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Fall 1980,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead

Fall 80

Football team tops conference

Football was once again the brightest spot in the Concordia athletic picture, as this year's team captured the conference title outright, after sharing it for the past two years. The Cobbers finished with a 7-1 conference record and were 8-2 overall.

The 23-22 season-ending win over Gustavus Adolphus College was a dramatic climax, and the game itself came to a heartpounding conclusion.

Coming into that final contest,  both  Concordia and Gustavus had 6-1 conference records. The Cobbers' record was impressive, particularly since they were plagued with a series of injuries that put sophomores and freshmen in several key starting roles. Three shutouts were recorded, and the only loss was a 14-26 game with the College of St. Thomas.

Early in the Gustavus game, it looked as though the advanced billing of a close game was wrong. The Cobbers scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and led 13-3 at halftime. But Gustavus is known as a strong team that wears down opponents and defeats them late in the game. It started to look like that was happening. The Gusties marched steadily and scored with only seconds remaining, to trail by one point. They decided to go for a two-point conversion and a definite win or loss rather than a one-point conversion to tie it. The pass went wide, the game was over, the Cobbers were the champs.

"It is the most dramatic finish I recall at this field," said head coach Jim Christopherson ('60) Watching the game along with 3,200 other people were Jake Christiansen - the man for whom the stadium is named and another retired coach Lloyd Hollingsworth of Gustavus.

Many honors followed the conference title. Christopherson was named MIAC Coach of the Year, based on this season 5 per formance and his 85-31-1 record  after 11 seasons. Also, six team  members were  named  all-conference. They are  seniors  Bart Bridwell and Mark Reysse  of Moorhead; senior Jon Dahl of Detroit Lakes, Minn., senior  Ralph Ralvorson of Belgrade, Minn.; senior Jeff Holter ofFertile, Minn.; and junior Dave Rosengren of Plymouth, Minn.

Men's cross country has good season

First-year  coach  Paul Frederickson reported a good year for the men's cross country  team, led by senior Rick Brandl of Flushing, N.Y.

Brandi placed second in the conference meet at St. Paul and  led the team to a fifth-place finish in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

"This is a very strong conference for men's cross country," Frederickson noted. "It's one of the best in the NCAA Division III, so a fifth-place finish is very respectable."

He noted that the runner from Macalester who finished ahead of Brandl in the conference meet finished second in the nation in Division III.

Other strong performers included junior Kevin Johnson from International Falls Minn who was fourth in the North Dakota State School of Science Invitational, and Kevin Benson a sophomore from North Branch, Minn., who finished seventh in that meet.

Experience gained by women runners

A young and inexperienced women's cross country team showed great promise for com mg years during this season 5 competition, according to coach Paul Frederickson.

"All were in their first year of college competition except Anita Anderson," he said, "and she had mononucleosis all summer and was not as strong as she was last year." She is a senior from Brooklyn Center, Minn

In spite of the team 5 inex perience,  several individuals turned in strong performances Coming from 14th place at the University of North Dakota In vitational, freshman Lynnette Dyrdahi of Kalispell, Mont cutting five seconds from her time, won the North Dakota State School of Science Invita tional. Another freshman that turned in strong performances was Carlene Paulson of Moor head, who finished third in the State School of Science meet and seventh in a triangular with the University of North Dakota and Jamestown College.

Both Dyrdahl and Paulson ran well at the regional meet in Ames, Iowa, Frederickson said. "They placed in the middle which is good for inexperienced runners. That was a tough course, and there were lots of ex perienced runners from all over the Midwest."

The team competed in six meets in addition to the conference and regional events.

 Cobber Qualifies for Golf Tournament

The Cobber women's golf team finished another strong season, led by senior captain Kris Elton of Alexandria, Minn., who became the first Concordia golfer to qualify for national competition.

A summary of the year shows the team won three of seven tournaments, including the Cobber Invitational, a seven-team event played at Moorhead Country Club.  Concordia missed placing first by only one stroke in the seven-state regional tournament at  Brookings,  S.D. Much of the competition was Division II schools,  Coach Duane Siverson noted, adding that the team finished the Cobber Invitational 76 strokes below last year's score.

Miss Elton is the first Concordia golfer to qualify for the national collegiate meet, which will be held in June. The site tentatively selected is Hershey, Pa. She was medalist in six of the season's seven tournaments and had a 79.1 average and a 4 handicap.  In a dual meet with Moorhead State University at the nine-hole Ponderosa Golf Course near Glyndon, Minn., she had a 35, which set a course record by seven strokes.

Field hockey team in regional contest

The women's field hockey team participated in its first regional competition this year, receiving an at-large berth in the event

During the year the team, coached by Julie Rosenfeldt, competed against many Division II schools, which give more financial aid to athletes than do Division III schools such as Concordia. A total of eight wins and 15  losses were recorded in regular season  play against tough competition, which led to the invitation to the regional event.

Reid at Grinneil (Iowa) College, the regional competition included three games for the Cobbers, who were winners in only one.

Mrs. Rosenfeldt cited four seniors as outstanding players on the 14-member roster. They are: Melrene Nygaard,  Starbuck, Minn., who was leading scorer; Julie Moe, Kindred, N.D., who led in assists; Linda Iverson, Fairview, Mont., outstanding goalie; and Lorraine Frojen, Oakes, N.D., outstanding defensive player.

First-year players aid volleyball effort

Concordia's volleyball team completed the season with six wins and seven losses in regular competition and a  12-14-1 record overall. With three or four freshmen starting in every contest, the team looks forward to strong seasons in the future.

The Cobber women finished second in the Hamline University Invitational Tournament, just one point shy in one game of sweeping the event. Coach Kay  Peterson noted that the team turned in its best performance ever in the state tournament. Ranked number 11 of the 12  schools qualifying for that com petition, the Cobbers emerged from the preliminary competi- tion tied for second, They were later defeated  in singleelimination play, but Mrs. Peterson noted that it is the first time Concordia has survived the preliminary rounds.

Sue Quenette, a freshman from Moorhead, was cited by Mrs. Peterson as a key player this year and in the future. The three seniors on the team were Carol Edwall, a co-captain from New Brighton, Minn.; Sally Folven from Albert Lea, Minn.; and  Virginia Koppendrayer from Milaca, Minn.