fergus Falls 4 (called - darkness)
Concordia Mayville
Concordia Enderlin Independents

Members of the team were Larry Schneider, Bill Burckhard, Art Ernst, Vern Law, Harris Lien, Bob Walstrom, Edroy Woldseth, Cliff Hoth, Richard Melby, Martin Kranz, Willard Lindquist, Ernest Carlson, Willmar Bjugstad, Carl Weimer, Milt Carlson, Earl Haight and Halvor Johnson. The tennis team worked out under Rev. Carl Ylvisaker. Two members back from the previous year were Alf Stavig and Orvin Bilstad, Other prospects included Freeman Holmer, Allwin Monson and Chester Anderson.

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1938-1939 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

Golf was also included in the spring sports schedule. Candidates for the team were Vint McDonald, John Holson, Curt Thompson, Ron Thompson, Robert Hohaugh, Phil Anderson, Ralph Nesset and H. Gullickson. Vint McDonald finished in the top ten of the MIAC meet.

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1938-1939 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

The track team was short of members at the beginning of the season but more men reported. Jerry Peterson, Concordia's only entrant in the MIAC meet, failed to qualify.

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1938-1939 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Track | Golf | All Sports | MIAC News | Misc. |

A brother and sister won athletic awards that spring. Beth Hopeman was the winner of the Women's Honor Award, while her brother Alan was the recipient of the Schiotz Award given to the outstanding freshman football player.

Tom Scott, director of Physical Education and basketball coach, resigned to take a position at Central Missouri Teachers College.

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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