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 meter run by clocking in at 36:33.47 at the Drake Relays on April 25. That time is the top mark in the GPAC and ranks sixth on the NAIA leaderboard.
Male: Shawn Rodehorst, golf
Rodehorst, a sophomore from Kearney, Neb., tied for first at GPAC Qualifier No. 4 with a one-under-par 70 in Sioux Center, Iowa, on April 25. That score allowed him to earn all-conference honors and place eighth individually in the GPAC for the season. He also broke a school record for lowest season average.
News and Notes:
Frank Greene to step down at conclusion of 2013 season: Concordia head softball coach Frank Greene will resign at the conclusion of this season. Greene, the program’s all-time wins leader with 302, officially announced the move on April 25. For further details, click HERE.
Concordia football completes spring practice season: Head coach Vance Winter’s Bulldogs completed their spring practice schedule with their annual open practice held on April 26. Winter raved about the athleticism of the defense and the progress of the offense following the final practice. Read more about what Winter had to say HERE.
Bulldog volleyball concludes spring season: For an update on the progress of Bulldog volleyball this offseason, click HERE. “Overall, I’m normally a pretty optimistic guy, but even this spring impressed me more than I thought it would,” head coach Scott Mattera said. “The girls really stepped up.”
Concordia men’s soccer student-athlete to team with Athletes in Action: Sophomore Brendan Buchanan will travel to Africa in July to play soccer and share his faith as part of Athletes in Action. Buchanan’s hometown newspaper – the Broomfield Enterprise in Colorado – wrote a feature on his involvement. Check it out HERE.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting http://www.cune.edu/csn at game time. Check team schedules/results pages for webcast dates. Scrimmages, exhibitions and junior varsity events are not broadcasted.
- Both Bulldog men’s and women’s golfers completed their 2012-13 campaigns last week as GPAC qualifier action culminated. As a team, the men finished with a four round 338-335-325-319–1,317 at the GPAC qualifiers to place 10th in the conference. The women turned in a 415-392-398-401–1,606 to put them in 11th in the conference chase. The clear bright spot from the final week of play was sophomore Shawn Rodehorst. Read more details about last week HERE.
- Rodehorst, a native of Kearney, Neb., has already begun rewriting Concordia record books in just two seasons as a Bulldog. Rodehorst tied for first at GPAC Qualifier No. 4 with a one-under-par 70 in Sioux Center, Iowa, on April 25. That score allowed him to place eighth individually in the GPAC – good enough for all-conference honors.
- Rodehorst, who started the spring season in 30th place in the GPAC, set a school record for lowest average round in a single season with his 75.2 average in 13 rounds in 2012-13. After averaging 77.25 in the fall, Rodehorst improved to a sizzling 71.8 in five spring rounds, culminating with his masterful effort at the final GPAC qualifier.
- “He played the cleanest round I’ve seen him play,” Bulldog head coach Brett Muller said. “Shawn came in as a freshman and I knew he would be very good. He showed glimpses as a freshman of what he could be and then showed more of that in the fall. This spring he put it all together. He just doesn’t get in trouble. He is very consistent and has an exceptional mental game.”
- The men’s team score of 319 at GPAC Qualifier No. 4 was its lowest of the four qualifier events. Freshman Garrett Suchanek followed Rodehorst on April 25 with an 82. Concordia’s group of five was rounded out by two more freshmen in Brock Colclasure (83) and Sam Simonson (84) and a junior in Sam DeFreece (85) on the par-71 course. DeFreece’s four-round total of 85-90-78-85–338 allowed him to finish 32nd overall among individual GPAC golfers, while Simonson (87-89-88-84–348) came in 34th.
- The women were forced to play 36 holes on April 26 due to the postponement of GPAC Qualifier No. 3. Senior Chelsea Peck carded the team’s top two-round total with a 92-104–196. However, that performance left the Lincoln native short of all-conference honors for a second-straight year. “Chelsea got off to a great start shooting a 43 on her first nine holes,” Muller said. “Then she had some bad breaks and lost a little bit of confidence. She put a lot of pressure on herself to get back into that all-conference range. It just didn’t go her way.”
- Sophomore Melissa McIntosh was right behind Peck after shooting 98-100–198. Sophomore Janelle Hallaert took third for the Bulldogs, shooting 101-98–199. Senior Madison Phillips (107-100–207) and sophomore Allison Schieffer (110-103–213) rounded out the Concordia lineup at the final GPAC qualifiers.
- The two-round day seemed to cause higher scores than normal as the grueling schedule wore on the GPAC field. “Playing 36 holes today not only took a toll on us but on everybody,” Muller said. “The scores were higher than you would normally see even though the conditions were the best we’ve had all spring.”
- Muller’s Bulldogs will return their entire varsity lineup on the men’s side for 2013-14 and three of the five women who competed last week in Sophomores Janell Hallaert, Melissa McIntosh and Allison Schieffer.
- The 2013 campaign came to an end on April 26 for head coach Jeremy Geidel’s squad. A 1-0 loss to Midland in game one of the doubleheader in Fremont, Neb., eliminated Concordia from contention for this weekend’s GPAC tournament, which will feature the league’s top eight teams in the standings. However, the Bulldogs did end the season on a positive note by defeating the Warriors 11-6 in game two of the twin bill. Concordia finished the season at 13-26 overall and 6-14 in conference action.
- Shortstop Kyle Ivanoff, one of eight seniors who were recognized at Senior Day on April 25, finished his career with a tremendous final week as a Bulldog. He recorded two four-hit games, raising his season average from .252 to .286. Ivanoff proved extremely durable over his career as he started all 53 games at shortstop last season and all 39 games at the same position in 2013. The Tucson, Ariz., native finished his career with a .281 batting average in 134 games.
- Concordia took out a season’s worth of frustration at the plate by busting out for a season high 17 hits in Friday’s victory over Midland. Five different Bulldogs collected two or more hits, led by the four from Ivanoff. The team’s previous season high for hits was 15 – a number it reached in a 20-1 thrashing of Illinois-Springfield in Florida on March 14.
- Concordia lost two games last week by just a single run, dropping its record to 6-8 in contests decided by one run. That means that 35.9 percent of the Bulldogs’ games were one-run decisions. Concordia also went 6-8 in one-run games in 2012 when 26.4 percent of the team’s games came down to a single run.
- Freshman Tyler Harris made an immediate impact after finding his way to Concordia via his hometown of Valrico, Fla. He ended up winning the team batting title with a .307 average – 26th in the GPAC – while serving as a middle-of-the-order hitter for much of the season. Harris started 31 games and appeared in 33 of 39 games.
- Center fielder Camaren Gause also paid instant dividends after transferring to Concordia this past fall via Easter Arizona Community College. The Tucson, Ariz., native was one of three Bulldogs – along with Ivanoff and Andrew Yerrell – to start all 39 games. Gause batted .288 while leading the team in runs (24), doubles (11), walks (16) and on-base percentage (.372).
- In conference games only, Concordia had three players who batted better than .300 – Ivanoff (.328), Harris (.321) and Yerrell (.302). As a team, the Bulldogs hit .254 within conference play and averaged 3.65 runs per game.
- The Bulldogs posted a record of 10-4 when they scored four runs or more. On the flip side, Concordia went just 3-22 when tallying only four runs or fewer. The lack of consistency offensively played a part in the Bulldogs never winning more than two games in a row this season.
- Generating more offense will be a priority for 2014 in addition to replacing four key senior pitchers who accounted for 50 percent of the innings thrown by Bulldog hurlers this season. Rotation stalwarts Joe Brandenburg (3-5, 4.43 ERA) and Jeremiah Luber (2-6, 5.02 ERA) will depart along with relievers Jordan Ahl (four saves) and Nick Thill (3.58 ERA), who led the team with 20 appearances out of the bullpen. Ivanoff, catcher Ray Finley (.240, 3 HR, 21 RBIs) and first baseman Nolan Schaefer (.232, 15 RBIs) will also graduate. That leaves players like Gause, Harris, Yerrell and lefty starting pitcher Luke Parish-Ward (4-4, 3.91 ERA) as the nucleus of the 2014 team.
Track and Field
- Bulldog track and field had at least one athlete in competition every day from Wednesday through Saturday last week as Concordia was represented at three different meets. Athletes were funneled between the University of Nebraska Pre-Drake meet (April 24), the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Open (April 25) and the Drake Relays (April 25-27). To read more about each of these meets, click HERE.
- Senior Sarah Kortze was one of 14 Bulldogs to compete in the prestigious Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The Rockford, Ill., native shattered her own school record in the 10,000 meter run by roughly 22 seconds by clocking in at 36:33.47 at Drake. That time placed her 19th among the 34 competitors in the event and currently ranks as the sixth fastest in the NAIA this season. Kortze has qualified for the outdoor national championships.
- The Bulldog men’s 4x400 meter relay also turned in a great performance at Drake, coming up just over a second short of the school record with a time of 3:15.05. Concordia’s quartet of Taiheem Pleasant, Alex Heiden, Benjamin Hinckfoot and John Cartier came in 11th out of 31 relay teams in the preliminaries at Drake. Their time is an automatic national qualifying mark that checks in at No. 5 on the NAIA leaderboard. The school record in the 4x400 meter relay is still held by the group of Mark Samuels (current assistant coach), Matt Luevano, Josh Gerken and Nick Suing, who collectively finished in 3:14.01 at the 2004 outdoor national championships.
- Junior three-time All-American Jamie Crouse also traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, to test her mettle against the best of the best. Her efforts at Drake capped a busy week for the Belgrade, Neb., native, who competed at three different meets in a four-day stretch. Crouse recorded a hammer throw of 176’ 9” to place 15th at Drake. However, the highlight of the week for Crouse came at the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Open where she recorded her best shot put mark of the season at 45’ 6 ½”, placing her second at the meet. That mark ranks ninth in the NAIA this season.
- Crouse was one of three individuals to claim titles at the UNL Pre-Drake meet. Crouse took first in the hammer throw (175’ 7”) while junior John Cartier won the 200 meter dash (21.96) and junior Adam Prahlow captured the 800 meter run (1:57.54).
- Head coach Kregg Einspahr’s Bulldogs then added four more titles at the Nebraska Wesleyan Spring Open: Jonathon Becker (110 meter hurdles – 15.15), Hayden Hohnholt (3,000 meter steeplechase – 9:50.79), Jericca Pearson (triple jump – 37’ 8 ½”) and Erika Schroeder (3,000 meter steeplechase – 12:14.97).
- All of last week’s events served as a tune up for the highly anticipated GPAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will be hosted on the Concordia University campus on Friday and Saturday. Doane appears to be the favorite for both the men and women after winning GPAC titles on both sides during the indoor season.
- While Doane may be the favorite in the team races, Concordia expects to score plenty of points in a variety of events. Crouse is the obvious favorite to win the hammer throw as part of a strong group of throwers, while the women are also particularly strong in the pole vault. Meanwhile, the men should fare well in the relays and in the hurdles. The Bulldogs hope to move up the conference standings after finishing third on the men’s side and fourth on the women’s side during at the GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. View the event schedule for the GPAC outdoor championships HERE.
- The Concordia women locked up the No. 3 seed in the GPAC tournament thanks to a perfect week in conference action. Meanwhile, the men fell 8-1 to Hastings in their only match last week. The women boast an overall record of 10-6 and a league mark of 4-2. The men are now 5-9 overall and 1-3 in conference action.
- The Bulldog women topped Hastings, 6-3, and Northwestern, 7-2, as they ran their win streak to three. Concordia clinched both matches quickly by winning two of three doubles matches and then promptly taking the first three singles matches to go final.
- Both sophomore Liz Kjellsen and junior Katelyn Koll put forth impressive comebacks to win singles matches versus Northwestern. After winning the first set, Kjellsen found herself down 5-0 in the second set only to rally and win the next seven games to take the match. After the first two sets went 4-6, 6-2, Northwestern’s Terry Odera took the upper hand in the tiebreaker before Koll won five games in a row at one point and ended up winning 10-8 to run her singles mark to 8-6. “We showed some great mental fortitude and had some good comebacks,” Nelsons said. “It’s encouraging to see that our girls never count themselves out even when they’re down within a set or even a game.”
- A trio of Bulldogs won both of their singles matches on the week: Katelyn Koll (No. 1), Chelsea Haack (No. 2) and Grace Hollenbeck (No. 4). Those three have a combined singles mark of 26-19, led by the 10-6 record of Haack, a freshman from Columbus, Neb.
- At No. 3 doubles, senior Mikaela Barz and Kjellsen went 2-0 on the week to increase their winning streak to four. Over that time period, they have won by an average score of 8-5. Barz and Kjellsen own the team’s top doubles record at 10-6. They are 5-1 in GPAC matches with the only loss coming to their counterparts from Morningside.
- With the three-straight wins, the Concordia women now have the top winning percentage in the GPAC in terms of overall record at .625. Nebraska Wesleyan, who is listed as receiving votes in the national poll, possesses an overall mark of 11-7 (.611).
- With a 9-3 singles record on the week, the Bulldog women improved to 51-43 (.543) in singles play on the season. That mark includes a 21-15 (.583) record in GPAC play. In addition, Concordia went 4-2 in doubles for the week to run their season records to 26-22 overall and 12-6 in the GPAC.
- In a home match against Hastings on April 25, the Bulldog men’s only victory came at No. 2 doubles as part of an 8-1 team loss. The combo of Mike McCartney and Joel Kaldahl defeated Kolby Matheny and Leland Dexter of the Broncos by a score of 8-3. McCartney and Kaldahl picked up their first doubles victory in conference play.
- Sophomore Jonathan Douglas continues to carry the team’s top singles mark. The Fenton, Mo., native is 7-7 overall while playing at both Nos. 4 and 5 singles. Douglas also holds the team’s top doubles mark, along with junior Joe Vanderveld. The duo is 9-5 when working in tandem, including a 2-2 GPAC record.
- Both Concordia men and women will play their final regular-season matches on Tuesday afternoon as rival Doane visits Seward. The women will get started at 1:30 p.m. with the men filling in shortly after as the women’s matches finish up. The men are already locked into the No. 5 seed for this weekend’s conference tournament.
- Concordia played three doubleheaders in four days between Wednesday and Saturday last week, going 2-4 with single victories over Hastings and Dakota Wesleyan – both by a single run. To read more about last week’s games, click HERE. Concordia is now 13-24 overall and 7-11 in GPAC games. The Bulldogs are tied with Briar Cliff for eighth place in the conference.
- The Bulldogs have shown flashes throughout the season of what they can accomplish when they play solid fundamental softball. Concordia gave second-place Morningside its first conference loss of the season on April 14 and also knocked off first-place Hastings, 4-3, on April 24. Head coach Frank Greene’s squad nearly pulled off a sweep at Hastings before finally falling 3-2 in extra innings in the second game of the twin bill. However, inconsistency reared its head again throughout the week, leaving the Bulldogs in a fight to reach the GPAC tournament.
- Senior Nicole Mapes has saved her best for the stretch run as her career in a Bulldog uniform winds down. The Greeley, Colo., native has solidified the shortstop position where she has started the last 12 games since converting from the outfield. She extended her hitting streak to six games by notching at least one hit in each game last week. Mapes is 14-for-35 (.400) over her last nine games. In conference games only, Mapes is hitting .371.
- Concordia tallied 10 hits in the second game of the April 27 doubleheader at Dakota Wesleyan, marking the ninth time this season the Bulldogs have reached double figures in hits in a single game. Concordia is 7-2 in those games. The team’s season high for hits in a single game is 16, a figure it reached on March 20 in a 17-4 win at Central Christian (Kan.).
- Junior right-handed pitcher Amanda Beeson continues to rack up strikeouts at a rate consistent with the top pitchers in the GPAC. Her 128 strikeouts are second only to 134 of Midland’s Sammy Hislop among conference pitchers. Beeson also ranks third in strikeouts per nine innings with 9.22. Last week the Waverly, Neb., native tallied 21 punch outs in 24.2 innings in which she gave up only eight earned runs on 20 hits and seven walks.
- Senior Natalie Svoboda enjoyed a big doubleheader on Saturday as she went 4-for-7 with a home run, a double, three RBIs and three runs. Svoboda’s RBI double in the top of the 10th inning of the second game at Dakota Wesleyan proved to be the game winner. The Lincoln native now has at least one hit in four-straight games.
- Greene’s squad has not lost a game this season in which it has scored five runs or more in a game. The Bulldogs are 9-0 in such contests. They are 1-21 when scoring fewer than four runs. In addition, Concordia is 5-1 in games in which it does not commit an error and 10-4 when out-hitting its opponent.
- The race for the team batting title will likely come down to freshman Danielle Harstad (.315) and Mapes (.309). They are the only two regulars with batting averages above .300. Catcher Amber Topil boasts a .280 average.
- The Bulldogs conclude the regular season this evening (Tuesday) with a doubleheader versus Nebraska Wesleyan (15-16, 9-9 GPAC). First pitch is set for 5 p.m. Concordia can vault in front of the Prairie Wolves in the GPAC tournament pecking order by taking both games of the doubleheader. Concordia will need to win at least one of the games to have a chance to make this weekend’s GPAC tournament, which will be held in Sioux City, Iowa.
30 April 2013
Shawn Rodehorst is the Bulldog Male Athlete of the Week.