Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Adam Vogt, Basketball
Vogt, a senior from Syracuse, Neb., tallied a combined 37 points last week as the Bulldogs split a pair of games on the road. Vogt found his stroke from beyond the arc as he went 9-for-17 from deep. He ranks 11th in the GPAC in scoring (15.6 ppg) and 13th in 3-point field goal percentage (.383).
Female: Bailey Morris, Basketball
Morris, a junior who hails from Roseland, Neb., has taken another step in her development this season. Last week she averaged 21.7 points and almost five rebounds over three games. The big week vaulted Morris (17.2 ppg) to No. 3 in the GPAC in scoring.
News and Notes:
Get prepared for 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, click HERE.
Twenty Bulldog athletes recognized by Omaha World-Herald: A total of 20 Bulldog athletes were recognized as NAIA All-Nebraska selections by the Omaha World-Herald on Christmas day. The honorees included nine for football, five for women’s soccer, four for men’s soccer and two for volleyball.
On the road again: The next Concordia home event will not take place until Tuesday, Jan. 14 when Bulldog wrestling hosts a dual with Doane College. Both Concordia basketball teams have been on the road since Dakota Wesleyan visited Seward on Dec. 20. Walz Arena will see hoops action once again on Jan. 18 as Briar Cliff comes to town for a women’s and men’s doubleheader.
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.
- The seventh-ranked Bulldogs had a busy week on the road as they played three times away from Walz Arena. The week began in San Antonio, Texas, where Concordia split a pair of nonconference games at the Our Lady of the Lake University Halo Classic on Dec. 30-31. The Bulldogs lost a shootout with NAIA Division I 10th-ranked Bethel University (Tenn.) prior to a 77-62 victory over Evangel University (Mo.). Concordia returned to conference play on Saturday and picked up an 81-63 win at Dordt. Eighth-year head coach Drew Olson’s squad stands at 14-3 overall and 8-1 in the GPAC (second place). For recaps of last week’s games, click HERE.
- Junior guard Bailey Morris tallied 65 combined points last week to take over the team scoring lead from fellow backcourt star Kristen Conahan. Morris reached 20 points for the fifth and sixth times this season to push her scoring average up to 17.2, just above Conahan’s 17.0. Morris, a 5-foot-4 guard from Roseland, Neb., has improved her scoring average each season, going from 8.5 as a freshman to 14.6 as a sophomore and 17.2 this season.
- The 99-92 Dec. 30 loss to Bethel marked Concordia’s first road/neutral defeat of the season. The Bulldogs entered last week with records of 4-0 in true road games and 1-0 in neutral contests. The setback was also the first for the program when scoring 90 or more points since a 103-97 overtime loss at Dakota Wesleyan on Jan. 16, 2011. Concordia had won 19-straight games when putting up at least 90 points.
- Two distinct statistical anomalies surfaced in the 18-point victory over Dordt. For the first time all season, Concordia lost the turnover battle as it gave the ball away 16 times while forcing a season low 13 takeaways – roughly 10 fewer than the season average for Bulldog opponents. However, Concordia more than made up for it by outrebounding the Defenders 51-27, marking a season high for rebound differential.
- Senior Lori Laboda, who missed the first eight games of the season due to injury, played a big role in Concordia’s dominance on the boards. She snared a season high 10 rebounds in 13 minutes at Dordt. She averaged 7.0 rebounds per game last week. Her return to form is particularly key with the possibility of junior Jericca Pearson missing the remainder of the season.
- Freshman Devin Edwards, a product of Lincoln Northeast High School, has provided important contributions off the bench throughout the season. Most of those contributions do not stand out statistically, however, the Lincoln native sits atop the GPAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5 to 1). She has appeared in 16 of 17 games, collecting 20 assists and only eight turnovers.
- While Morris may have taken over the team scoring lead, Conahan has remained remarkably consistent. The Omaha native scored at least 14 points in each of last week’s games and has extended her streak of consecutive games with double figures to 30. She ranks fifth in the GPAC with 17.0 points per game. (Morris is third).
- As a team, Concordia ranks in the top 20 nationally in the following categories: third in turnover margin (plus-7.47), fourth in total steals (223), seventh in scoring (87.0 ppg), eighth in steals per game (13.1), 13th in 3-point field goals made (120), 16th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.03), 16th in field goal percentage (.441), 19th in scoring margin (plus-12.8) and 20th in free throw percentage (.730).
- With six-straight GPAC wins, Concordia is 42-7 (.857) in conference play since the start of the 2011-12 season. That record tops the GPAC over the past three seasons. Northwestern comes in next with a mark of 38-9 (.809) followed by Morningside 37-10 (.787). The Bulldogs captured GPAC regular season and tournament titles in 2011-12. Last season Concordia finished second, one game behind Morningside.
- Concordia continues life on the road this week with games at No. 10 Midland (9-8, 5-2 GPAC) on Wednesday and at No. 2 Northwestern (15-0, 7-0 GPAC) on Saturday in a showdown of the league’s top two teams. The Bulldogs have won nine-straight games against the Warriors, who are one of the GPAC’s most improved teams this season. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders, winners of three-straight national championships prior to last season, are undefeated and sport four wins over ranked opponents.
- Since a disappointing showing on Dec. 20, first-year head coach Ben Limback’s squad has elevated its play significantly. In the their three games since the previous weekly report (Dec. 23), the Bulldogs have gone 1-2 with a pair of wire-to-wire losses against nationally-ranked opponents. The victory came on Dec. 30 at Kansas Wesleyan University by a score of 75-72. Concordia’s record sits at 5-11 overall and 2-7 in conference action (10th place). The Bulldogs are just a game out of eighth place (top eight teams reach the GPAC tournament). For recaps of recent action, click HERE.
- Dordt fifth-year head coach Ross Douma praised Concordia for its improvement in a short period of time following the most recent outing. The 11th-ranked Defenders cruised to a 93-70 victory over Concordia in Seward on Dec. 7. Saturday’s game was much different as the Bulldogs led by as many as 16 points in the first half before eventually falling, 69-61. Senior Adam Vogt and company also held a late first half lead against No. 19 (NAIA Division I) St. Gregory’s University (Okla.) before the host Cavaliers pulled out a 69-64 win on Dec. 28.
- Vogt, a native of Syracuse, Neb., struggled with his outside shot at St. Gregory’s prior to heating up in a big way last week. He put up 18 points in the win at Kansas Wesleyan and then another 19 in the loss at Dordt. He combined to shoot 9-for-17 (.529) from beyond the arc in the two games, bumping his season 3-point percentage to 38.3 (13th in the GPAC). Vogt is averaging a career best 15.6 points per game. He ranks 10th among all NAIA Division II players with a free throw percentage of 88.0.
- Sophomore Micah Kohlwey has become a fixture in the starting lineup since making his Concordia debut on Dec. 4. Kohlwey started for the sixth-straight time on Saturday at Dordt. He’s already established himself as one of the team’s top defenders and last week added some scoring punch with a combined 27 points in the two road contests. He put up a career high 17 points at Kansas Wesleyan. The Seward native provides a solid outside shooting compliment to Vogt. Kohlwey is averaging 7.9 points while shooting 42.9 percent from the 3-point line.
- Both of Concordia’s most recent losses could be attributed, at least in part, to specific shooting struggles. The Bulldogs went an uncharacteristic 3-for-17 from downtown in the tight loss at St. Gregory’s. At Dordt on Saturday, Concordia mustered only 5-for-25 shooting in the second half following 46.4 percent first half shooting. In between the two losses, it shot 48.1 percent against Kansas Wesleyan, improving to 5-1 when posting a percentage of 45 or better.
- Sophomore Robby Thomas continues to contribute in a multitude of ways. His foul trouble in the game at Dordt proved to be a key factor down the stretch. His importance to the team is reflected in his stat line of 11.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.3 apg and 2.13 blocks per game. The 6-foot-7 forward from Shawnee, Kan., ranks first in the GPAC in blocks and second in rebounding.
- The Bulldogs have now played eight games against ranked opponents with their lone win in those contests coming against then No. 13 Oklahoma Wesleyan on Nov. 9. All of Concordia’s 11 losses have come against teams with current records above .500. Those teams have a combined record of 125-41 (.753).
- Limback’s crew will play another ranked team on Wednesday (8 p.m.) when it travels to No. 15 Midland (15-1, 6-1 GPAC), who is nipping at the heels of first-place Dordt. The Bulldogs will then shift their focus to another road game at Northwestern (9-8, 2-5 GPAC; ranked in the preseason) on Saturday (4 p.m.). Both teams swept two games from Concordia last season.
- The Bulldogs have not competed since the Desert Duals were held in Las Vegas, Nev., on Dec. 21. After taking a short break for the holidays, the team has quickly returned to a rigorous practice schedule with the second semester set to begin on Monday, Jan. 13. Second-year head coach Dana Vote is prepping his team for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. dual at Briar Cliff to open the conference dual season.
- A new set of region rankings was released on New Year’s Eve. As a team, Concordia sits in fourth with 99 points in the North Group behind only Morningside, York and Dickinson State (N.D.). Individually, Austin Mogg (10-5) is ranked second at 125, Emilio Rivera (13-6) is second at 133, Kodie Cole (9-7) is fourth at 133, Foster Bunce (11-7) is fifth at 141, Enrique Barajas (8-8) is second at 149, Austin Fehlhafer (16-7) is sixth at 174 and Ceron Francisco is sixth at 285. To view complete qualifying group rankings, click HERE.
- On a national level, Concordia is the fifth team listed under the “others receiving votes” category of the poll. Individually, Mogg is rated 13th at 125, Rivera is ninth at 133, Kole is 16th at 133 and Barajas is 10th at 149.
- Briar Cliff, Wednesday’s opponent, has four individuals ranked in the North Group: Kyle Robison (sixth at 125), Joseph Weber (sixth at 149), Anthony Pike (second at 174) and Abram Reynolds (fourth at 285). Both Pike (No. 9) and Reynolds (No. 15) are also ranked nationally.
- Concordia and Briar Cliff wrestlers have faced off in 10 individual matches so far this season at open tournaments. In those 10 instances, Bulldog wrestlers have prevailed six times. Of the six wins, four have come by decision, one by major decision and one by fall (Austin Fehlhafer over Curtis Bright, 5:54). Mogg’s 13-2 major decision over Kyle Robison stands out as one of the most impressive victories of the bunch.
- In last year’s meeting between Concordia and Briar Cliff in Seward, the Chargers won 30-12. The Bulldogs picked up four wins – all by decision: Alex Stepanek (141), Brandon Starkey (157), Austin Starkey (165) and Frank Ayala (285).
- Concordia will close the week on Saturday with the Hastings College Open in Hastings, Neb. The action gets started at 9 a.m. Last season Frank Ayala (285) placed third and Brandon Starkey (157) placed fourth at the event in which eight Bulldogs competed.
7 January 2014
Senior Adam Vogt