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2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
November 14, 2007

Picture of the Week: Concordia women's soccer head coach Dan Weiler was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. It was the second time in the past five years he has won the award. He has led the team to back-to-back MIAC regular season and playoff championships and has amassed 72 wins in his first six years.


Welcome to the Cobber athletics newsletter. Each week we will post the news items from the in-season Concordia teams.

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


Cobber Postseason Award-Winners

Academics

ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Winners:

Football - Grant Weller and Adam Swingdorf
Volleyball - Michelle Honek

Athletics

Volleyball: Michelle Honek - AVCA All-Central Region First Team

Men's Soccer: Chad Morlock and Matt Klein - MIAC


Cobber Winter Season Previews

Men's Basketball: 2007-08 Cobber Men's Basketball Season Preview

Women's Basketball: 2007-08 Women's Basketball Season Preview

Men's Hockey: 2007-08 Cobber Men's Hockey Season Preview

Women's Hockey: 2007-08 Cobber Women's Hockey Season Preview

Wrestling: 2007-08 Cobber Wrestling Season Preview


November 14, 2007

Top Note
General
- Concordia had three student/athletes earn ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors. Football player Grant Weller (Sr., Sauk Centre, Minn.) was named to the Academic All-District First Team. Fellow football player Adam Swingdorf (Sr., Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and volleyball player Michelle Honek (Sr., Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) were place on the Academic All-District Second Team. Weller maintains a 3.80 grade point average while majoring in Mathematics and Economics. Swingdorf is majoring in Biology and has a 3.67 GPA, while Honek is a Psychology and Exercise Science and has a 3.84 GPA.


Football (7-3/5-3 MIAC - 4th Place - End of 2007 Season)
- Two Concordia senior football players earned ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District honors it was announced on Friday. Offensive lineman Grant Weller (Sauk Centre, Minn.) was named to the Academic All-District First Team and running back Adam Swingdorf (Inver Grove Heights, Minn./Simley HS) was placed on the Academic All-District Second Team. Weller is now on the national ballot for consideration to be on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team. Weller is majoring in Mathematics and Economics and has a 3.80 grade point average. Swingdorf maintains a 3.67 GPA while majoring in Biology.

- Concordia sophomore kicker Carl Hauser (Fergus Falls, Minn.) finished second in the MIAC in scoring among kickers during conference play. Hauser averaged 6.4 points per game in the team’s eight league games. He was also third in the league in field goals made.

- Cobber junior defensive end Clinton Strother (Brainerd, Minn.) was second in the conference in sacks. He had 7.0 sacks in conference play. Overall, Strother ended the year with 9.0 sacks. That total is the 11th highest in program history for a single season.


Volleyball (17-9/8-3 MIAC - T2nd Place - lost to UW-Whitewater 3-0 in 1st round of NCAA playoffs)

National Ranking - 23rd in the latest AVCA Poll

- Concordia senior standout Michelle Honek (Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) capped her career by being named to the AVCA All-Central Region First Team. She was one of five MIAC players to be named to the AVCA All-Central Region First Team. Honek continues a recent trend of Cobber players earning All-Region First Team accolades. She is the seventh CC player to earn first team honors in the past five seasons.

- Honek was also named to the highly-competitive ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team. Honek has a 3.84 grade point average and is majoring in Psycholoy and Exercise Science. She was the captain of the Cobber team that finished tied for second in the MIAC regular season and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth straight season. The team was also ranked in the top 25 in the nation in the AVCA poll for the entire year. Honek spent all but one week of her four-year career at Concordia ranked in the top 25 of the nation. She is the first Concordia player to earn a berth in the national tournament every year she played.

- The Cobbers finished the year with a 17-9 overall record. In the past five seasons, CC has compiled an impressive 113-28 overall record and a 44-11 mark in conference play.


Women's Soccer (16-4-1/9-1-1 MIAC - 1st Place - lost to Carthage 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament)

- Concordia head coach Dan Weiler was named the MIAC Coach of the Year last week. It marked the second time in his career that he has won the award and second time in the past five years he has claimed the honor. Weiler just finished his sixth season with the Cobbers. He has led the team to back-to-back MIAC regular season and playoff championships and has amassed 72 wins in his first six years.

- Concordia finished off its 2007 season with a 2-1 loss to Carthage (Wis.) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cobbers ended the year with a school-record 16 overall wins. CC was 16-4-1 in 2007. In the past four years, Concordia has compiled a 56-20-5 overall record and a 36-5-3 mark in league play. The 36 wins in conference games is the most for any MIAC school during that time period.

- The Cobbers had three players score over 20 points on the season. Freshman Susan Obermiller (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) led the team with 11 goals and six assists for 28 points. Senior Rachel Lewis (Lakeville, Minn.) and freshman Sam Johnson (Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) tied for second with 27 points. It is the fifth time in the history of the program that there have been at least three players with 20 or more points on the year.


Women's Cross Country (finished 13th at the NCAA Central Region Meet)
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Concordia freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) earned All-Region honors this past weekend at the NCAA Central Region Meet held at St. Olaf. Brenden finished in 12th place to claim the regional award. She ran a 22:55, marking the first time in her career that she has broken the 23-minute mark.

- Maria Middleton (Sr., Northfield, Minn.) earned All-Region honors for the first time in her career. She placed 30th at the Central Region Meet on Saturday. She ran a season-best time of 23:18.


Men's Basketball
- The Concordia men’s basketball team opens play in the 2007-08 season on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. when they play at UM-Morris. The Cobbers are coming off a 4-21-0 season in 2006-07. CC has five freshmen and six newcomers on the roster this year.

- Cobber senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) led the team in scoring last season with a 19.9 points per game average. He was second in the league in scoring. He was also fourth in the MIAC in field goal percentage (58.8%) and blocks per game (1.05 bpg), seventh in defensive rebounds (4.90 rpg), ninth in minutes played per game (32.7) and 10th in overall rebounding (6.8 rpg).

- Linz has scored 893 points in his career and is on track to become the 11th player in program history to reach the 1,000 point mark.


Women's Basketball
- The Concordia women’s basketball team opens play in the 2007-08 season on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. when they play at the University of Chicago in the opening game of the Midwest Classic. Last year the Cobbers went 18-9-0 overall and 15-7-0 in conference play and tied for third place. CC won their first round MIAC playoff game before losing to Gustavus in the conference semifinals.

- Cobber senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) led the team in scoring last season. She was named to the MIAC All-Conference First Team and also earned D3hoops.com All-Region Second Team honors for the second straight season. She was second in the league in scoring with a 17.7 points per game average. She also led the MIAC in field goal percentage (.583), fifth in defensive rebounds (5.04 rpg) and eighth in overall rebounding (7.0 rpg).

- Hageman is knocking down the door of becoming the 10th player in program history to score 1,000 points and collect 500 rebounds in a career. She enters the 2007-08 season with 1,185 points and 497 rebounds. She is 12th on the school’s all-time scoring list and 14th on the all-time rebounding chart. If Hageman continues on her 15.0 points per game career scoring average and 6.7 rebounds per game clip, she will finish in the top five on the school’s all-time scoring sheet and in the top 10 in rebounding.


Men's Hockey  (1-3-0 - lost to Lake Forest 5-4/lost to #7 St. Norbert 3-1)
- Concordia junior goaltender Jeremy Boniface (Goderich, Ont.) made a total of 69 saves in the Cobbers’ two games last weekend. Boniface has made 134 saves on the year and has a goals against average of 2.67. He is currently third in the MIAC in save percentage (.931) and is second in overall saves.

- The Cobbers are fourth in the MIAC in penalty killing. CC has successfully killed off 19 of the 23 man-advantage situations they have faced this year. Last weekend they held Lake Forest and No.7-ranked St. Norbert scoreless in nine of the 11 power play attempts.


Women's Hockey (0-5-0 - lost to #8 UW-Superior 4-2 and 2-0)
- Concordia has received outstanding goaltending from a pair of goalies this season. Sophomore Maddie Haroldson (Sartell, Minn.) and freshman Julie York (Bismarck, N.D.) have each played two games on the year and have a combined goals against average of 2.75. York leads the team in GAA with a 2.10 mark. She is currently fourth in the league in that category. She is also second in save percentage (93.2). Haroldson carries a 3.57 GAA and is second in the MIAC in overall saves (72).

- Cobber freshman Jen Bextermueller (St. Charles, Mo.) is tied for the league lead in scoring by a freshman. Bextermueller has two goals and an assist for three points on the season.


Swimming and Diving (beat Northern State 145-54)

- Concordia claimed its second straight convincing dual meet win of the season on Friday. The Cobbers downed Northern State 145-54 in Aberdeen and have now outscored their opponents 289-112 in their first two dual meets of the year.

- The Cobbers won eight events and had seven swimmers record career-best times. Chelsea Volna (So., Ham Lake, Minn./Blaine HS) put up a top time in her win in the 100-yard butterfly (1:07.91). Other personal best times were turned in by Whitney Walters (Fr., Albert Lea, Minn.) in the 200-yard individual medley (2:34.52), Katie Coleman (Fr., Marshall, Minn.) - 100-yard butterfly (1:14.10), Devaney Buffalo (Fr., Hardin, Mont.) - 100-yard butterfly (1:24.18), Latoya Gruys (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.) - 100-yard backstroke (1:15.98), Mackenzie Koeck (So., Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) - 100-yard breaststroke (1:22.27), Amanda Rolik (So., Thousand Oaks, Calif.) - 100-yard breaststroke (1:28.87) and Rachael Hagen (So., Albert Lea, Minn.) - 50-yard freestyle in 200-yard freestyle relay (28.05).


Wrestling (competed at the NDSU Open)

- Concordia opened its 2007-08 season by competing at the NDSU Bison Open on Saturday. The Cobbers had several top six performances and were led by freshman Phil Moenkedick (Perham, Minn.) who went 4-1 and finished third at the 174-lb weight class. Moenkedick beat former University of Minnesota starting wrestler Mitch Kuhlman 4-3 to win the third-place match.

- The Cobbers have the largest squad size in program history. Starting the 2007-08 campaign, CC has 33 athletes listed on the roster. Of those 33, 15 are freshmen and eight are sophomores.

- Concordia opens their home season this weekend. The Cobbers will host St. Olaf in a dual meet on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and then host the annual Cobber Open on Saturday, Nov. 17 beginning at 9 a.m. Last year the Cobbers went 9-5 in dual meets.

 


This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Friday, November 16, 2007
SW&D - at Hamline - 6 p.m.
WR - at home vs. St. Olaf - 7 p.m.

WH - at home vs. St. Kate's - 7 p.m. | Live Stats
MBB - at UM-Morris - 7:30 p.m. | Live Audio

Saturday, November 17, 2007
WR - hosts Cobber Open - 9 a.m.

SW&D - at Macalester Invite - 9 a.m.

WH - at home vs. St. Kate's - 2 p.m. | Live Stats

WBB - at University of Chicago - 4 p.m. | Live Stats

Sunday, November 18, 2007
WBB - vs. TBA at University of Chicago - 11 a.m./3 p.m. | Live Stats

Tuesday, November 20, 2007
MBB - at home vs. MSU Moorhead - 7:30 p.m. | Live Audio   | Live Stats

   

    

                  

   

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