Bulldog Weekly Report (April 22)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Athletes of the Week

Male: Jonathon Becker, Track & Field

Becker, a native of Hartington, Neb., won the 400 meter hurdle title at the Doane Relays by clocking in at 54.61. He also placed third in the 110 meter hurdles in a time of 15.00. Becker ranks second in the GPAC in the 110 meter hurdles and third in the 400 meter hurdles (behind two teammates).

Female: Amy Ahlers, Golf

Ahlers, who hails from Albion, Neb., shot a seven-over-par 80 to claim medalist honors at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite on April 15. That score tied a career low for Ahlers, who carries a team best average of 84.67 through nine fall rounds.


News and Notes
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Morris named honorary captain of Omaha World-Herald squad: Concordia women’s basketball star Bailey Morris received another honor on Sunday when the Omaha World-Herald named her honorary captain of its NAIA All-Nebraska team. Morris was joined on the team by fellow junior Tracy Peitz (first team) and senior Kristen Conahan (second team). Freshman Becky Mueller received honorable mention. On the men’s side, senior Adam Vogt was placed on the second team. For more info on the women’s team, click HERE. For details on the men’s team, click HERE.

Bulldog football hosts open spring practice Friday night: Head coach Vance Winter’s football program will wrap up its spring practice schedule Friday at 7 p.m. inside Bulldog Stadium. Fans are welcome to attend the open practice expected to last about 90 minutes. Here’s an early peek at what the 2014 squad will look like.

Lurz receives second-straight GPAC weekly honor: Concordia freshman Zach Lurz was named GPAC men’s field athlete of the week on April 16, marking the second-straight time he received the honor. For more details, click HERE.

Why not us? The story of the 2014 Concordia softball team is one of togetherness, confidence, winning and the musical 'Pitch Perfect.' At 24-9 overall and 9-5 in the GPAC, the Bulldogs are having a big bounce back season. Find out how head coach Todd LaVelle and Concordia has turned things around in this feature article.

Concordia women’s soccer shuffles the deck in spring season: Head coach Greg Henson’s team is undergoing some key changes this spring. Read more about the team’s key April storylines 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.

Golf

  • Since this time last week, the Concordia men have been in action twice and the women once as both Bulldog squads continue their spring seasons. The Bulldog men had their most important spring meet to date when they shot a 326 at Monday’s GPAC Qualifier No. 3. They placed eighth out of the 11 conference schools on the day. On April 15 the Concordia women finished fourth out of 10 teams with a 358 at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite. To read recaps of recent meets, click HERE.
  • After three GPAC qualifiers, head coach Brett Muller’s men sit in eighth place with a three-round total of 317-345-326–988. Although the 326 was five strokes worse than its performance three days earlier at the Wild West Invite, it was enough to move the Bulldogs above Briar Cliff, which entered Monday’s round three strokes in front of Concordia.
  • Individually, junior Shawn Rodehorst shot a 77 for his best qualifier score of the season. On the heels of a 78 in GPAC No. 1 and an 86 in GPAC No. 2, Rodehorst moved himself into a tie for 20th on the leaderboard. He sat 27th entering Monday’s round. The top 10 finishers automatically claim all-conference honors. Last season Rodehorst placed eighth with his four round 82-78-72-70–302. He has his work cut out for him to get into the top 10 this year as he is six strokes off.
  • Freshman Court Croghan followed up his 80 three days earlier at the Wild West Invite with an 82 on Monday. Like Rodehorst, Croghan finished strong on the day in what was his first career GPAC qualifier round. After shooting a 44 on the front nine, he carded a 38 on the back nine.
  • Freshman Jared Knoepfel posted an 82 on Monday, giving him a three round score of 83-78-82–243. Knoepfel is currently tied for 22nd in the GPAC, two strokes behind Rodehorst for the team lead. Sophomore Sam Simonson (85) and senior Sam DeFreece (87) filled out the remainder of the varsity lineup on Monday. Simonson has carded a three-round qualifier total of 81-99-85–265 (36th place). DeFreece, who did not compete at GPAC Qualifier No. 1, shot an 88 at the second qualifier.
  • Freshman Amy Ahlers tied a career low by shooting a seven-over-par 80 at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite. That score allowed the Albion, Neb., native to take medalist honors for the second time in her young career. Ahlers also earned the same distinction with an 80 at GPAC Qualifier No. 2 held on Oct. 2 in the team’s final meet of the fall season. Ahlers leads the Bulldog women with a season average of 84.67 through nine rounds.
  • Also at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite, Concordia’s lineup included freshman Kayla Krueger (86 – T10), sophomore Kristin Remm (89 – T13) and juniors Melissa McIntosh (103 – T41) and Allison Schieffer (103 – T41). The team total of 358 allowed the Bulldogs to best conference rivals Morningside (369), Midland (372), Doane (375), Briar Cliff (379) and Hastings (385).
  • The women will have participate in GPAC Qualifier No. 3 on Wednesday at Fremont Golf Club in Fremont, Neb. The Bulldogs will get started at 12 p.m. Concordia closed the fall season in fifth place in the GPAC after shooting 366-374–740 at the first two qualifiers. That score marks a 67-stroke improvement compared to their totals after the two fall 2012 qualifiers.
  • The men will be in action on Thursday at the Mount Marty Invite (Fox Run Golf Course) in Yankton, S.D. and then again on Saturday for the Bulldog-Tiger Ryder Cup at York Country Club. Saturday’s action will be the final tune up for GPAC Qualifier No. 4, set to tee off on Monday, April 28 at Fox Run Golf Course.

Softball

  • Since this time last week, first-year head coach Todd LaVelle’s club has played six away games – all within the conference. The Bulldogs split doubleheaders at Dordt (April 15) and at Nebraska Wesleyan (April 16) and swept a pair from Briar Cliff on Monday. Concordia’s fourth GPAC doubleheader sweep of the season boosted its record to 26-9 overall and 11-5 in the GPAC. The Bulldogs sit in third place, one-half game behind Northwestern (12-5) and two losses behind Morningside (11-3). To read recaps of recent action, click HERE.
  • The stellar pitching of senior Amanda Beeson continues to be a primary reason for Concordia’s success despite an offense that has struggled throughout much of the conference season. Beeson allowed just one run on four hits in Monday’s game 1 victory at Briar Cliff. In conference games only, Beeson is 7-3 with an ERA of 1.70 in 69 innings of work. The native of Waverly, Neb., is the leader of a staff that has a 2.65 ERA in GPAC games. Beeson leads the GPAC with 131 strikeouts in 135.1 innings overall.
  • As a team, Concordia is hitting .246 with a .305 on-base percentage in conference play. In terms of batting average, freshmen Palmer Bosanko (.333) and Brittany Hudler (.324) and sophomore Julia Tyree (.314) have had the most success against GPAC pitching. Center fielder Diana Mendoza has seen the most drastic change in performance since conference play started. The native of Santa Clarita, Calif., batted .429 (27-for-63) outside of the conference but is hitting .151 (8-for-53) in 16 GPAC games.
  • While the hitting has waned at times, Concordia has relied on solid pitching and defense in order to hover near the top of the conference. In GPAC games only, the Bulldogs boast the top fielding percentage in the league (.961). Concordia has improved from a .948 fielding percentage in nonconference action. Outfielder Regan Doiel has yet to commit an error in 50 chances.
  • In Monday’s game 2, Tyree recorded her second shutout in holding the Chargers to six hits over seven innings. Her other shutout came on March 26 against Doane. Like Beeson, Tyree has been better in conference games. Tyree has an overall ERA of 4.16. Her ERA in the GPAC is 3.21. More of a finesse pitcher than Beeson, Tyree has only 30 strikeouts in 80 innings. However, she has given up just 11 extra base hits.
  • Doiel has been on a tear over the past four games, a stretch in which she has gone 7-for-11 with four runs, four stolen bases and one RBI. That burst has pushed her batting average from .315 to .350, second on the team to Hudler (.356). Doiel scored three of Concordia’s six runs in Monday’s 6-1 win at Briar Cliff. Doiel is the team leader with 14 stolen bases.
  • The Bulldogs played three more one-run games last week, going 1-2 in those contests. Concordia is 9-4 on the season in games decided by a single run. Nine of the first 16 conference games have been won or lost by a margin of two runs or less. The Bulldogs are 5-4 in those games.
  • At 11-5 in the conference, Concordia’s GPAC winning percentage of .688 is the best for the program since the 2009 squad went 17-7 (.708) in league play. If the Bulldogs can sweep this week’s competition, they will have earned the most conference wins in any season over the past five years. Concordia remains alive for a conference title but needs Morningside to slip up at least twice in its final six GPAC games.
  • LaVelle’s squad closes the regular season with conference home doubleheaders today (Tuesday) versus Midland (16-17, 7-7 GPAC) at 5 p.m. and then on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Dakota Wesleyan (16-12, 7-7 GPAC).

Tennis

  • Both the Concordia men’s and women’s teams were in action just once apiece last week as they took the Easter weekend off. Both squads were defeated by Nebraska Wesleyan last week in GPAC play. The loss was the first conference setback of the season for the Bulldog men (8-6, 3-1 GPAC). Meanwhile the women dropped to 1-10 overall and 1-3 in the GPAC. To read recaps of recent action, click HERE.
  • The biggest highlight of the week came from senior Katelyn Koll, who remained unbeaten in GPAC singles matches by topping Nebraska Wesleyan’s Hannah Husmann, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 1 on April 16. Koll is now 4-0 this season against GPAC foes and 8-3 overall. The native of Wilber, Neb., is 28-15 overall and 15-3 in GPAC matches over the past three seasons. Since a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Mount Marty’s Vanessa Rockne on April 13, 2013, Koll has rattled off nine-straight singles wins against GPAC opponents. She even avenged the defeat to Rockne by topping her in last year’s conference tournament.
  • Koll has her sights set on earning GPAC player of the year honors. Last season Rockne ended up taking the honor. Koll and Rockne will likely square off at No. 1 on April 28 when Concordia hosts Mount Marty in the GPAC regular-season finale.
  • Other than Koll’s win last week, the Prairie Wolves were dominant in winning 9-0 over the Concordia men and 8-1 over the Bulldog women. Nebraska Wesleyan won every set in the men’s match while dropping only two sets (both versus Koll) in the women’s contest.
  • The GPAC tennis conference tournaments are set to take place May 2-3 in Fremont, Neb. All six GPAC men’s tennis teams will make up the playoff field. On the women’s side, the top six out of the conference’s eight squads reach the tournament. The Concordia men currently sit in second place in the GPAC, one-half match off of first-place Hastings (3-0). The Bulldog women are tied for fifth with Midland (1-3). The women have Hastings (Wednesday), Northwestern (Saturday) and Mount Marty left on the schedule. The men have only a match at Hastings (Thursday) left to play.
  • Freshman Javier Moreno holds the top singles record at 8-6 (No. 2) for the men. The combo of junior Jonathan Douglas and senior Mike McCartney (No. 3) has the best doubles record at 8-4. View individual season records HERE.

Track and Field

  • Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs put together an impressively balanced meet over two days at the Doane Relays in Crete on April 18 and 19. Concordia claimed 13 total first-place finishes, including seven from assistant coach Ed McLaughlin’s deep group of throwers. To read recaps from both days of the meet, click HERE.
  • The Bulldogs’ first-place finishes at Doane came from: Jonathon Becker (400 meter hurdles, 54.61), Cody Boellstorff (hammer throw, 180’ 11”), John Cartier (400 meter dash, 48.44), Stephanie Coley (shot put, 47’ 3 ½”), Jamie Crouse (hammer throw, 169’ 3”), Carson Farr (pole vault, 15’ 9”), Liz King (javelin, 148’ 11”), Zach Lurz (discus, 175’ 3”; shot put, 52’ 4 ½”), Josh Slechta (javelin, 171’ 1”), Kim Wood (1,500 meter run, 4:42), Shelby Yelden (pole vault, 10’ 11 ¾”) and men’s 4x400 meter relay (3:19.06).
  • Not only were the Bulldogs dominant as usual in the throws, they also took the top four spots in the men’s 400 meter hurdles and two of the top three places in the men’s 110 meter hurdles. Becker, Tai Pleasant, Trevor Bresson and Ben Hinckfoot finished 1-2-3-4, respectively, in the 400 hurdles. Hinckfoot placed second in the 110 hurdles and Becker third. Hinckfoot and Becker are currently tied for second in the GPAC (14.83) in the 110 hurdles. Hinckfoot leads the conference and ranks 10th nationally with his automatic mark of 53.78 in the 400 hurdles.
  • King (Billings, Mont.) improved to a perfect 4-for-4 this season in javelin competitions by lapping the field by more than 24 feet at the Doane Relays. She has surpassed the automatic qualifying mark in every meet this season with throws of 155’ 10” (Wayne State Wildcat Classic), 139’ 5 ½” (UNK Loper Invite), 153’ 1” (Concordia Invite) and 148’ 11” (Doane Relays). She ranks first in the GPAC and No. 2 on the national list in the javelin.
  • Senior Carson Farr broke through with an automatic national qualifying mark of 15’ 9” in the Doane Relays pole vault competition. Farr had been on the cusp of the auto mark this outdoor season, having own a ‘B’ mark of 15’ 5” prior to this past weekend. Farr ranks as the top vaulter in the GPAC and is tied for fourth in the NAIA.
  • As a team, Concordia entered the Doane Relays ranked sixth nationally on the men’s side and 12th on the women’s side, according to NAIA computer ratings released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association on April 16. The complete ratings can be viewed HERE.
  • In addition to the 27 national marks, several Bulldog mulit event athletes stand a great chance to reach the national championships. Sara Simmons (4,421 points) and Lydia Pomerenke (4,409 points) rank sixth and seventh nationally, respectively, in the heptathlon thanks to their performances at the Doane Relays. In the decathlon, Lucas Wiechman (ninth, 6,034 points) and Brandon Ramos (13th, 5,946 points) sit in the top 13 in the NAIA.
  • The Bulldogs have a busy week ahead with action set to take place every day Wednesday through Saturday. Concordia will take part in three meets during the week: UNL Pre-Drake Invite (Wednesday), Nebraska Wesleyan Dual (Thursday) and the prestigious Drake Relays (Thursday through Saturday).
  • On the season, Concordia has totaled 14 ‘A’ national qualifying marks and 13 ‘B’ national qualifying marks (see below).  Of the 17 Bulldogs with either A or B marks, Coley, Lurz, Hinckfoot and King own more than one national qualifying figure. Of the 27 total A or B marks, 21 have come in field events (17 by throwers, three by pole vaulters and one in the triple jump).
    • 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 (47’ 3 ½”), B; hammer throw (157’), B; discus (139’ 11”)
    • Jamie Crouse – A; hammer throw (172’), B; shot put (43’ 3”)
    • Trey Farmer – A; hammer throw (174’ 9”), B; shot put (50’ 9 ¼”)
    • Carson Farr – A; pole vault (15’ 9”)
    • Ben Hinckfoot – A; 400 meter hurdles (53.78), B; 110 meter hurdles (14.83)
    • 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”)
    • Lucas Wiechman – B; pole vault (15’ 5 ¾”)
    • Kim Wood – B; 1,500 meter run (4:42)
    • Shelby Yelden – A; pole vault (12’ ½”)

Baseball

  • Last week was a tough one for a Bulldog baseball team that played seven times between Tuesday and Saturday and went 1-6 (1-5 versus conference opponents). The lone win came in game 2 of a doubleheader at Morningside on April 15. Concordia then dropped a single nine-inning contest at York and was swept in GPAC twin bills at Doane and at home versus Midland. Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad is now 14-27 overall and 4-12 in league play. Currently in a three-way tie for ninth place, Concordia is in a dogfight to reach the eight-team conference tournament (May 2-3). To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • In the win at Morningside, the Bulldogs nearly got a nine-inning complete game effort from right-handed pitcher Jordan Stirtz (Gretna, Neb.), who worked 8.2 innings. Stirtz ran into ninth-inning trouble that was caused in part by a key error. Stirtz ended up allowing seven runs but just one was earned. He scatted eight hits and five walks while striking out two. His 3.83 ERA in 54 innings rates best on the team.
  • Junior right fielder Daniel Wilkerson (Santa Fe, Texas) enjoyed a nice week in the power department. He went 6-for-23 over last week’s seven games, with two home runs, a double and eight RBIs. Wilkerson moved to fifth in the GPAC in home runs (5), eighth in RBIs (37) and 15th in slugging percentage (.497). Each of those numbers represents career bests for Concordia’s cleanup hitter.
  • Senior center fielder Camaren Gause extended his hitting streak to 12 games with at least one hit in the first four contests of last week. The streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 performance in the game 2 loss at Doane on April 18. During the 12-game hit streak, the native of Tucson, Ariz., went 21-for-45 (.467) with five home runs, 15 RBIs and 45 total bases. In conference games only, Gause leads the GPAC with an .808 slugging percentage and is tied for the most home runs with six.
  • Freshman lefty pitcher Josh Prater came up with one of his best performances as a Bulldog as the team’s game 1 starter at Doane. Prater outdueled Tiger ace Elliott Engle early on and led 2-0 when he was pulled from the game after the first two hitters of the bottom of the fifth reached base. Prater worked around seven hits and was tagged with only one run in his four innings of work against the GPAC’s first-place team.
  • Geidel continues to shuffle the infield in an effort to put alleviate the defensive issues that have plagued the team throughout the season. Alex Cargin, who has recently been the starter at second base, moved back to shortstop during game 2 of the April 19 doubleheader with Midland. AJ Peterson also started the final three games of the week at third base. Concordia played error free in game 1 versus Midland but still totaled 19 combined errors in last week’s seven games. Over 40 percent of the runs the Bulldogs have given up this season have been unearned.
  • Sophomore right-handed pitcher Edwin Izumigawa made his first start of the season in game 1 of the home twin bill with Midland. Izumigawa held up well through the first four innings, during which he allowed only one run on one hit. The Warriors chased Izumigawa from the game in the fifth by notching three hits and a walk to begin the frame. One of those hits was a three-run homer that catapulted Midland to two blowout wins.
  • The Bulldogs are in action today (Tuesday) at York College (5:30 p.m.) in the team’s final nonconference contest of the season. Concordia then has an important weekend ahead with a doubleheader at Hastings (12-20, 6-8 GPAC) on Friday (5:30 p.m.) and then a home twin bill on Saturday with Nebraska Wesleyan (6-24, 5-11 GPAC) for senior day at 1 p.m. Geidel’s club will need to win at least two of the weekend’s four conference games in order to get into the league tournament.

22 April 2014

Junior Trey Farmer