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Spring 1980 Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead
Women's tennis has 8-4 record
Concordia's women's tennis team finished its first spring season with an 8-4 record in dual matches and two members advanced to a tournament.
Invited to the Minnesota Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women Division III tournament were Jil Bromme of Moorhead and Naomi Paulsen of Northfield, Minn. Bromme was the consolation champion in number two singles. Paulsen finished the season with a 10-6 singles record and 9-3 doubles mark.
Other top performers on the squad were Debra Hjalmquist of Moorhead with a 17-3 record; Ann Schmidt of Moorhead with 9-6; Heidi Kiund of Anoka, Minn., at 12-4; Laurie Anderson of Moorhead with 12-10; Linda Dahi of Coon Rapids, Minn., at 7-6; and Bromme with 12-10.
Coaching the women's tennis team was Bernice Pavek.
Successful season noted in baseball
The 1980 Concordia baseball team put together the most successful baseball season in recent years. The Cobbers had 18 wins and 8 losses overall and were 11-5 in the conference, good for a second-place tie with St. Thomas and St. Olaf. The Cobbers were the only team to beat MIAC champion Gustavus Adoiphus.
Three members of the squad were named all-conference: Tom Simon, a senior from Brooklyn Center, Minn.; Bob Wentzel, a senior from Wayzata, Minn.; and Bryon Novotny, a sophomore from Alexandria, Minn. Tom Simon was named Concordia's Most Valuable Player. Seniors lost to graduation are Simon, Wentzel, Steve Atchison of Moorhead and Scott Borgstahl of Faribault, Minn.
Competion keen in menās tennis
The men's tennis team concluded its 1980 season with 13 wins and 10 losses overall and a 5-4 record in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Coached by Bob Nick, the squad found competition stiff this season but still managed to finish above .500. In addition, two players qualified for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics District 13 competition at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minn. They were Craig Dejong from Alexandria, Minn., and Mark Jordahl of Austin, Minn.
Only three seniors will be lost from the starting lineup: Roger Ragen and John Snustad of Moorhead and Steve Gabrielson from Litchfield, Minn.
Rodger Hagen (10), Moorhead, was one of three seniors on this year's men's tennis team.
Another Cobber - drafted to play football in NFL
Dave Kiug ('80), football standout at Concordia, was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League five days before his graduation from Concordia.
A 6-foot-4, 228-pound defensive end, Klug was chosen in the fourth round and was the 95th player selected. Earlier that day, he was telephoned by a representative of the New Orleans Saints and asked to keep his telephone line open because they planned to draft him in the fourth round. Kansas City, however, chose earlier than New Orleans in that round. Klug expressed some regret that he won't be joining Cobber Barry Bennett ('78), who plays for New Orleans.
KIug was twice picked as all-conference, he was chosen a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics all-American, and twice was named to the all-district team in NAIA District 13.
He is from Litchfield, Minn., and majored in physical education and health.
Women's track team sets school records in 5 events
"Very successful" was coach Joyce Prokop's description of the season for Concordia's women's track and field team. Among the highlights, more team members qualified for regional competition than ever before and several school records were set.
In a meet at Macalester College, the team finished a strong second in a field of 14 privately funded colleges in Minnesota At the track meet sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Inter collegiate Athletics for Women, known as the State Track Meet Concordia again provided tough competition and finished in second place.
Five school records fell to the 1979-80 squad. The events record holders and new records are: 400-meter dash - Sonia Welker of Willmar, Minn., 60.55 sec.; 1,500-meter run - Anita Anderson of Brooklyn Center, Minn., 4:56.7; 1,600-meter relay - Pam Grimm of Golden Valley, Minn., Karen Madsen of Owatonna, Mi Martha WaIler of Grand Rapids, Minn., and Welker, 4:05 65 3,200-meter relay - Anderson, Barb Bergseth of Crystal, Minn Heidi Moen of Skjetten, Norway, and Sue Velo of Rothsay Minn., 9:49.46; and shot put - Kris Freeman of Duluth, Minn 38' 4" (11.68 meters).
Coach Prokop was pleased with the balance shown in the team which meant Concordia could expect to score in nearly every event, rather than depending on outstanding performances in a few events to score points. "It was the most balanced team the Cobbers have ever experienced," she said. "We appreciated par ticularly the new people we had this year in the field event
Only four members on the team have been lost through graduation, and next year's squad should have a good year, the coach noted. Graduating were Anderson, Madsen, WaIler and Barbara Cartford of White Bear Lake, Minn.
Women's track and field will be somewhat different next year because of changes in conference alignments. Concordia women will compete mainly against the same schools as do men's teams The new arrangement, to be known as the Women's Minnesota In tercollegiate Athletic Conference, will not start officially until 1981-82, but Concordia will begin the change during the 1980 81 year. The Minn-Kota Conference, in which Concordia's women 5 teams have competed for several years, is, in effect, being dissolved.
Anita Anderson ('80), Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Tammy Benson ('81)) of North Branch, Mlnn., were co-captains of the women's track and field team.
John Mutschelknaus ('80), Sioux Falls, S.D., qualified for national
competition by winning this 5,000-meter run at the MIAC meet at Macalaster