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The Concordian  - February 2, 2001 

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MIAC mixed bag for men's basketball
Kara Murray, The Concordian

The Concordia men's basketball team won one and lost two last week in the MIAC. It faltered first against Bethel 83-47 and then against Augsburg 85-66. Sandwiched in between was a win against Hamline, 89-76.

The Cobbers shot was cold against Bethel, in the team’s worst loss of the season. For the game Concordia shot a scant 23%, and turned the ball over 21 times. Concordia trailed 46-15 by the half and could not manage a comeback. Freshman Kevin Gilchrest attributed the team’s poor performanc to an all-around lapse in its play. "We need to execute the offense,” he said. “[And we have to hustle to] get back on defense."

Senior center Jeff Ubben led the Cobbers with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Concordia had considerably more success against Hamline. All five their starters ended in double digitsin scoring, and Concordia took held a slim three-point, half-time lead. Red hot from the field, the Cobbers expanded their lead in the second half, outscoring Hamline 47-37. Concordia’s 89 points were their most in a game this season. Gilchrest said the fast start was key to the Cobbers success. "We knew we had to get on a role,” he said. “They don't have a good record, but they always come to play. [In the end it’s] a good confidence builder for us."

A home loss against Augsburg, though, brought the Cobbers back down. The Auggies opened the game strong, jumping to a 25-point first-half lead. Concordia outscored Augsburg 41-35 in the second half, but it was too little too late.  "We were all ready to play, but it just didn't go our way."  Gilchrest
said. "We missed a lot of free throws, so at the next practice, we shot about 50 free throws apiece."

Ubben again led the Cobbers’ offense, scoring 13 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. The win and two losses bring the Cobbers to 9-7overall, and 6-6 in the MIAC. 

They next battle Carleton on Saturday. 

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Hockey holds fate in own hands
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

Heading into its weekend’s series against Gustavus, the Concordia men’s hockey team sits atop the MIAC standings and in the driver’s seat for a conference championship.

That comes as quite a relief, because after losing to St. John’s last Friday, and falling behind early to the Johnnies on Saturday, it looked as if the Cobbers might not even get to ride shotgun. Trailing 2-1 after the first period Saturday night, Concordia rallied to beat St. John’s 4-2, to regain the top spot in the conference and put themselves in control of their own destiny entering the MIAC playoffs. “That was a big win,” said head men’s hockey coach Steve Baumgartner.

After tying the game 2-2 in the second period on a goal by sophomore Jack Steen, Concordia took the lead for good early in the third period when senior Jon Tranby beat St. John’s goalie Adam Laaksonen to put the Cobbers up 3-2. St. John’s could get no closer, as Concordia senior goalie Bryan Howard shut down the Johnnies, finishing with 25 saves for the night. Senior Mark Schiller added a goal and two assists for the Cobbers. “We played the second half of the game with a sense of urgency,” Baumgartner said.

That was a drastic change from the way Concordia played on Friday night. The Cobbers came out flat, losing many of the battles on and away from the puck. According to Baumgartner, it was those little things that contributed to the 3-2 loss. “We didn’t play with any fire or jump,” he said.
But in the locker room after the game, not much was said. That’s because, according to Baumgarnter, not much had to be. “To a man, we knew we didn’t play well as a team,” he said.

So on Saturday, the Cobbers needed a spark, and that spark came from the line of Antonio Castaneda, Andy Vix, and Aaron Marsh. Late in the second period, those three sustained pressure in the St. John’s zone and got a few good scoring chances to get the team going. A couple minutes later,
Steen scored his game tying goal. “They got the whole bench excited,” Baumgartner said.

The Cobbers also got big games from their seniors. After the loss on Friday, Baumgartner told them they needed to step up their game. They responded with goals from Tranby, Schiller, and captain Mike Gast. In the net, Howard came up big, stopping a couple of breakaway chances by St. John’s to keep the Cobbers in the game. “They knew we were on a need to win basis,” Baumgartner said. “They really stepped up.”

Now, Concordia finds themselves in position to win the conference title. The Cobbers finish the season at home, with series’ against Gustavus and Hamline, the two bottom teams in the MIAC. With a sweep of those teams, the Cobs will win the MIAC. Although there is a good chance that will happen, Baumgartner knows that the Cobbers have to come ready to play. “We have to keep in mind that we can’t take either team lightly,” he said. “Both teams are gonna want to be the spoiler.”

An added motivation for Concordia is the fact that if they win the title, they gain home-ice advantage throughout the MIAC playoffs. “We need to come out fired up and make it happen,” Baumgartner said.

Concordia takes on the Gusties this weekend, hosting action at the Moorhead Sports Center. The puck drops on tonight at 7, and again tomorrow at 2 pm.

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At Duals, preparations pay off for Cobber wrestlers
Laura Walters, The Concordian

Going into last week’s MIAC Duals, the Cobbers knew that they could be successful. The long hours and intense preparation were proof enough of that. Their goal there, though was to prove it to their opponents. And they did just that, with a third place finish, and victories over St Thomas and Carleton.

Concordia’s wins werelarge and substantial, by scores of 45-12 and 47-9. But even their losses were indicative, especially their battle against the MIAC’s toughest team, Augsburg. The Auggies are the defending national champions, and are currently ranked number one in the nation. But the Cobbers came closer than anyone to beating them, racking up more points against them than any other could manage.

Strong individual performances were turned in by juniors Zack Schroeder and Rory Olson, who each finished 4-1 for the tourney. Junior Jared Sannes was also impressive, going 3-2 with three pins. 
Junior Aaron Swartz credits the Cobber team’s success to its commitment to rigorous and intense preparation. “Placing in the top three was one of our main goals since the beginning of the season”, he said. “I think our tough practices and hard work, especially in the past few weeks, really helped us to prepare for this tounament.”

The finish is the highest for Concordia in five years. 

The wrestlers have this weekend off and then return to competition at Jamestown College. The dual with the Jimmies is set for 7, Wednesday night.