Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Robby Thomas, basketball
Thomas, who hails from Shawnee, Kan., totaled 31 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks over last week’s two games as Concordia went 1-1. Thomas has become a stat-sheet filler who 11.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.7 assists per game. He ranks fourth nationally in blocked shots.
Female: Tracy Peitz, basketball
Peitz, a native of Hartington, Neb., led the seventh-ranked Bulldogs to two wins last week as she combined for 34 points, 13 rebounds and 12 steals. Peitz is averaging a career best 15.3 points and leads the GPAC with 3.8 steals per game.
News and Notes:
Track and field hosts Blue-White intrasquad on Thursday-Friday: Concordia University track and field is set to host the Blue-White intrasquad meet at the end of this week. The intrasquad will get started with multi-event athletes on Thursday before shifting to running and field events on Friday. View the complete schedule HERE.
Twenty-two additional Bulldogs named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes: Concordia pushed its NAIA leading all-time scholar-athlete count to 953 as 22 Bulldogs were recognized on Friday. Concordia women’s soccer led the NAIA with 11 scholar-athletes while volleyball tied for the national lead with seven. Bulldog men’s soccer landed four on the scholar-athlete list. For listings of Concordia scholar-athletes, click on the links below.
Mogg eclipses 100 career wins: With four wins on the mat last week, senior Austin Mogg (El Reno, Okla.) pushed his career win count to 101. Mogg is 9-3 this season after compiling a total of 92 victories in three seasons at NCAA Division III Buena Vista University.
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.
- The Bulldogs host their second dual of the season and traveled east for tournament action as part of a busy three-day stretch Thursday through Saturday of last week. Concordia suffered a tough 20-19 setback to No. 18 York on Dec. 5 as part of a doubleheader of duals in cooperation with Seward and York High Schools. Second-year head coach Dana Vote’s squad put the loss behind it and produced a solid showing at the Buena Vista University Open on Saturday when eight Bulldogs earned place finishes. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- Senior Austin Mogg, who hails from El Reno, Okla., reached a career milestone by eclipsing 100 career wins with four more last week. Mogg piled up 92 wins as a member of the Buena Vista University program prior to transferring to Concordia. Ranked eighth at 125 pounds, Mogg is 9-3 this season. After a 10-9 loss to No. 11 Oscar Marin of York on Dec. 5, Mogg cruised to the title match at the Buena Vista Open two days later. He dropped another close one, 6-4, to Iowa Western’s Adrian Lozano to end the day with a second-place finish.
- Freshman Austin Fehlhafer, a Seward native, has continued his run of nailing opponents on their backs. Fehlhahfer earned fifth place in a challenging 174-pound bracket at Buena Vista as he added three more pins to push his team high total to 11 on the season. Fehlhahfer (15-4) began the day with a pair of falls in 2:27 and 2:33, respectively, to advance to the quarterfinals, where he dropped a tough 13-11 decision to Anthony Pike of Briar Cliff. Fehlhafer ended the day with a 9-2 win over Wayne State’s Jon Williams in the fifth-place match.
- Of Concordia’s 17 wrestlers who participated on Saturday, 12 picked up at least one victory (seven had at least one pin). Senior Alex Stepanek (141) and Fehlhafer led the way with five wins apiece, followed by four each from Foster Bunce (141) and Mogg. Registering exactly three triumphs were Kodie Cole (133), Kale Hintz (184), Noel Richardson (184) and Emilio Rivera (133).
- Cole, a freshman from Palmdale, Calif., received rave reviews from Vote. Cole took fifth place at 133 pounds with a record of 3-2 at the Buena Vista Open. He pinned eighth-ranked Carter Tegeler of Morningside in 3:05 in a quarterfinal bout. Cole then nearly knocked off the eventual champion, No. 9 Richard Rios of Dakota Wesleyan, in a 3-2 semifinal loss. Cole is now 8-6 on the season.
- Stepanek, who hails from St. Paul, Neb., also had a good day as he earned third place at 141. Stepanek pinned both Caleb Smothers of Southwest Missouri State and Gilberto Sa of Iowa Lakes Community College. His only loss came to Wartburg’s Dexter Bass, 8-5. Stepanek (8-5) defeated teammate Foster Bunce in the third-place match by a 6-0 decision.
- Additional place winners for Concordia were Rivera (7th at 133), Bunce (4th at 141), Richardson (8th at 184) and Hintz (7th at 184). In sum, the Bulldogs had eight place winners, five more than they did at the same tournament a year ago. Their 17 wrestlers combined for a record of 36-33 with 12 pins at the 2013 event.
- In the dual versus York, Rivera captured a major decision (19-5) over Brandon Brown and Bunce seized a 4-2 decision over Bryan Magno to highlight Concordia’s efforts. The Panthers grabbed the team victory by winning six of the eight contested matches.
- The Bulldogs will not compete again until Saturday, Dec. 21 when they dual four teams at the Desert Duals in Las Vegas, Nev. Pairings were announced at the end of last week. The 23rd-ranked Bulldogs will challenge NAIA schools in No. 25 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.), No. 13 Menlo College (Calif) and No. 6 University of Great Falls (Mont.) as well as NCAA Division III Pacific University (Ore.).
- The seventh-ranked Bulldogs enjoyed a perfect 2-0 week inside the conference. Concordia first defeated Doane, 82-75, on the road by withstanding a late Tiger rally. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad then returned home and routed Dordt, 89-66. The two victories put the Bulldogs at 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the GPAC as Concordia remained a game behind second-ranked Northwestern, who is 5-0 in league play. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- In many ways Concordia more closely resembled the team that began last season at 15-0 as it wreaked havoc on its opponents with its patented full-court press. The Bulldogs entered last week forcing an average of 22.4 turnovers per game. Taking their defensive intensity to a new level, they frustrated Doane into 27 turnovers and pressured Dordt to the tune of 26 turnovers. Concordia took full advantage as it held a staggering 64-10 combined advantage in points off turnovers in last week’s pair of victories.
- Olson called junior star guard Tracy Peitz a “big-time player” following the win at Doane. Peitz filled up the stat sheet last week, averaging 17.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 6.0 steals and 2.5 assists to lead both victories. On the season, the Hartington, Neb., native is averaging career highs in points (15.3), rebounds (4.6) and steals (3.8). She is currently leading the GPAC in steals per game.
- Senior All-American guard Kristen Conahan, who has already eclipsed one milestone this season by surpassing 1,500 career points, is closing in on another impressive career total. The Omaha native drained a pair of treys versus Dordt to bump her to 199 career 3-point field goals. She also carries an active streak of 23-straight games with 10 or more points after registering 13 and 12, respectively, last week.
- Several rookies have gotten their feet wet this season as part of a rotation that includes veteran stars like Conahan, Peitz and Bailey Morris. Freshman Becky Mueller, who hails from Elkhorn, Neb., enjoyed the best game of her young career in Saturday’s victory. She needed only 21 minutes to pile up a career high and game high 20 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Mueller, an avid weight lifter, has started all 10 games and ranks fifth on the team with 7.7 points per game.
- The Bulldogs continue to put points on the board with the best of them. Concordia, which ranks 12th in NAIA Division II with 84.6 points per game, has scored at least 80 points in eight of 10 contests this season. Concordia is 7-1 in those games.
- Olson used his bench more liberally last week as not a single player reached 30 minutes in either game. Known for making frequent “line changes,” the Bulldog bench covered 183 of a possible 400 minutes (45.8 percent) in the team’s two most recent victories. Concordia outscored Doane and Dordt in bench points by a combined total of 64-47.
- In addition to Peitz leading the GPAC in steals, she also ranks second in the conference in shooting percentage (.564) and ninth in scoring. Morris is second in assists per game (5.0) and sixth in steals per contest (2.6) while Conahan is third in scoring (17.7) and seventh in 3-point shooting percentage (.406) and junior Jericca Pearson ranks third in rebounding (8.3 per game).
- Saturday’s win over Dordt began a stretch of five-straight home games prior to Christmas. Concordia, 33-6 at home since the start of the 2011-12 season, will play inside Walz Arena three times this week with three games in four days, beginning with Wednesday’s tussle with rival Nebraska Wesleyan (1-6, 0-4 GPAC) at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs then step out of conference to take on York (4-4) on Thursday at 7 p.m. before returning to GPAC play on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Mount Marty (3-5, 0-4 GPAC). Concordia went a combined 6-0 versus those three teams last season.
- Adam Vogt and the Bulldogs put an end to their conference losing streak by pulling out an 86-81 victory at Doane on Dec. 4 to begin a week that included two GPAC battles. First-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad ended the week with a 93-70 loss to 12th-ranked Dordt in Walz Arena on Saturday. The split puts Concordia at 3-7 overall and 1-4 in GPAC action. For full recaps of both of last week’s games, click HERE.
- The Bulldogs used a 17-2 spurt early in the victory at Doane and led by as many as 15 points in the first half. The Tigers made a run late and even took a one-point lead until sophomore Robby Thomas came through in the clutch with a 3-pointer that put Concordia in front for good. The shot was the highlight of a big week for Thomas, who combined for 31 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks in the two games. The Shawnee, Kan., native set a new career high with 18 points at Doane.
- Thomas swatted four shots at Doane and then two more versus Dordt, extending his GPAC-leading total to 27. No other player in the conference has more than 12 blocks. Thomas has two or more blocks in seven games and at least one in seven-consecutive contests. The 6-foot-7 sophomore has more than doubled his block count of 13 from last season.
- Limback and the Bulldogs have a clear idea of what area they need to improve upon 10 games into the season. Concordia has been outrebounded by each of its first five GPAC opponents. Dordt grabbed 48 boards compared to 34 by Concordia in Saturday’s loss. Overall, the Bulldogs have been outrebounded 214-140 in conference play.
- On a positive note, Concordia continued to put up impressive totals as far as blocked shots and free throw percentage – both categories in which it ranks among the top 12 nationally. Led by Thomas, the Bulldogs blocked a combined 14 shots last week. Senior Adam Vogt made 10 of 11 free throws last week as part of a 72.3 percent shooting effort on the week. Concordia currently ranks fifth in NAIA Division II with 5.2 blocks per game and 12th in free throw shooting at 74.8 percent.
- Both Thomas and Vogt rank among the top 10 in several categories among GPAC players. Thomas is first in blocks per game (2.7), second in double-doubles (3) and third in rebounds per game (7.8). Vogt is fifth in free throw percentage (.889), 10th in points per game (16.6) and 10th in 3-point field goals per game (2.2).
- Limback will have a deeper bench moving forward with the additions of junior Joel Haywood (returning from injury) and sophomore Micah Kohlwey (eligible after transferring last year from Nebraska Wesleyan). Kohlwey (Seward native) totaled 15 points last week, including 10 versus Dordt, in his first action of the season. Meanwhile, Haywood played for the first time this season in Saturday’s loss. He saw eight minutes of action and scored three points as he works back into the rotation.
- Concordia remains home for a pair of conference games this week as they continue a four-game home stretch. The Bulldogs begin the week with rival Nebraska Wesleyan (5-2, 1-2 GPAC) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday and finish it with Mount Marty (0-8, 0-4 GPAC) at 4 p.m. on Saturday. Concordia split its two meetings with both teams last season. The Prairie Wolves’ one conference victory was an 89-84 decision over Dakota Wesleyan.
10 December 2013
Junior Tracy Peitz