Three athletes, a longtime supporter and the first Lancer women’s basketball team to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament will be inducted into the Mount Marty College Athletic Hall of Fame during an event on Friday, June 21.
Five-sport athlete Kathleen (Velder) Sobotka, men’s basketball players Matt Geiver and Monte Lowe, longtime MMC employee and supporter Patrick Frank, and the 1985-86 Lancer women’s basketball team will be inducted at the event.
The induction ceremony will take place on Mount Marty’s Campus in Benedict’s Café, located next to the bookstore. The social will being at 6 p.m., with the induction program slated for 7 p.m. There is a cost for admission, with food and refreshments provided.
The public is welcome to attend. Parking for the event will be on the west side of the Scholastica Learning Center on the west end of the campus.
Here is more on the inductees:
Patrick Frank – Employee, Supporter
Frank is a longtime supporter, employee, and fixture of the Lancer Athletic Department and Mount Marty College. He started working at Mount Marty College as part of a work study program his senior year of high school, and has been part of the college ever since. He takes particular pride in the work he does as the videographer for the department. It would likely be impossible to find an athlete in the last 18 years that would not be able to speak fondly of Pat Frank with a big smile. His personality and hospitality is a big part of the face of Lancer Athletics.
Matt Geiver – Basketball (1996-2000)
During his freshman year, Matt began his Lancer career as a utility player and quickly became a spark off the bench for one of the greatest teams in program history. He continued to flourish and finished his career as one of Mount Marty’s all-time great men’s basketball players. In fact, during three of his seasons with the Lancers, the team was ranked top 25 in the nation. Geiver, a 2000 graduate, was named All-Conference his last two seasons with the Lancers, after averaging 20 points and six rebounds a game during his senior season. He was named 2nd Team All-American, voted the SDIC Most Valuable Player by the coaches, and named to the South Dakota All-College Team.
Monte Lowe – Basketball (1976-1980)
Lowe graduated in 1980 as a four year starter on a team that saw the most success of any Lancer Men’s Basketball team in history. In four year period, the team won 80 games, including three 20+ win seasons. Lowe started as a freshman on the first Lancer athletic team to qualify for the NAIA National Tournament. He was known as the stopper on defense, always drawing the opponent’s best offensive player no matter the position the opponent played. He was voted as Mr. Hustle and Mr. Defense all four years by his teammates, and was the team captain his senior year.
Kathleen (Velder) Sobotka – Five Sport Athlete (1972-1976)
One of the pioneers in Lancer women’s athletics, Sobotka, a 1976 graduate, participated in five sports during her tenure at Mount Marty College. She starred in volleyball, basketball, softball, track, and field hockey at a time when women’s athletics was looking to gain a foothold in the collegiate sporting world, and she was instrumental part of this movement at Mount Marty. Statistics were incomplete, but both teammates and coaches mentioned that she was highly skilled, outstanding player who was also humble and unassuming.
1985-1986 Women’s Basketball Team
The 1985-86 Lancer basketball team was the first Mount Marty women’s team to be invited to the NAIA National Tournament. First year Head Coach Warren Anderson lead the team through a very tough schedule, finishing the season 24-8 - despite not having a true home court and just 11 players. The team broke 23 team and individual records during the year, and won the NAIA District 12 and Bi-District Championships to earn their spot in the 16 team national field.