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Feb. 21, 1997

  Men's Basketball    Wrestling 

Hockey Women's Basketball 

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Daimen Crump Profile

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Men's Basketball : Season Ending Soon for Team 
Vic Quick 2/21/97 

Concordia's men's basketball team barely squeaked out a win against Augsburg on Wednesday night. The Cobbers prevailed 76-71. 

Senior forward Daimen Crump led the Cobbers in scoring, bringing in 22 points and six rebounds. Also assisting in the win was senior forward Kevin Pearson , who added 12 points and five rebounds. 

Hopes for a playoff berth ended for the basketball team on Monday night, however, as it suffered a 91-78 loss to Hamline. 

Hamline controlled the game, shooting 72 percent from the field. Again, Crump led the Cobbers in scoring, bring in 24 points. 

Concordia hosted St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon and pulled off a 59-51 win. Senior guard Greg Dean came up big for Concordia, giving the Cobbers a 17-10 lead in the first half. 

"He [Dean] got us going on both the offensive and defensive ends," said head coach Duane Siverson

Dean leads the NCAA Division III with 5.1 steal average and, during the St. Thomas game, forced 10 turnovers. 

Crump again led scoring during the Tommie game, adding 23 points. Along with his 10 steals and seven assists, Dean had 10 points. 

Playoff teams, to some degree, are decided at this point in the season. Only the top four teams in the conference go to postseason play. 

Even if the Cobbers win the rest of the games in the season, the best they could hope for is a three-way tie. However, tie breakers, which include road record, coin toss and record comparison to other teams, would eliminate the team. 

Gustavus has secured part of the conference title. Carleton, St. Thomas, Augsburg, St. John's and St. Olaf will battle for the remaining three spots. 

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Women's Basketball: Cobbers Staying Positive 
Andy Pratt, Sports Editor, 2/21/97 

Senior post Ann Mehrkens brought in 20 points, and junior Leah Sonstelie added 17 in a 73-57 win over Augsburg on Wednesday night. 

Augsburg failed to challenge the Concordia's women's basketball team throughout the game. The Cobbers led 37-25 going into the half and kept turnovers down to 19. Augsburg gave up 28 turnovers. 

The Cobbers struggled against MIAC powerhouse St. Thomas on Saturday in a game ending in a 71-57 Cobber defeat. 

This game was St. Thomas's 51st consecutive MIAC victory. 16 or which the Tommies earned this year. 

The Cobbers were led in scoring by Sonstelie, who had 16 points on six of 12 shots. Senior guard Holly Zollar had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Mehrkens put up 14 points with ten rebounds. 

Mehrkens became the 14th Cobber to reach the 1,000-career point mark, during the Augsburg game. The 10 rebounds she earned during the St. Thomas game improved her in the top five Cobber rebounders. 

The Cobbers forced 13 turnovers but committed 19 of their own. Both teams' defenses were strong in the second half. 

Despite the eventual Cobber loss, Concordia managed to keep the game close for most of the second half. 

Two games remain in the Cobbers' regular season play. Concordia travels tomorrow and to Hamline on March 1. 

Bethel currently stands at third in the league in front of the Cobbers. The Cobbers presently hold a conference record of 14-4, 17-6 overall. 

The top four teams in the conference go on to MIAC playoffs. 

"In the next few games, we need to play as hard as we can," said freshman Nikki Vetter . "It is important to will all of them." 

The Cobbers are still optimistic about postseason play and are concentrating on what it will take to win. 

"We need to focus the whole game. Playing good defense keeps us together," said Vetter. "We have been talking about needing to take shots when we should and not force anything." 

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Men's Hockey : No Playoffs for Hockey 
St. Mary's squelches Concordia's hopes for post-season play 
Selmer Moen, Staff Writer, 2/21/97 

Concordia's hockey team went to St. Mary's last weekend with hopes for the playoffs but came away with a guarantee that the season will end next weekend. 

The Cobbers skated to a 3-3 tie on Friday, ending their playoff goals. The Cobbers scored two goals in the first period. The first score came from senior winger Jeff Corkish , assisted by junior winger Josh Arnold and sophomore Corey Rupp

Freshman defenseman Rob Gramer added his own tally on a feed from junior wing Levi Klaudt and sophomore wing Mike Simonich

The Cobbers took the lead in the second period on a goal from freshman center Jason Mahlen , helped by senior defenseman Ryan Johnson and sophomore wing Ryan Kortan

St. Mary's added its third goal at the 10:33 mark to tie things up. The battle ended there, taking the Cobbers' playoff hopes with it. 

"It was a real tough defensive game," Corkish said of Fridaay's contest. 

Tough defense wasa expected from St. Mary's, according to Corkish. 

"We played them well defensively and hoped that the puck would go our way offensively," said Corkish. 

The Cobbers took the ice again on Saturday but weren't able to muster the defensive performance of Friday's game and lost by a score of 7-2. 

Both Cobber goals in the second period, with Simonich finding the net unassisted and Arnold scoring on an assist from Gramer and sophomore Justin Reinholz

"We didn't play terribly, but there was no emotion," said Corkish. "The guys knew we were out of the playoffs so we were a little laid back." 

The St. Mary's series puts the Cobbers at 4-8-2 in the MIAC and 7-11-4 overall. They are ranked at sixth in the conference. 

Concordia faces Gustavus this weekend in the final match-up of the Cobbers' season. 

Friday's game begins at 7 p.m. and Saturday's at 2 p.m. Both games will be played at the Moorhead Sports Center. 

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Wrestling : Cobbers Fall to Oles 
Darrell Ehrlick, Feb. 21, Managing Editor 

Concordia's wrestling team gave arch-rival St. Olaf a run for its money at last week's St. Olaf Dual, despite being two wrestlers short. 

With wrestlers gone from the 118 lb. and 126 lbs categories, Concordia lost 30-21. Junior Colby Marich (150 lbs.) believed things would have been different. 

"If we would have had a full team, we would have won it," Marich said. 

Overall, head coach Doug Perry was pleased with the performance. 

"I was pretty happy," Perry said, "Everyone pulled together and made this one close." 

Marich and the team hope to avenge the loss at the MIAC championships the first weekend in March. Unlike many other sports, all wrestling teams advance to the conference championships regardless of regular season records. 

"We've had a couple of bad breaks, but now we're just focused on beating St. Olaf," Marich said. 

The Cobbers also took seventh place in the Carleton Open last Saturday. 

Concordia sophomore Nathan Reiff (177 lbs.) had a stellar meet, finishing 5-1. 

"He [Reiff] had an outstanding weekend," Perry said, "He is looking so tough. He just seems to run on an even keel, and as he comes to this point he's turned his intensity up a notch." 

However, Reiff feels that his record could be even better. 

"I thought I did well," Reiff said, "[but] I don't think I should have lost that one." 

Reiff increased his team-leading record to 20-7 overall. 

"Alot of the recent success is due to me just focusing and picking the intensity up," Reiff said. 

At the Carleton meet, however, the Cobbers were plagued by injuries, including a shoulder injury to senior Kevin Jackson (142 lbs.), a hand injury to freshman Phil Brandstetter(HWT) and a shoulder injury to Reiff. 

"Alot of injuries factored into it, but overall, we wrestled above average," marich said. 

Perry says that not only are injuries holding the team back, but the stress of mid-semester finals before a break also factors into the team's performance. 

"I see them as a tired team, with studies, injuries and all the stuff going on," Perry said. 

The team will continue practicing and conditioning during the mid-semester break next week, but Perry worries that changes in the routine this late in the season will be dangerous. However, some think the break is needed. 

"I think it should get our heads and our bodies back into shape," Reiff said. "Hopefully, everybody will come back healthy and ready to step it up." 

The Cobbers will attend the MIAC championships at St. Olaf on March 1. 

"I know we have [national qualifiers]," Perry said. 

Grapplers qualify for nationals at the MIAC championship meet. 

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

The Cobber Women's track team competed in the Cobber-Ole-Piper meet over the weekend. Women's team scores were unavailable. Following are the top Cobber placers in each event: 

Women's 
4x800m relay 2nd 10:42.70 
4x200m relay 3rd 1:53.52 
55m hurdles Sarah Severson 1st 9.14 
1500 meter Cindy Carstens 3rd 5:21.35 
400 meter Kristi Berger 2nd 63.76 
600 meter Julie Engh 2nd 1:41.59 
55 meter Kelly Holecek N/A 8.37 
800 meter Mollee Ludtke1st 2:22.5 
1000 meter B. Breidenberg 1st 3:11.6 
200 meter Michelle Haugen 2nd 27.38 
4x400m relay 1st 4:09.27 
Sprint medley relay 2nd 4:35.93 (school record) Pole Vault Lori Knapp 6th 6'6" 
Long jump Sarah Severson 1st 18'4.25" 
Shot Put Becky Kearns 4th 38-10.25 
20 lb.weight throw Kristi Berger1st 46-4.25 
Triple Jump Sarah Severson 2nd 36-5 

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Cobber Men's Track & Field:  

The Cobber men's track team competed in the Concordia Quadrangular meet over the weekend. 

The men placed second overall. Following are the top Cobber placers in each event: 

Men's 
4x800m relay 1st 8:21.04 
4x200m relay 2nd N/A 
55m hurdles Darren McKigney 9th 8.57 
1500 meter Bill Keating 2nd 4:08.06 
400 meter Peter Benson 6th 52.37 
600 meter Josh Lowman 3rd 1:26.74 
55 meter Adam Lovehaug 9th 6.91 
800 meter Jason Clairmont 6th 2:07.51 
1000 meter Jeff Street 2nd 2:45.05 
200 meter Doug Paulson 7th 24.69 
3000 meter Jeff Edwards 4th 9:45.71 
4x400m relay 2nd 3:38 
High Jump David Jacobson 3rd 6'5" 
Pole Vault Ryan Williams 5th 11'6" 
Long Jump Alex Krivobok 5th 21'0" 
Shot Put James Springer 8th 41-3 
Weight throw Scott Holthusen 5th 35-11 
Triple Jump Alex Krivobok1st 46-0 (school record) 

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Swimming: (No Meets) 

Daimen Crump, Men's Basketball Player

by 

Daimen Crump, a Concordia senior and the teams leading scorer on the Cobber basketball team, relies on one pair of basketball shoes -- converse reissues of the classic Chuck Taylor model. Thought the name "Chuck Taylor All-Star" appears on the shoes, these sleek, white and red models lack the defining characteristics of the originals -- the canvas uppers, and the thick rubber soles. Nor do they conjure up the grainy, black and white images of the players who made the original shoes famous, like Celtic great Bill Russell extending to block an opponent's shot, or the nimble Bob Cousy, maneuvering between defenders.

Though the shoes may fail to convey this nostalgia, Crump's basketball abilities, according to Cobber head coach Duane Siverson, are synthetic of the quickness of Cousy and the defensive prowess of Russel.

"He's a complete player," Siverson said. Crump, 23, is not only Concordia's leading scorer, he is near the team lead in rebounds, assists and, according to Siverson, is the teams best defensive player.

Crump's playing abilities were not the only characteristics that Siverson noticed during the 1995-96 season, however. It was Crump's first year at Concordia, and as the season progressed, Siverson noticed that Crump seemed physically drained.

"I asked him what's wrong," Siverson said, and Crump responded by simply saying, "Well, this is my time of worship."

Crump had converted to Islam one year and four months before. As Siverson discovered, Crump was observing Ramadan, a Muslim holy month which requires Muslims to abstain from eating and drinking during the daylight hours. "I knew," Siverson said, "it was the ultimate sacrifice to God [Allah]."

Last season marked Crump's first observance of Ramadan; he admits that it was difficult. For most of January, Crump and Muslims around the world were honoring their prophet Mohammed with Ramadan; this year, as the 1997 basketball season at Concordia bounces on, Crump has found it much easier to deal with the combination of Ramadan and basketball.

Through his first week of fasting, Crump was the leading scorer in both of Concordia's games, which were Cobber victories. This year, Crump said, "I don't let it [the fasting] affect me. It's a mental thing," he said.

Siverson added that during Ramadan, "He [Crump] seems more focused in every aspect of his life." Crump seems, Siverson said, "more settled -- at peace."

Granted Crump breaks the fast on game days: He joins the team for a pregame meal. According to Islamic theology, this is acceptable as long as one makes up these fasting days latter. Crump, through his first week, broke the fast three times, twice for pregame meal and once more, when he grabbed an additional handful of cereal before a game.

The droning demands of religion and basketball and school characterize, if not dictate, Crump's life this season. He completes a similar regimen on a daily basis: He wakes before sunrise to pray and eat (usually a bowl of cereal or pancakes); he proceeds to classes, followed by basketball practice at 3:30 p.m.; after sundown he eats and then studies sociology or psychology.

Prayer is an important facet in a Muslim's day, during Ramadan or otherwise. In addition to one's prayer upon waking, a Muslim prays four additional times: at noon, sometime in the late afternoon, at sunset and when one goes to sleep.

***

Crump, in the sparsely-decorated living room of his apartment, unrolls his prayer rug. He sets the rug near the window away from the couch, two chairs, television and Super Nintendo. Three basketball posters decorate the otherwise bland walls.

Crump is careful not to set the rug facing the posters or any of the furniture: this would imply that he worships the items. Crump places the rug facing southeast, towards Mecca, the holy shrine where Muhammed once came to political and spiritual power.

At first, Crump's long limbs seem to dwarf the thin, tasseled rug. But as he demonstrates the various prayer positions, he is methodical, graceful.

At one point, he stands over the rug, hands clasped together just under his chest. Later, he kneels down and places his head, fitted with a dome-like prayer hat, on the ground; the position looks to be one of humility before Allah. Still later, he kneels down and faces his palms upward, as if to recieve.

The first step in Islamic prayer is the Adan, a symbolic call to prayer. next is the Fata, an introduction, followed by a passage from the Koran, which the individual may chose. Crump knows only a handul of passages in Arabic; though he owns a Koran, he relies on the book "Islam in Focus," by Hamnuda Habdalati, to translate the meanings of passages. After a traditional concluding call for peace, Crump ends with personalized prayer. "Protest me from the evil spirits of the devil, and guide me to the straight path of the righteous..."

With fasting, praying and playing , there was indeed a rhythm to his life this January, like the methodical echo of a lone basketball player, completeing ball-handling drills in an empty gym. There was little room for spontaneity or excitement. Crump's life, however, has been anything but boring.

***

Crump grew up in Seatle, living for a short time in the central district, a predominantly black area downtown. His years in Seatle corresponded with a large gang migration to the city. As he grew up, he said, Los Angeles gangs like the Crips and the Bloods migrated north to Seattle. Gangs were not uncommon in the central district.

Though Crump was never personally involved with a gang, the infestation of gangs in Seattle was a distinct reality to him.

Once, Crump and some friends took a red 1966 Chevrolet Impala to a carwash in the Seattle suburb of Redmond. "It was one of those rinky-dink car washes," he said.

"Somebody went to get quarters and we were just talking," Crump said. Suddenly, an Asian gang approached them and demanded the car. One member was waving a gun. " It had a silencer," Crump said. "It was a Tech-nine, or a Mac-11." Another member of the gang, apparently irritated because his fellow gang member hadn't taken action, tried to get the gun. With this Crump and his friends ren to the middle of the adjacent street. Shots fired; "I saw the fire coming out of the holes[of the gun]," Crump said.

Crump and his friends ran to the middle of the busy street to get help. "People were rolling up their windows," Crump said. "We were in white suburbia," Crump said, "and there was a black guy and some Mexicans in the street. They just didn't want to help us," he said. The gang decided to leave without the car, escaping with the car's stereo and about 200 compact discs. They had attempted the carjacking in broad daylight near a busy Seattle street.

Though Crump was a "hoopster," and usually hung around basketball players, he had a wide base of friends. When gang activity infiltrated his neighborhood, his friends helped him avoid falling into a gang himself. "Somebody always had my back," he said.

After graduating from high school, Crump attended two community colleges in the next two years: Highlin and Shoreline. But Crump's motivation seemed to wane. His school work was lackluster. "I had a lot of friends that weren't really thinking about the future," he said.

The year 1994. "It [life] was all crazy -- at this time my daughter was about to be born," he said. Two of his friends had recently been killed, and others were going to prison for drug or violence offenses. "A lot of the people I grew up with ... I was seeing them go down."

Though he and his friends had tried various Christian churches, he had never been impressed with Christianity. "I felt like evrybody [in church] was fake," he said. "You see themin church one way but you see them outside completely different." In addition, he noted that Christianity "was the religeon that was beat into African-Americans [as slaves]."

One of his friends had adopted Islam two years earlier, and Crump had observed the consequent changes in his friend. The friend partied less and had stopped drinking, which Muslim teachings prohibit.

As 1994 continued, Crump continued to search. "I was trying to find me," he said. "I was trying to find God." After his Muslim friend left for college, Crump continued reading about Islam, a practice which his friend had encouraged. Crump sensed that Islam was much different from his religeous experiences in the past. "It wasn't about jumpin' around, dancing and sreaming," Crump said. He ealized that Islam enouraged humility, and he was impressed. "I just thought it was peaceful," he said.

Islam served as a esape from the life in the city. Long before his religeous conversion, however, Crump had begun to confront life on the streets by writing rap lyrics.

Crump began rapping about Seattle's street life in the mid 1980's. His first "rhymes" depicted a very bleak picture, he said.

"As I got older I got out of that," he said. "I'm more educated now." Crump has been influenced by civil rights leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X and Medger Evers.

Crump is most enthusiastic about the ideas of Malcolm X. "He didn't believe in getting stepped on," Crump said. Martin Luther King, Jr's philosophy is also important to Crump. "I think non violence is a key," he said. "I'm kind of a hypocrite, though, because I believe in Malcolm X's view, ' Protect yourself, defend yourself."

One rhyme, which has yet to be named, addresses the same issues King and Malcolm X dealt with:

"... but segregation is still a part of education. Ya, there integration but I still see the separation between rich, poor, poverty and elite high class country clubs and ghetto children bangin the streets."

As Crump near his graduation from Concordia, he continues to write rhymes. Though Crump's rhymes have allowed him to address life in his former home, a primary motivation for his move to Concordia was to escape that life. "It's much calmer out here," he said.

At Concordia, Crump has been occasionally disturbed by jokes that contain a racially-insensitive undercurrent, though, they're not acutely racist.

"Sometimes they'er directed towards me," he said. The remarks, he said, show tha the culprits "haven't been around."

"Sometimes it's funny," he said. "But when there is repitition ..."

Crump has yet to explore the Islamic community in Fargo-Moorhead. And though he enjoys the relative calmness in Moorhead, the move from Seattle was a tough one: Crump got married and fathered a daughter, shortly after he converted to Islam. Today, his wife, Jonikka, and his three-year-old daughter, Jalea, reside in Seattle. His mother and sister also live in Seattle. "My phone bill is really high," he said.

***

Basketball, when viewed from the baseline, appears to be a very rough sport. Though Crump considers himself a guard, he often must play small forward because of his height, 6-feet 2 1/2 inches. In the Jan. 23 game against St. Johns, Crump was matched up against a burly forward. Crump was knocked to the ground twice in the game. He collided with a teamate on one play.

After each of these three occurances, Crump recovered, smiling. He is the only player, it seems, who smiles as the competition unfolds.

"He is a very humble man," said Jerry Pyle, assistant basketball coach. "If you saw him in a room and someone said that he is one of the best players in the league, you would never have known it," he said.

Nevertheless, as Crump chastises himself after a turnover, or when he rolls his eyes after a questionable call, one can tell there is no lack of competitive fire in him.

Crump has said that he once felt he needed to find himself. He also said that he desires a calmer, more peaceful life. As he smiles and pulls himself off the floor amid the adrenaline tempest of a close game, it seems that Crump has indeed found something.

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