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The Concordian Sports

Feb. 14, 1997

Men's Basketball    Wrestling

Hockey Women's Basketball

Cobber Women's Track and Field

Cobber Men's Track and Field

Swimming

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Men's Basketball : Dual Wins for Cobbers
Vic Quick 2/14/97

On Monday night, the Concordia men's basketball team barely stayed alive against St. Mary's, squeezing out a 63-61 win.

"They played us physically. The key was that we didn't let down and we stuck with them," said junior forward Jim Gillhouse. "We played tough down the stretch."

The Cobbers started off slowly until senior guard Cornelius Bishop connected on a three-pointer in the first half to give Concordia an 11-6 lead. Concordia led 30-19 at the half.

Against St. Mary's, senior guard Nick Guida earned his first career double-double, meaning he scored in double digits in two categories. Guida netted 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Gillhouse also added to the win with 12 points. Senior forward Daimen Crump helped out with 11 points.

"The key was we didn't get frustrated." said head coach Duane Siverson.

On Saturday night, Concordia played at St. Olaf and won 87-72.

Crump led this time, bringing in 34 points. Gillhouse followed with 16 and senior forward Kevin Pearson added 11.

Concordia is currently in a four-way tie for fourth place in the MIAC with a conference record of 9-7, 10-9 overall. According to Gillhouse, post-season play is still possible for the Cobbers.

"We need to work hard in practice. We have tough games left. We have to play those teams tough," he said.

Siverson believes the team has developed and grown this season.

"I think the difference in our play now is that, more than at the beginning of the year, we're staying focused on keys to win the basketball game. I also think we're playing harder," Siverson said.

The Cobbers, who are on a four-game winning streak, will take on St. Thomas Saturday at Memorial Auditorium.

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Women's Basketball: Double Wins keeps Cobbers going strong for end of season
Jennifer Gayvert, Sports Editor, 2/14/97

Week's Scores against:
St. Mary's 72-53
St. Olaf 80-47

With the playoff season looming on the horizon , the Concordia women's basketball team pulled together and secured two more conference victories.

Playing at home on Monday, the Cobbers defeated St. Mary's 72-53. Senior guard Mindy Schirm led the team with 15 points and 5 rebounds, completing 7 of 13 attempted field goals.

Junior center Leah Sonstelie checked in with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and senior forward Ann Mehrkens added 11 points and six rebounds to the win.

Concordia dominated most of the game, leading 45-29 at the half, and giving up 21 turnovers to St. Mary's 23.

The Cobbers handed down a 80-47 victory to St. Olaf. This time, the Cobbers were not so dependent on their traditionally strong offense.

"Defensively, we stepped it up. We know the offensive points will come, but defense is where we needed to work hard," said Sonstelie, who led the team with 15 points and five rebounds.

Schirm also helped in the victory with 12 points and two rebounds as did Mehrkens, with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Again the Cobbers led going into the half 38-31, a momentum they kept alive to the end of the game.. Turnovers were kept low, with the Cobbers giving up 17 and St. Olaf turning over 26.

As of Monday, the Cobbers are ranked ninth in the West Region NCAA poll, with the top eight regional teams advancing to the NCAA tournaments. Bethel is ranked eighth, St. Benedict's is second and the Cobbers' weekend opponent, St. Thomas, is first.

"St. Thomas is tough-- undefeated in the conference. They're a tough ball club. They execute well and they deserve credit. But they're beatable," said Sonstelie.

The Cobbers host St. Thomas tomorrow at 1 p.m.

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Men's Hockey : Cobber Hockey loses series
Selmer Moen, Staff Writer, 2/14/97

Taking on the St. John's hockey team resulted in a solid loss for Concordia hockey over the weekend. The number one conference team and number two national team dealt the Cobbers a solid 8-3 loss on Friday night.

The only Cobber to find the back of the net on Friday was senior Jeff Corkish.

"They are a really good team," Corkish said flattly.

The Cobbers failed to score until the third period, after the Johnnies already had the game well in hand. Corkish's first goal came on assists from freshman defenseman Rob Gramer and sophomore defenseman Justin Reinholz.

Then Corkish scored on a assist from junior winger Josh Arnold. Corkish's final goal came with help from Arnold and from freshman defenseman Guy Clairmont.

According to the team, it was too little too late against St. John's.

"We didn't play well defensively early and they took advantage of our mistakes," said sophomore winger Brock Blikre.

On Saturday, the Cobbers fell again to the Johnnies, this time by the count of 6-3. The Johnnies got ahead early and didn't look back. The first Cobber to score was Corkish, as he tallied a goal in the second period, unassisted.

In the third, junior winger Todd Hashbarger scored on assists from Corkish and Arnold. The final Cobber goal came from Hashbarger on an assist from junior winger Josh Brekke.

"They just beat us. They put the puck in the net and we didn't," said Corkish. "We didn't put forth the second effort we needed to beat them."

"We learned what it takes to be a powerhouse in this league," said sophomore winger Brock Blikre.

It was a tough lesson for the Cobbers, aas they needed a split in order to realistically stay in the playoff hunt.

"We are still mathematically in it, but we have to win our last four and have the right teams lose," said Corkish.

The last four conference games for the Cobbers will come over the next two weeks. The Cobbers face St. Mary's one the road this weekend. They finish the season against Gustavus at home the following weekend.

The Cobbers also skated to a 3-3 tie in a non conference game against the University of Minnesota-Crookston in a make-up game on Tuesday. Junior winger Levi Klaudt, sophomore winger Ryan Kortan and Gramer scored on Tuesday.

The Cobbers also have a non-conference make-up game against Bemidji State this Tuesday.

Having nonconference games during the heart of the season may seem strange, but Corkish believes it benefits the team.

"It helps because you don't have to look ahead to just four practices. It also lets you practice things during the games that you want to work on," he said.

Summing up the weekend's games, Corkish added, "I think we are about one year away from being a playoff team."

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Wrestling : Wrestlers forget records for MIAC championships
Darrell Ehrlick, Feb. 14, Managing Editor

The wrestling team's current season standing means absolutely nothing.

"Whether we've went 3-30 or 30-3, it doesn't matter," said junior Colby Marich, (150 lbs.)

Head coach Doug Perry agrees that as the conference meet nears, records aren't important.

"As we approach the MIAC championships, what we've done until now doesn't mean a pile of beans," Perry said.

According to Perry, teammates will encourage each other, but primarily each wrestler will be wrestling for himself.

However, as a team, Concordia lost to Jamestown 15-24 on Tuesday night, despite wins by sophomore Nathan Reiff (177 lbs); senior Kevin Jackson (142 lbs); and sophomore Jeremy Hernandez (126 lbs).

"We are wrestling with too much cautious intensity," said Perry.

That caution is keeping the team from being aggressive enough, according to Perry.

"There are just a few people who are cautious about getting after people and tearing them apart," Perry said.

Last Saturday, at the All-Lutheran Wrestling Tournament in Decorah, Iowa, Concordia posted an overall 10-17 record.

Reiff took third place, going 3-1, and junior Shawn Nicholas (134 lbs) won with the fastest fall time of the meet at 0:15.

Perry feels that Concordia has faced most of the tough teams in the region because of scheduling.

"It's not about who you've faced, it's how bad you want it," Perry said, "I believe we can do it."

Some grapplers say the problems and the losses have come because of little things.

"We have to make fewer small mistakes. In these meets, there were no slouches. The Luther meet was the toughest I've seen, and I'm looking forward to it next year," Nicholas said.

Qualifying for nationals is done on an individual basis, not a team basis. This changes the way Concordia functions as a team.

However, the real challenge will not be readjusting as team; it will be about keeping a positive outlook, according to Perry.

"We have to work really hard up in the head, real hard," Perry said.

For the MIAC championships, the teams feels it needs increased intensity.

"If we make it to nationals, it's because we wrestle out of our mind," Marich said.

Marich added that each member has a lot of training and conditioning before the MIAC championships.

"It comes down to doing whatever it takes to get to [nationals]," Marich added.

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Cobber Women's Track & Field: Women‚s track

Concordia women's track competed in the Huskie invitational at St. Cloud over the weekend. Top Cobber placers included senior Michelle Haugen, first in 400m run; senior Kristi Berger, fourth in 500m run; junior Mollee Ludkte, first in the 800m run; 4x400 relay team, second; senior Sarah Severson, first in pole vault; and junior Becky Kearns, fourth in 20 lb. weight.

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From the Archives

From the Feb. 4, 1977, issue of The Concordian Sports Section: "Cross-Country ski equipment and snowshoes will be available to Concordia students and staff for use during midsemester break. . . Equipment will be checked out on a first-come first-serve basis. The only exception is for students that are attending the Wilderness Canoe Base Retreat."

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Cobber Men's Track & Field:

Concordia men's track competed in the Cobber-Ole-Piper triangular over the weekend, with the Cobbers coming in third. Hamline won the meet with 149 points. Top Cobber placers included senior Ryan Williams, first in 55m-hurdles, second in pole vault, third in long jump, and second in shot put; senior Jeff Clairmont fourth in the 800m run; freshman Scott Holthusen, third in weight throw; and senior Alex Krivobok, first in triple jump.

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Swimming: Feb. 14, 1997

Concordia's swim team took on St. Mary's and Macalaster in a double dual meet over the weekend at Macalaster. Concordia topped St. Mary's but fell to Macalaster. On Saturday, the Cobbers will travel back to St. Paul for the Macalester Diving Meet. Follwing are the top Cobber placers in each event.

Event Swimmer Year Place Time 50 Free Open Karyn Senst Freshman 2nd 30.20 100 Free Open Karyn Senst Freshman 2nd 1:07.02 200 Free Open Sarah Moe Junior N/A 2:34.99 200 Fly Open Anne Mostad Freshman 2nd 2:53.09 200 Back Open Lindsey Bailey Junior 2nd 2:39.99 200 Breast Open Melanie Freidt Freshman 1st 3:14.00 200 IM Open Lindsey Bailey Junior 3rd 2:46.09 Diving Anne Mostad Freshman 2nd N/A 400 Free Open Janey Hill Freshman 1st 4:47.73 800 Free Open Janey Hill Freshman 1st 10:08.43 400 Free Open Relay Backman/Moe/Zavoral/Hill Soph/Junior/Junior/Frosh 1st

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