Weekend in Bulldog athletics (April 25)

Weekend in Bulldog athletics (April 25)

By Lukas Vigil

Here’s a look at what’s happening in Bulldog athletics between Thursday and Saturday. For those looking for a sneak peek at the 2013 Concordia football squad, make plans to attend the open practice Friday at 7 p.m. inside Bulldog Stadium.

Track and Field
-Thursday: at Nebraska Wesleyan Dual; Drake Relays
-Friday-Sunday: Drake Relays

Outlook: Concordia’s track and field squads are once again back in action this weekend as they will take part in two separate meets. Concordia will send its top performers to Des Moines, Iowa, to compete against the stout collegiate competition as they part take in the prestigious Drake Relays starting this Thursday night. The few select athletes to participate in the Drake Relays are as follows: Sarah Kortze (10,000 meter run), men’s 4x100 meter relay, men’s 4x800 meter relay, men’s 4x400 meter relay and Jamie Crouse (hammer throw). The rest of the Concordia track and field team will travel to Lincoln, Neb., to compete in the Nebraska Wesleyan Dual which is set to begin Thursday morning. The Bulldogs look to build upon the momentum from last week’s Doane Relays in Crete, Neb., in which yet another school record was broken. Junior Benjamin Hinckfoot finished first in the 400 meter hurdles with a new school record time of 53.85, just barely breaking the old record time of 53.93. Last week’s Doane Relays also saw two more Bulldogs qualify for the NAIA national championships, with freshman Elizabeth King claiming a first-place finish in the javelin with a throw of 138’10”, while sophomore Joel Ripke finished fourth in the discus with a toss of 162’08”.

Baseball
-Thursday: Doane (26-16, 11-5 GPAC) at Concordia (12-23, 5-11 GPAC), 4 p.m. (SENIOR DAY) – Live Webcast (SENIOR DAY)
-Friday: Concordia (12-23, 5-11 GPAC) at Midland (25-18, 7-7 GPAC), 4 p.m.  – Live Webcast

Outlook: Concordia’s baseball team is back in action this weekend, as its regular season comes to a close. Concordia will host a doubleheader at the friendly confines of Plum Creek Park in Seward, Neb., on Thursday against GPAC rival Doane. Concordia will then be back on the road the next day as it travels north to Fremont, Neb., to take on Midland University in another GPAC matchup. Concordia looks to end a six-game losing streak and find a way to squeeze into the GPAC postseason. It was a rough week for the Bulldogs as they dropped a pair of doubleheaders last weekend against fellow GPAC schools’ Northwestern College and Morningside College. The lone bright spot for the Bulldogs in last weekend’s doubleheader against Northwestern was the stellar performances they got from their pitching staff. Seniors Jeremiah Luber and Joe Brandenburg both fired complete games in their starts against the Red Raiders as they frustrated hitters with their combination of fastballs and off-speed pitches. However, the Bulldogs weren’t able to catch a break as their bats let them down scoring only one run in the two-game set.

Softball
-Thursday: Concordia (12-21, 6-8 GPAC) at Midland (14-19, 8-6 GPAC), 5 p.m. – Live Audio
-Saturday: Concordia (11-20, 5-7 GPAC) at Dakota Wesleyan (6-18, 4-6 GPAC), 1 p.m. – Live Audio

Outlook: Concordia’s season is coming to a close as the Bulldogs will go on their final road trip of the year as they travel on Thursday to Fremont, Neb., to take on Midland University. Two days later the Bulldogs will make the roughly four-hour drive north to Mitchell, S.D., to battle Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader. Despite the up-and-down season for the Bulldogs, they are currently sitting at the eighth place position in conference standings which would qualify them for next week’s GPAC tournament. Concordia went 2-2 this past week as they were able to sweep the Lancers of Mount Marty last Saturday (April 20), but were swept the next day by Briar Cliff. After struggling in previous weeks, Concordia’s bats finally seemed to come alive this past week as they were able to manage 25 hits over four ball games (prior to Wednesday night’s doubleheader split at Hastings). Concordia hopes that their recent success at the plate will allow them to make a final season push to ensure them a spot in next week’s GPAC tournament.

Men’s Golf
-Thursday: at GPAC Qualifier No. 4, Sioux Center, Iowa

Outlook: After almost a two-week break, Concordia’s men’s golf team is back in action this weekend as it travels to Sioux Center, Iowa, for the fourth and final GPAC Qualifier. The Bulldogs were supposed to be out competing on the greens last week at the Raider Classic in Columbus, Neb., but due to the recent nasty weather in the Midwest, the Raider Classic was canceled. This by far will be the biggest tournament to date for the Bulldogs as they make their final push to qualify for Nationals. Head coach Brett Muller will look to sophomore Shawn Rodehorst to be the catalyst for the Bulldogs this weekend. Rodehorts’s last time out saw him finish first at the Blue River Invitational, the first time ever a Concordia Bulldog has ever won the Blue River Invite. Rodehorst currently sits in 13th in the GPAC standings. His goal is to crack the top 10 and earn all-conference recognition.

Men’s Tennis
-Thursday: Hastings (7-10, 3-0 GPAC) at Concordia (5-8, 1-2 GPAC), 4:30 p.m.

Outlook: Concordia’s men’s tennis team is back in action this weekend as it remains in Seward, Neb., to host fellow GPAC member Hastings College on Thursday. Concordia will look to bounce back after a disappointing performance last weekend at the Concordia Invitational Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. The Bulldogs as a team finished the weekend with a 1-2 record. Their lone victory came against Concordia Seminary, 7-1. The highlight of the weekend came from the No. 1 doubles pairing of junior Nathan Wingfield and senior Cole Egger as they finished the weekend with a 2-1 record.

Women’s Golf
-Friday: at GPAC Qualifiers Nos. 3 and 4, Dakota Dunes, S.D.

Outlook: Just like the Concordia’s men’s golf team, the women’s team is finally back in action after almost two weeks without competing. Concordia’s women’s golf team will travel north to Dakota Dunes, S.D., to partake in the last two GPAC qualifiers. GPAC Qualifier No. 3 was supposed to take place earlier this month in Lincoln, Neb., but due to the nasty spring weather the Midwest has endured, the No. 3 qualifier was rescheduled for this weekend. The women’s team will play a total of 36 holes on Friday to make up for the No. 3 qualifier as well. Just like for the men’s, this weekend’s tournament will be the most important to date for the women’s team, which rests in 10th place heading into the final two qualifiers.

Women’s Tennis
-Saturday: Concordia (8-6, 2-2 GPAC) at Northwestern (5-7, 3-1 GPAC), 10 a.m.

Outlook: Concordia’s women’s tennis team will once again be on the road this weekend as it travels to Fremont, Neb., to take on fellow GPAC member Northwestern College. Concordia will look for more consistency as it finishes up the regular season schedule. Just like the men’s squad, the women’s team is looking for improvement after a 1-2 weekend in St. Louis, Mo. Their lone victory of the weekend came against Missouri Baptist University, 7-0. The bright spot was the No. 3 doubles pairing of senior Mikaela Barz and sophomore Liz Kjellsen when they came up with the only victory for the Bulldogs in their match against a good McKendree (Ill.) team. 

25 April 2013

Senior Sarah Kortze is one of several Bulldogs who will compete at the prestigious Drake Relays between Thursday and Saturday.