(October 20 - October 26, 2004)
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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
Football - vs. Bethel - 1:00pm (Listen Live
Men's Soccer - vs. Mayville State - 1:00pm

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26
Men's Soccer - vs. Hamline - 3:30pm
 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20
Volleyball at St. Thomas - 7:00pm 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23
Women's Soccer at #11 University of Chicago - 2:00pm

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
Women's Soccer at Elmhurst (Ill.) - Noon

Cobbers Once Again Have Four Athletes Earn MIAC Player of the Week Honors!
For the second consecutive week, four Concordia athletes were named MIAC Player of the Week. All told in the fall season, Concordia student/athletes have captured weekly honors on 14 different occasions. That is the most for one season in school history since the league started handing out Player of the Week honors.

Football
Three Concordia players were honored with MIAC Player of the Week honors after the Cobbers' 21-20 victory over defending national champion St. John's on Saturday. It marks the eighth time that a Cobber player has won player of the week honors this season. That is the most of any school in the conference.

Offense - Brian Schumacher won player of the week honors for the second time this season. He ran for a game-high 114 yards, threw for one touchdown and engineered two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to help Concordia beat the fourth-ranked Johnnies. He was also 7-for-18 in the passing department, threw for 74 yards and did not throw an interception. 

All told, he accounted for 188 yards of total offense and did not turn the ball over once as the Cobbers beat the Johnnies for the first time since 1990 - and the first time since 1988 at Saint John's. Trailing 20-11 in the fourth quarter, Schumacher drove the team 84 yards in ten plays for a touchdown, and then led them on a 14-play, 75-yard drive for the winning field goal. The two drives accounted for over 11 minutes of the final period. On the game-winning drive, he ran for 25 yards including a pivotal 17-yard gain on a third and six situation. He also completed the only pass of the drive facing third and four from the St. John's 30-yard line.

Defense - Junior defensive end Brody Clarke (Buffalo, Minn.) came up with one of the key plays in the Cobbers' one-point win. Trailing 6-3 in the second quarter, Clarke was able to rid himself of the St. John's offensive line and tackle the Johnnie running back in his own end zone for a safety. The two points gave the Cobbers the ball and on the ensuing drive, Concordia scored a touchdown to take the lead at 11-6. Clarke's tackle for a three-yard loss was one of two solo tackles he had on the day. 

More importantly, he was part of a defense that limited St. John's to a mere 60 yards on the ground, 165 yards below their season average. Also Concordia only allowed 309 yards in total offense - the lowest offensive total for the Johnnies since November 8, 2002.
Special Teams - Like Schumacher, kicker Brian Halverson (Fargo, N.D./North HS) wins the player of the week award for the second time this season. He kicked the game-winning field goal with 24 seconds left to go in the game as Concordia beat St. John's to remain the only undefeated team in the MIAC. The field goal was one of two Halverson made on the day. In the second quarter, he connected on a 40-yard attempt - his longest of the season and second longest of his career. 

On the game-winning field goal, St. John's called timeout to try and put pressure on Halverson, but he calmly stepped up and drilled a 30-yard attempt straight through the middle of the goal posts. For the day, Halverson accounted for seven of the team's 21 points. He now has 48 points on the season and leads the MIAC in field goals and scoring by a kicker.


Women's Soccer - Morgan Bain
For the second consecutive week and third time this season Morgan Bain (So., Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake, Minn.) was named the MIAC Player of the Week. She wins the award after helping Concordia to a pair of wins this past week, and helping the Cobbers clinch their second consecutive MIAC playoff berth.

She becomes the first player in the history of either men's or women's soccer  in the MIAC to win Player of the Week honors three times in one year.

Bain scored three goals in Concordia's two conference games and in the process broke the school record for most goals in a season. Bain now has 20 goals overall and 15 in conference games. She needs two more goals in the team's two remaining MIAC games to break the conference mark for goals and points in a single season. 

On Tuesday in Concordia's 3-1 win over St. Thomas, Bain scored a pair of goals. Her two goals helped the Cobbers beat the Tommies for the first time in 12 years. 

In Saturday's 2-1 overtime win over Augsburg she scored the first goal of the game for the Cobbers. That goal broke the school record of 19 goals in a season, which was last set in 1993. With the win, Concordia clinched a spot in the MIAC playoffs for the second consecutive season. 

Bain currently has 45 points (20 goals/5 assists) on the season and needs only two points to break the school record for points in a season. In conference play, she has 15 goals and three assists for 33 points.


Cobber Football Leapfrogs Into the Top Ten in Two Polls, and Women's Soccer is Regionally Ranked for the First Time in School History! 
The Concordia football team leapfrogged into the top ten in two of three major polls this week. The Cobbers are currently ranked 8th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette poll. They are also ranked 10th in the D3football.com poll and 12th in the AFCA poll.

The women's soccer team is currently ranked ninth in the very tough Central Region in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. It marks the first time in school history that the team has been ranked in the top ten in the Central Region.



Cobber Athletes Spotlighted on College Sporting News Website.
Throughout the 2004-05 athletic season several Concordia athletes will be profiled on the "College Sporting News" website. The articles are entitled "Profiles of Excellence" and are written by longtime MIAC reporter Rich Mies. They are written as a way of highlighting all the talented seniors from around the MIAC. 

The first installment features Cobber wide receiver Andrew Passanante and can be found at: www.collegesportingnews.com/article.asp?articleid=61759. In the next few weeks, volleyball star Jessica Walden, standout cross country runner Nick Myran, women's soccer central defender Carmelle Johnson and football captain Nick Didier will also be featured.

The CSW staff will keep you informed when the next Cobber Profile of Excellence comes out.

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Football
Record: 5-0 MIAC (1st Place), 6-0
National Ranking: 8th in the latest Don Hansen Football Gazette Poll, 12th in the AFCA Poll and 10th in the D3football.com Poll
Recent Results: Concordia 21 at St. John's 20 - Complete Recap
Upcoming Events: at home vs. Bethel on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00pm (Listen Live)

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordiaís 21-20 victory over St. Johnís marked the first time since 1990 that the Cobbers had beaten the Johnnies. It was also the first time since 1988 that Concordia had beaten St. Johnís in Collegeville. In 1988, current Concordia head coach Terry Horan was a standout senior receiver for the Cobbers.

Concordia remains the only undefeated team in the MIAC. They are one of only 16 schools in all of NCAA Division III to have a perfect record. The 6-0 start marks the first time since the 1997 season that Concordia has started the year with six straight victories. The school record for wins to start a season is 10. The 1964 NAIA national championship team went 10-0 before tying Sam Houston State of Texas 7 Ė 7 in the championship game.

The Cobbers are currently ranked in the top ten in two of the three major NCAA Division III polls. Concordia is eighth in the Don Hansen Football Gazette poll and 10th in the latest D3football.com poll. That marks the first time in school history they have been ranked in the top ten of more than one national poll.

- Cobber kicker Brian Halverson (Jr., Fargo, N.D./Fargo North HS) booted the winning field goal in the dying seconds in the game against St. Johnís. Halversonís 30-yard kick was one of two he made on the day. Early in the second quarter he connected on a 40-yard attempt. The 40-yard field goal is his longest of the season and second longest of his career.

He currently leads the MIAC in field goals per game (1.20) and scoring by a kicker (36 pts.). On the season, he is 9-for-12 in field goal attempts and 21-for-22 in extra point conversions. He only needs three more field goals to break the school record for field goals in a season. That mark was set by Chris Reimertz, who hit 11 field goals in both the 1989 and 1990 seasons.

- The Concordia defense allowed St. John's a mere 60 yards on the ground, 165 yards below their season average. On the day, the Johnnies gained 309 yards in total offense. That is their lowest offensive total since November 8, 2002.

The Cobbers are currently the #1 ranked defensive team in the MIAC. They are tops in overall defense and rushing defense. Concordia is limiting opponents to only 221.8 yards of total offense and a scant 46.4 rushing yards. They also lead the league in red-zone defense and turnover margin.

Individually, the Cobbers have the  top two interception leaders in the conference. Tanner Radermacher (Jr., Bellingham, Minn./Ortonville HS) had two ďpicksĒ against St. Johnís and leads the MIAC with four. Fellow secondary teammate Jordan Talge (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.) is tied for second with three interceptions. Talge is also tied for the league lead in passes defended (8).
 
Volleyball
Record: 7-2 MIAC (T2nd Place), 19-3
National Ranking: 14th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Poll
Recent Results: Concordia 2 at. Carleton 3 - Recap; Concordia 2 at Gustavus 3 - Recap
Upcoming Events: at St. Thomas on Wednesday, October 20 at 7:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia College volleyball team had their record-setting, 19-match winning streak snapped over the weekend. The Cobbers had won 19 straight before losing to Carleton on Friday. Currently, the Cobbers are 7-2 in the MIAC, 19-3 overall and ranked 14th in the latest CSTV/AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 poll. 

- Cobber senior Amy Fitzner (Valley City, N.D.) had her best overall match of her career against Carleton. She recorded 23 kills and 22 digs. It was only the second time in her career that she posted a 20/20. 

- Concordia is one win away from posting their third straight 20-win season. If the Cobbers win one more match, it will also mark the eighth time in program history that the team has won at least 20 matches. The school record for most matches won in a season is 31. The 1988 team went 31-7 and finished second in the MIAC. 

Menís Soccer
Record: 0-6-2 MIAC (11th Place), 1-11-3
Recent Results: Augsburg 3 at Concordia 3 2OT - Recap;
Upcoming Events: at home vs. Mayville State on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00pm

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia sophomore Brandon Root (Fargo, N.D./Fargo South HS) notched his first collegiate hat trick in the Cobbersí 3-3 overtime tie with Augsburg on Saturday. He becomes the first Concordia player to record a hat trick since Jerry Nathan accomplished the feat in the second game of the 2002 season.

The three-goal outburst matched the teamís total goal output in their first seven conference games. It was also the teamís highest goal production in a single game this season.

The six points also vaulted Root into the team lead for points in 2004. He now has four goals and two assists for 10 points. He led the team in scoring last season with eight goals and four assists.
 
Womenís Soccer
Record: 8-1 MIAC (2nd Place - Clinched MIAC Playoff Berth!), 11-3-0
Regional Ranking: 9th in the latest NSCAA Central Region Poll
Recent Results: Augsburg 1 at Concordia 2 OT - Recap
Upcoming Events: at #11 University of Chicago on Saturday, October 23 at 2:30pm; at Elmhurst (Ill.) on Sunday, October 24, October 24 at Noon 

Latest News and Notes:
- Concordia forward Morgan Bain (So., Hugo, Minn./White Bear Lake HS) became the first menís or womenís soccer player in the history of the MIAC to be named MIAC Player of the Week three times in one season. Bain earned the award for the second consecutive week and third in the past four. Bain scored three goals in Concordia's two conference games last week and in the process broke the school record for most goals in a season. Bain now has 20 goals overall and 15 in conference games. She needs two more goals in the team's two remaining MIAC games to break the conference mark for goals and points in a single season. 

Bain currently has 45 points (20 goals/5 assists) on the season and needs only two points to break the school record for points in a season. In conference play, she has 15 goals and three assists for 33 points. She leads the MIAC in points, goals, game-winning goals and shots taken.

-  The Cobber womenís soccer team set a school record for most wins in a conference season with their 2-1 overtime victory over Augsburg on Saturday. Concordia is now 8-1 in conference play and has clinched a berth in the MIAC playoffs for the second consecutive season. 

The Cobbers are now 11-3 overall this season. They are within one win of tying the school record for overall wins in a season and longest consecutive win streak. The 1999 Cobber team won 12 games and recorded a six-game winning streak. Currently, Concordia has won five straight games.

- Concordia currently leads the MIAC in goals scored in conference games and overall games. The Cobbers have scored 30 goals in their first nine conference games and have netted 47 nuggets in their 14 total games. 

Menís Cross Country
Recent Results: 20th Place at the UW-LaCrosse Invitational - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00pm at Como Park in St. Paul

Latest News and Notes:
- The Cobber men's cross country team traveled to Wisconsin to compete in the very tough Jim Drews UW-LaCrosse Invitational. Garrick Larson's crew finished 20th at the meet and were once again led by the tandem of Nick Myran (Sr., Kenyon, Minn./Kenyon-Wanamingo HS) and Ben Nylander (Sr., Lisbon, N.D.). Myran ran a 26:47.4 and finished in the 67th team point place. Nylander was less than 25 seconds behind and ran a 27:09.2 to finish 82nd. They were the only two Cobbers to finish in the top 100 of point place finishers.

Concordia will take a two-week break before competing at the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday, October 30 at 2:00pm at Como Park in St. Paul. Myran is hoping to become the first Cobber to earn back-to-back all-conference honors since Jason Trichler accomplished the feat in 1991 and '92.
 
Womenís Cross Country
Recent Results: 2nd Place at the Carleton Invitational - Recap
Upcoming Events: at the MIAC Championship Meet on Saturday, October 30 at 3:00pm at Como Park in St. Paul

Latest News and Notes:
- The Concordia womenís cross country team finished second at the Carleton Invitational on Saturday. The Cobbers were once again led by Natalie Hanson (Jr., Rogers, Minn./Elk River Area HS). Hanson finished second overall at the meet. Her time of 19:26 was six seconds faster than the third place finisher. It marks the first time all season that she has broken the 20-minute barrier in a race. 

As a team, the Cobbers had four runners run faster than 21 minutes. Jennifer St. John (Sr., Billings, Mont./Billings West HS) finished ninth with a time of 20:20. Next for the Cobbers was Julie Miller (Sr., Duluth, Minn./Duluth East HS) who ran a 20:51 and finished 15th, and rounding out the top four was Alissa Bilden (So., Miles City, Mont./Custer County HS), who was 17th in a time of 20:59. 

It is the third time this season that the Cobbers have finished second in a meet. They also have a first place finish, which means that Concordia has finished either first or second in four of the teamís six meets this season. 

Menís Golf
Recent Results: 6th Place at the MIAC Championship Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Fall Season

Latest News and Notes:
 
Womenís Golf
Recent Results: 4th Place at the MIAC Championship Meet - Recap
Upcoming Events: End of Fall Season

Latest News and Notes:
 


Please Note: The views written in this piece are the work of the writer and and do not necessarily reflect the views of Concordia College. They are not meant to harm or disrespect any of the athletes or school. It is merely an attempt to give the reader a different perspective into the world of Concordia athletics.

Different Perspective Index: October 13 - October 6 - September 29 - 2003 Different Perspective Index

It's Hip to Be a Member of the Cobber Nation!!
by Jim Cella

October 20, 2004

For those of you who did not get the memo: The power centers that control industry, entertainment and capitalism in the US are no longer found in New York and L.A. The real center of the universe is currently located in Moorhead, Minn. The "Cobber Nation" craze has swept the globe!

The shifting of power officially began at 3:45pm on Saturday, October 16 and has been documented in papers, movies and television shows all over the globe. 

"Time" magazine is going to come out with an early edition of its "Man of the Year" edition. Cobber head coach Terry Horan is running neck-and-neck with kicker Brian Halverson and women's soccer player Morgan Bain as the top candidates for the award.

The USA Today Newspaper has issued a statement that it will now be printed on gold paper, and that an entire new section entitled "Cobber Clippings" wil be added to every edition. 

On Sunday's edition of "60 Minutes", Andy Rooney spent his two cents worth explainig how the colors maroon and gold are actually more powerful than the almighty green.

The Fox Channel just announced its new reality show for the fall - "The Fan". Each week nine contestants will try and win the favor of Cobber football coach Terry Horan so they can ultimately win a Concordia sweatshirt, be crowned with a beanie and travel with the fall sports teams as they play in the postseason. The climactic moment of each episode will be when Horan eliminates one potential winner by using the catch phrase "You're a Johnnie!" 

Sensing the timing, CBS is set to move their entire "Survivor" show to the campus and have Prexy's Pond serve as the main base for the remaining survivors. Rumor has it, that upcoming episodes will have the contestants trying to successfully dodge traffic at the corner of 8th street and 12th avenue. They are also working on a plan to see how long the contestants can go with eating ramne noodles for every meal. This idea will probably be shot down since every Cobber already accomplishes this feat on a daily basis. 

The "Cobber Nation" craze has even hit the cable television networks. In the latest installment of The Learning Channel's "Trading Spaces", both families must completely decorate the other familiy's room in a Cobber motif. Hildi, up to her usual off -the-wall tricks, decorates a poor couples' whole living room in maroon - complete with maroon curtains, wall hangings and a centerpiece that has gold colored eggs floating in a see-through maroon vase. The pièce de résistance is the maroon shag carpeting that sports a giant Cobber "C" in gold smack dab in the middle. At the end of the show the couple breaks down in tears of joy and declares, "I was really worried that Hildi might use garish red and white, but this room has to be her best ever!" 

In the music world, pop sensation Britney Spears is fighting over the rights to dress her background dancers as Cobber mascots. She also wants the rights to the game film from Saturday so she can run the game-winning field goal over and over during her song "Oops, I Did it Again" only changing the words to Oops, He Did it Again!"

Not to be outdone, Christina Aguilera has come up with an idea to market herself as the original Cobber, saying that she was wearing maroon and gold long before Brittany was wearing school girl outfits.

Old school rockers Huey Lewis and the News attempt to make a comeback by capitalizing on the Cobber craze. Their new hit "Hip to be a Cobber" is set to debut in the #1 spot in the Billboard Music Poll. When asked about the phenomenon, Lewis responds, " You might think I'm crazy, but I don't even care. Because I can tell what's going on. It's hip to be a Cobber."

Industry giants are vying to use anything with the term "Cobber" or "Kernel" the Cobber mascot as part of their ad campaigns. The Pillsbury Company just "pink slipped" the Doughboy in order to try and hire "Kernel". There was an initial problem with the first commercial since after the finger poked the Kernel in the belly, he didn't giggle and emit a cute laugh, but merely oozed corn juice and said "poke me again and I'll drop you like a Johnnie". After getting an immediate phone call from the head of the Cobber Nation, Kernel was straightened out and reminded that all citizens of Cobber Country are supposed to be friendly and considerate of others.

Several other companies have decided to change their slogans. American Express is changing their line from "Don't leave home without it" to "Don't leave the Cobber Nation without it."  Wheaties is starting to bill itself as the "Breakfast of Cobbers." Pepsi has modified their slogan, "Choice of a New Generation" to "Choice of the Cobber Nation", and after Saturday, The Barnum and Bailey Circus will now be known as the SECOND greatest show on earth!

The world's richest man, Microsoft multi-billionaire Bill Gates has announced that his new line of Microsoft will no longer be named Microsoft XP. Instead, it will be designated Microsoft CC. He also randomly chooses former Concordia basketball coach and sports information director Jerry Pyle as his sole benefactor for the conglomerate. Gates immediately tries to buy the college and have Pyle instated as President but the takeover is blocked when the other schools in the conference threaten a lawsuit if they are not included in the deal. Pyle remedies the situation by threatening to hack into each one of their athletic websites and render it useless. He scraps the idea since he realizes that the Cobber athletic website has already accomplished that feat.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, knowing a good thing when he sees it, changes the California state vegetable to a piece of corn, the state colors to maroon and gold and the state motto from "Eureka" to "Go Cobbs". He even claims to have secretly persuaded new Concordia President Dr. Pamela Jolicoeur  into taking power of the college so he can use it as a tool to run for President in 2008.

The current Presidential candidates are also trying to sway voters in the key states by claiming they are longtime Cobber fans. George Bush is trying to state that at one time he owned Concordia and the school is much better off since he took office. John Kerry, who was seen at the football game dressed in Johnnie red in the first half and Cobber maroon in the second half, states that his plan is to put a Concordia in every state and have Academic Dean Mark Krejci take over as his Vice Presidential running mate.

Finally, the health industry has come up with a solution to the flu vaccine shortage. Realizing that the driving force behind the Cobber Nation is Cobbermania, the most powerful drug companies in the world pull their resources together and come up with a way to extract all the powerfull ingredients in this epidemic and make it into a powerful antidote for all routine ailments. The USDA has pushed the new "Cobber" drug through legislation and it is due out on the market next month. It will be used as a flu vaccine, a cold remedy, a boredom fighter and is especially good at fighting off all those pesky little sicknesses like Royal fever, Auggie flu and Rollie Pollie Ole pox.

If taken correctly, one dose could last all the way until the middle of December and a booster shot should take you all the way through May!!!

This truly is a great time to be one of the card-carrying members of the Cobber Nation. Don't worry if you haven't caught the craze yet, stick around and you will. There is nothing but brighter and bigger things ahead for the members of the most popular craze to hit the nation since the Atkins diet. Come to think of it, wasn't Dr. Atkins a Cobber grad?! 

From inside Cobber Country and dreaming of a more powerful Cobber Nation, that's this week's different perspective. 
 


 
 
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