Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Adam Vogt, Basketball
In his only game of the week, Vogt, a native of Syracuse, Neb., racked up a career high 34 points in Concordia’s loss to Briar Cliff on Jan. 18. Vogt went 11-for-17 from the field, 6-for-8 from beyond the arc and 6-for-6 from the free throw line.
Female: Kelsey Hizer, Basketball
Hizer, who hails from Parker, Colo., had a big day in the weekend win over Briar Cliff. She tied a career high with 16 points and added six rebounds, four assists and two steals. On the defensive end she helped hold the Chargers’ top scorer without a second half point.
News and Notes:
Details on CIT: The 63rd annual Concordia Invitational Tournament will be held Jan. 24-25 in Mequon, Wis., home to Concordia University, Wisconsin. Make sure to join our Facebook event page if you plan to attend. For further information on the 2014 event, including ticket orders, click HERE.
Track and field season preview: Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s track and field teams began the 2014 indoor track and field season on Saturday at the Scott Nisely Memorial Classic hosted by Doane. Check out our season preview from last week HERE.
Hometown Fehlhafer finds balance, early success on the mat: Wrestling and repairing cars go together like peanut butter and jelly – at least they do for Concordia freshman Austin Fehlhafer. Read more about the Bulldog leader in wins and pins HERE.
Concordia softball pegged seventh in the GPAC: Head coach Todd LaVelle’s first Concordia softball team has been projected to finish seventh in the GPAC. View the complete preseason poll HERE.
Concordia baseball picked ninth in the GPAC: Head coach Jeremy Geidel’s baseball squad has been picked by league coaches to finish ninth in the GPAC. View the complete preseason poll HERE.
2014 tennis schedule online: The 2014 Concordia tennis schedule is available online HERE. The men are set to begin the season on Feb. 23 versus Simpson College while the women are scheduled to open 2014 with a home match against Tabor College on March 1.
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
- The 2014 indoor track and field season began over the weekend for head coach Kregg Einspahr’s teams. The Bulldogs hit five NAIA ‘A’ national qualifying marks and four ‘B’ national qualifying marks at Doane’s Scott Nisely Memorial Classic in Crete, Neb. In addition, Concordia won a total of 13 combined men’s and women’s events. To read a recap of the meet, click HERE.
- The 13 events in which Bulldogs captured first-place finishes were:
- Men’s 400 meter dash: John Cartier (49.72)
- Men’s 600 meter run: Ben Hinckfoot (1:24.55)
- Men’s 800 meter run: Adam Prahlow (2:01.14)
- Men’s 1,000 meter run: Ben Sievert (2:36.67)
- Men’s one mile run: Ben Sievert (4:20.13)
- Men’s 3,000 meter run: Hayden Hohnholt (8:55.85)
- Men’s 4x400 meter relay (3:22.77)
- Men’s 4x800 meter relay (8:12.54)
- Men’s pole vault: Carson Farr (16’ 4¾”)
- Men’s weight throw: Cody Boellstorff (61’ 4¾”)
- Women’s 800 meter run: Kim Wood (2:21.68)
- Women’s pole vault: Shelby Yelden (11’ 3”)
- Women’s weight throw: Jamie Crouse (57’ 6¼”)
- It was a huge day for sophomore Cody Boellstorff, a NAIA outdoor All-American last season in the hammer throw. The native of Waverly, Neb., out-distanced his personal best in the weight throw by nearly eight feet with his toss of 61’ 4¾” at the Scott Nisely meet. That measurement is an automatic national qualifying mark and currently tops the NAIA leaderboard.
- Other Bulldogs who rank amongst the top 10 of the NAIA in their respective events include the men’s 4x800 meter relay (1st, 8:12.54), the women’s 4x800 meter relay (3rd, 10:02.35), the men’s 4x400 meter relay (5th, 3:22.77), Jonathon Becker (6th in 60 meter hurdles, 8.28), John Cartier (10th in 400 meters, 49.72), Stephanie Coley (6th in shot put, 45’ 4½”), Jamie Crouse (2nd in weight throw, 57’ 6¼”), Trey Farmer (10th in shot put, 51’ 6¼”), Carson Farr (2nd in pole vault, 16’ 4¾”), Ben Sievert (5th in one mile, 4:20.13) and Shelby Yelden (6th in pole vault, 11’ 3”).
- With the likes of Becker, Cartier, Hinckfoot and several others, the Bulldogs have no shortage of options in putting together their men’s 4x400 meter relay. Concordia’s ‘A’ relay team of Becker, Cartier, freshman CJ Muller and sophomore Jaap Van Gaalen broke the meet record at Scott Nisely with its time of 3:22.77. The ‘B’ team also ran a solid race, finishing second by clocking in at 3:25.56.
- Concordia dominated at the top of many events at the season’s first meet. Some examples include the women’s pole vault (top two finishers and five of the top eight), the men’s 400 meter dash (top three), the men’s 600 meter run (top two and five of the top six), the men’s one mile (top three), the men’s shot put (three of the top seven) and the women’s weight throw (first place and five of the top nine).
- Fifth-year senior Sarah Kortze, the 2012-13 Lincoln Journal Star State College Female Athlete of the Year, returned to Concordia this year to use up her final season of eligibility remaining in indoor track. At Scott Nisely, Kortze placed second in the 1,000 meter run with a time of 3:15.13 and third in the one mile with a time of 5:19.78. During outdoor track last season, Kortze broke the school record in the 10,000 meter run, earned All-America honors in that event and won two GPAC titles.
- The season continues on Friday with the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University at the Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. Field events get started at 11:30 a.m. while track events begin at 12:30 p.m. The full schedule can be viewed HERE.
- Second-year head coach Dana Vote’s 25th-ranked Bulldogs entered the meat of the GPAC dual schedule last week. They hosted their final two duals of the season and pummeled Doane 39-6 on Jan. 14 before falling to No. 13 Morningside, 34-6, on Senior Night, held Jan. 16. The split on the week puts Concordia at 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the GPAC. To read recaps about last week’s action, click HERE.
- Two individuals picked up victories in both GPAC duals: freshmen Dmitri Smith (125) and Austin Fehlhafer (174). Smith improved his record to 5-2 in duals by earning a 5-2 decision over Doane’s Jesse Marek and a 5-3 sudden victory over Morningside’s Brent Curtis. Smith, a native of Beaumont, Calif., has won four of his five matches this season against GPAC opponents. He’s 8-8 overall.
- Fehlhafer (20-8) captured wins Nos. 19 and 20 last week to continue his impressive rookie season. The Seward native tallied his 15th pin of the season by wiping out Doane’s Austin Borne in 1:42. He fell just short of another fall in the second period against the Mustangs’ Trew Bushhousen. Fehlhafer appeared to tire a bit after the near fall but still gutted out a 5-2 victory to run his dual record to 7-4.
- Concordia’s domination of Doane went beyond the final score. The Bulldogs amassed 21 takedowns and nine near falls while taking three decisions via pinfall, one by technical fall and one via major decision. On the other hand, the Tigers mustered only three takedowns and did not win any of the nine contested matches. Doane got its six points from a forfeit at heavyweight.
- Fehlhafer (7-4) and fellow freshman Ken Burkhardt Jr. (7-5) are tied for the most victories in duals with seven apiece. Junior Emilio Rivera, ranked ninth in the NAIA at 133 pounds, owns the top winning percentage with a dual mark of 5-1. Other top dual records belong to Smith (5-2), freshman Foster Bunce (4-1) and junior Enrique Barajas (6-6).
- The pinning machine in the form of Austin Fehlhafer continues to top the team in pins by a wide margin. Fehlhafer’s 15 falls are 10 more than any other Bulldog. Both Bunce and Rivera come in next with five pins apiece. Fehlhafer’s 15 pins account for 28.8 percent of the team’s total of 52 on the season.
- Vote has been without the services of two key performers of late. Accomplished senior Austin Mogg, ranked No. 13 nationally at 125, and Ceron Francisco, who sports a 9-12 record at heavyweight, both missed last week’s action. Both expect to return to the lineup again soon.
- The senior class of Martin Dobler, Austin Mogg, Nick Sheppard and Alex Stepanek was honored at an intermission during Concordia’s final home dual. Both Mogg and Stepanek have seen regular action on the mat this season. Mogg has 102 career wins and was a 2010 NCAA Division III All-American at Buena Vista University before transferring. Stepanek (141) is 10-11 with three pins this season.
- Stepanek, a native of St. Paul, Neb., became the eighth Bulldog this season to reach double figures in wins when he pinned Jon Larson of Doane in 1:08 for his fastest fall of the season. Concordia wrestlers have recorded four pins this season that came in under a minute. The team’s quickest fall belongs to sophomore Noel Richardson, who nailed down Northwestern’s Chris Michael in 29 seconds at the Buena Vista Open on Dec. 7.
- The Bulldogs renew their rivalry with nearby York on Wednesday in the team’s only event of the week. The Panthers, ranked second to Morningside in the NAIA’s North Region, jumped up to No. 10 in the national team rankings with the release of a new poll on Jan. 1. Head coach Ramon Diaz’s squad possesses six nationally-ranked individuals, including the No. 2 heavyweight in Saia Lotulelei and No. 5 141-pounder Jason Arreola. Concordia and York will begin Wednesday’s match at 7 p.m. at the Freeman Center in York.
- A mid-week bye came at a good time for the seventh-ranked Concordia women’s basketball squad, whose only game last week took place on Saturday versus Briar Cliff. A stretch of 28 days between home games ended with the Bulldogs dominating the final minutes of a 79-63 victory over the Chargers. The win gave Concordia a season sweep of Briar Cliff and bumped its records to 16-4 overall and 10-2 in conference play.
- In head coach Drew Olson’s eight years at the helm of the program, the Bulldogs have now won 10 or more GPAC games in all but one season (2010-11). The team’s most recent victory pushes Olson’s eight-year conference mark to 98-45 (.685). He is on the doorstep of becoming the first coach in program history to reach 100 GPAC wins. He is also closing in on becoming the program’s all-time winningest coach. Only Carl Everts’ (1981-92) 195 victories top Olson’s 182 as Bulldog women’s basketball coach.
- Junior guard Kelsey Hizer enjoyed perhaps her best game in a Bulldog uniform in Saturday’s victory. She tied a career high with 16 points while stuffing the stat sheet with six rebounds, four assists and two steals. Equally as impressive was her work on the defensive end in holding Briar Cliff leading scorer Slone Masters scoreless in the second half.
- Hizer led the way for a defensive effort that set a season low by limiting Briar Cliff to 32.8 percent shooting overall (21.6 percent in the second half) and 24.0 percent from the 3-point line while taking a season high four charges. Concordia improved to 11-0 when holding its opponents to less than 45.0 percent shooting. In addition, the Bulldogs won the turnover battle for the 19th time in 20 outings this season.
- Olson was happy to insert junior sparkplug Bailey Morris back into the lineup on Saturday. The native of Roseland, Neb., ended up missing just one game – the Jan. 11 loss at No. 2 Northwestern – after leaving the Jan. 8 win at Midland with an injury. Morris looked comfortable in putting up a line of 21 points (game high), five assists, four rebounds and four steals while playing a game high 36 minutes. She ranks fourth in the GPAC in scoring at 16.7 points per game.
- While listed as a guard, junior Tracy Peitz has taken on a role as a post player in the new year. The versatile Peitz has adapted just fine and is averaging 8.7 rebounds per game over the past six contests. She had another solid day versus Briar Cliff, going for 11 points and a career best 13 boards. It marked her second double-double in the last three games and the third on the season.
- Hot early 3-point shooting allowed Concordia to build a first half lead as large as eight points against the Chargers. The Bulldogs made six of their first eight 3-point attempts and finished 10-for-24 (.417), marking the team’s fourth game of the season with double-digit 3-point field goals. Concordia has won in all four of those instances. Oddly, the Bulldogs converted on only 31.3 percent of their attempts inside the arc versus the predominantly man-to-man Charger defense.
- Freshman Becky Mueller continues to progress in her first season as a Bulldog. She went six-straight games in November through early December without reaching double figures in scoring, but has since averaged 11.9 points per game over the past 11 games with eight contests of 10 or more points. She chipped in 13 points and seven boards in last week’s win. The Omaha Concordia High School product has averaged 6.3 rebounds over the past seven games.
- This week will be much busier as Olson’s squad has three games on the road in a four-day stretch from Wednesday through Saturday. That period begins with a key GPAC battle at No. 10 Hastings (18-2, 9-2 GPAC) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. The Broncos shot 52.8 percent to upset Concordia, 94-89, in Seward on Nov. 26. The week closes with the 63rd annual Concordia Invitational Tournament on Friday and Saturday. The Bulldogs draw host Concordia-Wisconsin (14-1) at 6 p.m. on Friday. The last time the two teams met was at the 2012 CIT when the Bulldogs won 98-58 in Chicago. No team has more CIT titles than the Bulldogs’ 23.
- Like the Concordia women’s basketball team, the Bulldog men returned to play at Walz Arena for the first time in more than four weeks when they hosted Briar Cliff (14-7, 7-4 GPAC) on Saturday afternoon. The Chargers led by as many as 16 points early in the second half before holding on for a 91-85 victory over first-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad. Despite shooting a season high 62.5 percent, the Bulldogs slipped to 5-14 overall and 2-10 in GPAC play.
- Even in defeat, senior guard Adam Vogt gave Walz fans plenty of thrills with his impressive hot streak down the stretch. Vogt piled up 20 of his career high 34 points over the final five minutes of the Jan. 18 contest. During that stretch, the 5-foot-9 native of Syracuse, Neb., went 7-for-8 from the field (4-for-5 from 3-point range) and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. Vogt’s barrage allowed his team to cut an 11-point deficit all the way down to four in the final minute.
- Vogt’s 34 points were the most for a Bulldog since Porter Birtell (2009-13) put up 37 in an upset of then No. 14 Northwestern on Jan. 4, 2012. Birtell also had two other games that season with more than 30 points on the way to earning first team all-conference recognition. For Vogt, the 34-point effort topped his previous career high of 26 in the Bulldogs’ 85-76 win over then No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan on Nov. 9.
- Concordia’s 62.5 shooting percentage against Briar Cliff was the best for a Bulldog basketball team since the 2012-13 season opener (Nov. 2) when Concordia used a 66.0 percent shooting night to topple host York College, 97-88. Limback’s squad had entered the weekend with a record of 5-1 when shooting better than 45 percent from the field. The other loss came at home against then No. 23 Hastings, 78-71, on Nov. 26.
- While Concordia ranks No. 4 in NAIA Division II in free throw shooting percentage (.754), it was Briar Cliff that turned in a sizeable advantage from the charity stripe in the team’s most recent outing. The Chargers made 32 of 38 free throws, including going 10-for-10 in the final minute, to put away the Bulldogs down the stretch. It marked the most free throws an opponent has made against Concordia this season.
- The 85-point outburst was just two shy of Concordia’s season high set in an 87-72 victory over Grace University on Nov. 12. The offensive production was a decidedly positive step for a squad that had averaged 54.5 points over its previous four GPAC games and had shot below 35 percent in each instance. The Bulldogs have reached 80 points on six occasions this season. They are 4-2 in those games.
- Vogt’s 34-point effort gives him an outside shot of reaching 1,000 for his career. With 10 games left in the regular season, Vogt sits at 786 points over 95 career games. In the past two seasons, Vogt has taken on a much larger scoring role. This season he’s averaging a career best 15.6 points per game. No other current Bulldogs have more career points than Vogt. Junior Joel Haywood, averaging 5.9 points, has 640 points in his three seasons.
- Concordia’s 10 3-point field goals versus Briar Cliff were one short of a season high. The Bulldogs went 10-for-17 from beyond the arc for a season best percentage of 58.8. Four different Bulldogs made a trey with Vogt’s six leading the way.
- Concordia will play three games in four days between Wednesday and Saturday. It starts with a road contest against No. 19 Hastings (15-5, 9-2 GPAC) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The Broncos won the first meeting in Seward on Nov. 26. The 63rd annual Concordia Invitational Tournament follows on Friday and Saturday in Mequon, Wis. Limback, the all-time winningest coach at Concordia Ann-Arbor, will face his former school at 3 p.m. on Friday. The Cardinals, a member of the NAIA’s Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, sport an overall record of 8-11.
21 January 2014
Junior Enrique Barajas
*Check out videos of Concordia competitors at the Scott Nisely Memorial Classic via the Bulldog track and field YouTube channel. See below.