Bulldog Weekly Report (Jan. 28)

Bulldog Weekly Report

Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week

Female: Becky Mueller, Basketball

Mueller, a native of Elkhorn, Neb., averaged 14.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last week as the Bulldogs won their 24th CIT title in school history. Mueller grabbed a career high nine rebounds at Hastings and then posted another career best with 23 points in the CIT win over Concordia Wisconsin. She was named to the CIT all-tournament team.

Male: Chandler Folkerts, Basketball

Folkerts, who hails from Milford, Neb., averaged 14.0 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest during a week in which the Bulldogs went 2-1 and captured the program’s 25th CIT title. An all-tournament selection, Folkerts collected his first career double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the championship game victory over Concordia Wisconsin.


News and Notes
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CIT rewind: Complete coverage of last week’s CIT championships is available on http://www.cune.edu/athletics/. In addition, make sure to check out this video recap of the 2014 Concordia Invitational Tournament. The CIT title sweep for the Bulldogs marked the 20th time in tournament history that CUNE has won both the men’s and women’s championships in the same year.

Fehlhafer named GPAC wrestler of the week: Bulldog freshman wrestler Austin Fehlhafer was tabbed GPAC wrestler of the week on Tuesday. He recorded his 16th fall of the season in the team’s dual at York on Jan. 23. The Seward native is 21-8 at 174 pounds this season.

Biting back – the rebuild of Bulldog football: Wonder how Concordia football went from 1-9 in 2008 to 7-4 in 2013? Check out our feature on how head coach Vance Winter and his staff rebuilt the program. The story that first appeared in Concordia University’s Broadcaster magazine is available HERE.

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 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.

Men’s Basketball

  • The Bulldogs played three times on the road as part of a busy week that began with a close 71-66 loss at No. 15 Hastings and ended in jubilation with the program’s 25th Concordia Invitational Tournament title – most all-time. First-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad captured the CIT championship by knocking off Concordia Ann Arbor, 73-61, and then Concordia Wisconsin, 68-64, in the CIT final. The Bulldogs improved to 7-15 overall. They are 2-11 in conference play. To read recaps of last week’s action, click HERE.
  • Playing in his final CIT, senior guard Adam Vogt earned tournament MVP honors in leading his team to its second title in the past three years. Vogt made a key 3-pointer and a free throw down the stretch in the victory over host Concordia Wisconsin. The native of Syracuse, Neb., totaled 24 points in the tournament, including 14 in the championship. He went 4-for-8 from the 3-point line over the weekend and has vaulted to No. 8 in the GPAC with a 41.5 percent shooting clip from beyond the arc.
  • The Bulldogs’ 25 CIT tournament titles are the most all time for an event that began in 1951. CUNE has been especially dominant since 1983, winning 23 of the 31 CITs during that period. Limback has now won three as a head coach, having also led CU-Ann Arbor to championships (the only ones in school history) in 2006 and 2007. Limback was also a member of three Bulldog CIT title teams during his playing career from 1995-99.
  • Freshman big man Chandler Folkerts joined Vogt on the all-tournament team. Folkerts posted a combined 32 points and 19 rebounds in 47 minutes of action at CIT. He was instrumental in the Bulldogs’ comeback from 18 points down in the victory over CUAA in the opening men’s game of the tournament. Folkerts, limited in the first half due to foul trouble, put up all 14 points and seven rebounds during a monster second half. He then recorded his first career double-double with 18 points and 12 boards in the title game. Over last week’s three games, Folkerts averaged 14.0 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent (15-for-27) from the field and 92.3 percent (12-for-13) from the free throw line.
  • While the individual efforts of Vogt and Folkerts had much to do with the CIT title, the team’s collective defensive production proved crucial. The Bulldogs held CUAA and CUW to a combined shooting percentage of 38.8, helping CUNE move up to No. 3 in the GPAC in field goal percentage defense (.438). Vogt and company clamped down even tighter in the second halves when CUAA and CUW shot 25.0 percent and 29.7 percent, respectively.
  • The Bulldogs, second in the GPAC and fourth nationally in free throw percentage (.755), put away both games with crucial free throws. They went 33-for-43 (.767) from the charity stripe over the weekend, including an impressive stretch of 10-straight free throw makes to seal the win over CUAA.
  • Sophomore Robby Thomas also put together a nice weekend. The native of Shawnee, Kan., has been remarkably consistent of late, scoring exactly 10 or 11 points in each of the last five games. At CIT he averaged 11.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He continues to lead the GPAC in blocked shots with an average of 1.82 per game.
  • Limback became the sixth coach in Bulldog men’s basketball history to win a CIT title. The list also includes Grant Schmidt (16 titles – 1990-92, 1994-97, 1999-2005, 2009, 2012), Tom Baack (2 titles – 1988, 1989), Kent Einspahr (2 titles – 1983, 1984), Brian Mueller (2 titles – 1986, 1987) and Reuben Stohs (2 titles – 1964, 1977).
  • The Bulldogs return to GPAC action this week as they aim for season sweeps of both of their two upcoming opponents. Next up is Wednesday’s home tilt (8 p.m.) versus Doane (10-12, 3-10 GPAC). Concordia defeated the Tigers 85-81 in Crete on Dec. 4. Limback will then take his team on the road again to play at 4 p.m. on Saturday against Mount Marty (3-18, 1-12 GPAC). In the previous meeting in Seward on Dec. 14, the Bulldogs prevailed 81-67 over the Lancers.

Women’s Basketball

  • Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad shook off a 78-65 loss at No. 9 Hastings on Jan. 22 to claim the 24th Concordia Invitational Tournament title in Bulldog women’s basketball history over the weekend. CUNE won its two CIT games by an average of 16.5 points in cruising to the title. The Bulldogs triumphed by scores of 73-60 over Concordia Wisconsin and 70-50 over Concordia Ann Arbor. Last week’s results put the Bulldogs at 18-5 overall and 10-3 in GPAC play (third place). To read recaps of last week’s games, click HERE.
  • Junior guard Bailey Morris (Roseland, Neb.) grabbed CIT MVP honors by piling up 37 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists and five steals on the weekend. She went 16-for-29 (.552) from the field and 5-for-10 (.500) from 3-point range in winning the second CIT title of her career. With senior Kristen Conahan still sidelined by injury, Morris has taken full control of the point guard role and is logging heavy minutes. She played 38, 39 and 30 minutes, respectively, in last week’s three games.
  • The Bulldogs’ 24 CIT tournament titles are the most all time for an event that added the women’s tournament in 1973. CUNE has been especially impressive since 1987, winning 23 of the 28 CITs during that period. Olson has now won five as a head coach. He was also a member of three Bulldog men’s CIT title teams during his playing career from 2000-03.
  • Morris got plenty of support from freshman Becky Mueller (Elkhorn, Neb.), who enjoyed perhaps her finest back-to-back performances of her career at CIT. She went for a career high 23 points (8-for-15 shooting) to go with five rebounds against CUW and then added 16 points and eight rebounds in the title game. Mueller’s productions netted her all-tournament honors along with Morris. Mueller upped her scoring average to 10.0 points per game. Since Dec. 7, she is averaging 12.4 points.
  • As injuries mounted, Olson eased up on the fullcourt pressure in recent weeks. However, the fullcourt press returned in a big way in the CIT title game. The Bulldogs flustered CUAA into 30 turnovers with 11 coming in the first eight minutes of action. CUNE ended up with a 28-8 advantage in points off turnovers. The 30 turnovers forced were the second most this season by the Bulldogs, who took the ball away from Nebraska Wesleyan 34 times in a victory on Dec. 11.
  • In both CIT games, Morris and Mueller were the only Bulldogs to reach double figures in scoring. Junior Tracy Peitz contributed a combined 14 points and 15 rebounds. Fellow junior Ashley Kuntz provided eight points, two rebounds, two steals and a block in 14 minutes of action in the win over CUW. The CIT title game saw 11 different Bulldogs register in the scoring column.
  • Sophomore Taylor Wissing (Seward, Neb.) is five for her last five from 3-point range after making all five attempts last week. She tallied a career high nine points in the loss at Hastings. On the week she totaled 18 points, including six on a pair of treys in the CIT championship.
  • With five CIT championships at the helm of Bulldog women’s basketball, Olson ranks second in program history behind only Carl Everts’ seven CIT titles (1983, 1987-1992). Three other head coaches have also led the program to CIT trophies: Mark Lemke (4 titles – 1994, 1996-98), Micah Parker (4 titles – 1999-2002) and Todd Voss (4 titles – 2003-06).
  • The Bulldogs return home on Wednesday to host Doane (10-11, 4-9 GPAC) at 6 p.m. Concordia held off the Tigers for an 82-75 win in Crete on Dec. 4. The Bulldogs have won five-straight meetings with Doane. On Saturday, Olson and the Bulldogs travel to Mount Marty (9-13, 1-12 GPAC) for a 2 p.m. matinee. Concordia recorded a season high point total in drubbing the Lancers 109-86 in Seward on Dec. 14.

Wrestling

  • The 22nd-ranked Bulldogs competed just once last week as they took a shot at avenging an earlier dual loss to rival York College. However, the 11th-ranked Panthers (6-1) won six of nine contested bouts on the way to a 27-12 victory in York on Jan. 23. The loss puts second-year head coach Dana Vote’s squad at 6-7 overall in duals. Concordia is 2-1 in GPAC matches.
  • The highlight of last Thursday’s dual came at 174 pounds where No. 15 Austin Fehlhafer seized his team-leading 16th pin of the season by making quick work of York’s Josh Kountz (2:16). Fehlhafer (21-8) is once again on a roll with five-straight wins – four of which have come via pinfall. The former Seward High School star jumped into the national rankings for the first time in his career when fresh ratings were released on Jan. 22. Fehlhafer is also ranked third at 174 pounds in the NAIA’s North region.
  • The additional two Bulldog wins at last week’s dual came from Alex Stepanek (141) and Austin Starkey (157). Both won their matches by four points during a dual in which Concordia suffered three setbacks by three points or less. Over the team’s last two duals, it has lost a combined seven bouts by four points or fewer.
  • As a team, the Bulldogs moved up three spots to No. 22 in the Intermat NAIA rankings last week. They have received votes in all five national coaches’ polls this season. In the NAIA North Group, Concordia checks in at No. 5 behind No. 1 Morningside, No. 2 York, No. 3 Dakota Wesleyan and No. 4 Dickinson State (N.D.).
  • On an individual level, Fehlhafer’s leap to the No. 15 spot at 174 pounds gives the Bulldogs five nationally-ranked wrestlers. Fehlhafer joins Austin Mogg (13th at 125), Emilio Rivera (10th at 133), Kodie Cole (16th at 133) and Enrique Barajas (11th at 149) as Bulldogs who appear in the top 16 of their respective weight classes.
  • All five of Concordia’s nationally-ranked wrestlers also show up in the North region rankings (see below). Heavyweight Ceron Francisco also comes in at No. 6 in his class.
    • (125) Mogg – 2nd
    • (133) Rivera – 2nd
    • (133) Cole – 4th
    • (149) Barajas – 3rd
    • (174) Fehlhafer – 3rd
    • (285) Francisco – 6th
  • Concordia’s run of dual meets continues on Thursday when it takes on GPAC foes No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (4 p.m.) and No. 21 Midland (7 p.m.) in Fremont, Neb. The Tigers have four nationally-ranked wrestlers: Richard Rios (6th at 133), Kyle Gerlach (6th at 149), Trever Deverstern (6th at 165) and Tyler Sarringar (13th at 184). The Warriors have three wrestlers ranked in the NAIA: Tyler McMichael (13th at 157), Sterling Terry (5th at 165) and Lonnie Brown (11th at 285).
  • In tournaments this season, Bulldog wrestlers are 4-5 against Midland opponents and 1-2 versus Dakota Wesleyan grapplers. Concordia will be looking to avenge losses to both teams from a year ago.

Track and Field

  • Six Bulldogs put fresh ‘A’ standard NAIA national qualifying marks on the board at last week’s Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan University at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb. In addition, five other ‘B’ marks were either set or improved upon by Concordia individuals. Read the recap from the meet HERE.
  • The six new ‘A’ marks were achieved by Jonathon Becker (60 meter hurdles, 8.25), John Cartier (400 meter dash, 49.40), Hayden Hohnholt (3,000 meter run, 8:36.52), Sarah Kortze (3,000 meter run, 10:15.89), Kim Wood (1,000 meter run, 3:01.75) and Kali Robb (shot put, 44’ 5 ½”). All have past national championships experience except for Robb, who is in her first collegiate season after coming to Concordia via Sidney High School.
  • In terms of place finishes, the Bulldogs had three competitors win their respective events at the Devaney Center: Cartier in the 400 meter dash, Ben Sievert in the 5,000 meter run and Wood in the 1,000 meter run. The following Bulldogs placed second: Cody Boellstorf (59’ 7 ¾”), Jamie Crouse (weight throw, 58’ 3 ¾”), Hohnholt (3,000 meters), Jacob Kettner (triple jump, 44’ 2”) and CJ. Muller (200 meter dash, 22.43).
  • On the season to date, the Bulldog men’s and women’s teams have totaled a combined 11 NAIA ‘A’ standard national qualifying marks and seven ‘B’ marks. Check out the complete list below:
    • Women’s 4x400 meter relay (B)
    • Jonathon Becker – 60 meter hurdles (A)
    • Cody Boellstorff – weight throw (A)
    • John Cartier – 400 meter dash (A)
    • Stephanie Coley – shot put (A)
    • Jamie Crouse – weight throw (A); shot put (B)
    • Brittany Erdmann – shot put (B)
    • Trey Farmer – shot put (A)
    • Carson Farr – pole vault (A)
    • Hayden Hohnholt – 3,000 meter run (A)
    • Sarah Kortze – 3,000 meter run (A)
    • Benjamin Schulteis – weight throw (B)
    • Ben Sievert – one mile run (B); 5,000 meter run (B)
    • Kali Robb – shot put (B)
    • Kim Wood – 1,000 meter run (A)
    • Shelby Yelden – pole vault (B)
  • 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 weight throw (Cody Boellstorff)
    • Men’s pole vault (Carson Farr)
    • Women’s weight throw (Jamie Crouse)
  • Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s teams will play host for the first time this season when they host the two-day Concordia Classic on Friday and Saturday. The meet will take place inside the Walz Field House. To view the schedule of events, click HERE. Bulldog alum Derek Rodine, who died tragically last summer, will be honored at the meet on Saturday. The field of teams set to compete this weekend includes Bethany College (Kan.), Doane College, Fort Hays State University (Kan.), Hastings College, Midland University, Mount Marty College, University of Nebraska Kearney, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Northwest Missouri State University, Sterling College (Kan.) and York College.

28 January 2014