Bulldog Weekly Report
Advance tickets available for CIT: Advance tickets to the 2013 Concordia Invitational Tournament can be purchased online HERE or by visiting the Janzow Campus Center next week. Tickets will be sold at Janzow on Monday, Jan. 14 through Friday, Jan. 18 in Janzow between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The all-weekend pass costs $15 if purchased in advance of the tournament. The weekend pass is $20 if purchased at the admission gate on the date of the event. One-session and one-day passes are also available for purchase. CIT will be held Jan. 25-26. For more information on the event, click HERE.
2013 football schedule announced: The 2013 Concordia football schedule has been released. Check it out HERE. The Bulldogs will kick off the season on Thursday, Sept. 5, when they travel to Liberty, Mo., to take on NCAA Division II William Jewell College.
Concordia volleyball on Twitter: Concordia volleyball recently created an account on Twitter. You can follow the Bulldog spikers here – twitter.com/cunevolleyball (@cunevolleyball).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.
- The Bulldogs will get back on the mat on Thursday as Briar Cliff serves as the opponent in Concordia’s GPAC-opening dual of the 2012-13 season. Action will get underway at 7 p.m. Concordia last competed on Dec. 15 at the Raven Duals where they went 1-3 with the win coming versus Northwest Kansas Technical College.
- The Chargers own a record of 2-0 this season. They defeated University of Regina 37-18 on Nov. 9 and then topped Northwestern 29-21 on Nov. 13 in the season’s only GPAC dual to date.
- One key individual matchup to keep an eye on is at 149 where Briar Cliff’s Joseph Weber is projected to take on Concordia’s Brandon Starkey. The Bulldog senior from St. Paul, Neb., has a record of 9-8 this season (6-4 at 149) and is Concordia’s all-time career wins leader with 62. Meanwhile Weber is the sixth-rated wrestler in his class in the NAIA’s North qualifying group. Weber captured an individual title at the Buena Vista Open on Dec. 8 by shutting out Midland’s Tyler Boyer 3-0 in the championship match of the 149-pound bracket.
- Briar Cliff has four additional wrestlers who appear in the North Group individual ratings: 125 – Devon Jackson, No. 5; 165 – Dillon Freeman, No. 6; 174 – Thomas Patterson, No. 4; Hwt. – Brian Ervin, No. 5
- Concordia counters with four wrestlers ranked among the top individuals in the North Group: 133 – Alex Stepanek (12-13), No. 5; 157 – Austin Starkey (10-8), No. 4 (ranked No. 14 nationally); 174 – Kale Hintz (5-12), No. 5; 184 – Seth Crane (9-8), No. 4 (ranked No. 14 nationally)
- Briar Cliff head coach Joe Privitere is in his third year at the helm of the program. He came to Briar Cliff after serving as the head assistant coach at NCAA Division I Davidson College for three years. Prior to that, Privitere was an assistant coach at The Citadel Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, S.C., from 2005 until 2007.
- The Bulldogs are looking for their first win inside Walz Arena after dropping their home opener to then No. 17 York on Nov. 29 by a score of 36-12. Austin Starkey headlined the meet for Concordia with an upset of fourth-ranked Robert Eklund at 157 with a 6-4 decision. Crane recorded a pin at 184 and heavyweight Frank Ayala eked out a 5-4 victory.
- Head coach Dana Vote’s grapplers will conclude the week on Saturday when several individuals compete in the Quality Hotel Open hosted by Hastings College. Representatives from a throng of NAIA schools as well as wrestlers from NCAA Division I Air Force will take to the mat with action beginning at 9 a.m. Concordia also has dual meets on Jan. 17 (vs. Northwestern), Jan. 24 (at York) and two on Jan. 29 (vs. Dakota Wesleyan and Midland).
- Remember to check out updated wrestling stats throughout the season right HERE.
- The Bulldogs continued a treacherous portion of their schedule with a pair of games against highly-ranked opponents last week. Concordia fell behind by 26 points in the first half and lost 94-74 to No. 10 Northwestern at Walz Arena on Jan. 2. Head coach Marty Kohlwey’s squad then went on the road and dropped a 79-66 decision to GPAC preseason favorite and 13th-ranked Dordt on Jan. 5. The Bulldogs’ record moved to 5-10 overall and 2-7 in GPAC play, positioning them in a tie for 10th place in the league.
- Concordia has played top 25 teams in each of its last three games and in five of its past seven contests. Overall, the Bulldogs are 0-6 against ranked opponents with an average margin of defeat of 11.7 points in those games. Their last win over a top 25 foe came on Jan. 4, 2012, when they upset No. 14 Northwestern 94-75 in Orange City, Iowa.
- Freshmen Robby Thomas and Max Wegener both recorded career highs in minutes played last week. Thomas 20 minutes of action vs. Northwestern and 16 at Dordt, combining for six points, three rebounds, three assists and two blocks over the week. Wegener shined in the loss to Northwestern as he posted a career best 13 points while adding two blocks in 14 minutes. The native of Wildwood, Mo., then scored six points, grabbed three rebounds and plucked two steals in 16 minutes at Dordt.
- For just the second time this season, Kohlwey paired forward Brent Houchin with post Porter Birtell in the starting lineup when Concordia took the court in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Bulldogs plan to employ bigger lineups with junior guard Adam Vogt sidelined for the time being due to injury.
- Vogt had played in 72 of 73 games prior to missing the game at Dordt. He is averaging a career best 10.8 points per game this season and needs 41 points to reach 500 for his career. He has nailed 82 of 228 (36.0 percent) of his 3-point attempts in three seasons as a Bulldog.
- Birtell, senior Charles Dunbar and sophomore Joel Haywood have started all 15 games this season. Birtell, Concordia’s leading scorer at 14.9 points per game, is averaging 24.4 minutes per game, fifth most on the team. Joel Haywood tops the Bulldogs with an average of 32.7 minutes per contest. The Lakewood, Colo., native has played in at least 30 minutes in all but two games.
- The Bulldogs boast one of the nation’s most accurate shooters on both field goal attempts and free throw tries. Birtell ranks seventh in NAIA Division II with a field goal percentage of 63.3, a mark that is No. 1 in the GPAC. Meanwhile, Haywood’s 86.4 percent shooting from the charity stripe is 12th nationally and second among all GPAC performers.
- Haywood is well on his way to 1,000 career points midway through his sophomore season. He has averaged 10.5 points per game this season after posting a mark of 9.7 in 2011-12 when he was named GPAC Co-Freshman of the Year. He currently sits at 450 career points in 45 games. He started all 45 games in his career.
- The Bulldogs return home on Wednesday when Hastings (14-5, 5-4 GPAC) travels to Seward for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Broncos received votes in the most recent national poll and are coming off an 87-62 win over Mount Marty in their most recent outing.
- Concordia remains at home on Saturday as Morningside (8-11, 3-6 GPAC) invades Walz Arena for a 7:30 p.m. battle. The game is a rematch of the Dec. 1 meeting in Sioux City, Iowa, when the Mustangs prevailed 87-70 thanks to 13-for-28 shooting from beyond the arc.
- Top-ranked Concordia began last week by topping three-time defending national champion Northwestern 71-68 on Jan. 2 inside Walz Arena. The Bulldogs then lost for the first time this season when they dropped a 96-86 double overtime decision at Dordt on Jan. 5. Head coach Drew Olson’s squad is now 15-1 overall and tied with Morningside for first place in the GPAC with an 8-1 league mark. The 15-0 start was the second longest unbeaten streak to begin a season in program history. The 2002-03 squad started 33-0 on the way to a 36-2 finish.
- The victory over Northwestern pushed the Bulldogs’ mark to 5-0 against ranked opponents this season. Concordia has defeated three top 10 teams – No. 4 Morningside, No. 5 Briar Cliff and No. 8 Northwestern – and also has wins over NAIA Division I 16th-ranked Cumberlands (Ky.) and No. 23 College of Saint Mary. Last season the Bulldogs compiled a record of 11-3 against ranked opponents.
- The loss at Dordt snapped streaks of 23-straight victories over GPAC foes and 10-consecutive road triumphs. The upset defeat also marked the first time Concordia has lost to an unranked foe since Feb. 26, 2011, when it fell 53-52 to Doane. The Bulldogs still have streak of 20-consecutive home wins intact, dating back to a 69-66 loss to then No. 13 Morningside in Seward on Dec. 3, 2011. Concordia finished last season 15-1 at home and is 9-0 at Walz Arena in 2012-13.
- Sophomores Kelsey Hizer and Jericca Pearson both set career highs for points in the contest at Dordt. Hizer tallied 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting while playing in a season high 23 minutes. The Parker, Colo., native topped her previous best of nine points in a 68-50 win over York on Oct. 31, 2011. Meanwhile Pearson posted a team high 18 points in the Jan. 5 loss. She nailed 10 of 15 free throw attempts as she cruised past her former career high of 14 points in Concordia’s 121-72 victory over Johnson & Wales (Colo.) on Nov. 9 of this season.
- Senior guard Katie Rich has reached several career milestones this season. She eclipsed 1,000 career points when she tallied 11 in a win over College of Saint Mary on Nov. 6. She also has surpassed 500 rebounds, 200 steals and 200 assists in 108 career games. She got her 200th assist in last week’s victory over Northwestern. This season the Tilden, Neb., native is averaging 10.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 2.2 assists per game.
- With Hizer’s 10 points on Jan. 5, Concordia has now had 10 different players reach double-figures in scoring in at least one game this season. Junior Kristen Conahan and sophomore Bailey Morris lead the way with 13 double-figure scoring efforts apiece. Beth Kohmetscher (7), Rich (7), Lori Laboda (6), Pearson (5), Jenna Lehmann (4), Tracy Peitz (4), Hizer (1) and Dawn Martin (1) all have also racked up 10 or more points on at least one occasion.
- Conahan and Morris, Concordia’s top scorers this season, are neck and neck for the team scoring lead in conference games only. Conahan, third in the GPAC at 15.5 points per game overall, is averaging 16.1 points per contest in nine conference games. Morris, seventh in the league at 14.6 points per game overall, has put up a scoring average of 16.0 in conference play.
- Conahan is in the midst of 19-consecutive games with at least one steal. During that stretch she is averaging 3.74 steals per game with five thefts or more in six games and four-plus steals in nine of those contests. Her career high for steals in a single game is eight, a figure she piled up in back-to-back games this season in wins over Dakota Wesleyan and Cumberlands. Her 60 steals this season are the third most in NAIA Division II.
- The Bulldogs will look to begin a new winning streak and claim their 21st home victory in a row Tuesday when Hastings (9-10, 4-5 GPAC) visits Seward for a 7:30 p.m. game. The Broncos were ranked No. 18 in the preseason but fell from the polls after a 1-3 start. Hastings owns a record of 0-6 against ranked opponents and a 3-6 mark in road games.
- On Saturday No. 3 Morningside comes to Walz Arena for a showdown between teams tied at the top of the GPAC standings. Concordia defeated the Mustangs 80-76 in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 1. Morningside has since won five-straight games, including a 77-71 victory over No. 6 Briar Cliff on Jan. 5.
8 January 2013