Bulldog Weekly Report (April 15)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Athletes of the Week

Female: Liz King, Track & Field

King, a native of Billings, Mont., took the javelin title for her third-straight meet with a toss of 153’ 1” at the Concordia Invite. King’s personal best of javelin mark of 155’ 10” ranks second in the NAIA. She also put up a ‘B’ national qualifying mark of 160’ in the hammer throw on April 12.

Male: Zach Lurz, Track & Field

Lurz, who hails from Torrington, Wyo., claims athlete of the week recognition for the second-straight time. The freshman came up with a school record shot put mark of 57’ 3” at the Concordia Invite on April 12. Lurz currently ranks in the top five of the NAIA in the shot, discus and hammer throw.


News and Notes
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Wrestling program ranks in top 10 on NWCA academic list: Among the 43 wrestling programs in the NAIA, Concordia University ranks ninth on the National Wrestling Coaches’ Association list of top academic teams. Among GPAC schools, the Bulldogs placed second with their collective GPA of 3.119. Individually, Concordia junior Enrique Barajas was named NAIA All-Academic by the NWCA. For more details, click HERE.

Woods performs at NFL regional combine: Concordia All-American safety Darnell Woods participated in an NFL regional combine hosted inside the Seattle Seahawks’ practice facility on March 22. To watch video from Woods’ combine workout, click HERE.

Concordia softball tailgate serves hundreds of free brats and hot dogs: At its April 12 home doubleheader, the Concordia softball program fed fans with hundreds of free brats and hot dogs. The tailgate was made possible thanks to the time and generosity of head coach Todd LaVelle and his wife Mindy, John and Janice Heath, Pac ‘n’ Save and Zabka Funeral Home.

Santa Fe, Texas, natives thriving for Bulldog baseball: Longtime friends Daniel Wilkerson and Andrew Yerrell made their way to Concordia in 2011 via their hometowns of Santa Fe, Texas. The pair of Texans is thriving as juniors in the middle of the Bulldog lineup. Find out how they ended up at Concordia by reading the feature story HERE.

Photo galleries:
-Spring football practice (April 9)
-Men’s golf at the Doane Invite (April 11)

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

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 Bulldogs hosted the Concordia Outdoor Invite on April 12, marking the program’s first home meet of the outdoor season. The field included individuals from 10 different schools, including GPAC rivals Doane, Hastings and Midland. Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs put together a solid meet that included nine first-place finishes and four additional ‘A’ national qualifying marks to add to the season tally. Read a recap of the meet HERE.
  • The nine Bulldog first-places finishes on Saturday were courtesy of the men’s 4x400 meter relay (3:21.01), John Cartier (200 meter dash, 21.72), Ben Hinckfoot (400 meter hurdles, 53.78), Liz King (javelin, 153' 1"), Zach Lurz (discus, 166’ 1”, and shot put, 57’ 3”), Katelyn Shoup (triple jump, 38’ 3 ¼” – national qualifying mark), Kim Wood (1,500 meter run, 4:50.17) and Shelby Yelden (pole vault).
  • Lurz, last week’s GPAC men’s field athlete of the week, made the biggest splash by toppling Brock Simonsen’s 2009 school record of 56’ 4 ¾” in the shot put. The native of Torrington, Wyo., did not stop there. Lurz also put up a personal best hammer throw of 186’ 3” (third place) and took first in the discus with a mark of 166’ 1”. A week earlier Lurz became the first Bulldog in school history to qualify for nationals in the hammer, discus and shot.
  • The hammer throw is a particular event of strength for the Bulldogs – both male and female. Cody Boellstorff led the way in the men’s hammer, placing second with a toss of 191’ 7” at the Concordia Outdoor Invite. Lurz placed third and Trey Farmer (174’ 9”) qualified for nationals with his fifth-place finish. Benjamin Schulteis (169’ 1”) took seventh. On the women’s side, senior Jamie Crouse again hit a national mark with her mark of 172’ (fourth). Four Bulldogs also put up ‘B’ marks in the hammer – King (160’), Stephanie Coley (157’), Sydney Meyer (154’ 11”) and Nicole Perry (154’ 3”).
  • Hinckfoot’s time in the 400 meter hurdles automatically qualified him for the outdoor national championships. An All-American last season in the 110 and 400 hurdles and as part of the 4x400 meter relay, Hinckfoot was steady in each of those three events at the Concordia Outdoor Invite. In addition to his first-place finish in the 400 hurdles, Hinckfoot was part of the winning 4x4 while finishing second in the 110 hurdles.
  • Both King and Yelden – national leaders last week in the javelin and pole vault, respectively – moved back one spot each to No. 2 on the national list. Both again won took titles at the Concordia Invite. King has now won the javelin competition at all three outdoor meets so far this season.
  • On the season, Concordia has totaled 13 ‘A’ national qualifying marks and nine ‘B’ national qualifying marks (see below).  Of the 17 Bulldogs with either A or B marks, Lurz, Hinckfoot and King own more than one national qualifying figure. Of the 22 total A or B marks, 17 have come in field events (15 by throwers, two by pole vaulters).
    • Men’s 4x100 meter relay – B (41.67)
    • Jonathon Becker – B; 110 meter hurdles (14.83)
    • Cody Boellstorff – A; hammer throw (195’ 11”)
    • John Cartier – B; 400 meter dash (48.37)
    • Kattie Cleveland – A; discus (143’ 2”)
    • Stephanie Coley – A; shot put (44’ 8 ¾”), B; hammer throw (157’)
    • Jamie Crouse – A; hammer throw (172’)
    • Trey Farmer – A; hammer throw (174’ 9”)
    • Carson Farr – B; pole vault (15’ 5”)
    • Ben Hinckfoot – A; 400 meter hurdles (53.78), B; 110 meter hurdles (14.87)
    • Liz King – A; javelin (155’ 10”), B; hammer throw (160’)
    • Zach Lurz – A; shot put (57’ 3”), A; discus (177’ 9”), A; hammer throw (186’ 3”)
    • Sydney Meyer – B; hammer throw (154’ 11”)
    • Nicole Perry – B; hammer throw (154’ 3”)
    • Katelyn Shoup – A; triple jump (38’ 3 ¼”)
    • Katricia Svoboda – A; discus (146’ 6”)
    • Shelby Yelden – A; pole vault (12’ ½”)
  • The outdoor season continues Friday and Saturday with the two-day Doane Relays in Crete, Neb. The Bulldogs will host one more time this season – Friday, May 9 when the annual Concordia Twilight Meet is held.

Golf

  • Both head coach Brett Muller’s men’s and women’s golfers were in action last week. The women began their spring season on April 8 and shot a team score of 390 to place fifth out of 10 teams at the Midland Spring Invite in Fremont, Neb. Meanwhile, the men resumed their spring with the Doane Invite on April 11-12. Concordia’s ‘A’ team shot a two-day 317-308–625 to finish fourth among the field of seven teams. To read recaps of recent action, click HERE.
  • On the women’s side, Amy Ahlers tied for fifth at the Midland Invite by carding an 85 (par 73) – just under her fall average of 85.29 in seven rounds. Ahlers, who hails from Albion, Neb., shot a season low 80 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 back on Oct. 2, 2013, in what was the previous outing for the team.
  • Ahlers far and away led the team in Fremont as sophomore Kristin Remm came in next with a 97. The rest of the varsity lineup – freshman Kayla Krueger (100) and juniors Allison Schieffer (108) and Melissa McIntosh (109) – all shot 100 or higher. The 100 was uncharacteristically high for Krueger, who had a solid fall season. During which she averaged a 90.86 over seven rounds.
  • The 390 as a team was higher than of the Bulldogs’ seven scores from the fall (359, 366, 374, 380, 381-twice, 388). The Concordia women posted their lowest team score of the fall of 359 on day two at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite (Sept. 16, 2013).
  • Junior Shawn Rodehorst enjoyed a solid weekend at the Doane Invite with 76’s on both days, allowing him to tie for 10th among a field of 32 golfers that competed both days. That performance lowered Rodehorst’s spring average to 80.25 in four rounds. Overall this season, the native of Kearney, Neb., carries a team low 79.67 average over 12 rounds.
  • Rodehorst was followed by teammates in freshman Jared Knoepfel (77-81–158, T-17), sophomore Garrett Suchanek (81-77–158, T-17), senior Sam DeFreece (79-82–161, T-21) and sophomore Sam Simonson (85-76–161, T-21) at the Doane Invite. Suchanek had a big weekend for the Concordia ‘B’ team. He owns a season average of 85.36 in 11 2013-14 rounds.
  • The Bulldog men have six golfers with season averages below 85 (at least six rounds):
    • Rodehorst – 79.67 (12 rounds)
    • Knoepfel – 82.50 (12 rounds)
    • Court Croghan – 83.17 (six rounds)
    • Sam Mayhall – 83.38 (eight rounds)
    • DeFreece – 84.13 (eight rounds)
    • Brock Colclasure – 84.83 (six rounds)
  • The Concordia women were scheduled to start play at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite on Monday, but instead began a single round on Tuesday (10 a.m. shotgun start at Pioneers Golf Course) at the meet. It will be the second time out this spring for Ahlers and the Bulldogs. Meanwhile, the men are scheduled to compete at the Wild West Shootout (Wild Horse Golf Course) in Gothenburg, Neb., on Friday. Both teams will play their first GPAC Qualifiers of the spring next week.

Softball

  • Three of four games were decided by a single run last week as the Bulldogs hosted both Hastings (April 8) and Morningside (April 12) in GPAC action. Concordia took two from the Broncos, winning both games by an identical 2-1 score. Head coach Todd LaVelle’s club then got swept in a doubleheader for the first time this season as Morningside ran its winning streak to 15 with 1-0  (nine innings) and 10-2 (five innings) wins over the Bulldogs. Ranked as the top team in the GPAC each of the past four weeks, Concordia is now 22-7 overall and 7-3 in the GPAC, three games behind first-place Morningside. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Right-handed pitcher Amanda Beeson continued her fine senior season in the circle by appearing in three of last week’s four games. Over those appearances, Beeson fired 18.2 innings and allowed only two earned runs on 13 hits and three walks. She added 16 strikeouts and leads the GPAC with 108 punch outs (39th most nationally) on the season. It’s the second-straight year Beeson (389 career strikeouts) has gone over 100 K’s.
  • In a week in which the usually potent Bulldog offense sputtered, senior catcher Amber Topil produced impressively out of the No. 6 spot in the batting order. The Seward native had at least one hit in all four games and went 6-for-11 with an RBI and a run on the week, bumping her season batting average from .310 to .341 (fifth on the team). She’s a career .267 hitter in 146 games.
  • Freshman outfielder Palmer Bosanko again came through in the clutch in Concordia’s sweep of Hastings. Bosanko delivered her third walk-off hit of the season when she crushed a double to center field to score Topil from first in the bottom of the seventh of the game 1 victory. Both of Bosanko’s other two walk-off hits came during the spring trip in Arizona. In Tucson, Bosanko tripled home two runs for a walk-off 3-2 winner over Presentation College on March 12. Two days later the Henderson, Nev., native connected on a three-run triple to send the Bulldogs to a 13-12 win over Alfred University (N.Y.).
  • Sophomore pitcher/second baseman Julia Tyree lost for the first time this season as part of the 10-2 defeat at the hands of Morningside. Tyree (9-1) surrendered season highs of 15 hits and nine earned runs as the Mustangs ran away with an eight-run rule victory.
  • After going 2-1 last week in one-run games, Concordia is now 8-2 in contests decided by a single run. The Bulldogs’ first one-run loss came on March 29 when Northwestern defeated Concordia 3-2 in game 1 of the doubleheader.
  • Despite scoring only six runs over last week’s four games, the Bulldogs remain No. 1 in the GPAC in runs per game (5.97) and second in batting average (.319). In conference games only, Concordia is averaging 4.4 runs per contest.
  • The Bulldogs are scheduled to play at Dordt (7-23, 3-9 GPAC) today at 5 p.m. (Tuesday) in a doubleheader that has twice been postponed. Concordia will also play at Nebraska Wesleyan at 5 p.m. on Wednesday (13-15, 4-8 GPAC) in the team’s final games of the week. Barring schedule changes, Concordia will then have Easter weekend off.

Tennis

  • Both the men’s and women’s teams competed against the exact same schedule last week. In between nonconference losses to the University of Nebraska-Kearney (April 8) and Grand View University (April 11), the Bulldog men remained unbeaten inside the conference with a 5-4 win at Doane on April 10. On the other hand, the Concordia women lost all three of its matches and has now dropped five in a row. The men are 8-5 overall and 3-0 in the GPAC. The women are 1-9 overall and 1-2 in conference action. For recaps of recent matches, click HERE.
  • The Concordia men avenged an 8-1 loss to Doane last season by pulling out a tight victory last week in Crete. The match ultimately came down to No. 2 singles, where Javier Moreno (2-1 last week at No. 2 singles) topped Doane’s Tyler Johnson, 7-5, 7-5, to run his record to 2-1 in GPAC singles matches. In addition, Moreno combined with Patricio Esquivel on an 8-6 victory that helped the Bulldogs get out to a 2-1 lead after doubles play.
  • In GPAC play, Concordia (3-0) and Hastings (2-0) are the only remaining unbeaten teams. At 1-1 in the conference, both Nebraska Wesleyan and Doane are 1.5 matches behind the Bulldogs. Concordia and Hastings are set to face off in Hastings on April 24.
  • Moreno, a native of Morelia, Mexico, tops Concordia with an 8-5 singles mark (all at No. 2). Two other Bulldogs have records above .500 in singles action: Esquivel (7-6, 6-6 at No. 3; 1-0 at No. 5) and senior Mike McCartney (6-5, 1-0 at No. 4; 4-5 at No. 5; 1-0 at No. 6).
  • Junior Jonathan Douglas saw his first singles action of the season last week, finding himself in the No. 5 spot versus both Doane and Grand View. Douglas contributed to the win over Doane with a 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 victory over Muijj Ghani.
  • On the women’s side, senior Katelyn Koll was responsible for Concordia’s only two wins last week. Koll defeated both Kendra Ritter of Doane and Natalia Romero of Grand View at No. 1 singles, running her season record to 7-3 overall and 3-0 against GPAC opponents. The native of Wilber, Neb., is now 14-3 in GPAC matches since the start of her sophomore season.
  • As a team, the men are 36-41 in singles matches and 23-16 in doubles. The women are 16-44 in singles play and 6-24 in doubles.
  • Both teams have a light week with just one home match apiece. The Bulldog men host Nebraska Wesleyan (7-7, 1-1 GPAC) today (Tuesday) at 4 p.m. The women welcome Wesleyan (7-9, 3-1 GPAC) to Seward on Wednesday for another 4 p.m. match. Both Concordia teams will then have the rest of the week off of competition.

Baseball

  • Because of inclement weather on Sunday, the Bulldogs played only one of their two GPAC doubleheaders scheduled over the weekend. Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad was swept on in Orange City, Iowa, on April 12 by No. 24 Northwestern. The Red Raiders won by scores of 3-1 and 14-1 as they improved to 28-8 overall and 9-3 in the GPAC (third place). Concordia now sits at 13-21 overall and 3-7 in the GPAC (eighth place). To read recaps of recent action, click HERE.
  • Left-handed pitcher Jaydee Jurgensen made his second start in seven days and kept the Bulldogs close in the game 1 loss at Northwestern. The Red Raiders, who rank third in the GPAC with 6.5 runs per game, put up one run each in the second, third and fifth innings to pin Jurgensen with his fourth loss. The native of Lincoln, Neb., threw five innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out three.
  • While Northwestern kept red hot Camaren Gause from going deep, the Bulldog center fielder did manage a base hit in both ends of the doubleheader to extend his hitting streak to eight games. During the hit streak, Gause has gone 14-for-30 (.467) with five home runs, 11 RBIs and 37 total bases. The hot stretch has raised the Tucson, Ariz., native’s batting average from .219 to .298. Gause went 2-for-5 with two walks in the weekend doubleheader.
  • Gause was one of five Bulldogs to collect at least one hit in both games at Northwestern, joining Taylor Dudley (2-for-5), Mark Wilcox (3-for-5), Daniel Wilkerson (2-for-8) and Andrew Yerrell (2-for-8). Freshman shortstop Josh Mondt went 2-for-3 and drove in Concordia’s lone run in game 1.
  • Geidel continues to search for quality options out of the bullpen. The Bulldogs relied on relievers to cover the final 4.2 innings of game 2 after starter Jordan Stritz was chased from the contest with two outs in the bottom of the second. Freshman lefty Josh Prater was moved to the bullpen to provide help but struggled in allowing six earned runs after taking over for Stirtz.
  • While Concordia uncharacteristically put up only a combined two runs versus the Red Raiders, the team’s biggest issues are obvious when glancing through the GPAC statistical leaderboards. The Bulldogs rank 11th in fielding percentage (.926) and ninth in ERA (6.05). Typically solid offensively throughout this season, Concordia remains fifth in the league in runs per game (6.15).
  • Saturday’s twin bill marked the first time this season that the Bulldogs have faced a team that was nationally ranked at the time of the game. Last season Concordia defeated then No. 23 Sterling College, 4-0, in game one of a doubleheader in late March. Since then the Bulldogs have lost their last five against top 25 opponents. The only ranked squad remaining on the schedule is No. 16 Doane.
  • Geidel’s club is scheduled to return to action today (Tuesday) at Morningside (16-19, 5-5 GPAC), in a doubleheader that has already been postponed twice due to inclement weather. Concordia will then dip outside the conference on Wednesday and play at York (23-17) in a single nine-inning game set to begin at 5:30 p.m. The Easter weekend includes a road doubleheader versus Doane (32-7, 10-0 GPAC) on Friday (1 p.m.) and a home twin bill with Midland (31-13, 10-2 GPAC) on Saturday (1 p.m.). This will be the second-to-last week of the regular season.

15 April 2014

Sophomore Liz King

Freshman Diana Mendoza