Bulldog Weekly Report (Feb. 18)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Male: Chandler Folkerts, Basketball

Folkerts, a native of Milford, Neb., totaled 31 points and 12 rebounds over two GPAC home games last week. He put up all 19 of his points versus Northwestern in the second half to fuel a 95-75 victory.  He ranks in a tie for second on the team with 11.5 points per game.

Female: Bailey Morris, Basketball

Morris, who hails from Roseland, Neb., broke the school record by pouring in 45 points to lead seventh-ranked Concordia past No. 3 Northwestern in the NAIA game of the week. She also had eight rebounds and six assists in that game, helping her earn GPAC Player of the Week for the third-straight time.


News and Notes
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Season Previews: The Concordia baseball team began its season on Sunday at Bethany College. Meanwhile, the Bulldog softball squad won two of three exhibition games in Sioux City, Iowa, over the weekend. Read season previews for baseball and softball from last week on cune.edu/athletics.

Morris earns third-straight GPAC weekly honor: Bailey Morris, who put up a school record 45 points in last week’s win over No. 3 Northwestern, has a stranglehold on the women’s basketball conference player of the week honor. She has now won it three-straight weeks after Tuesday’s announcement.

Bulldog dance finishes fourth at regional qualifier: Third-year head coach Daneen Kovar Theye’s dance squad placed fourth at the cheer and dance regional hosted by Grand View University on Feb. 15. The Bulldogs will await the results of yet-be-completed regionals to find out if they earn a trip to nationals. To read more about their performance at regionals, click 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.

Women’s Basketball

  • The seventh-ranked Bulldogs gave fans plenty of thrills last week as they won two GPAC home games to leap into first-place in the league standings. Led by point guard Bailey Morris, Concordia defeated Midland, 78-77, (Feb. 12) and then topped No. 3 Northwestern, 89-78, (Feb. 15) in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball Game of the Week. Winner of eight-straight games, eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad has moved to 24-5 overall and 16-3 in the GPAC. A win in its final regular season game would clinch at least a share of the GPAC title. Read recaps of last week’s action HERE.
  • Morris, recipient of GPAC player of the week recognition the last two weeks, broke the school single-game scoring record by piling up 45 points in the victory over Northwestern. The native of Roseland, Neb., and former Sandy Creek High School star got there by going 12-for-26 from the field (4-for-8 from 3-point range) and 17-for-18 from the free throw line. Morris eclipsed the scoring record previously held by Amber Kistler, who had 37 points in a win at Briar Cliff on Feb. 8, 2012.
  • Morris’ 45-point outburst is tied for the second highest scoring total by any individual this season in NAIA Division II. Only the 51-point game from Casey Davis of Roosevelt (Ill.) ranks above Concordia’s star guard. That performance bumped Morris from 18.0 points per game to 19.0 on the season, vaulting her to No. 1 on the GPAC leaderboard and 15th among all NAIA DII players. Over the last three games, Morris has produced point totals of 34, 18 and 45 for an average of 32.3.
  • The victory over Northwestern marked the second time this season that the Bulldogs have defeated a team ranked No. 3 nationally. They also topped then third-ranked Morningside, 90-82, in overtime in the conference opener on Nov. 16. Concordia is now 5-4 against ranked teams with additional top 25 wins coming over No. 12 Briar Cliff, No. 17 Grand View and No. 23 College of Saint Mary. The Bulldogs’ five losses have all come to teams currently nationally-ranked: No. 3 Northwestern, No. 4 Jamestown (N.D.), No. 5 Hastings (twice) and No. 18 (NAIA Division I) Bethel (Tenn.).
  • Concordia and Morningside are tied for the longest active winning streaks in the GPAC with each having won eight in a row. The Bulldogs began their win streak on Jan. 24 at the Concordia Invitational Tournament. During that stretch, they are averaging 76.4 points while allowing 64.8.
  • Last week’s win over Midland marked Concordia’s second-straight game that came down to the final shot. In the Feb. 8 thriller at Dakota Wesleyan, the Bulldogs won at the buzzer when Kelsey Hizer found Becky Mueller for the game winner off a baseline out of bounds play. In the game versus Midland, the Warriors had the final shot (also coming from a sideline out of bounds). Concordia breathed a sigh of relief when Taylor Shepard’s 10-footer rimmed out just before the clock expired.
  • While foul trouble limited junior Tracy Peitz to four points in 21 minutes in the Northwestern win, she was instrumental in the triumph over Midland. The native of Hartington, Neb., racked up a team high 20 points and stuffed the stat sheet with five rebounds, five assists, four steals and a block as Peitz feasted on the Warriors once again. In the first meeting with Midland, Peitz put a career high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.
  • Morris provided the bulk of the scoring in the Northwestern game, but the Bulldogs also got big shots from their freshmen. The rookie trio of Devin Edwards, Becky Mueller and Shelby Quinn combined to go 6-for-12 from beyond the arc. As a team, Concordia went 11-for-26 from downtown.
  • Concordia has one regular-season game left on the schedule – at No. 8 Morningside (23-5, 14-4 GPAC) on Saturday. The Bulldogs have won each of the last five meetings with the Mustangs, including two in Sioux City, Iowa. Morningside hosts Briar Cliff on Wednesday night before shifting focus to Concordia. At 14-4 in the GPAC, the Mustangs also have a shot of earning at least a share of the league title. Concordia is looking for its second GPAC championship in three seasons.

Men’s Basketball

  • In senior Adam Vogt’s final two home games of his career, the Bulldogs went 1-1 in GPAC action. They shook off an 82-55 blowout loss to No. 8 Midland on Feb. 12 to snap a five-game losing streak with a 95-75 victory over Northwestern three days later. With just one game left on the 2013-14 schedule, first-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad stands at 8-20 overall and 3-16 in GPAC play. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Vogt, a native of Syracuse, Neb., is enjoying his best season as a senior. He is averaging a career high 14.6 points per game to push his career point total to 898 over 104 games the past four seasons. His shooting percentages of 83.6 percent from the free throw line and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc are also career bests. Vogt tallied 17 points in his final game at Walz Arena, giving him eight-straight contests with 10 or more points.
  • Concordia’s 95 points in its most recent outing marked a season high. The Bulldogs had their best offensive game of the season with a balanced effort that saw six players reach double figures in scoring. Vogt and company shot 52.5 percent from the field and assisted on 24 of 31 made field goals. Concordia’s previous season high scoring total was 87 in a victory over Grace University on Nov. 12. The Bulldogs are now 5-2 when they score at least 80 points in a game.
  • Freshman Chandler Folkerts served as a huge reason why Concordia outscored the Red Raiders 33-16 over the final 11 minutes of Saturday’s win. After being held scoreless in the first half, the freshman from Milford got loose for 19 points over the final 20 minutes. He added a pair of dunks and six rebounds as part of a dominant second half. On the week, Folkerts totaled 31 points (13-for-21 shooting) and 12 rebounds. He is shooting 61.9 percent from the floor on the season.
  • Not only did the victory over Northwestern end a four-game losing streak against the Red Raiders, it also marked only the second time both the Bulldog men’s and women’s programs have defeated Northwestern on the same day. The first instance occurred Feb. 2, 2002, in Seward where the women won 77-66 and the men followed with an 81-74 victory. Drew Olson was a junior for then head coach Grant Schmidt’s squad. In that particular win, senior guard Travis Wischmeier led Concordia with 16 points.
  • The 20-point margin of victory is believed to be the largest spread in school history in a Bulldog win over Northwestern. Concordia recorded 19-point wins over the Red Raiders on Jan. 4, 2012, Jan. 14, 1995, and Feb. 5, 1992.
  • Junior guard Joel Haywood has factored heavily into the point guard rotation since returning to the court in early December. He played the same role as a freshman when he earned GPAC Co-Freshman of the Year alongside Dakota Wesleyan’s Jalen Voss. Last week Haywood distributed the ball well, dishing out five assists versus Midland and seven more against Northwestern. He also made 2 of 4 attempts from 3-point range and is 14-for-30 in that department this season.
  • As a team, Concordia had a big week from beyond the arc, going a combined 20-for-43 (.465) from 3-point range. Vogt served as the ring leader. He was a white hot 6-for-10 on treys with three 3-point field goals in both games last week. Seven different Bulldogs made at least one 3-pointer over the two contests.
  • Concordia has struggled at times this season on the glass, but last week it out-rebounded both opponents. The Bulldogs had a 30-28 rebound advantage on Midland and a 36-31 edge on Northwestern. It was a significant improvement for a team that ranks 10th in the GPAC with a rebound margin of minus-3.5.
  • Limback’s crew has a mid-week bye to get ready for Saturday’s season finale at Morningside (20-8, 14-4 GPAC) at 4 p.m. in Sioux City, Iowa. In the season’s first meeting, the Mustangs won 85-67 in Seward on Nov. 16. Morningside carries a five-game winning streak into this week’s action. It will play Briar Cliff on Wednesday before focusing on Saturday’s game.

Track and Field

  • Last week Concordia hosted for the final time during the 2013-14 indoor track and field season. The Bulldogs were one of 14 teams at the Concordia Indoor Invitational on Valentine’s Day. The meet served as the final primer before the GPAC championships get started on Friday at Doane College. Read the Concordia Invite meet recap HERE. It was the final home indoor track meet for 28 Concordia seniors.
  • The Bulldogs won a total of five events (four men’s and one women’s) against the strong field of competition at the Concordia Invite. While senior Sarah Kortze fell short in her attempt to break the school record in the 3,000 meter run, she still managed to win the race in an automatic national qualifying time of 10:21.99. On the men’s side sophomore Cody Boellstorff (weight throw), Tai Pleasant (400 meter dash) and Ben Sievert (one mile run) all captured first-place finishes in their respective individual events. In addition, Sievert was part of a 4x800 meter relay that placed first with a mark that was roughly three seconds off an automatic national qualifying time.
  • Sievert and senior Adam Prahlow took advantage of dwindling opportunities to hit national qualifying marks on the track. Sievert’s time of 4:19.97 put him .03 under the automatic mark in the one mile run. He held a ‘B’ mark entering the meet. Meanwhile, Prahlow turned in an automatic time of 2:31.60 in the 1,000 meter run, placing him second at the meet.
  • Sophomore Kim Wood continues to be a top performer on the women’s side. After racing to a time of 1:36.10 in the 600 meter run at the Concordia Invite, the Greeley, Neb., now owns automatic national qualifying times in four individual events. She ranks in the top three of the GPAC in the 600, 800, 1,000 meter and one mile runs. She has also helped the Bulldog 4x400 and 4x800 meter relays achieve national qualifying marks.
  • Boellstorff has now won the weight throw at three different meets this season: the Scott Nisely Classic (Jan. 18), the Fred Beile Classic (Feb. 8) and the Concordia Invite (Feb. 14). He and Hastings’ Tyler Rathke have consistently battled at the top of the weight throw at every meet. Rathke (63’ 9 ¾”) is the current GPAC leader in the event with Boellstorff (61’ 7 ¾”) trailing close behind.
  • On the season to date, the Bulldog men’s and women’s teams have totaled a combined 35 NAIA ‘A’ standard national qualifying marks (up from 29 last week) and nine ‘B’ marks. Check out the complete list below:
    • Men’s 4x400 meter relay (A)
    • Women’s 4x400 meter relay (A)
    • Women’s 4x800 meter relay (A)
    • Jonathon Becker – 60 meter hurdles (A)
    • Charlie Bloomfield – 1,000 meter run (B)
    • Cody Boellstorff – weight throw (A); shot put (A)
    • 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 (A)
    • 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 (A)
    • Lydia Pomerenke – pentathlon (A)
    • Adam Prahlow – 1,000 meter run (A)
    • Katelyn Shoup – triple jump (B)
    • Benjamin Schulteis – weight throw (B)
    • Ben Sievert – 3,000 meter run (A); one mile run (A); 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)
    • Jenean Williams – 600 meter run (B)
    • Kim Wood – 600 meter run (A); 800 meter run (A); 1,000 meter run (A); one mile 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 3,000 meter run (Hayden Hohnholt)
    • Men’s pole vault (Carson Farr)
    • Women’s 5,000 meter run (Sarah Kortze)
    • Women’s weight throw (Jamie Crouse)
  • The most crucial point of the season beckons as the GPAC Championships are held Friday and Saturday. For more information on the meet, click HERE. On the women’s side, the Bulldogs last won the GPAC indoor title in 2010. The Concordia men, who project to win the conference over Doane, are still looking for their first GPAC title. Doane has won the last seven men’s indoor championships with Concordia finishing runner up in four of those years.

Wrestling

  • The Bulldogs completed their 2013-14 dual schedule last week with a trip to Hastings. One win shy of tying a school record for most victories in a season, Concordia fell 21-12 to the host Broncos on Feb. 13. Second-year head coach Dana Vote’s team finished with an overall record of 9-8 and a conference mark of 5-2, placing second in the GPAC. Only two tournaments remain on the schedule – the North group qualifier (Feb. 22) and the national championships (March 7-8).
  • In the history of Bulldog wrestling, dating from 1961-78 and from 2009-present, the 2013-14 team is just the second to post at least nine wins in a season. The most successful run for the program, in terms of dual wins, came from 1967 to 1971 when the Bulldogs went 31-9-1. The record-holding squad of 1970-71 went 10-3 for its second-straight NIAC championship and earned induction into the Concordia Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • Concordia’s 5-2 conference mark this season breaks the previous school record for GPAC wins in a season in what is currently the program’s fifth season competing in the league. The 2011-12 team formerly owned the school record by going 3-3 in GPAC duals. Not a single Bulldog on the current roster is left from that squad.
  • Concordia won four of the eight contested matches (both open at 125; Bulldogs open at 184) at Hastings – all by decision. Junior Enrique Barajas earned the most impressive victory in a matchup of nationally-ranked grapplers at 149. The 14th-ranked Barajas scored a third period takedown to clip No. 12 (141) Blake Fruchtl, 5-3, and give Concordia a 6-3 lead at the time. Barajas, a junior from Hayward, Calif., has won five of his last seven matches and is now 14-11 overall.
  • In addition, three Bulldog freshmen picked up decisions. Kodie Cole (133) snared win No. 14, Tommy Bailey (157) got his ninth victory and Ceron Francisco (285) triumphed for the 14th time in his rookie season.
  • A total of eight freshmen have combined on a record of 111-91 (.550) and 41 pins this season. Austin Fehlhafer (Seward, Neb.) is the leader of the group, and the entire team, with a record of 24-8 and a GPAC-leading total of 17 pins at 174 pounds. Foster Bunce (Munith, Mich.) has the next best winning percentage among freshman as he sports a record of 14-8 with five falls. Milford native Ken Burkhardt Jr. (18-16), who dropped an 8-7 decision at Hastings, is tied for the second most wins on the team.
  • With only 28 combined wins coming from this year’s senior class, the Bulldogs figure to have the potential to again contend for the GPAC crown next season. Austin Mogg (125; 12-6) and Alex Stepanek (141; 15-14) are the only seniors who have been regular contributors to the dual lineup. Mogg has more than 100 career victories but has battled injuries this season – his first as a Bulldog.
  • Fehlhafer, Mogg and junior Emilio Rivera (133; 18-6) did not compete last week. Both Fehlhafer and Rivera will take lengthy win streaks into regional qualifying action. Fehlhafer has won eight in a row (five via pin) with his last loss coming on Jan. 11 at the National Duals. Meanwhile, Rivera has triumphed in six straight dating back to a close defeat at the Desert Duals on Dec. 21.
  • The most important wrestling of the season is yet to come. The Bulldogs will travel 12 wrestlers to the North Group qualifying tournament hosted by Dakota Wesleyan in Mitchell, S.D., on Saturday. The action begins at 9 a.m. The top four finishers in each weight class will automatically qualify for the NAIA national championships. Several other competitors will also receive at-large bids to the national stage.

Baseball

  • Concordia University baseball opened the 2014 season with a four-game series at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., on Sunday and Monday. After the Swedes earned a doubleheader sweep on opening day, the Bulldogs bounced back with two wins of their own the following day. Seventeenth-year head coach Jeremy Geidel’s club scored a combined two runs on Sunday before breaking out for 21 runs on Monday. To read recaps from the season-opening series, click HERE.
  • The first victory of 2014 came in wild fashion as it took nine innings and more than four hours before the Bulldogs held off the Swedes for a 16-14 win in Monday’s game one. Concordia relinquished leads of 11-8, 12-11 and 14-12 in the late innings of a contest that featured 30 combined hits. It finally came to an end when Concordia reliever Edwin Izumigawa induced a fly out to seal the victory. Catcher Sean McCartney recorded the game-winning RBI single in the top of the ninth. The 16-run outburst was Concordia’s best total since a 20-1 win last season over the University of Illinois-Springfield.
  • The offensive surge was powered most notably by a pair of Santa Fe, Texas, natives in junior right fielder Daniel Wilkerson and junior third baseman Andrew Yerrell. The duo combined to go 6-for-16 with two home runs, eight RBIs and four runs in Monday’s doubleheader. Wilkerson provided both of the long balls, including a three-run shot that set the tone in the top of the first of game one. Yerrell finished 5-for-15 on the weekend.
  • Three of Concordia’s four starting pitchers in the opening series made their Bulldog debuts. Geidel went with junior college transfers Jaydee Jurgensen (Lincoln, Neb.) and Will Holbrook (Tucson, Ariz.) on day one. Freshman Josh Prater (Colorado Springs, Colo.) got the ball in game one on Monday. Of the three, Holbrook got the best results this time around. The former Pima Community College hurler went 7.1 innings and allowed only one run on five hits with no walks. While Jurgensen hit seven batters in his first outing, he is expected to be a dependable arm at the top of the rotation throughout the season.
  • The fourth starting pitcher – fifth-year senior Jordan Stirtz – had not made an appearance on the mound since May 3, 2012, because of surgery that sidelined him in 2013. The native of Gretna, Neb., sparkled in his 2014 debut as he fired a seven-inning complete game in which he surrendered two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks. In 120 career innings at Concordia, Stirtz carries a 4.95 ERA.
  • Sophomore Alex Cargin made a seamless transition from second base to shortstop in the offseason and started all four games on the left side of the infield at Bethany. Cargin also served as the leadoff hitter in the final three games. He went 5-for-15 (.333) in the series.
  • In the series, Geidel used a total of 23 different players (13 position players, 10 pitchers). Thirteen different position players made at least one start. Seven Bulldogs started all four games, including Cargin, Wilkerson and Yerrell.
  • Senior center fielder Camaren Gause, who batted fifth in all four games, went 1-for-10 but still managed to get on base consistently as he walked five times and was hit by a pitch. Gause, who transferred to Concordia by way of Eastern Arizona Community College before the 2012-13 school year, was the team leader in 2013 with a .381 on-base percentage.
  • The Bulldogs are scheduled to return to action on Saturday for a doubleheader at Ottawa University (1 p.m.) in Ottawa, Kan. Concordia will then play single games against Ottawa and William Penn University (Iowa) on Sunday – both in Ottawa.

18 February 2014

Freshman Ken Burkhardt Jr.

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