Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Jamie Crouse, Track and Field
Crouse, a junior from Belgrade, Neb., put forth perhaps Concordia’s greatest performance in any one single event at the GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 16. Her weight throw of 59’ 2” won the event by nearly three feet and came up just short of her personal best of 59’ 3 ½”.
Male: Colin Morrissey, Track and Field
Morrissey, who hails from Omaha, Neb., continued his great work on the track during his senior season. He totaled 22 team points at the GPAC Championships (1.75 off the Male Athlete of the Meet) by placing first in the 3,000 meter run (8:39.47), second in the 5,000 meter run (15:28.98) and fifth in the one mile run (4:20.92). He has qualified for nationals in all three events.
Friday baseball doubleheader canceled due to inclement weather: Friday’s scheduled doubleheader between Concordia and MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) has been canceled due to cold temperatures expected that day. Saturday’s doubleheader in Olathe, Kan., has not been canceled. Please check back on the website for scheduling updates throughout the season.
“Starkey brothers bring stability to Bulldog wrestling” – If you missed the Feb. 14 feature story on Starkey brothers Austin and Brandon, check it out HERE. The siblings have been wrestling almost since the day they could walk.
Follow Concordia baseball on Twitter: Bulldog baseball is now on Twitter. Find the team @cunebaseball and give it a follow! The 2013 season got underway over the weekend. If you missed the baseball season preview, 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.
Track and Field
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs took part in the GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 15-16, held at both Doane College and at the University of Nebraska’s Devaney Center. As a team, the Concordia men claimed third and the women fourth.
- Senior Colin Morrissey put together a great performance while competing in a trio of races at the GPAC Championships. The Omaha native tallied the second most points for his team among male participants with 22. Morrissey took all-conference honors in all three events, placing first in the 3,000 meter run (8:39.47), second in the 5,000 meter run (15:28.98) and fifth in the one mile run (4:20.92). He owns NAIA national automatic qualifying marks in each of these distance events.
- On the women’s side, another senior, Jena Schwalenberg tallied the most points for Concordia with 16. She reached that number by winning the 3,000 meter run in 10:28.26 and by placing third in the one mile run (5:09.02). Her time in the one mile is an automatic national qualifying mark.
- Junior Jamie Crouse continues to out-distance GPAC competitors in the weight throw by a comfortable margin. The two-time All-American from Belgrade, Neb., won the weight throw by nearly three feet with a toss of 59’ 2” – another national qualifying effort. Her season and career best of 59’ 3 ½” (Polar Dog Dual) ranks third in the NAIA this season.
- The following Bulldogs captured first-place finishes in addition to Crouse, Morrissey and Schwalenberg at the GPAC Championships: John Cartier (400 meter dash – 49.36), men’s 4x400 meter relay (3:18.93) and Carson Farr (pole vault – 15’ 5”). Freshman Kim Wood also put forth a great performance in the 600 meters, where she ran a 1:35.34 to take second place. That time is a NAIA automatic mark and places her fifth in the NAIA in the 600 meter run on the season.
- All athletes who finished in the top eight of their respective events at the GPAC Championships received all-conference honors. In total, Concordia had 42 all-conference performances – 23 for the men and 19 for the women.
- Other national qualifying marks, among others recorded at the GPAC Championships, included the efforts of the women’s 4x800 meter relay, Cynthia Mick in the pole vault, Brittany Erdmann, Stephanie Coley and Crouse in the shot put and Jose Rojas in the shot put. The complete PDF of results from the meet can be found HERE.
- Freshman Cody Boellstorff earned GPAC all-conference recognition in the weight throw with a toss of 53’ 7 ½”, placing him in eighth among 18 competitors at the GPAC Championships. That mark ranks second nationally this season among all freshmen in the NAIA. He also holds the top shot put mark for freshman nationally.
- "Overall I'm pleased with our individual performances,” Einspahr said. “I'm happy with finishing third on the men's side and fourth on the women's side, but our expectations are to finish higher. We'll gear up for the outdoor season and hope to improve our finish."
- Last season the Concordia men finished second and the women fifth at the GPAC Indoor Championships. The women then rebounded to win the GPAC Outdoor Championships in the spring, while the men came in third.
- The indoor season will conclude with the NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio, Feb. 28 – March 2. For a detailed look at which Bulldogs are headed east to compete on the grand stage, check out the national leaderboard HERE.
- Head coach Drew Olson’s seventh-ranked Bulldogs completed the regular season last week with road wins over Hastings (73-61) on Feb. 13 and over Mount Marty (88-61) on Feb. 16. Concordia finished the regular season with an overall record of 24-5 and GPAC mark of 16-4, placing it in second place in the league, one game behind league champion Morningside.
- The Bulldogs own the best GPAC league record over the past two seasons at 34-6 (.850). Last year Concordia won the regular-season title with a conference mark of 18-2. Morningside comes in just behind with a GPAC record of 33-7 since the start of the 2011-12 season.
- The Bulldogs complete the regular season ranking No. 1 in the conference in several key statistical categories, including scoring offense (81.4 ppg), scoring margin (plus-19.1), steals per game (16.6) and turnover margin (plus-10.5). Individually, junior guard Kristen Conahan is first in the conference in steals per game (3.31), third in scoring (15.8 ppg), third in 3-point field goals per game (2.9), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.76), eighth in assists per game (3.1) and ninth in 3-point field goal percentage (36.4). Sophomore Bailey Morris ranks second in steals per game (3.03), sixth in scoring (14.2 ppg), eighth in 3-point field goal percentage (36.7) and 12th in assists per game (2.8).
- With the 88-61 victory over Mount Marty, Concordia claimed a win by a margin of 20 or more points for the 13th time this season. Nineteen of the team’s 24 triumphs have come by a margin of at least 10 points. The largest spread this season occurred on Nov. 9 when Concordia blew away Johnson & Wales (Colo.), 121-72, at the Cattle Classic. The Bulldogs overall per-game scoring margin of plus-19.1 ranks sixth among all NAIA Division II teams.
- Conahan continued her sizzling shooting of late with a 5-for-7 effort from 3-point range in the win at Mount Marty. Over her last three games she is 11-for-19 (57.9 percent) from beyond the arc. That stretch of white-hot shooting has pushed her season 3-point percentage to 36.4 – a career best. Her 84 total 3-pointers rank as the sixth most in NAIA Division II.
- Morris has started two-straight games and three of the last four after primarily coming off the bench in the first 25 games of the season. Her start in the season opener was the first of her career. The Roseland, Neb., native ranks fourth on the team with an average of 23.3 minutes per game.
- Sophomore Ashley Kuntz has emerged as one of the team’s most proficient performers off the bench. She averages 4.6 points in 7.2 minutes per game while seeing action in 17 contests. She has made 33 of 55 shots (60 percent) from the field on the season.
- Olson’s Bulldogs now enter postseason play as the GPAC Tournament begins Wednesday. As the second seed, Concordia will host Dordt (16-14, 10-10 GPAC) at 7 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup. The Defenders upset then No. 1 Concordia on Jan. 5 in a double overtime contest. The Bulldogs then avenged that loss by posting an 87-64 triumph over Dordt inside Walz Arena on Feb. 9. Dordt is 2-6 this season against ranked opponents and 6-6 in road games. The Defenders are led by Kara Van Dyke, who tops the team in scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (7.4 rpg).
- A victory over Dordt would give Concordia the opportunity to host a semifinal game on Saturday against the winner between third-seeded Northwestern and No. 6-seeded Mount Marty. The Bulldogs split two meetings with Northwestern and swept a pair of encounters with Mount Marty.
- Head coach Jeremy Geidel began his 16th season at the helm of Bulldog baseball as the team opened up the 2013 campaign Feb. 16-17 at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. The host Swedes won 5-2 and 10-0 on day one and then completed a four-game sweep by taking both games on day two – by scores of 7-4 and 10-2. The Bulldogs have begun the season with a record of 0-4.
- For the second-straight season Concordia opened with four games at Bethany. In 2012, the Bulldogs split doubleheaders with the Swedes on back-to-back days in mid-February.
- The Bulldogs broke in several new position players in the opening weekend of action. Freshmen Alex Cargin and Tyler Harris and Gause, a junior from Tucson, Ariz., all saw action against Bethany. Gause started all four games in centerfield, while Harris got the nod at third base in both Sunday games and Cargin was positioned at second base in three of the four games.
- Bulldogs who started all four games included Gause, Zach Gulley, Kyle Ivanoff, Sean McCartney and Andrew Yerrell. Ivanoff, a senior shortstop, was the only Concordia player to remain in the same spot in the lineup for all four games. The Tucson, Ariz., native served as the No. 3 hitter.
- “It was good to see. Our lineups were different for all four games,” Geidel said. “We got to see a lot of people in different situations. Gause played very well in the outfield. He had three hits (over the weekend) and also hit a lot of balls very hard. We had a lot of young pups out there. At one point today we only had one senior on the field. We’re still trying to figure out our best lineup.”
- First base was manned by three different players throughout the weekend as Nolan Schaefer, Ryan Lane and Zach Cambier shared duties. Yerrell, a sophomore from Santa Fe, Texas, started twice at second base before moving over to third in game three and then to designated hitter in game four. He batted in the cleanup spot three times and in the leadoff spot once.
- Harris, a freshman from Valrico, Fla., led the team in batting average in the weekend trip. He went 3-for-7 (.429) with a double and two RBIs. Finley cracked two hits in five at bats and drove in a pair of runs.
- On the mound, Concordia got scoreless innings in relief from sophomore Edwin Izumigawa and freshman A.J. Peterson. Geidel used a total of 10 pitchers on the weekend, while handing the ball to Joe Brandenburg, Kyle Godfrey, Jeremiah Luber and Luke Parish-Ward for one start apiece. Parish-Ward, a transfer from Eastern Arizona Community College, made his debut in the Bulldog uniform and fired 5.2 innings while giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs.
- Weather permitting, Concordia will return to the state of Kansas to take on MidAmerican Nazarene (1-5) of the Heart of America Athletic Conference in a doubleheader slated to begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Additional schedule changes are possible with inclement weather expected this week around the Midwest.
- Head coach Dana Vote’s first season at the helm of Bulldog wrestling came to a close on Feb. 16 at the North Qualifying Group Tournament held at Midland University in Fremont, Neb. Concordia sent 11 wrestlers to the event. Each came up short in their bids to finish among the top four in their respective weight classes in order to qualify for the national championships on March 1-2. The Bulldogs finished the season with dual marks of 2-10 overall and 1-5 in GPAC action.
- Concordia’s 11 competitors combined for four wins in the season-ending tournament. Chandler Brandert (149), Kale Hintz (174), Peter Ovens (165) and Brandon Starkey (157) each recorded one win apiece.
- Brandon Starkey completed his senior season with a record of 18-16. He ends his career with program records for victories (71), matches wrestled (131) and tournament place finishes (12). Ironically, Brandon picked up the final win of his career by squeaking by his brother and teammate Austin, 5-4, in round two of the consolation bracket at 157. Brandon made appearances at the National Championships in each of his first three seasons under a different format that allowed wrestlers to qualify in tournaments throughout the season.
- Ovens, a freshman from Bellevue, Wash., ended his season on a high note by pinning Cameron Childs of Waldorf College (Iowa) in round one of the consolation bracket. Ovens shook off a tough first season on the mat to get his first pin of the season.
- Brandert won by decision, 12-9, over Jevon Schnaubert of Jamestown. Meanwhile, Hintz nailed down his sixth pin of the season when he recorded a fall in 1:15 over Jamestown’s Tucker Davison.
- Although Austin Starkey went 0-2 on the day, he hung right with No. 6-nationally rated Trever Deverstern, falling 8-5. The freshman, who lost his two matches by a combined four points, finished his season 14-17.
- Beyond Brandon Starkey, two of the other 10 Concordia wrestlers who competed on Saturday have national championships experience on their resumes. Alex Stepanek (141) and Frank Ayala (285) had previously appeared in at least one national championship tournament.
- Vote will say goodbye to seniors Brandon Starkey, Ayala and Jordan Fowlkes as the Bulldogs enter the 2013-14 campaign. Austin Starkey and Stepanek will head the list of returners. Austin Mogg, a transfer from NCAA Division III Buena Vista University, is expected to be one of the top wrestlers in the NAIA at 125 pounds next season. Mogg was an All-American at the NCAA D-III level in 2010 when he took fifth place at 125.
- Head coach Amy Harms’ women’s tennis squad dropped a 9-0 decision to a solid William Jewell College (Mo.) team on Feb. 15 inside the Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are now 1-1 on the season. Meanwhile, the Concordia men have been idle since falling to 10th-ranked Bethany College (Kan.) on Feb. 9.
- While the Concordia women lost all singles and doubles matches at the hands of William Jewell, several individuals put together quality performances. At Nos. 4 and 5 singles, the Bulldogs competed closely in the majority of the games. Elyse Kohl, who was slotted at No. 5 in the singles lineup, lost 6-0 in the first set before battling back before dropping a 6-4 decision in the second set. Meanwhile, Concordia coaches were also pleased with the development shown by sophomore Grace Hollenbeck, who fell 6-1, 6-1.
- The Feb. 15 match marked the home opener for the Bulldogs whose contest on Feb. 8 was played in Lincoln, Neb., because of a home track meet that was hosted that day in the Fieldhouse. Last season the Concordia women went 2-2 at home, 3-4 on the road and 2-4 in neutral matches.
- With exactly two weeks between their second and third matches of the season, the Bulldogs have plenty of time to make improvements in practice. “(We need to work on) just hitting a lot of balls in a point situation,” Harms said. “And finishing points where if you have an opportunity ball – putting it away. We also need to be a little bit more confident in our serve and consistently being able to hit a good serve to get into the point.”
- On the season, Concordia has three players with records of 1-1 in singles: Katelyn Koll (No. 1), Chelsea Haack (No. 2) and Liz Kjellsen (No. 6). The doubles partners of Koll and Lindsea Vaudt and Mikaela Barz and Kjellsen also own 1-1 records after two matches.
- The Bulldog men return to the courts inside the Fieldhouse on Friday against NCAA Division III Simpson College (Iowa) at 6 p.m. The Storm of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will enter play with a mark of 1-5. Last season Concordia defeated Simpson College 5-4 on Feb. 17, 2012. The Bulldog women are back in action on March 1 versus Bethel College.
- A difficult 2012-13 season came to a close on Feb. 16. The Bulldogs finished the season last week with an 83-63 loss at Hastings on Feb. 13 before concluding with an 84-48 defeat at Mount Marty on the final Saturday of GPAC regular-season action. Concordia completed the season with records of 6-22 overall and 2-18 in GPAC action.
- Senior post Brent Houchin served as bright spot over the final four games of the season. The native of Bruning, Neb., averaged 18.5 points while shooting 25-for-43 (58.1 percent) from the field during that stretch. He finished the season with a career high scoring average of 9.8.
- Although Concordia ends its season with far more losses than wins, Kohlwey likes the way his team stuck together and remained competitive in a large number of games despite all the adversity it faced. The quartet of Porter Birtell, Charles Dunbar, Beau Smith and Adam Vogt missed a combined 23 games due to injury this season. That came in addition to the coaching switch in mid-October.
- “I think the focus needs to be on the quality of the seniors and the character of those five guys despite all the difficulty we’ve had,” Kohlwey said. “That’s what we focused on in the locker room after the game. We have to be proud of who they are. With the underclassmen we talked about having them focus this offseason on getting better and never letting this happen again.”
- Smith came up with a double-double – 15 points and 10 rebounds – in his final game with Concordia. Smith, who has played two seasons as a Bulldog since transferring from College of the Sequoias, has five double-doubles, including three this season, for his Concordia career. The native of McKinney, Texas, averaged 12.0 points and 6.2 rebounds while piling up 648 total points and 333 total rebounds in 54 career games.
- Sophomore Joel Haywood finished just off the conference lead for free throw percentage. His mark of 86.5 percent was second to Briar Cliff’s Jake Shipley (86.7 percent). Dunbar ranks sixth in assists per game (3.6) and seventh in steals per game (1.44) and Smith is eighth in rebounding (6.1)
- For 2013-14, Concordia will bring back standout guard Haywood (10.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg) along with backcourt mate Adam Vogt and promising freshmen Robby Thomas and Max Wegener. Sophomore Andrew Bowers will return from injury to provide another presence inside to help make up for the graduation of Birtell. Backup point guard Joey Werning, a sophomore from Lincoln, also returns after seeing action in all 28 games this season.
19 February 2013