Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Emilio Rivera, Wrestling
Rivera, the GPAC wrestler of the week, went 2-0 last week with a victory over the NAIA’s sixth-rated 133-pounder in Richard Rios of Dakota Wesleyan. That win gave the Bulldogs a 19-18 team win. Rivera, who hails from Escondido, Calif., is 17-6 overall this season and 8-0 against GPAC opponents.
Female: Bailey Morris, Basketball
Morris, named GPAC women’s basketball player of the week on Tuesday morning, led the Bulldogs to a pair of wins last week. The native of Roseland, Neb., totaled 45 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and seven steals while committing only two turnovers in 61 minutes. She ranks fourth in the GPAC with 17.6 points per game.
News and Notes:
Basketball Fan Appreciation Day set for Saturday, Feb. 15: Senior Day will also be Fan Appreciation Day as both Bulldog basketball teams host Northwestern College on Feb. 15. Game times are set for 2 and 4 p.m. Free ice cream will be available! For further details, click HERE. If you plan to attend, join our Facebook event page.
Douglas takes road less traveled: Nathan Douglas, the men’s soccer record holder for career goals, arrived at Concordia in the fall of 2010 and helped change the attitude of the Bulldog men’s soccer program. Read more about Douglas’ standout career in this feature article.
John Cartier named GPAC track athlete of the week: Senior John Cartier was named GPAC track athlete of the week on Jan. 29 following a big performance at the Prairie Wolf Invitational on Jan. 24. Cartier, the 2012 and 2013 GPAC 400 meter indoor champion, placed first in the 400 meter dash with an automatic national qualifying time of 49.40 at the Prairie Wolf Invite.
Concordia head tennis coach position posted: Concordia University has posted an opening for head men’s and women’s tennis coach. To view more details on the position, click HERE.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting https://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- As second-year head coach Dana Vote stated at the end of last week, “we’re starting to come together at the right time.” That point was made loud and clear with a sweep of the GPAC triangular hosted by Dakota Wesleyan on Jan. 30. The 22nd-ranked Bulldogs knocked off No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (19-18) and No. 21 Midland (25-13) on the same evening, handing both teams their first GPAC dual losses of the season. Concordia enters its final two duals of the season with a conference mark of 4-1, which places it second behind No. 12 Morningside (4-0). To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- The Bulldogs defeated two teams ranked ahead of them by winning six of 10 bouts over both Dakota Wesleyan and Midland. Included in the 12 individual victories were eight by decision, two by major decision and two via fall.
- Junior Emilio Rivera emerged as a hero at 133 pounds. With Concordia trailing Dakota Wesleyan 18-16 going into the final bout, Rivera upset Richard Rios, ranked No. 6 at 133 in the NAIA, by a count of 5-2. Tenth-ranked Rivera also beat Midland’s Joshua Heinzer by major decision in extending his winning streak to five. Rivera (17-6) ranks second on the team in wins.
- Four additional Bulldogs went 2-0 at the triangular: Austin Mogg (125), Alex Stepanek (141), Austin Fehlhafer (174) and Ken Burkhardt Jr. (197). Burkhart Jr., a Milford native, was particularly dominant with a pin and a major decision on the night. He then went 4-2 and earned a fourth-place finish at the Briar Cliff Open on Feb. 1 to bump his overall record to 17-15.
- Fehlhafer (23-8) holds the team’s longest winning streak, now at seven after a pair of one-point decisions last week. His most impressive win was a 6-5 decision over the NAIA’s No. 6-rated 165-pounder Sterling Terry of Midland. Fehlhafer is 7-0 since the calendar turned over to 2014. His 16 pins are more than any other GPAC wrestler.
- Jan. 30 marked the Mogg’s first appearance on the mat since the Desert Duals on Dec. 21. The senior from El Reno, Okla., missed seven duals due to an injury. In his return, Mogg topped Midland’s Skylar Goephart 8-5 and Dakota Wesleyan’s Will Seydel 5-2 to run his season record to 12-5. Mogg, ranked 13th in the NAIA at 125 pounds, now has 104 victories over his career with Concordia and Buena Vista.
- Austin Starkey (157/165) and Stepanek also recorded big victories in Mitchell, S.D. Starkey (13-15) dominated with a 12-5 decision over 2012 All-American Dusty Paulsen of Dakota Wesleyan. Stepanek (15-13) added decisions that came by one point and two points, respectively.
- Following last Thursday’s duals, Vote took 11 of his wrestlers to Sioux City, Iowa, on Saturday for the Briar Cliff Open. Several regulars in the dual lineup took the weekend off, including Fehlhafer, Mogg and Rivera. Both Kodie Cole (133) and Burkhardt (197) earned fourth-place finishes in their respective weight classes. Concordia’s 11 grapplers combined on a record of 24-20 at Briar Cliff.
- Individually, Burkhardt and Dmitri Smith (125) led the way with four wins apiece at the team’s final open of the season. Ceron Francisco (285) and Starkey (157) came in next with three wins each. Another four Bulldogs collected exactly two wins. Ten of the 11 notched at least one victory on the day.
- Fehlhafer and the Bulldogs compete only once this week as they get back to GPAC dual action. They will travel to Orange City, Iowa, on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match with Northwestern (4-5, 3-3 GPAC). Last season Concordia defeated the Red Raiders 24-19 in Seward. After Tuesday, the Bulldogs have just a single meet left (dual at Hastings on Feb. 13) prior to regionals on Feb. 22.
- The Red Raiders have three nationally-ranked wrestlers: No. 15 Angelo Quintana (17-11) at 125, No. 16 Zach Fishman (20-5) at 157 and No. 11 Randy Null (21-9) at 184.
Track and Field
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s track and field programs played host for the first time this season as the two-day Concordia Classic played out Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 inside the Walz Field House. Including the Bulldogs, a total of 12 teams sent competitors to Seward. That total was made up of five GPAC schools. Seven of the 12 teams are NAIA institutions. Four represent NCAA Division II and the other is a NCAA Division III school for track and field. To read recaps of the meet, click HERE.
- In sum, the Bulldogs hit 18 combined ‘A’ national qualifying marks and won a total of seven events between both the men’s and women’s squads at the Concordia Classic. Sophomore Kim Wood broke through with a pair of first-place finishes on the track as part of an impressive performance. She won both the 1,000 meter and one mile runs, earning a national qualifying time of 5:11.17 in the one mile. She already held a qualifying mark in the 1,000 meter run. She ranks seventh on the NAIA leaderboard in the 1,000 meters and 10th in the mile.
- Senior Lydia Pomerenke, a 2013 All-American in the outdoor heptathlon, broke another school record on day one of the meet. The Seward native eclipsed Stephanie Kohlwey’s former program mark of 3,023 points in 2005 by racking up 3,227 points in the pentathlon. Pomerenke already held the Concordia record in the heptathlon. Her point total in the pentathlon places her second in the GPAC and fifth in the NAIA this season.
- Four-time All-American and defending GPAC weight throw titlist Jamie Crouse raised the bar another notch with her performance at the Concordia Classic. She PR’d in the weight throw with a toss of 60’ 7 ¼” to place first and jump to No. 1 on the NAIA chart. That mark out-distanced her previous best of 59’ 3 ½” at last season’s Polar Dog Dual. Crouse also turned in an automatic qualifying mark in the shot put on Saturday with her throw of 43’ 1 ¾”.
- On the track, senior Hayden Hohnholt shined in his only event of meet. The native of Gillette, Wyo., came in under the automatic national qualifying mark by nearly five seconds with his time of 15:00.34 in the 5,000 meter run. Hohnholt ranks second in the GPAC and 15th in the NAIA with that mark.
- On the season to date, the Bulldog men’s and women’s teams have totaled a combined 21 NAIA ‘A’ standard national qualifying marks and 13 ‘B’ marks. Check out the complete list below:
- Men’s 4x400 meter relay (B)
- Women’s 4x400 meter relay (B)
- 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 (B)
- 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)
- 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 – one mile run (B); 5,000 meter run (B)
- Sara Simmons – pentathlon (A)
- Cassandra Starks – pole vault (A)
- Brandon Ramos – heptathlon (A)
- Kali Robb – shot put (B)
- Jaap Van Gaalen – 600 meter run (B)
- Lucas Weichman – heptathlon (A)
- Kim Wood – 1,000 meter run (A); one mile run (A)
- Shelby Yelden – pole vault (A)
- The Bulldogs lead the GPAC in the following events:
- Men’s 4x400 meter relay
- Men’s 4x800 meter relay
- Men’s 400 meter dash (John Cartier)
- Men’s one mile run (Ben Sievert)
- Men’s 5,000 meter run (Ben Sievert)
- 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)
- Bulldog athletes will take part in two meets this weekend: the Sevigne Husker Invite (Friday-Saturday) held in UNL’s Devaney Center and the Fred Beile Classic (Saturday) hosted by Doane. The next home meet will take place on Friday, Feb. 14 (Concordia Indoor Invitational). Concordia’s seniors will be honored at the meet.
- The ninth-ranked Bulldogs, who have appeared in the top 10 of the national rankings in 32-straight polls, followed up their CIT championship with two more wins last week to extend their winning streak to four. In its return to Walz, Concordia used a big second half to pull away from Doane for an 83-62 win on Jan. 29. Three days later the Bulldogs gutted out a 60-53 road win over an improving Mount Marty squad. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad is now 20-5 overall and 12-3 in the GPAC, placing it a half game behind GPAC leaders Hastings and Northwestern. For recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- Lasts week’s two triumphs have pushed the Bulldogs to 20 wins for the third-straight year and for the sixth time over the past seven seasons. Over his eight seasons, Olson now has 186 career victories for an average of more than 23 per season. He is second in program history in career wins behind only Carl Everts’ 195.
- The team’s most recent win also gave Olson his 100th in GPAC games, making him the first coach to in school history to reach that mark. The GPAC began in 2000. During that time period, Concordia has had three women’s basketball coaches, including Olson and Micah Parker (1998-2002) and Todd Voss (2002-06). Olson’s GPAC record is now 100-46 (.685).
- The Bulldogs continue to ride star point guard Bailey Morris, who has taken off in the scoring department. Morris, now far and away the team’s primary ball handler, racked up 45 points with a pair of 20-plus point games last week. Perhaps even more impressive, Morris played a total of 61 minutes and turned the ball over just twice. She also dished out eight assists and snared nine rebounds in a huge week.
- Morris, the GPAC’s fourth-leading scorer at 17.6 points per game, continues to rise on the school’s all-time scoring chart. Her eighth and ninth 20-plus point games of the season bumped her to 1,195 career points, landing her 17th on the Concordia career scoring list. Directly in front of Morris is Teresa Noffke (1985-89) with 1,207 points.
- Sophomore Jenna Lehmann played a big role in last week’s win over Doane. The native of Albion, Neb., came off the bench to provide nine points and a career high eight rebounds in 13 minutes of action. She made all four of her shots from the field. Her career best point total is 13, a number Lehmann reached on two occasions last season.
- The injury to Jericca Pearson necessitated junior Tracy Peitz’s move to more of a post position role. On Saturday Peitz tied Pearson for the team lead with four double-doubles. Peitz tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds at Mount Marty. She is averaging career highs with 13.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.5 steals per contest. With 727 career points, Peitz is on track to next season become the 23rd 1,000-point scorer in school history.
- Saturday’s 34.3 percent shooting clip posted by the Bulldogs was their lowest in a winning effort this season and just above the team’s season low percentage of 33.3 in the loss at Northwestern on Jan. 11. Due in large part to its ability to create turnovers, Concordia has managed to win six games this season when it has shot below 40 percent from the field. The 60 points scored at Mount Marty marked a season low for a team that entered play averaging more than 83 points per game.
- The Bulldogs continue their run of three-consecutive road games with contests at Nebraska Wesleyan (1-18, 0-14 GPAC) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and at No. 25 Dakota Wesleyan (15-8, 8-6 GPAC) at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Concordia has been dominant against the neighbor Prairie Wolves, whom the Bulldogs have beaten 13-straight times. Meanwhile, the Tigers will be hungry for a win to improve their résumé for a potential national tournament bid. Morris and company topped Dakota Wesleyan 85-66 in Seward on Dec. 20.
- It was a tough week for first-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad, which could not hold late leads in close losses to both Doane (Jan. 29) and Mount Marty (Feb. 1). The Bulldogs fell twice last week by a combined total of six points while going up against a pair of teams they had defeated earlier in the season. Concordia sits at 7-17 overall and 2-13 in GPAC play, putting it in a tough spot as it relates to contention for the eight-team GPAC tournament that begins Feb. 26. The Bulldogs are currently 3.5 games out of eighth place. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
- Concordia possessed a lead as late as the 4:04 mark versus Doane and clung to a two-point advantage with less than 10 seconds remaining in the loss at Mount Marty. In both instances, the Bulldogs fought back after getting down early. They trailed by as many as 12 points against Doane and by seven points in the first half at Mount Marty.
- While foul trouble helped limit freshman Chandler Folkerts to six points and four rebounds in the loss to the Lancers, his effort on Jan. 29 fueled the rally back from a dozen points down versus Doane. Folkerts piled up 18 points (14 in the second half) and 10 rebounds for his second-straight double-double at the time. While averaging 4.5 rebounds per game on the season, the Milford native has improved to an average of 8.0 boards over the past five contests.
- Sophomore Robby Thomas, the GPAC’s No. 1 shot blocker and third-leading rebounder, enjoyed a monster game on the glass at Mount Marty. He hauled in a career best 15 rebounds as the Bulldogs out-boarded the Lancers 37-26 on the afternoon. Last week the Shawnee, Kan., native totaled 19 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks.
- In terms of offensive productivity per minute played, no one did more last week than freshman Justin Damme. The 6-foot-10 native of Cook, Neb., piled up 19 points (8-for-11 from the field) in 28 minutes of action over the two games. Against Doane, Damme had 12 points on 5-for-5 shooting in 11 minutes. Damme, who has three double figure scoring games in his last six outings, is averaging 6.6 points on the season.
- Doane star guard Domonique Smith has recorded the two highest point totals for an individual against the Bulldogs this season. In Concordia’s 86-81 win at Doane on Dec. 4, Smith dropped 31 points. He then went off for 34 last week as the Tigers returned the favor with a win inside Walz Arena. Smith’s 34-point effort tied Bulldog senior Adam Vogt for the fifth-highest point total this season by a GPAC player. Smith also has a 35-point game to his credit.
- Vogt continues to climb the GPAC leaderboard in 3-point percentage. The native of Syracuse, Neb., went 6-for-13 from beyond the arc last week to raise his season percentage to 42.0. That figure ranks sixth in the conference. He also lands at No. 6 in 3-point field goals per game (2.29).
- The Bulldogs are back on the road for two more games this week, beginning with Nebraska Wesleyan (10-9, 5-9 GPAC) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. They finish the week on Saturday at Dakota Wesleyan (13-11, 6-8 GPAC) at 8 p.m. on Saturday. Both teams defeated Concordia in Seward earlier this season.
4 February 2014
Sophomore Kim Wood