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| 1998-99 Cobber Men's Basketball
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Men's basketball snaps losing streak

Tim Kindem
The Concordian

The Cobber men's basketball team ended their six-game losing streak Monday night with an 82-70 win over visiting Hamline.

Kermit Cooper, who had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Brian Kesselring, with 17 points, led the way for Concordia.

"There's no doubt this was a big win for us," said Cobbers head coach Duane Siverson. "It's something the kids really needed."

The Cobbers opened the second half, after leading 37-29 at halftime, by going on a 12-2 run. They never looked back. Kesselring had 7 points during that run.

The game began with sloppy play on the part of both teams. Amidst a flurry of missed shots and turnovers the score stood 9-8, in favor of Hamline, after seven minutes of play.

But things began to change after Cooper stole the ball from Hamline, took it down the court, and went airborne for a slam-dunk that ignited the crowd and ignited his team. Concordia began to pull away, leading 24-14 with seven minutes left in the first half.

Joe Ford also played well for the Cobbers, contributing three big 3-pointers to continuously stifle the Pipers hopes, while Nick Killoran and Mark Tuchcherer each scored eight points.

John Simonsen had 21 points and Jeff Smock scored 16 for the struggling Pipers.

The win comes just days after the Cobbers lost a close game on the road to St. John's 66-63. But as Siverson revealed, the win over Hamline owes a lot to the events before the St. John's game.

"I think the Carleton game was a real low point for us," said Siverson. "After that game we had two days of discussion to decide what we needed to do to fix things."

Siverson said he was really impressed with the enthusiasm that his team displayed against St. John's.  He said he believes it's that enthusiasm which carried them over Hamline.

The win improves the Cobbers to 5-13 overall and 3-11 in the MIAC.  And coach Siverson likes what he's beginning to see.  "We've got six games to go," he said,  "and I wouldn't be surprised to see us being spoilers for some of our upcoming opponents."

| 1998-99 Cobber Women's Basketball
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Women's basketball wins in overtime

Kim Thronson
The Concordian

Concordia’s women’s basketball team pulled of a 65-61 overtime victory at Macalaster Wednesday night.

The Cobbers (11-4, 12-6) trailed by as many as 8 points in the second half but came back to catch the Scots in the last minute of regulation and win by 4 in overtime.

The team was led by sophomore Brandi Myer’s game-high 16 points, and sophomore Sara Spears added a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

In earlier action, the Cobbers couldn't overcome St. Benedict's strong inside game as they fell to the Blazers on Saturday, 80-63. St. Benedict's, tied for first in the MIAC, used their strong post play to dominate the Cobbers. The Blazer's two leading posts scored a combined 33 points in the game, and with Concordia's freshman post player Jaime Olson out because of a back injury, the Blazers were just too much.

Olson is leading the Cobbers in rebounding this season with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game. She is also third in scoring with 12.1 points per game.

"Their good post players are their strength," sophomore Rebecca Karli said. "With Jaime out, that hurt our inside."

Without Olson, the Cobbers will be taking a slightly different attack on offense. Head coach Kathy Wall said that she will be moving sophomore Sarah Jacobson into the post position and will be substituting players a lot more.

Even though they were lacking in their inside game, the Cobbers were still able to play with St. Benedict's.

"I thought we played pretty well, and we played them even except for a spurt in the first half we couldn't recover from," Karli said. Wall said that they played well defensively on St. Benedict's Laura Wendorff, the leading scorer in the MIAC, but the Blazer's other big post and shooting guard proved to be the determining factor in the game. Wall also said that her team's offense was not in sync, another major factor in the loss.

"We didn't take care of the ball and our offensive execution just wasn't good," Wall said.

Sophomore Brandi Myers led the Cobbers with 17 points followed by sophomore Sara Spears with 14. At 11-4 in the MIAC, the Cobbers are in fourth place and trail third place Gustavus by two games.

The next few games will be important ones for Concordia as they battle for a spot in the playoffs.

"Realistically, we can't lose anymore games to make playoffs," Wall said. She said that Wednesday's home game against MIAC leader St. Thomas will be a huge one for her team.

The Cobbers play at Bethel tomorrow at 1:00 p.m.

|1998-99 Cobber Men's Hockey
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Men's hockey climbs rankings

Ryan McCallum
Sports Editor

The Cobber men’s hockey team is poised to make a run at the conference championship after taking three points from St. John’s over the weekend. Concordia beat the Johnnies 4-1 on Friday and ended the series with a 3-3 tie on Saturday.

Going into this weekend’s series against St. Olaf, the third place Cobbers are 6-3-1 in the MIAC and 10-8-1 overall. With 13 points, they are only one win behind league leader St. Thomas with six games remaining.

“It was a pivotal series that could make or break the rest of our season,” said senior Paul Thacker. “It was a big series that we needed to get points out of, and we were successful.”

Thacker had a goal in each game over the weekend.

On Friday, the team controlled the game from the start, scoring all four of their goals before St. John’s got on the board. Sophomore Bryan Howard had 27 saves for the Cobbers.

St. John’s scored all three of their goals during a ten minute stretch early in the second period of Saturday’s game to give them a 3-1 lead.  “In all the games we’ve struggled in, there’s always a lapse for five or ten minutes,” said junior Derek Selch. “We need to eliminate that so we’ll have a better chance to win the rest of our games.” Concordia battled back in the second and third periods to tie the game at three, and then held the Johnnies scoreless for  the final ten minutes. Howard excelled again, stopping 21 shots.

“We worked hard for the tie, but we should have won the game,” said junior Ken Putt. “When we were moving our feet, we out played them. They just couldn’t skate with us when we were playing hard. But we took those ten minutes off, and it cost us.”

Selch said that the team is expecting to sweep St. Olaf this weekend, but added that the team is not taking any games for granted. “We can’t take St. Olaf lightly this weekend,” Selch said. “I definitely think we can win the rest of our games. We just have to stick together.” The team is currently ranked fifth in the West Region according to the latest NCAA poll. They are the top ranked team in the MIAC. Thacker said that the team is on pace to succeed in the MIAC playoffs and perhaps advance to the national tournament.

“We need to keep playing the way we have been. We’re getting stronger and we’re going to peak where we need to, right in time for the playoffs.”

The top four teams in the MIAC on Feb. 22 advance to the playoffs.

|1998-99 Cobber Women's Swimming
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Swimming team takes third at St. Catherine’s

Erika Mikkelson

Concordia swimmers junior Janey Hill and sophomore Shana Letnes each came away with first place finishes at the St. Catherine’s Quadrangular on Jan. 30.

Hill placed first in the 1000 Freestyle and Letnes placed first in the 100 breaststroke. The Women’s Swimming and Diving Team placed third out of four teams. The top team was Carleton with 475 points followed by St. Benedict’s with 387 points. Concordia finished with 340 beating out fourth place finished St. Catherine’s with 236 points.

Sophomore Carrie Bunger took second in the 500 freestyle. First-year student Angie Storts set a new freshman and team record in the 1-meter diving event.

The team competes at St. Thomas in St. Paul this weekend.

|1998-99 Cobber Wrestling
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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No Wrestling story this week

|1998-99 Cobber Women's Hockey
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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No women's hockey story this week

| 1999 Men's Track and Women's Track
Feb. 5, 1999 | Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Track teams place second at home meet

Nathan De Cock
The Concordian

Concordia Track and Field continued its early-season success with an impressive performance at Saturday's Concordia Quintangular.  The women won three of four in the Dual meet scoring format, placing second. The men also placed second, winning two of three in the same scoring format. The women squared off against four teams, the University of North Dakota, Bemidji State University, Valley City State University, and North Dakota State College of Science. Through head-to-head scoring, the women's three victories came by scores of 116-69 over BSU, 136-25 over VCSU, and 132-45 over NDSCS. Their lone loss came against UND, who posted a 110-84 victory over the lady Cobbers, and with their 4-0 record grabbed first place at the tournament.

"UND is a really good team," said women's coach Marv Roeske.  "Running against someone like UND is only going to make you better, and really prepare you for conference." 

The Lady Cobbers were led once again by senior Laura Utke, who equaled her NCAA automatic qualifying weight throw from the previous week, tying her own meet and Olson Forum record of 52 feet, 5 1/2 inches. Utke was joined by teammate junior Karyn Senst with an NCAA Provisional qualifying throw of 46 feet, 11 1/2 inches, a throw which placed her third in the meet. Utke is listed as the best thrower in the country, while Senst is number 11. sophomore Heidi Brenden turned in an outstanding performance in the 1500M, smashing the field with a first place and near NCAA qualifying time of 4:54.67. And the women's 4x200M relay team recorded the number three performance in school history with its third place time of 1:51.01.

Sophomore Rachel Aufforth demonstrated outstanding versatility, in throwing personal bests in both the shot put and the weight throw. Junior Cindy Carstens placed first in the 3000M, in the process achieving a personal best of 11:23.11, beating her previous best by more than 25 seconds.

The Cobber men faced BSU, VCSU, and NDSCS. The men's two victories were over VCSU, 126-54, and NDSCS by a score of 127-52.  The competition was more heated against BSU, who beat the Cobbers 107-92. BSU captured first place, with its three wins and no losses. 

Individual men's performances were highlighted by seniors Rob Nick and Jeremy Blake, who ran personal records in the 400M, placing fourth and fifth at 52.19 and 52.60, respectively. Sophomore Steve Edlund dropped twenty seconds off of his personal best in the 3000M, taking first and achieving the meet record and an MIAC qualifier, with a time of 9:16.72. Sophomore Andrew Fritz equaled his personal best in High Jump, placing second with a jump of 6-feet-4-inches. Also impressive was sophomore Chris Goebel's range in winning the 800M this week, after winning the 3000M last week. 

The men's 4x200M relay team, consisting of Nick, and freshmen Mike McDonald, Joe Dauner, and Chris Davison, which for the second week in a row, with different members, broke the school record with a time of 92.70.