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The Concordian  - January 25, 2002 

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Men’s basketball plays on despite troubles
by Tim Hanson - The Concordian

Concordia’s men’s basketball team is looking to overcome adversity after disruptions plagued much of their first half of the season.

The Cobbers started the season with two non-conference losses against tough opponents MSU-Moorhead and Black Hills State before going on a four-game winning streak including an overtime win against Hamline, 87-84 in the MIAC conference opener Dec. 1.

Concordia won against conference rivals Augsburg and St. Olaf in December to climb to a 3-0 start in the MIAC before tumbling downhill with seven straight loses. But the team has been close at times. Five of the losses have been by 10 or fewer points. 

“We have been struggling to find the right combination of people to play well together,” said senior forward Mike Syverson.

According to head coach Duane Siverson, the team had several distractions during Christmas break, which adversely affected the team’s play after break.
Siverson stated that juniors Donnie Groce and Trent Hagen decided not to finish this season due to personal reasons and freshman Josh Downey was asked by the coaching staff not to come back after break because of team violations stemming from poor practice attendance.

Adding to the other distractions junior Kevin Gilchrest was out for three games during the team’s losing streak due to a broken nose. Also during that stretch the team had two key players, senior Robb Flint and junior Chris Thomas, out with ankle injuries.

“There are distractions on every team,” Flint said. “We may have gone through a few more than other teams, but I don’t blame them for our losses. We need to take care of our own business and focus on playing well. There are no excuses for performing badly.”

The team has had trouble with consistency on offense this season. Siverson said that it was due to the many changes in the starting lineup with trying to find the right people and put them in the right places. 

During the first five games the team stayed pretty much with the same starting lineup, but once the distractions started, that changed in a hurry.

“We had a different starting lineup for the first five games after break,” Siverson said. “In the last four games the team has had the same starting lineup and we are playing really good basketball.”

The team snapped their seven game losing streak against St. Mary’s on Jan. 12, 69-49. 

“We are finally starting to come together as a team and are playing some exciting basketball,” Flint said.

After losing to MIAC opponents St. John’s and Bethel, the Cobbers offense came alive against Hamline Saturday with an 81-58 victory. 

“You have to keep playing hard and trust in the guys that are showing up everyday,” Syverson said. “You must also realize that they are the ones that will help you.”

Concordia is currently in seventh place and will need a couple of big wins and some help down the stretch in order to snag the sixth seed in the MIAC.

“We want to be a team that will have to be reckoned with and that people are going to be afraid to play,” Siverson said. “We are playing hard and playing well. If we can be consistent offensively we will be tough to beat.”

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Wrestlers hope to hold competition down
by Anna Erickson - Copy Editor

The Concordia wrestling team has been busy preparing for the MIAC Duals.

They will take place tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. Other participating teams include Augsburg, Carleton, St. John’s and St. Olaf. 

Head coach Doug Perry thinks the team should place well in the tournament.
Perry believes that the team will be facing some challenging competition in the tournament.

“It’s about as tough as it gets,” he said.

Throughout this season, the team has faced some ups and downs.

Quite a few wrestlers have had injuries, including senior Zack Schroeder, who has now been helping coach the team for much of the season.

Despite those injuries, there have still been good times.

This season has brought many new wrestlers to the team. Senior Ryan Smith thinks that the team is set for the next few years.

This year’s first-year students are “a good base for the next couple years,” Smith said.

Some of the new wrestlers include William Duppler and Dennis Kline. They are on the path to breaking the freshman win record. All-American Nathan Reiff set the record in the 1996-97 season, with 21 wins. Duppler has already tied the record with 21 wins, and Kline is not far behind, with 19.

The team has also won some key meets. Duppler thought one of the highlights of the season for him was beating Dickinson State Jan. 11. The team won 27-21.

After the MIAC Duals, the team will have to face Eau Claire and then Jamestown and Morris. Perry says it’s hard to tell how the rest of the season will go.

“Hopefully it goes well,” Perry said.

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