Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Booster Club Athletes of the Week
Male: Nakemm Evans, Football
Evans, a junior from Lincoln, Neb., came up with five stops from his linebacker spot in Concordia’s 30-15 victory at William Jewell College on Sept. 5. Evans produced 2.5 tackles for loss as part of a solid defensive effort that limited the Cardinals to 301 total yards and one offensive touchdown.
Female: Mariah Schamp, Volleyball
The junior from Arvada, Colo., produced an incredibly efficient week with 26 kills on just 50 swings (.420 hitting percentage) in Concordia’s three matches from Sept. 4 – 6. Schamp also posted five total blocks and leads the team with 42 blocks on the season.
News and Notes:
Saturday, Sept. 14 is Fan Appreciation Day: Saturday has been tabbed Fan Appreciation Day on the Concordia campus. The day will be chock full of Concordia home athletic events (see schedule below), highlighted by the football home opener at 7 p.m. against Hastings. Concordia will also be hosting several prospective athletic recruits as part of the Bulldog Recruit Visit Day. Fans are welcome to attend the pregame tailgate located on the south end of Field House and patio/plaza area. This will get started at 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 14 home schedule:
- 10 a.m. – Concordia Short Course meet (cross country course)
- 10 a.m. – Volleyball vs. Presentation College (Walz Arena)
- 12 p.m. – Women’s soccer vs. Friends University (Bulldog Stadium)
- 2 p.m. – Men’s soccer vs. Friends University (Bulldog Stadium)
- 2 p.m. – Volleyball vs. University of Dallas (Walz Arena)
- 7 p.m. – Football vs. Hastings (Bulldog Stadium)
Cross Country season begins Saturday: Head coach Kregg Einspahr begins his 22nd season at the helm of Concordia cross country on Saturday. The Bulldogs will host the Concordia Short Course meet beginning at 10 a.m. Both the men’s and women’s races will be run on a 5K course. The field of participants will include the current Concordia teams along with Bulldog cross country alums who have registered as well as conference rival Hastings.
For more on the 2013 Bulldog cross country teams, check out our season preview 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.
- The 2013 Bulldog football season began with a satisfying 30-15 victory at William Jewell College on Thursday, Sept. 5. Concordia got on a roll in the second quarter and led 23-0 until the host Cardinals reeled off the next 15 points. A two-yard touchdown run by Bryce Collins in the final minute put the game on ice.
- Thursday’s game marked the second career season-opening victory for head coach Vance Winter, now in his fifth season at the helm of the Bulldogs. Winter’s other season-opening win came on Aug. 28, 2010, when Concordia upset then No. 22 Peru State on the road.
- Three of the Bulldogs’ four touchdowns versus William Jewell were scored by freshmen. First-year running back Trey Barnes, a Seward native, toted the pigskin into the end zone on short runs of one and three yards for Concordia’s first two touchdowns of the season. Collins, who hails from Boerne, Texas, got on the board with :53 remaining to provide the final score of the contest. Collins led the team with 74 rushing yards on 22 carries. Barnes finished with 35 yards on 12 attempts. The two freshmen backs combined for all of the team’s carries from the tailback position after starter Mitch Reed left the game following three rushes for 24 yards.
- Offensive coordinator Curran White turned to the running game to milk the clock after Concordia jumped out to a large first-half lead. The Bulldog offense finished with 53 rush attempts compared to 22 pass attempts. During the 2012 season, White’s first at Concordia, the Bulldogs piled up 401 rush attempts and 339 pass attempts. Concordia’s season high number of rush attempts was 48 in a 45-12 win at Briar Cliff last season.
- Senior safety Darnell Woods appears primed for an even better season in 2013 than last year when he received first team all-conference recognition. The Phoenix, Ariz., native topped the Bulldogs with 11 total tackles in the season opener and made a key interception. With William Jewell down 23-7 and driving close to the red zone, Woods made a one-handed pick of a Sean Shelton pass that was deflected by senior linebacker Drew Baxter. Last season Woods led Concordia with five interceptions.
- Concordia used a quintet of receivers throughout the opening game. Seniors Jeff Balz and Derek Klaus started while newcomers Chevarius Curry-Felix, Deshawn Eure and Brian Serra also saw plenty of playing time. Four of the five caught at least one pass with Eure’s three catches for 47 yards leading the way. Eure caught a key 36-yard pass from quarterback Von Thomas on a third and eight on the Bulldogs’ final touchdown drive. Balz also had a big play with a 14-yard touchdown run on a reverse.
- Turnovers proved to be a big factor in Winter’s squad earning the season-opening victory. The Bulldog defense plucked a pair of interceptions (Woods and John Lee) and also forced and recovered a William Jewell fumble. Offensively, Thomas and company played turnover-fee ball, giving Concordia a plus-three turnover margin for the game. Last season the Bulldogs turned it over 25 times while getting 23 takeaways for a minus-two margin.
- The NAIA’s top punt returner in 2012 picked up where he left off last season. Senior Derek Blessing set up Barnes’ second touchdown run in the second quarter with a 38-yard punt return that gave Concordia first and goal at the 10-yard line. Last season Blessing led the NAIA with school records of 388 punt return yards and three punt return touchdowns. Blessing was named a preseason All-American return man by several sources.
- The Bulldogs will look for their first 2-0 start since 2010 when Hastings visits Seward on Saturday for a 7 p.m. kickoff under the lights. The Broncos have won five of the last six meetings, including a 34-26 victory last season in Hastings. The Bulldogs last beat the Broncos on Sept. 17, 2011, by a 10-0 score in a game played inside Bulldog Stadium. Hastings is 1-0 after earning a 38-20 home victory over Kansas Wesleyan University on Sept. 7.
- Bronco head coach Tony Harper’s squad features a first-year starting quarterback in Matt Overmiller. The 6-foot-3 junior signal caller had a big day in the win over Kansas Wesleyan, completing 22 of 33 pass attempts for 287 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 101 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Hastings came up with four interceptions of the Coyotes.
- Saturday’s contest is a Fan Appreciation Day and will feature the unveiling of the new video board. A tribute video for the late Derek Rodine will be played at halftime.
- Head coach Jason Weides’ squad enjoyed a solid second week of the 2013 season. The Bulldogs hit the road and won two of three games with the victories coming over AIB (Iowa) and John Brown University (Ark.). For complete recaps on all of last week’s matches, click HERE. Concordia is now 2-2 on the season. The two losses have both come to quality opponents – No. 17 Benedictine College (Kan.) and Oklahoma City University (listed among the “others receiving votes”).
- Senior striker Nathan Douglas recorded the 30th and 31st goals of his career last week, pulling him even with Bernie Ochoa (2000-02) and Aaron Skipworth (2008, 2010-12) for the program record. Douglas led the team in goals in each of the last two seasons with 11 tallies in 2011 and 2012. His two goals so far this season top the Bulldogs once again.
- Junior goalkeeper Brendan Buchanan came through with a week as good as or better than his fellow teammates. With Buchanan in goal for all 90 minutes of all three games, the Concordia defense allowed only two goals. Buchanan, a Broomfield, Colo., native, posted a career best 17 saves in the road victory over AIB in the process of recording his first shutout of the season and third of his career. For the week he totaled 25 saves and now leads the GPAC with 33 saves on the season.
- Junior college transfer Donal Landrum of Somerton, Ariz., found the back of the net for the first time in a Bulldog uniform on Sept. 4. Landrum scored in the 15th minute to provide a 1-0 advantage. Weides believes Landrum will be a worthy attacking compliment to Douglas throughout the season. Landrum comes to Concordia via Arizona Western Community College, where he tallied six goals and five assists in 20 games in 2012.
- Sophomore Jake Sells equaled his goal total from a year ago by scoring a game-tying goal in the 53rd minute of Friday’s victory over John Brown. Sells has contributed to two other goals in the early season with a pair of assists to lead the team. His four points are tied with Douglas for the most on the squad.
- As a team, Concordia currently ranks seventh in the GPAC in goals per game (1.25) and sixth in goals allowed per game (1.5). The Bulldogs’ 8.25 saves per game, all courtesy of Buchanan, is No. 1 in the league.
- Through four games, Weides has used 16 different players with 14 individuals making at least one start. Nine players have started all four games thus far. Buchanan is the only Bulldog to tend goal through 360 minutes of action. Sophomores Sean Doran, Justin Lawrie and Gideon Soenksen have each started the first 23 games of their collegiate careers.
- The Bulldogs are now 7-3 in their past 10 road games after beginning this season 2-0 in true road contests. (The loss to Oklahoma City was a neutral site game). Last season Concordia went 5-3 on the road and 2-1 in neutral games.
- Weides’ team now looks forward to four-straight home contests, beginning with Friday’s date with Friends University (Kan.) at 2:15 p.m. The Bulldogs will then host Sterling College (Kan.) at 2 p.m. on Saturday as part of a busy day in Concordia athletics. Friends is 2-2 coming off a 3-0 loss versus Midland. Sterling is 1-2 with its most recent game resulting in a 2-1 defeat to Morningside.
- The 2013-14 golf season teed off on Thursday as the Concordia men began play at the Siouxland Invite. Concordia finished in fourth place out of 10 teams with a two-day total of 312-322–634. The women began their season on Sept. 6 and totaled a 381 to tie for ninth among the field of 17 teams at the Morningside Invite.
- Both of head coach Bret Muller’s squads featured plenty of youth in the opening week of the season. On the men’s side, freshmen Josh Hinrichs (T41 – 76-83–159), Jared Knoepfel (T51 – 80-82–162) and Court Croghan (T64 – 85-81–166) all held down spots in the varsity lineup at the Siouxland Invite. Their emergences into the team’s top five spots is especially impressive considering the Bulldogs returned each of their top six golfers (in terms of average round) from a year ago.
- Sophomore Shawn Rodehorst fought through a hip injury to grind out a 77-76–153 to tie for 17th among 83 golfers on the individual leaderboard. Still, Muller says the Kearney, Neb., native expects more from himself despite the pain. “It’s not an excuse he would use though and he would never tell you that it’s bothering him,” Muller said. “He’s a competitor and he expects to pick right up where he left off in the spring.”
- While Rodehorst is a safe bet to hold down the No. 1 spot throughout the season, the remaining varsity slots will be hotly contested throughout the 2013-14 season. Hinrichs is also likely to lock down a varsity spot, meaning the competition will come at the 3 through 5 positions. Other returners such as Brock Coleclasure, Sam DeFreece, Sam Mayhall, Sam Simonson and Garrett Suchanek will also factor into the intense competition.
- “With three freshmen playing in our top five and having so many guys back from last year, practices have been very competitive,” Muller said. “We don’t normally take 10 guys to many tournaments, but we wanted to get all of them tournament exposure and see how things go.”
- Meanwhile, Muller used a lineup featuring three juniors and two freshmen on the women’s side. Both first-year performers are expected to be important contributors at the top of the lineup. Freshmen Kayla Krueger (T5 – 87) and Amy Ahlers (10th – 89) placed in the top in the field of 77 golfers at the Morningside Invite. Krueger and Ahlers will be a shot-in-the-arm for a program that lost its three top golfers from last season.
- “They have definitely separated themselves from the pack,” Muller said. “They have consistently been in the high 30s and low 40s in practice (at Seward Country Club). I’m excited to see them progress. It’s great to see them come in and be ready to go right away. They are definitely individuals that can come in and take the program to the next level.”
- Juniors Melissa McIntosh (T30 – 97), Allison Schieffer (64 – 108) and Jenelle Hallaert (T73 – 120) rounded out the remainder of the lineup in the team’s season-opening event. McIntosh and Hallaert combined to play in 23 meets last season while Shieffer participated in four meets.
- It will be a quick turnaround for the women, who are in action Tuesday at GPAC Qualifier No. 1 in Mitchell, S.D. It’s the first of four qualifier events throughout the 2013-14 season. These events are used to determine national qualifiers as well as all-conference recipients. The women will also play at the Sunday-Monday Nebraska Wesleyan Invite in Lincoln, Neb. The men are off until Sept. 17 when they take part in the Doane Invite in Lincoln.
- A difficult slate awaited Concordia last week as the Bulldogs took on defending GPAC champion Hastings as well as fifth-ranked Oklahoma Baptist as part of a busy three-day stretch between Wednesday and Friday. Concordia went 1-2 on the week, picking up a dominant three-set victory over Dakota State University (S.D.) in its final match at the Hastings College Classic on Friday. For recaps on all three matches, click HERE. Head coach Scott Mattera’s squad is now 7-3 overall and 0-1 in conference action after falling in four sets to Hastings in the team’s home opener.
- Junior middle Mariah Schamp came through with eye-popping production last week, going for 26 kills on only 50 swings. That equates to a .420 hitting percentage. On the season, Schamp has 109 kills and a .373 hitting percentage in 39 sets played. She tops the team with 42 total blocks (11 solos). She is third in the GPAC with an average of 1.1 blocks per set.
- Schamp had nine kills on 12 attempts in Concordia’s 25-12, 25-21, 25-11 pasting of Dakota State. The win avenged a three-set loss to the Trojans last season. “This is a team that beat us last year and we just came out with an attitude,” Mattera said. “Our passing was good, Alayna (Kavanaugh) distributed well and our middles were just unstoppable.”
- Freshman Taylor Workman teamed with Schamp on the “unstoppable” performance in the middle that Mattera referred to. The Lincoln Christian High School product posted 11 kills on just 12 swings as the Bulldogs completely overpowered Dakota State.
- Another freshman and former Lincoln Christian standout – Alayna Kavanaugh – continued her quality play. Kavanaugh has been Concordia’s only setter in Mattera’s 5-1 system over the past five matches. During that stretch she has amassed 206 assists over 19 sets, giving her an average of 10.8 assists per set. That figure would be good enough to rank second in the GPAC.
- After a tough match against Hastings to start the week, sophomore outside hitter Claire White rebounded on Friday with a total of 18 combined kills in the two matches. White hit .571 with nine kills in the victory over Dakota State. Named the GPAC Player of the Week on Sept. 3, the Exeter, Neb., native tops Concordia with 140 kills on the season. Her 3.6 kills per game rank third in the GPAC.
- Concordia has now won three matches this season in straight sets after the blowout victory over Dakota State. Last season the Bulldogs won only two matches in straight sets. Through this season’s first 10 matches, Concordia is 3-1 in contests decided in three sets, 1-2 in four-set matches and 3-0 in five-set battles.
- Concordia’s three losses are to teams that went a combined 84-28 last season. Two of those opponents – No. 5 Oklahoma Baptist and (RV) College of the Ozarks (Mo.) – were ranked or listed as receiving votes in the preseason top 25 poll. The Bulldogs will get another shot at a ranked foe when No. 13 Midland (14-0) invades Walz Arena on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match.
- Midland will provide another significant challenge for Mattera’s squad. The Warriors lead the nation in victories and are one of only four unbeaten NAIA teams with at least 10 wins. Four of those victories have come over ranked opponents, including: No. 12 Bellevue (Neb.), No. 15 Viterbo (Wis.), No. 17 Indiana Wesleyan and No. 24 Grand View (Iowa).
- The Bulldogs will conclude the week on Saturday by hosting a tri-match that will include NAIA member Presentation College (5-3) of South Dakota and NCAA Division III’s University of Dallas (3-3). Concordia will take on Presentation at 10 a.m. and then Dallas at 2 p.m. Presentation and Dallas will square off at 12 p.m. The following week, the Bulldogs will begin a string of seven-straight GPAC matches when Doane visits Seward on Sept. 17.
- Head coach Greg Henson’s squad is in the midst of a 10-day stretch between regular-season games. Concordia women’s soccer has been off since claiming a 3-2 victory over Jamestown (N.D.) on Sept. 2. The Bulldogs will get back to action with a busy weekend that includes games on Friday and Saturday. Concordia still stands at 2-1 through three games.
- Henson says his team has used the break to focus on conditioning and fitness following a short period of rest. Concordia had three matches in six days prior to the 10-day break.
- As a team, the Bulldogs rank in a tie for fifth in the GPAC in goals per game (2.33) and fifth in goals allowed per game (1.67).
- Junior Ashlie Sklenicka is Concordia’s current goals leader with two. Sklenicka is one of 22 players in the GPAC with at least two goals on the season. The Lincoln native ranks seventh in the conference in goals per game (0.67).
- The Bulldogs will face opponents from the state of Kansas on back-to-back days at the close of this week. Concordia draws Friends University for a 12 p.m. game on Friday prior to another 12 p.m. matinee on Saturday against Sterling College. Friends sits at 2-2 overall and is coming off a 2-1 victory over Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.). Sterling is 2-1 with its latest decision being a 2-1 loss to Morningside. Friday’s contest will mark the beginning of a span of four-consecutive home games.
10 September 2013