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2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
January 23, 2008

Picture of the Week: Cobber freshman Kacey Franklin gets a stick across the forearm during Concordia's series with St. Olaf last weekend. Franklin scored a goal in both of the games for CC. The Cobber women's hockey team is one of three CC teams that are currently in third place in the MIAC standings.


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January 23, 2008

Top Note
Men's Hockey

- Longtime Concordia-Moorhead men’s hockey coach Steve Baumgartner has decided to resign after the completion of the 2007-08 season. Baumgartner has been the head men’s hockey coach at Concordia since the 1986-87 season and is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Cobbers. Baumgartner has been named the MIAC Coach of the Year on three occasions and is the winningest coach in the history of Concordia hockey. During his tenure as head coach, Concordia has made the playoffs in seven different seasons, including a stretch where he took the Cobbers to the postseason in five straight years from 1999-2003. Baumgartner has amassed over 200 wins in his career and is currently third in the MIAC in victories among active coaches. During his initial season the Cobbers captured the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III National tournament by winning the MIAC playoffs. He was named the MIAC Coach of the Year for the third time in 1999-00 after leading the Cobbers to the NCAA quarterfinals.


Men's Basketball (7-8/6-4 MIAC - lost to St. Thomas 74-65/beat Augsburg 63-60/ beat St. Mary's 71-44)
- Concordia finished off the first half of the MIAC regular season by beating St. Mary’s 71-44. The win gives the Cobbers a 6-4 at the midway point of the conference slate. That is the best record at the halfway point of the season since the Cobbers were 7-3 during the 2003-04 season.

- The 44 points allowed by the Cobbers against the Cardinals is the fewest in a single game since CC beat Gustavus 47-43 in the championship game of the MIAC playoffs back in the 1995-96 campaign. The 27-point margin of victory is the most since Concordia beat Hamline by 40 points on Feb. 14, 2004.

- Concordia has a pair of freshmen among the top two in the league in different statistical categories. Karl Olson (Buffalo, Minn.) leads the MIAC steals. He is averaging 2.50 steals per conference game this year. Erik Lien (Moorhead, Minn.) is second in free throw percentage. Lien is connecting on 87.5% of his free throws in MIAC games.


Women's Basketball (9-6/8-3 MIAC - lost to St. Thomas 75-71/beat Augsburg

73-66/beat St. Mary's 66-57)
- Concordia has won nine of their past 10 games and is currently 8-3 in the MIAC this year. It is the second straight season that the Cobbers have posted an 8-3 record at the midway point of the league schedule.

- The Cobbers lead the MIAC in scoring in conference games this year. Concordia is averaging 74.9 points per league game and has been held under 71 points only twice in their first 11 conference games. They scored a season high 92 points against Bethel on Jan. 12.

- Concordia senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) leads the MIAC in scoring in conference games. She averaged 18.5 points in the first half of the league schedule. She is also sixth in free throw percentage (84.3), seventh in field goal percentage (50.8) and ninth in rebounding (7.2).


Men's Hockey  - (1-13-1/0-5-1 MIAC - tied St. Olaf 3-3 OT/lost to St. Olaf 9-2)

- Longtime Concordia-Moorhead men’s hockey coach Steve Baumgartner has decided to resign after the completion of the 2007-08 season. Baumgartner has been the head men’s hockey coach at Concordia since the 1986-87 season and is in his 22nd year at the helm of the Cobbers. Baumgartner has been named the MIAC Coach of the Year on three occasions and is the winningest coach in the history of Concordia hockey. During his tenure as head coach, Concordia has made the playoffs in seven different seasons, including a stretch where he took the Cobbers to the postseason in five straight years from 1999-2003. Baumgartner has amassed over 200 wins in his career and is currently third in the MIAC in victories among active coaches. During his initial season the Cobbers captured the conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III National tournament by winning the MIAC playoffs. He was named the MIAC Coach of the Year for the third time in 1999-00 after leading the Cobbers to the NCAA quarterfinals.

- Concordia tied St. Olaf 3-3 on Friday to pick up their first MIAC point of the season. In the game, CC goalie Mike Persson (So., Regina, Sask.) made 51 saves. That is the most in a single game since Josh Hand (Sr., Temple, Pa.) made 54 stops in game at UW-Stout on Nov. 5, 2004. The school record for most saves in a single game is by Dave Morinville who stopped 57 shots back on Jan. 31, 1976. Morinville is now the head coach of the Moorhead High School boys’ hockey team.


Women's Hockey (4-7-2/4-2-2 MIAC - lost to St. Olaf 5-2/tied St. Olaf 2-2 OT)
Concordia recorded a tie against St. Olaf this past weekend and is now 4-2-2 in conference play and in third place in the league standings.

- Cobber freshman goalie Julie York (Bismarck, N.D.) made 31 saves in the team’s 2-2 overtime tie with the Oles. York is ranked third in the MIAC in goals against average in league games. York has a 1.50 goals against average in her four games this year. She is also fourth in save percentage (92.9%) and tied for fourth in winning percentage (.625).

- CC is third in the MIAC in goals allowed in league games this season. The Cobbers have given up 16 goals in their eight MIAC contests. Of those 16 goals allowed, eight have come in the third period.


Swimming and Diving (5-2 - beat St. Kate's 140.5-98.5/2nd place at CSC Invite)

- Concordia freshman Lauren Trudeau (Williston, N.D) broke the school record in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday at the St. Kate’s Invite. Weisz swam a 1:05.07 and won the event by over a full second. That time broke her own school record of 1:05.19 which she set on Nov. 16 against Hamline.

- Concordia beat St. Kate’s 140.5-98.5 in a dual meet on Friday. The win id the fifth dual-meet win of the year for the Cobbers who are now 5-2 in dual meets this season. The program record for most dual-meet wins is seven. CC went 7-1 back in the 1999-00 campaign.

- The Cobbers also finished second at the St. Kate’s Invite on Saturday. It marked the third straight multiple-team invitational that Concordia has posted a runner-up finish. In the invite, Concordia posted seven career-best marks and 22 season-best scores.


Wrestling (2nd Place at the Elmhurst (Ill.) Invite)

- Concordia finished in second place at the Elmhurst (Ill.) Invite on Saturday. The Cobbers beat No.25-ranked Elmhurst by a single point. It marks the second straight weekend that the Cobbers have posted a win over a nationally ranked team.

- The Cobbers had nine wrestlers finish in the top five of their weight class, had a pair of athletes claim weight class championships and a third claim the Most Falls award at the Elmhurst Invite. The second-place finish is the highest place at a multi-team event this year. Of the 18 wrestlers that participated in the tournament, 15 had at least two wins on the day and eight had at least three wins for the meet.

- The three top wrestlers at the Elmhurst Invite were Tony Neumann (Jr., Willmar, Minn.), Luke Vetsch (Jr., St. Michael, Minn./St. Michael-Albertville HS) and Zach Schumack (Jr., Rosemount, Minn.). Neumann and Vetsch won their individual weight class and Schumack walked away with the Most Falls title. Neumann went 3-0 at 197, while Vetsch was 3-0 at 174. Neumann is now 5-1 in his last six matches. Schumack dropped his first match but then rattled off four straight pins and added a fifth win to record a third-place finish at 149. He earned the tournament's Most Falls award.


Men's Indoor Track and Field

- Concordia senior Dusten Olejnicak (Brainerd, Minn.) posted a career best mark in the long jump at the Cobber Alumni Meet on Saturday. Olejnicak recorded a distance of 21-11. That is 11 inches better than the mark he posted at last year’s MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championship Meet when he placed seventh.

- Concordia’s first competition of the 2008 indoor season will come on Saturday, Jan. 26 when they host the Cobber Duals meet at noon.


Women's Indoor Track and Field

- Cobber junior Mary Otis (New Ulm, Minn.) ran a 7.73 in the 55-meter dash on Saturday at the Cobber Alumni Meet. That time is faster than any Concordia athlete ran in all of last season and fastest since Angie Pfeiffer ran a 7.40 back in 2005.

- Concordia’s first competition of the 2008 indoor season will come on Saturday, Jan. 26 when they host the Cobber Duals meet at noon.


Men's Tennis

- The Concordia men’s tennis team opens the 2008 season when they host Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D. The Cobbers are coming off a 2007 season where they went 5-4 in league play and finished fifth in the MIAC standings.

- The Cobbers will be led by senior Wills Wischer (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS). Wischer played last season as the team’s No. 2 singles player. He went 6-3 in the MIAC and 9-7 overall last season. He also went 7-3 in his last ten singles matches of the year. Wischer has recorded a 29-16 record over his first three seasons with his best year coming in 2005 when he was 13-5.


Women's Tennis

- The Concordia men’s tennis team opens the 2008 season when they host Northwestern (Minn.) on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. at Courts Plus in Fargo, N.D. The Cobbers are coming off a 2007 season where they went 5-4 in league play and finished fifth in the MIAC standings.

- The Cobbers will be led by senior Kelsey Schendel (Willmar, Minn.) and sophomore Amy Freeman (Staples, Minn.) both players had a team-high four wins last season. Schendel played predominantly at the No.5 singles spot last year, while Freeman was the No.4 singles player.

 

This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
WBB - at home vs. St. Ben's - 5:45 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MBB - at home vs. St. John's - 7:30 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

Thursday, January 24, 2008
WR - at Itasca CC - 7 p.m.

Friday, January 25, 2008
MTR - host Cobber Pentathlon - 5:30 p.m.

WTR - host Cobber Pentathlon - 5:30 p.m.

MH - at home vs. Bethel - 7 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at Bethel - 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 26, 2008
WR - at Jamestown Invite - 10 a.m.

MTR - host Cobber Duals - noon

WTR - host Cobber Duals - noon

SW&D - at home vs. Macalester - 1 p.m.

WBB - at home vs. Carleton - 1 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MH - at home vs. Bethel - 2 p.m. | Live Stats

WH - at Bethel - 2 p.m.

MBB - at home vs. Carleton - 3 p.m. | Live Video | Live Audio | Live Stats

MT - at home at Courts Plus vs. Northwestern (Minn.) - 5 p.m.

WT - at home at Courts Plus vs. Northwestern (Minn.) - 5 p.m.

 

 

   

    

                  

   

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