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"Concordia Men's Sports - The First One Hundred Years"
by Vernon Finn Grinaker
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Chapter 9-- The 80's  The Eighties - a Decade of Excellence

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1980-1981 | All Sports | Football | Cross Country | M- Basketball | Hockey | Wrestling | Baseball | Track | Golf | Tennis | Top |

It has always been a difficult job to recruit outstanding athletes to a private college.  As the cost gap widens between public and private colleges, the task becomes more of a challenge.

Concordia is located in a fairly thinly populated area with a large number of colleges and universities competing for athletes.  Many of these colleges are Division II schools that offer athletic scholarships.  The competition is keen.  Even the smaller colleges in North Dakota are actively involved in the recruiting process.

As the Concordia sports program ends its first one hundred years and enters into the next century, the recruitment of student athletes will have to be intensified in order for the college to compete with other schools in the area.

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1980 Football

An exciting opener to the decade of the eighties was the conference championship won by Jim Christophersonís football team.  After two years of sharing the title, the Cobbers won it outright with a 7 - 1 conference record and 8 - 2 overall record.  Many honors followed the conference title.  Jim Christopherson was named MIAC Coach of the Year, based on this seasonís performance and his 85 - 31 - 1 record after eleven seasons.  Six members of the team received All-Conference recognition: seniors Bart Bridwell, Mark Heysse, Jon Dahl, Ralph Halvorson, and Jeff Holter and junior Dave Rosengren.  Captains were Mike Zigler and Ralph Halvorson.

The seasonís results were:
Concordia  30  UW - Eau Claire 7
Concordia  0  Moorhead State 26
Concordia  34  Hamline  8
Concordia  31  Macalester  0
Concordia  49  Bethel   3
 Concordia  14  St. Thomas  26
Concordia  19  St. Johnís  0
Concordia  10  Augsburg  0
Concordia  16  St. Olaf  6
Concordia  23  Gustavus  22

The conference race ended up:
Concordia  7 - 1
Gustavus  6 - 2
St. Johnís  5 - 3
Hamline  5 - 3
St. Olaf  4 - 4
Augsburg  4 - 4
St. Thomas  2 - 5 - 1
Bethel   2 - 6
Macalester  0 - 7 - 1

On the roster were Mark Thompson, Ron Rasmus, Jeff Holter, Craig Samuelson, Chuck Zigler, Steve Lingo, Dave Anderson, Jeff Canakes, Brad Rasmus, Randy Jorgenson, Dick Egeberg, Dan Olson, Steve Holm, Kevin Haugstad, Mark Bruns, Ron Sannes, Greg Richardson, Anthony Simpson, Brad Grorud, Chuck Butenhoff, Craig Simmons, Nelson Rotto, Jim Klug, Mark Wanner, Terry Sandven, Steve Weber, Kevin Arndt, Mark Redemske, John Solheim, Dave Rosengren, Rich Lorenz, Jay Weyers, Ralph Halvorson, Dave Borchard, Steve Jungers, Cal Stenso, Chuck Brown, John Lageson, Brad Peterson, Greg Brolsma, Brian Kirkhorn, Mike Bursack, John Burns, Mike Youso, Mark Larson, Roger Lindahl, Earl Mergens, Pete Hennum, Bruce Rimmereid, Clay Bezenek, Judd LaRowe, Dave Schwartz, John Teeling, Lyle Eidelbes, Gary Gilbert, Mark Tommerdahl, Doug McMillan, Brad Lindberg, Dwight Hintermeister, Bart Bridwell, Kris Lahren, Dave Jones, Mark Heysse, Bob Vangerud, Steve Lahti, Mark Ekman, Mike Zigler, Pete Simonson, Doug Bergland, Jeff Benson, Dave Roen, Mitch Hofstedt, Craig Brandeen, Jon Dahl, and Joe Gotta.

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An article appeared in the Concordian concerning unethical practices in big-time athletics:

Altering academic transcripts, granting false course credits, unethical recruiting tactics and other similar activities involving college sports have been comint into the light recently.  Among the offenders are UCLA, U of Southern Californig and other various college, There are three other schools who are involved in similar misdealings in the Pacific-10 Conference which USC and UCLA are a part of.
 Physical Education Chairperson Armin Pipho feels these incidents give athletics in general a black eye and itís unfortunate to have happened.  Football coach Jim Christopherson finds it hard to believe these extreme situations are so prevalent.  ďIf we suggested anything like that at Concordia College, we would be run out.

One factor which helps the Division I NCAA schools recruit is that they can offer scholarships to prospective athletes.  Many of these athletes are lured by the amount of money they receive plus the possibility of being scouted and drafted by the pros.  These universities appear to look for the athlete and donít take the academic part of the studentís life as seriously.

Concordia cannot give out athletic scholarships because of NCAA Division III requirements.  Athletes have to go through the same financial aid process as everyone else.

A school that gives athletic scholarships can get more numbers to come out of their program.  That is an advantage, but ďbecause of Concordia Collegeís quality, we can get some good athletes,Ē according to Pipho.

Many athletes donít get any financial aid because of their familyís earnings.  Football players give up two weeks in August for preseason practice and they could earn $300 - $400 in that time, according to Jim Christopherson.  Another example he mentioned were the track and baseball athletes.  Their season continues after school is out, so they miss out on early job hunting.  ďNot many people realize the sacrifice an athlete has to make,Ē said Christopherson.

Coach Christopherson states the following as his recruiting philosophy: a student who is qualified academically, a student interested in our kind of college and a student who is NOT looking for a free ride.  ďI feel fortunate with 30 or 40 freshmen out for football as freshmen stick with it until they graduate,Ē according to Christopherson.  Since retention is high, ďthis tells us the boys enjoy football.Ē  Those who donít stay, go into other sports, a few transfer, and some drop out.

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1980 Cross Country

Paul Fredrickson was coach of the 1980 cross country team which included Craig Rothfusz, Kevin Benson, Mike Ginder, Kevin Johnson, Mark Larson, Rick Brandl, Brian Brinkman, Steve Danielson, and Greg OíBrian.  Rick Brandl was Concordiaís top cross country runner, turning in an impressive season of meet wins and shaved times.  He competed at the NCAA Division III regional meet but had to drop out after 80% of the course because he had pushed too hard.

 Meet results were:
St. Johnís Invitational: 6th place
Bemidji State Invitational: 6th place
NDSSS Invitational: 2nd place
Moorhead State Invitational: 5th place
MIAC Conference Meet: 5th place
NCAA III Regional Meet: 21st place

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John Eidsness coached the 1980 - 1981 Cobber basketball team to a 9 - 15 record overall and an 8 - 10 record in the MIAC.  Assistant coach was Duane Siverson and Junior Varsity Coach was Sonny Gulsvig.  Team leaders were Andrew Askegaard and Claude Oppegard. Askegaard led the team in both scoring and rebounding, was voted the 1981 Cobber Most Valuable Player and earned a spot on the All-Conference team.  Oppegard, the teamís only senior was voted the honorary captain and the most inspirational player.  Greg Strand earned honorable mention to the 11-man All-Conference team.

The basketball team included Greg Strand, Steve Knutson, Dale Moe, Brad Willis, Chad Sheets, Mark Streed, Paul Dahlgren, Jim Knutson, Jon Eide, Claude Oppegard, Andy Askegaard, Kenny Nelson, and Kyle Hansen.

Scores for the season were:
Concordia  89  Alumni  86
Concordia  79  U of Manitoba 97
Concordia  78  Mayville State  83
Concordia  79  Moorhead State 81
Concordia  85  NDSU   89
Concordia  88  Hamline  77
Concordia    Augsburg
Concordia  105  St. Scholastica 72
Concordia  59  Valley City State 84
Concordia  51  St. Olaf  56
Concordia  68  St. Thomas  72
Concordia  67  St. Johnís  66
Concordia  58  Gustavus  66
Concordia  90  Moorhead State 107
Concordia  79  Bethel   80
Concordia  55  Macalester  67
Concordia  72  Hamline  59
Concordia  65  Augsburg  70
Concordia  68  St. Maryís  74
Concordia  80  St. Olaf  57
Concordia  67  St. Thomas  73
Concordia  72  St. Johnís  66
 Concordia  75  Gustavus  78
Concordia  75  Bethel   79
Concordia  84  St. Maryís  70
Concordia  57  Macalester  64

Results in the conference were:
Macalester  13 - 5
St. Thomas  13 - 5
St. Johnís  11 - 7
Gustavus  11 - 7
Hamline  9 - 9
Augsburg  8 - 10
Bethel   8 - 10
Concordia  7 - 11
St. Maryís  7 - 11
St. Olaf  3 - 15

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1980-81 Wrestling

Finishing third as a team in MIAC competition, the 1980 - 1981 Cobber wrestling team boasted an individual champion in heavyweight Malcolm ďMollyĒ McLeod.  McLeod went on to gain All-American status for his second year in a row.  Placing seventh, upsetting the top-seeded wrestler, McLeod won three of his five matches in the national tournament.
 

Wrestlers were Chuck Collins, Larry Feldt, Phil Bungum, Craig Rothfusz, Steve Leonhardi, Rick Balow, Craig Peterson, Leif Wallin, Wade Christensen, Doug Soderman, Erik Peters, Bob Mlynar, John Butenhoff, Murdick McLeod, Dewey Kilbo, Craig Austinson, Gary Raedeke, and Molly McLeod.  Finn Grinaker coached the team.

Dual meet scores were:
Concordia  33  Valley City State 9
Concordia  0  NDSU   44
Concordia  15  St. Johnís  25
Concordia  24  Gustavus  23
Concordia  16  UND   24
Concordia  9  Bemidji State  38
Concordia  17  Augsburg  32
Concordia  33  Hamline  4
Concordia  21  Moorhead State 30
Concordia  42  St. Olaf  3
Concordia  6  St. Thomas  35
Concordia  44  St. Maryís  5
Concordia  37  Bethel   10

Tournament results were:
St. Cloud State Invitational: 13th place out of 16 teams
 North Country Tournament: 3rd place out of 10 teams (Larry Feldt, 1st)
All-Lutheran Tournament: 6th place out of 7 teams (Molly McLeod, 1st)
MIAC Conference Meet: 3rd place out of 9 teams (Molly McLeod, 1st)

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1980-81 Hockey

Al Riceís 1980 - 1981 Concordia hockey team ended the season as MIAC co-champions with Augsburg, with identical 12 - 4 records.  Their overall season record as 21 - 9 - 1, the best record in the history of the school. The Cobbers defeated St. Cloud State in a two-game total goals playoffs to advance to the national NCAA Division III meet where they lost two games.  Three Cobber skaters were named to the All-Conference team ó Kevin Johnson, Steve Baumgartner, and Lonnie Vatnsdal.

Players were Mark Vatnsdal, Tom Fisher, Brian Vatnsdal, Jamie Ross, Andy Odegaard, Tom Samuelson, Steve Baumgartner, Paul Bjorklund, Mark Jordahl, Lonnie Vatnsdal, Mike Pitsenbarger, Gary Tolkinen, John Latterell, Steve Geatz, Brad Howard, Dave Noah, Jeff Goos, Tom Bruce, Chip Ammerman, David Larson, Kevin Johnson, John Harlander, Mark Hedstrom, and Steve Little.

Hockey scores were:
Concordia  4  St. Cloud State 3
Concordia  3  St. Scholastica 3
Concordia  5  St. Scholastica 4
Concordia  3  St. Johnís  5
Concordia  7  Bethel   2
Concordia  6  St. Maryís  5
Concordia  4  UA - Anchorage 3
Concordia  8  UA - Anchorage 1
Concordia  5  UA - Fairbanks 2
Concordia  4  UA - Fairbanks 0
Concordia  6  Bethel   8
Concordia  4  Bethel   6
Concordia  4  St. Olaf  3
Concordia  6  St. Olaf  2
Concordia  4  St. Cloud State 2
Concordia  9  St. Maryís  6
Concordia  6  St. Maryís  5
Concordia  5  Hamline  2
Concordia  4  Hamline  7
Concordia  6  St. Johnís  3
Concordia  7  St. Thomas  4
Concordia  2  St. Thomas  0
Concordia  1  Augsburg  2
Concordia  8  Augsburg  5
Concordia  6  Gustavus  5
 Concordia  8  Gustavus  3
Concordia  4  St. Cloud State 5
Concordia  5  St. Cloud State 2
Concordia  4  Plattsburg  10
Concordia  7  Mankato State 9

Conference standings in the MIAC were:
Augsburg  12 - 4
Concordia  12 - 4
Gustavus  11 - 5
St. Thomas  9 - 7
Hamline  7 - 8
St. Maryís  8 - 8
St. Olaf  7 - 7 - 1
Bethel   3 - 12 - 1
St. Johnís  0 - 14 - 2

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1981 Baseball

The 1981 baseball team compiled a 19 - 21 - 1 overall record, finishing 11 - 7 in the MIAC for fourth place.  Bucky Burgauís team set an all-time record for most wins in a season with the best pitching staff in the league.  Two Cobbers were named to the all-conference squad ó pitcher Howard Berglund and shortstop Mark Redemski.  Pitcher Dan Schroeder was voted the team most valuable player by his teammates.  Sonny Gulsvig served as assistant coach.

The baseball roster included Howard Kangas, Jeff Huguelet, Brett Ulrich, Dave Schroeder, Brian Howland, Bryon Novotny, Dan Olson, Mark Redemski, Bob Schepper, Steve Anderson, Jon Ahrndt, Gary Gilbert, Greg Schmid, Dan Schroeder, Will Stearns, Howard Berglund, John Kost, Ron Sannes, Chad Sheets, and Craig Simmons.

Scores for baseball were:
Concordia  11  Marymount College 7
Concordia  3  Marymount College 2
Concordia  18  Friends University 1
Concordia  4  Friends University 1
Concordia  5  Kearney State  15
Concordia  5  Kearney State  12
Concordia  14  Augustana  0
Concordia  13  Augustana  6
Concordia  6  Minot State  14
Concordia  5  Minot State  2
Concordia  7  Augsburg  2
Concordia  7  Augsburg  6
Concordia  5  Bethel   4
Concordia  9  Bethel   1
Concordia  8  Valley City State 10
Concordia  11  Valley City State 11
Concordia  0  Gustavus  6
Concordia  3  Gustavus  2
Concordia  7  St. Olaf  0
Concordia  2  St. Olaf  1
Concordia  4  St. Thomas  14
Concordia  1  St. Thomas  2
Concordia  4  St. Johnís  2
Concordia  1  St. Johnís  6
Concordia  6  St. Maryís  1
Concordia  1  St. Maryís  2
Concordia  5  Hamline  7
Concordia  2  Hamline  1
Concordia  14  Moorhead State 8
Concordia  7  NDSU   10
Concordia  7  Macalester  0
Concordia  3  Macalester  4

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1981 Track

The 1981 track team began fresh under a new coach, Jim Fischer. Although losing two valuable athletes from last yearís team, they still managed a first in the Concordia Triangular, beating U Minnesota - Morris and Bismarck College.  Dave Klug was the assistant coach.

Results for the season were:
Intercity Indoor: 3rd place out of 3 teams
Concordia Quadrangular: 3rd place out of 4 teams
Concordia Triangular: 1st place out of 3 teams
MSU Dual Meet: 2nd place
NDSSS Quadrangular: 3rd place out of 4 teams
Northern Invitational: 4th place out of 10 teams
Al Cassell Relays: 5th place out of 8 teams
MIAC Conference Meet: 8th place out of 9 teams

Trackmen were Kevin Johnson, David Vik, Brad Bateman, Blair McNoa, Clay Loeffler, Paul Kjer, Donn Nelson, Joel Dahl, Captain Mark Bruns, Bryan Brinkman, Kein Benson, Nelson Rotto, Barry Lundeen, Mark Rask, Buzz Dahl, Dan Sheridan, Don Hanson, Captain Craig Dresser, Dave Jones, Godwin Gegbefia, Mike Ginder, Eric Lund, Brian Kirkhorn, Mark Larson, Rick Brandl, Dave Rosengren, Pete Seljevold, Kris Lahren, Chuck Brown, Kory Cease, Mark Dale, Steve Danielson, Greg Enerson, Jim Grorud, John Hanson, Kevin Haugstad, Dan Johnson, Mike Pederson, Jay Peloquin, Lyle Peterson, and Craig Rothfusz.

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1980-81 Golf

 Highlighting the menís 1981 golf season was the conference meet at the Roseville Midland Hills course.  There the team took second place, only two strokes behind the champs, St. Thomas.  The team also finished first in the Concordia Invitational Meet.  John Eidsness replaced Finn Grinaker as golf coach. Those on the team were James Ross, Dan Rasmus, Tim Tingelstad, Brad Norr, Scott Steinbach, Jeff Goihl, and Jeff Linden.

Results were:
Southern Minnesota Invitational: 3rd place
Northern MN Invitational: 3rd place
All-City Meet: 2nd place
Concordia Invitational: 1st place
Bemidji Invitational: 2nd place
MIAC Conference Meet: 2nd place
NAIA District 13 Meet: 9th place

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1981 Tennis

The 1981 tennis team, under Coach Bob Nick, won 6 and lost 11.  They finished in fourth place in the MIAC which was won by the Gustavus squad.  On the team were Pete Simonson, Jim Bischoff, Al Cedergren, Mark Jordahl, Dave Eidsmoe, Andy Odegaard, and John Peterson.

Meet scores were:
Concordia  0  UND   9
Concordia  4  NDSU   5
Concordia  6  Moorhead State 3
Concordia  0  St. Thomas  9
Concordia  2  Northern  7
Concordia  8  Augsburg  1
Concordia  9  Eau Claire  0
Concordia  9  Gustavus  0
Concordia  5  Moorhead State 4
Concordia  2  St. Johnís  7
Concordia  7  Bethel   2
Concordia  1  St. Olaf  8
Concordia  4  St. Maryís  5
Concordia  3  UND   6
Concordia  4  NDSU   5
Concordia  5  Hamline  4
Concordia  8  Valley City  1
 
 

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