Bulldog Weekly Report (Sept. 11)

By Jake Knabel on Sep. 11, 2018 in Athletic Announcements

Bulldog Athletic Association Athletes of the Week

Male: Ryan Durdon, Football

A junior from Decatur, Texas, Durdon rushed for 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in a 27-20 season opening win over Buena Vista University (Iowa). Durdon has rushed for 200 or more yards four times in his career. He was named the GPAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Female: Marissa Hoerman, Volleyball

A sophomore from Evergreen, Colo., Hoerman has played stellar defensively in the back row for the 12-0 Bulldogs. Over last week’s four wins, Hoerman piled up 88 digs (5.5 per set) and was named the GPAC Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in her career. Her 32 digs in the win over McPherson College (Kan.) were a career high.

Previous Athletes of the Week
Sept. 4 – JP Verissimo (soccer) / Lauren Martin (soccer)
Aug. 28 – Garrett Perry (soccer) / Jenna Habegger (volleyball)

News and notes:

Four Bulldogs named GPAC players of the week: Four Bulldogs representing Concordia fall athletic teams have been named GPAC players of the week. Such honors were collected by David Carrasco (men’s soccer), Ryan Durdon (football), Marissa Hoerman (volleyball) and Emmie Noyd (volleyball). All four led their teams to victories during last week’s action.

Women’s tennis opens season with win over Central: The fall portion of the 2018-19 Concordia women’s tennis schedule got going last week with the season opener taking place on the Bulldog Tennis Courts. The Bulldogs won two of three doubles matches and split the six singles matches on their way to earning a 5-4 victory over visiting Central College (Iowa). Both the men’s and women’s tennis programs are set to play at this week’s (Friday and Saturday) GPAC Individual Tournament in Fremont, Neb. Both squads are also scheduled to play two matches on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the state of Kansas. For more on last week’s win over Central, click HERE.

A look behind Concordia volleyball’s unbeaten start: Said head coach Ben Boldt of his team's early success, "I didn’t exactly know what the competition level was going to be like. We’re really just focused on ourselves right now and trying to be a better team.” The Bulldog volleyball team enters this week at 12-0 after wins last week over College of Saint Mary, Mount Marty, McPherson College (Kan.) and Kansas Wesleyan University. For a more in-depth look at how Concordia has raced out to such an impressive start, click HERE.

Shooting sports opens 2018-19 season this weekend: It’s a new era for Concordia’s shooting sports program (formerly referred to as trap and skeet). The Bulldogs have a new head coach in Scott Moniot and are now officially administered by the athletic department. The program’s first head coach, Joel Helmer continues to serve the team, but is now an assistant to Moniot. They will lead Concordia shooting sports to Hays, Kan., for the Saturday-Sunday Fort Hays State University Intercollegiate Shoot. The action is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday. For more information on the shooting sports program, click HERE.

Bulldog Coaches Show airs every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CT: The Bulldog Coaches Show is underway in its fourth year of existence. The show airs live for a half hour every Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT on KTMX-FM 104.9 Max Country. The weekly feature can also be heard live via 104.9 Max Country’s website or by downloading the Max Country app. Throughout the 2018-19 season, Bulldog football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball contests will be aired live on Max Country. Tyler Cavalli serves as the host of the coaches’ show as well as the play-by-play voice for football and basketball. Frank Greene is in his fourth season calling Concordia volleyball.

Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.

Football

  • After a long preseason, the 2018 season kicked off on Sept. 8. It marked the start of the 91st season of Bulldog football, which first played an intercollegiate varsity contest in 1925. In the first-ever meeting between Concordia and Buena Vista University (Iowa), the Bulldogs eked out a 27-20 win that required them to make a fourth quarter comeback. The running of Ryan Durdon and the run stuffing of the defense paved the way to victory for head coach Patrick Daberkow’s squad. Daberkow is now 7-4 overall since being promoted to head coach prior to last season. For more on Concordia football, click HERE.
  • The Bulldog offensive line broke in five new starters last week. That inexperience up front failed to slow down Durdon, who picked up where he left off after a 1,247-yard rushing output (second most in school history) as a sophomore in 2017. The Decatur, Texas, native burned the Beavers by rushing 42 times for 250 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in the final minute of the fourth quarter. As part of the game-winning drive that covered 87 yards on 11 plays, Durdon carried the ball seven times for 70 yards. His biggest burst was a 48-yard rush that moved the ball to the Buena Vista 37.
  • Now in his second season as the featured back, Durdon has put up some impressive numbers. He owns four of the program’s 10 200-yard rushing games all-time. His 266 yards in last year’s rout of Midland equaled a school single-game record that Durdon shares with Randy Pospishil (266 yards vs. Dana in 1972). Over 11 career games at running back, Durdon has run for 1,497 yards and 10 touchdowns on 269 attempts for an average of 136.1 yards per game. Durdon’s 42 carries last week rank as the highest single-game total so far this season by an NAIA running back.
  • The news gets even better for Durdon when considering that senior tackle Grady Koch and junior guard Stuart Kolpin are expected to return from injury in the near future to help bolster what is a youthful offensive line. Against Buena Vista, Concordia started three freshmen, tackle Wendell Banks, center Johnny Robinson III and guard Trenton Sanders, and two sophomores, tackle Cole Baumgartner and guard Roy Garza. The departures from last season’s offensive line included three players who earned some form of All-GPAC recognition in 2017: Matt Romero (first team), Hallick Lehmann (honorable mention) and Austin Reese (honorable mention).
  • Defensively, there were breakdowns in the secondary that can be cleaned up, but there are few complaints to be made about how the Bulldogs held up against the run last week (21 yards allowed on 22 attempts). The linebackers are the team’s biggest area of strength. Sophomore Lane Napier, a first team All-GPAC selection as a freshman, led the way versus Buena Vista with 10 tackles, including a sack. Outside backer Kordell Glause forced a fumble on the final Beaver drive to sew up the victory. Up front, Aaron Rudloff caused the most havoc. He registered 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
  • While Durdon gives Concordia an elite running back, Daberkow and his staff will work on continuing to develop the passing game that features first-year starter Jake Kemp. In Kemp’s first varsity action as a Bulldog, he completed 9-of-18 passes for 58 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The largest potential gain through the air was a one-handed grab made by Vincent Beasley, but he was ruled to have come down out of bounds. Kemp’s six-yard touchdown pass went to Arthur Anderson on a pitch forward.
  • All of Buena Vista’s scoring came via big plays. Prolific quarterback Cole Miller connected with Eric Pacheco for touchdown strikes of 80 and 63 yards. Pacheco also returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown late in the third quarter. At the time, the Beavers held a 20-14 lead. Almost all of Buena Vista’s offense was generated through its passing game. Miller went 15-for-27 for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Buena Vista’s leading rusher was Josh Werge, who had six carries for just 12 yards.
  • Daberkow and company will be leaning upon freshmen at position groups other than the offensive line. Unfortunately, one promising freshman left last week’s game early due to injury. Crete High School product Jonah Weyand returned a kickoff 52 yards to the Beaver 35, but was then injured at the end of the play. Fellow rookie Logan Kreizel (Lincoln Lutheran High School) got the start at tight end. He caught two passes for 25 yards. He also made a tackle on special teams and drew a couple of personal foul penalties.
  • It will be GPAC play the rest of the regular season for the Bulldogs, who open up conference action Saturday at Jamestown (1-2, 0-1 GPAC). Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. CT. Since opening their season with a 28-26 win over Valley City State University (N.D.), the Jimmies have been beaten soundly by ranked opponents – No. 13 Dickinson State University (N.D.) and No. 7 Northwestern.

Women’s Soccer

  • Two opponents from the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference greeted the Bulldogs as part of last week’s action. Concordia put together its most productive offensive outing so far this season in a 6-1 thumping of McPherson College (Kan.) on Sept. 5. Three days later the Bulldogs embarked upon their first road trip of 2018 and earned a 1-1 double overtime draw with Kansas Wesleyan University. Sixth-year head coach Greg Henson’s squad has alternated wins and ties through four games and stands at 2-0-2 overall. For more information on Bulldog women’s soccer, click HERE.
  • Officially, Concordia has retained its unbeaten streak, which now stands at 19 games in a row without a loss. Over that stretch, the Bulldogs have gone 14-0-5, including a last year’s GPAC championship game that is counted as a draw. The program’s most recent loss came by a 2-1 final in overtime at Graceland University (Iowa) on Sept. 9, 2017. The 2017 Concordia team finished the campaign with just two defeats overall, a program record for fewest losses in a season.
  • A starting center back for each of the first four games, freshman Cheyenne Smith arrived at Concordia as a goalkeeper. As it turned out, putting Smith on the back line provided the Bulldogs with their most optimal lineup. Last week Smith showed she could do more than just sit back and defend. She knocked in a pair of goals in the win over McPherson. One of which was a strike on a free kick from nearly 50 yards out. Smith and her teammates continue to seek their first clean sheet of the campaign.
  • Though it ended up being a comfortable win, the game against McPherson saw Concordia trailing as late as the 39th minute. That’s when Smith surfaced with the equalizer created by Maria Deeter, who headed a pass to Smith just before crashing into the goalkeeper. That goal opened up the floodgates. Five more goals went on the board before the 76th minute ended: Becky Freeman (44’), Madeline Haugen (55’), Deeter (65’), Lauren Martin (72’) and Smith (76’) again.
  • The deck had to be shuffled over the weekend with Ashley and Lauren Martin away to attend the wedding of their brother. Kaylee Brown and Becky Freeman jumped into the starting lineup and gave quality minutes. Freeman notched a goal for the second game in a row when she gave her side the lead in the 26th minute. In the case of Brown, she made her first start since her freshman season in 2015 when she started five times.
  • Lauren Martin has been especially impressive this season at setting her teammates up for goals. She has effectively assisted half of the team’s 12 goals and put one in the back of the net herself in the victory over McPherson. In the early going, Martin’s average of 2.0 assists per game ranks No. 1 among all NAIA women’s soccer players. Her six assists equal her career high total from last season when she also contributed six goals.
  • The draw with MidAmerica Nazarene University (Kan.) (2-0-1) caused Concordia to slip a bit in the polls. The Bulldogs went from second-ranked in the GPAC in the preseason to fourth in the conference ratings unveiled on Sept. 3. The Bulldogs then remained fourth in Monday’s GPAC rankings. In the NAIA national poll released last week, Concordia garnered eight points and was listed under “others receiving votes.” Henson’s program has received votes in at least one national poll in five-straight seasons.
  • The Bulldogs will play a team generating votes in the national poll for the third time this season when they travel to Bellevue University (1-2) today (Sept. 11) for a 5 p.m. CT kickoff. Concordia also has another road trip to Kansas coming up Saturday. The Bulldogs will venture to Wichita and take on Friends University (Kan.) (3-1) at 12 p.m. This will be the final week of nonconference regular-season action.

Men’s Soccer

  • After a 2-1 loss to now 16th-ranked Bellevue University on Sept. 1, the Bulldogs went a week before returning to action. In its only contest last week, Concordia came from behind in the second half in Salina, Kan., to claim a 3-2 win over Kansas Wesleyan University. It marked the first road win of 2018 for 11th-year head coach Jason Weides’ squad, which now stands at 2-2 overall. For more information on Bulldog men’s soccer, click HERE.
  • The next victory for Weides will be his 100th as head coach for Concordia men’s soccer. Now 99-80-18 since becoming head coach in 2008, Weides has steadily built the program into a consistent winner. He guided the 2017 squad to a school record 16 victories and a third-straight advancement to the GPAC championship game. The 2017 campaign also marked the seventh year in a row that Concordia had won at least 10 games. The first win of Weides’ tenure came by a 15-0 score over Grace University on Sept. 3, 2008.
  • Weides commended the play of his bench after last week’s road win. Someone was needed to rise to the occasion when the Bulldogs faced a 2-1 deficit as the 70th-minute mark passed. Both the equalizing goal and the game winner were produced by substitutes in David Carrasco and Daniel Campbell, respectively. A freshman from Bellevue, Neb., Campbell notched his first career goal with his score in the 78th minute.
  • Entering this season, the junior Carrasco has seen action in 17 games but still had yet to find the back of the net. Now the Bogota, Colombia, native is an important source of offense. His three goals lead the team. For the most part, Carrasco has come off the bench this season, however, he did make a start in the game against Bellevue. He has been especially efficient considering he’s taken only four shots through four games.
  • Perhaps the most disappointing statistic so far – and what has kept Concordia from having a better record – is the eight goals allowed so far. The Bulldogs have yielded exactly two goals in each contest. Simple breakdowns here and there have been the culprit. Weides thinks his team is getting closer to returning to last season’s defensive standard when Concordia allowed 16 goals in 20 games while recording nine shutouts.
  • Carrasco and Konrad Sinu are the lone Bulldogs with multiple goals scored this season. Sinu picked up his second goal of the campaign by taking advantage of a Coyote miscue in the second minute of last week’s game. Four teammates have registered exactly one goal: Jack Arra, Campbell, Roger de la Villa and Carlos Ferrer. With a team average of 2.25 goals per game, Concordia is a bit off the pace from last season (2.55).
  • The pair of early losses moved the Bulldogs back in the GPAC rankings. They slid from second in the preseason back to fifth in the poll released on Sept. 3. That’s where Concordia remained in the latest ranking released on Monday. Courtesy of last season’s sparkling 16-3-1 record, the Bulldogs finished 2017 receiving votes nationally.
  • Concordia returns to a more standard two-game week. Next up will be Wednesday’s visit from McPherson College (Kan.) (0-2-1) in a game that will kick off at 7 p.m. CT from Bulldog Stadium. Then on Saturday, the Bulldogs will hit the road again and play at Friends University (Kan.) (2-1). Game time is set for 2:30 p.m. The start of GPAC play is coming up next week.

Volleyball

  • The Concordia volleyball team continues to be one of the surprises of the NAIA volleyball season to date. The Bulldogs gave more legitimacy to their unbeaten record last week by rattling off four more wins. The victims were College of Saint Mary, Mount Marty, McPherson College (Kan.) and Kansas Wesleyan University. With the latest string of victories, Concordia has blown past its season win count of nine for the entire 2017 season. First-year head coach Ben Boldt’s squad now sits as 12-0 overall and at 2-0 in conference play. For more on Bulldog volleyball, click HERE.
  • Based on the polls and this season’s results, the victory over McPherson is the most impressive one so far for Concordia. The loss that Boldt’s crew handed McPherson (12-1) is the only blemish on its record. After falling in four sets to Concordia on Sept. 8, McPherson responded by upsetting 11th-ranked Hastings that afternoon. In the polls that were released at the beginning of last week, McPherson sat atop the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and received votes nationally. In addition, Kansas Wesleyan was rated third in the KCAC. Concordia now owns two wins over the Coyotes.
  • In the GPAC poll released last week, the Bulldogs were ranked 10th despite being 8-0 at the time. It’s part a reflection of the strength of the league, part a reflection of Concordia’s schedule strength and part a reflection of the 2017 season’s struggles. The potential pitfalls that await in conference play were already foreshadowed by last week’s grinder with College of Saint Mary. The Flames were the first opponent to win a set from the Bulldogs, who needed five sets to outlast College of Saint Mary.
  • Concordia needed a big performance from Emmie Noyd to get past the Flames – and it got exactly that. Noyd went wild for a career high 23 kills on a .600 hitting percentage. It was the start of a terrific week for the junior from Shelby, Neb., who put up 59 kills and hit .336 over the four latest victories. She also totaled 14 blocks. A second team All-GPAC honoree last season, Noyd now has 98 kills (second on the team) and is hitting .319 from the middle this season.
  • Entering the week, just seven NAIA volleyball teams still sport unbeaten records. Concordia is joined on the list by Southern Oregon (11-0), Northwestern Ohio (11-0), Park (9-0), Grand View (9-0), Wiley (4-0) and Lourdes (4-0). The Bulldogs still have a ways to go to break the program record for longest unbeaten run to begin a season. The 2005 squad coached by Rachel Miller started out 18-0.
  • In the back row, sophomore Marissa Hoerman continues to ramp up her production. Last week she totaled 88 digs (5.5 per set) and had a career high 32 in the win over McPherson. Her recent efforts have boosted her up to 42nd nationally with a season average of 4.93 digs per set. She’s on her way to flying by her dig total of 224 as a freshman. She enters the week with 197. She has also substantially improved her serve receive and service percentages.
  • Jenna Habegger also continues to have a rock solid senior season. She was held to hitting percentages of .127 and .115, respectively, in matches last week against College of Saint Mary and Mount Marty. She then rebounded and hit .298 versus McPherson and .353 versus Kansas Wesleyan. She continues to pace the Bulldogs in kills (136; 3.7 per set) and is hitting .298 from the outside.
  • The play of Habegger, Noyd and others has allowed Concordia to remain in the top 10 nationally in hitting percentage (ninth at .260). The Bulldogs also enter the week ranked in the top 25 nationally in terms of kills per set (14th; 13.55) and blocks per set (25th; 2.10). The Boldts have been drilling the team hard defensively. That seemed to pay off in the McPherson match in which Ben Boldt described as perhaps the team’s best blocking performance of the season.
  • This week will again test Concordia’s mettle. First on the docket is tonight (Sept. 11)’s tussle with eighth-ranked Midland (10-2, 2-0 GPAC), a perennial power in the GPAC. First serve from Walz Arena is set for 7:30 p.m. CT. Before taking the weekend off, the Bulldogs will be at Morningside (5-5, 0-1 GPAC) for a 7:30 p.m. start.

Cross Country

  • The 2018 season got started earlier in the calendar than in past years with a rare night-time race to kick things off. The Bulldogs were one of 23 teams on the men’s side and one of 25 on the women’s side to compete in the Augustana University Twilight in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Aug. 31. Concordia has been idle since then. The event featured lighted course measured out as a 5k for the women and a 7k for the men. Out of the field that included NAIA and NCAA Division I, II and III squads, head coach Matt Beisel’s runners placed 12th for women and 16th for men. For more on Bulldog cross country, click HERE.
  • There are no official preseason coaches’ polls released by the GPAC for cross country, but the NAIA published its conference preseason ratings on Aug. 28. In the GPAC ratings, the Bulldogs were listed at No. 5 on the women’s side and No. 7 on the men’s side. Those rankings are reflective of last year’s GPAC championship meet that saw Concordia’s women finish fifth and the men sixth. The only difference in the 2018 preseason ranking was that new member Jamestown jumped in front of the Bulldogs on the men’s side.
  • Senior Taylor Grove led the way for the women’s squad at the Augustana Twilight while making her first appearance at a cross country meet since the GPAC championships her sophomore year. She was sidelined last fall due to an injury that occurred in the summer. In her return, Grove finished the 5k race in 19:23.67, placing her 47th out of 277 runners. Followed by Grove in the team’s top seven were freshman Abi DeLoach (20:01.54; 84th), juniors Rebekah Hinrichs (20:36.28; 123rd) and Miranda Rathjen (20:51.89; 133rd), senior Jacy Johnston (21:02.82; 143rd) and sophomores Lydia Cook (21:06.69; 146th) and Sydney Clark (21:10.41; 151st).
  • A native of Lamar, Colo., Wyatt Lehr appears to be the real deal as a rookie. He outran each of his teammates at the Blue-White run on Aug. 25 and then backed that performance up with a nice showing in Sioux Falls. The men’s race covered 7k instead of the usual 8k. Lehr finished in 23:39.85, putting him in 92nd place out of 266 runners. Lehr was followed in the Bulldog lineup by senior Thomas Taylor (23:56.87; 110th), sophomore Christian Van Cleave (24:09.41; 118th), senior Evan Asche (24:56.25; 148th), sophomores Patrick Schneeberger (24:58.51; 152nd) and Jordan Lorenz (25:13.74; 164th) and freshman Ethan Pankow (25:20.08; 169th).
  • Grove and the women’s team fared well in relation to comparative competition, placing third among the 10 NAIA squads and third out of the eight GPAC teams in attendance. The Bulldogs beat out the likes of Dakota Wesleyan, Mount Marty, Doane, Briar Cliff and Midland. On the men’s side, Concordia placed fifth out of nine NAIA schools. Lehr and the men outraced Morningside, Briar Cliff and Dakota Wesleyan.
  • In looking purely at the 2017 GPAC championships, Beisel returns the bulk of his top runners from last season. In terms of GPAC finishes, the top five returners for the men are Taylor (18th), Asche (34th), Van Cleave (38th), Lorenz (54th) and Christian Watters (64th). The top five women’s returners are Alyssa Fye (18th), Hinrichs (29th), Alyssa Bierwagen (40th), Everett Elder (47th) and Rathjen (50th). Grove placed 31st at the 2016 GPAC championships.
  • Throughout much of the season, Concordia will alternate on and off weeks. The Bulldogs will be back in action this week. Next up for them is the Bronco Stampede hosted by Hastings on Saturday. The race will take place at Lake Hastings Park and get underway at 10 a.m. CT. Including the Augustana Twilight, there are five official meets before the GPAC championships on Nov. 3.

Golf

  • The season is underway for both the men’s and women’s program under the direction of eighth-year head coach Brett Muller. The women got started at the two-day Mount Marty Fall Invite in Yankton, S.D., Aug. 30-31. They were then back in action Monday (Sept. 10) at the Midland Fall Invite. Meanwhile, the men called an audible and went to the Briar Cliff Fall Invite on Sept. 5. Concordia was one of three GPAC schools to send golfers to the event. For more information on the Bulldog golf programs: Men | Women.
  • Muller was expecting more from his men’s team that competed amidst favorable conditions at Two Rivers Golf Club in North Sioux City, S.D., last week. Concordia’s ‘A’ group carded a 301 (par 280 for team scoring) and placed fourth out of the eight teams in the field. That score on many days, and at many courses, would be considered a solid performance. The 2017-18 Bulldog men’s golf team posted a scoring average of 306.88, which represents a school record. The program single-round record is a 288.
  • Nolan Zikas got his senior campaign off to a solid start by shooting an even-par 70 at the Two Rivers Golf Club course. A three-time all-conference performer, Zikas figures to be the low man among Bulldogs at many tournaments in 2018-19. The native of La Vista, Neb., tied for second on Wednesday while finishing three strokes off the lead. Transfer Josh Schaefer (75; T-11th) and junior Tylar Samek (76; T-14th) were the only other Concordia competitors to shoot under 80. Rounding out the Bulldogs’ first grouping was junior Colton Zulkoski (80; T-27th) and sophomore Jayden Neal (82; 31st).
  • Freshman William Christianson topped Concordia’s second group by shooting an 85 (34th place). He was followed by sophomore Harrison Helmer (86, T-35th), freshman Nathan Auffuet (87; T-38th), senior Grant Suchanek (89; 41st) and freshman Landon Walkenhorst (92; 42nd). The Bulldogs were originally scheduled to serve as the day two host of the Blue River Classic. Instead, Briar Cliff quickly put together its own invite to make up for it. Concordia, Briar Cliff, Doane and Mount Marty sent squads to the Briar Cliff Fall Invite.
  • After placing 10th in the GPAC last season, the women’s program expects to make a jump up the conference standings. The Bulldogs showed the potential to go low by carding a 344 on the first day of the Mount Marty Invite. The number was well below the 2017-18 team’s scoring average of 376.44. Unfortunately, Concordia slumped to 390 on the second day with higher scores across the board in its lineup. The 344 was just off the 2017-18 team low of 343 turned in back in April.
  • One reason for optimism moving forward is the addition of freshman Kendra Placke to the lineup. In two events so far this season, Placke has finished inside the top five in both, earning a fourth-place finish at the Mount Marty Invite and then a third-place claim at the Midland Fall Invite. Through three rounds of action, Placke’s 81.67 scoring average is tops on the team. Her best round was a 76 in her first ever collegiate action.
  • As a team, Placke and the Bulldog women carded a 371 at the Midland Invite in Fremont and placed seventh out of nine teams. The highlights were the play of Placke and junior Murphy Sears. Together they give Muller’s crew a legit top two in the lineup. Sears placed fourth out of the 60 golfers in Fremont with a score of 83. It was a nice rebound for the Crete native, who shot an uncharacteristically high 97 on the second day of the Mount Marty Invite.
  • Four others represented Concordia at the Midland Invite: sophomore Andrea Peterson (101; T-37th), freshman Britney Jepsen (105; T-41st), junior Paighton Barbre (107; T-43rd) and senior Madison Pitsch (113; 52nd). In terms of season average, Jepsen has been the team’s No. 3 golfer behind Placke and Sears. Over three rounds this fall, the team’s scoring average now stands at 368.33.
  • There’s a lot of golf coming up later this week. The men continue their season Thursday and Friday at the Siouxland Invite, which will be held in Orange City, Iowa, on day one and then Sioux Center, Iowa, on day two. Meanwhile, the women will be at the Lila Frommelt Invite hosted by Briar Cliff on Friday and Saturday. Both rounds will take place at Two Rivers Golf Course in North Sioux City, S.D.