Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Jamie Crouse, Track and Field
Crouse, a junior and native of Belgrade, Neb., hurled an NAIA qualifying mark of 59’ 3 ½” in the weight throw at the Polar Dog Dual on Dec. 15 despite an injury that prevented her from practicing the past six weeks. Crouse’s throw was a personal best and topped the figure that made her an All-American last season.
Male: Beau Smith, Basketball
Smith, who hails from McKinney, Texas, totaled 17 points (7-for-12 shooting from the field), seven rebounds and three assists in the Bulldogs’ 77-67 loss to No. 8 Doane on Dec. 12. The senior is second on the team in both scoring (14.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg) behind fellow senior Porter Birtell.
Concordia leads all GPAC schools in fall Scholar-Athletes: Concordia’s 33 fall Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes ranked as the most in the GPAC. Here’s the breakdown by school:
1. Concordia – 33
2. Dordt – 29
3. Northwestern – 27
4. Hastings – 25
T5. Morningside/Nebraska Wesleyan – 24
7. Doane – 17
T8. Briar Cliff/Mount Marty – 13
10. Dakota Wesleyan – 9
11. Midland – 7
Zoeller named AFCA NAIA All-American: Concordia senior kicker Kenny Zoeller received American Football Coaches’ Association NAIA All-America honors on Dec. 12 after an outstanding 2012 campaign. The Spring, Texas, native connected on 15 of 20 field goals and 27 of 28 extra points for 72 total points. He was also named a first team all-conference selection and was a third team All-America choice by Beyond Sports Network.
Indoor track and field season preview: If you missed our indoor track and field season preview, check it out HERE. The season got underway on Dec. 14-15 at the Polar Dog Dual. You can read more about that event below.
Follow Concordia women’s basketball in Hawaii: The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs will be in action in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Thursday at 8 p.m. CT and Friday at 10 p.m. CT. The games will not be webcasted online, however, fans can follow live stats for both games. Find live stats for Thursday’s game versus Cumberlands (Ky.) HERE and for Friday’s contest against rival Doane HERE. Also be sure to “Like” Concordia women’s basketball on Facebook for photos from the trip.
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 schedule/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
Track and Field
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squad began the 2012-13 indoor season on Dec. 14-15 by hosting the Polar Dog Dual in the Fieldhouse. GPAC rival Hastings served as the competition at the event, held about a month earlier than last season’s Polar Dog Invite. Because of the way the schedule fell into place with the holiday break, Concordia staff decided to hold the event prior to Christmas.
- The Bulldogs began the season in style by earning automatic national qualifying marks in seven events while also breaking Polar Dog meet records in seven events. Two-time All-American Jamie Crouse headlined the day with a weight throw of 59’ 3 ½” to win the competition by nearly five feet over freshman teammate Stephanie Coley and set new meet and personal records while coming up less than one-tenth of an inch short of the Fieldhouse record.
- “Jamie had a great day,” assistant coach Ed McLaughlin said. “She’s been injured for about six weeks. This was her first week throwing. Her mark was a personal best by three feet and she won conference last year by three feet, so that just puts her right up there challenging for top All-America honors already. If she can stay healthy, the sky’s the limit right now.”
- Junior sprinter John Cartier also put forth a fantastic season-opening performance. The Las Vegas native won the 400 meter dash with a NAIA automatic qualifying time of 49.15. Both Cartier’s marks in the 400 and 200 (22.37) broke meet records.
- “Today it was a culmination of efforts not only from me, but from my coaches, teammates and just training hard as a whole,” Cartier said. “I think it was good just to see where we were at. And just showing that the hard work we’ve been putting in is really going to pay off this year.”
- Here’s a complete look at the national qualifying marks and meet records achieved at the event:
NAIA Automatic Qualifying Marks
- Men’s 4x800 meter relay (7:54.73)
- John Cartier – 400 meter dash (49.15)
- Stephanie Coley – weight throw (54’ 6”)
- Jamie Crouse – weight throw (59’ 3 ½”)
- Brittany Erdmann – shot put (42’ 9 ½”)
- Colin Morrissey – 3,000 meter run (8:40.22)
- Jose Rojas – shot put (52’ 3 ¼”)
Polar Dog Meet Records Broken
- Jonathan Becker – 60 meter hurdles (8.27)
- John Cartier – 400 meter dash (49.15); 200 meter dash (22.37)
- Jamie Crouse – weight throw (59’ 3 ½”)
- Carson Farr – pole vault (14’ 11”)
- Jessica Klaustermeier – 400 meter dash (1:00.26)
- Colin Morrissey – 3,000 meter run (8:40.22)
- Crouse was far from the only of McLaughlin’s throwers to shine on Dec. 15. Coley’s 54’ 6” weight throw broke the women’s school record by more than six feet and topped the NAIA qualifying mark by almost five inches. Teammate Brittany Erdmann posted a mark of 42’ 9 ½” in the shot to also qualify for nationals. On the men’s side sophomore Jose Rojas notched a 52’ 3 ¼” shot put and senior Nate Ernstmeyer captured first place in the weight throw with a 55’ 1 ½”, a personal best by about two feet.
- Senior Colin Morrissey, the GPAC Runner of the Year this past fall for the Bulldog men’s GPAC cross country champions, qualified for nationals with a meet record time of 8:40.22 in the 3,000 meter run.
- Concordia pole vaulters also had a fine day as Carson Farr came out on top on the men’s side with an automatic qualifying mark of 14’ 11”. Senior Ashlee Brown took first for the women by clearing a height of 11’ 3”.
- The top-ranked Bulldogs have been idle since a 78-58 home victory over Dakota Wesleyan on Dec. 8. Concordia began its journey to Hawaii as the team boarded planes in Omaha early on Tuesday morning. Head coach Drew Olson’s squad will take on Cumberlands (Ky.) on Thursday at 8 p.m. CT and then play a conference game against rival Doane on Friday at 10 p.m. CT. Both games will be played at McKinley High School in Honolulu.
- Holiday break trips are nothing new for Bulldog women’s basketball. In recent seasons, Olson has used the break to take his teams to Denver (2011-12), Salina, Kan. (2010-11), Oakland, Calif. (2009-10) and Babson Park, Fla. (2008-09). Concordia went a combined 5-3 in those four holiday journeys.
- Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Ky., is a member of the Mid-South Conference in NAIA Division I. The Patriots are 8-3 overall and 2-2 in conference play and ranked No. 16 nationally. Senior forward Dace Bicane leads the team in scoring (12.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). Among all NAIA Division I teams, Cumberlands ranks fourth in rebound margin (plus-12.6), fifth in 3-point shooting percentage (39.0), sixth in free throw percentage (74.0), eighth in field goal percentage (45.8), ninth in field goal percentage defense (33.1) and 10th in scoring defense (51.4 ppg).
- Thursday’s game will mark the third time in the last four games that Concordia will have played a ranked opponent. The Bulldogs are 3-0 so far this season against top 25 squads with wins over No. 4 Morningside, No. 5 Briar Cliff and No. 23 College of Saint Mary. Cumberlands is 1-1 versus ranked opponents, including a 76-63 victory over then No. 21 Columbia (Mo.) and a 61-56 loss to then No. 2 Shawnee State (Ohio).
- Doane, Friday’s opponent, has struggled to an 0-7 GPAC mark with an average margin of defeat of 13.1 points per game. The Tigers pushed No. 8 Briar Cliff in a 73-67 loss back on Nov. 20 in a game played in Crete, Neb. Doane ranks 10th in the GPAC in scoring (60.0 ppg) and seventh in scoring defense (61.5 ppg). Concordia won both games against the Tigers last season, winning by margins of 26 and 21.
- At 12-0, Concordia is one of six unbeaten squads left in NAIA Division II. The others are No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan (13-0), No. 5 Davenport (Mich.) (11-0), No. 7 Saint Francis (Ind.) (11-0), No. 19 St. Thomas (Fla.) (9-0) and No. 24 Menlo (Calif.) (10-0).
- Olson’s Bulldogs remain No. 1 nationally in scoring margin (plus-31.5) and turnover margin (plus-12.7). They also rank second in steals per game (19.8), third in scoring (91.0 ppg) and sixth in 3-point field goals per game (9.4).
- The Bulldogs will return home Jan. 2 when they welcome three-time defending national champion Northwestern (10-3, 5-2 GPAC) to Walz Arena for another league showdown. The eighth-ranked Red Raiders’ three losses have all come to teams ranked in the top 10 – Indiana Wesleyan, Briar Cliff and Morningside.
- In their only game of the week, the Bulldogs fell 77-67 to No. 8 Doane at Walz Arena on Dec. 12. Concordia lost for the fifth-straight time and dropped to 5-6 overall and 2-5 in GPAC play on the season. The surprising Tigers are now 13-2 overall and atop the conference with a 6-2 league mark after being picked by coaches to finish 10th in the GPAC.
- Senior forward Beau Smith continued his scoring surge with 17 more points in the loss versus Doane. He poured in a pair of 3-pointers early on that gave Concordia a 10-4 lead at the 15:47 mark of the first half. The McKinney, Texas, native enjoyed a great all-around game with seven rebounds and three assists. He is averaging 15.2 points per game while shooting 42.9 percent (9-for-21) from beyond the arc over the last five games. On the season he is averaging 14.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
- Concordia relied heavily upon its starting five in its attempt to upset Doane. Seniors Porter Birtell and Smith, junior Adam Vogt and sophomore Joel Haywood all played at least 26 minutes. Haywood, who leads the team with an average of 32.4 minutes per game, played 31 minutes against the Tigers.
- The Bulldogs now take a break from conference play and look forward to a trip to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where they will participate in the American Cancer Society Classic Dec. 28-29 (Check back on ConcordiaBulldogs.com for live webcast and stat links). Concordia will challenge Coe College at 7 p.m. on Dec. 28 and then Mount Mercy University at 1 p.m. on Dec. 29. Both games will be played at Moray L. Eby Fieldhouse on the Coe College campus.
- Coe College sports a record of 4-3 this season and is a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference of NCAA Division III. The Kohawks are led by 6-foot-7 senior Seth Light who averages 13.9 points and 9.1 rebounds per game to lead the team. Coe has struggled offensively while averaging 62.3 points and shooting only 42.1 percent from the field and 28.8 percent from 3-point range.
- Mount Mercy is ranked No. 11 in NAIA Division II and resides in the Midwest Collegiate Conference. The Mustangs (11-2) fell 74-70 to Culver-Stockton (Mo.) in their most recent outing. That loss snapped a 10-game winning streak that began on Nov. 6. Mount Mercy defeated Midland 75-74 in overtime on Nov. 24. Senior guard Lamar Wall paces the Mustangs with 16.1 points per game. Senior forward Chad Underwood comes in next with a 13.3 scoring average.
- The Bulldogs enter the holiday break in a three-way tie with Mount Marty and Nebraska Wesleyan for ninth place in a closely-bunched GPAC. Every team in the conference has lost at least two league games and nine of the 11 teams have lost three or more within the GPAC. Five teams are within a game-and-a-half of first place. Concordia is only 3.5 games behind Doane.
- Head coach Marty Kohlwey’s squad will pick up GPAC play on Jan. 2 when No. 10 Northwestern (10-3, 5-2 GPAC) invades Walz Arena for a 4 p.m. contest. Last season the Bulldogs split a pair of games with the Red Raiders by scoring a 94-75 upset at No. 14 Northwestern on Jan. 4.
- Head coach Dana Vote’s grapplers took to the mat for the final time prior to the holiday break as they competed in the Raven Duals in Atchison, Kan., on Dec. 15. The Bulldogs faced off against four quality opponents in the event hosted inside Ralph Nolan Gymnasium on the campus of Benedictine College.
- Concordia began the day at 8 a.m. by defeating NJCAA Northwest Kansas Technical College 33-19. The Bulldogs took a commanding 33-10 lead after sophomore Kale Hintz pinned Dominic Bejarano in 3:34 and sophomore Seth Crane (184) earned a fall of Miguel Montelongo in 2:35. Concordia also got 18 team points for forfeits at 141, 149 and 157 as well as three points from freshman Austin Starkey’s 14-11 decision over Tyler Lame at 165.
- The Bulldogs then went on to lose their final three bouts of the Raven Duals, 33-9 to Wayland Baptist (Texas), 48-0 to Fort Hays State (Kan.) and 32-7 to No. 13 Missouri Baptist. Austin Starkey (157) took a 10-7 decision over Wayland Baptist’s Bernie Gonzales and Cameron Bruce was awarded a forfeit victory to tally Concordia’s nine points in the team’s first loss on the day. In the last dual at Benedictine, Brandon Starkey (149) recorded a major decision over Alejandro Wajner 15-4 and Crane (184) picked up a 4-3 win over Weston Keleher.
- Crane, Austin Starkey and Brandon Starkey led the way for the Bulldogs at the Raven Duals with each going 2-2 in four bouts. Crane and Hintz notched the only two pins of the day for Concordia, while Brandon Starkey had the only major decision.
- Despite going winless on Dec. 15, junior Alex Stepanek (12-13) continues to lead the team with 12 wins and five pins on the season. Stepanek’s 25 matches wrestled also top the Bulldogs. Austin Starkey (10-8) boasts the highest win percentage at .556. He is tied with Stepanek for the most major decisions with two. Brandon Starkey owns the team’s only victory by technical fall on the season. Senior Frank Ayala has also reached the double-digit win mark with a record of 10-14.
- Collectively, Concordia wrestlers are 68-109 (.384) this season with 28 pins, six victories by major decision and one win by technical fall. Bulldog grapplers have placed at tournaments a total of eight times with Ayala’s three placements ranking No. 1 on the team. Brandon Starkey and Stepanek have both placed at two tournaments. Eleven different individuals have represented Concordia on the mat this season. View complete season statistics HERE.
- The Bulldogs will host a dual meet for the second time this season when Briar Cliff visits Walz Arena on Jan. 10 for a 7 p.m. GPAC-opening match for Concordia. The Chargers defeated Northwestern 27-21 on Nov. 13 and own a 2-0 overall record in duals.
18 December 2012