The Lady Lakers lost a hard fought road game in Chicago to the Moody Bible Institute Lady Archers 90 to 75. The score certainly was not indicative of how close the game really was. The Lady Lakers down by 10 at the half and as many as 15 in the second half got within 3 points with approximately 6:30 left in the game. Unfortunately after getting within 3 points, the Lady Lakers came down the court and got 2 great shots but the ball would not drop through the hoop. After some very good defense from both teams, the Lady Archers came down and scored twice boosting their lead to seven point lead with less than 4 minutes to go in the game. We were forced to press them to try and force a turnover. They took care of the ball very well and we had to foul. Moody was red hot from the free throw line hitting 18 out of 19 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. I was extremely proud of our players. They played extremely well and fought very hard to get the game within 3 points from a double digit deficit. If we could have gotten the lead the results could have been very different. The loss dropped the young Lady Lakers to a 4 and 4 record.
Tuesday night the men’s basketball team traveled to Carthage College to play a varsity reserve and varsity game. In the varsity reserve contest, the Lakers lost 97-84. It was great to see several of the players get a chance to place some longer minutes than they do in the varsity games. All eight players hit the scoring column. Wesley Dowell and Chris Jones led the way with 14 points each. Three other Lakers scored in double figures. Dru Harris and Aaron Davis each had 11 points and Austin Walker contributed 10 points. Carl Jean added 9 points, Stevens Alexis scored 8 points including a slam dunk, Tyler Wells added 5 points and Kevin Ramirez rounded out the scoring with 3 points.
Friday night, December 6, the men’s team played their best game of the year. They fought hard against NAIA D-II opponent Clarke University from Iowa. The Lakers went into the half down 10 points 46-36. They came out in the second half and played “toe to toe” with the Crusaders. The Lakers outscored the Crusaders in the second half and at one point cut the lead to 5 before falling by a score of 88-79. The Lakers received scoring from 10 different players including John Duke who had a team high 24 points to go with his 8 rebounds. Darius Barnes added 17 points and 8 rebounds, Anthony Parker scored 9 points, Kyle Lundberg added 8 points and 5 assists, Chris Jones scored 7 points, Dru Harris scored 5 points, Tyler Wells added 3 points, Austin Walker and Stevens Alexis scored 4 points each as did Derek Domino who also had a game high 7 assists.
The Lady Lakers started off the game extremely cold from the field and gave up 12 unanswered points to start off the game Friday evening. The Lady Lakers never recovered from the slow start and lost the game to a very athletic Indiana Northwest University Lady Red hawks 87 to 50. The Lady Red hawks were red hot from the field hitting 58.5% from the field and 42.9% from the 3 point line. I was very proud of our effort. The Lady Lakers played extremely hard on defense throughout the entire game. They never gave up despite the score. After reviewing the stats from Friday nights game, we match them in most categories except the shooting percentage.
Yesterday the men’s basketball team traveled to Chicago to take on the Concordia Chicago Cougars. The Lakers lost 93 – 69. The Lakers struggled from the opening tip to stay even with the Cougars. The Lakers battled back late in the first half to cut the lead to 24-23 but again falling victim to turnovers and poor shot selection as the Cougars went on a 17-2 run to end the half with the Lakers trailing 41-25.
The Lady Lakers improved their record to 4-2 tonight with a victory over cross town rivals UW Manitowoc Lady Blue Devils 94 to 51. The Lady Lakers played excellent defense especially in the beginning of the second half causing the Lady Blue Devils to turn the ball over 30 times. That is probably the best team defensive of the year. The Lady Lakers also dominated the offensive boards to give them several opportunities to score on second chances. I was very pleased with their effort but feel that we can get even better! The Lady Lakers are very young having eight of their ten players either sophomores or freshmen.
Last night the men’s basketball team defeated a strong Northland College team from Ashland, Wisconsin by the score of 94–78. The Lumberjacks fought toe to toe in the first half, but a long three point shot at the buzzer by John Duke proved to be a back-breaker and the Lakers took a 46 -40 lead into the locker room. The Lakers came out with high intensity in the second half and took the lead by as many as 22 points.
The Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Cross Country team recently had five team members named to the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) National All-Academic team. To be eligible, student athletes must have sophomore standing and a 3.5 grade point average or higher. Representing the Laker Men’s team was Jack Blattner (Roncalli H.S., 2nd award). The Lady Lakers who received the award included Mary Bettag (Roncalli H.S., 2nd award), Sophia Chin (Lincoln H.S., 2nd award), Taylor Vanden Plas (Green Bay Preble H.S., 1st award) and Kimberly Voelker (Mishicot H.S., 2nd award). “All five of these students are perfect examples of a model student-athlete” according to Head Coach Ryan Roberts.
The Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Cross Country team competed Friday, November 8th at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Cross Country National Championships in Syracuse, New York. The event was hosted by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). The competition included runners from colleges and universities from across the country.
Yesterday the men’s basketball team traveled to Sault Ste. Marie and lost to a strong Lake Superior State University team out of the NCAA D-II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 92-55. Our Lakers played their Lakers toe to toe throughout the first half. Lake Superior State, who took NCAA D-I Central Michigan into overtime before falling a week earlier, jumped out to a 14-7 lead four minutes into the contest. However our Lakers went on a 9-0 run and took the lead 16-14 with thirteen and a half minutes left. Our Lakers extended the lead to 20-16 half way through the half before Lake Superior went on a 15-0 run to take the lead for good 31-20.