Bulldog Weekly Report
Bulldog Athletes of the Week
Female: Sarah Kortze, track and field
Kortze, a senior from Rockford, Ill., broke her own school record in the 10,000 meters with her time of 36:55.66 at the Concordia Outdoor Invite on April 13. That mark is a national qualifying time and ranks sixth on the NAIA leaderboard.
Male: Cody Boellstorff, track and field
Boellstorff’s hammer throw of 174’ 11” at the Concordia Outdoor Invite on April 13 broke the school freshman record by 16 feet. That mark automatically qualifies Boellstorff for the national championships and ranks first in the GPAC and sixth in the NAIA this season.
News and Notes:
Concordia cheer captain a candidate for Miss Iowa: Concordia cheer captain Jessica Olson is set to compete for the title of Miss Iowa in October. If you missed last week’s feature on Olson, check it out HERE.
Bulldog track and field pair earn GPAC weekly honors: Junior Jamie Crouse and sophomore Taiheem Pleasant both received weekly accolades from the GPAC for their performances at the UNK Loper Invite. For more details, 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.
- Sophomore Shawn Rodehorst continued his incredible spring run as the Bulldog men competed in both GPAC Qualifier No. 3 (April 8) and the Blue River Invite (April 12-13). Concordia remained 10th in the GPAC standings (338-335-325–998) but improved by 10 strokes compared to GPAC Qualifier No. 2. The Bulldog “A” team then finished second out of six groups of five individuals at the Blue River Invite. Meanwhile, the Concordia women finished eighth at the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite, held Sunday-Monday in Lincoln.
- Rodehorst became the first Bulldog ever to win the Blue River Invite by carding a two-round 71-73–144, allowing him to finish one stroke better than Doane’s Ryan Harris (69-71–145). After trailing by two strokes after day one, Rodehorst quickly took the lead on day two (April 13) when play shifted from Crete (April 12) to Seward. The Kearney, Neb., native wrestled the lead away with a birdie on hole 7. However, it still came down to the final hole in which Rodehorst saved par and Harris settled for bogey.
- Rodehorst’s 36-hole total of 144 (two-over-par) broke a school record for lowest two-round performance at a single tournament. Concordia’s top golfer, who averaged 77.25 in eight rounds during the fall, has taken his game to another level this spring. He vaulted up 17 spots to 13th on the GPAC leaderboard with his latest qualifier performance and is averaging 72.25 through the first four rounds this spring. Rodehorst’s goal is to get into the top 10 of the conference and earn all-GPAC honors.
- Freshman Sam Simonson also medaled at the Blue River Invite. His two-day 83-79–162 placed him ninth among the field of 29 individuals who participated on both days of the event. Simonson, who hails from Saint Libory, Neb., averaged an 86.25 (with a low of 82) through eight fall rounds. This spring he is averaging 81.75 (through four rounds) with his low round of 77 coming at the Hastings Invite on March 29.
- Sam DeFreece (82-84–166; 12th place), Brock Colclasure (90-81–171; t-15th place) and Sam Mayhall (88-84–172; 17th place) rounded out the top five for the Bulldogs at the Blue River Invite. Head coach Brett Muller was pleased with the improvement in the two through five spots, especially on day two. “We were a lot more consistent throughout the lineup (Saturday),” Muller said. “We were able to get everyone much closer to 80, which was good to see. We want to be able to stay in that 315 to 320 range (as a team).”
- The Concordia women got started early this week with the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite held Sunday and Monday in Lincoln. As a team, the Bulldogs finished eighth with a two-round total of 422-399–821. Senior Chelsea Peck led the way individually with a 100-98–198 to tie for 35th place. For more details on the Nebraska Wesleyan Invite, click HERE.
- Senior Madison Phillips (109-102–211) and sophomores Melissa McIntosh (105-100–205), Jenelle Hallaert (110-99–209) and Allison Schieffer (104) and freshman Gretyl Bremer (117) also took part in the two-day event in Lincoln.
- The men have two events left in the season. They will play Thursday and Friday at the Raider Classic in Columbus, Neb., before looking forward to the final GPAC qualifier on April 25 in Sioux Center, Iowa. The Bulldog women will focus now on GPAC Qualifiers 3 and 4 – both to be played on April 26 in Dakota Dunes, S.D. In other words, all individuals will play 36 holes in a single day.
Track and Field
- The Bulldogs hosted a meet for the first time during this outdoor season as several area schools, including conference rivals such as Doane and Hastings, visited Bulldog Stadium for the Concordia Outdoor Invite. A pair of school records were toppled as both Bulldog men’s and women’s squads finished second in the team scoring.
- Three-time All-American Jamie Crouse continued her assault on the school hammer throw record as she broke her own mark that she had set at the UNK Loper Invite (April 6). Crouse’s toss of 190’ 5” at the Concordia Outdoor Invite far out-distanced her throw of 183’ at Nebraska-Kearney and put even more separation between her and Sara Retzlaff’s former school record of 179’ 3”. Crouse’s mark of 190’ 5” currently ranks third on the NAIA leaderboard behind Embry-Riddle’s (Fla.) Reta Woodard (205’ 3”) and Concordia’s (Ore.) Sharayah Kenady (197’ 10”).
- Concordia senior Sarah Kortze also broke one of her own records with her time of 36:55.66 in the 10,000 meter run at the Concordia Outdoor Invite. That mark is an NAIA automatic national qualifying time and ranks sixth best in the NAIA (first in the GPAC). Kortze’s previous best time in the 10,000 meter run was 37:19.95 at last year’s Concordia Twilight meet.
- Sophomore Taiheem Pleasant, last week’s GPAC track athlete of the week on the men’s side, enjoyed another fantastic day on the track over the weekend. The Lincoln native won the 200 meter dash by clocking in at 21.88 and also ran a leg of Concordia’s 4x400 meter relay that took first in 3:17.91 – the ninth best time in the NAIA this season. Pleasant also holds a “B” national qualifying mark in the 400 meter hurdles with his time of 53.94 (at the Loper Invite).
- Junior Carson Farr, a national qualifier during the indoor season, cleared a height of 15’ 5” in the pole vault at the Concordia Outdoor Invite. That mark, which hit the “B” national qualifying mark, places him ninth in the NAIA. Farr’s personal record in the pole vault is 15’ 7” – a height he cleared at the indoor national championships last month.
- Cody Boellstorf continues to impress as a freshman thrower. The native of Waverly, Neb., broke Concordia’s freshman hammer throw record by 16 feet with his toss of 174’ 11” – an automatic national qualifying mark that ranks first in the GPAC and sixth in the NAIA. Boellstorf finished third at the Concordia Outdoor Invite behind two competitors from NCAA Division II Nebraska-Kearney.
- Assistant coach Jason Berry’s women’s pole vaulters continue to make themselves comfortable at the top of meet leaderboards. Three Bulldogs finished in the top four at the Concordia Outdoor Invite – Cynthia Mick (tie-second – 11’ 1 ¾”), Kamala Moore (tie-fourth – 10’ 8”) and Ashlee Brown (tie-fourth – 10’ 8”). Mick, Moore and Shelby Yelden are tied for the top pole vault mark in the conference this season at 11’ 9 ¾” – an automatic qualifying mark.
- Freshman Elizabeth King won the javelin for the second-straight meet. Her mark of 133’ at the Concordia Outdoor Invite came in just short of her toss of 134’ 2” at the previous week’s meet – the UNK Loper Invite.
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr also got second-place finishes at the Concordia Outdoor Invite from John Cartier (400 meter dash – 49.32), Kim Wood (800 meter run – 2:22.15), Adam Prahlow (1,500 meter run – 3:59.92), Hayden Hohnholt (3,000 meter steeplechase) and the men’s 4x100 meter relay.
- The Bulldogs are back in action at the Doane Relays on Friday and Saturday. This meet takes the place of the originally scheduled event at Grinnell College (Iowa).
- Because of a postponement and a cancelation due to inclement weather, head coach Frank Greene’s squad played just two games this past week – a Sunday twin bill at Morningside. The Bulldogs responded after a 5-0 game one loss with a 6-3 victory in game two to hand the Mustangs their first GPAC loss. Concordia shook off its six-game losing streak and now sits at 9-16 overall and 3-5 in GPAC games.
- Senior center fielder Natalie Svoboda snapped out of her recent slump with a combined 3-for-4 effort in the doubleheader in Sioux City, Iowa. She notched the team’s only two hits in the game one shutout loss and then had a hand in Concordia’s two first-inning runs in game two. Svoboda singled in the first run and then scored the second run. The Lincoln native was moved up from seventh in the lineup in game one to third for game two. She raised her season batting average to .231.
- Junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Beeson picked up her fifth win of the season with another complete game effort on Sunday. She held Morningside to three runs on six hits and three walks while pushing her season strikeout total to 87 with six more. Beeson, who hails from Waverly, Neb., trails Hastings’ Taylor Erlenbusch by four strikeouts for the most in the GPAC.
- Junior outfielder Amanda Baldwin also enjoyed a big offensive game in the night cap on Sunday. Baldwin went 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI while slugging her first home run of the season. The Wilber, Neb., native has started 15 games in 2013.
- Freshman infielder Danielle Harstad, who leads the Bulldogs with her .345 batting average, remains in the top 20 in the GPAC in batting average (19th), on-base percentage (.406 – 18th) and slugging percentage (.534 – 14th). Harstad went 2-for-4 in game two at Morningside.
- The confidence-building victory over the Mustangs showed what the Bulldogs are capable of despite a tough stretch during the homestand the week prior. The win snapped Morningside’s seven-game winning streak. “There’s no reason to think we can’t win the conference tournament,” Greene said. “We’ve played good teams but I don’t see anyone taking charge. You tell me who’s going to win. We may not win the regular season, but I really think we’ll be a threat in the postseason.”
- Junior catcher Amber Topil joins Danielle Harstad as the only other regular hitting .300 or better. Topil is 19-for-60 (.317) on the season and leads the team with 10 RBIs. She also has yet to commit an error in 146 chances (129 putouts, 17 assists) behind the plate.
- Concordia embarks upon a busy week that includes four home doubleheaders between Tuesday and Saturday. Concordia hopes to return to the success at had last season at Plum Creek Park when it went 11-3 in home games. The Bulldogs have begun this season at 1-5 at home. Check out the schedule HERE. The four opponents this week will be Bellevue (24-7), Nebraska Wesleyan (10-11, 5-5 GPAC), Briar Cliff (3-13, 1-7 GPAC) and Mount Marty (1-13, 1-5 GPAC).
- The Bulldogs took five days off before returning to action with GPAC doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday. Concordia finally opened its home schedule and split the four weekend games (two versus Dordt, two against Mount Marty) – all decided by a single run. Check out details from the Dordt doubleheader HERE and for more on the Mount Marty twin bill, click HERE. The Bulldogs now sit at 12-18 overall and 5-7 in GPAC games.
- Eleven of the Bulldogs’ first 30 games have been decided by just one run. Concordia is currently 6-5 in those games. Interestingly, the Bulldogs are 11-0 when leading after six innings and 0-17 when trailing after six innings. Concordia narrowly stayed unbeaten when taking the lead into the seventh after Mount Marty rallied to tie Saturday’s game in which the Bulldogs led 6-3 after six innings. Concordia got one run in the eighth on Eric Ellison’s sacrifice fly and Nick Thill put up a zero in the bottom half to pick up the win.
- The Bulldogs doubled their home run total from three to six following the weekend homestand. Both catcher Ray Finley and right fielder Daniel Wilkerson went deep on April 13 for their second home runs of the season. Shortstop Kyle Ivanoff crushed his first home run in 2013 while leading off game two of Sunday’s doubleheader. The team total of six home runs is two more then the Bulldogs tallied the entire 2012 season.
- After a slow start to the season, sophomore infielder Andrew Yerrell has caught fire. During his current six-game hitting streak, the Santa Fe, Texas, native is 9-for-19 (.474) with five RBIs. He has raised his season average from .224 to .269 over that six-game time period. Yerrell went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in Concordia’s most recent outing.
- Injuries in the outfield allowed Ellison, a junior from Bennington, Neb., to start both games of Sunday’s doubleheader. Ellison, who started the season slow like Yerrell, took advantage of the opportunity and went a combined 4-for-7 with the game-winning RBI in Sunday’s first game. “I’m feeling pretty comfortable right now,” Ellison said. “It took a little while after the start I had, but I’m feeling confident and seeing good pitches.”
- Thill appeared in two of the four weekend games to run his team-leading appearance total to 15. He worked three scoreless innings to keep the Bulldogs close in their 4-3 loss to Dordt. He then fired 1.2 scoreless innings the next day to nab his second win. He lowered his ERA to 2.66 in 20.1 innings.
- While the Bulldogs do not leave the yard with regularity, they lead the GPAC with 1.8 doubles per game. Four Bulldogs rank in the top 10 in the conference in doubles: Camaren Gause (t-fifth with 10), Ray Finley (t-10th with eight), Zach Gulley (t-10th with eight) and Daniel Wilkerson (t-10th with eight).
- Senior Nolan Schaefer went 4-for-8 with three runs (including the winning tally vs. Mount Marty) on Sunday. Schaefer holds game highs among all GPAC players with his three doubles and seven RBIs versus Illinois-Springfield on March 14.
- The Bulldogs have a single game, plus two doubleheaders scheduled for this week: Tuesday (single nine-inning game) at No. 14 York (34-9), Saturday versus Northwestern (19-14, 9-1 GPAC) and Sunday versus Morningside (16-20, 6-6 GPAC). Both weekend home doubleheaders are set to begin at 2 p.m.
- Inclement weather postponed GPAC matches against Doane for both Concordia men’s and women’s squads, making for a relatively light week of action for Bulldog tennis. Head coach Sam Nelson’s women went 1-1 on the week with the win coming over Mount Marty. Meanwhile, the men dropped their only competition of the week, a 9-0 decision to Morningside. For more details on these matches – all played in Fremont, Neb. – click HERE. The women are now 7-3 overall and 2-1 in GPAC play. The men fell to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
- Junior Katelyn Koll and senior Lindsea Vaudt continued their stellar work at No. 1 doubles with two more victories as part of a busy day on April 13. The duo served as one of the bright spots in the 7-2 loss to Morningside as it took an 8-5 decision over the Mustangs’ Katie Hansen and Mary Horton. Koll and Vaudt then helped fuel the 7-2 team victory over Mount Marty with their 8-6 triumph over the Lancers’ Vanessa Rockne and Kendra Cersosimo. Koll and Vaudt have won four-straight matches at No. 1 doubles to improve to 7-3 on the season.
- Assistant coach James Ingrahm liked the way the Bulldog women responded after the loss to Morningside. Ingrahm commended them for shoring up the mistakes they made in the morning match. “We spoke to the girls about what they were doing wrong and they turned it around in the second match,” assistant coach James Ingrahm said. “That was the silver lining on the day.”
- Concordia showed depth in its lineup with dominant victories by Mikaela Barz at No. 5 singles (6-1, 6-0) and by Liz Kjellsen at No. 6 singles (6-1, 6-0). Barz and Kjellsen also breezed to an 8-1 triumph as a doubles combo at No. 3.
- All seven women who have competed in a varsity match remain at .500 or better in singles play. Senior Mikaela Barz (No. 5/6 singles) boasts the team’s top winning percentage at 5-3 (.625) among Bulldogs who have played in at least half of the team’s 10 matches. Sophomore Liz Kjellsen is 3-1 at No. 6. As a team, Concordia is 36-24 in singles.
- The Bulldog men failed to win any singles or doubles matches against Morningside as the Mustangs came through in several tightly-contested battles. Cole Egger (No. 2 singles), Mike McCartney (No. 3 singles) and Jonathan Douglas (No. 4 singles) all lost in super tiebreakers, while Douglas and Joe Vanderveld narrowly fell, 9-7, at No. 3 doubles.
- Ingrahm came away impressed with McCartney’s fight against stiff competition over the weekend. “I thought Mike faced his toughest test since the Bethany match,” Ingrahm said. “He stepped up and won the first set and had his chances in the second set before losing the tiebreak in the third. He kept the pressure on and really played well.”
- Douglas, a sophomore from Fenton, Mo., remains the team leader with six wins in both singles and doubles. He went 4-2 at No. 5 singles before moving up to No. 4 where he is 2-1. He is also 6-3 when paired with Vanderveld in doubles.
- The Bulldogs will hit the road again this week starting with a men’s and women’s doubleheader at Nebraska Wesleyan on Tuesday (4 p.m.). Both squads will then travel to St. Louis, Mo., this weekend. The men will take part in the Concordia Invitational Tournament in St. Louis.
16 April 2013