Bulldog Weekly Report (Feb. 11)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Female: Kim Wood, Track & Field

Wood, a sophomore from Greeley, Neb., put up another national qualifying mark by running a 2:16.93 800 meters at the Fred Beile Classic on Feb. 8. She was also part of Concordia’s national qualifying 4x800 meter relay at the meet. In addition, Wood owns automatic times in the one mile and 1,000 meter runs.

Male: Robby Thomas, Basketball

Thomas, a native of Shawnee, Kan., enjoyed a big week as he totaled 37 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks over two GPAC road games. The 6-foot-7 sophomore leads the GPAC and ranks fourth nationally with 50 blocks on the season. He averages 1.92 rejections per game in addition to his 11.5 scoring average.


News and Notes:

Home basketball promotions this week:
-Wednesday: Concordia vs. Midland (6/8 p.m.) – Red out game (fans are encouraged to wear red in support of Heart Health Month). Prizes will be given away at halftime.
-Saturday: Concordia vs. Northwestern (2/4 p.m.) – Fan Appreciation/Senior Day. An ice cream social will be held in between games.

Cheer joins NAIA emerging sport movement: Starting with the fall of 2014, Concordia University cheer will become an officially-sponsored sport, bringing the number of Bulldog varsity athletic teams to 21. Formerly tagged as a student activity, cheer will provide scholarships to student-athletes and test itself in a greater number of NAIA and conference-sanctioned competitions. More details HERE.

Golf programs find new home: Concordia University has announced that the men’s and women’s golf programs will now call Highlands Golf Course in Lincoln their home course. The team formerly used Seward Country Club as its home course. Read more about the move HERE.

Recruiting heats up for Bulldog football: As of National Signing Day on Feb. 5, the Concordia football staff had secured 24 recruits for the class of 2014. The group includes 13 from Nebraska, five from Texas, two from Iowa and one apiece from Arizona, California, Colorado and Minnesota. For more details on the class, click HERE.

Dance and cheer competes at first ever GPAC Invite: Head coach Daneen Kovar Theye’s cheer squad finished runner up in the non-stunt competition while the dance team placed seventh at the first ever GPAC Cheer and Dance Invite. The event was hosted by Midland University. Read more about the invite HERE.

Three Bulldogs earn GPAC weekly honors: Three different Bulldogs earned weekly recognition from the GPAC last week: Jamie Crouse (track and field), Bailey Morris (basketball) and Emilio Rivera (wrestling). For Morris, it was her second conference player of the week award this season. Meanwhile, Rivera’s wrestler of the week award marked the second straight for Bulldog wrestling.

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

  • Concordia track and field continues to pile up impressive marks as it enters the stretch run with the GPAC indoor championships coming up on Feb. 21-22. Last week the Bulldogs competed at both the Frank Sevigne Husker Invite (Feb. 7-8) hosted by the University of Nebraska as well as the Fred Beile Classic (Feb. 8) hosted by Doane College. Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squads have just one more meet remaining before the conference championships. To read more about last week’s performances, click HERE.
  • One of the weekend’s biggest highlights came at the Devaney Sports Center where the Bulldog men’s 4x400 meter relay blazed to a time of 3:16.72, an automatic national qualifying mark. The Concordia relay was made up of, in order, freshman CJ Muller and seniors Jonathon Becker, Alex Heiden and John Cartier. That time ranks as the fourth fastest in school history and is the best mark a Bulldog men’s 4x400 meter relay has ever put up in a meet prior to the national championships. Concordia even bested NCAA Division I relay teams from Iowa and Nebraska.
  • Also on the track, sophomore Kim Wood shined once again. The native of Greeley, Neb., already held national qualifying marks in the one mile and 1,000 meter runs entering the weekend. She added a qualifying mark in the 800 meter run (2:16.93, 9th in the NAIA) while also collaborating on an automatic time in the 4x800 meter relay (9:38.93, 10th in the NAIA) on Saturday. Wood was part of last season’s All-America 4x800 meter relay.
  • For the second time this season, senior standout Carson Farr won the pole vault competition at a meet. Farr, the GPAC’s pole vault leader with a mark of 16’ 4 ¾”, cleared 16’ ¾” at the Fred Beile Classic, more than a full foot higher than second place. Farr currently ranks No. 8 on Concordia’s all-time pole vault list, one that includes several school Hall of Famers.
  • On the women’s side, Concordia’s depth in the pole vault was on display once again. Junior Rianne Gross of Riverside, Calif., cleared 11’ 5” at Doane. That mark made her the third Bulldog women’s pole vaulter to hit the automatic national qualifying mark this season, joining fellow juniors Cassandra Starks and Shelby Yelden.
  • On the season to date, the Bulldog men’s and women’s teams have totaled a combined 29 NAIA ‘A’ standard national qualifying marks (up from 22 last week) and 11 ‘B’ marks. Check out the complete list below:
    • Men’s 4x400 meter relay (A)
    • Women’s 4x400 meter relay (B)
    • Women’s 4x800 meter relay (A)
    • Jonathon Becker – 60 meter hurdles (A)
    • Cody Boellstorff – weight throw (A); shot put (B)
    • John Cartier – 400 meter dash (A)
    • Stephanie Coley – shot put (A); weight throw (A)
    • Brandon Cook – heptathlon (A)
    • Jamie Crouse – weight throw (A); shot put (A)
    • Brittany Erdmann – shot put (B)
    • Trey Farmer – shot put (A)
    • Carson Farr – pole vault (A)
    • Rianne Gross – pole vault (A)
    • Montana Hayes – pentathlon (A)
    • Ben Hinckfoot – 600 meter run (B)
    • Hayden Hohnholt – 3,000 meter run (A); 5,000 meter run (A)
    • Sarah Kortze – 3,000 meter run (A); 5,000 meter run (A)
    • Jordan Larrington – weight throw (B)
    • Zachary Lurz – shot put (B)
    • Lydia Pomerenke – pentathlon (A)
    • Benjamin Schulteis – weight throw (B)
    • Ben Sievert – 3,000 meter run (A); one mile run (B); 5,000 meter run (B)
    • Sara Simmons – pentathlon (A)
    • Josh Slechta – weight throw (B)
    • Cassandra Starks – pole vault (A)
    • Brandon Ramos – heptathlon (A)
    • Kali Robb – shot put (A)
    • Jaap Van Gaalen – 600 meter run (B)
    • Lucas Weichman – heptathlon (A)
    • Kim Wood – 1,000 meter run (A); one mile run (A); 800 meter run (A)
    • Shelby Yelden – pole vault (A)
  • The Bulldogs lead the GPAC in the following events (Both Crouse and Farr rank second nationally in their respective events listed below):
    • Men’s 4x400 meter relay
    • Men’s 400 meter dash (John Cartier)
    • Men’s 3,000 meter run (Hayden Hohnholt)
    • Men’s pole vault (Carson Farr)
    • Women’s one mile (Kim Wood)
    • Women’s 5,000 meter run (Sarah Kortze)
    • Women’s weight throw (Jamie Crouse)
  • The Bulldogs will play host for the final time during the indoor season as they put on the Concordia Indoor Invitational on Friday. Field events begin at 1 p.m. with running events to get started at 2 p.m. View the order of events HERE. The Concordia Sports Network will carry a live webcast. Please keep in mind that the positioning of the webcast equipment makes it difficult to broadcast several of the field events.

Women’s Basketball

  • The ninth-ranked Concordia women’s basketball team completed a three-game road swing with a pair of victories in conference action last week. The Bulldogs coasted to a 72-54 win at Nebraska Wesleyan on Feb. 5 and then followed it up with a thrilling 86-84 comeback win at Dakota Wesleyan (Becky Mueller game-winning buzzer beater) three days later. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad, now riding a six-game winning streak, improved to 22-5 overall and 14-3 in GPAC. First-place Northwestern (14-2 GPAC) is the only team in front of the Bulldogs in the league standings. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Concordia won at Dakota Wesleyan despite missing its first 12 field goals and trailing by 17 points late in the first half. It was the second time in three games that the Bulldogs rallied to win after facing a double digit deficit on the road. They trailed by as many as 12 points at Mount Marty on Feb. 1 before storming back for a 60-53 win. Similarly, Concordia found itself down 15 at Grand View University on Nov. 2, only to come back for an 87-82 road triumph.
  • In all three road comebacks, junior point guard Bailey Morris has led the charge. In the team’s most recent win, Morris went off for a career high 34 points thanks in large part to perfect 15-for-15 free throw shooting. She piled up 21 points after halftime to stun a Tiger team that also lost on a buzzer beating shot three days earlier. Morris also went 8-for-17 from the field (3-for-5 from 3-point range) and added four assists and four rebounds while turning it over only twice in 38 minutes.
  • Morris’ 34-point outburst eclipsed the 33-point performance by Northwestern’s Karen Hutson as the highest point total by a GPAC player in a single game this season. It was the 10th time this season Morris has notched 20 or more in a game and allowed her to vault up to No. 2 in the league in scoring with 18.0 points per game. No Bulldog player has reached 34 points since Amber Kistler tallied 37 in a win at Briar Cliff on Feb. 8, 2012.
  • Concordia won twice last week even while shooting below 40 percent in both games. The biggest difference came in the turnover column as the Bulldogs forced the two Wesleyans into a combined 51 giveaways. That allowed Morris and company to hoist 16 more shots than Nebraska Wesleyan and 11 more than Dakota Wesleyan.
  • Free throw shooting also played a large role in the outcome of last week’s games. Concordia went 22-for-33 (.667) at Nebraska Wesleyan and a near perfect 32-for-36 (.889) at Dakota Wesleyan, marking the third time this season that the Bulldogs have attempted 30 or more free throws in back-to-back contests. They now rank 29th nationally with a season free throw percentage of .716.
  • While Morris may have been the headlining act on the week, fellow junior Tracy Peitz also put together one of the best statistical weeks of her career. The native of Hartington, Neb., totaled 38 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and four blocks in last week’s victories. She came up big from the free throw line in Mitchell, S.D., by knocking in 11 of 12 attempts.
  • Two-time All-American senior guard Kristen Conahan returned to the court last week as she continues to figure out how to play with the knee she injured back on Jan. 8. Conahan saw action in nine minutes at Nebraska Wesleyan and then 16 at Dakota Wesleyan. She went a combined 2-for-10 from the field and scored four points.
  • The Bulldogs are back home this week to host Midland (13-13, 9-7 GPAC) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and then No. 3 Northwestern (22-2, 14-2 GPAC) at 2 p.m. on Saturday in a game with potential GPAC title implications. Concordia controls its own destiny for at least a share of the conference crown. In road matchups earlier this season, the Bulldogs topped Midland 82-74 and fell 86-68 at Northwestern in a contest in which Conahan and Morris both sat out.


  • Bulldog wrestling continued its run of GPAC dual success last week in its only competition. While Concordia split the 10 individual matches with host Northwestern on Feb. 4, the Bulldogs piled up bonus points with a pair of pins and a technical fall to grab a 23-16 victory. The triumph over the Red Raiders gave second-year head coach Dana Vote’s squad its third consecutive in GPAC duals. Concordia, 9-7 overall, is 5-1 in GPAC duals, putting it behind only first-place and 12th-ranked Morningside (5-0 GPAC).
  • Both freshman Austin Fehlhafer (24-8) and junior Emilio Rivera (18-6) boosted their impressive winning streaks at last week’s dual. Rivera, named the GPAC wrestler of the week on Feb. 4, won for the sixth-straight time by dominating Northwestern’s Tyler Hatch. The win by technical fall bumped Rivera’s record to 9-0 against GPAC opponents. The native of Escondido, Calif., is now 8-1 in dual meets and ranked No. 10 in the NAIA at 133 pounds. Last week he wrestled up at 141 for the first time this season.
  • Meanwhile, Fehlhafer pushed his win streak to eight by racking up his GPAC-leading 17th pin of the season. The Seward native needed only 1:12 to wipe out Luis Rivera-Santiago. The fall put the Bulldogs in command, as they led 17-10 heading into the final three bouts. Fehlhafer has not lost since a 9-6 defeat at the National Duals on Jan. 11. He is ranked 15th nationally at 174 pounds.
  • Fellow freshman Ken Burkhardt Jr. (18-15) of nearby Milford has also come on strong. He picked up his sixth pin of the season last week by ending his match with Forrest Marx in 4:38. Burkhardt, who has won five of his last six matches, is tied with Rivera for the second most wins on the team on the heels of wins in each of his last three dual bouts.
  • The Bulldogs also got much-needed decisions from Kodie Cole at 133 and Tommy Bailey (8-11) at 165. Bailey has wrestled at 165 in four of his last five matches after exclusively competing at 157 for his opening 14 bouts of the season. Meanwhile, Cole evened his record up at 13-13 on the season. He has wrestled at 133 only.
  • The Red Raiders kept the dual close by earning upsets at 125 and 149 over nationally-ranked grapplers. The featured bout of the night came right off the bat as No. 15 Diego Angelo Quintana majored Concordia’s 13th-ranked Austin Mogg (12-6) at 125. However, the bigger upset came at 149 where Northwestern’s unranked John Lynch authored a 3-1 decision over the Bulldogs’ 11th-ranked Enrique Barajas.
  • At nine wins overall, Concordia is just one away from tying the school record of 10 victories set by the 1970-71 team guided by then second-year head coach Roger Meyer. The ’70-71 team is the only wrestling squad enshrined in the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame. This year’s nine wins are second most in program history, which has spanned from 1961-78 and from 2009-present. The best winning percentage in school history belongs to the 1969-70 squad, which went 7-1-1 (.833).
  • Concordia will again compete just once this week with a dual at Hastings (1-8, 1-3 GPAC) coming up at 7 p.m. on Thursday. The Broncos’ one victory came by a count of 27-19 over Doane. Both of Hastings’ nationally-ranked wrestlers compete at 141: No. 11 Alec Chanthapatheth and No. 14 Blake Fruchtl. On a regional level, Chanthapatheth checks in at No. 2 with Fruchtl right behind in third. Connor Blanco is ranked sixth at 157 and Grant Harrill ranks fifth at 197.

Men’s Basketball

  • First-year head coach Ben Limback’s Bulldogs finished a three-game road stretch with two losses that followed similar plotlines. Concordia held second half leads in last week’s defeats at Nebraska Wesleyan, 76-70, and at Dakota Wesleyan, 78-70. A four-game slide puts the Bulldogs at 7-19 overall and 2-15 in GPAC play. They have been eliminated from contention in the eight-team GPAC tournament that begins Feb. 26. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • The loss at Nebraska Wesleyan marked the sixth-straight conference defeat by six points or less. Included in that stretch was five road games – one being a 71-66 loss at then No. 15 Hastings. Those six losses have been decided by an average margin of 4.5 points.
  • It was a stellar week for sophomore Robby Thomas, who added six more blocks to his GPAC-leading total. He was also an offensive force as he totaled 37 points on 14-for-25 shooting (7-for-16 from 3-point range). The Shawnee, Kan., native added a combined 14 rebounds. He ranks second on the team in scoring (11.5 ppg) and first in rebounding (7.3 rpg), blocks (1.92 bpg) and assists (2.1 apg).
  • While going toe-to-toe with both Wesleyan opponents on the road last week, the Bulldogs struggled to maintain a high level of play at the end of games. In the second halves, Nebraska Wesleyan used a 32-13 run and Dakota Wesleyan went on a 17-3 splurge as both foes took control down the stretch. On a positive note, both games were much different than the previous meetings in Seward. Concordia fell by 26 versus Nebraska Wesleyan on Dec. 11 and then by 28 against Dakota Wesleyan on Dec. 20.
  • Freshman Chandler Folkerts came up just shy of his third double-double of the season in the team’s most recent outing. The Milford native totaled 12 points and nine rebounds at Dakota Wesleyan. He continues to be a reliable scoring option in the post as he is shooting 61.8 percent from the field and ranks fourth on the team at 11.2 points per game.
  • Concordia hung tight with Nebraska Wesleyan by knocking down perimeter shots. The Bulldogs went 10-for-23 (.435) behind the arc, marking the fourth time this season that they have reached double figures in 3-point field goals. It looked like that hot shooting would carry over to Dakota Wesleyan when Thomas and company made their first three shots from downtown to jump out to an 11-4 lead. Concordia went 3-for-14 from 3-point range the rest of the way.
  • After making 10 of 16 free throws at Nebraska Wesleyan, the Bulldogs returned to their impressive form by making all 10 foul shots at Dakota Wesleyan. Concordia now ranks third among all NAIA Division II teams (second in the GPAC) with a season free throw percentage of 75.6. Six GPAC teams have attempted more free throws than the Bulldogs’ 561.
  • Senior guard Adam Vogt enters the final two home games of his career with 868 points over 102 career games. Playing a career high 29.9 minutes per game, Vogt has piled up 378 of those points this season while averaging a career best 14.5 per contest. The native of Syracuse, Neb., also has a career high 3-point shooting percentage of 40.8 – 11th best in the GPAC. Vogt is the team’s lone senior.
  • The Bulldogs return home this week to host No. 7 Midland (22-4, 12-4 GPAC) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday before welcoming Northwestern (14-12, 7-9 GPAC) for a 4 p.m. tip off on Saturday (Senior Day). The Northwestern game will be Concordia’s final appearance of the season at Walz Arena. Both teams defeated the Bulldogs earlier this season on their respective home courts.

11 February 2014

Sophomore Robby Thomas