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The Concordian  - February 16, 2001 

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Men’s basketball clinches spot in MIAC tourney
Kara Murray, The Concordian

The weekend proved a roller-coaster ride for Concordia’s men’s basketball team. On Saturday the Cobbers were low, losing to Macalester 83-69. But in a 69-64 battle to the buzzer against St. Mary’s on Monday, the men regained their confidence, capturing their first MIAC tournament birth since the 1995-96 season.

"We are definitely feeling good," Robb Flint said. "We are not playing our best basketball, but a win is a win."

On Saturday Macalester came out shooting, jumping to an early 11-4 lead. And the Cobbers could never get their offense together. Plagued by cold shooting from the field and the free throw line, Concordia couldn’t get any closer than 10 after thegame’s first half.

Senior Kermit Cooper was the bright spot for Concordia scoring 17 points and grabbing a game high 8 rebounds.

"We didn't come ready to play and they did," Flint said. 

Monday’s game, however, was much closer, as the Cobbers took an evenly matched St. Mary’s squad all the way to the buzzer. Throughout its course, the game’s lead switched nine different times and was tied at five others. At the half Concordia had a scant lead of 1. The Cobbers looked to have the game under control, as they extended their lead in the second half. But the Cardinals scored eight straight points to take a 64-63 lead with under two minutes to play.

Flint and Cooper, though, came to Concordia’s rescue, with one fantastic play to save the game. Flint’s feed to his teammate, cutting in to basket, gave Cooper and the Cobbers the back-breaking slam. 

"We played better in the second half," Flint said. "Kermit Coopers dunk at the end was a big play."
The men will finish their regular season tomorrow, as they host Bethel at 3 pm. Then their next order of business is the MIAC Tournament, which begins on Tuesday. 

According to Flint, the Cobs will be ready for whomever they happen face.

"We will have played whoever we end up playing at least twice before," Flint said. "So we will sort of know what to expect."

The Cobbers are now 13-9, 10-8 in MIAC. 

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Weekends are for upsets in women’s hockey
Joe Albert, The Concordian

Weekends are supposed to be relaxing. But the Concordia women’s hockey team could ill-afford to do so against its last two nationally ranked, weekend opponents. So while their friends were relaxing, the Cobbers were skating to three big victories, two over UW-Superior and one over conference rival St. Mary’s. 

In the latter of the matchups, against St. Mary’s last weekend, the Cobbers lost 4-2 in the first game, but then upset the number three ranked Cardinals 3-0 in the second. It was one of the biggest victories in the Cobbers history.

Concordia’s junior defensewoman Sandra Johansson scored the game’s first goal at 8:45 of the second period. With the Cobbers clinging to the 1-0 advantage, though, two Cobs went to the penalty box, and the team was facing its first major challenge of the game.

The Cobbers, though were up to the challenge, as they burned two and half minutes without allowing a goal. According to head coach Deb Lien, to play at a two-player disadvantage and still be able to shut down the powerful St. Mary’s offense is a tremendous boost for her team’s defense.

“They hardly got a shot off,” said women’s head coach Deb Lien.

The performance, Lien said, gave the Cobbers the confidence they needed to win the game.

A goal by junior center/wing Christine Kleven at 3:46 of the third period gave the Cobbers a 2-0 advantage, and a late goal by sophomore wing Katie Jacques clinched the game for the Cobbers. The goal also moved Jacques’ school record for goals to 28.

“She can score anytime she gets the puck on her stick,” said Lien. “She always puts herself in position to score.”
The hero for the game, though, was sophomore goaltender Shyla Wilson. Her 37 saves preserved the shutout for the Cobbers.

According to Lien, Wilson has been playing well of late, and is part of the reason the Cobbers have been able to knock off so many top teams.

“Right now she’s the top goaltender in the conference,” said Lien. “There’s nobody in the conference that can beat her.”
The Cobbers finish their season this weekend, hosting Augsburg tonight at 7 and tomorrow at 2.
 

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Cobbers rule at Concordia Dual
Eric Morrow, The Concordian

A few years back, it was a rare occasion when the Concordia men’s track team won a middle or long distance race.
This season, it’s a rare occasion when they don’t.

That was evident last Saturday, when senior Chris Goebel won the 1000 and 1500 meter runs, and senior Steve Edlund added a first place finish in the 3000. Those two, along with the rest of the distance runners, helped the men to a 4-1 record at the Concordia Dual meet.

“I can’t remember the last meet where we’ve dominated the middle and long distance events like that,” said head men’s track coach Garrick Larson.

After years of being a weakness, the distance runners have become a key part of the team’s success. Goebel and Edlund, along with senior Brett Ramstad, juniors Brian Klug and Kirk Nelson, and others, have all contributed to the turnaround.

“We trained hard during cross country,” Goebel said. “We’re seeing the benefits now during track.”

The biggest contributor so far has been Goebel. Last week, he led the Cobbers with with wins in the 1000 and 1500, the last of which, according to Larson, was one of the most impressive performances he’s seen. Larson also believes that Goebel has yet to reach his full potential.

“He’s gonna run faster,” Larson said. “He’s one of the most dedicated athletes we’ve had.”

Goebel also believes that he can improve upon last week’s performance.

“I think it was a turning point,” Goebel said. “Hopefully, I can get faster meet after meet.”

The distance runners weren’t the only ones who fared well at the meet. Senior captain Adam Strainer won the triple jump and finished second in the long jump. In the process, he provisionally qualified for nationals in the triple and just missed in the long.

“I always thought that he could go twenty-three feet in the long jump,” Larson said. “Now, he’s finally starting to jump like it.”

Other first place finishers for the Cobbers were junior Paul Poduska in the high jump and the distant medley relay team of Edlund, senior Jeff Hertel, junior Dave Dahlseng, and freshman Ben Nylander.
On the women’s side, the Lady Cobbers were also led by there distance runners, this time to 4-0-1 record. Senior Heather Brenden won the 1000, setting an Olson Forum record in the process. Her twin sister Heidi won the 1500, and sophomore Katie Martin finished first in the 3000.
record, what do you think?’”

What isn’t in question, is that Heather has been having a successful season. According to Roeske, the reason is pretty clear.
“She’s more into track than she’s ever been,” he said. “It’s paying off.”

Heather also hopes that it continues to pay off.

“I’m nervous with it being my last year, but I think I can run faster,” she said.
Martin, also is continuing to improve. Two weeks ago, she set the school record in the 5000 and finished first at the Bison Open.

“She ran a great race against an outstanding field,” Roeske said.

Her sister, Heidi, has also been running well.

“I think that both her and her sister want to go out in a big way,” Roeske said.

Earlier in the year, the women suffered from a rash of injuries. But now the team is getting healthy and the people coming back are finding success in some new events. Senior Sara Grineski, whose specialty is the hurdles, won the 600 at last weekend’s meet. Junior Kelly Tranby, who is a normally a sprinter, competed in the long jump for the first time ever, and qualified for the conference meet.

“The girls are finding new ways to contribute,” Roeske said.

The Lady Cobs also received strong performances from their throwers, as sophomore Maria Mougey and junior Becky Lacher broke personal records by over three feet in the weight throw. Those two are currently ranked one-two in the MIAC in that event.

This Thursday, Feb. 15th, both the men and the women will compete at NDSU. But after that, all their attention will turn to the MIAC Indoor Championships, where both teams hope to improve upon their second place finishes last season.

“We know it’s coming,” Roeske said. “Everybody’s starting to get pumped up.”

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