Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Kim Wood, track and field
Wood has established herself as one of the team’s top middle distance performers already in her freshman season. The Greeley, Neb., native shaved nearly three seconds off her top 600 meter time with a 1:35.73 at the prestigious Husker Invite on Feb. 2. That time automatically qualified her for nationals in the event.
Male: Colin Morrissey, track and field
Morrissey continues to star as one of the GPAC’s top distance runners. The senior from Omaha, Neb., clocked in at 8:29.84 in the 3,000 meters at the Husker Invite. That time is an automatic national qualifying mark and ranks seventh in the NAIA this season. Morrissey has also qualified nationally in the one mile and 5,000 meter runs.
Wednesday marks football national signing day: ConcordiaBulldogs.com will release a feature article on national football signing day detailing the class of 2013 Bulldog recruits. This year’s crop includes Seward High School star linebacker Trey Barnes, who officially signed with Concordia on Monday.
Dance/cheer tryouts to be held March 23: Head coach Daneen Kovar Theye will hold dance and cheer auditions on March 23. Tryouts for dance will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cheer tryouts will follow from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on dance and cheer auditions, click HERE.
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.
- Third-ranked Concordia returned to GPAC action last week, beginning with a 78-54 thrashing of rival Nebraska Wesleyan on Jan. 29 and ending with a 63-51 loss to No. 11 Northwestern on Feb. 2. The Bulldogs maintain the upper hand in the race for the GPAC regular-season title at 13-3 in league play. Morningside, at 14-3, possesses a half-game lead at the top of the standings, but Concordia is knotted in the loss column and holds the tiebreaker having swept the season series with the Mustangs.
- With three 3-pointers versus Nebraska Wesleyan and four treys at Northwestern, junior guard Kristen Conahan now has 14 games this season with three or more 3-point field goals. She has made at least one 3-point field goal in 23 of 25 games and currently has a streak of eight-straight games with a trey or more. The Omaha native’s 70 3-pointers are the 10th most in NAIA Division II and the third most in the GPAC.
- As a team, the Bulldogs rank eighth in NAIA Division II with 207 3-point field goals. Senior Beth Kohmetscher is second to Conahan on the team with 44 treys. Sophomore Bailey Morris has knocked down 40, 20 more than she made as a freshman.
- Head coach Drew Olson’s squad limited both of its opponents last week to shooting percentages south of 35. The Prairie Wolves and Red Raiders combined to shoot 31.9 percent against the Bulldogs. The stifling Concordia defense has frustrated its opponents to shooting percentages below 35 on 11 occasions this season and held its foes to under 40 percent in 16 games. The Bulldogs rank second in the GPAC in field goal percentage defense (37.2) behind only Northwestern (36.2).
- Concordia has totaled 412 more field goal attempts than its opponents on the season for an average of greater than 16 more shots per game than its foes. This is largely due to the Bulldogs’ incredible plus-10.2 turnover margin. Concordia has forced an average of 27.0 turnovers per game while committing 16.9 per contest.
- Conahan is one of only two players in the GPAC who has scored 30 or more points on two occasions this season. Conahan posted a career high 31 points versus Midland on Nov. 27 and poured in exactly 30 at Doane on Jan. 23. Dakota Wesleyan’s Kim Johnson also has two games with 30 points on the nose. Northwestern’s Samantha Kleinsasser holds the league single game high for the season with a 32-point game against Dakota State on Nov. 7. Morris’ career best 27 points against Morningside is the ninth best single game total among conference performers.
- Sophomore guard Kelsey Hizer set a new career high with 12 points in the win over Nebraska Wesleyan. It was a near flawless shooting effort as she made 4 of 6 from the field while connecting on two attempts from 3-point range and from the free throw line. Her previous career high scoring total was 10 points at Dordt on Jan. 5.
- Concordia returns home Wednesday at 6 p.m. for a game with huge GPAC title implications. The Bulldogs welcome in No. 10 Briar Cliff (21-5, 12-4 GPAC). Concordia will go for the season sweep having beaten the Chargers 72-65 in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 5. Briar Cliff has won three straight since losing at Northwestern on Jan. 23.
- Saturday is senior day with as Katie Rich, Kohmetscher and Dawn Martin will all be recognized. The Bulldogs will host Dordt (14-13, 8-9 GPAC), a team that upset Concordia by a score of 96-86 in double overtime on Jan. 5. The Defenders are 4-4 since that game.
Track and Field
- Concordia competed at both the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational (Feb. 1-2) and the Charlie Foster Classic hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney (Feb. 1-2) as part of a busy weekend. Several Bulldogs posted impressive marks while going up against top-notch competition. Read the full weekend recap HERE.
- Freshman Kim Wood continued a fantastic first season on the collegiate circuit. Her time of 1:38.34 in the 600 meter run at the Concordia Classic earned her invite to the prestigious Husker Invitational, which featured participants from several NCAA Division I schools. In the same event at the Husker Invite, Wood shaved almost three seconds off her Concordia Classic performance with a time of 1:35.73. That put her in eighth place with all seven runners ahead of her coming from NCAA DI squads. She completed the 600 meter run in front of three NCAA DI runners, including two from Nebraska. Her time at the Husker Invite places her fifth on the NAIA leaderboard.
- Senior Colin Morrissey also built upon great early-season performances with another terrific race at the Husker Invite. He clocked in at 8:29.84 in the 3,000 meter run, good for eighth place amongst a loaded field of 15. That effort places him seventh on the NAIA list for 3,000 meters and is yet another automatic national qualifying mark. He has also qualified in the one mile run and the 5,000 meter run.
- In the weight throw, junior Jamie Crouse continues to dominate the competition. The Belgrade, Neb., won the event at the Charlie Foster Classic with a toss of 56’3”, more than four feet farther than second place Abby Griffith of Hastings. Crouse also took part in the Husker Invite where she hurled the weight throw 57’ 5 ¾” on the way to an 11th place finish, ahead of 15 NCAA DI competitors. Her 59’ 3 ½” toss at the Polar Dog Dual still ranks second in the NAIA.
- Jonathan Becker (400 meter dash, 60 meter hurdles), Carson Farr (pole vault), Jared Hoffman (800 meter run), Erika Schroeder (one mile run), Jena Schwalenberg (one mile run), Ben Sievert (3,000 meter run) and Noah Smith (60 meter dash) also took part in the Husker Invite. Becker clocked in at 8.34 in the 60 meter hurdles and at 50.69 in the 400 meter dash. Complete results from the meet can be viewed HERE.
- Several other excellent marks were turned in on Saturday at Kearney. Freshman Stephanie Coley hurled an automatic national qualifying mark in the shot put with a distance of 45’ 4 ¼” – the eighth best mark in the NAIA this season. Sophomore Brittany Erdmann turned in a personal best of 51’ 1” in the weight throw. Freshman Cynthia Mick had a good day in the pole vault competition, as her clearance of 11’3” helped her to a fifth place and qualified her for the “B” standard in NAIA competition. On the track, freshman Thomas Hinrichs topped the competition in the 400 meter dash and took first place with a time of 53.45.
- For a complete listing of national leaders in each event, click HERE.
- The Bulldogs will host the Concordia Indoor Invitational on Friday. Field events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with running events to get started at 3:30 p.m. The complete meet schedule can be viewed HERE. The meet will be webcast live via the Concordia Sports Network. The field of competing teams includes GPAC rivals Doane, Midland and Hastings. Chadron State, Cloud, Fort Hayes State, Iowa Western, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest Missouri State, Wayne State and York will also participate.
- The Bulldogs had a busy week with three duals against ranked GPAC foes between Tuesday and Friday of last week. Concordia dropped both duals at the triangular hosted by Midland University on Jan. 29 when it was defeated by both No. 17 Dakota Wesleyan and No. 13 Midland. Head coach Dana Vote then took his Bulldogs up against the GPAC’s highest-rated team – No. 7 Morningside. The Mustangs dominated with four pins on the way to a 41-3 win. Concordia now sits at 2-9 overall and 1-4 in GPAC matches.
- Five different Bulldogs picked up one victory apiece on the week. At 157, freshman Austin Starkey gave his brother Brandon a night off on Feb. 1. Austin claimed an 8-5 decision over Morningside’s Aaron Langley. The win pushed Austin, a St. Paul, Neb., native, back to the .500 mark at 14-14. He has more than held his own in his first season as a collegiate wrestler. Austin owns three pins and two major decisions as part of those 14 triumphs.
- Both senior heavyweight Frank Ayala and junior 141-pounder Alex Stepanek picked up their third-straight victories in conference duals by notching decisions against Dakota Wesleyan grapplers in the first match at the triangular. Stepanek took a 7-4 win over the Tigers’ Karl Bell while Ayala picked up a win by forfeit. With identical 18-19 records, Ayala and Stepanek are tied for the team lead in wins.
- As a team, the Bulldogs now have 34 pins on the season after getting two more last week – one from freshman Cameron Bruce (197) and one from sophomore Kale Hintz (174). Bruce needed only 2:18 to finish off Dakota Wesleyan’s Jade Hoisington. Hintz then recorded Concordia’s lone win against Midland by wiping out Asaiah Dyer in 3:28. Hintz is tied for second on the team with five victories by fall while Bruce has two pins.
- Four Bulldogs own conference dual records of .500 or better: Ayala (3-2), Stepanek (3-2), Austin Starkey (2-1) and Brandon Starkey (2-2).
- Brandon Starkey continues to boast the top winning percentage for Concordia. Despite two losses last week, he sits at 17-14 (.548) while having wrestled one or more matches at 149, 157 and 165. He is the program’s all-time leader in wins (70), matches wrestled (128) and tournament place finishes (12). He entered this season as the Bulldogs’ career leader in takedowns (96) and reversals (72). He will be honored on Thursday as part of Senior Day when Concordia hosts Hastings for the final home and conference dual of the season.
- Ayala and Jordan Fowlkes will also be recognized at senior day. Fowlkes, a 125-pounder from Newman Grove, Neb., sat out this season due to injury. Ayala finished in fifth place in the GPAC at 285 in 2011.
- The Broncos entered the week with dual marks of 5-10 overall and 2-2 in GPAC action. Hastings is listed as the first team in the “others receiving votes” category of the most recent NAIA Wrestling Coaches’ Poll. Sixth-year head coach Shawn Kelley will bring a roster to Seward that includes two ranked individuals: No. 5 Blake Fruchtl at 141 and No. 15 Grant Harrill at 197.
- Thursday’s dual against Hastings is set to begin at 7 p.m. A live webcast will be available via the Concordia Sports Network. After Thursday the Bulldogs will shift their focus to regionals, which will take place on Feb. 16 in Fremont, Neb.
- Head coach Marty Kohlwey’s squad resumed GPAC play last week. Despite an efficient offensive performance, the Bulldogs fell 77-67 at home to Nebraska Wesleyan on Jan. 30. Concordia turned around and dropped an 82-55 decision at fifth-ranked and GPAC-leading Northwestern on Feb. 2. The Bulldogs slumped to 6-18 overall and 2-14 in GPAC action.
- The injury bug continued to bite Concordia last week as junior Adam Vogt missed the game in Orange City, Iowa, and senior Porter Birtell, who has been out since Jan. 23, announced he will sit out the remainder of the season. In addition, senior Beau Smith missed four games in November and sophomore Andrew Bowers is redshirting this season after having offseason shoulder surgery.
- Birtell completes his Concordia career as one of the school’s all-time greats. He finishes with 1,390 points and 712 rebounds. He recorded a career field goal percentage of 61.8 percent in 101 games. Birtell earned first team all-conference and honorable mention All-America honors last season when he averaged 17.2 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He was also named second team all-conference for the 2009-10 season. He currently leads the Bulldogs this season with 13.6 points per contest in 20 games.
- Birtell is one of five seniors who will be recognized at Saturday’s Senior Day festivities. The other seniors who will receive acknowledgement are Charles Dunbar, Phil Friedrich, Brent Houchin and Smith. In two seasons as a Bulldog since transferring from the College of the Sequoias, Smith has amassed 601 points and 303 rebounds. He has averaged 12.0 points in 50 career games at Concordia. Houchin (8.4 ppg) and Dunbar (7.6 ppg) are both averaging career highs in points this season.
- Two players – sophomore Daniel Grundmeier and freshman Nigel Stephenson – were promoted to the varsity level to fill in for Birtell and Vogt. Grundmeier and Stephenson both saw their first varsity action of their careers in the game at Northwestern.
- Sophomore Zach Chrzan tied a career high with 11 points in the Feb. 2 loss. The native of Fort Wayne, Ind., provided the highlight of the game for Concordia when he made a 45-foot shot to beat the halftime buzzer. He ended up 3-for-6 from 3-point range. He also scored 11 points in an 84-56 win over Kansas Wesleyan on Nov. 9.
- Sophomore Joel Haywood continues to lead the GPAC in free throw percentage at 87.0. He has made 60 of 69 attempts on the season, including 26 of his last 30.
- Freshman Max Wegener has emerged as the team’s top shot blocker with 11 in his 18 games this season. He had three over last week’s two contests.
- Kohlwey’s squad will continue play in the GPAC on Wednesday when Briar Cliff (18-8, 9-7 GPAC) visits for an 8 p.m. game inside Walz Arena. The Chargers won the first meeting, 75-68, in Sioux City, Iowa, on Dec. 5.
- Saturday marks the team’s final home game of the season as No. 15 Dordt (20-6, 12-5 GPAC) comes to Seward for a 4 p.m. battle. The Defenders, who sit two games behind first place Northwestern, defeated the Bulldogs 79-66 in Sioux Center, Iowa, on Jan. 5.
5 February 2013