By Benjamin Wideman, Director of Communications & Sports Information
It’s a good thing the price of gas has been relatively low, considering how far Courtney Clavers’ family routinely drove to watch her play this season.
Clavers and her Silver Lake College women’s basketball teammates recently concluded one of the best seasons in school history, finishing 23-7, including a nine-game winning streak to end the year.
And traveling to see many of those victories both home and away was Clavers’ family, which has supported her throughout her athletic career.
“I just love watching Courtney play,” said her grandfather, Bob Loofboro of Brillion, a competitive weightlifter who regularly attends SLC games. “She’s really putting it out there and working hard. It takes a lot of effort to do that, considering all the credits (19) that she’s taking, too.”
Also traveling to see Clavers’ games was Bob’s wife, Beverly; Courtney’s parents, Cyril and Betsy; and her brother, Spencer, all of whom live in Brillion. Her sister, Whitney, also attended games as her schedule permitted.
Clavers, a junior forward, averaged 8.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this season.
As a sophomore at Brillion High School, Courtney competed in the WIAA state basketball tournament, but the Lions lost in the semifinals. As a junior and senior, her Lions were knocked out in the sectionals.
So to be part of something special this season with the Lakers meant a lot to Clavers. And having her family there to share the experience made it all the more memorable.
“They’re my life support,” Clavers said. “They’re always there encouraging me and supporting me. I always look for them up in the stands. They mean everything to me.”
The only time her grandparents couldn’t make it to a couple games this season was when they were vacationing in Hawaii. Otherwise, the family drove together to as many games as possible. They even traveled to games in Michigan.
“(Bob and I) were teachers so we’re used to the school environment and sports and enjoy being a part of it,” said Clavers’ grandmother, Beverly. “It’s nice that Silver Lake College is so close to home for us. We just enjoy supporting her because she’s such a good kid. She keeps her grades up and does a lot of things outside school too.”
SLC head coach Mike Flentje said he can count on Clavers every game.
“She’s a steady ballplayer,” he said. “She’s not flashy, but she gets the job done. When we need a rebound, she’ll get it. When we need a free throw, she’ll get it. When we need a shot, she’ll do it. She’s a quiet leader on the floor.”
Clavers is majoring in Early Childhood Special Education with a cross-categorical license, with an emphasis in cognitive disabilities.