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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 |

1939-1940 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | All Sports |

Coach Joe Rognstad with Captain Martin Kranz led the 1939 football team to an overall record of 2 - 4 - 2, in the MIAC, 0 - 3 - 2. Floyd Misner was named to the first team All-Conference and Unite Brodin to the second team. Pete Soberg received Honorable Mention.

Season results:
Concordia 6 MSTC 0
Concordia 26 Jamestown 0
Concordia 0 Macalester 6
Concordia 0 St. John's 25
Concordia 0 St. Mary's 6
Concordia 12 St. Thomas 51
Concordia 7 St. Olaf 7
Concordia 7 Arkansas Tech 47

A typical starting lineup would be: Alan Hopeman and Rudolph Grohnke, ends; Unite Brodin and Ray Carriere, tackles; Leroy Soberg and Ernie Carlson, guards; Floyd Misner, center; Alden Setness, quarterback; Phil Fautek and George Sorben, halfbacks and Martin Kranz, fullback.

Cobber athletes Mike Peinovich and Marshall Dyke who were ineligible the previous year, were made eligible for non-conference competition at a conference meeting. They have been working out and will bolster the team in non-conference games.(23)

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1939-1940 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | All Sports |

Results for the 1939-1940 basketball team were:

Concordia 51 Valley City 36
Concordia 38 Jamestown 50
Concordia 42 Montana University 48
Concordia 78 Carrol College 33
Concordia 36 Montana State 31
Concordia 37 Billings 26
Concordia 35 St. Olaf 40
Concordia 27 St. Mary's 46
Concordia 48 NDAC 37
Concordia 41 St. John's 32
Concordia 30 NDAC 43
Concordia 43 Macalester 44
Concordia 43 MSTC 36
Concordia 33 St. Mary's 58
Concordia 40 Hamline 44
Concordia 54 Gustavus 61
Concordia 53 Macalester 46
Concordia 46 Hamline 63

Joe Rognstad's team finished the season with an 8 - 10 overall record and a fifth place 4 - 4 MIAC record. On the roster were Captain Norman Roos, Marshall Lien, Harold Poier, Curt Thompson, Bob Walstrom, Halvor Johnson, Richard Melby, Alan Hopeman, Ernest Carlson, George Sorben and Martin Kranz, six of them being lettermen from the previous season. Mike Peinovich and Marshall Dyke were available for non-conference games.

Concordia was the intra-city basketball champion but the inter-city champion was a matter of debate. Both the Bison and the Cobbers had beaten MSTC and with the Bison and Cobbers splitting their two games, the inter-city crown is jointly held by Concordia and NDAC. It was suggested that a third game be scheduled to decide the champion.(24)

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1939-1940 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | All Sports |

It was mentioned in the Concordian that the Cobbers would most likely not enter baseball competition for the 1940 season. "Why the athletic powers are weakening in their decision is not understood and we can't believe that the cost and facilities are items that should give concern. At least the other conference schools seem to be doing it right."(25)

Apparently the administration relented and there was a baseball season. Forty-six players reported for practice and a non-conference schedule of about 12 games was played. The results of a few games were reported:

Concordia 24 Mayville 1
Concordia 5 MSTC 8
Concordia 5 Mayville 6
Concordia 4 MSTC 7
Concordia 1 Fergus Falls 5
Concordia 2 Hawley 3
 

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1939-1940 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | All Sports |

Twenty-four tennis aspirants reported to Coach Carl Ylvisaker. Arvin Bilstad was the lone letterman.

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1939-1940 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | All Sports |

The Cobber track team defeated Valley City 54 - 45. Harvey Perman and Mike Peinovich each scored 10 points to lead Concordia. Perman won the 100 and 200, while Peinovich won the discus and shotput. Alan Hopeman tied for first in the pole vault and Harlan Johnson won the 440. Mike Peinovich threw the shot 40' 6" to break the Dragon Relays record. UND and NDAC tied for first place in the meet. Other schools competing were MSTC, Mayville and Jamestown.

Mayville defeated Concordia in a dual meet 78 - 53. Harvey Perman won the 100, 200, broad jump and was second in the low hurdles. Mike Peinovich won the discus. Other point getters were Alan Hopeman, Garland Lockrem, Harlan Johnson, Collin Sillers, Drell Bernhardson, Robert Holdahl, Ken Willey and Rudy Skogerboe.

Four trackmen competed in the MIAC meet including Mike Peinovich, Alan Hopeman, Harvey Perman and Garland Lockrem.

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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