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Winter  1980-81,   Alumni News - Concordia Moorhead

Winter 80-81

Askegaard and Oppegard lead Men cagers

Coached by John Eidsness, the Cobber men's basketball squad ended its 1981 season with a 9-15 overall record and an 8-10 record in the MIAC conference. As a team, the Cobbers attained 50 percent of attempted field goals and 70 percent of attempted free throws. Cobber game points averaged 72.2 compared with opponents' 74.0 average. The team set a school record in their game against St. Mary's, achieving 61.7 percent of their attempted field goals.

Team leaders were Andrew Askegaard of Barnesville, Minn., and Claude Oppegard of Fargo, N.D. Askegaard, a Cobber forward, led the team in both scoring and rebounding. He scored a season total of 310 points (12.9 point average per game) and captured 175 rebounds (7.3 rebound average per game). He was voted 1981 Cobber most valuable player and earned a spot on the all-MIAC basketball team.

Oppegard, the team's only senior, was voted 1981 honorary captain and the most inspirational player. Oppegard scored 230 points on the season for a 9.6 point per game average. He also gathered 108 rebounds (4.5 rebound average per game).

Concordia guard Greg Strand from Portland, N.D., earned honorable mention to the 11-man all-MIAC team.

Women cagers boast 26-6 season record

Concordia's women cagers captured third place in the AIAW regional tournament after losing to champion Mount Mercy of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in the semifinals. They posted a 2&6 record for the season under their new coach, Marc Langseth.

According to Langseth, "Collette Folstad was tough to follow. But the athletes made the adjustment to me as I did to the position. From there, the team just took off."

Indeed, the Cobbers did "take off."  Six-foot-three-inch transfer, center Sue Ekberg from Bismarck, N.D., and 6-foot veteran Nancy Halda from Mayville, N.D., led the way. The two juniors dominated both ends of the court - Ekberg averaging 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds a game and Halda achieving averages of 13.9 and 8.2. Both went over the 1,000-point mark for their college careers with a full season yet togo.

Guard Marybeth Stephan, also from Bismarck, broke the Concordia assist record for one season with 138, which surpassed the old record by 40.

Juniors Ekberg and Halda were both selected to the Minnesota all-state and the AIAW Region 6 teams.

 Gymnasts end year at regional meet

The women's gymnastics team placed fourth in Division III regional competition. This was the first time the Cobber women advanced to the regional meet.

According to Coach Julie Rosenfeldt, "There is no doubt that this is the strongest team Concordia has ever had. They're young and most will be returning next year."

Junior Karen Hegre from Fargo, N.D., earned her second straight trip to the national AIAW gymnastics meet. Hegre averaged 30.5 points in allaround competition during the year. An average of 27.5 was needed to qualify. Hegre was rated lCkh out of the 18 who qualified.

Hockey Cobbers share conference crown

Al Rice's 1980-81 Concordia hockey team ended the season as MIAC co-champions with Augsburg,  with identical  12-4 records. Their overall season record was 21-9-1 - the best record in the history of the school.

The Cobber team anticipated growing pains last season with 10 freshmen on the roster. But they easily advanced to the national tournament on the basis of their winning season and a two-game, total-goals playoff victory over St. Cloud State.

Concordia's season could be characterized by balanced scoring and persistence. The Cobbers made their first appearance in the NCAA Division II tourney in Andover, Mass., but failed to capture a title. "It was, no doubt, an educational trip for us," Rice said. "By advancing as far as we did, we extended our season by four weeks and four games. That will pay off next year."

High scorers this season include Tom Bruce, St. Cloud, Minn; Tom Samuelson, Duluth, Minn.; Jeff Goos, Andy Odegaard, Lonnie Vatnsdal and Brian Vatnsdal, all from Roseau, Minn.; Brad Howard and Steve Baumgartner, both from Regina, Sask.; Paul Bjorklund, Fergus Falls, Minn.; and Mark Jordahl, Austin, Minn.

Three Cobber skaters were named to the All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference hockey team. They were defenseman Kevin Johnson, International Falls, Minn., forward Steve Baumgartner and forward Lonnie Vatnsdal.

Jeff Goos, Mark Hedstrom, Fergus Falls, Minn., and Tom Samuelson were given honorable mention status.

Wrestlers finish third in conference

Concordia's wrestling team, coached by Vernon "Finn" Grinaker and led by co-captains Larry Feldt, Frazee, Minn~, and Craig Rothfusz, Ashley, N.D~, took third place in the MIAC conference championships this season with a 6-7 record in dual meets.

Malcolm "Molly" McLeod, West Fargo, N.D., the conference heavyweight champion, placed seventh in the NCAA III National Tournament with a 21-8 record. This was the second year he placed in the national meet. Other high scorers this season and their season records include Phil Bungum,  Lindstrom, Minn., 14-8; Leif Wallin, Minot, N.D., 14-12; Doug Soderman, Great Falls, Mont., 17-11; and Duwayne Kilbo, Menahga, Minn., 14-8.