Cheer and dance teams open up competition seasons: The 2021 season is underway for Concordia Cheer and Dance. Both teams were in action twice last week in duals against GPAC opponents. In competition at Mount Marty on Jan. 13, the Bulldogs won by scores of 59.2 to 52.5 in cheer and 61.3 to 52.1 in dance. Three days later, Concordia appeared at home for the first time and the cheer squad moved to 2-0 via a 67.75 to 67.25 victory over Morningside. Meanwhile, dance lost, 71 to 68.15, but improved its score significantly from the season opener. Head Coach Mandi Maser is in her fifth season leading the Bulldogs. Both teams will return to action this Saturday at the Friends University Day of Duals in Wichita, Kan. For more information on the cheer and dance programs, click the following links: Cheer | Dance. Full season previews can be read via these links.
Playing through the pandemic: There has never been a more unique or more awkward time for athletics at Concordia University, Nebraska, but athletes and coaches are finding the “educational journey” worth the hassle. Said Athletic Trainer Eric Lundberg, “I think it’s really cool that we have stepped out as leaders in the collegiate athletic world as an institution that has been able to compete in a safe manner. We’ve taken the steps to mitigate the risk and show that we can do this thing in a safe way.” For more on how Concordia Athletics has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic, click HERE.
Fall sports teams announce spring schedule additions: It will be a unique two-part season for Concordia’s men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball teams. All three squads completed their conference regular-season schedules in the fall. Now they look forward to resuming their 2020-21 seasons this spring. Concordia has announced regular-season additions for these sports leading into GPAC tournaments slated for April. To review schedule updates, visit the sport schedule pages on our athletics website.
Softball to open 2021 receiving votes nationally: Head Coach Shawn Semler’s softball squad has begun preseason preparation as the 2021 season opener rapidly approaches. The Bulldogs will enter the campaign with high expectations after appearing at No. 2 in the GPAC preseason ranking while also receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches’ Poll. A team led by stars such as Hhana Haro, Tori Homolka, Camry Moore and Kylee Nixon hopes to help the program crack the NAIA top 25 for the first time since 1998. For more details on the preseason rankings, click HERE.
Update to fan attendance policy (enacted in late December): As of late December 2020, the fan attendance policy regarding indoor sporting events has changed at CUNE. In accordance with Directed Health Measures released by the state of Nebraska, Concordia has increased fan attendance in indoor facilities to 50 percent capacity. Please note that spectators will not be permitted to attend indoor track and field meets (per GPAC policy). For additional details on how to purchase tickets to Bulldog Athletic events, see the paragraph below regarding HomeTown ticketing.
HomeTown Ticketing and Fan protocols for home events: Fans who plan to attend Concordia Athletics home events are advised to read through our protocols HERE. All fans are expected to self-screen and are required to wear masks while viewing contests in either Bulldog Stadium or Walz Arena. Non-family members are welcome to be present on our campus during these contests. Fans are also encouraged to order advance tickets through HomeTown Ticketing. By purchasing tickets online, fans are guaranteed entrance on game days. Concordia is allowing 75 percent capacity in outdoor venues and 50 percent capacity in indoor venues.
Bulldog Coaches Show airs every Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CT: The Bulldog Coaches Show is underway in its fifth year of existence. The show airs live for a half hour every Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. CT on KTMX-FM 104.9 Max Country. The weekly feature can also be heard live via 104.9 Max Country’s website or by downloading the Max Country app. Throughout the 2020-21 season, Bulldog football, men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball contests will be aired live on Max Country. Evan Jones serves as the host of the coaches’ show as well as the play-by-play voice for football and basketball. Frank Greene is in his sixth season calling Concordia volleyball.
Concordia Sports Network: Live webcasts for most home varsity contests can be accessed by visiting https://www.cune.edu/
Track & Field
· After more than a month between meets (due to the semester break), the Bulldogs resumed the 2020-21 indoor season this past Saturday while competing at the Scott Nisely Memorial Classic hosted by Doane. Athletes from five different GPAC institutions were on hand for the meet at Fuhrer Fieldhouse in Crete. Head Coach Matt Beisel’s athletes combined for 12 event titles while putting up a large number of marks that rank among the top 10 nationally. Concordia had last competed when it hosted the Bulldog Early Bird Meet back on Dec. 4-5. For more information on Concordia Track & Field, click HERE.
· Before going any further, it’s worth noting that for the remainder of the indoor season, the NAIA will not recognize any performances as automatic national qualifying marks. In order to limit the field to comply with COVID-19 protocols, the top 16 NAIA athletes in each event will earn berths to the indoor national championship meet. In another recent announcement, the NAIA revealed that the site of the 2021 indoor national meet will take place at Mount Marty and be held over four days (March 3-6).