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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 3 Young College -- New Conference

Birth of the MIAC | 1921-1922  | Arrival of Coach Fenwick Watkins  | 1922-1923 | 1923-1924 | 1924-1925 | 1925-1926 | 1926-1927 | 1927-1928 | 1928-1929 | 1929-1930 | Looking Back -- The Twenties |

1927-1928  | Football | Men's Basketball | Hockey | Men's TennisAll Sports |

In the fall of 1927 a squad of over 50 candidates for the football team including nine lettermen reported to Coach Cleve and a bright season was in store. The year 1927 marked a great influx of football material at Concordia. After a few workouts the year's material was acclaimed to be the best that the valley had ever seen. Chalky Reed captained the team and fullback "Rene" Wambach was named to the first team All-Conference team.

The team finished the season with a 4 - 2 record and ended up fourth in the MIAC with a 2 - 2 record. Scores were:

Concordia 19 Jamestown 7
Concordia 13 St. Olaf 12
Concordia 33 St. John's 0
Concordia 13 MSTC 0
Concordia 13 Gustavus 34
Concordia 0 Augsburg 21


 1927-1928  | Football | Men's Basketball | Hockey | Men's TennisAll Sports |

It was reported that Coach Cleve will be starting from the bottom in trying to build a successful basketball team. The roster includes Larson, Engh, Johnson, Anderson, Lee, Strand, Edlund, Captain Edwards, L. Thompson and D. Thompson.

The 1927-1928 basketball team finished with a 4 - 8 record, 3 - 7 in the MIAC. Final scores were:

Concordia 20 St. Thomas 30
Concordia 22 MSTC 27
Concordia 19 St. John's 24
Concordia 22 St. Olaf 32
Concordia 16 St. Olaf 37
Concordia 28 MSTC 23
Concordia 27 Augsburg 37
Concordia 34 St. John's 23
Concordia 19 Macalester 16
Concordia 19 Augsburg 35
Concordia 16 St. Thomas 34
Concordia 26 Macalester 25

1927-1928  | Football | Men's Basketball | Hockey | Men's TennisAll Sports |

The beginnings of hockey at the college were reported in the Scout:

The first hockey team in the history of Concordia College was turned out in 1928 under the management of Rene Wambach. As is the case in any new sport, experienced players were hard to find. A team was picked however all of whom had at least a little experience. This together with hard work and the coaching and brilliant playing of Rene Wambach finally evolved a strong team of which everyone was proud.

After a few practice sessions the team opened their season with a skirmish with the Moorhead State Teachers sextet. By functioning smoothly the Cobber icemen rolled up a score of 9 - 1 in their favor before the end of the game.

The next week the team played North Dakota State on their own rink. Although playing against a veteran team they outskated and outfought their opponents in every period. The final score, 6 - 5, does not indicate fully the superiority of the Concordia team. Concordia's next game was with Moorhead High. The final score was 20 - 5.

A return game was played with the MSTC, but with the increased ability of the players this game also turned out to be a run-away for the Cobbers. The final score was 17 - 4. The hardest game on the season's schedule and the first game the team lost was played in a return game with North Dakota State. The score was 5 - 4 in favor of the Staters. The last game of the season was played with Fargo High. Poor ice made skating impossible and so placed the Cobber speed merchants at a decided disadvantage. After a stiff battle in the water Fargo won 2 - 1.(17)


1927-1928  | Football | Men's Basketball | Hockey | Men's TennisAll Sports |

For the first time in the history of the school, in the spring of 1928, a college tennis team was selected to represent the school at the annual tournament of the Minnesota College Conference. Details were given in the Scout:
 

A school tournament was held early in May, under the auspices of the Concordia Tennis Association, as the vehicle for deciding who would represent the school. The college team was to consist of the four semi-finalists of the tournament. They were Deward Schultz, Glenn Buesing, Alvin Serkland and Purl Enger. Schultz, No. 1 man on the team was unable to be present at the state tournament and thereby greatly crippled the Cobber cause.

The play got under way at St. John's on May 27. The Cobbers minus the services of their captain, and all new to tournament play were defeated in the first round of both singles and doubles play.

However, with the experience gained and the greater facilities now obtainable for the development of new material the prospects for a more successful season this year are good.(18)
 
 
 
 

Chapter 3

1. Hollingsworth, Gustavus Athletics, p. 77-78.

2. Concordian, December 22, 1920.

3. Concordian, October 24, 1921.

4. Concordian, Novemberf 28, 1921.

5. 1923 Scout, p. 131. .

6. 1920 Scout, p. .

7. Most all of the information including scores and rosters for the 1920's was found in the 1920, 1923, 1926 and 1929 Scout yearbooks.

8. 1923 Scout, p.

9. Concordian, December 15, 1922.

10. Concordian, May 18, 1923.

11. 1923 Scout, p. 132.

12. Concordian, March 5, 1924.

13. Concordian, April 11, 1924.

14. 1926 Scout, p.

15. Concordian, May 5, 1925.

16. 1929 Scout, p 196.

17. 1929 Scout, p. 197..

18. 1929 Scout, p. 199.

19. 1929 Scout, p.180.

20. 1929 Scout, p. 13.

21. 1929 Scout, p. 198.

22. Concordian, December 19, 1929.
 
 
 

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