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3/27 2001 Schedules are Now Online for Concordia and MIAC

12/22 Terry Horan Named Head Football Coach.
Terry Horan
Named as the eighth football coach in the history of Concordia College.

12/07 Mark Hankel Selected to Play in the Aztec Bowl.

12/07 Jim Christopherson Selected to Coach in Aztec Bowl.

12/05 Academic All-Conference Award Winners.
(In at least 2nd year at Concordia and at least a 3.35 cumulative GPA)
Adam Bakker Jr Walker, MN Biology/Chemistry 
Brian Bjerke Jr Appleton, MN Biology
Derek Flann So Lake Lillian, MN Undecided
Bryan Goudy Jr Monticello, MN Math Education
Mark Hankel Sr Mapleton, ND Exericise Science
Erik Hanson So Glyndon, MN Math
Dustin Little So Billings, MT Undecided
Christopher Mumm Jr Thief River Falls, MN Comm./Public Rel.
Matthew Palmen Sr Mora, MN Math/Economics
Raleigh Schmidt Jr Tracy, MN Biology/Chemistry
Andrew Shaffer Jr Monticello, MN Biology/Chemistry
John Tinjum Jr Powers Lake, ND Chemistry
Eric Wold Sr Fargo, ND Economics/Spanish

11/20 Mark Hankel Wins MIAC Most Outstanding Lineman Award.
         Joel Nelson and Joel Vettleson also Named to All-MIAC First Team.

Concordia College defensive end Mark Hankel (Sr., Mapleton, ND, Oak Grove H.S.) was named the Most Outstanding Lineman (Stam Award) in the MIAC for the 2000 season. Hankel, who recorded 12.5 sacks this year, ended his career with a school record 36 sacks. Hankel was also named to the All-MIAC First Team for the second consecutive year. Joining Hankel on the All-MIAC first team were offensive lineman Joel Nelson (Fargo, ND, Fargo South H.S.) and linebacker Joel Vettleson (Richmond, MN, Rocori-Cold Spring H.S.). Both Nelson and Vettleson were All-MIAC second team selections in 1999.

All-MIAC Second Team selection for the Cobbers were wide receiver Adam Strainer (Sr., East Helena, MT, Helena H.S.) and defensive backs Dan Tollefson (Sr., Madison, MN, Lac Qui Parle Valley H.S.) and Eric Wold (Sr., Fargo, ND, Fargo South H.S.). It is the second time for Strainer to be named to the All-MIAC Second Team while Tollefson and Wold are receiving the honor for the first time. 

11/17 The Concordian, End of run for coach and senior players
          by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

11/12 Fargo Forum Article on Jim Christopherson's Last Game.

11/11 Concordia Loses 35-14 to St. John's in Coach Jim Christopherson's Last
          Game.

| Forum Story | Game Story | Scoring Summary | Box Score |

11/10  Concordian, Football Prepares for season-ender at St. John‚s.
          by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

11/07 Concordia Prepares for Jim Christopherson's Last Game.
Saturday will mark the last game for long time Concordia Jim Christopherson to lead the Cobbers onto the game field. The 32 year football coaching career of Christopherson will end after the Cobbers game on Saturday at St. John's. You can listen live to the game on real radio Real Audio. The game will also be broadcast on KULW FM 92.7 in the Fargo/Moorhead area and KKJM-FM 92.9 in the St. Cloud area. Game time is 1:00 and tickets are available at the gate. 

11/04 Concordia Defeats Augsburg 37-13.
Concordia scored 28 points in the second quarter, and erased a 7-0 deficit, to go on and post a 37-13 win over Augsburg. Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND) threw for two touchdowns on the day and Josh Oien (Sr., Fargo, ND) rushed for 75 yards and one TD. Concordia also scored two points on an Augsburg extra point when Matt Palmen (Sr., Mora, MN) blocked the kick and returned the ball to the Augsburg 45, before lateralling the ball to MikeSchwab (Sr., Billings, MT) who ran the rest of the way for the two points. The offensive line for the Cobbers did not allow a sack and the offense only turned the ball over one time. The defense forced three turnovers including interceptions by Joel Vettleson (Sr., Richmond, MN) and Scott Belseth (So, Breckenridge, MN). Concordia finishes the year at St. John's next weekend. It will be the final game in the storied career of long time coach JimChristopherson

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11/04 Augsburg Game Day Listen Live Real Audio
         Game Day Preview (by Augsburg SID) 

11/03 The Concordian, Football wins big, 38-14 over Carleton
          by Eric Morrow, The Concordia

10/28 Concordia Wakes Up in Second Half, Defeats Carleton 38-14.
Concordia trailed 7-3 at halftime, but came out in the second half and scored 35 points on their way to a 38-14 defeat of Carleton. Concordia's offense could only muster 66 yards in the first half, but the defense held Carleton to   83 yards. After halftime the teams traded touchdowns until late in the third quarter when Concordia took control and rattled off 28 points to finish the game. Mark Hankel (Sr., Mapleton, ND) had three sacks on the day and helped the defense keep the Cobbers in the game until the offense could get on track. Josh Oien (Sr., Fargo, ND) took over the running duties and rushed for 105 yards on 13 carries. The Cobbers move to 3-4 in the MIAC and 3-5 overall while Carleton slides to 1-6 in league play and 1-7 overall. Concordia travels to the Metrodome to play Augsburg on Saturday, November 4th at 1:00. 

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10/27 Concordian, Football blows lead, loses heartbreaker to St. Olaf.
          by Eric Morrow, The Concordian

10/21 Concordia Loses at the Wire 27-24 to St. Olaf.
Concordia let a 21-6 halftime lead slip away, and St. Olaf was able to drive 99 yards on 16 plays in final 3:00 to defeat the Cobbers 27-24. 

| Forum Story | Scoring Summary | Box Score

10/21 Cobber Game Day Listen Live on Real RadioReal Audio.

10/14 Concordia loses to Bethel 60-21.
Concordia scored the first touchdown of the game, and then Bethel rattled   off the next 60 points, putting the game out of reach. Bethel moves to 5-0 in the MIAC, 6-0 overall. Concordia falls to 2-3 in the MIAC, and 2-4 overall. Concordia plays next Saturday at Concordia against St. Olaf at 1:00.

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10/13 The Concordian, Football rolls to Homecoming victory.
         by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 
Jim Christopherson
Announced His Retirement Effective on Dec. 31, 2000.

10/10 Longtime Concordia Football Coach Jim Christopherson Retires.
Jim Christopherson head football coach at Concordia College in Moorhead announced his retirement from coaching at a press conference today. His retirement will be effective on December 31st, 2000. 

"There was no single deciding factor in this decision, " Christopherson stated.  "It was a decision that was made before the season started, one that was based on spending more time with my family." 

Christopherson, 62, is in his 32nd year as head coach of Concordia football. He is only the second football coach the school has employed since 1941. He took over for the legendary Jake Christiansen, and has fashioned a career record of 216-98-7 while at the helm for the Cobbers. His 216 wins are the most by the seven coaches that have served at the school, and places him in an elite group of coaches who have won over 200 games at a single college. He is currently third on the list of wins among active coaches at the NCAA Division III level. 

10/9 Concordia Teammates Named MIAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. 
Jason Braaten (Sr., RB, Dent MN, Perham H.S.) was named MIAC offensive player of the week for his stellar performance in Concordia's 26-9 homecoming victory over Hamline. Braaten ran for 181 yards on 20 carries. His 9.05 yard average per carry on Saturday is the highest for any Cobber back in a MIAC game this season. On the year, Braaten has rushed for 360 yards, and his 6 yards per carry average leads the team.

Dan Tollefson (Sr., CB , Madison MN, Lac Qui Parle Valley H.S.) was named MIAC defensive player of the week for the second time this season. Tollefson had two interceptions in the game and ran one back for a  touchdown. His 36 yard run interception runback helped put the game out of reach, and sealed the win for the Cobbers early in the fourth quarter. Tollefson also had two solo tackles on the day and helped the Cobber defense limit the Piper offense to under 300 yards of total offense. Tollefson has four interceptions on the year, which leads the Cobber defense. He also received this award for his two-interception performance against MSU-Moorhead in the opening week of the season.

10/7 Concordia beats Hamline in Homecoming game 26-9.
       | Forum Story | Scoring Summary | Game Story | Box Score

10/7 Homecoming Game Day Listen Live on Real RadioReal Audio

10/6 The Concordian, Football falls to big play.
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian

10/4 Probable Starters Listed for Homecoming Game Against Hamline.

9/30 Concodia loses 39-22 to Gustavus.
       | Forum Story | Scoring Summary | Game Story | Box Score

9/30 Gustavus Game Day Listen Live Real Audio
       Game Day Preview and Stories

9/29  The Concordian
         Football wins ugly game, beating Macalester 24-14.
         by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

9/27 Probable Starters Listed for Game Against Gustavus.

9/25 Len Crouse Named Offensive MIAC Player of the Week.
Concordia's Len Crouse (Sr., Hazen ND, Hazen H.S.) was named offensive MIAC player of the week for his performance against Macalester. Crouse rushed the ball for 144 yards on 37 carries and scored two touchdowns. His 144 yard total accounted for 38% of the total offense for the Cobbers. On the year Crouse is averaging 72 yards per game rushing and is the leading scorer for Concordia with four touchdowns. 

9/23 Concordia Grinds Out Win Over Macalester 24-14.
       | Scoring Summary | Game Story | Box Score |
Concordia used the blue print from last week's loss to grind out their first victory of the season, a 24-14 victory over Macalester. Last week St.Thomas rushed for 360 yards en route to beating the Cobbers, this week Concordia turned the tables and rushed for 283 yards against the Scots. Len Crouse (Sr., Hazen ND, Hazen H.S.) was the workhorse, rushing for 144 yards on 37 carries and 2 TD's. Concordia's defense held Macalester to 249 yards of total offense and only 49 yards in rushing. Mark Hankel (Mapleton ND Fargo Oak Grove H.S.) added to his school record of sacks adding two more on the day. 

9/23 Macalester Game Day Listen Live 
       Game Day Preview and Stories
 

9/22 The Concordian, Football loses conference opener at St. Thomas
        by Eric Morrow, The Concordian 

9/19 Probable Starters Listed for Game Against Macalester.
        Macalester Probable Starters for Game on Saturday

9/16 St. Thomas (1-1, 1-0) Runs Past Concordia (0-2, 0-1) 38-22.
       | Scoring Summary | Game Story | Box Score
       | Fargo Forum Story | Mpls. Star-Trib Story

9/16 St. Thomas Game Day Listen Live onReal Audio
       Game Day Preview and Stories

9/15 Fargo Forum Article on Mark Hankel: The Company Line.

9/12 St. Thomas Game Notes, Starters and Stats

9/12 Probable Starters Listed for Game Against St.Thomas.

9/09 The Concordian, Football Falls in Power Bowl II - Failed Conversion a Gutsy End to an Exciting Game by Eric Morrow, The Concordian

9/05 Dan Tollefson Named MIAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Concordia senior cornerback Dan Tollefson (Madison MN, Lac Qui Parle Valley H.S.) was named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance against MSU-Moorhead in Power Bowl II. On the day Tollefson intercepted two passses and was in on 5 tackles (three solo and assisted on two others), and was named the Most Electrifying Defensive Player of the Game. His contribution helped the Cobber defense limit the Dragons to only 140 yards in passing and under 300 yards in total offense. 

9/04 Concordia loses 21-20 in Power Bowl II Thriller.
Concordia wide receiver Raleigh Schmidt  (Jr., Tracy MN, Tracy Area H.S) came up inches short of hanging on to a Jeff Hertel (Sr., Fargo, ND, Fargo South H.S.) pass that would have given the Cobbers a one point lead with 1:02 to go in the the fourth quarter. The deciding pass attempt came on an extra point try that capped a two minute drive that started at Concordia's own two yard line. The Cobbers next game is September 16th when they travel to St. Thomas to take on the Tommies. Kickoff time is 1:00. 

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9/04 Power Bowl IIcontinues @ 3:00 @ MSU-Moorhead.

9/03 JV Football loses 10-0 to MSU-Moorhead JV.

9/02 Power Bowl II postponed in 3rd Quarter, Concordia trails 7-13. The game will continue Monday, 9/4 at 3:00 - @ MSU-Moorhead.

9/02 Power Bowl II Game Day Listen Live on Real Audio
       Game Day Preview and Stories

9/01 Fargo Forum story on Power Bowl II.

8/28 Concordia starters announced for Power Bowl II Saturday vs
       MSU-Moorhead @ 1:35.

8/18 Fargo Forum story on Concordia football.

8/15  Roster update that includes freshmen is now posted.

2000 Cobber Preview:
The 2000 Concordia football season will be head coach Jim Christopherson's 32nd year with the Cobbers. He currently ranks third in wins among active NCAA Division III coaches with a career record of 214-95-7. He will be hoping that senior leadership will carry Concordia to the top of the MIAC race. The Cobbers will have 24 seniors on the team this year, that includes 11 starters returning from last season.

Concordia returns four players that were first or second team All-MIAC in 1999. The list includes  defensive players; 1999 Team MVP Mark Hankel (DE, Sr., Mapleton, ND) and Joel Vettleson (MLB, Sr., Richmond, MN) and offensive standouts; Adam Strainer (WR, Sr., Helena, MT) and Joel Nelson (OG, Sr., Fargo, ND). Vettleson and Strainer will also serve as captains for this year's squad.

The Cobbers will return nine starters on offense and eight on defense. The offensive unit will have the  passing, receiving and all-purpose yardage leaders return from the 1999 squad. The defense will return the leaders in tackles, sacks and interceptions.

See a more detailed Cobber preview

8/09 Concordia Announces Football Media Day.
The 2000 football media day will be on Thursday, August 17th @ 10:00 am. 

6/12  Concordia announces game changes for 2000 season.
Concordia's game with Augsburg has been switched to Nov. 4 @ 1:00 @ the Metrodome. This moves the game against St. John's to Nov. 11 @ 1:00 @ St. John's. See complete schedule and complete MIAC schedule
 

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