SILVER LAKE COLLEGE NEWS



[Women's Basketball] Quistorf named SLC women's basketball head coach
MANITOWOC, Wis. - Mike Quistorf has been named the head coach of the Silver Lake College women's basketball team.The longtime Lakers assistant coach replaces Mike Flentje, who retired this spring after 11 seasons at the helm.Quistorf, a Manitowoc native, said he is "honored" to lead the team."I hope to continue the success Coach Flentje instilled in the Lakers program," Quistorf said. "We have a great nucleus returning in the 2018-2019 season, and they feel they are ready to continue the success the past teams have had."Silver Lake College Athletics Director Derek Domino said Quistorf's hiring ensures a smooth transition for a women's basketball program that has qualified for the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's National Championships each of the past three seasons. Silver Lake Collegiate is dual affiliated with the USCAA and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)."Mike (Quistorf) has been involved with the program for several years and is responsible for recruiting many players of the current team," said Domino, who also is the head coach of the Lakers men's basketball team. "Mike will do a fantastic job in his first year as the head coach, and I look forward to watching him lead our women's program back to the national tournament for the fourth straight season."Flentje said he's thrilled to see Quistorf step into the role of head coach."He is a very dedicated, hard-working individual," Flentje said. "He has a passion for the game, and I was very blessed to have him on my staff as assistant coach. The hiring will be a great transition for the team, as well. He will step in and work hard to take the team to the highest level of competition."Quistorf served as a Lakers assistant coach from 2007 to 2009 and again from 2011 until he was hired as head coach this spring. All of those seasons were alongside Flentje.Quistorf has coached basketball for various schools in the Manitowoc area since 1984."I enjoy teaching fundamentals at all levels of basketball," he said. "I like to see the girls develop their skills as the season progresses."Quistorf and his wife, Susan, have three children (Christina and her husband, Mark Simmer; Nicole and her husband, Rich Firth; and David Quistorf and his wife, Abbey); and five grandchildren (Brett, Marina, Jake, Skyeler and Ben).When he's not coaching the Lakers, Quistorf enjoys fishing, biking, golf, crossword puzzles and watching his grandchildren participate in sports.


[Softball] SLC wraps up season-opening Florida trip
CLERMONT, Fla. - The Silver Lake College softball team concluded its season-opening trip to Florida today.Although the Lakers came up short in their 10 games at the PFX Spring Games, the student-athletes are working hard and continuing to improve their skills.This is the first year SLC has fielded a softball program in many years.The Lakers were led offensively this past week by junior Hannah Severin, who had eight hits during the 10 games and leads the Lakers in batting average (.381), on-base percentage (.409) and slugging percentage (.571). Throughout the week she had five singles, two doubles and a triple, as well as one walk, three runs scored and two RBI. She also threw 2 2/3 innings, striking out one batter.Freshman Brooklynn Jarrell is second on the team with a .286 batting average. She compiled six singles throughout the week in addition to two walks and one run scored.Sophomore Tori Jonet handled the majority of the pitching duties, throwing 41 innings and striking out 18 batters. Offensively, she also drove in a team-high four runs this week, to go along with four singles, two walks and one run scored.Freshman Mya Eh Paw had the third-most hits on the team this week with five (all singles).Sophomore Jannin Pineda Funes recorded three hits, including two singles and one double. She also drove in one run, scored twice and walked three times.Freshman Alexa Mohr had one single and one double, while also scoring twice and walking once.Freshman Angie Kudick also had two hits (both singles), as well as three walks and one run scored.Also contributing for the Lakers at the PFX Spring Games were sophomore Elizabeth Turner (four walks, one RBI), freshman Paige Boden (one single, two walks), freshman Naw Da Say (one single), freshman Julia Naze (one run scored) and Daysi Perez-Ramirez (one plate appearance).The Lakers next play Trinity Christian College on March 23 in the Chicago suburb of Palos Heights, Illinois. The first game of the doubleheader starts at 3 p.m.


[Women's Basketball] SLC's amazing run ends in USCAA national semifinals
UNIONTOWN, Penn. — The Silver Lake College women's basketball team saw its impressive run come to an end Friday.The No. 5 seed Lakers were defeated by No. 1 seed Paul Quinn College (of Dallas, Texas) 85-62 in the Division 1 semifinals of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's 2018 National Championships.The loss snapped Silver Lake College's 14-game winning streak. The Lakers finished the season with a 22-8 record, the second-highest win total in head coach Mike Flentje's 11-year tenure.Silver Lake College was competing in the USCAA National Championships for the third straight year. This tournament marked the second straight year the Lakers pulled off a first-round upset before falling to the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. The past two years, Silver Lake College was the only Division 1 women's team to upset a higher-seeded opponent in the first round.The Lakers gave the Tigers (21-9) all they could handle early on, jumping out to a 21-18 lead after the first quarter. Paul Quinn College battled back to stake a 33-31 lead heading into halftime. The Tigers steadily pulled away in the second half, carrying a 59-45 advantage into the fourth quarter.Lakers senior forward Danelle Buck, a USCAA First-Team All-American the past two seasons, scored a game-high 15 points while grabbing three rebounds, dishing off three assists and recording three steals.Fellow senior Danielle Byrum, a guard, finished four-of-eight from three-point range for 12 points, in addition to her four assists and two rebounds. She nailed 75 three-pointers total this season, including eight at the national tournament.Freshman forward Sierra Schobert also scored in double figures for the Lakers, equaling her career high with 13 points on five-of-six shooting from the field.Overall, the Lakers shot 33.8 percent from the field (22-of-65), whereas the Tigers shot 37.7 percent (26-of-69).Junior forward Hailee Kotche, a USCAA Second-Team All-American, distributed the ball well, recording a game-high nine assists to go along with three points and a team-high eight rebounds.Another pair of juniors, guard Ashley Rumlow and forward Amanda Simmons, each finished with six points for Silver Lake College. Rumlow hit two three-pointers, while Simmons was a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line.Also contributing for the Lakers were sophomore forward Tasha Rabe (five points, four rebounds), freshman forward Paige Boden (two points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots), junior forward Hannah Severin (one rebound), freshman guard Angie Kudick (two rebounds) and sophomore guard-forward Carla Martinez (one steal).The Lakers' assistant coaches this season were Mike Quistorf and Alison Daehling, and the manager was Catie Minter.


[Women's Basketball] SLC head coach Mike Flentje retiring after 11 seasons
By Benjamin Wideman / SLC Sports Information Director  MANITOWOC, Wis. — After guiding the Silver Lake College women's basketball team to the past three national championship tournaments, head coach Mike Flentje has announced he is retiring."Playing in those national tournaments, if you could have a storybook ending for me, that would be it," coach Flentje said. "I've been coaching a long time, but there comes a time when everyone has to retire. And this is the right time for me."Derek Domino, Silver Lake College's athletics director and head men's basketball coach, thanked coach Flentje for his contributions over the years."Mike's service to this college has been invaluable," he said. "I've had the pleasure of getting to know Mike over the past four years, and I have the utmost respect for what he has been able to accomplish in his time here."His success is inspiring and motivating as I look to build the men's basketball program to that level. His presence will be greatly missed around campus, on the court and in all of his student-athletes' lives that he has positively impacted over the years."The 2017-2018 season was coach Flentje's 11th year at the helm for the Lakers. Overall, he has coached basketball at various levels in the Lakeshore for four decades.Coach Flentje inherited a Silver Lake College program that won only a couple of games the year before he arrived. In his first year at Silver Lake College, coach Flentje's team won four games but played with teamwork and a relentless desire to improve. Under his leadership, the Lakers steadily honed their skills over the following decade to the point where they earned bids each of the past three seasons to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's Division 1 National Championships in Pennsylvania.This season's team strung together a 14-game winning streak — the longest of coach Flentje's tenure — that carried the Lakers into the national semifinal game for the second straight year. The squad's 22-8 record featured the second-highest win total of his Lakers career.Over the past seven years, his Silver Lake College teams have won 147 games — an average of 21 victories per season.Coach Flentje said none of that success would have been possible without the support and dedication of his assistant coaches, Mike Quistorf and Alison Daehling, and the many student-athletes he coached over the years."You aren't successful unless you surround yourself with good people," he said. Talking about the student-athletes, he added, "There have been so many great players — all of them have a place in my heart. I could go on and on and on naming them all. So many of them had meaning to this program and improved it to where it is now. They were dedicated student-athletes on and off the court. They really put their hearts and souls into it, and I was honored to coach them."Last spring, coach Flentje was inducted into the Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame. Before coming to Silver Lake College, he won 65 games coaching at Manitowoc Lincoln High School. He also coached at other levels over the years.Coach Flentje, a native of Manitowoc, attended UW-Platteville and majored in architecture. He also served as the Silver Lake College athletics director for more than three years, and he started Team Silver Lake for the Relay for Life cancer event.He plans to spend retirement working on his collector cars, doing woodworking and spending time with his family, including his wife, Linda, and his children and grandchildren. "My wife is my rock," coach Flentje said. "If I didn't have her, I don't know where I'd be. She has kept me grounded and focused and been there every step of the way over all these years."Coach Flentje will stay involved with the college's athletics department for the next several weeks as he assists with administrative tasks in preparation for the 2018-2019 season and helps ensure a smooth transition to the next head coach."I want to thank Silver Lake College for giving me the opportunity to be a head coach here," he said. "It has truly been a blessing. The journey has been very satisfying."


[Softball] Photos: SLC softball practice, Feb. 25, 2018
To see photos from the SLC softball practice on Feb. 25, 2018, click this link: www.flickr.com/photos/silver-lake-college/sets/72157692133477291


[Women's Basketball] SLC women advance to USCAA national semifinals!
UNIONTOWN, Penn. — National semifinals, here we come!For the second straight year, the Silver Lake College women's basketball team pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's National Championships.Fueled by clutch performances throughout the second half, No. 5 seed SLC rallied to defeat No. 4 seed Dean College 57-51 in the national quarterfinals on Wednesday."This was another big win for our program," SLC head coach Mike Flentje said. "(Dean College) is a talented team, but we're a very resilient team that never gives up, and we showed that today. It's truly gratifying how well they stuck together."SLC extended its impressive winning streak to 14 games. The Lakers' 22-7 record is one victory shy of tying Flentje's highest single-season win total in his 11 years at the helm.Dean College (17-9), located southwest of Boston, Mass., entered the game having won six straight games. The Bulldogs were crowned co-champion of the NCAA Division III's New England Collegiate Conference.The Bulldogs held the Lakers at bay through the first 20 minutes, leading 14-12 after the first quarter and 28-21 at halftime.But the second half was a different story.Coming out of the locker room, the Lakers played inspired basketball and trimmed their deficit to just one point, 36-35, entering the fourth quarter."The locker room at halftime was very positive," Flentje said. "Everyone was confident we'd come back just like we did in the 13 games before that. They were determined to not let the other team beat them."SLC sealed the victory with clutch performances in the closing moments.Dean College led 50-49 with 58 second remaining. But 10 seconds later, with two defenders in her face, senior guard Danielle Byrum buried a three-pointer, giving the Lakers a 52-50 advantage and sending SLC's bench and fans into a frenzy.The two teams combined to shoot 25 three-pointers, but Byrum was the only player to make any. She finished the game four-of-six from beyond the arc en route to 15 total points, three assists and two steals."If it wasn't for Danielle we would've been in trouble," Flentje said. "She hit several clutch threes for us. She didn't hesitate, just shot with so much confidence. That lifted us and got us the lead, which obviously was huge."With 22 seconds remaining, the Bulldogs were whistled for a flagrant foul. Senior forward Danelle Buck stepped to the free-throw line and calmly sank both shots, stretching SLC's lead to 54-51."Danelle really played well despite being banged up a little," Flentje said.The night before, Buck was named a USCAA First-Team All-American for the second straight season. She finished the contest with game highs in points (17), rebounds (16) and assists (five)."She proved why the USCAA made the correct choice with her as a first-teamer," Flentje said.One second later, Byrum made one of two free throws to give SLC a 55-51 lead. And with six seconds remaining, junior guard Ashley Rumlow was fouled and made both free throws to account for the final score, 57-51. It was Rumlow's only two points of the game (in addition to four assists), but they came at a clutch moment as the Lakers were trying to secure the win."Free throws at the end always are huge," Flentje said. "Coming to the line, she was confident and put those two huge free throws in for us."SLC junior guard Hailee Kotche, who was named a USCAA Second-Team All-American, finished with 13 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals before fouling out with one minute remaining."Hailee played defense extremely well — a very solid game," Flentje said.Lakers sophomore forward Tasha Rabe grabbed eight rebounds, blocked five shots and scored four points."A total gutty performance on her part," Flentje said. "She hurt her knee in the third quarter, but she went back in and played through the pain and at a quality level."SLC freshman forward Paige Boden also provided a strong defensive presence, blocking four shots and pulling down five rebounds while scoring two points. Overall, the Lakers blocked 13 shots."To have that many blocked shots is excellent," Flentje said.Also contributing for the Lakers were freshman forward Sierra Schobert (four points, two rebounds), freshman guard Angie Kudick (two assists, two rebounds), junior forward Amanda Simmons (one rebound) and junior forward Hannah Severin (one rebound).The Lakers next play No. 1 seed Paul Quinn College at 10 a.m. (Central time) on Friday in the national semifinals. The Tigers (19-9) defeated No. 8 seed St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in another quarterfinal game Wednesday."We're looking forward to the challenge of a No. 1 seed," Flentje said.


[Women's Basketball] SLC's season ends at USCAA national semifinals
UNIONTOWN, Penn. — The Silver Lake College women's basketball team saw its impressive run come to an end Friday.The No. 5 seed Lakers were defeated by No. 1 seed Paul Quinn College (of Dallas, Texas) 85-62 in the Division 1 semifinals of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association's 2018 National Championships.The loss snapped Silver Lake College's 14-game winning streak. The Lakers finished the season with a 22-8 record, the second-highest win total in head coach Mike Flentje's 11-year tenure.Silver Lake College was competing in the USCAA National Championships for the third straight year. This tournament marked the second straight year the Lakers pulled off a first-round upset before falling to the No. 1 seed in the semifinals. The past two years, Silver Lake College was the only Division 1 women's team to upset a higher-seeded opponent in the first round.The Lakers gave the Tigers (21-9) all they could handle early on, jumping out to a 21-18 lead after the first quarter. Paul Quinn College battled back to stake a 33-31 lead heading into halftime. The Tigers steadily pulled away in the second half, carrying a 59-45 advantage into the fourth quarter.Lakers senior forward Danelle Buck, a USCAA First-Team All-American the past two seasons, scored a game-high 15 points while grabbing three rebounds, dishing off three assists and recording three steals.Fellow senior Danielle Byrum, a guard, finished four-of-eight from three-point range for 12 points, in addition to her four assists and two rebounds. She nailed 75 three-pointers total this season, including eight at the national tournament.Freshman forward Sierra Schobert also scored in double figures for the Lakers, equaling her career high with 13 points on five-of-six shooting from the field.Overall, the Lakers shot 33.8 percent from the field (22-of-65), whereas the Tigers shot 37.7 percent (26-of-69).Junior forward Hailee Kotche, a USCAA Second-Team All-American, distributed the ball well, recording a game-high nine assists to go along with three points and a team-high eight rebounds.Another pair of juniors, guard Ashley Rumlow and forward Amanda Simmons, each finished with six points for Silver Lake College. Rumlow hit two three-pointers, while Simmons was a perfect six-of-six from the free-throw line.Also contributing for the Lakers were sophomore forward Tasha Rabe (five points, four rebounds), freshman forward Paige Boden (two points, seven rebounds, two blocked shots), junior forward Hannah Severin (one rebound), freshman guard Angie Kudick (two rebounds) and sophomore guard-forward Carla Martinez (one steal).The Lakers' assistant coaches this season were Mike Quistorf and Alison Daehling, and the manager was Catie Minter.


[Softball] SLC's Jonet excited to be back in the game
By Benjamin Wideman / SLC Sports Information Director MANITOWOC, Wis. — As the No. 1 pitcher on a new college softball team, Tori Jonet acknowledges there's pressure.And that's just the way she likes it."I love pitching and having that pressure," the Silver Lake College sophomore said. "I like it a lot actually. I feel like I can handle the pressure."Tori is excited to get back on the mound after having not pitched in a game since the summer after her junior year at Luxemburg-Casco High School. And the rest of the team is equally eager to get on the field.Silver Lake College is fielding a softball team this season for the first time in many years. The Lakers start their season March 12 with a week's worth of contests at the PFX Spring Games event in Clermont, Florida, site of the National Training Center complex. They'll be facing teams from Iowa, Indiana, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Ohio.For several of the Lakers, those 10 games over the span of five days will be their first time stepping foot onto a softball field.For Tori, those games will be a much-awaited return to competitive softball, a sport she has loved ever since first picking up a softball at the age of 4.The last time Tori threw a pitch to an opposing batter was the summer of 2015 after her junior year of high school. During fall of her senior year Tori underwent the first of two surgeries on her feet, causing her to miss her final year at Luxemburg-Casco.Tori figured her softball playing days were over — until she attended a scholarship event at Silver Lake College. That's when she heard the Lakers would be reviving their softball program."I've been working hard the past few months to get back out there, and I'm excited to be on the mound again," she said.Silver Lake College head coach Kirk Shillcox also is excited to see her pitching."She locates her pitches well, and she's going to keep us in games hopefully with her control," he said. "I think her experience is going to give her a competitive edge."Tori's repertoire includes her favorite pitch, a drop ball, as well as a change-up, rise ball, screwball and fastball, which can reach speeds approaching 55 miles per hour.Having a commanding presence on the mound is important, Tori said."How you present yourself is important," she said. "If you're confident, like I am, batters will be more nervous or intimidated. That reflects on the team too. If you're a confident pitcher, the team is going to be able to rely on you."Tori will be pitching to catcher Brooklynn Jarrell, who, despite being a freshman, developed invaluable experience on high school and summer travel teams. As a high school freshman, Brooklynn earned first-team all-conference honors; she went on to hone those already solid skills throughout the following seasons."We have really good chemistry," said Tori, noting they're friends both on and off the field. "I'm really confident in (Brooklynn). She takes charge behind the plate, and I like that."Added Coach Shillcox: "Those two have been working well together."Overall, the Lakers' roster includes a range of experience levels. The team also includes junior Hannah Severin; sophomores Jannin Pineda Funes, Elizabeth Turner and Daysi Perez-Ramirez; and freshmen Alexa Mohr, Angie Kudick, Carmen Medina-Santa Anna, Julia Naze, Mya Eh Paw, Paige Boden and Naw Da Say.Louis Vigue is the assistant coach, and sophomore Meghan Walsh is the manager."I think we have a lot of opportunity this season," Tori said. "I see a lot of potential. I think all the girls can see that too. From