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

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Football 1952

The football team of 1952 tied for the championship of the MIAC. Coached by Jake Christiansen, with captains Dave Rostad and Paul Simonson, the team had four players on the All-Conference team: Don Kerlin, Dave Rostad, Paul Simonson and Dave Green. Seven players were named to the St. Paul Pioneer Press All-Conference team -- Offense: Dave Rostad, Don Kerlin, Paul Simonson and Dick Hegrenes; Defense: Bob Narveson, Dale Sandstrom and Cliff Lingen.

The season's scores were:

Concordia 0 NDAC 12
Concordia 32 MSTC 12
Concordia 21 Hamline 7
Concordia 6 Gustavus 34
Concordia 39 St. Mary's 7
Concordia 32 St. John's 6
Concordia 13 Macalester 7
Concordia 34 St. Thomas 14
Concordia 48 Duluth 7

The Gustavus game did not count in the conference standings so the Cobbers finished the season with a 6 - 0 record, tying with Gustavus for first place, and a 7 - 2 overall record. The conference standings were:

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

From an article in the Concordian:

For the 4th time in 21 years, Concordia claimed the MIAC football co-championship. They shared the honor with Gustavus.

Some members of the team were Captains Dave Rostad and Paul Simonson, Bill Quenette, Paul Knutson, Don Kerlin, Curt Holt, Jack Hinman, Myron Olson, Dale Sandstrom, Les Peterson, Jerry Halvorson, Earl Olson, Cliff Lingen, Larry Dahlstrom, Elvin Hanson, Al Thompson, Vern Skari, Bob Walken, Dave Green, Earl Stein, John Moran, Bud Narveson, Rod Grubb and Dick Hegrenes.

The first Cobber Dads' Day was held at the 61st Homecoming. Dads were introduced at halftime of the football game. Thirty-five to forty-five fathers took part.(5)
 
 

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1952-1953 | Football | M-Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Concordia students, past and present, are seeing the realization of years of hopes and efforts in the addition of the new fieldhouse. Registrar Carl Narveson recalled that the class of 1925 began a fund drive for the building of a new gym. Since that time very few years elapsed in which, somehow, there was work done toward that goal.(3)

An article in the Concordian reported on the advantages of the new fieldhouse:

In recent years our teams have compiled respectable records, generally finishing in the middle of the standings or above. Now with the advantages of the new, versatile structure it is not unreasonable to believe we can reach a place among the leaders.

We immediately think of basketball as being especially helped by the new gym-fieldhouse. Certainly it will be more convenient for students to walk a block south than to trudge the distance to the Moorhead Junior High School. Also it does away with the seating problem for all but very special attractions. In actual competition the change should eventually have a definite effect on the caliber of our cage squads.

The advantages of the new building are not at all limited to basketball. In track and field prospective cindermen will be able to work out occasionally during the winter and get started with full practice early in the spring.

The same holds true for baseball. The fieldhouse portion will enable the squad to get going on that time-honored ritual of getting the arms in shape. Also Jake's football men will have a place to go when the weather is bad enough to prevent an outdoor workout.

We should not forget the power of this addition to our campus in publicizing Concordia and as a talking point to prospective students, particularly good athletes. It is possible that in this area may come its greatest contribution towards raising our athletic standards.

Aside from campus life, the community naturally gains benefits from an attractive, large gathering place. The high school basketball tournament, for instance, may be kept in Minnesota as they logically should be, The actual monetary value of the building to the city, though difficult to estimate, is large. It makes possible bringing to the community a huge project such as the 1952 National Luther League convention. Publicity from such an event is invaluable.(4)

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Men's Basketball 1952-1953

The first basketball game of the 1952-1953 season was the first game played in the new fieldhouse and the Cobbers won 69-59. Jake Christiansen coached the team which included squad members John Groven, Hod Nornes, Herman Moe, Arlie Syverson, Don Smestad, Mac Redmond, Harry Anderson, Dick Hegrenes, Fred Anderson, Bill Quenette, Ron Riedberger and Earl Stein.
Memorial Auditorium

The game scores were:
Concordia 69 NDAC 59
Concordia 71 MSTC 57
Concordia 71 MSTC 51
Concordia 75 UND 69
Concordia 71 Westmar College 69
Concordia 71 Huron College 66
Concordia 75 Valley City 57
Concordia 75 Jamestown 55
Concordia 71 St. Mary's 78
Concordia 72 Augsburg 62
Concordia 88 Augsburg 69
Concordia 66 St. Thomas 64
Concordia 70 Macalester 66
Concordia 64 Macalester 71
Concordia 60 St. John's 72
Concordia 78 St. John's 67
Concordia 55 Duluth 62
Concordia 67 Duluth 80
Concordia 53 Gustavus 62
Concordia 53 Hamline 95
Concordia 65 Gustavus 90
Concordia 57 Hamline 82

The overall record for the team was 13 - 9, and 5 - 11 in the MIAC for seventh place.

Conference standings were:

Hamline 15 - 1
Gustavus 11 - 5
St. Thomas 10 - 6
St. Mary's 9 - 7
Macalester 8 - 8
Duluth 8 - 8
Concordia 5 - 11
St. John's 4 - 12
Augsburg 2 - 14

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Men's Hockey 1952-1953

Player-coach Don Baken led the 1953 hockey team which played only four games -- one with Detroit Lakes, one with Shanley High School and two with the Cando, North Dakota Independents. Members of the squad included Mathison, Baken, Norlin, Tovson, Baarstad, Peterson, Nornes, McFadden, Johanson, Palsson, Berg, Gullickson, Ashland, Rude and Finney.

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Wrestling 1952-1953

In 1953 Coach Finn Grinaker started the school's first wrestling team. The team had meets with MSTC and Moorhead High School. Plans were made for a more complete schedule with practice beginning soon after the end of the football season. Members of that first team were Shellock, Nelson, Winter, Knutson, Brekkus, Olson, Holt and Stephenson.

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Track 1953

Led by two seniors and one sophomore, the 1953 track team had a successful season. Coached by Irv Christenson, the members of the team included L. Krause, Redmond, Nornes, Hellerud, Sandstrom, Steinback, Rostad, Thvedt, Hinman, Hegle and Brandt.

The team placed third in a meet with NDAC, UND, MSTC, St. Cloud, Bemidji and Mayville. At the MSTC Invitational meet, the Cobbers were second, trailing NDAC 76 - 46 1/2. At the next meet they edged out Valley City by 1 1/2 points. Again at Bemidji they squeezed out a win by 1 1/2 points.

At the conference meet the Cobbers finished in fourth place. Dale Sandstrom and Hod Nornes each picked up 13 points. Nornes won the high jump and was second in the low hurdles and long jump. Sandstrom won the low hurdles and was second in the high hurdles and 100-yard dash.

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Golf 1953

On the roster for the 1953 golf team were Clayton Jenson, Mike Billingham, Phil Thompson, Rod Nelson, Al Thompson, Jim Haugstul, Art Diercks, Roland Barstad and Jim Ashe. They were coached by Professor Holvik. Their schedule included dual meets with Jamestown (the Cobbers won 11 - 1), UND and NDAC, the NDAC Invitational, the All-City meet and The MIAC conference meet.

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Tennis 1953

Player-coach Don Krause led the 1953 tennis team. In dual meets the Cobbers defeated MSTC 8 - 0 and 8 - 1 and won over Mayville 7 - 0. They won the tri-college meet at Jamestown and took second place in the Bemidji State Invitational. Concordia was unable to enter the conference meet because of conflicts. Members of the team were Ron Klementson, John Anderson, Jim Lillo, Gordon Carlson, Dick Quamme, Mort Eliason, Mac Redmond, Rudy Moe, Arne Garness, Paul Mork, Jim Narveson and Bob Bakken.

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1952-1953 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | All Sports | Facilities |

Baseball 1953

The 1953 baseball team, coached by Ken Severud, finished the season with an overall record of 9 - 3, and in second place in the Steve Gorman League. The roster included Hofstedt, R. Johnson, Dick Kuball, Curt Holt, Dave Green, Myron Olson, Paul Johnson, Rod Grubb, Don Kerlin, Bill Quenette, Al Erickson, Stephenson, John Foss, Loren Germandson, Earl Stein and Ron Riedberger.

Baseball scores for the season were:

Concordia 14 NDAC 5
Concordia 9 Wahpeton Science 3
Concordia 3 Wahpeton Science 1
Concordia 0 NDAC 9
Concordia 3 Valley City 1
Concordia 17 Valley City 2
Concordia 17 Mayville 0
Concordia 5 Mayville 4
Concordia 1 Jamestown 6
Concordia 9 Jamestown 2
Concordia 1 MSTC 3
Concordia 9 MSTC 1
 

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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