A Shattering Academic All-MIAC Season

Concordia had a record-setting 83 winter and spring student-athletes earn MIAC Academic All-Conference honors.
Concordia had a record-setting 83 winter and spring student-athletes earn MIAC Academic All-Conference honors.

MOORHEAD, Minn. (7/06/20)---Concordia winter and sports student-athletes shattered the school record for MIAC Academic All-Conference award winners as the Cobbers placed 83 student-athletes on the honor list.

The previous highwater mark was 56 which was set last year during the winter and spring seasons.

Concordia student-athletes also set a new record for the total number of Academic All-Conference award winners for an entire academic yea. The Cobbers placed 122 student-athletes on the Academic All-Conference list for the fall, winter and spring seasons.

The women’s track and field team had the most student-athletes achieve MIAC Academic All-Conference honors. The team had 16 student-athletes earn the conference academic award. The men’s track and field team had 10 honorees while both the men’s and women’s hockey team had nine student-athletes receive the award.

Of the 83 Cobber student-athletes who earned Academic All-Conference honors this spring, there were nine seniors who received the honor for the third straight season. The honor is only awarded to sophomores, juniors and seniors so the maximum number of Academic All-Conference honors a student-athlete can receive is three. The 3-time award winners include men’s basketball player Andrew Holen, men’s golfer Gage Stromme, men’s hockey seniors Joe Burgmeier, Eddie Eades and Jacob Stephan, women’s hockey athletes Amanda Flemming and Ally Wiitala and men’s tennis standouts Erik Porter and Jared Saue.

This year's Academic All-Conference list spotlights 1,493 examples of student-athletes achieving excellence without compromise. For the first time ever, the winter and spring sport totals alone exceeded 1,000 student-athletes, with all 14 sports setting new single-season records.

Women's track and field became the first MIAC sport to surpass 200 Academic All-Conference student-athletes in a single year with a record total of 209, while men's track and field had the second-most honorees this year with 155. Baseball surpassed the century mark for the first time ever with 118 honorees, followed by softball (95), women's hockey (70), men's hockey (68), women's tennis (57), women's swimming and diving (56), women's basketball (53), men's tennis (40), men's basketball (37), men's golf (33), men's swimming and diving (33), and women's golf (32).

In order to qualify for Academic All-MIAC status, student-athletes must be sophomores, juniors, or seniors by academic standards with a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Athletically, winter team sport student-athletes must have competed in 50 percent of their team's regular-season varsity contests. In addition, hockey goalies must have played in one-third (33.3 percent) of their team's total minutes played for the regular season. Swimming and diving competitors must have placed in the top-16 of an individual event or relay at the 2020 MIAC Championships to be eligible. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the 2020 spring season, the athletic requirement for spring sport student-athletes was waived this year.

MIAC Academic All-Conference honors are announced twice annually, after the completion of the fall and spring academic semesters.

Concordia Academic All-Conference Award Winners – Winter/Spring 2018-19
Baseball
Brett Erickson (Sr., Glyndon, Minn.)
Matt Gruber (So., Glenwood, Minn.)
Adam Jaeger (So., Belgrade, Minn.)
Dawson Leer (So., Owatonna, Minn.)
Sean McGuire (Jr., Fergus Falls, Minn.)
Jake McKeever (So., Fargo, N.D.)
Mason Penske (Jr., Marshall, Minn.)
Josh Schmidt (Sr., St. Michael, Minn.)
Ben Swanson (Jr., Fargo, N.D.)
Ryan Van Moer (Jr., Marshall, Minn.)
Mitchell Ziebarth (Sr., Cambridge, Minn.)

Men's Basketball
David Birkeland (So., Hermantown, Minn.)
Jacob Fredrickson (Jr., Prior Lake, Minn.)
Andrew Holen (Sr., Bismarck, N.D.)
John Reiten (Sr., Minot, N.D.)

Women's Basketball
Elizabeth Birkemeyer (Jr., Ada, Minn.)
Rachel Hoernemann (Jr., Ortonville, Minn.)
Bailee Larson (So., Buffalo, Minn.)
Taviahna Tanin (So., Middleton, Wis.)
 Autumn Thompson (So., Argyle, Minn.)

Men's Golf
Tyler Bossert (Jr., Fargo, N.D.)
Blake Kahlbaugh (Sr., Mahnomen, Minn.)
Ryan Paskey (So., Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
Gage Stromme (Sr., Fargo, N.D.)

Women's Golf
Bailey Klause (Yr., Hometown)

Men's Hockey
Marshall Barnes (Jr., Edina, Minn.)
Tyler Bossert (Jr., Fargo, N.D.)
Jacen Bracko (So., Calgary, Alta.)
Joe Burgmeier (Sr., Clear Lake, Iowa)
Eddie Eades (Sr., East Grand Forks, Minn.)
Brock Montgomery (Jr., Grand Forks, N.D.)
Kyle Siemers (Jr., Crown Point, Ind.)
Jacob Stephan (Sr., Eagle River, Wis.)
Alex Stoley (Jr., Manteca, Calif.)

Women's Hockey
Hannah Christian (So., Warroad, Minn.)
Maddie Ellingson (Sr., Brainerd, Minn.) 
Callie Fagerstrom (Jr., Thief River Falls, Minn.)
Amanda Flemming (Sr., Sartell, Minn.)
Maiah McCowan (Jr., Mandan, N.D.)
Megan Mohr (Jr., Sauk Rapids, Minn.)
Allison O’Kane (So., Nelson, Minn.)
Meghan Rethemeier (Sr., Owatonna, Minn.)
Allyson Wiitala (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.)

Softball
Elizabeth Asp (Sr., Hankinson, N.D.)
Cassie Bohnsack (Jr., Osakis, Minn.)
Hannah Christian (So., Warroad, Minn.)
Caitlin Culleton (So., Vassar, Man.)
Megan Gavin (Jr., Cold Spring, Minn.)

Women's Swimming and Diving
Anna Backes (Jr., Willmar, Minn.)
Lydia Larson (Sr., Brainerd, Minn.)
Allison Marcus (Jr., Placerville, Calif.)

Men's Tennis
Jake Peters (Jr., Glenwood, Minn.)
Erik Porter (Sr., Mandan, N.D.)
Jared Saue (Sr., Montevideo, Minn.)
Grant Storm (Alexandria, Minn.)
David Youngs (Sr., Fargo, N.D.)

Women's Tennis
Taylor Partington - (So., Alexandria, Minn.)

Men's Track and Field
Will Berning (Sr., St. Michael, Minn.)
Matt Bye (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.)
Nolan Christenson (So., Alexandria, Minn.)
Cole Guzman (Sr., Billings, Minn.)
Connor Haugrud (Jr., Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
Jacob Kerzman (So., Detroit Lakes, Minn.)
Jesse Middendorf (So., Sauk Centre, Minn.)
Colin Schuller (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.)
Eric Wicklund (Sr., Moorhead, Minn.)
Cal Wright (So., Mora, Minn.)

Women's Track and Field
Kara Andersen (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.)
Miriah Forness (Sr., Casselton, N.D.)
Corrie Ethen (Jr., Avon, Minn.)
Carly Fornshell (Jr., Bismarck, N.D.
Isabel Fredrickson (So., Bloomington, Minn.)
Josie Herrmann (Jr., New Prague, Minn.)
Emily Hao (Jr., Fargo, N.D.)
Ingrid Harbo (Jr., St. Peter, Minn.)
Cayle Hovland (So., Willmar, Minn.)
Katie Jobe (Jr., Brainerd, Minn.)
Sofia Palme (Jr., Princeton, Minn.) 
Kelsey Rajewsky (Sr., Benson, Minn.)
Kaitlyn Rooney (So., Decorah, Iowa)
Emily Rugloski (So., Baxter, Minn.)
Jacey Schlosser (So., Dalton, Minn.)
Emily White (So., Litchfield, Minn.)