Mountaineers contribute to Silver Lake hoops

IRON MOUNTAIN – Iron Mountain High School grads Jordan Barbeau and Abby Gerhard contributed to a solid women’s basketball season at Silver Lake College.

“Abby and Jordan are outstanding student-athletes,” said Silver Lake Coach Mike Flentje. “Both of them made great contributions to our team’s success.”

Silver Lake, a four-year school from Manitowoc, Wis., posted an 18-12 record this past season.

Gerhard, a 5-foot-9 freshman, was a defensive dynamo with the Mountaineers. That aspect of her game hasn’t changed with the Lady Lakers.

“Abby had a very good season,” Flentje said. “I love how she plays the game. She hustles non stop when she is in the game.”

Gerhard played in all 26 of the team’s games, shooting an “outstanding” 41.6 percent from the floor and ranking 37th in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) in steals.

“As the season went on she earned and received more playing time because of her hard work and dedication in practices,” Flentje said. “She is very quick and aggressive on defense. We normally put her on the other team’s better scorer.

“It was great having Abby on the team. Her love and desire for the game is outstanding.

Barbeau, a 5-foot-7 sophomore, also joined the Lakers this season.

“Jordan also had a very good season, especially considering that she did not play the previous two seasons before walking on to the team this year,” Flentje said. “Jordan is also a person that hustles the entire time that she is in the game. I love her intensity on defense. She can shut down the player that she is defending.”

Flentje said Barbeau struggled with her shot early in the season.

“She worked extremely hard to improve on it in practice,” Flentje said. “Her hard work paid off and made some very key shots in games later on in the season.

“She also has a heart and desire for the game.”

Flentje is “very excited” to have both Mountaineers on the team next season. The Lakers travel to this area, playing at Northland International University in Dunbar, Wis., and Gogebic Community College in Ironwood.

“They are both fine young ladies and it was a pleasure having them on the team this season,” Flentje said. “Their work ethic is outstanding.

“With them coming back next season, I believe that we will improve on our record next season.”