WARRIOR ATHLETICS AT WISCONSIN LUTHERAN COLLEGE
INSIDER | NOVEMBER 2007
Attention Members: Cross Country: NAC Championship
Winterfest and Second and Third Place Finishes for
More Among Your
Zach Shiels placed second overall in the men’s race and
M ark your calendars now for
Winterfest 2008 on Saturday,
Beth Windschitl placed third in the women’s event to lead
the Wisconsin Lutheran College cross country teams at the
February 2. The action-packed day 2007 Northern Athletics Conference Championships.
begins as the Warrior women’s Shiels completed the 8k course in 26:06.3, earning him
basketball team takes on the All-NAC honors. His second place finish guided WLC to a
Crusaders of Maranatha Baptist Bible fifth place finish out of 12 teams at the meet. Neal Miller
College at 1 p.m. with the men’s game and Tyler Schroeder placed 15th and 23rd, respectively, as
following at 3:15 p.m. “Once A both runners received honorable
Warrior, Always A Warrior” T-shirts mention recognition.
will be given out to the first 500 fans, In the women’s 6k race, Windschitl placed third overall
kids can enjoy autograph sessions with a personal-best time of 23:59.2, leading the Warriors to
throughout the day with the Warrior
a fourth place team finish out of 13 teams in the women's
basketball teams and Power Surge –
race. Her finish landed her a spot on the All-NAC team.
plus much, much more! Clear your
Deva Monson-Dupuis and Ruth Brown crossed the
calendar and make the Rex your
destination on February 2.
finish line 17th and 18th, respectively, to receive honorable
Do you know who has the best mention accolades. Six of the eight WLC runners set
seats in the Rex during the 2007-08 personal bests in the race.
Warrior basketball season? YOU DO!
Warrior Club members sit courtside
at all home events! This year Warrior
Power Surge: Veterans Show Rookies
basketball is celebrating 25 years, it’s a How It’s Done
season you won’t want to miss. Your
courtside seating pass is enclosed along Power Surge is off to a new
with pocket schedules for the winter season with four returning
sports season. veterans and six rookies.
If you can’t make it to a game, Although the team does not
you can always listen to Warrior return any seniors this year,
basketball via the radio or Internet squad veterans are working
broadcasts. Tune your radios to very hard during and outside
AM540 WRRD “The WORD” of practice to help the newcomers acquire the Power Surge style. One of the team’s
to hear the broadcast, or log onto goals is to continue being known as one of the best dance teams in the conference.
wlc.edu/listenlive to enjoy the It is very exciting for the first-year members to have the experience of performing in
broadcast from anywhere. The broadcasts
the Rex at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s basketball games. Each team member is very
begin with a pre-game show 15
passionate about dancing, and thus it is very thrilling, yet nerve-racking, to perform in
minutes before the scheduled tip-off.
front of a live crowd. However, the energy and positive feedback from Warrior fans is
The on-court action will be called
by first-year, play-by-play announcer,
Jon Kurozawa, while WLC alums
The team is currently preparing to compete this spring in Cancun, Mexico, the new
James Flegel and Adam Heinzen site of the International Cup of the Americas. Power Surge will represent WLC and
provide the colorful commentary. the United States in collegiate dance. To raise funds for the upcoming trip, Power
Surge is participating in the West Allis and Menomonee Falls Christmas parades.
If you can, come out to see them perform.
Indoor Track & Field: Depth of Athletes Promises Success
With the leaves barely off the trees, no snow “locally” on the The list of potential team members is incredible and event
coverage looks to be solid entering a new season. Veterans
ground and the cross country season wrapping up, it is time to
start giving thought to the Warrior indoor track & field season. Matt Arentsen, Blaine Welch and Rick LaFluer head the
The women hope to combine as a formidable team this year, steady group of throwers, while returning sprinters Ryan
guided by returning seniors Beth Windschitl and Ruth Brown. Timm and Tom Dietrich hope to leave the competition in
Both competitors are coming off a solid cross country season their wake. Junior Matt Moeller represents the team in hurdles
and look to lead the middle distance and distance group. Junior and the pole vault. In addition, juniors Zach Shiels and Neal
Emily Goss leads a contingent of throwers, while junior Sam Miller will command a large group of middle distance and
Sturomski looks to use the indoor season to build a solid base distance runners.
for the 400 hurdles. In the pole vault, sophomore Laurie In 2007, the Wisconsin Lutheran College men’s and
Dexter strives to reach new heights this season. The women’s women’s teams broke 10 indoor records. If this group of
team also looks to other returning teammates and a number student-athletes has anything to say about it, the Warrior
of first year student-athletes to bolster the team’s ability and indoor track & field record book could see 2008 listed
results this year. behind several events by the time the snow drifts melt in
The men’s team could field well over 20 athletes this year. early March.
Most Wins in WLC History
Wisconsin Lutheran finished its 2007 season with a record
of 10-9-1 overall and 6-3-1 in NAC play, good for fifth in the
league. The 10-win season is the most in WLC men’s soccer
Senior Jake Jankowski received recognition during the
season by being named NAC Student-Athlete of the Week
and receiving a spot on the D3kicks.com Team of the Week
after leading WLC to two last-minute victories with penalty
kick goals. Jankowski led the Warriors in scoring on the
season with 12 goals, four of which were game winners.
Women’s Soccer: Freshman Player
Promises Bright Future for Team
Wisconsin Lutheran finished its 2007 season with an overall record of 2-16-2 and 2-10
in the Northern Athletics Conference. The Warriors finished 11th in the NAC, ahead of
Alverno and Rockford Colleges.
The Warriors came on strong in each of their two victories, winning 9-0 over Rockford
and 7-1 over Alverno. Freshman Meta Kolander contributed a hat trick in each of the two
games, accompanied by a hat trick from Kari Slovik against Alverno.
A promising future comes from Kolander who led the offensive attack for the Warriors
in the 2007 season by scoring 13 goals.
Women’s Basketball: High Expectations for Team
The Wisconsin Lutheran College women’s basketball team the NAC, senior
received three first place votes and was picked to finish third forward Emily
out of 13 teams in the Northern Athletics Conference as the Laete. An all-
preseason coaches’ poll was released at NAC Basketball Media conference honoree
Day in the Recreation Complex at WLC. in each of her first
Wisconsin Lutheran garnered three of the 12 first place three seasons,
votes as it received a total of 142 poll points, only one point Laete averaged
behind Benedictine University who was tabbed second. The 16.0 points per
Warriors finished tied for third with Edgewood College in game last season as
the NAC a season ago. she became the
After starting out 10-1 in the Northern Athletics ninth player in
Conference a season ago, the Warriors finished 3-5 through WLC women’s
the remainder of their conference schedule and finished tied basketball history to
third place. WLC was eventually eliminated in the first round surpass 1,000 career
of the conference tournament. points. “Our post
play has really
“The players have high expectations improved this season,” Knueppel says. “We want to get the ball
for the season. . . They want to win into the post as often as possible.”
the conference and win a few games The Warriors are led by senior point guard Breanne
Duebner. Starting in all 26 games last season, Duebner
in the tournament.” finished third in the conference in assists (114) and led WLC in
“We started out great in the conference last season, but steals (47). She also led the NAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.75).
didn’t finish as strong as we would have liked to down the “Every player on this team has a great attitude,” Knueppel
stretch,” says fourth-year head coach Klay Knueppel. “We states. “We are going to pressure the ball and make each game
had some injuries that hurt our ability to win some games.” exciting for the fans to come out and watch.”
Wisconsin Lutheran, who has 14 straight winning seasons Wisconsin Lutheran begins its season at home for the 12th
in conference play, returns four of its five starters and 77 consecutive year by hosting its annual tip-off tournament at the
percent of its scoring from a season ago. “The players have Recreation Complex on November 16-17.
high expectations for the season,” Knueppel states. “They The Warriors play a total of seven non-conference games,
want to win the conference and win a few games in the including matchups against in-state powers, UW-Stevens Point,
tournament.” who is ranked 24th in the D3hoops.com Preseason Top 25 poll,
Wisconsin Lutheran, who averaged 67.7 points per game and Carthage.
last season, is guided by one of the most dominant players in
Men’s Golf: Behm Named Player of the
Year for Second Straight Season
J unior Danny Behm was named Northern Athletics Conference Player of the Year for
the second straight season as he carded rounds of 78 and 76, respectively, on the par 72
at Whistling Straits Irish Course to finish the NAC Championship at +10 (154).
Behm shot a 74.25 per round average in NAC events this season, and placed in the top
three at all the events.
In the team standings, WLC placed sixth out of nine with a total of 689. Jeremy Wrasse
(180), Kyle Madson (180), Andrew Baxter (181) and Jordan Liesener (182) rounded out
the rest of the scoring for the Warriors. The Warriors are off until their spring season kicks
off on March 29 and 30 at the Webster University Invitational in St. Louis, Mo.
Men’s Basketball: Balanced Group Returns to Courts
The Wisconsin Lutheran College men’s basketball team is of the team’s
selected to finish fifth out of 12 teams in the Northern scoring a
Athletics Conference according to the preseason coaches’ poll. season ago.
Wisconsin Lutheran tied for the fifth spot with Lakeland Leading a
College, with both schools receiving 87 poll points. The talented front
Warriors finished 12-6 in the NAC a season ago, tying for line of players
third place in the conference with Lakeland and Dominican is the Warriors’
Aurora University, last year’s regular season and tournament from last season,
champion, received 10 of 12 first place votes on its way sophomore
to being picked by the coaches as the preseason favorite to Christian
win the league title. Edgewood College garnered the two Lindberg.
remaining first-place votes. The NAC Co-
The Warriors, who finished 14th in NCAA Division III Rookie of the
with an average of 83.8 points per game, reached the 100-point Year averaged
plateau four times last season, including the third-highest 13.8 points per game while starting in 15 of the 26 games he
point total in a single game in school history, 117 vs. Cal-Tech. played in.
Sixteenth-year head coach Skip Noon netted his 200th career The Warriors have a number of players who have the
coaching win and WLC secured the No. 4 seed in the six-team ability to play both guard and off-guard. The backcourt combo
conference tournament. of Danny Behm and Kyle Plath will give WLC plenty of
WLC saw its season come to an end in a heartbreaking scoring threat. Behm, a junior who was NAC All-Rookie team
51-50 loss at the hands of Lakeland College in the opening selection his freshman year, averaged 8.5 points per game
round of the conference tournament, but the Warriors are while starting in 12 of the 25 games he played. “Danny sees
eager and ready to get back to the court for another season. the court very well and has the ability to create shots both for
“Our guys felt pretty good about last season, but disappointed himself and for his teammates,” notes Noon. “He is also very
in the way it came to an end,” says Noon. “We have a very smart and crafty on the defensive end of the court.”
balanced group of guys returning.” Wisconsin Lutheran, which will open its season at home
The balance begins in the frontcourt where, although the for the first time since 2002-03, plays a total of only six non-
team will be without four-year all-conference honoree and conference contests due to the size of its NAC schedule. The
leading rebounder Brian Hagel due to graduation, Wisconsin NAC is the third-largest athletic conference in Division III.
Lutheran returns three starters that accounted for 40 percent
Volleyball: Hermanson and Laete Honored by NAC
Senior outside hitter Rachel Hermanson and freshman middle hitter
Erika Laete were honored by the Northern Athletics Conference as the
league released its awards for the 2007 women’s volleyball season.
Hermanson, the only senior on the roster, was named to the All-NAC
Second Team after finishing the season second on the team with 172 kills,
an average of 1.77 kills per game. She also totaled 40 blocks, good for third
on the team.
Laete, an All-Rookie Team selection, led the Warriors in total blocks
with 87 and tied for second on the team in kills per game at 1.81. She
finished third in NAC with 1.11 blocks per game in conference games only.
The volleyball team finished with a record of 8-19 overall and 4-8 in
Cheerleading: Seniors Lead a
The 2007 cheerleading squad started with a flurry of exciting
activity and never looked back the entire year. At the start of
season in mini-camp the squad had the opportunity to join forces
with the St. Norbert’s all female cheerleading squad and work on
shared skills and develop new skills. It was a great experience and
set the tone for the remainder of the year.
The blend of veteran cheerleaders with the addition of the
freshmen was exceptional for the program to move forward.
The two senior cheerleaders, Becky Favorite and Ashley Krause,
demonstrated to the squad the dedication and commitment it football and cheerleading programs on the night before the
takes to be a successful college student-athlete. Both young first big game and win of the year, as well as several special
women made every practice and participated in every game for traditional things done for the Homecoming game. The squad
their entire four-year career at WLC. set the tone for the great atmosphere found at Raabe Field
In addition to outstanding leadership, this squad was also very during the Warrior football season.
athletically talented. Every team member offered her own special In addition to the obvious aspects of the Warrior cheerleading
talent to the group. With the addition of our gifted freshman program, they also have taken the opportunity to reach out in
class, the Warriors were able to expand their tumbling routines, several ways. The cheerleaders worked with several youth teams
incorporate more dance related moves and use their strength and early in the year to help them learn proper and safe stunting
consistency to their routines. procedures. They will be hosting a youth cheerleading
This team worked so well together and blended their talents into competition in February and will be performing at a Kettle
a high level, enthusiastic collegiate cheer squad. The passionate Moraine Lutheran High School basketball game on November 30.
squad was able to cheer at all home games and many road games According to Coach Brill, “2007 provided a special group of
this year. In addition to the games, the cheerleaders were also young women who were fun to work with and who worked very
involved in several team building and motivational aspects of the well with each other. They clearly embodied all the great things
football program. This included a spaghetti dinner for the entire found in successful teams. The year ended too quickly!”
Women’s Tennis: Team Goes 6-4 in the NAC
T he Wisconsin Lutheran College women’s tennis team finished in fifth place out of 11 teams at the Northern Athletics
Conference Championship at Neilson Tennis Stadium.
Tanya Droster and Alycia Spriggs led the women’s singles matches with conference records of 5-2 and 6-4, respectively.
The No. 1 doubles team of Rachel Wendt and Kara Spiegelhoff led the Warriors with a conference record of 5-6.
Wisconsin Lutheran ended its 2007 fall season with a 6-8 overall record and 6-4 in the NAC.
Women’s Golf: Warrior Women Place Fifth
The Wisconsin Lutheran College women’s golf team wrapped-up its 2007 fall season by placing
fifth of five teams at the Northern Athletics Conference Championship held at the Mequon
The Warriors were led by senior Rachael Schuman’s 14th-place finish after she carded rounds
of 112 and 109, respectively. Chelsie Lepke shot a 101 on day two, tops among all WLC golfers at
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Football: Warriors To Move Into NAC in 2008
Wisconsin Lutheran, which had 12 seniors suit up in their final game, finished its 2007 season with a 2-8 overall mark
and 1-6 in the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).
WLC started the season on a positive note as the Warriors scored 20 points in the first quarter and never looked
back in defeating Aurora University 23-13.
The Warriors picked up their second victory of the year at Homecoming as they
dug deep in the final seconds to pull out a 28-26 victory over Kalamazoo College
October 20. The drama lasted until the final four seconds of the game when WLC
blocked the Hornets’ game-winning field goal attempt and Raabe Stadium erupted
in euphoria. The MIAA named freshman running back Larry Hairl the Offensive
Player of the Week for his outstanding performance in the game. Hairl, who
passed the century mark on the ground for the third straight game, totaled 219
yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns in the Warriors’ victory.
Wisconsin Lutheran was enthusiastic about joining the MIAA back in 2002.
The football program was just in its third year and the conference was the nation’s
oldest collegiate conference. As the years have passed, the number of players has
grown to 65 and the program became more competitive. The Warriors will move
into the Northern Athletics Conference for football in 2008. The league began play
in many sports last year but will start playing football next year. Many of the key
players for the Warriors will be back next year. Over 50 percent of 2007 Warrior
football team are freshmen.