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2007-08 Cobber Athletics Newsletter
March 5, 2008

Picture of the Week: Concordia senior Melanie Hageman was named to the ESPN Academic All-American Team. She becomes the first player in program history to earn Academic All-American honors.


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

This Week's Cobber Athletics Calendar | MIAC Weekly Notebook


Concordia MIAC Postseason Award Winners

- Men's Hockey - Cory Johnson and Casey Olson

- Women's Hockey - Ace Gregg, Alyssa Dahl, Britt Vander Kooy, Julie York and Lisa Graham


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March 5, 2008

Top Note
Women's Basketball

- Concordia senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hageman was the only player from the MIAC to receive the honor and becomes the first player in Cobber women’s basketball history to receive Academic All-American honors. She carries a 3.79 grade point average and is majoring in Biology. Hageman finished her career with 1,625 points and 690 rebounds. She is fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list and eighth on the rebounding chart.


Men's Basketball (End of Season- 13-13 overall/12-8 MIAC - 4th Place)
- Concordia head coach Duane Siverson coached in his final game for the Cobbers in the team’s MIAC quarterfinal loss to Bethel. Siverson finished his career with 184 wins as head coach of the men’s team. He also had 349 combined victories for both the women’s and men’s programs to make him the all-time winningest coach in Concordia basketball history.

- Cobber senior Luke Linz (Watkins, Minn./Eden Valley-Watkins HS) finished his four years with 1,365 points and 525 rebounds. He is the first player in Concordia men’s basketball history to score 1,000 points and collect 500 rebounds. He is fourth on the all-time scoring chart and second on the rebounding list.


Women's Basketball (End of Season- 16-10 overall/15-7 MIAC - T4th Place)
- Concordia senior Melanie Hageman (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Hageman was the only player from the MIAC to receive the honor and becomes the first player in Cobber women’s basketball history to receive Academic All-American honors. She carries a 3.79 grade point average and is majoring in Biology. Hageman finished her career with 1,625 points and 690 rebounds. She is fourth on the school’s all-time scoring list and eighth on the rebounding chart.

- Concordia finished the year with a 16-10 overall record marking the fifth straight season that they have ad least 15 wins. The Cobbers also earned their sixth straight MIAC playoff berth and made their 22nd postseason appearance in program history.


Men's Hockey  (End of Season- 1-23-1 overall/0-15-1 MIAC - 9th Place)

- Cory Johnson (Jr., Moorhead, Minn.) and Casey Olson (Jr., Rock Springs, Wyo.) were named to the MIAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Team. It was the first postseason award for both players. Johnson led the team in goals scored in conference games this season. He finished the year with seven goals in league play. Olson was one of the top defenders on the team this year and played in all 16 conference games.


Women's Hockey (End of Season- 10-12-2 overall/10-6-2 MIAC - 3rd Place)
- Concordia head coach Ace Gregg was named the MIAC Coach of the Year. He becomes the second coach in program history to earn the top league honor. Arnie Caplan was named the MIAC Co-Coach of the Year in 2001-02.

- Concordia juniors Bre Bian (Cedarburg, Wis.) and Alyssa Dahl (Willmar, Minn.) tied for the team lead in scoring in 2007-08. Both players finished with seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points.

- Concordia finished its season with a 4-2 loss to St. Thomas in the MIAC semifinals. The Cobbers ended the year with 10 overall wins, the most since the 2002-03 season.


Wrestling (Did Not Compete - Next at NCAA National Meet at Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

- Three Cobber wrestlers will be hoping to earn All-American honors at the NCAA National Meet held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Friday, Mar. 7 and Saturday, Mar. 8. Ben Anderson (Fr., Frazee, Minn.), Phil Moenkedick (Fr., Perham, N.D.) and Tony Neumann (Jr., Willmar, Minn.) will all be hoping to become the first Cobber wrestler to earn All-American honors since Nathan Reiff in 1999.

- Moenkedick is the only wrestler among the three that is ranked in the top eight in a weight class. Moenkedick is ranked sixth in the 174-lb weight class. He is currently 36-4 on the year and needs only two more wins to tie the school record for most wins in a single season.

- The official NCAA National Meet website can be found by clicking on the following link: NCAA DIII Wrestling National Meet Website. Results will be posted as soon as matches are finalized so fans can keep up-to-date with the Cobber wrestlers.


Men's Indoor Track and Field (participated in the St. Olaf Invite)

- Concordia senior Josh Smith (Sr., Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS) broke the school record in the 400 meters at the St. Olaf Invite on Saturday. Smith ran a 50.45, which broke the old school mark of 50.67 set in 1995. That time is the third fastest time in the MIAC this year. Smith, who is the defending MIAC champion in the 600-yard dash, also broke the school record in the 300-meter dash earlier in the year.

- Cobber junior Billy Oehlers (North Branch, Minn.) continues to improve with each meet. On Saturday at the St. Olaf Invite, Oehlers set a personal record by posting a mark of 49.8.50 in the shot put. That is the fourth best distance in the conference this year and is the sixth best in school history.

- Paul Westmark (Jr., Appleton, Wis.) ran a career-best 8.09 in the 55-meter hurdles at the St. Olaf Invite. That time is the seventh fastest in the conference this season. It is also the eighth best in school history and fastest time for any Cobber since 2002.


Women's Indoor Track and Field (competed in the St. Olaf Open)

- Concordia junior Diane Moliva (Jr., Yaounde, Cameroon/F. de Coulanges HS) posted her second 49-plus foot toss of the season in the weight throw on Friday at the St. Olaf Open. Moliva backed up her national provisional mark of 49-8.25 earlier in the year by recording a distance of 49-7.50. That mark is her second national provisional distance in the event. She is currently fourth in the conference this year in the weight throw.

- Cobber junior Katlin Anderson (Lisbon, N.D.) won the high jump at the St. Olaf Open. Anderson’s winning height of 5-3.25 is less than two inches away from the national provisional mark of 5.5-0. Her mark at the Ole Open was tied for the fifth best in school history.

- Cobber freshman Hailey Brenden (Rothsay, Minn.) was the top MIAC finisher in the mile run at the St. Olaf Open on Friday. Brenden led for most of the race and finished with a time of 5:14.69. That time is the third best in program history and is currently ranked seventh in the MIAC this year.


Men's Tennis (5-5/0-1 MIAC; beat Emory & Henry 9-0/beat Univ. of Puerto Rico 6-3)

- Concordia finished their spring trip to Orlando, Fla. by posting a 3-1 record. The Cobbers beat teams from Hanover (Ind.), Emory & Henry (Va.) and the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Campus. Their only loss came at the hands of NCAA Division I opponent Mount St. Mary’s. CC is now 5-5 on the season and will finish off they year by playing eight straight conference opponents.

- Cobber senior Wills Wischer (Grand Forks, N.D./Red River HS) was the only CC player to go undefeated in singles play in Florida. Wischer went 4-0 on the trip and is now 7-2 on the season. In doubles play, Wischer went 3-1 and is now 6-4 overall.

- The Concordia No.2, No.3 and No.4 singles players all have 5-5 records on the season. Matt Edin (Fr., Staples, Minn./Staples-Motley HS), Kirby Johnson (So., Crookston, Minn.) and Jordan Swanson (Fr., Thief River Falls, Minn./Lincoln HS) all evened their overall marks on the Florida trip. Edin and Swanson finished the Florida trip by winning two straight matches.


Women's Tennis (Did Not Compete)

- After having a three-week layoff for spring break, Concordia returns to action on Sunday, Mar. 9 when they play at St. Mary’s. The Cobbers will be looking for their first conference victory since the 2004 season when they beat Macalester. CC has gone 32 straight MIAC matches without a win.

- Concordia is led by freshman Melanie Gail (Madison, Minn./Lac Qui Parle Valley HS). Gail is 4-2 on the season and has posted wins over DII opponents from MSU Moorhead and St. Cloud State.


Fastpitch Softball (0-0)

- The Cobber fastpitch softball team kicks off the 2008 season when they play against a pair of WIAC schools at Augsburg on Friday, Mar. 7 and Saturday, Mar. 8. Concordia will play UW-River Falls on Friday at 3:45 p.m. and then UW-Stevens Point on Saturday at 8 a.m. Both events will be played at the Augsburg Dome.

- Concordia is coming off a 12-22 season in 2007. CC was 8-14 in the MIAC and finished in a tie for seventh place.


This Week's Cobber Athletic Calendar

Thursday, March 6, 2008
MTR - at MIAC Heptathlon at St. John's - 2:30 p.m.

WTR - at MIAC Pentathlon at St. John's - 2:30 p.m.

Friday, March 7, 2008
MTR - at MIAC Heptathlon at St. John's - 9:30 a.m.

MTR - at MIAC Championship Meet at St. John's - 3 p.m.

WTR - at MIAC Championship Meet at St. John's - 3 p.m.
SB - vs. UW-River Falls at Augsburg - 3:45 p.m.


Saturday, Mar. 8, 2008
SB - vs. UW-Stevens Point at Augsburg - 8 a.m.
MTR - at MIAC Championship Meet at St. John's - 11 a.m.

WTR - at MIAC Championship Meet at St. John's - 11 a.m.

Sunday, Mar. 9, 2008
MTN - at St. Mary's - 9:30 a.m.
WTN - at St. Mary's - 9:30 a.m.

 

   

    

                  

   

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