Fourteenth annual Cattle Classic gets underway Friday

Fourteenth annual Cattle Classic gets underway Friday

SEWARD, Neb. – Concordia University plays host to the 14th annual Cattle Classic when the action inside Walz Arena gets started on Friday afternoon. The event again features four men’s basketball games and four women’s hoops contests spread out between Friday and Saturday.

The event, co-sponsored by Concordia and The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co., raises money and food for the Blue Valley Community Action's Food Pantry. Pac N Save of Seward will match all canned food donations.

All eight games of the classic will be webcast live via the Concordia Sports Network.

2013 CATTLE CLASSIC SCHEDULE

Friday, Nov. 8

  • Women: Doane College vs. Valley City State University (N.D.), 1 p.m.
  • Men: University of Jamestown (N.D.) vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 3 p.m.
  • Women: Concordia vs. University of Jamestown (N.D.), 6 p.m.
  • Men: Concordia vs. Culver-Stockton College (Mo.), 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 9

  • Women: Doane College vs. University of Jamestown (N.D.), 12 p.m.
  • Men: Culver-Stockton College (Mo.) vs. University of Jamestown (N.D.), 2 p.m.
  • Women: Concordia vs. Valley City State University (N.D.), 5 p.m.
  • Men: Concordia vs. Oklahoma Wesleyan University, 7 p.m.


ADMISSION

The price of admission to the games is as follows:

  • For adults
    • 10 cans or $10 for weekend pass
    • 6 cans or $6 per game
  • Concordia students
    • 6 cans or $6 for weekend pass
    • 3 cans or $2 per game
  • Children
    • 6 cans or $6 for weekend pass
    • 3 cans or $2 per game
    • (youth who participate in the basketball clinic are admitted free; also, children five and under are admitted free)

LAST YEAR’S CATTLE CLASSIC

On the men’s side, Concordia swept its competition at the Cattle Classic, earning an 84-56 rout of Kansas Wesleyan University and then a 73-70 win over Bethel College (Kan.). Then senior Porter Birtell combined for 38 points and 23 rebounds in the two victories on the way to earning Cattle Classic All-Tournament team honors. Adam Vogt, then a junior, joined Birtell with Cattle Classic recognition. Vogt racked 24 points on 6-for-12 shooting from beyond the arc over the two games.

On the women’s side, the Bulldogs bludgeoned both of their opponents, winning by an average margin of 47.0 points. Concordia, then ranked No. 1 in NAIA Division II, defeated Johnson & Wales (Colo.) 121-72 in a season high offensive output. The next day the Bulldogs blew out York College, 95-50. Head coach Drew Olson’s squad forced a combined 74 turnovers on the weekend. Then seniors Beth Kohmetscher and Katie Rich represented Concordia on the all-tournament team. Rich totaled 26 points, nine steals and seven rebounds at the Cattle Classic, while Kohmetscher piled up 27 points on 9-for-20 shooting from 3-point range.

SCOUTING THE 2013 FIELD

Both Concordia basketball squads will be tested significantly as nationally-ranked opponents invade Walz Arena this weekend. Head coach Ben Limback’s Bulldog men have already squared off against two top 25 foes having lost to No. 24 York College and No. 19 Bellevue University at the York College Tip Off Classic Nov. 1-2. On the other hand, coach Drew Olson’s women came back to defeat No. 17 Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 2 and followed it up with a 96-89 victory at No. 23 College of Saint Mary on Tuesday.

The fifth-ranked Concordia women are off to a 3-0 start behind junior guard Bailey Morris, who earned MVP honors at last weekend’s Grand View Classic. Meanwhile, the men feature lanky 6-foot-9 sophomore Max Wegener, who went wild for a combined 39 points and 19 rebounds in Concordia’s first two games.

MEN

Culver-Stockton College (Mo.)
Head Coach: Jack Schrader (3rd year)
2012-13 Record: 26-9
2013-14 Record: 2-0 (ranked No. 18 in NAIA Division I)
Conference: Heart of America Athletic Conference
Overview: The Wildcats completely turned things around last season, going from 4-24 in 2011-12 to 26-9 with a NAIA Division I national quarterfinal appearance in 2012-13. Culver-Stockton has lost its top two scorers from a year ago in Marshawn Norris (18.0 ppg) and Austin Keaton (16.1 ppg), but it returns 6-foot-5 forward James Johnson (14.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg in ’12-13). Head coach Jack Schrader’s squad again figures to contend for a spot at the top of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

University of Jamestown (N.D.)
Head Coach: Justin Wieck (2nd year)
2012-13 Record: 8-26
2013-14 Record: 2-2 (receiving votes in NAIA Division II)
Conference: North Star Athletic Association
Overview: Despite an 8-26 record last season, the Jimmies received votes in the preseason national poll thanks to the return of All-American senior guard Mark Hoge along with the arrival of a heralded recruiting class. Hoge is averaging 17.8 points through four games after averaging 18.5 per game last season. Hoge teams with sophomore point guard Brequan Tucker (17.8 ppg, 6.3 apg) to give head coach Justin Wieck a formidable backcourt. The Jimmies are coming off an exhibition game at NCAA Division I New Mexico on Wednesday.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Head Coach: Jason Beschta (3rd year)
2012-13 Record: 21-11
2013-14 Record: 3-0 (ranked No. 13 in NAIA Division II)
Conference: Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference
Overview: The Eagles will represent the third Concordia opponent already this season out of the MCAC. Oklahoma Wesleyan, led by star junior point guard Devin Harris (18.7 ppg, 6.2 apg, 4.7 rpg in ’12-13), is picked to win a league that includes No. 19 Bellevue and No. 24 York. Harris and senior Josh Young give head coach Jason Beschta one of the NAIA’s top backcourts. The Eagles also have junior guard Tyler Woods (13.4 ppg in ’12-13) back as part of an experienced team that won 21 games last year.

WOMEN

Doane College
Head Coach: Tracee Fairbanks (15th year)
2012-13 Record: 6-22
2013-14 Record: 2-0
Conference: Great Plains Athletic Conference
Overview: The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start with wins over Park University (Mo.) and Kansas Wesleyan University as they try to rebound from a six-win season in 2012-13. Veteran head coach Tracee Fairbanks has a bona fide star in junior forward Hannah Dostal, who has scored 23 and 26 points, respectively, in the team’s first two games this season. Doane also gets a boost from freshman Hanah Barnard of Beatrice, Neb. She is averaging 14.0 points after two contests.

University of Jamestown (N.D.)
Head Coach: Greg Ulland (3rd year)
2012-13 Record: 27-6
2013-14 Record: 4-1 (ranked No. 10 in NAIA Division II)
Conference: North Star Athletic Association
Overview: The Jimmies find themselves ranked in the top 10 in NAIA Division II a season after reaching the round of 16 at the national tournament. Senior point guard Hannah Steele (13.0 ppg, 6.0 apg, 2.0 spg) runs the show for a team that has won four of its five games this season. Head coach Greg Ulland’s team has already played two GPAC opponents. The Jimmies fell 96-86 to No. 7 Northwestern on Nov. 1 and then defeated Dordt 80-78 the next day.

Valley City State University (N.D.)
Head Coach: Cathy Hanek (1st year)
2012-13 Record: 24-8
2013-14 Record: 0-2 (receiving votes in NAIA Division II)
Conference: North Star Athletic Association
Overview: The Vikings have a new head coach after reaching the NAIA national tournament in each of the past three years. Head coach Cathy Hanek’s squad is 0-2 halfway through a four-game season-opening stretch against GPAC opponents. Valley City State fell 68-62 to Dordt (Nov. 1) and lost 83-54 to No. 7 Northwestern (Nov. 2). Hanek has senior leadership with forward Brittany Lehner (13.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg in ’12-13) serving as the team’s brightest standout. Valley City State was pegged to finish third in the newly-formed NSAA.

7 November 2013

Junior Tracy Peitz

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