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Chapter 5 -- The War Years

 1940-1941 | 1941-1942 | 1942-1943 | 1943-1944 | 1944-1945 | 1945-1946 | 1946-1947 | 1947-1948 1948-1949 | 1949-1950 | Looking Back -- The War Years |

1941-1942 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | Golf | All Sports |
Jacobi "Jake" Christiansen, Athletic Director, Head Football Coach 1941-1968

The Jake Christiansen era began in the fall of 1941 and was to continue for 28 years -- the longest reign of any Concordia coach up to this time. He would leave a legacy that would live on for generations to come.

His duties included coaching football and basketball as well as serving as athletic director. At the time it was common for one man to handle these three jobs.

Jake was a graduate of St. Olaf and his first coaching job was at Deer River, Minnesota as football and basketball coach. From there he moved to Flint, Michigan Central High School as an assistant in those two sports. Then it was on to Valparaiso University in Indiana as head football and basketball coach in addition to the athletic director's duties.

Coach Christiansen's first football team in 1941 ended with a 5 - 2 overall record, and finishing third in the MIAC with a 3 - 2 record.

Concordia 13 NDAC 7
Concordia 7 St. Olaf 0
Concordia 28 MSTC 0
Concordia 7 Hamline 0
Concordia 0 St. Thomas 32
Concordia 13 St. John's 12
Concordia 19 Macalester 24

Ken Willey was the captain of the team; George Sorben and Alan Hopeman were named to the first team, All-Conference; Ken Willey and LeRoy Solberg were named to the second team.

Probable starting lineup was as follows:
Alan Hopeman LE Buel Brodin RE
Pete Perry LT John Dyste RT
Bob Carriere LG Warren Johnson RG
LeRoy Soberg C George Sorben QB
Mag Lutness HB Ray Grande HB
Ken Willey FB

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1941-1942 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | Golf | All Sports |
 

Five lettermen were among the 31 men who reported for the 1941-1942 basketball team under Coach Jake Christiansen: Harold Poier, Craig Hertsgaard, Buel Brodin, Bob Carriere and Alan Hopeman. Others vying for starting spots were Hartvick Strand, Cecil Peck, Adler Strandquist, Vernon Stenseng and Ray Grande.

Hartvick Strand and Craig Hertsgaard earned honorable mention honors in the MIAC.

The team finished the season with a 9 - 13 overall record and 3 - 7 record in the conference for fifth place.

Season results were:

Concordia 47 Mayville State 27
Concordia 35 UND 41
Concordia 36 Mayville State 33
Concordia 47 UND 42
Concordia 25 SDSU 43
Concordia 50 Mayville State 33
Concordia 41 Ellendale Normal 43
Concordia 31 NDAC 45
Concordia 39 St. John's 36
Concordia 37 MSTC 30
Concordia 50 Hamline 54
Concordia 45 Macalester 43
Concordia 37 NDAC 52
Concordia 35 MSTC 33
Concordia 31 Hamline 52
Concordia 43 Augsburg 36
Concordia 48 Macalester 65
Concordia 40 St. Thomas 52
Concordia 28 St. Thomas 33
Concordia 59 MSTC 62

Final standings in the MIAC were:

Hamline 10 - 1
St. Mary's 8 - 2
St. Thomas 9 - 3
Macalester 6 - 6
St. Olaf 4 - 7
Concordia 3 - 7
Augsburg 3 - 7
St. John's 1 - 11

An article in the Concordian reported that Dick Holzer, former Concordia basketball coach picked his all-time Cobber basketball team. They were:

Pat Hilde '34 Forward
Gene Hallass '19 Forward
Sally Brewster '27 Forward
Tobe Lavik '17 Center
Cliff Halmrast '32 Center
Eddie Dahl '35 Guard
Earl Moran '34 Guard
Marshall Dyke '41 Guard(6)

Apparently some students were upset with the backing of the student body at athletic contests. An article in the Concordian stated, " I wonder why we can't have an organized cheering section? Why not have a practice night besides the pep rally? The band and the students should sit on the same side. What we need is more cooperation from the student body!"(7)

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1941-1942 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | Golf | All Sports |

The roster of the 1942 baseball team, under Coach Adrian Megrund, included George Norem, Vernon Stenseng, Dick Dale, Craig Hertsgaard, Bill Mattke, Adrian Megrund, Ken Rosvold, Harold Swenson, Melraine Mickelson, John Saul, Winfield Hefty, Charles Beck, Jim Solem, Adler Standquist, Evan Salveson, Norman Backman, Clarence Modin, Art Solheim, Erling Skogrud, Paul Alden, Don Hagen, Mike Johnson, Bill Hendrickson, Orville Erickson, Howard Solheim, Werner Johnson and Buel Brodin.

The team played an abbreviated schedule with neighboring teams with these results:

Concordia 7 Sacred Heart Academy 2

Concordia 1 Fargo-Moorhead Ind. 5

Concordia 2 Fergus Falls 9

Concordia 5 MSTC 4

Concordia 6 Detroit Lakes 9

Concordia 6 MSTC 1

Concordia 8 Moorhead Red Sox 2

The hopes of playing an MIAC schedule were given up for the duration of the year.

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1941-1942 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | Golf | All Sports |

In the past several years track shared the spotlight with baseball and football, but spring football took its toll on many track athletes. Coach T.O. Burgess' 1942 track team entered the Dragon Relays, tri-college events and local dual meets. Captain Garland Lockrem, Rudy Skogerboe, Alan Hopeman, Doug McArdle, Kenneth Willey, Milt Temanson, Shocky Strand, Desmond Jerde, Charlie Beck and Doug Penny were members of the team.

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1941-1942 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | Golf | All Sports |
 

The 1942 tennis team, coached by Dr. Carl Ylvisaker, consisted of four players: Captain Sig Bjertness, Harold Lundering, Rolf Espeseth and Clyde Olson. Only one match was played that spring with NDAC and Concordia each winning two singles matches and one doubles match.

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1941-1942 | Football | M- Basketball | Baseball | Tennis | Track | Golf | All Sports |

Donald Hansen was the captain of the 1942 golf team with DeWayne Lee, Ivan Hanson, Harold Erickson and Ellsworth Peterson making up the team. Moorhead High defeated the Cobbers twice and in a tri-college meet, Concordia defeated MSTC and lost to NDAC. After the tri-college meet an awards dinner was held. A trophen was presented to the winning team and awards were given to the outstanding players in the meet.(8)
 
 

Chapter 5

1.
2. Concordian, November 28, 1940.
3. Concordian, February 13, 1941.
4. Concordian, May 8, 1941.
5. Concordian, May 15, 1941.
6. Concordian, March 5, 1942.
7. Concordian, November 13, 1941.
8. Concordian, May 14, 1942.
9. Concordian, February 25, 1943.
10. Concordian, May 20, 1944.
11. Concordian, May 24, 1946.
12. Concordian, October 27, 1948.
13. Concordian, November 1, 1948.
14. Concordian, April 1, 1949.
15. Concordian, June 1, 1948.
16. Don Sponheim, Concordian, March 24, 1950.
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18. Howard Wagner, Concordian, March 31, 1950.
19. Concordian, March 17, 1950.
20. Concordian, , 1950.

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