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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 6 -- The Fifties - A Time of Change

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Football 1951

On the 1951 football team there were seven seniors -- Jim Gabrielson, Arlo Kluver, Laurie Berg, Dyke Ellefson, Ken McFadden, Earl Kolke and Whitey Johnson. Don Kerlin was named to the All-Conference team and Arlo Kluver and Whitey Johnson were elected captains. Coach Jake Christiansen was again assisted by Bob Fritz and Finn Grinaker. The team had a 4 - 4 overall record, 2 - 4 in the MIAC for seventh place.

The season's scores were:

Concordia 21 NDAC 7
Concordia 7 St. Thomas 19
Concordia 20 Gustavus 21
Concordia 19 Macalester 6
Concordia 32 Augsburg 20
Concordia 7 St. John's 30
Concordia 26 St. Olaf 32
Concordia 19 MSTC 6

In the Moorhead State game, Coach Christiansen gave the team instructions to play it safe because of the cold and snowy weather and the Cobbers repeatedly punted on the first and second downs. The strategy proved successful as the Dragons fumbled 13 times and Concordia recovered five of the fumbles.

Conference standings at the end of the season were:

Gustavus 6 - 0
Duluth 5 - 1
St. Thomas 5 - 1
St. John's 4 - 1
St. Olaf 3 - 2
Hamline 3 - 3
Concordia 2 - 4
St. Mary's 1 - 5
Augsburg 0 - 6

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Men's Basketball 1951-1952

Probable starters for the 1951-1952 basketball team, coached by Jake Christiansen, were Rudy Moe, Don Smestad, Hod Nornes, Captain Ken Severud and Mac Redmond. Other squad members were John Groven, Arlo Kluver, Harry Anderson, Earl Stein, Dick Hegrenes, Harvey Johnson and Dick Quamme. The team finished with a 13 - 6 overall record and ended in fifth place in the MIAC with a 6 - 6 record.
Kenneth Severud, Basketball, Baseball, Golf 1948-1953

 

Scores for the season were:

Concordia 53 Valley City 52
Concordia 70 Jamestown 55
Concordia 73 Wahpeton Science 64
Concordia 46 NDAC 56
Concordia 56 Gustavus 66
Concordia 67 St. Mary's 54
Concordia 74 MSTC 46
Concordia 50 Hamline 81
Concordia 60 Macalester 52
Concordia 77 Gustavus 73
Concordia 62 St. Thomas 76
Concordia 59 Augsburg 59 ?
Concordia 63 NDAC 53
Concordia 67 St. John's 54
Concordia 76 MSTC 50
Concordia 66 St. Thomas 56
Concordia 67 Duluth 55
Concordia 54 Macalester 55
Concordia 76 St. John's 83
Concordia 79 St. Olaf 66

Standings in the conference at the end of the basketball season were:

Hamline 12 - 0
Gustavus 10 - 2
Augsburg 9 - 3
Macalester 7 - 5
Concordia 6 - 6
St. Thomas 5 - 7
St. Mary's 4 - 8
St. John's 4 - 8
St. Olaf 2 - 10
Duluth 1 - 11

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

St. Olaf dropped out of the MIAC to join the Midwest Conference.

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Men's Hockey 1951-1952

Fifteen men reported to hockey coach Gordon Stensgard. The veterans included Don Baken, Ken McFadden, Al Billingham, Marion Madson and Stensgard. New members on the team were Howard Megorden, Russ Askew, Sherman Baarstad, Carlton DeClercq, Bill Vaswig, Lloyd Peterson, Virgil Reierson, Ted Pease, Mel Eidal and Dave Korshavn.

Season results were:

Concordia 13 Detroit Lakes 4
Concordia 4 Fargo-Moorhead Comets 5
Concordia 3 NDAC 1
Concordia 1 NDAC 7
Concordia 1 Fargo Flyers 5
Concordia 7 NDAC 0
Concordia 2 Cook Sign 1

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Baseball 1952

Player-coach Ken Severud had the following men on his roster for the 1952 baseball season: Gabrielson, Stein, Simonson, H. Anderson, Holland, R. Johnson, Grubb, Will, P. Johnson, Gaarnes, Myre, Asleson, Green and Kluver.

Game scores were:

Concordia 3 MSTC 2
Concordia 3 Jamestown College 8
Concordia 1 Jamestown College 4
Concordia 6 NDAC 5
Concordia 8 Wahpeton Science 2
Concordia 6 Mayville 2
Concordia 3 NDAC 2
Concordia 4 Wahpeton Science 2
Concordia 0 MSTC 4
Concordia 7 Mayville 2

Steve Gorman league standings were:

Jamestown 6 - 2
Concordia 7 - 3
MSTC 6 - 3
Mayville 5 - 4
NDAC 2 - 8
Wahpeton Science 1 - 7

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Track 1952

The 1952 track team, coached by Irv Christenson, was sparked by a talented group of freshmen. The roster included Moran, Hinman, Rostad, Lee, Taalerud, Sandstrom, Thvedt, Asp, Schiesson, E. Hanson, Affeldt, C. Peterson, Toft, Nelson, Ellefson and Redmond.

In a quadrangular meet, Concordia won with 100 points; followed by MSTC, 33; Mayville, 15 and Wahpeton Science 14. At the Bison Invitational, the Cobbers finished in third place behind NDAC and UND.

Concordia won a dual meet with MSTC 111 - 20. The Cobbers scored 90 points at the Bemidji Invitational. Other schools were Bemidji, MSTC and Manitoba University.

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Tennis 1952

Player-coach Bill Oakland, with regulars Gordon Carlson, Don Krause, John Anderson and Jim Davies made up the 1952 tennis team. The Cobbers were defeated only once, a 4 - 3 decision to UND; however, they came back later to defeat the Sioux. Other victories included wins over MSTC, Jamestown, Mayville and NDAC.

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Golf 1952

The 1952 golf team was coached by Professor Holvik and included team members Warren Billingham, Jim Haugstad, Jim Ashe, Rod Nelson, Clayton Jensen, Allan Thompson and Ken Severud. The highlight of the season was placing fourth in the MIAC meet. In other dual meets the team defeated Jamestown 11 - 1 and NDAC 10 - 5.

MIAC conference meet standings were:

St. Thomas 826
Gustavus 836
Duluth 838
Concordia 871
Macalester 873
Hamline 873
St. Mary's 888
St. Olaf 904
Augsburg 905
St. John's 935

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1951-1952 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities | MIAC News |

Headquarters were set in Brown Hall to house a newly -formed committee to spearhead a drive for funds to furnish the new gym. The committee was made up of residents of Fargo-Moorhead who were to make an appeal for funds to the people of the Fargo-Moorhead area.(2)
 

Chapter 6

1. Concordian, February 11, 1951.
2. Concordian, April 4, 1952.
3. Concordian, October 17, 1952.
4. John Groven, Concordian, October 17, 1952.
5. Concordian, October 17, 1952.
6. Concordian, September 23, 1953.
7. Dick Whitaker, Concordian, January 24, 1958.
8. Concordian, March 25, 1959.
 
 

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