Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Jena Schwalenberg, Track and Field
Schwalenberg, a senior from Columbus, Neb., earned All-America honors in the one mile run and as part of the 4x800 meter relay team at the 2013 Indoor Track and Field National Championships. Schwalenberg finished seventh in the mile with a time of 5:05.99. The 4x800 meter relay finished fourth in 9:20.04.
Male: Jeremiah Luber, Baseball
Luber, a senior from Waverly, Neb., fired a nine-inning complete game on March 1 as the Bulldogs defeated Oklahoma Wesleyan 7-2. Luber did not walk a single batter and gave up only five hits. He recorded two strikeouts, 17 fly outs and eight ground outs.
Concordia women’s basketball begins national tournament play on Thursday: Head coach Drew Olson will lead Bulldog women’s basketball into its 12th national tournament appearance in program history when Concordia takes on Cardinal Stritch University (Wis.) on Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the first round. All tournament games will be played at the Tyson Events Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Here are the key links to check out to get you ready for the tournament:
- Sign up to watch live video of national tournament games HERE. The NAIA’s live video stream of the entire tournament can be purchased for $29.95 and any single day can be purchased for $9.95. Live stats for Thursday’s game can be viewed HERE.
- For the complete lowdown on the Bulldogs’ opening-round game, click HERE.
- Check out the Concordia national tournament press guide HERE. The NAIA’s official tournament press book can be viewed HERE.
- FEATURE: “Backcourt trio makes Bulldogs Go” – click HERE to read.
- Remember to check back on ConcordiaBulldogs.com after the games for recaps, video interviews, game photos and more.
Concordia alum sets world record: Concordia alum Matt Baller set a new world record on March 1 by bench pressing 563 pounds. Baller starred as a member of the Bulldog track and field team, making seven trips to the national championships while also earning all-conference eight times as a thrower. In addition, Baller played nose guard on the football team.
Subscribe to Bulldog track and field on YouTube: Concordia track and field has created a YouTube channel. Check it out HERE and watch videos from competitions. Clips from this week’s national championships in Geneva, Ohio, will be posted there.
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 https://www.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
- Concordia completed the indoor track and field season at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships, held Feb. 28 – March 2 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. A total of 26 athletes (15 men, 11 women) represented the Bulldogs on the national stage. Of those 26 individuals, 15 earned All-America honors in at least one event (see list below).
- Concordia 2013 indoor track and field All-Americans (16)
- Jonathon Becker – 4x400 meter relay (fifth) - 3:15.71 (school record)
- John Cartier – 4x400 meter relay (fifth) - 3:15.71 (school record)
- Stephanie Coley – shot put (fifth) - 45' 5 1/4"
- Jamie Crouse – weight throw (third) - 57' 9 1/2"
- Brittany Erdmann – shot put (seventh) - 45' 1 3/4"
- Benjamin Hinckfoot – 4x400 meter relay (fifth) - 3:15.71 (school record)
- Jared Hoffman – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 7:42.83
- Megan Letts – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 9:20.04
- Andrew Malan – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 7:42.83
- Taiheem Pleasant – 4x400 meter relay (fifth) - 3:15.71 (school record)
- Adam Prahlow – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 7:42.83
- Jena Schwalenberg – one mile run (seventh) - 5:05.99; 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 9:20.04
- Ben Sievert – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 7:42.83
- Jenean Williams – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 9:20.04
- Kim Wood – 4x800 meter relay (fourth) - 9:20.04
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s squads picked up most of their All-Americans thanks to great races by Bulldog relay teams. Of the four Concordia relays that competed at nationals, three placed in the top eight of their respective races to earn All-America status. The men’s 4x400 meter relay quartet of sophomore Taiheem Pleasant and juniors Benjamin Hinckfoot, Jonathon Becker and John Cartier even broke a school record with a time of 3:15.71, which placed fifth.
- Junior Jamie Crouse posted the Bulldogs’ highest individual finish by tossing a third-place mark of 57’ 9 ½” in the weight throw. The Belgrade, Neb., native entered the finals of the event in first place, giving the Bulldogs their best shot at a national champion. However, Gabriella Dixon of Concordia (Ore.) and Reta Woodard of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) both came through with tosses of over 60 feet in the finals. Still, Crouse’s mark was plenty good enough to give her a third career All-America accolade.
- Senior Jena Schwalenberg emerged from the national championships as the only Bulldog to secure All-America honors in more than one event. The native of Columbus, Neb., was a member of Concordia’s gutty 4x800 meter relay that finished fourth in 9:20.04 in the March 1 finals. Schwalenberg returned to the track the next day and completed the one mile run in 5:05.99 for seventh place and another All-America distinction.
- The Concordia women’s 4x800 meter relay stood out as one of the great stories of the 2013 indoor championships. The group of Schwalenberg, juniors Jenean Williams and Megan Letts and freshman Kim Wood overcame adversity to win its heat in the preliminaries to secure a spot in the finals. Schwalenberg got tripped up on the first leg and fell to the track, but rebounded to keep Concordia in the running. Wood later ran the anchor leg and sprinted to the finish, ahead of the pack. “That was just a great, gutsy competitive effort,” Einspahr said. “Frankly I was shocked that they were able to get back into it and win their heat.”
- Sophomore Brittany Erdmann collected All-America honors in the shot put for the second-straight year at the indoor championships. Her mark of 45’ 1 ¾” placed her seventh in the event, which saw three Bulldogs compete in. Freshman Stephanie Coley put forth a very impressive shot put mark of 45’ 5 ¼” to out-distance Erdmann and place fifth.
- The Bulldogs also had near All-Americans in senior Colin Morrissey (ninth in 3,000 meters), junior Carson Farr (10th in pole vault) and freshman Cynthia Mick (10th in pole vault) just missed the All-America cut off in their respective events. Far set a new personal best by clearing 15’ 7”.
- Concordia now looks forward to the outdoor season, which will begin March 30 with the Wayne State Invite in Wayne, Neb. The Bulldogs will host three meets during the outdoor season, including the GPAC Championships, May 3-4. Einspahr believes his Bulldogs will be even better suited for success in the outdoor season. He cited the 400 meter hurdles, the steeplechase, the 10,000 meter run, the weight throw and the javelin as some events in which the team expects particularly strong performances.
- The 2013 campaign got started on March 1 with a tripleheader of games in Shawnee, Okla., for head coach Frank Greene’s Bulldogs. After struggling in a 12-0 loss to No. 16 St. Gregory’s (Okla.) in game one, Concordia responded with an 11-5 win over conference rival Dordt and then a 6-5 victory over No. 23 Bethany (Kan.) to close a successful opening weekend.
- After scratching out just a single infield hit in the loss to St. Gregory’s, the Bulldog bats came alive against Dordt. Concordia combined for six home runs in the final two games of the day, including four against the Defenders. The six home runs were hit by six different individuals, including: Clarissa Beving, Angela Harstad, Danielle Harstad, Allyson Porath, Natalie Svoboda and Julia Tyree.
- Porath, who saw action at second base on the season’s opening day, came through with a key three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth versus Dordt. An RBI groundout by Molly Madsen two batters earlier gave Concordia a 6-5 lead. Porath then made it 9-5 after she struck for her first home run of the season with Danielle Harstad and Tyree on base. Porath finished the day at 2-for-4 with four RBIs.
- A couple of freshman made a big impact to begin their careers over the weekend. Tyree appeared in both games in the circle (one start) and picked up both of the wins. The native of Benecia, Calif., also nailed a two-run homer in the third inning of the win over Dordt. She started at second base in two of the games while serving as the No. 3 hitter in the lineup. Meanwhile, freshman Danielle Harstad started all three games at shortstop. She handled five chances without an error and had two runs and two RBIs.
- Greene used three different pitchers to cover 20 innings on Friday. Junior ace Amanda Beeson got the ball to start to game one. Beeson struck out 14 batters in 12.1 innings while appearing in the circle in all three games. Tyree picked up the majority of the remaining innings by tossing seven frames. Sophomore Hayley Carstens also threw 0.2 innings in relief.
- Angela Harstad and Svoboda tied for the team lead with four hits apiece over the weekend. Harstad, who started in right field and batted second in all three games, went a combined 4-for-8 in the tripleheader, including a 3-for-3 effort against Dordt. Svoboda started all three games in centerfield and batted leadoff each game. She went 3-for-4 with three runs and a RBI against Dordt.
- The Bulldogs are one of only two teams in GPAC with a record above .500 in the early going. Hastings is currently 3-1. Five GPAC teams are still waiting to play their first games of the 2013 season.
- Due to cold and unfavorable winter weather, the doubleheader scheduled for this evening (Tuesday) at York College has been postponed. The two games will likely be made up late in the season. Check back on the softball schedule page throughout the year for any changes.
- Thus, the Bulldogs now look forward to their spring break trip to the San Francisco area, where they will play a total of eight games against Golden State squads from March 8 – 13. During that stretch, Concordia will have a doubleheader each with Holy Names, Menlo, Simpson and William Jessup.
- After nearly two weeks between games, and after having three doubleheaders wiped out by inclement winter weather, head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad finally returned to the diamond March 1-2. The Bulldogs traveled to Bartlesville, Okla., and won two of three games in the weekend set with Oklahoma Wesleyan. Read more about Friday’s win HERE. Read up on Saturday’s doubleheader split HERE.
- Senior right-handed pitcher Jeremiah Luber ensured that Concordia got its season back on track with his performance in the 7-2 game one victory against Oklahoma Wesleyan. Luber tossed a nine-inning complete game, allowing five hits, two runs (both earned) while striking out two and walking none. The Waverly, Neb., native held the Eagles hitless through the first five innings before relinquishing a leadoff single in the sixth.
- While Luber and the Bulldog pitching staff provided quality innings all weekend, catcher Ray Finley did plenty of damage at the plate. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of two-run doubles in game one and then added another RBI double in game two. In five games this season, the senior from Tucson, Ariz., has piled up a team-leading .375 batting average, .563 slugging percentage and eight RBIs. Finley currently ranks third in the GPAC in RBIs.
- In 22 innings of work over the weekend, Bulldog pitchers allowed 24 hits and just seven runs (all earned). Junior left-hander Luke Parish-Ward picked up his first win at Concordia in game three of the series. He went 5.1 innings, giving up two runs while scattering 10 hits. He benefited from the great work of junior Tim Fosmo, who stranded two runners on base that he inherited in relief. In addition, right-hander Joe Brandenburg fired 5.1 quality innings in the Bulldogs’ 3-2 loss to Oklahoma Wesleyan.
- Junior centerfielder Camaren Gause continues to look comfortable in his first season as a Bulldog after transferring in this school year. Gause went 3-for-4 with three runs in the 7-2 win on March 1. Gause is hitting .300 while starting the first seven games in centerfield. The Tucson, Ariz., native has also cleanly handled his first 15 chances defensively.
- Improved pitching and defense helped the Bulldogs shake off an 0-4 road trip to Bethany Feb. 16-17. Concordia committed a total of 11 errors and gave up 21 earned runs in the season-opening weekend. The Bulldogs made only three combined errors and allowed just seven earned runs in the three-game series at Oklahoma Wesleyan.
- The long layoff necessitated by cold wintry weather allowed the team to refocus, according to Geidel. “There’s a lot we can take from this weekend,” Geidel said. “From the Bethany weekend until now, we were a totally different ball club. We literally reset the season. That Bethany weekend basically motivated them to get after it.”
- Through seven games, Geidel has used 14 different position players in his starting lineup while also employing 10 different pitchers on the mound. Four players have started all seven games: Gause, junior Zach Gulley, senior Kyle Ivanoff and sophomore Andrew Yerrell. Brandenburg, Luber and Parish-Ward have each made two starts on the mound.
- With this afternoon’s (Tuesday) scheduled doubleheader versus York College canceled, Concordia has shifted focus to its trip to The Sunshine State. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play Trinity Christian (Ill.), Saint Xavier (Ill.), Illinois-Springfield and Southeastern (Fla.) for a total of nine games in Florida from March 9 – 16.
- The Bulldogs enjoyed a busy weekend of tennis action hosted in the Walz Fieldhouse March 1-2. Both men’s and women’s squads welcomed Kansas Wesleyan University on Friday and Tabor College (Kan.) on Saturday. The Concordia women went a perfect 2-0, while the men went 1-1. Read more about Friday’s action HERE. Read about Saturday’s matches HERE.
- For the women, four individuals emerged from the weekend with perfect singles records. Junior Katelyn Koll (No. 1), senior Lindsea Vaudt (No. 3), sophomore Grace Hollenbeck (No. 4) and sophomore Liz Kjellsen (No. 6) each went unbeaten. Koll’s season mark of 3-1 at No. 1 is the top singles record on the team this season. Kjellsen is now 2-1, while Vaudt and Hollenbeck evened up their records at 2-2.
- On the weekend, the Concordia women won 10 of 12 singles matches, allowing it to rally back from 2-1 deficits after doubles play in both matches. The Bulldogs doubles wins came at No. 1 (Koll/Vaudt) over Kansas Wesleyan and at No. 2 (Chelsea Haack/Hollenbeck) over Tabor at No. 2. Overall, Concordia has compiled records of 13-11 in singles and 4-8 in doubles.
- With a 3-1 record as a team, the Bulldog women have the top winning percentage among GPAC teams. Only two other conference squads hold three victories – Doane (3-3) and Morningside (3-5).
- Both men’s matches were decided by 5-4 scores over the weekend. Senior Cole Egger shined at No. 1 singles with a perfect 2-0 mark against the two schools from the state of Kansas. Additionally, sophomore Jonathon Douglas went 2-0 at No. 5 singles while also pairing with junior Joe Vanderveld on a 2-0 mark at No. 3 doubles. Douglas’ 3-1 singles record on the season is tops on the team, as is his 3-1 doubles mark when teamed with Vanderveld.
- On the season, the Bulldog men are 9-15 in singles play and 6-6 in doubles. Douglas, Egger (2-2) and junior Joel Kahldal (2-2) each have singles records of .500 or better. The No. 1 doubles duo of Egger and junior Nathan Wingfield own a 2-2 record.
- Among GPAC men’s tennis squads, only one school – Doane (5-1) – has more wins so far this season than Concordia. Three teams have one win among the six conference schools that sponsor varsity tennis.
- Of the 24 combined men’s and women’s singles matches over the two days, six went to a third set. The Bulldogs won five of those matches as Hollenbeck, Kohl, Vaudt, Egger and Kaldahl all triumphed in one three-set match each over the weekend.
- Concordia will now be idle until traveling to the state of Kansas for several matches March 22-23. The opponents during that trip will be Kansas Wesleyan, Bethany, Bethel and Baker. The Bulldogs return home again on March 26 to take on Doane in a men’s and women’s doubleheader.
5 March 2013
Megan Letts ran the third leg for Concordia's All-American 4x800 meter relay team at the 2013 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships.