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Men's Hockey
Kim Thronson, 
The Concordian

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3/13 Concordia's Steve Baumgartner named MIAC Coach of the Year. Six Cobbers earn All-MIAC Honors.
All-MIAC Cobbers:

3/11 NCAA Quarter Finals
Concordia loses 4-1 at UW-Superior |
Cobbers end season 20-9.

3/10 NCAA Quarter Finals
Concordia loses 3-2 at UW-Superior |
Game story from Superior Daily Telegram: "Game one goes to the ’Jackets" by Ken Olson The Daily Telegram 

| 2000 Cobber Softball
 March. 17, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Women's Softball has its days in sun
Laura Walters, 
The Concordian 

Kirby Puckett, Dan Gladden, and Bert Blyleven could have been among the fans watching Concordia women’s softball play over break. At least it seemed that way, as the women competed in Florida at the Gene Cussic Classic, situated right next to the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Florida. 

Playing a rigorous ten game schedule against teams from around the nation, the Cobbers walked away from the annual tournament with a 4-6 record. 

“We played good and bad teams,” senior Laura Danielson said. “We got mixed results, but we know that our experiences on the field now will help us come April.”

Danielson said it was good to be outdoors fielding and hitting as opposed to Olson Forum where the team has been caged for the last month. “These first games are good practice for us in preparation for our conference games,”  Danielson said. “We’re able to face situations in games that can’t be simulated in the gyms.”

Sophomore Kathy Braun also got some good pointers from some former Twins players, who were watching their old team work out next door.

“We were able to get some pictures with them and chat a little,” Braun said. “We had a pretty demanding schedule down there so we really didn’t get to see that much.”

A typical day for the team included a morning game, followed by a short break before the next game. When it was all over, players did, however, find time to relax by the pool.  The week proved to be a good chance for the girls to get to know each other a little better and build unity the season ahead.

“It was so fun,” freshman outfielder Jill Flatau said. “The girls are great to hang out with.”

Flatau added that she enjoys the college level so far. Although it is very different from high school, it’s still a fun and exciting experience.

“I learn something new every practice,” Flatau said.

After their tough games in Florida, the team returned to Minnesota to play in last weekend’s University of St. Thomas Dome Invitational.  In their first game, Concordia defeated Buena Vista College 4-2, but lost subsequent games to Luther and St. Thomas.

“We made some little mistakes in those games that ended up coming back to get us,” Braun said.

The team now returns to practicing in the Olson Forum to prepare for the Central Iowa Invite, March 31-April 1 in Pella, Iowa.  There the Cobbers will be tested by Central Iowa, William Jewell, Dordt, and Grinell. “We’re playing about twenty games before we even start our conference schedule,” Danielson said. “It’s great for us to be able to get the kinks out before we face our tough MIAC conference.”

Their experiences in Florida and at the UST Dome Invite will aid them in focusing on the season ahead. And tips from major leaguers won’t hurt either.
 
 

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Women's Basketball 
Kara Murray, 
The Concordian

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3/13 Kathy Wall Steps down as head Women's Basketball Coach |

| 1999-00 Cobber Swimming and Diving
 March. 17, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Swimmers
Julie Fretheim
The Concordian

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3/9-11  NCAA DIV. III Championships  |
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Shana Letness finished 17th at Nationals in both the 100 and 200 Breast Stroke events. 
 

| 1999-2000 Cobber Men's and Women's Track and Field
 March. 17, 2000 Concordian | Cobber Sports
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Indoor nationals tough going for track
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

This past weekend, several Concordia track and field athletes competed in the national indoor meet. At the meet, the only Cobber athlete to place was senior Micah Benson in the long jump. Benson took seventh in the event, jumping 23-1 1/4.  Less than nine inches separated the top seven jumpers in the event.

“It was good to see him [Micah] make finals,” head men’s coach Garrick Larson said. “I thought he jumped as well as he could that day.” Sara Grineski, Maria DeBoer, Karyn Senst, and Adam Strainer also competed at the national meet for the Cobbers.  Although none of them placed, just being there was a great accomplishment.

“Only fifteen people go to nationals in each event,” Roeske said. “Just being there is pretty satisfying in itself.”

Qualifying is one thing, but the hardest part about this year’s national competition was just getting there. 

Last Wednesday, the Fargo/Moorhead area was rocked by a snowstorm that left traveling impossible.  Meanwhile, the track athletes were scheduled to fly out the next morning.  Obviously, this caused some problems.  Most of the flights out of Fargo were cancelled or postponed.  This left Larson scrambling  to get the athletes to the meet in Bloomington, Illinois.  After a ton of rescheduling, five hour layovers, and a little bit of luck, all the athletes and coaches finally made it to the meet. “It was a like a family reunion when we finally all got back together,” head women’s coach Marv Roeske said.

One thing that both Roeske and Larson would like to see change is how the national meet is run.  At this time, only individuals qualify for the national meet.  They would rather see a national meet where teams qualified and then competed against each other.  They believe this would bring a lot more excitement.

“After the conference indoor, the national meet seems almost anti-climactic,” Larson said. “I would love to see them [NCAA] change the emphasis to the team.”

The Concordia track team has a couple of weeks off before the start of the outdoor season.  That time will be used to train and regroup for the final stretch of the season.

“We are going to get back into heavy training, and do a lot of lifting,” Larson said. “When we start the outdoor season, we want to be ready to go.”
 

| 2000 Cobber Baseball
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"Boys of Summer" catch spring fever
Laura Walters, 
The Concordian

The Bats are a-swingin', the gloves are all broken in, and practice has been going at full force for quite some time now.  There is just one thing the Cobber baseball team is waiting to do- play a real game. Concordia, who is returning seven seniors this year, will get the chance to test its skills soon.  On March 24th they will venture to southern Iowa for the William Penn Tourney.  They will play six games against such teams as Westminster, Graceland and host William Penn. How the Cobbers do at this tournament will most likely give them an idea what they need to work on and what they are doing well entering their conference schedule.

This year, the teams to beat in the MIAC look to be St. Thomas and St. Olaf.  The Cobbers ultimate goal: beating these teams and winning the conference title.  In their previous season, Concordia tied for 5th in the MIAC, but with a few goals in mind, it is their hope to rise to the next level.

"I think we have some good players coming back and some quality younger guys moving up,” commented senior Clayton Horgen. “We also have good team chemistry and that should give us a chance to win the conference."  Another important part of a team's success is the performance of their pitching staff.  The Cobbers look to develop their younger pitchers while strengthening the skills of the veterans. 

"Our pitching staff may not have lots of experience in games, but we do have a few young guns who can throw the ball," stated sophomore hurler Justin Berg.

The Cobbers are quite optimistic about going into their 2000 season, and as Horgen jokingly said, in his returning role as the clean-up hitter, "I will bunt to move the runners if I need to."

And in the team sport of baseball, Concordia’s big goals and role reversal are essential elements of a successful season. The William Penn Tourney begins on the 24th, with the home opener scheduled for April 4th against the University of Minnesota, Morris. 
 

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Tennis hits court 
Squads aim for improvement
Kara Murray, 
The Concordian

After suffering opening losses, men’s and women’s tennis tried to bounce back Saturday against St. Mary’s. The men were victorious by a score of 6-1, but the women fell 5-4 in a tightly contested matchup. The teams now sport overall records of 1-3 and 0-2. 

Though their starts have been slow, both teams are looking forward with high hopes and dreams of improvement. 

"We are pushing to improve more in practice," sophomore Jonah Beckermann said. "And playing better with every match."

The Cobber men opened the season on a 5-2 loss to St. Olaf. Joe Amsberry and Ben Nielson both came out on top of the singles matches. Amsberry and Andy Bakke secured a win in doubles play. 

Over Spring break the team traveled to Arizona for some fun in the sun and sweat on the court. The Cobbers dropped their overall record to 1-3, winning over Scottsdale, but falling to Paradise Valley and Glendale.  "We're waiting for the weather to clear up so we can start practicing outside full time," Beckermann said. "It is tough switching back and forth."

The Cobber women are still inching their way into the season after opening with two losses. 

"We've been working a lot to bring our level up to the next step," junior Katie Carmine said. "We want to improve our record, which has been right around the middle."

The women fell 2-7 in their opening game with St. Olaf. Angela Parker picked up the Cobber's only singles win. Carmine and Anna Tou edged the Olies in Concordia's lone win for doubles matches.

Last Saturday the Cobbers lost to St. Mary's in a close match up.  "We knew it was going to be a tight match," Carmine said. "It has flip-flopped . . . the last couple of years they would win, then we would."

The women are still getting used to the feel of the court beneath their shoes. They enter this season with only five returning starters.  "We are basically a new team," Carmine said. "We have been working as a team to be ready for all the close matches we will have."