Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Female: Bailey Morris, Basketball
Morris, a junior from Roseland, Neb., tallied 61 points over last week’s three Concordia victories. Morris, named the GPAC Player of the Week on Tuesday, put up back-to-back 20-plus point efforts in wins over Nebraska Wesleyan and York. She is averaging a career best 16.2 points per game and ranks second in the GPAC with 4.8 assists per contest.
Male: Chandler Folkerts, Basketball
Folkerts, a native of Milford, Neb., racked up 41 points on 14-for-17 (.824) shooting last week as the Bulldogs split a pair of GPAC contests. Folkerts piled up a career high 23 points versus Nebraska Wesleyan on Dec. 11. The 6-foot-8 freshman is shooting 70.9 percent from the field.
News and Notes:
Chrissy Lind perseveres through tragic circumstances: Freshman goalkeeper experienced tragedy prior to her arrival at Concordia for women’s soccer preseason. Lind survived a violent car crash and eventually became the team’s starting goalkeeper upon her return to the field. Read more about her story HERE.
More honors for Darnell Woods: Last week Beyond Sports Network tabbed Concordia senior safety Darnell Woods as a NAIA football first team All-American. In addition, Woods has accepted an invitation to play in the D2 vs. NAIA Challenge game on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C. For more details, click HERE.
Track and field season begins: The Concordia track and field program held the Blue-White Intrasquad meet on Thursday and Friday inside the Walz Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs officially begin the indoor season on Jan. 17-18 at the Holiday Inn Invitational to be contested at the Devaney Center in Lincoln.
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.
- First-year head coach Ben Limback’s Bulldogs remained at home last week for a pair of GPAC clashes. Concordia responded to an 83-57 loss to Nebraska Wesleyan on Dec. 11 with an 81-67 victory over Mount Marty three days later. The split puts the Bulldogs at 4-8 overall and 2-5 in league play, placing them eighth in the GPAC standings. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- Freshman Chandler Folkerts (Milford, Neb.) enjoyed one of the best weeks of his young career as he posted a combined 41 points on 14-for-17 shooting (.824) from the field. His 23 points versus Nebraska Wesleyan were a new career high. On the season, Folkerts is shooting 70.9 percent from the field, which would put him No. 1 in the GPAC and third among all NAIA Division II players if he qualified. (To qualify for conference and national field goal percentage leaderboards, players must average five field goal makes per game and play in at least 75 percent of their teams’ games. Folkerts is just under the field goal makes qualification with 4.7 per game).
- One of the keys to victory in the triumph over the Lancers was Concordia’s reversal of a trend that saw the Bulldogs get outrebounded by each of their first GPAC opponents. That changed on Saturday as a balanced effort on the glass allowed for 37-29 Concordia advantage. Despite playing only six minutes, freshman Matthew Goedeken (Dodge City, Kan.) tied a team high with six rebounds. While sophomore Robby Thomas struggled to put the ball in the bucket, he collected four offensive rebounds that led to four second-chance points.
- Junior Joel Haywood (Lakewood, Colo.) continues to progress from an injury that caused him to miss the first nine games of the season. In Saturday’s win he put forth his best statistical game as he had season highs for minutes played (24), points (10) and rebounds (6). After coming off the bench in the first half, Haywood started the second half. Haywood was named 2011-12 GPAC Co-Newcomer of the Year and started all 58 combined games as a freshman and sophomore.
- Sophomore Micah Kohlwey jumped into the starting lineup last week to the first two starts of his career. The former Seward High School star has contributed 6.3 points per game since first appearing against Doane on Dec. 4. Kohlwey had an efficient performance on Saturday as he tallied eight points while making all six free throw attempts as well as his only shot from the field.
- Senior Adam Vogt has seen his 3-point shooting percentage rise steadily over the past five games. Over that stretch he has nailed 12 of 25 (.480) attempts from long range to boost his season percentage from 32.6 to 38.2 – the 13th best clip among all GPAC players. Vogt has been especially impressive at the free throw line where he has gone 69-for-77 (.896), ranking 16th best in the nation in free throw percentage.
- Not only did Concordia outrebound Mount Marty by eight on Saturday, it also held a significant advantage in 3-point shooting. The Bulldogs set a season high by hitting on 58.3 percent (7-for-12) of their attempts from distance while holding Mount Marty to 16.7 percent (3-for-18) from beyond the arc, which represents a season low for Concordia opponents. On the season, the Bulldogs rank sixth in the GPAC in 3-point field goal percentage offense (.363) and eighth in 3-point field goal percentage defense (.360).
- Through 12 games, Concordia has three players averaging in double figures in scoring: Vogt, (16.3), Folkerts (12.2) and Thomas (10.7). Thomas is the team’s leader in rebounding (7.7) and blocks (2.33).
- Concordia has just one game this week as it remains at home to take on Dakota Wesleyan (6-7, 1-4 GPAC) on Friday at 8 p.m. The Tigers are coming off their first conference victory, an 85-78 decision over Doane. They will also play at Presentation College on Wednesday night. Dakota Wesleyan earned a season sweep of Concordia in two meetings last season. The Tigers’ Jalen Voss is fifth in the GPAC in scoring at 19.8 points per game.
- Behind a big week from junior Bailey Morris, Concordia cruised past all three of its opponents last week to run its winning streak to five. In wins over Nebraska Wesleyan (Dec. 11), York (Dec. 12) and Mount Marty (Dec. 14), the Bulldogs triumphed by an average margin of 30.7 points. At 11-2 overall and 6-1 in conference play, eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad sits just behind second-ranked and undefeated Northwestern (13-0, 6-0 GPAC) in the league standings. For recaps, video interviews and stats from last week’s action, click HERE.
- Morris totaled 61 points on the week, including back-to-back 20-plus point games in victories over Nebraska Wesleyan and York. The Roseland, Neb., native did all that damage while playing a total of 62 minutes as lopsided scores allowed Olson to do deep into his bench. Morris now has 984 career points in 81 games, putting her 16 points away from becoming the 26th player in program history to reach 1,000.
- Senior All-American guard Kristen Conahan, who recently surpassed 1,500 career points, added another milestone in the win over Nebraska Wesleyan. Her first 3-pointer of the contest gave her 300 for her career. She would go on to make 11 more treys during the week as she went 12-for-25 (.480) from distance over the three games. The Omaha native is shooting 42.7 percent from beyond the arc and is the GPAC’s most prolific 3-point shooter with 3.17 triples per game.
- After wreaking havoc last week with its full-court pressure, Concordia has moved up to No. 3 nationally in turnover margin at plus-8.39. A defense led by junior Tracy Peitz frustrated Mount Marty into five 10-second violations in the first half of Saturday’s game. On the week, Concordia forced a total of 82 turnovers while giving the ball away a combined 45 times. The Bulldogs used that advantage to rack up 97 points off turnovers compared to 28 for their opponents over last week’s three victories.
- Six different players posted doubles figures in scoring in at least one of the three games last week. Conahan, Morris and Peitz reached 10 or more points in all three games, freshman Becky Mueller did so twice and junior Jericca Pearson and sophomore Jenna Lehmann had one double-digit scoring game apiece. Conahan, third in the GPAC in scoring (17.7 ppg), recorded 53 points on the week – second only to Morris’ 61 among teammates.
- Peitz, a native of Hartington, Neb., is one of the biggest breakout stars in the GPAC this season. At 14.5 points per game, Peitz is averaging nearly double her figure of 7.3 last season. But she’s more than just a scorer. Her line of 13 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals against Mount Marty is typical of her ability to contribute in many ways. In addition, she leads the GPAC with 3.54 steals per game and ranks second in field goal percentage at 56.0.
- Concordia’s 109 points in the win over Mount Marty were a season high and marked the team’s first 100-point output since a 110-65 home victory over Midland on Nov. 27, 2012. In Olson’s eight-year tenure, the Bulldogs have reached the century mark 11 times and have won each of those games. Concordia has eclipsed 100 points six times since the beginning of the 2011-12 season. Conahan and company currently rank seventh in NAIA Division II with an average of 88.0 points per game.
- With leads in excess of 30 points in all three of last week’s games, Olson took advantage of the opportunity to empty his bench. He used 15 different players in every contest and a total of 16 for the week. In the win over Mount Marty, 14 of 15 players who saw action chipped in with at least one field goal.
- Conahan and Morris both posted two 20-plus point games on the week. Conahan has now put up 20 or more six times this season and 15 times in her career. She also continued an active streak of consecutive games with 10 or more points – now at 26 in a row. Meanwhile, Morris has four 20-plus point games this season and 12 in her career.
- Concordia is in the midst of a break after playing three games in four days last week. The Bulldogs return to action on Friday when Dakota Wesleyan (9-2, 4-1 GPAC), receiving votes in the national poll, visits Seward for a 6 p.m. tipoff. Concordia has won four of the last five meetings with the Tigers. Last season the two teams split a pair of games with the home team holding serve in both instances.
- Bulldogs grapplers had last week off of competition. They last wrestled on Dec. 7 at the Buena Vista University Open when eight Concordia representatives earned place finishes. Senior Austin Mogg eclipsed 100 career victories and took second place at the event.
- Concordia now looks forward to the Desert Duals in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday. The team will depart from Seward at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday and then fly out of Grand Island at 12 p.m. They are scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas at 12:45 local time (2:45 p.m. central). They will then dual four different teams on Saturday in the ballroom of the Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel and Casino located along the Vegas strip.
- The Bulldogs will wrestle against top-notch competition in Vegas as they take on NAIA schools in No. 5 University of Great Falls (Mont.), No. 14 Menlo College (Calif) and No. 23 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (Ariz.) as well as NCAA Division III Pacific University (Ore.).
- Great Falls boasts nine nationally-ranked individuals: No. 12 Luke Schlosser (125), No. 4 Michael Ruiz (133), No. 5 Ryan Martin (149), No. 7 Chad Cebulski (157), No. 10 Nicholas Schmidt (157), No. 7 Shawn Lau (165), No. 3 Kamron Jackson (184), No. 16 Dylan Lemery (197) and No. 4 David Lopez (285).
- Menlo has four grapplers who appear in the national rankings: No. 13 Steele Escobedo (141), No. 1 Eric Lopez (165), No. 14 Ian Mac Ineirghe (197) and No. 7 Scott Brasil (285).
- Three Embry-Riddle wrestlers appear in the NAIA’s rankings: No. 4 Sean Silva (125), No. 14 Colin Merkley (149) and No. 16 Luke Riley (165).
- Head coach Dana Vote’s Bulldogs, ranked No. 25 in the NAIA according to Intermat, now have four nationally-ranked wrestlers: No. 13 Austin Mogg (125), No. 9 Emilio Rivera (133), No. 13 Kodie Cole and No. 9 Enrique Barajas (149).
- On a regional level, Concordia has eight who appear in the ratings: No. 3 Austin Mogg (125), No. 2 Emilio Rivera (133), No. 3 Kodie Cole (133), No. 5 Foster Bunce (141), No. 2 Enrique Barajas (149), No. 5 Austin Fehlhafer (174), No. 6 Noel Richardson (184) and No. 6 Ceron Francisco (285). The Dec. 10 release of the regional rankings marked the first appearances for Cole and Fehlhafer.
- For Concordia’s match-by-match season results, click HERE.
17 December 2013
Junior Joel Haywood