Bulldog Weekly Report (April 1)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Athletes of the Week

Female: Liz King, Track & Field

King, a native of Billings, Mont., surpassed a school record in the javelin by more than 10 feet with her toss of 155’ 10” at the Wayne State Wildcat Classic on March 29. King’s mark won the event and ranks as the top javelin throw in the NAIA.

Male: Camaren Gause, Baseball

Gause, who hails from Tucson, Ariz., crushed three home runs and went 6-for-11 over four weekend games. He also added two doubles, four walks and nine RBIs. His two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh in Sunday’s game 1 versus Dakota Wesleyan lifted the Bulldogs to a walk-off win.


News and Notes
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Concordia women’s soccer seeks participation in superhero race supporting abused children: The Concordia women’s soccer program (led by junior captain Katrina Muther), in conjunction with the Southeast Nebraska CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and The Superhero Foundation, is partnering in the organization and facilitation of the Superhero 5K run/walk and 1K fun run, set to take place on Sunday, April 6 in Seward. The event will raise money for abused and neglected children. For information on how to participate, click HERE.

Jamie Crouse continues to push limits: Read about the challenges Concordia five-time All-American thrower Jamie Crouse has overcome throughout her career in this feature article. Throws coach Ed McLaughlin says Crouse is easily one of the top five female throwers in school history.

2014 football schedule announced: The 2014 Concordia football schedule was released last week. The Bulldogs kick off the season on Sept. 6 at Sterling College, a 2013 NAIA football championship series qualifier. View the entire schedule HERE. For a spring breakdown of the Bulldogs, click HERE.

2014 soccer schedules released:
-View men’s soccer schedule HERE.
-View women’s soccer schedule HERE.

Concordia women’s basketball concludes season with No. 13 ranking: Head coach Drew Olson’s Bulldogs checked in at No. 13 in the postseason edition of the NAIA coaches’ poll. The announcement marked the 39th-straight top 25 rating for the program.

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.

Track and Field

  • The 2014 outdoor season got underway last Friday and Saturday with the Wayne State College Wildcat Classic in Wayne, Neb. After top 20 indoor national finishes for both the men’s and women’s teams, head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs put forth several high-ranking finishes at Wayne over the weekend. Sophomores Cody Boellstorff (hammer throw) and Liz King (javelin) both won their respective events. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • King came through with the headlining effort of the weekend by shattering the school record in the javelin. An All-American in the javelin last season, the native of Billings, Mont., turned in a mark of 155’ 10” at Wayne, easily surpassing Phyllis Luedders’ 1979 school record of 145’ 9” and her own previous personal best of 144’ 6.” King’s impressive toss has qualified her for a return trip to nationals and leads the NAIA by more than a foot. King also competed in the shot put at the Wildcat Classic and placed 11th with a measurement of 147’ 9.”
  • Boellstorff, a 2013 All-American in the hammer throw, also out-distanced a personal best by tossing the hammer 183’ 5” – sixth best in school history – at the Wildcat Classic. That mark won the event, again qualified him for nationals and ranks third on the NAIA leaderboard. Last year the native of Waverly, Neb., finished fourth at the national championships with a hammer throw of 180 feet.
  • Concordia totaled five ‘A’ national qualifying marks and four ‘B’ national qualifying marks over the weekend (see below).  It was a big day for freshman Zach Lurz (Ogallala, Neb.), who put up automatic marks in both the shot put and the discus. School hammer throw record holder Jamie Crouse turned in a measurement of 164’ 9” for another automatic throw.
    • Jonathon Becker – B; 110 meter hurdles (14.94)
    • Cody Boellstorff – A; hammer throw (183’ 5”)
    • Stephanie Coley – B; shot put (43’ 9”)
    • Jamie Crouse – A; hammer throw (164’ 9”)
    • Carson Farr – B; pole vault (15’ 5”)
    • Liz King – A; javelin (155’ 10”)
    • Zach Lurz – A; shot put (54’ 5 ¼”), A; discus (160’ 5”)
    • Katricia Svoboda – B; discus (140’ 9”)
  • On the men’s side, nine Bulldogs finished in the top three of their respective events: 4x100 meter relay (42.27), Becker (second in 110 hurdles, 14.94), Boellstorff (first in hammer throw, 183’ 5”), John Cartier (second in 400 meter dash, 49.31), Farr (third in pole vault, 15’ 5”), Hayden Hohnholt (third in 3,000 meter steeplechase, 9:55.62), Lurz (second in shot put, 54’ 5 ¼”; third in hammer throw, 168’ 2”), Ben Sievert (third in 10,000 meter run, 33:22.53) and Josh Slechta (third in javelin, 175’ 5”).
  • On the women’s side, six Bulldogs finished in the top three of their respective events: Jamie Crouse (third in hammer throw, 164’ 9”), Rianne Gross (first in pole vault, 10’ 6”), Liz King (first in javelin, 155’ 10”), Renee Williams (third in steeplechase, 12:01.79), Katricia Svoboda (third in discus, 140’ 9”), Kim Wood (third in 800 meter run, 2:20.55).
  • The Bulldogs continue the outdoor season on Saturday when they take part in the annual University of Nebraska-Kearney Loper Outdoor Invite. Concordia will host for the first time this outdoor season on Saturday, April 12 when the Concordia Outdoor Invite takes place.

Tennis

  • The busiest stretch of the season occurred between Wednesday and Saturday last week as the Concordia women’s tennis team played four-consecutive days while the men competed in three days over that period. The men went a perfect 3-0 to improve to 5-1 overall. Meanwhile, the women picked up their first win of the season and sit at 1-5 heading into the month of April. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • The men defeated Doane, Midland and Morningside by a combined score of 22-5 last week to run their winning streak to five. At 5-1 overall, the Bulldogs have already equaled their win total from a year ago when they went 5-11 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The team’s 5-4 victory over Morningside on March 29 avenged a 9-0 loss to the Mustangs on April 13 of last season.
  • Senior Nathan Wingfield and company were particularly dominant last week in doubles play, winning all nine doubles matches. Five different doubles combinations have now been used this season. Those duos have collaborated on a record of 12-6. The No. 2 partnership of Morelia, Mexico, natives Patricio Esquivel and Javier Moreno lead the team with a 5-1 mark. The No. 1 combo of Wingfield and Joel Kaldahl moved to 3-2 after last week’s three wins.
  • The men went 13-5 last week in singles matches. Junior Jonathan Heckman, a native of Canton, S.D., played at No. 6 in his first appearance of the season against Morningside’s Dillon Stane on March 29. Heckman’s three-set victory was crucial as Concordia ended up edging the Mustangs, 5-4. Broken down by position, the Bulldogs have had the most success at the No. 5 spot, where senior Mike McCartney (3-1) and Esquivel have helped the team to a 5-1 record.
  • The Bulldog women picked up a much deserved win over Midland on the morning of March 29. Senior Katelyn Koll shined once again and completed a 4-0 week at No. 1 singles. Since falling to Tabor’s Rebecca Faber in the season-opening match, Koll has won five straight as she continues her dominance against GPAC opponents. The native of Wilber, Neb., is 13-3 in GPAC matches since the beginning of her sophomore season. Over the weekend she defeated Midland’s Jordane Watkins, 6-2, 6-3, and Morningside’s Katie Hanson, 6-3, 6-3. Koll’s career singles record is 31-18.
  • Koll and fellow returners Grace Hollenbeck (4-2) and Elyse Kohl (4-2) have provided a solid 1-2-3 punch at the top of the singles lineup. The trio has a combined record of 13-5 in singles play. In addition, the duos of Koll/Kohl (3-2) and Koll/Hollenbeck (1-0) have gone 4-2 at the No. 1 doubles position.
  • The rest of the doubles lineups have been a work in progress. Graduate assistant coach James Ingrahm has used a total of seven different doubles combinations. The 2 and 3 positions both have posted records of 1-5 through the season’s first six matches.
  • This week’s schedule will be much lighter. Both the men’s and women’s squads are set to travel to Bethel College for matches today at 3 p.m. in North Newton, Kan. The men will then look forward to the Concordia Invitational Tournament to be played Friday and Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. The Bulldogs return to conference action on April 10.

Softball

  • The conference season opened up last week as the Bulldogs swept a pair from Doane on March 26. Concordia then took to the road and won three out of four games in doubleheaders against Northwestern and Mount Marty over the weekend. Head coach Todd LaVelle’s team won two games in extra innings and piled up 38 runs compared to 21 runs allowed on the week. The Bulldogs are now 3-0 in extra-inning games. They are 19-4 overall and 5-1 in conference play. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • With GPAC play underway, LaVelle’s club relied more heavily upon pitching and defense to win five of its first six conference games. While the team’s batting average went from .365 at the beginning of last week down to .339 after Sunday’s Mount Marty doubleheader, Concordia shaved its team ERA from 4.83 down to 4.36. The drop off was aided by the team’s first shutout of the season in a 6-0 win over Doane in game 2 of last week’s doubleheader.
  • Julia Tyree earned the aforementioned shutout by limiting Doane to four hits and four walks over seven innings. Tyree put together a stellar week in the circle. In 18.2 innings she allowed six runs (four earned) on 15 hits and eight walks while striking out 10. Of the 56 outs Tyree induced, 36 came via ground outs. She is now a perfect 8-0 with a 4.18 ERA in 56 innings over 12 appearances.
  • As well as Concordia has hit the ball through 23 games, it did not connect on its first home run of the season until freshman Palmer Bosanko cracked a two-run homer in the second inning of the game 1 victory over Mount Marty. The first career blast for Bosanko was part of a big week for the native of Henderson, Nev. Bosanko went 9-for-19 with a homer, five RBIs and two stolen bases last week. Those numbers bumped her season batting average to .357. Bosanko provides plenty of flexibility as she has played second base, shortstop and outfield already this season.
  • Senior second baseman/shortstop Shelby Morose collected a game-winning hit in the second game of both road doubleheaders over the weekend. In the 3-2 victory over Northwestern, Morose delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the eighth. She then doubled in a run in the 10th inning of the game 2 win over Mount Marty to break a 5-5 tie. Morose has started all 23 games at either shortstop or second base.
  • With a 19-4 overall mark (.826), Concordia continues to lead the conference in winning percentage. The next highest overall win percentage belongs to Doane (18-7, .720). Not only do the Bulldogs top the conference in total wins, they also lead the GPAC in road wins (7) and neutral wins (10).
  • The Bulldog offensive attack ranks first in the GPAC in runs per game (6.96) and hits per game (9.96) and second in batting average (.339). Concordia’s pitching staff, led by senior Amanda Beeson, rates third in strikeouts (113) and fifth in both ERA (3.39) and opponent batting average (.273). Individually, Beeson ranks first in the conference in innings (84) and strikeouts (86). Rebecca Walker is fourth in batting average (.439) and six Bulldogs rank in the top 18 of the GPAC in RBIs, led by Julia Tyree’s 22 (fourth).
  • Concordia received votes in the national coaches’ poll last week for the second-straight time. It was also the second-consecutive week that the Bulldogs were rated as the top team in the GPAC.
  • The Bulldogs are scheduled to play eight games this week with doubleheaders versus Bellevue University (Tuesday), Central Christian College (Wednesday), Dordt (Friday) and Briar Cliff (Saturday). The twin bill with Central Christian is the only one scheduled to be played at Plum Creek Park.

Baseball

  • Runs came by the truckloads in weekend home doubleheaders with Briar Cliff (March 29) and Dakota Wesleyan (March 30). After being swept by Briar Cliff, the Bulldogs did the same to Dakota Wesleyan the next day as they began the conference season at 2-2. Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad compiled 33 runs while surrendering 43 as part of a wild weekend. Three of the four games were decided by two runs or less with the exception being the Chargers’ 15-4 win in Saturday’s game 2. Concordia sits at 12-16 overall. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Senior center fielder Camaren Gause emerged as the biggest story of the weekend for the Bulldogs. The native of Tucson, Ariz., clubbed a walk-off, two-run homer to complete Concordia’s 14-13 come-from-behind victory (trailed 13-5) in game 1 versus Dakota Wesleyan. Over the four weekend games, Gause went 6-for-11 with three homers, two doubles, four walks, a stolen base, 17 total bases and nine RBIs. In doing so, Gause turned around what had been a 6-for-37 slump entering GPAC play.
  • Gause has been a key performer for an offensive attack that is vastly improved compared to last season when the Bulldogs batted .249 and averaged 3.9 runs per game. Concordia has increased its runs per game by 64 percent to a figure of 6.4 (fifth in the GPAC) in 2014. The Bulldogs have scored 180 runs in 28 games following a 2013 campaign in which they tallied 151 runs in 39 contests.
  • While overshadowed by Gause’s monster weekend, right fielder Daniel Wilkerson continued his stellar junior season. He drove in at least one run in each of the four weekend games, during which he went 7-for-17 with four doubles, five runs, two stolen bases and eight RBIs. Wilkerson has been one of the top offensive players in the GPAC, currently ranking third in doubles (11), third in stolen bases (11), fourth in RBIs (27), fourth in home runs (3), sixth in total bases (55) and eighth in runs (27).
  • Third baseman/designated hitter Andrew Yerrell also had a fine weekend as the team’s No. 3 hitter. The native of Santa Fe, Texas, leads the team with a .352 batting average following a 4-for-11 weekend that included six walks, five runs and three stolen bases. Yerrell’s batting average puts him at No. 20 among all GPAC players.
  • At 12-16 overall, Concordia is just one win off its total from the 2013 season. The doubleheader sweep of Dakota Wesleyan also allowed the Bulldogs to equal their two home victories from last season. After putting up a run differential of minus-65 a year ago, Concordia stands at minus-three in 2014.
  • The biggest limiting factor thus far has been infield defense. The Bulldogs have committed 69 errors that have led to 59 unearned runs in 28 games. Geidel shook his infield up on Sunday as he moved Alex Cargin from shortstop to second base and inserted freshman Josh Mondt at short and junior Mark Wilcox at third. Junior Zach Cambier, adept at picking throws out of the dirt, remained at first base where he has started all 28 games.
  • Junior left-handed pitcher Jaydee Jurgensen returned to the mound for the first time since March 8 when fired the final two innings of Sunday’s game 2 win. Jurgensen settled down a chaotic run-scoring afternoon by retiring six of the seven hitters he faced to earn his first save as a Bulldog.
  • Concordia will have had nearly a week off by the time it begins action on Saturday at Dordt (8-10, 1-3 GPAC) at 1 p.m. The Bulldogs will be back home on Sunday (1 p.m.) to host Mount Marty (14-8, 0-2 GPAC) for a doubleheader.

Golf

  • The spring season teed off for head coach Brett Muller’s men’s squad with the two-day Bethel College (Kan.) Invite over the weekend. Conditions were windy throughout the weekend, particularly on Sunday when gusts of more than 40 miles per hour prevented all but three individuals to shoot below 80 on the day. The Bulldogs carded a 36-hole score of 325-367–692 and placed 14th among the field of 19 teams, which included five GPAC representatives. To read recaps from the meet, click HERE.
  • Sophomore Shawn Rodehorst, who averaged a team low 79.38 over eight fall rounds, led the team by carding a 80-89–169 to put him in a tie for 46th. Three other Bulldogs competed on both days of the Bethel Invite. Freshman Jared Knoepfel (T-53rd, 80-91–171) and sophomores Sam Simonson (T-70th, 81-95–176) and Garrett Suchanek (T-73rd, 86-92–178) filled out the lineup for head coach Brett Muller. Senior Sam DeFreece participated on day one and carded an 84.
  • Following two fall GPAC qualifiers, the Concordia men rest in ninth place (317-345–662) while the women are fifth (366-374–740). The men are 11 strokes better than they were this time a year ago. The women have made a 67-stroke improvement over their standing at the end of the 2012 fall season. The first men’s spring GPAC qualifier will be held April 21 at Lochland Country Club in Hastings, Neb. The first for the women will take place April 23 at Fremont Golf Club in Fremont, Neb.
  • For additional information on the standing of Concordia’s golf programs entering the spring, click HERE. The women will again lean upon the freshman duo of Amy Ahlers and Kayla Krueger. Ahlers is currently eighth on the GPAC leaderboard.
  • The Bulldog women open the spring season on Tuesday, April 8 when they compete in the Midland Invite at the Fremont Golf Club. The men will return to action on April 11-12 at the Doane Invite.

1 April 2014

Junior Will Holbrook

For highlights of Concordia track and field meets, click HERE.