Kim Fierke Inducted into Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame
October 11, 2008
Moorhead, MN-Salem College Athletic Director, Dr. Kim Fierke, was part of the 1987-1988 Concordia College women's basketball team that was inducted into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame this past weekend. Fierke was a post player for the 1987-1988 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III (DIII) National Championship basketball team. She is currently in her fourth year as the Athletic Director for the Spirits, who recently were awarded membership into the NCAA DIII.
The 1987-88 Cobber women's basketball team added emphasis to their third consecutive MIAC championship by winning the NCAA DIII National Championship in front of a packed house in Concordia's Memorial Auditorium.
Then known as the Lady Cobbers, they rolled to the national championship with Final Four wins over UNC-Greensboro, 103-66 in the semifinal game, and a 65-57 triumph over St. John Fisher College in the championship game. They finished with a 29-2 season record and 21-1 in the MIAC.
These Lady Cobbers were an exciting team to watch, especially in big games. Their 103 points, 37-point margin of victory on 67 percent field goal shooting in the national semifinal game against Greensboro are still NCAA records.
The team was an exceptionally rare combination of deeply talented and competitive individuals who were totally dedicated to winning through teamwork. As a testament to their unselfish play, the team averaged an incredible 25.3 assists per game. The team still holds MIAC single season records for points per game (90.7), field goal percentage (54.6%), and steals (318 total or 14.5 per game).
On this team were three MIAC Most Valuable Players, five All-Americans and five individual inductees into the Concordia Athletic Hall of Fame. It included the all-time career scoring leader who was named the 1988 NCAA Division III Female Athlete of the Year, and the all-time MIAC record holder for assists in a game, season and career. The depth of the team is indicative by the number of players who are still on the Cobber all-time lists in scoring, rebounding, shooting percentage and assists.
Members of the team are Barbara (Ambuehl) Oistad ‘90, Jessica (Beachy) Rahman ‘88, Cheri (Beyer) Stageberg ‘88, LaDonna (Cummings) Golden ‘89, Rebecca Ehnert ‘90, Kim Fierke ‘91, Nancy (Jacobson) Bruns ‘88, Susan (Kalpin) Empting ‘91, Patricia Kubow ‘89, MaryLee Legried ‘88, Jillayn Quaschnick ‘89, Rhonda (Schneekloth) Nudell ‘91 and Michelle (Thykeson) Cota ‘91. Julie (Hunt) Bauer ‘88 was the student manager, and Duane Siverson and Jerry Pyle coached the team.