Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Male: Brent Houchin, Basketball
Houchin, a native of Bruning, Neb., averaged 13.0 points per game while playing an average of 32.0 minutes per game over three games last week. He has scored in double-figures in four-straight games and has averaged 12.6 points over the past six games.
Female: Kristen Conahan, Basketball
Conahan, who hails from Omaha, Neb., had a big scoring week with 64 points in three games as the Bulldogs went 2-1. She poured in 30 points, one short of a career high, in the Bulldogs’ 75-63 win at Doane on Jan. 23. Conahan leads the team with 15.8 points per game on the season.
GPAC baseball and softball preseason coaches’ polls released: With the start of the Concordia baseball season two-and-a-half-weeks away and softball to follow shortly after, the GPAC has released preseason coaches’ polls for both sports. The Bulldog baseball team has been pegged to finish seventh, while the Concordia softball squad has landed at No. 5.
-GPAC preseason baseball coaches’ poll
-GPAC preseason softball coaches’ poll
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://webprod2.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- In a busy week of hoops, the second-ranked Bulldogs went 2-1. They defeated conference rival Doane 75-63 on Jan. 23 before turning their attention to the Concordia Invitational Tournament hosted at Walz Arena. An electric crowd saw CUNE blow away Concordia-Chicago 90-49 on Jan. 25 and then watched as the Bulldogs dropped an intense CIT title game thriller to No. 10 Concordia-Ann Arbor, 73-69, on Jan. 26. Head coach Drew Olson’s squad now stands at 20-3 overall and remains in first place in the GPAC with a 12-2 league mark.
- With the victory over Concordia-Chicago, the Bulldogs reached 20 wins for the 17th time in the last 27 seasons and for the fifth time in Olson’s seven years at the helm of the program. Concordia is one of eight teams in NAIA Division II with 20 wins or more. Indiana Wesleyan and Eastern Oregon are tied for the national lead with 23 victories apiece.
- Sophomore forward Ashley Kuntz blew past her previous career high of six points by tallying 17 points on 8-for-9 shooting in the CIT victory. She has been extremely productive on the offensive end, taking advantage of her 6.8 minutes per game with 4.1 points per contest in 11 games this season. She has made 20 of 31 shots (64.5 percent).
- Junior guard Kristen Conahan, the Bulldogs’ representative on the CIT all-tournament team, completed a great week with 17 points in both CIT games. The Omaha native totaled 64 points on 24-for-46 (52.2 percent) shooting from the field while draining 11 of 26 (42.3 percent) attempts from 3-point range. Conahan leads Concordia with 15.8 points per game on the season – a figure that ranks third in the GPAC behind only Dakota Wesleyan’s Kim Johnson (18.5) and Northwestern’s Kendra De Jong (16.6).
- The loss to Concordia-Ann Arbor snapped streaks of 23-consecutive home victories and five-straight wins over ranked opponents. The Bulldogs’ previous home loss occurred on Dec. 3, 2011, when Morningside came away with a 69-66 triumph at Walz Arena. Concordia is 12-1 at home this season and 27-2 at Walz since the beginning of last season.
- The Bulldogs were aiming for their 24th CIT title in school history when they took the floor on Jan. 26. The Bulldogs have the most championships in the event since it started in 1973. Concordia-St. Paul is second with eight titles all-time. Concordia-Ann Arbor has now won two CIT championships, both coming in the last three years.
- Seniors Beth Kohmetscher, Dawn Martin and Katie Rich played on CIT championship winning teams in 2010 and 2012. Over their four-year careers, Concordia has gone 6-2 at CIT with both losses coming in title games against Concordia-Ann Arbor.
- The Bulldogs get back to GPAC play on Tuesday night when they host Nebraska Wesleyan (3-17, 1-14 GPAC) at 7:30 p.m. Concordia cruised to a 91-61 victory over the Prairie Wolves in the first meeting between these two teams on Nov. 20 in Lincoln. The Prairie Wolves’ lone conference win came on Jan. 9 at Doane by a score of 54-51.
- Concordia will then play a ranked opponent for the seventh time this season when it travels to Orange City, Iowa, on Saturday to take on three-time defending national champion and ninth-ranked Northwestern (15-6, 9-5 GPAC). The Bulldogs defeated the Red Raiders 71-68 inside Walz Arena on Jan. 2. With its upset loss at Hastings on Saturday, Northwestern faces must-win games this week to remain in the race for the conference championship.
- Like the women, the Bulldog men had a grueling week with three games in a four-day stretch between Wednesday and Saturday. They started the week by pushing then GPAC-leading and 12th-ranked Doane to the brink before falling, 85-77, on Jan. 23. Then at CIT, the Bulldogs advanced to the title game by holding on for a 75-71 win over Concordia-Chicago on Jan. 25 prior to a heart-breaking 64-62 loss in an exciting championship game against Concordia-Wisconsin on Jan. 26. The Bulldogs are now 6-16 overall and 2-12 in GPAC action.
- Despite a 13-point second half lead over Concordia-Wisconsin, the Bulldogs fell just short of winning the CIT title game over the Falcons for the second-straight year. Beau Smith, the MVP of last year’s tournament, nailed a buzzer beating 3-point shot to give CUNE the CIT championship in 2012. This time around Concordia-Wisconsin rode the hot hand of Mark Pace down the stretch to claim its third CIT title in school history.
- Both Smith and Adam Vogt were named to the CIT all-tournament team. Smith averaged 14.0 points and 10.0 rebounds in the two games as he nearly recorded a double-double in both contests. Vogt, who returned from a foot injury to play Wednesday against Doane, provided some much needed scoring punch with star Porter Birtell sidelined for the CIT. Vogt totaled a combined 25 points and connected on 5 of 10 attempts from 3-point range over the weekend.
- Senior point guard Charles Dunbar put forth his best performance as a Bulldog in the narrow loss at Doane. He scored a career high 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting. That output topped his previous career best of 20 points versus Doane on Jan. 25, 2012.
- With Birtell missing both CIT games, fellow senior Brent Houchin has provided toughness inside. The Bruning, Neb., had to switch out his No. 40 jersey for Birtell’s No. 50 in each of the last two games after dripping blood on the cloth. With a band aid on his forehead, and then gauze in his nose in the CIT title game, Houchin produced a combined 26 points over the weekend. He has scored in double-figures in each of the past four contests.
- Sophomore Joel Haywood’s streak of 14-consecutive free throw makes was snapped at Doane when he missed the first of two at the line late in the game. He has since made 11-consecutive free throws, including an 8-for-8 effort from the charity stripe versus Concordia-Wisconsin. Haywood currently leads NAIA Division II in free throw percentage at 89.4 (59-for-66).
- The Bulldogs still lead all Concordia schools in all-time CIT titles with 24, eight more than Concordia-St. Louis (second most in the event’s history). The Bulldogs have won 22 of the last 31 CIT championships.
- Head coach Marty Kohlwey’s squad will shift its attention back to conference play as Nebraska Wesleyan (9-11, 4-11 GPAC) visits Seward on Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. game. The Bulldogs will go for the season sweep of the Prairie Wolves having defeated them 68-65 in Lincoln on Nov. 20.
- On Saturday Concordia will get another shot at first-place and eighth-ranked Northwestern (17-5, 11-3 GPAC) on Saturday in Orange City, Iowa, when action tips off at 4 p.m. The Red Raiders, winners of five of their last six games, rolled to a 94-74 win inside Walz Arena on Jan. 2.
- The Bulldog grapplers competed both Thursday and Saturday of last week. In a rematch with York, the Bulldogs won four of seven contested matches before dropping a 29-21 decision in a dual meet in York, Neb, on Jan. 24. After a day off, Concordia traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 26 when they met a loaded field of competitors at the Grand View Open.
- After falling 36-12 versus York on home on Nov. 29, the Bulldogs had a chance at avenging the dual loss when Nick Sheppard came up with a third period pin of the Panthers’ Joe Massey at 184. It was Sheppard’s second pin of the season and his second-straight victory in dual meets. However, York’s Bradlee Carls followed with a pin of his own at 197 to clinch the match for the Panthers.
- Senior heavyweight Frank Ayala improved his record in dual meets to 4-4 by topping York’s Raymond Johnson in a dual for the second time this season. Ayala has squeaked by Johnson by a single point twice – 5-4 on Nov. 29 and 8-7 on Jan. 24. The West Covina, Calif., native carries a record of 17-17 on the season, tying him for the team lead for wins.
- Brandon Starkey improved to 5-2 in dual meets by earning a 4-3 decision over York’s Bryan Magno at 157. Starkey is now 14-10 while wrestling at 157, 2-2 at 149 and 1-0 in one bout at 165. He has conference dual victories over nationally-ranked Zach Fishman (D, 13-6) of Northwestern and over Briar Cliff’s Aaron Largey (D, 7-2). At 17-12 overall (.586), Starkey is tied for the team wins lead and owns the top winning percentage.
- Since a 12-9 loss to Missouri Baptist’s Gabriel Roman at the Raven Duals on Dec. 15, Alex Stepanek has claimed victories in his last three bouts in dual meets – all at 141 pounds. Stepanek recorded a 7-1 decision over York’s Wes Negley after tacking on a point for riding time. Also in his stretch of three-consecutive wins in duals, Stepanek owns triumphs over Devin DeRocher (D, 7-2) of Briar Cliff and over Northwestern’s Nathan Manfull (D, 9-6). Stepanek has a mark of 12-13 at 133 and a record of 5-4 at 141. His 17 wins are tied for the most among Bulldog grapplers. His six pins lead the team.
- Wins were difficult to come by against the star-studded field at the Grand View Open – Concordia’s final open of the season. Ayala, Brandon Starkey and Stepanek each claimed one victory apiece at the event. Two of those wins came against NCAA Division I opponents as Stepanek took a 2-0 decision over Illinois State’s Kyle Carstens at 141 and Starkey won 5-3 over Missouri’s Patrick Whitener.
- The Bulldogs now enter a stretch of four-straight dual meets against conference opponents. Three of those matches will take place this week as Concordia duals both No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan (4 p.m.) and No. 13 Midland (7 p.m.) on Tuesday in Fremont, Neb. The Bulldogs are 2-6 overall and 1-1 in GPAC duals. Dakota Wesleyan (6-4, 3-1 GPAC) is coming off a 21-15 win over Briar Cliff on Jan. 22. Midland narrowly lost to No. 7 Morningside, 18-16, in its last dual on Jan. 23.
- The Bulldogs will close the week on Friday with a dual versus Morningside in Sioux City, Iowa. The Mustangs carry dual records of 7-4 overall and 2-0 against GPAC opponents and are the highest ranked conference school in the national poll. Besides the victory over Midland, Morningside also has a GPAC triumph over Dakota Wesleyan (24-13).
Track and Field
- The Bulldogs hosted their second meet already this season as eight schools brought competitors to the Concordia Classic on Sunday. Participating teams included conference rivals Doane, Hastings, Midland and Nebraska Wesleyan as well as NAIA schools Bethany (Kan.) and York (Neb.) along with NCAA Division II Nebraska-Kearney and Northwest Missouri State.
- Senior Colin Morrissey added another feather in his cap by posting an NAIA automatic qualifying time in the 5,000 meter run by clocking in at 15:01.75 to win the event among 11 runners. That performance came on the heels of two NAIA qualifying times at the Prairie Wolf Invite hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan on Jan. 18. With times of 4:18.64 in the one mile and 8:39.06 in the 3,000 meter run, Morrissey earned GPAC Track Athlete of the Week honors.
- Other first-place finishers for the Bulldogs at the Concordia Classic included: Taiheem Pleasant in the 400 meter dash (50.75), Kim Wood in the 600 meter run (1:38.34), Charlie Bloomfield in the 1,000 meter run (2:35.23), the men’s distance medley relay team (Adam Prahlow, Jared Hoffman, Andrew Malan, Ben Sievert – 10:26.32) and Jamie Crouse in the weight throw (58’ 1 ¾”).
- In the pole vault, junior Carson Farr and freshman Ben Harms both set new personal bests at the Concordia Classic. Farr cleared 15’ 5 ½” to finish third in the event behind Nebraska-Kearney’s Mark Seeba and Hastings’ Jake Holmquist. That mark places Farr at No. 16 all-time on Concordia’s list of top pole vault measurements. Harms finished ninth at the Concordia Classic with a vault of 14’ 1 ¾”.
- Other high finishers for the Bulldogs at Sunday’s event were Jessica Klausterman (second in 400 meter dash – 1:01.85), Alex Heiden (second in 400 meter dash – 50.92), Benjamin Hinckfoot (second in 600 meter run – 1:24.40), Jenean Williams (second in 800 meter run – 2:26.07), Andrew Malan (second in 800 meter run – 1:57.91), Ben Sievert (second in one mile run – 4:21.39), Ashlee Brown (second in pole vault – 10’ 11”)
- Bulldogs on the NAIA national leaderboard: men’s 4x800 meter relay (third with 7:54.73); men’s distance medley (eighth with 10:23.93); Jonathan Becker (sixth with 8.25 in 60 meter hurdles); Ashlee Brown (11th with 11’ 3” in pole vault); John Cartier (fourth with 49.15 in 400 meters); Stephanie Coley (10th with 44’ 4” in shot put, sixth with 54’ 6” in weight throw); Jamie Crouse (second with 59’ 3 ½” in weight throw, 14th with 42’ 7 ½” shot put); Brittany Erdmann (eighth with 43’ 8” in shot put); Nathan Ernstmeyer (10th with 55’ 1 ½” in weight throw); Trey Farmer (14th with 50’ 2 ½” in shot put); Carson Farr (10th with 15’ 5 ½” pole vault); Colin Morrissey (fifth with 15:01.75 in 5,000 meters, eighth with 8:40.22 in 3,000 meters, 13th with 4:19.44 in one mile run); Lydia Pomerenke (13th with 2,787 points in pentathlon); Adam Prahlow (10th with 2:33.69 in 1,000 meters); Jose Rojas (11th with 52’ 3 ¼” in shot put); Schwalenberg (13th with 5:13.15 in one mile run); Kim Wood (12th with 1:38.34 in 600 meters).
- The Bulldogs have 12 automatic national qualifying marks led by the three from Morrissey. Concordia has hurled three automatic marks in the shot put with Coley, Erdmann and Rojas all qualifying. Other automatic national qualifiers include: the men’s 4x800 relay, Cartier (400 meters), Becker (60 meter hurdles); Crouse (weight throw), Montana Hayes (pentathlon) and Pomerenke (pentathlon).
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squad returns to action Friday and Saturday as Bulldog athletes will compete in both the Charlie Foster Classic hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney and the Husker Invite. Event schedules for both meets can be found HERE.
29 January 2013
A packed crowd at Walz Arena watched both Bulldog basketball teams advance to the CIT championship over the weekend.