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by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 4 -- The Depression Years

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1934-1935   | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Golf | All Sports |
Second MIAC Football Championship
Robert F. Fritz, Football 1931-1935

Only eight lettermen were on the squad at the opening of the season under Coach Frank Cleve and this team went on to a 7 - 1 overall recorded and an undefeated 4 - 0 ranking in the MIAC. Captain Bob Fritz, John Butorac and Olaf Midgarden were named to the All-Conference team; Vern Fossum, Eddie Dahl and Henry Held were named to the second team. Others on the roster included Pete Syvrud, Romuld, V. McDonald, Miller, Magne Syvrud, Chupich, Myron Husby, T. McDonald, Aderhold, Kyke, Anderson, Cleve, Kaushagen, Holzone, Larry Schneider, A. Schneider, Westberg and Bolton.

Bob Fritz was also given honorable mention honors on the Associated Press All-American football team.Season results for the 1934 MIAC Championship team were:

Concordia 0 NDAC 6
Concordia 13 MSTC 13
Concordia 33 Winnipeg Rugby 27
Concordia 26 Winnipeg Rugby 16
Concordia 19 St. Olaf 7
Concordia 13 Macalester 12
Concordia 39 St. Mary's 0
Concordia 26 Augsburg 6
Concordia 26 Gustavus 6

The line up for the first game was:
Chupich LE Butorac RE
Husby LT Cleve RT
V. McDonald LG Pete Syvrud RG
Midgarden C Held QB
Romuld LH Miller RH
Fritz FB

Coach Cleve's assistant was Louis Benson, a Carleton College graduate. He had coached at Two Harbors High School where his team won the state championship in basketball.

Rejoicing Cobber faculty members and students will fete the 1934 MIAC football champions at the pep fest tonight at midnight and Monday morning in chapel. The team will arrive tonight on the train at 11:55 from Minneapolis. A committee of faculty members and students will meet the train at the depot and take the team by taxis to the college dining room for the night's rally. Dean Paul Rassmusson will be chairman of tonight's meeting. The college pep band will play and several speeches will be given. Light refreshments will be served by the pep squad.

Monday's chapel service will be devoted to the team. President Brown will be in charge. There will be several speeches by the Moorhead mayor, a member of the Board of Directors and a representative of the alumni, as well as the coaches and players. Musical numbers will also be presented.(16)

It is interesting to note that the roster of the 1934 MIAC championship football team had only one player over 200 pounds and his weight was 210.

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 1934-1935   | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Golf | All Sports |

Tennis enthusiasts made plans for a fall tennis tournament. A series of matches with MSTC were scheduled. Plans were made to select a team which would work out regularly in the winter and represent Concordia in matches in the spring.

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  1934-1935   | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Golf | All Sports |

The Cobber reported that prospects for a winning basketball team were not very bright when practice started under Coach Frank Cleve.

The 1934-1935 basketball team posted the following scores:

Concordia 37 Jamestown 41
Concordia 15 Carleton 29
Concordia 41 Billings 20
Concordia 26 UND 40
Concordia 29 Jamestown 39
Concordia 30 MSTC 35
Concordia 35 Hibbing Junior College 16
Concordia 35 Superior TC 39
Concordia 31 Duluth 42
Concordia 41 St. Mary's 30
Concordia 40 St. Mary's 39
Concordia 22 St. Thomas 27
Concordia 32 Macalester 33
Concordia 28 MSTC 31
Concordia 23 NDAC 31
Concordia 29 St. Thomas 27
Concordia 29 MSTC 31
Concordia 44 Augsburg 32
Concordia 22 Gustavus 35
Concordia 31 St. John's 17
Concordia 49 Valley City 26

Record: 8 - 13 overall, MIAC 5 - 3 for a third place finish.

Art Myrom and Captain Eddie Dahl were named to the second team All-Conference. On the roster were Eddie Dahl, Art Myrom, Art Ernst, Herman, Peterson, Larry Schneider, Arnold Schneider, Jack Pettit, Mike Chupich, Tonny Kaushagen and George Kester.

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  1934-1935   | Football | M- Basketball | Tennis | Golf | All Sports |

Four golfers (Vint McDonald, Glenn Enger, Ed Westberg and Ralph Bolten) and two tennis players (Herman Pederson and Sterling Rygg) represented Concordia in their respective conference meets that spring.

NDAC won a triangular golf meet at the Moorhead Country Club with a low score of 328 for four men. Concordia was second with 347 and MSTC third scoring 379.

Chapter 4

1. Bogstad, Concordia College Through 50 Years, p. 177.
2. Concordian, January 20, 1922.
3. Concordian, January 19, 1923.
4. Concordian, March 13, 1931.
5. Concordian, November 6, 1931.
6. Concordian, November 20, 1931.
7. 1932 Cobber, p. 211-213.
8. Concordian, April 15, 1932.
9. Concordian, April 29, 1932.
10. Concordian, May 13, 1932.
11. Concordian, Nov. 4, 1932.
12. Concordian, May 6, 1933.
13. Concordian, Nov. 10, 1933.
14. Concordian, May 11, 1934.
15. Concordian, June 4, 1934.
16. Concordian, November 10, 1934.
17. Concordian, May 16, 1936.
18. Concordian, May 22, 1936.
19. Concordian, October 9, 1936.
20. Concordian, October 31, 1936.
21. Concordian, December 16, 1936.
22. Concordian, May 7, 1937.
23. Concordian, September 21, 1939.
24. Concordian, February 15, 1940.
25. Concordian, February 9, 1940.

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