Cobber Football Preview vs. Bethel

Concordia host its final regular-season home game of 2011 on Saturday when they square off against No.25-ranked Bethel at 1 p.m.

For the second straight home game, Concordia will play in the MIAC marque match-up game. Saturday’s game will have huge implications on the top 3 in the conference and a potential spot in the NCAA playoffs. The Cobbers can finish in second place with wins in their final two games. Both teams factor in the latest AVCA Division III national Poll. The Royals are currently ranked 25th while the Cobbers are in the “also receiving votes category.”

Saturday’s game should be all about the run. Concordia and Bethel are the top two rushing teams in the league and have two of the top three rushing defenses. One other key in the game might come on special teams where the Cobbers have allowed a pair of kick return TD’s in the past three weeks while Bethel senior Kelson Carr owns the best kick return average in the MIAC.

The game will feature live stats and live audio. Both telecasts can be found on the Cobbers’ athletic site at: www.cord.edu/Athletics/live.php.

Complete Concordia/Bethel Gameday Preview

All-American Katie Vohnoutka Succeeds and Leads

All-American Katie Vohnoutka ’12, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been a four-year starter for the Cobbers. During her career at Concordia she has recorded over 1,000 kills and has been named to the MIAC All-Conference Team for two straight seasons.

This year Katie has helped the Cobbers win a school-record 27 straight sets and become the ninth ranked team in the nation. Concordia is 21-3 on the year and currently tied for first place in the MIAC standings. CC also clinched their 11th straight conference playoff berth and has now won at least 20 matches in eight of the past 10 seasons.

Cobber All-American Katie Vohnoutka

2011 Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees

MOORHEAD, Minn. (10/17/11)– The Concordia College Athletic Department inducted five former athletes, a former longtime coach and an award-winning broadcaster into the Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday during the annual Homecoming celebration.

This year’s honorees included football All-Americans David Rosengren ’82 and Jim Southwick ‘88, Track and Field All-American Christine Fredrick ‘91, three-time All-American women’s golfer Lisa (Hanson) Sekely ’94, All-Region volleyball player Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson ‘99  as well as longtime Concordia hockey, football and baseball coach Al Rice and Cobber football and basketball radio broadcaster Larry Knutson.

Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees (L-R): Lisa (Hanson) Sekely, David Rosengren, Al Rice, Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson, Christine Fredrick, Jim Southwick, Larry Knutson

Rosengren was the captain of the 1981 Cobber national championship team while Southwick is still the school’s all-time leader in assisted tackles and second in total tackles.

Fredrick earned All-American honors in five different events and still holds the school record in the indoor 1500 meters and the outdoor 3000 meters. Sekely was the national runner-up at the 1992 Division III championship meet while Pearson is still the school record holder for most kills in a career and most kills and most points in a single season.

Rice led the Cobber men’s hockey team to the MIAC championship in 1981 and was named the MIAC Coach of the Year that same year. Knutson has been the radio voice of the Cobbers for the past 28 years and was honored with the Mike Augustin Award in 2008.

Below is the complete list of Hall of Fame accomplishments and plaque text.

Christine Fredrick ‘91
A Cobber track and field and cross country athlete from 1987 to 1991, Chris Fredrick was a five-time All-American who still holds school records in the indoor 1,500 meters and outdoor 3,000 meters.

In her track career, she participated in eight national track championships, qualifying every year for both the indoor and outdoor meets. She earned All-American honors twice as a freshmen member of the 4×400 relay team and then individually in the indoor 800 meters as a sophomore and indoor 1,500 meters as a junior. She culminated her cross country career her senior year with an individual and team MIAC championship, and entry at the national championships where she earned individual All-American honors.

A native of Foley, Minn., Fredrick began working for IBM in Rochester, Minn., after graduation. She also coached cross country and was secretary of the local NOW chapter. After earning a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota, she and her husband moved to Colorado where she designed web-based training and coached track. She still runs, competing with a Minnesota-based women’s relay team that is consistently a top open women’s contender in the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon, most recently winning the masters division in 2010.

Frederick is a communications consultant residing in Middleton, Wis., with her husband and two children. She volunteers twice weekly at the elementary school and has served as an elementary church catechist.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Christine Fredrick into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Lisa (Hanson) Sekely ‘94
From 1990 to 1994, Lisa (Hanson) Sekely completed one of the best careers in Cobber golf history. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time member of the MIAC All-Academic team. In 1992, she was the national runner-up at the NCAA Division III national tournament.

After graduating from Concordia, Sekely began a career in the health care industry, where she held various roles ranging from a strategic client executive to network development at several start-up companies. She is now a regional contracts manager for UnitedHealthcare. She moved with her husband and two children to her hometown of Fosston, Minn., where they are now able to live among family and raise their children in a friendly, supportive community.

Sekely remains an active golfer and is a junior high volleyball coach. She is a volunteer at her church as a musician and director of the Sunday school music program. Her greatest joy, however, is watching her children’s exuberant home performances as eager young gymnasts and golfers.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Lisa (Hanson) Sekely into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson ‘99
Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson is the school record holder for most kills and most points in a season, and most kills in her four-year Cobber volleyball career from 1995 to 1999.

Her many awards include being selected three times to the All-MIAC first team, three times as the team’s most valuable player, and three times to the MIAC All-Academic team.

Pearson has coached volleyball at the camp, club, Junior Olympic and high school levels. For six seasons she coached the Fergus Falls High School junior varsity and was assistant varsity coach, and has assisted at Cobber summer volleyball camps. She continues to play in a YMCA league with a former Cobber teammate.

Pearson began her nursing career at St. Mary’s Hospital-Mayo Medical Center in Rochester, Minn., focusing on orthopedic trauma. In Fergus Falls, Minn., she has worked on maternal-child health at Lake Region Healthcare and the Otter Tail County Public Health Department. She has recently received certification as an International Board Certified Lactation consultant. She lives in Fergus Falls with her husband and three children.

In recognition of her outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Laura (Reitmeier) Pearson into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

David Rosengren ‘82
Dave Rosengren played defensive end on Cobber football teams that won or shared four MIAC titles and won NAIA national championships in 1978 and 1981. He earned All-American honors in 1981, the same year he was one of the captains of the national championship team. He was twice named to the All-MIAC first team.

After graduating from Concordia, Rosengren earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Montana.  Since then, he has worked as a clinician, researcher, consultant and trainer with a primary focus on the intervention and treatment of alcohol and drug use disorders. Rosengren is currently the director of research and evaluation services for the Prevention Research Institute, which is the sole provider of prevention services in 15 states, the U.S. Army, Army Reserve, National Guard and Coast Guard. At the army’s request, he helped develop a prevention program for use in Afghanistan, and is currently working on a universal prevention program for all army personnel. His participation in the development of these two programs is the proudest accomplishment of his work life.

Rosengren is a co-founder of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers, and is the author of numerous journal articles and a best-selling book, “Building Motivational Interviewing Skills: A Practitioner Workbook.” He and his wife and three children live in Mercer Island, Wash.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct David Rosengren into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Allen Rice
Al Rice’s coaching career at Concordia in hockey, baseball and football spanned 29 years. He coached men’s hockey for 18 of those years, compiling a 144-120-5 record in MIAC play, and won the MIAC championship in 1981 when he was also selected as MIAC coach of the year. He coached baseball for 10 years and was an assistant football coach from 1968 to 1997.

The Concordia teams that Rice worked with won 11 conference championships and two national championships. He served as president of the NAIA Hockey Coaches Association and was a member of the NAIA hockey rules committee for many years.
A native of Hibbing, Minn., Rice was an all-state basketball player and a multi-sport athlete. He participated in football, hockey and baseball at St. Olaf College, where he was an All-MIAC football and baseball player, and captain of the baseball team. Rice was voted the most outstanding St. Olaf athlete of the class of 1958.

Rice coached high school sports at Franklin and Fairfax, Minn., and West Fargo, N.D., before joining the Concordia coaching staff. He and his wife live in Moorhead.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Cobber coach, and for setting an example of leadership and character for others to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Allen E. Rice into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Larry Knutson
Since 1983, Larry Knutson has been the radio voice of Cobber athletics. He is the longest running play-by-play announcer in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and, in 2008, MIAC sports information directors honored him with the Mike Augustin Award for his outstanding contributions to MIAC athletics.

The Augustin award is named for a longtime sportswriter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press who respected, as Knutson does, the core philosophy and goals of Division III institutions and the role they play in the development of outstanding student-athletes.

Knutson has been the lone broadcaster for all Cobber men’s and women’s basketball games and Concordia football games. He is not only known for the talent he brings to broadcasting games, but also as a person who cares about athletes and teams in the conference. He is a leading advocate of Division III athletics and is known throughout the league as one of the nicest and most sincere people working in the MIAC.

Some of Knutson’s most memorable moments behind the microphone include the women’s basketball team winning the 1988 NCAA Division III national championship at Memorial Auditorium, and the 1996 men’s basketball team that earned the team’s first NCAA national tournament berth.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements in promoting Cobber athletics, and for setting an example of leadership and character for others to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Larry Knutson into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jim Southwick ‘88

Jim Southwick is the all-time leader in assisted tackles (239) and second for most tackles (356). He earned All-American honors in 1987 and was three times named to the All-MIAC first team. His senior year he was elected team captain and the most valuable player.

Then as now, Southwick was known as a quiet leader who did his talking through his playing. He is regarded by his teammates as one of the best defensive linemen in Cobber football history. He was known for his aggressive, relentless, high-pressure style. Everything was about the team for Southwick, and he was a player who always credited his teammates for their success on the field. A quiet, humble and unassuming man off the field, he inspired his teammates to play at a higher level through his intense work ethic and complete dedication to the game. Southwick was all about playing hard, playing smart and playing to win.

Southwick is a software development manager who lives with his wife and family near Rochester, Minn.

In recognition of his outstanding achievements as a Cobber athlete, and for setting an example of leadership and character for other athletes to emulate, Concordia College is proud to induct Jim Southwick into the Concordia College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Cobber Volleyball Ranked No.9!

The Concordia volleyball team moved into single digits in the national rankings on Tuesday. The Cobbers are now ranked ninth in the latest AVCA Division III National Poll. CC moved up one spot from last week’s poll after beating St. Olaf and St. Mary’s over the weekend.

Concordia is now 16-3 on the season and has won four straight matches. The Cobbers have also posted 3-0 sweeps in their last nine wins of the year. That includes all five conference victories. CC is 5-1 in the MIAC and tied for first place in the league standings.

Concordia continues to be the top ranked team from the MIAC, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) or Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in this week’s national poll.

The Cobbers are led by the senior quartet of Ashley Beseman, Jenna Green, Amy Sykora and Katie Vohnoutka.

Over the weekend – Sykora finished with 66 assists and now has 635 on the season and 2,710 for her career. She is less than 330 from moving into second place on the school’s all-time assist list.

Green had match-high kill totals in both matches. She had 15 kills and accounted for 8.5 points against St. Olaf and then put up 12 kills and record 13.5 points vs. St. Mary’s on Saturday. Green now has a team-leading 258 kills for the year and 1,217 kills for her career. Vohnoutka posted four kills and had nine points at St. Olaf but then rebounded to come away with 10 kills and 13.5 points against the Cardinals. She also had 14 total blocks on the weekend and now has 264 for her career. Vohnoutka recently climbed into the school’s all-time top 10 block list. Beseman had her best match of the weekend on Friday when she came up with seven kills and 11.0 points against the Oles. Beseman was also a wall at the net on defense. She had 11 blocks in the two matches combined.

Concordia has only one match this week. The Cobbers will travel to St. Paul on Wednesday, Oct. 12 to take on Macalester at 7 p.m.

AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll
2011 Week #6: October 11, 2011
1. Calvin (22) 18-0
2. Washington-St. Louis (2) 21-0
3. Emory 24-1
4. Wittenberg 19-2
5. Eastern 20-1
6. Heidelberg 21-2
7. Southwestern (Texas) 21-2
8. Christopher Newport 21-3
9. Concordia (Minn.) 15-3
10. Carthage 18-4
11. Juniata 16-5
12. St. Thomas (Minn.) 18-3
13. Colorado College 20-5
14. Hope 15-3
15. Cal Lutheran 15-4
16. Univ. of Chicago 20-2
17. UMass-Boston 17-2
18. Springfield 21-0
19. Puget Sound 14-2
20. SUNY Cortland 25-1
21. Elmhurst 19-4
22. Pacific Lutheran 14-3
23. UW-Whitewater 15-5
24. UW-Platteville 17-8
25. Bowdoin 15-1

Others Receiving Votes: Whitworth 25; Otterbein 13; Washington & Lee 13; Wartburg 11; Occidental 5; Tufts 5; Wisconsin-Stevens Point 4; McMurry 3

Sederquist Earns MIAC Honor

Concordia senior Tom Sederquist (Moorhead, Minn.) was named the MIAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week it was announced on Monday by the league office. Sederquist earns the award after winning the UMD Pine Hill Invite on Saturday.

For Sederquist it is the fifth time in his career that he has earned the weekly award. He won it on three different occasions last year and once in his freshman season in 2008.

Sederquist has been one of the MIAC’s top cross country runners throughout his career, but he proved even more than that Saturday with his performance at the Pine Hill Cross Country Invite hosted by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Sederquist was sensational, showing that he’s one of the top distance runners in Minnesota regardless of division as he finished first in a field loaded with Division II and III talent. In the process, he helped Concordia finish second as a team and, as a result, he has been named the MIAC Men’s Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week for the first time this season and the fifth time in his career.

Sederquist completed the 8K course in just 25:30 Saturday for his first-place finish. He enjoyed an 18-second win over the runner-up, teammate Tanner Sakrismo, and outran the rest of the field by more than 1:20. Sederquist’s mile pace was 5:07 and he helped Concordia finish with a team score of 45, just two points behind first-place Winona State and three points ahead of the host school, UMD.

Next weekend Concordia will send runners to the Jimmie Invitational on Friday and the UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invite on Saturday as their final tune-ups before the 2011 MIAC Cross Country Championships. The conference meet will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Como Park Golf Course in St. Paul.

Men’s Golf Claims Historic Victory

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (10/10/11)– Concordia shot a third-round score of 303 and earned the team championship at the Twin Cities Classic on Monday. The meet featured all the top regional teams and included nationally ranked St. John’s and Gustavus and 2011 MIAC champion St. Thomas. Cobber freshman Coy Papachek won the individual title as he fired a 1-over-par 73 on Monday and finished with a final total of 221.

Cobber fresman Coy Papachek won the Twin Cities Classic individual championship.

The win for Concordia is the third of the season. The other two came at the UM-Morris Invite and the Macalester Invite. However, it is the first victory in a major regional event in the history of the program. The victory will also help the Cobbers’ bid for an NCAA Tournament berth in the spring.

The Cobbers entered Monday’s final round seven shots behind regional foe UW-Eau Claire. CC then went out and beat the No.19-ranked Blugolds by eight shots on the third day to claim the team title by a single shot. Concordia also beat St. John’s who was ranked third in the nation in the latest Golf World/Nike Golf DIII National Poll and Gustavus who was 14th.

Papachek came from six shots back to claim medalist honors for the first time in his career. He shot scores of 72-76-73 to win the individual title by a single stroke over Dennis Granath of St. John’s.

Junior Jordie Siverson was the biggest surprise for Concordia over the weekend. A week after finishing in a tie for 39th place, Siverson carded back-to-back 74′s on Sunday and Monday and finished in a tie for fourth place at 224.

Concordia had two other players finish in the top 20 at the tournament. Both Pat Deitz and freshman Tyler Koivisto had final scores of 229 and were tied for 19th place. Deitz shot a 77 on Monday while Koivisto finished off the tournament with a 79.

The Cobbers will now take the winter season off before returning to play in the spring where they will compete in at least two more meets in hopes that they will receive an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Cobber Football Preview vs. Carleton

It’s hard to believe but Concordia’s game at Carleton marks the start of the second half of the season. The Cobbers are 3-2 in their first five games of the season and have three road games and two home games left in the 2011 campaign.

Saturday’s game will be about an irresistible force (the Concordia offense) meeting the immovable object (the Carleton defense).

The Cobber offense is second in the MIAC in total yards (423.2 ypg) while the Knight defense is second in the conference in yards allowed (265.2 ypg). The Cobbers are averaging 32.0 points per game and have only been held under 30 points this year while Carleton’s defense is giving up only 19.5 ppg and has only allowed one opponent to score more than 30 points in 2011. Finally, the CC offense has gained at least 400 yards in three of the five games while the Knights have held three of their four opponents under 300 yards of total offense. Something has to give.

This week’s game also features a team that has been tougher in the second half of games (Concordia – outscoring their opponents 90-47 in the second half) against a team that has been sprinting out of the gates (Carleton – outscoring their opponents 55-7). The Cobbers will be hoping to get to halftime with the lead as they are 3-0 this year when they lead at the break  and 0-2 when they are trailing.

The game will feature live stats and live audio. Both telecasts can be found on the Cobbers’ athletic site at: www.cord.edu/Athletics/live.php.

Complete Concordia/Carleton Gameday Preview

Cobber Volleyball Back In Top 10!

The Cobber volleyball team cracked the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) top 10 for the second time this season. Following their sweep over nationally-ranked St. Thomas, Concordia jumped into the No.10 spot in the latest national rankings.

Concordia is the top ranked team from the MIAC, Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) or Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) in this week’s national poll.

It is the second time in 2011 that the Cobbers have been ranked 10th in the Division III national poll. They climbed to No.10 on Sept. 20 but then fell back to the 12th spot last week after falling to Bethel 3-2.

Concordia is 14-3 on the season in overall games and 3-1 in MIAC play. The Cobbers are currently tied for first place with four other teams in the league standings. Of the team’s 14 wins this year, six have come against nationally ranked opponents.

The Cobbers are led by the senior quartet of Ashley Beseman, Jenna Green, Amy Sykora and Katie Vohnoutka. Vohnoutka was named the MIAC Hitter of the Week on Monday after hitting .381, putting down 11 kills and adding seven blocks and five digs in Concordia’s 3-0 sweep over nationally-ranked St. Thomas on Wednesday.

Concordia will return to action when they hit the road for their annual conference away doubleheader weekend. The Cobbers will play at St. Olaf on Friday night at 7 p.m. and then travel south to take on St. Mary’s on Saturday at 3 p.m.

AVCA Division III Coaches Top 25 Poll
2011 Week #5: October 4, 2011
1. Calvin (21) 15-0
2. Washington-St. Louis (3)17-0
3. Emory 20-1
4. Wittenberg 14-2
5. Eastern 18-1
6. Christopher Newport 18-2
7. Carthage 15-2
8. Heidelberg 18-2
9. Southwestern (Texas)17-2
10. Concordia (Minn.) 13-3
11. Juniata 14-4
12. St. Thomas (Minn.) 16-3
13. Colorado College 17-5
14. Cal Lutheran 13-4
15. Hope 12-3
16. Chicago 18-2
17. UMass-Boston 13-2
18. SUNY Cortland 21-1
19. Puget Sound 12-2
20. Springfield 16-0
21. Whitworth 11-4
22. UW-Whitewater 15-4
23. Pacific Lutheran 12-3
24. UW-Platteville 14-6
25. Elmhurst 13-4
Others Receiving Votes: McMurry 30; Wartburg 30; Bowdowin 26; Otterbein 16; Washington & Lee 16; Occidental 14; Bethany (WV) 6

Monday Mess – The Referee Edition

Every week the Concordia Sports Information Department takes a light-hearted look back at all the Cobber athletic activities from the previous weekend.

This week we highlight the Cobber women’s golf team who finished fourth at the MIAC Championship Meet. We also shine the spotlight on men’s golfer Pat Deitz who earned All-Conference honors for the second time in the past three years and uncover one of the unsung heroes on the volleyball team.

This week’s Monday Mess rant is dedicated to the most thankless job in all of sports. We chronicle the difficulty of being a referee at the high school or college level and wonder if the lack of younger officials could lead to the downfall of college athletics in the future.

Click on the link to read the full Monday Mess:
Monday Mess – The Referee Edition – Oct. 3, 2011