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2021 16u dm coaching staff

Duke Mitchell

Duke Mitchell

Head Coach

Phone: 815-677-4194

This is Coach Duke’s 6th year coaching with Storm and 4th year as head coach. Prior to coaching with KV Storm, he coached rec softball and baseball. Coach Duke believes in building confidence, mental strength, responsibility, and lifelong friendships. Practices and games continue to work on building knowledge of the game and skills needed to play at the high school level and beyond. He believes that there needs to be a continuous emphasis on good mechanics with the addition of conditioning and a touch of competition. Bottom line, if they enjoy playing the game, they will play harder and keep playing longer in life. This year’s team goals include learning to play well together through the ups and downs, continuing to grow as players, and work toward a positive season. More emphasis will be put into strength and conditioning to help our athletes become more resistant to injury. We are committed to playing games against teams that will help make us better by pushing us to play our best game. By doing this, our players will become better athletes for their respective schools.

When Coach Duke isn’t at the ball fields, he enjoys traveling, and butter pecan frozen custard from Ollie’s.

Lexi Watie

Lexi Watie

Assistant Coach

Coach Lexi brings a unique coaching background to this team. Her coaching history includes 4 years at Kishwaukee College, 2 years at the 14U and 16U age level, and 3 total years with Kishwaukee Valley Storm. Her coaching philosophy revolves around wanting her players to be able to look at her and say, "because of you, I didn't give up." Coach Lexi's goals for the team are simple. She wants the team to move, think, and act as one. 

When Coach Lexi isn't on the field coaching, she is spending time with her two daughters, Lily (aka Sunshine) who is 9 and Lola (aka Bunny) who is 5.  Lexi credits her girls with her continued passion of coaching the game she loves. Coach Lexi's favorite food is brownies. 

Cassie Bade

Assistant Coach

This is Coach Cassie's second year coaching with KV Storm. She has coached an 18U team as well as a 15U team. Coach Cassie's coaching philosophy revolves around growing the girls not only as softball players, but as teammates, students, friends, players, daughters, etc. She wants the girls to be better all around people. She believes, and encourages, the girls to own up to mistakes and to hold each other accountable. Coach Cassie strives to prepare the girls for college and life after. She believes that her experiences help her to relate to them, as well as help them in the future. Coach Cassie strives to teach the girls to think about how their actions on and off the field affect not only themselves, but the team.

Coach Cassie's goal for the team is to teach the players to really appreciate, respect, and love the game of softball. She feels that when the players finally realize that they love the game , and it's not just parents pushing the game on them, they will want to work harder for their teammates and coaches. She believes that when players appreciate their teammates and coaches, they will play better as a team with more fight and grit. 


Kishwaukee Valley Storm 16U DM would like to welcome Lexi Watie to our coaching staff! We are excited to have you!

Recent Kishwaukee Valley Storm 16U DM News

Schenk commits to Notre Dame College

By Steve Heide 04/14/2021, 3:45pm CDT

#8 to head to Ohio this fall.

Congratulations to 18U teammate Nicole Schenk on her verbal commitment to attend Notre Dame College in South Euclid, Ohio this fall to continue her academic and athletic career.

We look forward to watching you continue to succeed!!

KV Storm 16U DM Drops Double Header 10/4/20

It was a pair of tough losses for the KV Storm 16U DM team this past Sunday. ESP Elite JK 16U game out of the gate strong with their bats in both games. KV Storm 16U DM battle back during the first game to tie it up, but ESP Elite JK 16U was able to score one more run to take the first game with a score of 7 to 6. 

In the second game, KV Storm 16U DM struggled to put the bat on the ball. ESP Elite took an early lead and KV Storm 16U DM couldn't catch up. The final score of game two was 16 to 0.

Next up for the KV Storm 16U DM team is a one day round robin in Oswego on October 18. 


16U DM Team competed in a doubleheader against the Wasco Warriors this past Saturday.  Both games were a solid display of strong teamwork! Game 1 the team's bats were alive from the start. Ann Vivirito, Abby Stoffa, and Isabel Peterson all had multiple hits during the game. 

Game 2 started off slow for 16U DM, but the team rallied and pulled out a 12 to 5 victory. Emma Trainor, Haley VonSchnase, Kyra Johnson, and Kiki Mitchell all had multiple hits in the game. Kyra Johnson hit a home run in the 2nd inning, and Abby Stoffa hit a 3 run home run in the fourth inning. 

KV Storm 16U DM Tournament Schedule

April 11 - Sycos Round Robin

June 11 - 13 - NAFA Freeport 18U (split)

June 18 - 20 - Midwest Slugfest 18U (split) games played in Beloit, WI

June 25 - 27 - NAFA State/Storm Dayz

July 1 - 3 - USSSA Total KAOS (Kentucky)

July 9 - 11 - McHenry County Heatwave

July 16 - 18 - NAFA Midwest Nationals 

July 23 - 25 - TBA

July 28 - August 1 - NAFA Northern Nationals (Minnesota)


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