MILWAUKEE (WLCSports.com) - Wisconsin Lutheran College will enshrine five new members and its first team into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, October 12, announced recently by WLC's Hall of Fame committee. Slated for induction are Jim Datka (men's basketball), Garrick Day (baseball), Kaylan Gaines (football), Kaitlyn (Strehlow) Halberg (women's tennis), Clarence Jenkins (women's volleyball coach), and the 1995-1996 men's basketball team.
The 2019 class will officially be inducted on Saturday, October 12 as part of Hall of Fame Day when the Warriors football team hosts Eureka at 4:00 p.m. at Raabe Stadium. A formal induction banquet will follow in the evening at the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West. The banquet begins with a 5:30 p.m. social followed by dinner and the induction program at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to the banquet are $30 each and can be purchased by contacting the Athletic Communications office at 414.443.8746 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are currently 23 members in the Warriors Athletics Hall of Fame, dating back to the inaugural ceremony in 2014. Sketched portraits and biographies of the inductees hang in the Wisconsin Lutheran Athletics Hall of Fame located in the main lobby of the Recreation Complex.
Voting is conducted by members of WLC's Athletics Hall of Fame committee. Nominations for the Class of 2021 may be submitted online at WLCSports.com beginning in January.
One of the most prolific scorers in Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball history, Jim Datka graduated as the Warriors' all-time leading scorer when he finished his four-year (1984-1988) playing career. In 82 career games, Datka averaged an impressive 19.7 points per game, which ranks second all-time in program history. He ranks seventh on WLC's all-time scoring list with 1,613 career points, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau during his junior season. Datka poured in 568 points his senior season, which ranks seventh all-time, after dropping 30-plus points in seven games including a career-high 38 points December 9, 1987 vs. Marian College. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native concluded his career with 594 made field goals, which ranks sixth all-time. Datka was also a fixture on the glass, as he pulled down 595 career rebounds, good for 10th in program history, and his 7.3 rebounding average stands seventh in history.
Garrick Day, a four-year (2011-2014) starter on the Wisconsin Lutheran College baseball team, became just the second player in program history to garner three straight First Team All-Conference honors. The right-handed pitcher and infielder twirled a school and conference-record 0.64 earned run average as a senior in 2014. In 42.0 innings on the mound, Day boasted the lowest ERA in NCAA Division III by allowing just three earned runs. A First Team All-Region selection in 2014, Day was a member of the only back-to-back 20-win teams in program history. He holds several program records, including career earned run average (3.65), runs scored (124), and walks (79). The Elk Mound, Wisconsin, native is also second in program history in stolen bases (74), third in games played (144), on-base percentage (.424), and wins (12), and fourth in complete games (11). The four-time NACC Scholar-Athlete and three-time conference Student-Athlete of Week also holds single game records for at-bats (7) and assists (11).
Kaylan Gaines established himself as one of the premier pass rushers in Northern Athletics Conference history. The Lake Worth, Florida, native became the first player in Warriors football history to receive a conference Player of the Year award, earning NAC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2010. Gaines racked up 13.0 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks en route to the first winning season in program history. The NAC's all-time sacks leader, Gaines finished his four-year (2007-2010) career as the program's leader in sacks with 30.5. A two-time First Team All-NAC selection, Gaines holds four of the top six single season sacks records. He is also second in career tackles for loss (43.5), third in career fumbles forced (5), fourth in career fumbles recovered (5), and seventh in career unassisted tackles (134). Gaines also earned three conference Student-Athlete of the Week awards, was a conference Scholar-Athlete his senior year, and was a 2008 Second Team All NAC selection.
Kaitlyn (Strehlow) Halberg
Kaitlyn (Strehlow) Halberg helped the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's tennis team reach new heights in just two seasons with the Warriors. Halberg was crowned Northern Athletics Conference Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, becoming the third player in conference history and the second in program history to achieve the milestone in back-to-back seasons. The two-time All-NAC Singles and All-NAC Doubles selection set a school and conference record with 24 singles victories as a junior. In only two seasons, the six-time NAC Student-Athlete of the Week posted a perfect 17-0 conference record at No. 1 singles, along with a 17-3 league mark at No. 1 doubles. Halberg boasted a 39-6 career singles record and a 33-16 career doubles record, ranking second and third respectively for career program wins. The Hales Corners, Wisconsin, native helped guide the Warriors to their first NCAA Tournament appearance after posting a school-record 17 wins in 2011-2012. Halberg also helped lead WLC to a combined 20-2 conference record and a conference runner-up finish.
The winningest coach in Wisconsin Lutheran College women's volleyball history, Clarence Jenkins guided the Warriors to a string of four straight Lake Michigan Conference championships. That stretch of success also included the school's first-ever league title in 1989 and first district championship in 1992. WLC capped the most successful season in program history in 1989 by tying for fifth place in the NAIA District 14 Tournament with a 20-3 overall mark. The Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, native compiled an impressive coaching resume, posting a 95-37 career record in just five seasons (1988-1992), which equates to a .720 winning percentage. The four-time LMC Coach of the Year amassed a 40-2 conference record, including a stretch of three consecutive unblemished league seasons. Jenkins' teams were the first nationally ranked in school history and tallied three straight 20-win campaigns, a feat unmatched during any other era in program history. A two-time NAIA District 14 Coach of the Year, Jenkins was the first coach in the college's history to mentor a student-athlete to All-American honors.
1995-1996 Men's Basketball Team
Boasting an overall record of 22-7, the 1995-1996 Wisconsin Lutheran College men's basketball team was the first in school history to earn a berth into a national tournament. The Warriors rattled off a program-record 14 straight wins en route to the best season to date in school history. WLC captured its first regular season conference championship after posting a 13-1 record in the Lake Michigan Conference. Wisconsin Lutheran, whose average margin of victory was 10.2 points, began its remarkable run by winning two games in the NAIA Great Lakes Sectional Tournament over Barat College (93-71) and Trinity International University (91-87). Entering the NAIA Division II National Championship Tournament unseeded, the Warriors produced two of the tournament's biggest upsets, knocking off No. 6 St. Joseph's College (Maine) 90-74 and No. 11 Mt. Mercy College 70-68. WLC advanced to the quarterfinals facing No. 3 Albertson College, where it fell to the eventual national champions 87-79. Team members included Tim Arndorfer, Clint Baer, Seth Borchardt, Andrew Duncan, Scott Frey, Dale Gerke, Jason Hahn, Kon Knueppel, David Kramer, Dan Leffel, David Micheel, Steve Mihalik, Brad Roney, Chris Stelzer, and Brett Valerio. The coaching staff included head coach Skip Noon, assistants Todd Biesterfeld and the late Wayne Rasmussen, and student assistant Rachel (Willems) Kuehl.