May 4, 2017
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
MANITOWOC – Two area athletes were honored at the Forty-First Annual Lakeshore All Sports Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet last Wednesday night. Brillion’s Eric Kittel and Reedsville’s Faith Lubner delivered classy speeches that fit right in with the evening’s atmosphere.
Kittel, a 2013 Brillion High School graduate, received the male Senior College Athlete Award for his stellar basketball career at Concordia University Wisconsin.
“It is truly an honor to be selected for this award and I’m humbled by the recognition,” Kittel said.
Kittel ended his basketball career in March as the all-time leading scorer with 1,541 points. The 5’8 guard is also second all-time in steals and third in assists. He started all 109 games in his four seasons.
Other career highlights included being selected as All-Midwest and once scoring 10 points in 41 seconds. He averaged 14 points per game in his career, and 17 during his senior season. He is graduating with a degree in sports and entertainment business. During his high school career, he scored more than 1,000 points in basketball and helped win state championships in both football and basketball.
Kittel took the time to thank Brillion coaches, Jeff Schlender and Dick Sheahan, who were in attendance, as well as Chad Shimek. His college coaches – Shawn Cassidy, Jon Cain, Dan Mueller, David Cooks and Pat Doughtery – were also in attendance.
“You guys gave me a chance to fulfill a dream and play college basketball,” Kittel told the Concordia staff.
High School Recognition Award
Faith Lubner received the High School Recognition Award and was also one of eight area student-athletes to receive a scholarship from the hall of fame.
“It’s a great honor for me to be here today,” Lubner said.
Lubner, a 2017 graduate, has won six state championships in her first three years of high school including three in the 300-meter hurdles, two in the 100-meter hurdles and one in the long jump. She was part of the all-state team in 2015 and ranked 33rd in the all-time top 50 list for the 300-meter hurdles last year. She’s also won eight conference championships.
Like Kittel, Lubner was quick to point out the support system that her parents, Steve and Sara, have been for her.
“I want to thank her for doing everything from giving me good advice to great foot rubs,” Lubner said of her mom.
“I know I can always count on him to give me advice when I need someone to talk to,” she said of her dad.
Please see the extended coverage in the May 4, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.