An Unbelievable Breast Cancer Awareness Game

Concordia will host their annual breast cancer awareness and fund raising game on Saturday, Apr 28 when they host Macalester at 1 p.m. This year’s game will feature many promotions, games and giveaways including an unbelievable prize package for four Delta Sky Box/Legend Club tickets (right behind home plate) to the Twins game against the Chicago Cubs on June 10 as well as an autographed baseball from Joe Mauer.

During the games there will be a barbecue, a ball toss, t-shirts for purchase, as well as the construction of the first-ever “Strike Out Cancer” Tribute Wall. Cancer Ribbons will be available to write the name of a survivor, those lost, a loved one battling cancer, or just a message or hope in the fight to beat cancer. The ribbons will be available in a variety of colors to denote many different types of cancer. While the team is choosing to honor breast cancer specifically, we would like to honor those affected by any type of cancer through the “Strike-Out Cancer” Tribute Wall.

If fans are unable to make it to the game but would still like to participate in the construction of the Tribute Wall, please email Cobber head coach Megan Johnson ( with the ribbon color (cancer type) and message you would like to include.  The team would be happy to place the ribbon on our wall in honor of you!
All proceeds from the food, ball toss, t-shirts and donations will be donated to help in the fight to cure Breast Cancer!

In addition to the Breast Cancer Awareness Game we are also hosting a separate event on Saturday!  On May 14-26, the Concordia softball team will be traveling to do mission work and play softball in South Africa. To aid in the expenses of this goodwill trip, the team will be holding a Silent Auction and fans can bid on the items at the game on Saturday.

Some of the prize packages include:
4 -Delta Sky Box/Legends Club Tickets:
– June 10 vs. Chicago Cubs (seats are behind home plate)
– Donated from the Northmarq (Pohlad Family Foundation)

– A Joe Mauer Signed Baseball

2 -Delta Sky Box/Legends Club Tickets:
– Possible choice of games (seats between Home/3rd baseline)
– Donated from the Bonnell Family

Cobber Men’s Golf Nationally Ranked

MOORHEAD, Minn. (4/12/12)— Concordia remains ranked in the top 25 of the latest Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Division III poll. The Cobbers are now 25th in this week’s rankings. It marks the second straight ranking period that CC is nationally ranked.

Concordia cracked the top 25 in the coaches’ poll in the first rankings period of the spring. The Cobbers were ranked 24th in the Mar. 21 rankings period.  It marked the first time in program history that CC had been ranked in the top 25 of the official coaches’ poll.

The Cobbers opened up their spring season by finishing second at the St. John’s Triangular Meet on Apr. 6. Concordia was only one stroke behind St. John’s who is currently ranked 11th in the latest coaches’ poll. CC is one of only three MIAC schools to be ranked in the top 25. Besides the Johnnies, Gustavus is also ranked 19th.

The Cobbers are led by senior Pat Deitz who earned medalist honors at the SJU Triangular Meet. He shot a 2-under par 70. He leads the team through the fall and spring seasons with a 75.0 average. Freshman Coy Papachek, who finished second at the SJU Meet, is also second on the team in scoring average with a 76.4 mark.

Concordia will participate in the Valley City Invite on Sunday, Apr. 15 and Monday, Apr. 16 at the Village Green GC in Moorhead.

Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Division III National Rankings
(Apr. 12, 2012)
1. Methodist (13)
2. Guilford (3)
3. Illinois Wesleyan
4. Redlands
5. UT-Tyler
6. Oglethorpe
7. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
8. Transylvania
9. Greensboro
10. Emory
11. Saint John’s (Minn.)
12. California Lutheran
13. LaVerne
14. Christopher Newport
15. La Grange
16. St. John Fisher
17. Huntingdon
18. Skidmore
19. Gustavus
20. Centre
21. Wittenberg
22. Rhodes
23. Otterbein
24. Hampden-Sydney
25. Concordia College

Cobbers Dedicate Cancer Awareness Game To Leanne Miller

MOORHEAD, Minn. (2/14/12)—Concordia will host their annual Cancer Awareness/Think Pink game on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 5:45 p.m. against Gustavus. This year’s game will have special meaning as it is dedicated to former Cobber player Leanne Miller (White) who was diagnosed with breast cancer in October.

The Cobber women’s basketball team will be selling wrist bands and t-shirts at the game and all the proceeds will go directly to Leanne and her family support group “Team Chin”.

Miller, whose maiden name was White, played for the Cobbers from 2004 through 2007. She played in 99 games and started her senior season in 2006-07. In her senior season she averaged 21.7 minutes per game and averaged 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 points per game. For her career she averaged 3.7 rebounds per game, had 70 steals and shot 38.2% from the field.

Miller majored in Elementary Education and went on to earn her Masters of Education degree from Valley City State. She currently teaches fifth grade in Alexandria and also coaches eighth-grade basketball in the school district.

The Team Chin support group comes from Miller’s nickname which comes from the restaurant Leeann Chin . While she was attending a basketball camp in middle school, a fellow camper had a bag from the restaurant. The camper made the connection between the name of the restaurant and Leanne’s name and the nickname Chin stuck!

Fans are encouraged to wear pink and a table for donations, and wrist band and t-shirt sales, will be set up around the outside of the basketball court.

Concordia Athletics To Help Jack Jablonski Fund

MOORHEAD, Minn. (1/06/12) — The Concordia College Athletic Department will help in the aid for Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School hockey player Jack Jablonski who was partially paralyzed last week and underwent surgery to fuse his vertebrae on Wednesday.

Concordia will be collecting donations at all four home hockey games this weekend. Fans will be able to make donations at the ticket booth and concession stand and all proceeds will go directly to the Jack Jablonski Fund.

Fans who donate at least $5 will receive a Cobber bobblehead.

On Friday Jan. 6 the Cobber men’s hockey team hosts UW-Eau Claire at 2 p.m. and then the women’s team hosts Lindenwood (Mo.) at 5:30 p.m. Both teams will play again on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. with the men taking on nationally-ranked UW-River Falls and the women hosting Lindenwood for the second straight day. All four games will be held at the Moorhead Sports Center.

Jack Jablonski was a member of the Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior varsity team in St. Louis Park. He was checked from behind in a recent game which left him unable to move his legs. His post-surgery prognosis remains grim and he is not expected to walk again. It has been reported that he has some movement in his right shoulder and biceps that may eventually allow him to drive a wheel chair and perhaps feed himself.

Huffington Post Article On Jack Jablonski

Four Cobber Volleyball Seniors Earn MIAC Awards

MOORHEAD, Minn. (11/09/11)—Senior outside hitter Jenna Green was named the MIAC Player of the Year, head coach Tim Mosser was named MIAC Coach of the Year honors and three other senior Cobber players earned conference postseason honors it was announced on Wednesday.

Green, Katie Vohnoutka and Amy Sykora earned MIAC All-Conference honors and fellow senior Ashley Beseman was named as the team’s representative to the All-MIAC Sportsmanship Team.

Mosser and the four seniors helped Concordia to another banner season. The Cobbers tied for the MIAC regular-season championship – the second in program history. Concordia went 10-1 in league play and won nine straight MIAC matches to end the season. CC then went on to capture their fourth conference tournament championship by beating St. Ben’s and St. Thomas.

Mosser earns his third Coach of the Year award. He also won the award in 2006 and 1995. Mosser guided the Cobbers to 10 wins in MIAC play for the third time in his tenure. Concordia was ranked in the top 15 in the nation for the entire year and has been ranked in the top 10 of the country for seven of the past eight weeks. Mosser has now helped CC reach the conference playoffs for 11 straight seasons and he has a 146-62 record in his 19 seasons at Concordia.

Green becomes the third player in program history to earn MIAC Player of the Year honors. Becca Shane was named MIAC MVP honors in 2006 and Jessica Walden earned the award in 2004. Green also earns All-Conference honors for the third straight season and was also named the MIAC Rookie of the Year in 2008. During the season Green surpassed the 1,000-kill mark and the 1,000 career dig milestone to become the first player in program history to achieve 1000 kills and 1000 digs. She was named Hitter-of-the-Week three times in 2011. Green led the MIAC in kills in conference matches (4.11/set) and was tied for ninth in digs (4.14/set). She needs seven more kills to become the first player in program history to record 400 kills and 400 digs in a single season.

Like Green, Vohnoutka also earns MISAC All-Conference honors for the third straight season. Vohnoutka led the MIAC in hitting percentage (.379) in league matches and was ninth in kills (3.24/set) and third in blocks (1.22/set). Vohnoutka also surpassed the 1,000 kill mark during the season. She now has 1,159 career kills and is seventh on the school’s all-time kill list. She also has 287 career blocks and is No.10 on the school’s all-time block list.

Sykora earns All-Conference honors for the first time in her career. She is a four-year starter and has accumulated the third highest assist total in program history. Sykora was third in the MIAC in assists this season (9.81/set) and tied for ninth in service aces (0.41/set). She had at least 30 assists in seven of the 11 conference matches and had a season-high 49 assists against Bethel on Sept. 21. Sykora only needs 13 more assists to overtake Marsha Suko for second place on Concordia’s all-time assist list.

Beseman was the breakout player of the year for the Cobbers she has career-high numbers in kills, total attacks and hitting percentage. She routinely came up with clutch points in key conference matches and gave the Cobber a legitimate third threat at the net. She had at least four kills in eight of the 11 MIAC matches and had a season-high nine against St. Thomas on Sept. 28. Beseman also recorded at least five blocks in four league matches this year.

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:

Complete Concordia/Bethel Gameday Preview

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.