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"Concordia Men's Sports - The First One Hundred Years"Next Section
by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 6 -- The Fifties - A Time of Change

| 1950-1951 | 1951-1952 | 1952-1953 | 1953-1954 | 1954-1955 | 1955-1956 | 1956-1957 | 1957-1958 | 1958-1959 | 1959-1960 | Looking Back -- The Fifties |

1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Football 1957

The 1957 football team under Coach Jake Christiansen won the MIAC conference title with a 6 - 1 record and 7 - 2 record overall. Assistant coaches were Rod Grubb, Finn Grinaker, Sonny Gulsvig and Bill Quenette. Honors for the team included All-Conference: Curt Gabrielson and Al Tweit; Honorable Mention: Jim Christopherson, Don Green, Jim Jossart, Roger Gilbertson and Fred Nelson and MIAC Most Valuable Player: Curt Gabrielson. Curt Gabrielson and Al Tweit were named captains of the team.
Curtis G. Gabrielson, Football, Track and Field 1954-1958

Season scores were:

Concordia 47 NDAC 0
Concordia 14 Gustavus 20
Concordia 33 Duluth 7
Concordia 49 Hamline 6
Concordia 19 Macalester 6
Concordia 27 St. Thomas 0
Concordia 33 St. John's 6
Concordia 19 Augsburg 0
Concordia 9 MSTC 10

Conference standings at the end of the season were:

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

The team roster included Jim Christopherson, Jim Jossart, Don Green, Gary Carlson, Cliff Anderson, Bob Teigen, Andy Hendricks, Eldon Braun, Carl Grandstrand, Mel Panjkovich, Roy Nellermoe, Al Tweit, Ron Skinner, Dave Olson, Al Larson, Paul Anderson, Ray Thielman, Bill Greenan, John Combellich, John Westby, Roger Adair, Roger Gilbertson, John Budiyes, Cliff Paulson, Hilding Ronning, Wendell Franke, Roger Haugen, Monroe Leraas, Dave Grimsrud, Gordon Jeppson, John Johnson, Dick Whitiker, Bob Young, Bob Markwardt, Al Gunderson, Marland Nohre, Tom Sands, Paul Lommen, Fred Nelson, Ron Gadberry, Jack Nelson, Curt Gabrielson, Loren Tank, Jack Lutes, John Branden, Dave Peterson, Dave Spong, Elliot Holton, Allen Haugen, Lyle Johnson, Ralph Chase, Dave Bromstad, Roland Johnson, Gary Nelson, Gary Larson and Jim Hausman.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Men's Basketball 1957-1958

The 1957-1958 basketball team was coached by Sonny Gulsvig with Art Johnson as captain. The team finished the season with a 14 - 12 overall record, 7 - 9 in the conference. Scores for the season were:

Concordia 74 Valley City State 66
Concordia 56 NDAC 48
Concordia 37 St. Mary's 59
Concordia 63 Macalester 72
Concordia 68 Gustavus 71
Concordia 67 MSTC 58
Concordia 83 Bismarck Junior College 70
Concordia 85 Taylor University 79
Concordia 80 Augsburg 68
Concordia 57 South Dakota State 69
Concordia 74 Augsburg 68
Concordia 69 St. Thomas 70
Concordia 81 St. John's 69
Concordia 68 Hamline 57
Concordia 77 Duluth 79
Concordia 82 MSTC 77
Concordia 98 Macalester 78
Concordia 77 St. Mary's 101
Concordia 66 St. Thomas 59
Concordia 55 NDAC 69
Concordia 81 St. John's 67
Concordia 65 Hamline 73
Concordia 58 Duluth 88
Concordia 64 St. Olaf 68
Concordia 78 Augsburg 88
Concordia 91 Gustavus 82

The team won the Bemidji Invitational tournament during the Christmas break with wins over Taylor University and Augsburg. On the roster were Art Johnson, Tom Wolhouse, Gary Carlson, Fred Nelson, Dick Shearer, Roger Adair, Dennis Jensen, Dave Opheim, Craig Johnson and Barry Bowles.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Men's Hockey 1957-1958

Bob Youso acted as player-coach for the 1957-1958 hockey team which included Dale Klungness, Don Myholm, Nels Anderson, John McFarland, Harvey Stalwick, Dave Franks, Kermit Knutson, Cliff Paulson, Dean Melsness, Dave Stolee, Bob Young, Kent Taylor, John Berg, Bert Orrah and Darrell Rude.

Only scores available were a 4 - 0 win over Thief River Falls and a win over Carleton.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Wrestling 1957-1958

Al Tweit took over the coaching duties for the wrestling team from Finn Grinaker who was on
Alward H. Tweit, Wrestling, Football, Track 1954-1958

leave of absence. With two of three defending conference champions injured, the team finished in fifth place in the MIAC. Scoring for the Cobbers were Al Tweit, Jim Holten, Roy Nellermoe, Dave Johnson and Bob Stefonowicz. Al Tweit was named MVP of the conference meet. The roster included Robert Stefonowicz, Mark Nielson, Jim Olson, Ardell Knudsvig, Loren Simonson, Malin Stakston, Don Pietsch, Al Tweit, Jim Holton, John Johnson and Dave Johnson.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Gymnastics 1957-1958

A new sport was added to the winter schedule. Nip Leverson, student coach, and his gymnastics team performed at half-times of basketball games and sent two gymnasts of a University of Minnesota meet. Members of the team were Dick Jackson, Bill Greenan and Don Erickson. Scores of meets held were:

Concordia 16 Bemidji 16
Concordia 21 MSTC 16
Concordia 21 NDAC 13

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

An article in the Concordian by sportswriter Dick Whitaker suggests that the athletic aid program could be revised:

Here is a pretty touchy subject -- that of the policy of Concordia subsidizing athletes. We have received several requests to cover this subject; we are doing it, but with no intent of attempting to embarrass anyone or to uncover any unethical practic in carryout this program of aid.

First of all, our impression of the system of grant-in-aids for athletes is to try to distribute them to prospective athletes who are not in a position to go to school without some help. This is all very fine, for along with getting some excellent athletes, Concordia also realizes some outstanding all-around students from this program.

What seems to be the most objectionable part of the system is that many who should receive aid do not, mainly because those in charge of the program do not go far enough in determining those who merit aid. We feel that some changes could be made in an effort to see that more students who actually need grants-in-aid in order to attend Concordia receive them.

We suggest the prospective athletes be screened thoroughly, so that it is better known just who most needs the aid. Then, instead of the number of grants now awarded, cut the number down, and with the surplus add a little more to the smaller amounts.(7)

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Baseball 1958

Coach Bill Quenette led the 1958 baseball team to a 12 - 3 record and the Steve Gorman League title. The scores were:

Concordia 3 Valley City 0
Concordia 18 Valley City 8
Concordia 4 Jamestown 0
Concordia 9 Jamestown 4
Concordia 0 MSTC 6
Concordia 5 MSTC 3
Concordia 1 UND 8
Concordia 7 UND 2
Concordia 2 Mayville 6
Concordia 4 Mayville 2
Concordia 18 Bemidji 11
Concordia 20 Wahpeton Science 3
Concordia 11 Wahpeton Science 6
Concordia 11 Ellendale 9
Concordia 7 Ellendale 5

Members of the team were Howard Nellermoe, Roy Nellermoe, Nels Anderson, Bob Rasmus, Ed Beyer, Brian Downie, Rollie Johnson, Bill Greenan, Tim Bjelland, Bob Clark, Glen Temanson, Bill Quenette, Don Grages, Pete Nellermoe, Barry Bowles, Dave Severud and Roger Adair.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Golf 1958

The 1958 golf team participated in a round-robin schedule with MSTC, NDSU, UND and Bemidji. Concordia sponsored an invitational meet and St. Thomas, Hamline and Concordia competed in a triangular meet. The Cobbers ended the season with a meet at Luther College and the MIAC meet. On the golf team were Fred Nelson, Jerry Olson, Lee Sanderson, Gary Glomstad, Gordy Hvidsten, Neil Gryte and Gary Nelson. Don Krause was coach of the team.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Tennis 1958

Three lettermen led the 1958 tennis team to a dual meet record of six wins. Wins came over MSTC, UND, Jamestown and NDSU. The team lost to UND and Luther College. The netters captured third of nine teams in the Bison Invitational. They were second in the MSTC Invitational and first in the Bemidji Triangular. The team was eliminated in the first round of the MIAC meet. The team included Coach Don Krause, Art Johnson, Dean Haugen, David Dussere, Paul Dussere and John Jorgenson.

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1957-1958 | Football | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Track | Baseball | Golf | Tennis | Gymnastics | All Sports | Scholarships Debated |

Track 1958

Coach Irv Christenson's track team had a successful season. The season's results included:

Concordia 58 UND 52
Concordia 47 UND 76
Concordia 78 MSTC 43
Bison Invitational - fourth of 11 teams
St. John's Triangular - third place
Fargo-Moorhead All-City - Concordia - 72, MSTC - 53, NDAC - 39
MIAC Conference Meet - third place with 34 points behind Macalester and champion St. John's

On the track roster were Herman Hendrickson, Dave Spong, Jack Boe, Marshall Haaland, Mike Flom, Ron Mathsen, Dick Green, Glen Leverson, Dale Leverson, Don Suko, Marlin Ness, Clayton Gorder, Jerry Syvrud, Wes Lokken, Dick Berg, Darwin Gorder, Wally Krantz, Fred Nelson, Orval Alveshere, Don Nelson, Tyrone Erickson and Capt. Curt Gabrielson.
 

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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