Concordian Sports
| Concordian Sports Index | Cobber Sports | Concordian |
| 1999 Cobber Football
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top
Concordia's Clayton Horgen (r. Kicker/Punter, 
Fergus Falls, MN
Named MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week Oct. 11
Joel Vettleson
Jr., LB, 6-0, 210, 
 Richmond, MN, 
 Rocori-Cold Spring HS 
 Chemistry  Major
 Class of 2001
Had 13 tackles in win over St. Olaf 

Cobbers roll past St. Olaf 
Homecoming victory brings MIAC record to 4-0 
Tim Hanson 
The Concordian

The Concordia Cobbers pulled out another second half comeback to win 17-10 over St. Olaf in their homecoming game on Saturday. After having the crowd on their heels trailing 10-7 at the half, the Cobbers outscored the Oles 7-3 to capture the win. 

Concordia (4-1, 4-0) is currently in first place in the MIAC after Bethel’s upset of St. John’s on Saturday.

“We are always happy to win homecoming because it sets the tone for the weekend,” head coach Jim Christopherson said. “Everyone at the game feels better and it enabled us to stay on top.”

The team struggled in the air gaining only 64 yards passing,  but were able to rush for 171 yards on 46 carries. 

“Our passing game would have looked better without the dropped passes,” Christopherson said. “It’s simple mechanics that our receivers have to get better. Our quarterback is still not making good choices some of the time, which we are chalking up to inexperience.”

However, Christopherson said he saw signs of the passing game looking great at times and feels the offense still has the potential to have a good passing game.

“I think we will have to pass to play with the top teams in the MIAC,” sophomore Jeff Hertel said. “When they are focusing on are running game I feel the passing game will show up at the right time ... We have good receivers and just need to click and it will all come together.”

With junior Jason Braaten and sophomore Jon Doebler both back in the line-up for the Cobbers, it eased some of the burden off of senior Nathen Reiff who has had to shoulder much of the running offense while the other runners healed . 

“I knew I would have to play a lot and be a big part of the offense, but I didn't feel a lot of pressure,” Reiff said. “I wasn't sure how much playing time I would get [at the beginning of the season]. A lot of [my success] is the line blocking real well, and everyone playing hard. The line’s doing lot of the work for me.”

Reiff continued to dodge the opponents defenses rushing  23 times for 73 yards. 

“When you think he's going to get 3 he gets 5 yards with the extra effort, Christopherson said. “He's a little bit unnoticed in his blocking ability. He is a tough blocker.”

The team also had to deal with fumbles and dropped passes as they tried to hang on for the win. 

Christopherson said the team should throw at least 25 times a game and that they haven't been doing that.

“I think a lot of it  is due to mishandling the ball on the option game,” Hertel said.  “We run a triple option with handoffs and keeping it. Sometimes I have caught on a elbow or have made a mistake. I take a lot if the blame for those.”

Senior kicker Clayton Horgen continued to do well on special teams punting seven times for an average of 48.4 yards. His long punt of the day was 65 yards.

“We knew Horgen would be a great kicker and punter because he led the league in punting a year ago,” Christopherson said. “He’s doing a tremendous job for us.”

Horgen was named MIAC special teams player of the week. “It' s a good feeling,” Horgen said. “There’s a lot of players on special teams [in the MIAC] and for them to pick me is special for me.” The team heads to St. John's Saturday to try and stay in sole possession of first place.

“We will have to play a perfect game in almost every phase,” Christopherson said. “They are against the wall. When they lost to Bethel they can’t lose another game or they are most likely out of the race. They will be a really fired up football team and we will have to meet that challenge and not make any errors.”

Horgan named MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Senior kicker Clayton Horgen punted seven times in Saturday’s Homecoming football game against St. Olaf for a 48.5 yard average to help the Cobbers top the Oles by the score of 17-10. He had a long of 65 yards.  Horgan also hit a 27 yard field goal late in the third quarter to give the Cobbers their 17-10 lead and was 2-2 on PATs. For the year he has 28 punts for a 40.3 average and nine inside the 20.

Horgan, who led the MIAC in punting last year, is once again one of the top kickers in Division III football.
 
 

| 1999 Cobber Volleyball
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top

Volleyball remains winless in MIAC 
Kara Murray 
The Concordian
(Note: This story went to press Wednesday before results of the 3-0 win at St. Kate's were available)

The Concordia College volleyball team fell to the University of Mary on Monday evening in three matches to bring their record to 6-16.  With each successive match the Cobbers fell just a bit further behind. The first match the Marauders struggled to keep the Cobbers down, yet overcame them 15-10. In the next two Concordia dropped 15-8 and 15-6. Sam Scariano led the Cobbers on offense with 10 kills, one solo block, and an assist block with Paige Meyer

The team kept up their busy schedule during the homecoming festivities with three games against Bethel on Thursday and University of Minnesota Crookston and Mayville State on Friday. The Cobbers won out over the Crookston, but fell to Mayville and Bethel. 

"Although we are still have no wins in the MIAC we're so close on every game," Concordia sophomore Kristy Anderson said. "The wins will come." Concordia waged a tough battle against MIAC conference peer Bethel on Thursday but ended up losing in five matches. The loss gives Concordia a 0-6 record in the MIAC conference

The Cobbers won the first match quickly 15-7. Bethel rallied to take the next match 15-9. Concordia stepped up their game a notch to win the third match 15-13. Bethel won the third match 15-5 to tie the game at two apiece. With the pressure on Concordia fell in the last rally-scoring match 15-13.

"We've been focusing in on fundamentals and playing as hard as you can in practice," Anderson said. "So can win when we are in the last two points of a game."

Friday's games went better for the Cobbers as they opened with a win against the University of Minnesota Crookston in four matches.  The Cobbers swept past the Golden Eagles 15-5 in the first match. Crookston responded with a win in the second match 15-9. Concordia refused to let go and came back to win the last two matches 15-9 each.  Anne Larson led the Cobbers with 19 kills and 17 digs for the game. Kristy Anderson contributed 21 set assists and Leah Sanden added 20 set assists for the game.

The next game against Mayville State did not go as well for the Cobbers as they lost in four close matches. Mayville took the first match 15-10.  Concordia rallied during the second match to give Mayville a run but still fell 16-14. The Cobbers pulled ahead in the third match and maintained the lead to win the match 15-9. 

Mayville took the lead in the fourth game and despite the Cobbers efforts, they won the match 15-12. Katrina Wilberts and Stacy Davis each featured four block assists for the game with Leah Sanden adding 49 set assists. 

"We are starting to play better together," Anderson noted. "We've had some ups and downs with people in the lineup and are still trying to see what works."

A little over halfway through their season, the Cobbers are optimistic for the remainder of the games ahead. In MIAC conference play, Concordia still has five conference games remaining. They are still in contention for tournament action, depending on their record at the end of the season. 

"We will try to concentrate on having some good matches and end strong," Anderson said. "Who knows."
 

| 1999 Cobber Men's Soccer
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top
 
Eric Singer
Sr. Co-Captain Eric Singer,
1998 team MVP, had 2 goals and an assist in 5-1 win over St. Mary's. 

Men's soccer cruises in consecutive wins 
Kim Thronson 
The Concordian

The Concordia men's soccer team heads into this weekend on a two-game winning streak by defeating Hamline 8-0 and St. Mary's 5-1 last week. Head coach Jim Cella cited Hamline as a team that they often overlook, but that wasn't the case this year.

Concordia dominated Hamline by a whopping eight-goal shutout, led by senior Josh Spaulding who had three goals in the win on Tuesday. The Cobbers were also led against Hamline by senior Chad Fancher who had two goals. Senior Micah Benson added a goal and two assists in the win. Freshman Nate Sollum needed only to make one save to get the win. He split goalie duties with freshman Eric Dunn.

In their Homecoming game Saturday afternoon the Cobbers threaded through St. Mary's tough defense to win 5-1.

The Cobbers have been taking advantage of a new line-up, and the benefit of not having players out because of injury. The Cobbers had previously suffered because many key players were ailing.

"We have to have some continuity," Cella said. "We switched around the line-up a few games ago against Carleton, and found the right combination."

St. Mary's trademark is their defense, but somehow the new Cobber combination managed to score five goals against a tough St. Mary's team. "This is the first time St. Mary's has given up five goals since 1995," Cella said. "Defensively we stopped them and offensively we put the ball in the net. It was fun."

Cella noted the play of senior Eric Singer who had two goals and an assist in the win, and Spaulding who also came up big with two assists. "You know you're playing well  when you're laughing and smiling out on the field," Singer said.

Cella also cited the defense as playing especially outstanding. He noted the play of sophomores Scott Noland and Gennard Lombardozzi and freshmen Peter Pawlowski and Cyle Cavett.

"Our defense is playing especially well," Cella said. "We're making the right decisions and the right shots."

Singer also emphasized the role the defense played in the win, especially Pawlowski and Cavett.

"They're stepping into huge roles, especially for freshmen," Singer said.

The two wins improve the Cobber's record to 3-3 in the MIAC and 5-6-1 overall.

Tomorrow the Cobbers will be playing home at 1 p.m. against unbeaten St. Olaf, the team ranked third in the nation.

"We have high expectations," Singer said. "If we play the way we can, we can still get an NCAA bid."

The next few MIAC games will be a true test for the team. 

"Every game in the MIAC is tough," Cella said. "We need to keep playing at this same level."
 

| 1999 Cobber Women's Soccer
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top
Jordi Kortan Scored both Cobber goals in overtime win at St. Mary's

Women's soccer snaps four-game losing streak 
Nathan DeCock 
The Concordian

Concordia’s women’s soccer team snapped a four-game conference losing streak by starting a winning streak of their own.

After a hard-faught victory over St. Mary’s on Friday, the Cobbers (2-4, 8-4) captured a two game winning streak with an 2-1 victory over the lowly Hamline Pipers (0-8, 3-11). 

The team grabbed its first MIAC win of the year this past Friday with a 2-1, two overtime victory at St. Mary's (3-3-1, 8-3-1).

Though they won their first six games this year, the Cobbers have struggled in the MIAC, losing four straight.  Saturday's victory brought needed relief.

"After our strong start this year, I think we were pressing against our MIAC opponents,” said head coach Dean Harshbarger. “ Against St. Mary's, we realized we are of high enough caliber to compete in the MIAC and that we don't have to press so much.  We were focused, but still had fun.”

The win pushes Concordia's record to 7-4 overall, 1-4 in the MIAC. Junior forward Jordi Kortan scored both goals for the Cobbers, her first coming in the 88th minute off an assist from senior midfielder Julie Fretheim, knotting the score at 1-1. 

The Cobber's second score did not come until early in the second overtime, the 105th minute of play, when senior Kristen Hetland assisted Kortan's game winner.

"I had my back to the net and didn't feel comfortable taking the shot," Kortan said. "But I heard one of my teammates yelling at me to take it.  We are told to trust our teammates, so I took the shot.  It went in and was the greatest feeling in the world."

Harshbarger had a slightly different take on the goal.

"Jordi's last goal was a thing of beauty.  If she'd have executed any differently, it wouldn't have happened,"  Harshbarger said. 

The low scoring affair featured good defensive play on both sides. The winning goalkeeper was Cobber Sophomore Kathy Braun.  It was her first MIAC victory in this, her first year at goalkeeper. 

"She's come such a long way this year, and this game was evidence of that.  Seeing her play now, you'd never guess she's never played goalkeeper before,"   Harshbarger said.

St. Mary's was first to strike when Joanna Fitzhugh scored unassisted in the 82nd minute.  St. Mary's was only minutes from victory before Fretheim and Kortan  spoiled things in the 88th minute.

The Cobbers next game will be on the road against St. Olaf (2-4, 9-4) on Saturday. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

|1999 Cobber Men's Golf
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top
Concordia's
Seth Johnson
Jr., Devils Lake, ND, 
Ties for 9th at MIAC Championship with 156 total, earns All-MIAC Honors

Men's golf ends fall season 
Emily Rankin 
The Concordian

The Cobber men’s golf team ended their fall season with a sixth place finish at the MIAC championship on Sunday.

Five members of the team competed at the championships at the Bunker Hill Golf Course in Coon Rapids. 

After the first day of play, Concordia was only eight strokes behind the leading team, but after the second day, Concordia fell to sixth place.   "We were happy after the first day, but we fell back," said  freshman Adam Hansen. "In golf, there's days you have it and days you don't." The Cobbers were disapointed with their performance on the second day, as they feel out of contention for the lead.

"We planned to do better, but we kind of had a rough second day," said freshman Jason Christiansen.

The team had been expecting to place higher in the MIAC. Christiansen feels the team placing in the top three would have been in reach, especially after the outstanding first day performance. 

Even with the team's lower-than-expected performance, junior Seth Johnson made All-Conference with an overall finish of ninth place in the MIAC.

"Seth has kind of been our consistent man all year long," said Christiansen.

Johnson agreed with Christiansen’s observations.

"I played pretty steady for the tournament," said Johnson. "I didn't play really great and I didn't play really bad."

Johnson's final two day score was 156.  Christainsen was Concordia's next highest scorer with 160.  Johnson said Christiansen "really improved over the season; he wasn't even playing on the first team at the beginning of the year and he finished second."

 Hansen and senior Matt Tharaldson both finished with 167, and sophomore Mike Hagen ended up with 176.  This was Tharaldson's first meet back after recovering from surgery.

The team is hoping for a higher MIAC finish during the spring season.  Hansen thinks the lower finish at this championship meet "gets you more excited for the spring, to show what you can really do." 

"Now the freshman have the fall under their belts- they'll have some experience for next spring," said Johnson.

Christianson agrees: "We've got a lot of potential for the future. We're really looking forward to spring."
 
 

| 1999 Cobber Men's Cross Country
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top

Cross Country 
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will participate at possibly the biggest meet of their season this weekend.

On Saturday, both teams will take part in the Drews/Neubauer Invite, in LaCrosse Wis. Over 40 teams are expected to attend the meet. It should be a good indication of how well the MIAC teams stack up against each other, as well as how they compare to many Division II teams.
 
 
 

|1999 Cobber Women's Cross Country
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top

Cross Country 
The men’s and women’s cross country teams will participate at possibly the biggest meet of their season this weekend.

On Saturday, both teams will take part in the Drews/Neubauer Invite, in LaCrosse Wis. Over 40 teams are expected to attend the meet. It should be a good indication of how well the MIAC teams stack up against each other, as well as how they compare to many Division II teams.
 
 
 

| Hall of Fame |
 Oct. 15, 1999 Concordian | Cobber Sports
 | Football | Volleyball | Men's Soccer | Women's Soccer | Men's Cross Country | Women's Cross Country | Men's Golf | Hall of Fame Inductees | Top

Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees 
Tim Hanson 
The Concordian

On Saturday, three individuals and the first entire team to be honored were inducted into Concordia’s Athletic Hall of Fame

“We have a committee that meets several times during the year and as a result we select people we feel are on the top of the list,” Athletic Director Armin Pipho said.

The 1999 inductees were Allen Holm, Steve Fox, Jillayn Quaschnick and the 1964 National Champion football team.

“The first thing we look for is their athletic achievements when they were a student at Concordia,” Pipho said. “After that we start looking at other things that they have done with their lives to make sure they have been good representative of Concordia,”

Holm was a 1979 graduate and played football for the Cobbers for three years from 1975 to 1978. He was named “Most outstanding Freshman” in 1975 and earned a starting sport at offensive tackle in his sophomore year. In 1978 Holm  He was named an NAIA first team All-American. He also helped his team to a 11-1 record, an MIAC Championship and an NAIA National Championship. 

“Our team had a lot of good individuals that blended together so its a great honor,” Holm said.

Despite being 20 years removed from his Concordia career, Holm still feels the desire to be out on the field at times. 

“I miss being out there,” Holm said. “Every time I’m at a game I miss it, I miss the feel of the place [Jake Christiansen Stadium]. The tradition is still here, and it still is a good place to play.”

Fox was the next inductee to be presented at the ceremony. Fox is 1979 graduate who excelled at track and field. 

“It feels wonderful,” Fox said. “Its one of the biggest honors of my life.”

In Fox’s sophomore year he won MIAC championships in both hurdle events. He earned All-American in 1978. In 1978 he also repeated at the MIAC championships in the hurdle events. In 1979 he won his third consecutive MIAC intermediate hurdles championship.

“Most of all I remember the national meets,” he said. “The other thing I remember are the good friends and the outstanding teammates I had.” 

Quaschnick, who played basketball for four years and graduated in 1989, was the third member to be inducted. During her four years at Concordia she helped  to earn a NCAA championship in 1988.  “Its a great honor and its something I will never forget my entire life and I credit all the teachers, coaches and my teammates for this honor,” Quaschnik said.

In 1986-87 Quaschnick was named All-MIAC. As a junior her team continued to shine improving their record to 29-2  as they won the NCAA Championship. She was named  to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team and was All-MIAC for a second time. 

In 1989 Quaschnick was named a first team Kodak All-American. after the Cobbers finished 24-3 and advanced to the West Region Finals.  Over her four-year career she is fourth on the Cobber scoring list with 1,264 points and sixth in career assists with 329. 

“I don’t remember any scores or records, or numbers,” Quaschnick said. “The main thing I remember about the games are, of course, the national championship team which was in 1988 and the people stick out over any game.”

Also for the first time a team was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. 

“A team brings honor to the college just as much as an individual would,” Pipho said. “They won the first national championship for us. They won it at the NAIA Division. It was a tremendous accomplishment for that team.”

The 1964 Cobber football team were National Champions. The 1964 Cobbers were coached by legendary head coach Jake Christiansen

The team was the first Cobber squad to win a National Championship, finishing the season 10-0-1. The team’s conference record was 7-0. Concordia came back to tie Sam Houston State 7-7 in the final quarter. The team was crowned NAIA National Co-Champions. Christiansen was named both NAIA and MIAC Coach of the Year.