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Cook’s double-double leads
Illinois to opening victory

Illini unveil Big Ten championship banner

By Jeff Mayfield

[NOV. 8, 2001]  Brian Cook came out of the tunnel and unto the court for the first time this season with more hair than I have ever seen him sport. He also has beefed up to the point that he’s starting to look more like an NBA power forward than a skinny kid from some high school on the prairie.

From the opening tip he looked like a decidedly better player by going 7-for-13 from the field, finishing with a team-high 17 points to lead Illinois to a 104-81 victory over a much-better-than-advertised Illinois All-Star squad. Cook added 13 rebounds to his line, including an impressive nine defensive caroms.

The All-Stars were giving the Illini all they wanted by hanging close, trailing only 44-46 at intermission. But Illini used an explosive 13-3 run the first three minutes of the second half to put the pesky stars away.

Sean Harrington brought the crowd to its feet several times as he canned 5-of-6 treys to also finish with 17 points on the night. Cory Bradford and Frank Williams pitched in 16 points apiece, and Robert Archibald added 12 as the entire starting five ended the game in double figures. Damir Krupalija had a solid game as he muscled his way in for seven points and four rebounds.

Looking good off the bench for the Illini were Brett Melton, who nailed two 3’s and another rim out, and red-shirt freshman Nick Smith who tallied three points and three rebounds. Smith will be counted on to give coach Bill Self a four-man rotation in the post, as it looks like Krupalija and Smith will spell Cook and Archibald when the pair are either in foul trouble or need a rest. However, Cook played the most of any Illini player as he logged 29 minutes in the fray.


Stray arrows

Last night’s game was only a sellout (16,300) because the game was included in the season ticket package. Only 8,450 actually attended.

I still do not know what it will take to convince people that we have one of the best teams in the country and they ought to come out and support ’em … and these are people who have ALREADY purchased tickets. The LDN is happy to help distribute ANY unused tickets, as we know several college, high school and junior high students who would love to see a game, ANY game.


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The buzz around the pressroom after the game was concern over Illinois’ bench. While it doesn’t appear to be as strong, obviously, as last year’s, I think it will be all right over the long haul. I sure like all of the gifts Damir brings to the table, and I think he can play in a big or small lineup. Nick Smith looked a 100 percent better to me than he did last year. I know that others are still concerned about him, but I think that he will make some real contributions to the team. Brett Melton could give the squad a huge lift, especially if Bradford or Harrington is having an off night.

Last year’s Big Ten championship banner was raised to the rafters prior to last night’s tipoff. The crowd loved it … BUT, the crowd wasn’t even 9,000 strong. Did the banner have to be raised last night? Are we leaving last year to last year and getting on with this year? Why not raise that banner prior to the tough opening night game versus Gonzaga? Or before the Big Ten opener against Minnesota? You know — whip the crowd into a frenzy and then use that energy in the building to ride that wave to victory! Just a thought. I’m crazy enough to think that I’d like to see thousands of people enjoy these kinds of moments.

Next up for the Illini is a Monday night game with Division II foe Lincoln University. Lincoln used to be tough in the days of old, back when they were in the old MIAA. SMS and other teams were not yet D-I clubs in those days, but the competition was so fierce you would have never known the difference. I think that it’s great that they’re giving teams like that the opportunity to take center stage!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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LCC basketball excitement builds with talented players, new athletic facility

[NOV. 8, 2001]  There are a few reasons to get excited about basketball at Lincoln Christian College this fall. The most evident is the 30,000-plus-square-foot athletic facility that will be ready to occupy in January.

"I go out and walk through it nearly every day," says Randy Kirk, the men’s basketball coach. "We have played in an undersized facility for a long time. We will miss the intimacy of the ‘Preacherdome.’ But it will be great to have a regulation court with space around it, extra baskets for practice, a fitness center and a training room."

The Preachers are scheduled to play in the new facility on Jan. 10, while the dedication will follow on Jan. 12.

As far as the team itself, the Preachers got a big boost when Joel Searby decided to transfer from Elmhurst. The U-High grad played a significant role with the Blue Jays last year as they played their way into the NCAA tournament. "Joel brings us experience and size that we needed in the post," Kirk notes.

Other notables who should get playing time include John Holderby, a Calvary Baptist alumnus. "John played for a us a few years back. He took a couple of years off and now is back with us," Kirk explains. Holderby will see time at the point.


Six players return from last year’s squad, including three starters. Clinton native Jim Turney started every game as a freshman last year and brings that experience with him. Antoni Okusami, a 6-foot-3 forward from Warsaw, Poland, also returns to the starting lineup.


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Senior Matt Clark, a 5-10 guard from Evansville, Ind., returns to lead the Preachers. Clark scored 991 points last year, which appears to be the second-highest single-season point total in the history of Illinois college basketball. Hersey Hawkins had 1,125 in the 1987-88 season for Bradley. Clark enters this year with 1,913 career points and is closing in on the school record of 2,188, which was set by Jim Williamson, an Olympia graduate.

Here’s what Kirk had to say: "What was amazing about Matt’s numbers last year was not simply the number of points produced; he shot 49 percent from the floor, 43 percent from the 3-point line and 83 percent from the line. Considering the attention he drew, those numbers are amazing."

It’s pretty exciting in Lincoln this fall! Come and see for yourself!

[LCC sports]

[Lincoln Christian College men’s basketball roster]

[Lincoln Christian College men’s basketball schedule]


[Lincoln Christian College women's basketball roster]

[Lincoln Christian College women's basketball schedule]

Lincoln Christian College men’s basketball roster









10 Matt Clark Guard 5'10" 155 Senior Evansville, Ind.
11 Jake Raymer Guard 5'11" 165 Junior Saybrook
12 John Holderby Guard 5'8" 195 Soph Normal
14 Aaron Johnson Forward 6'1" 165 Soph Indianapolis, Ind.
21 Anthony Cerniglia Forward 6'3" 200 Soph Beloit, Wis.
23 Zach Below Guard 6'2" 175 Junior Evansville, Ind.
24 Ben Brodfuehrer Forward 6'5" 165 Frosh Louisville, Ky.
25 Jim Turney Guard 6'0" 165 Soph Clinton
31 Mike O'Connor Guard 6'0" 170 Frosh Hannibal, Mo.
33 Antoni Okusami Forward 6'3" 170 Soph Warsaw, Poland
40 Josh Grooms Center 6'5" 240 Frosh Covington, Ky.
43 Joel Searby Forward 6'4" 215 Junior Lincoln
44 Mike Lirot Guard 5'10" 185 Frosh Ellottsville, Ind.

Head coach: Randy Kirk

Assistant coaches: Chad Kiifner, Matt Braman

Lincoln Christian College men’s basketball schedule





Nov. 2-3 Kentucky Christian College Classic Grayson, Ky. TBA
Nov. 2 Kentucky Christian College 8 p.m.
Nov. 3 Temple Baptist 1 p.m.
Nov. 8-10 Cincinnati Bible College Classic Cincinnati, Ohio TBA
Nov. 8 Central Bible College 4 p.m.
Nov. 9 Northland Baptist Bible College 4 p.m.
Nov. 10 Multnomah Bible College 2 p.m.
Nov. 13 Missouri Baptist College St. Louis, Mo. 7 p.m.
Nov. 16 St. Louis Christian College Home 7 p.m.
Nov. 19 MacMurray College Home 7 p.m.
Nov. 29-Dec.1 Regional Tip-Off Watertown, Wis. TBA
Dec. 4 Eureka College Eureka 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Principia College Home 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 Westminster College Fulton, Mo. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 2-4 Cookson Hills Classic
Dallas Christian, Manhattan Christian,
Ozark Christian
Kansas, Okla. TBA
Jan. 7 Greenville College Greenville 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Kentucky Christian Home 7 p.m.
Jan. 12 Great Lakes Christian Home 7 p.m.
Jan. 15 Moody Bible Institute Chicago 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 Concordia Home 3 p.m.
Jan. 21 Westminster College Home 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 26 Maranatha Baptist Bible College Home 3 p.m.
Jan. 28 Judson College Elgin 7 p.m.
Feb. 1-2 LCC Tournament
Cincinnati Bible, Central Bible,
Grace Bible
Home TBA
Feb. 12 St. Louis Christian College Florissant, Mo. 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 Moody Bible Institute Home 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 St. Louis College of Pharmacy St. Louis, Mo. 2 p.m.
Feb. 23 Emmaus Bible College Home 3 p.m.
Feb. 28-March 2 Regional tournament Wyoming, Mich. TBA
March 7-9 National tournament Oklahoma City TBA

Lincoln Christian College women’s basketball roster







3 Brittany Robbins So 5'5" G Lincoln
5 Stephanie Urton So 5'6" G Lincoln
10 Elsa Szostek Jr 5'8" F Lake Station, Ind.
13 Christina Wright Fr 5'5" G Heyworth
14 Cassie Wertin Jr 5'0" G Crown Point, Ind.
30 Michelle O'Malley Jr 5'10" F Seneca
32 Kristen DeVore Fr 5'11" C Rio Rancho, N.M.
33 Kim Jewell Jr 5'9" C Beloit, Wis.
42 Abbey Flaherty Sr 5'9" F Newburgh, Ind.
44 Crystal McDaniel Fr 5'6" G Kansas, Okla.
50 Tara Davis Jr 5'5" F Clayton, Ind.

Head coach: Amanda Bowman

Assistant coaches: Donnie Bowman and Clint Mustain

Book-stats: Kari Szostek, Erin Jennings and James Siddens

Manager-video: Nicole Wilkey and Roxie Buruiana

Lincoln Christian College women’s basketball schedule





Nov. 2-3 Kentucky Christian Tournament Grayson, Ky. TBA
Nov. 9 Free Will Baptist Bible College Nashville, Tenn. 6 p.m.
Nov. 10 Cincinnati Bible College Nashville, Tenn. 2 p.m.
Nov. 17 Northland Baptist Bible College Home 1 p.m.
Nov. 20 Principia College Home 7 p.m.
Nov. 26-27 University of Alaska -- Anchorage Anchorage, Alaska TBA
Nov. 30 Free Will Baptist Bible College Home 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 Rockford College Rockford 7 p.m.
Dec. 8 Maryville University Home 1 p.m.
Dec. 14 Westminster College Fulton, Mo. 5 p.m.
Jan. 2-4 Cookson Hills Classic
Manhattan Christian,
Nebraska Christian
Kansas, Okla. TBA
Jan. 7 Greenville College Home 7 p.m.
Jan. 10 Kentucky Christian College Home 5 p.m.
Jan. 12 Great Lakes Christian College Home 3 p.m.
Jan. 15 Moody Bible Institute Chicago 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 19 Stephens College Home 1 p.m.
Jan. 21 Westminster College Home 5 p.m.
Jan. 26 Maranatha Baptist Bible College Home 1 p.m.
Jan. 29 St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Terre Haute, Ind. 7 p.m.
Feb. 1-2 LCC Tourney
Cincinnati Bible, Grace Bible,
Central Bible
Home TBA
Feb. 4 MacMurray College Home 6 p.m.
Feb. 14 Moody Bible Institute Home 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 Indiana University -- East Richmond, Ind. 2 p.m.
Feb. 19 St. Mary-of-the-Woods College Home 6 p.m.
Feb. 23 Emmaus Bible College Home 1 p.m.
Feb. 28-March 1 Regionals Dubuque, Iowa TBA
March 7-9 Nationals Oklahoma City, Okla. TBA


Special parking procedures for high-traffic weekend

[NOV. 8, 2001]  In addition to the Illinois State football team hosting Indiana State Saturday, Redbird Arena in Normal will house the Illinois High School Association’s volleyball state championships in what is expected to be a high-traffic weekend for Redbird athletics. To assist Redbird football fans, the Illinois State athletics department has announced special procedures that will be in place that day.

Any Redbird football patron without a parking pass will have to show a football ticket to gain access to the public parking lots. The public lots are the Ropp lot, the University High School lot and the East Stadium lot. Just as with previous games, fans with parking passes will be admitted into their respective lots.

Anyone interested in purchasing football tickets is encouraged to do so before Friday, the first day of the state volleyball championships. On Friday, in addition to the ticket office at Redbird Arena, tickets for the Illinois State-Indiana State football game will also be available at the Alamo II bookstore from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Alamo II will again have tickets on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Illinois State will offer a Family Day ticket package that allows game tickets for two adults and two youth (14 and under), plus four Pepsis and popcorn for $20. Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance to assure an opportunity to park that day.

Illinois State and Gateway Football Conference rival Indiana State kick off at 1:30 p.m. at Hancock Stadium for Senior Day.

For more information, see

[News release]

College basketball

Lincoln College vs. Carl Sandburg

[NOV. 6, 2001] 


Lincoln College men had a 70-68 setback at the hands of Carl Sandburg in overtime at the Lynx gym Monday night. The loss drops LC to 1-2 for the season. Lincoln plays in the Rend Lake Classic Friday.

Gene Reed hit a pair of free throws with 1:51 left in regulation to give Lincoln College its last lead of the night before James Allen hit a driving layup to knot the score and send the game to overtime with 30 seconds left. Carl Sandburg scored the first two baskets in overtime and was never headed. The Lynx got within one point on a 3-point goal by Amir Major with 1:27 left (65-64) and again at the 50-second mark on a goal by Derik Hollyfield (67-66).  Jason Jones then hit a pair of foul shots for the Chargers with 19 seconds left to seal the victory.

Lincoln managed 39 percent shooting from the floor while Carl Sandburg was shooting 50 percent. The winners also had a 47-30 rebounding edge in the contest.

Leading Lincoln in scoring was Steve Turner with 15 points while Amir Major added 14 and Hollyfield 10. 


Carl Sandburg (70) — James Allen 6-11-1-1-15; Corey Neeley 0-0-1-1-1; LaNetrrick Harris 1-3-0-0-2; Clint Cowman 2-5-1-2-5; Jason Jones 0-2-2-2-2; Travis Nesby 3-8-0-0-7; Matt Barton 1-1-0-0-3; Zeph Jones 6-12-2-3-17; Brandis Leverette 8-12-2-3-18.  Three-point goals: Allen 2, Jones 3, Nesby, Barton. Totals 27-54-9-13-70.

Lincoln College (68) — Paris Williams 0-2-0-0-0; James Roberson 4-14-0-0-8; Josh Clark 1-3-0-0-2; Gene Reed 3-4-2-2-8; Mike Fowler 3-8-1-2-7; Steve Turner 7-20-1-1-15; Mike Sams 2-7-0-1-4; Amir Major 5-8-0-0-14; Derik Hollyfield 3-6-3-4-10. Three-point goals: Major 4, Hollyfield. Totals 28-72-7-10-68.


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The Lincoln College women won their season opener 87-80 behind a balanced attack as five Lady Lynx reached double figures. The Lynx will be at home Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Hannibal-LaGrange.

Leading the way for Lincoln with 15 points was Victoria Scott, followed by Angie Bossingham and Jessie Dullard with 13 each.  Ronni Beebe added 12 points, and Kim Calhoun rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10.

Lincoln College finished the game with 32 goals in 76 tries, while Carl Sandburg was 21 of 57.  Dullard and Scott were the leading rebounders, with six and five respectively for the Lady Lynx.  Lakeisha Graham had four steals, and Bossingham had four assists.

Coach Carl Wilson stated, "It is good to get that first win, but we obviously have a lot to work on. Graham did a good job and came up with some steals and loose balls, and Ashley Sims came off the bench to give us some good minutes. Beebe and Dullard both played well. Defensively, we fouled way too much, and that kept them in the ball game."


Lincoln College (87) — Lakeisha Graham 2-5-8-9; Victoria Scott 4-6-8-15; Jenny Story 1-1-2-3; Sarah McLaughlin 1-1-2-3; Angie Bossingham 5-0-0-13; Ronni Beebe 4-4-6-12; Kim Calhoun 5-0-0-10; Ashley Sims 2-1-1-5; Jessie Dullard 6-1-2-13; Sereida Melker 1-0-0-2; Zabrina Harper 1-0-0-2.  Three-point goals: Bossingham 3, Scott. Totals 32-19-29-87.

Carl Sandburg (80) — Chilton 2-0-0-4; Boettcher 0-9-10-9; Burnham 0-1-2-1; Dawson 3-1-3-8; Sinnett 7-16-20-30; Peck 1-7-8-9; McBurney 4-2-2-10; Olson 1-0-0-2; Owen 3-1-2-7.  Three-point goals: Dawson.  Totals 21-37-47-80.

[Bill Martinie,
Lincoln College sports information director]

College volleyball

Two from LC receive conference honors

[NOV. 6, 2001]  Two Lincoln College volleyball players were selected as second team all-conference in the CCCI for the recently completed season.

Molly Owens and Beth Guy were the LC honorees.  Owens, an outside hitter from Mount Zion, led the team with 243 kills and was second in blocks with 60.  She compiled a .342 hitting efficiency for the season. Owens is a sophomore at LC.

Beth Guy, a freshman from Hartem High School, was also selected to the second team. Guy tied for the team lead in serving aces with 45 and had a serving percentage of 98. She dished out 668 assists, a 7.5 per game average, and was among the top 25 setters in Division II in the nation.

[Bill Martinie,
Lincoln College sports information director]

College wrestling

Lincoln College wrestling season opens

[NOV. 6, 2001]  Lincoln College opens its wrestling season Friday at the Muskegon Duals in Muskegon, Mich. The team is under the direction of coach Dave Klemm. 

"We have some talented wrestlers and are looking for good things this season," said Klemm. "Our team chemistry appears to be much better this season than last, at least during the early practices.  Our attitude has been good, and the kids have been working extremely hard.  They have shown a desire to stick together as a team."

Heavyweight Nathan Welsh was a national qualifier last season; however, he is recovering from an injury and will not be available at least until December. Michael Moharreri, 125, is also out at least two more weeks with a rib injury.  "The injuries may slow us down a little at the start," said Klemm.


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Keith Eimer is being counted on at the 133-pound class, with incoming freshman Justin Collins pushing him hard. Collins and his twin brother, Josh, are graduates of Olympia High School. Josh is a leading candidate for a starting spot at 125.  Montrell Lewis, 149, is a two-time state qualifier in Michigan and will be counted on to contribute. Kevin Walton, 184, won the state high school championship at Lisle last season and is being counted on heavily.

"We have a lot of spots open, but a lot will be determined when we have our challenge matches Wednesday," said Klemm.

[Bill Martinie,
Lincoln College sports information director]

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High school volleyball

Super Lady Railers!

By Rick Hobler

[NOV. 5, 2001]  I have some good news and some bad news. I’ll be brief about the latter.

The Lady Railers volleyball team, loved by anyone who knows them, has had a super season by any measuring stick you want to use. Their season record of 29-8-1 is among the best in central Illinois. They were the winners of two regular-season tournaments in Champaign and East Peoria. They lost only one Central State Eight Conference match and took second place in the conference. They repeated as IHSA Regional champions. They made the LCHS history books by being the first volleyball team to repeat as IHSA Sectional champions. Only two teams in LCHS history in any sport, boys or girls, have accomplished back-to-back sectional championships. Coach Charissa Howe reached her 100th win early in the season, and her lifetime total now stands at 122 by my calculations. Christina Xamis tied a school service record with eight aces in one game — the sectional semifinal. Senior team members Tina Cook, Kelli Gleason and Darcy White have all been recruited and will play college volleyball. Postseason honors will follow shortly. And that’s just the beginning of this team’s accomplishments.


This season, the Lady Railers have formed lifelong relationships and created lasting memories for themselves and their many fans. They have matured through victory and adversity. They have made their families and their fans proud and the photo- developing stores rich. They have been excellent role models and special friends to the little kids who someday want to be just like them. They have stuffed themselves in the LCHS Suburbans and traveled many miles together. They have talked about serious things and laughed about silly things. They have shed some tears with each other. They have fashioned each other’s hairstyles at least once every match. They will always share the memory of being a part of this team.

They have grown to love and be loved by their excellent coaches and mentors, Charissa Howe, Tanya Conrady and Ashley Conrady. They have practiced long and hard. They have played duck-duck-goose on many a gym floor. They will never forget the good things about the season of 2001 for as long as they live. They will reminisce about it often. Memories of the losses and miss-hits will soon disappear while that awesome kill, that smothering block, that service run, those impossible digs off the floor will always be remembered. Their team portrait will hang in a place of honor at LCHS.

This team returned home to Lincoln, late Saturday night, one last time, having played their hearts out at the East Peoria High School Super-sectional.

Senior Darcy White, the living, breathing epitome of the Railer’s slogan of doing "whatever it takes" was unstoppable at the net with 10 kills and consistent at the service line with seven points. Her leadership almost helped her team pull it off.

Senior Kelli Gleason, the team’s floor leader, was, as always, everywhere the ball was, tirelessly handing out 20 assists, knocking down four kills and putting the left-hand tip into places on the other side of the net that no one could get to. Her strong, calming leadership kept the Railers in the match.

Senior Tina Cook, the heart and soul of the Railer front line was, Saturday night, the bravest and most brokenhearted athlete I’ve seen in years. In a freak pre-game accident, Tina’s knee was twisted. The injury put her on the bench most of the match instead of where she wanted to be — at the net, doing what she does best.


Let this one go, Tina. The result isn’t on your shoulders, even though I heard you say it was. You gave well beyond what you should have tried. You were still leading from the bench. The Lady Railers would not have been in the super-sectional if it wasn’t for your awesome net play all year long. You will play in many more great volleyball matches. My hope is that Saturday’s match will quickly fade from your memory.


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Kari McFadden, last year’s sophomore sensation, turned into this year’s impassioned junior leader. Her leadership and intensity were ever present on Saturday. Her kills, from almost anywhere on the court, brought the Railer fans to their feet. Kari had five points and five kills for the night. She played to the point of exhaustion and left it all on the court. No one could ask for more.

The Railer’s quiet sophomore, Samantha Conrady, dug out serves, made seven of the Railer kills and had four service points. I thought she really stepped up and played. She will increasingly be a force to be reckoned with by her opponents for two more years.

Freshman Michelle McFadden was mature and poised well beyond her age Saturday night. Even without her front-line teammate, Tina Cook, Michelle still made excellent blocks on her own and never seemed shook by the pressure of the moment. And the pressure of the moment was huge! She will be a dominant force on the Railer front line for years to come.

The ever-smiling, but always intense on the court, Missy Aper added three crucial service points to the Railer’s 20 points and played excellent defense. Her back-line partner, Christina Xamis, as always, played excellent defense and passed the ball to the front line with her usual precision. Unfortunately, Christina never really got the chance to get on another one of her usual service runs. Missy and Christina are now, and will increasingly be, great team leaders when the 2002 season rolls around.

Mindy Crawford was the first person that coach Howe went to when Tina Cook was unable to play. The coach’s confidence in her was evident, and she played well in response to the adversity. Mindy was a steady force on the court, especially in Game 1, when the Railers were fighting for their playoff lives.

Kendal Paulus, getting her first taste of varsity postseason action, got one kill and an unsolicited education from several of her opponents. I am sure she will put it to use and return the favor to others in years to come.

If high school sports are the last true remnant of real sport (and I believe they are), where young people everywhere play with passion and excellence, not for money, but because it’s fun and because they love the game and their teammates, then the 2001 Lady Railer volleyball team was a shining example of that remnant. Congratulations on a great year!


And, oh yes, I almost forgot… the bad news. The Lady Railers lost their super-sectional match Saturday night to some team from up north of here. With all the good things to remember, I can’t remember who the other team was or what the final score was.

Oh, well. It isn’t anywhere near as important as these excellent young women who played their hearts out this year and made us proud!

To the seniors, Tina Cook, Kelli Gleason and Darcy White, let me say: You’re the best! You made us proud! And, to all the Lady Railers let me say thanks for giving me the privilege of knowing and writing about each of you. Until next season, let me finish by saying:


[Rick Hobler]



Lady Hilltoppers headed to state

[NOV. 5, 2001]  With a record of 32-7, the Mount Pulaski girls went to battle against neighboring Warrensburg-Latham, with a 31-7 record, in the Class A super-sectional at Momence on Saturday.  Winning in two rounds, 15-12, 15-5, the Hilltoppers are on the road to state.

Mount Pulaski stats

Service points: Erin Schmidt 10

Kills: Mary Olson 14

Blocks: Olson and Laura Reeter 3

Assists: Tiffany Conaway 37

State tourney schedule

The Class A state tournament will be in Normal on Friday and Saturday.

Friday — Mount Pulaski plays against Benton in Match 4, at 7 p.m.

Saturday If Mount Pulaski wins, they play in Match 6 at noon against the winner of Match 3, either Quincy Notre Dame or Byron.

Congratulations, Lady Hilltoppers!


College volleyball

LCC Angels take third at nationals

[NOV. 5, 2001]  Amazingly, coach Kevin Crawford and his Lincoln Christian College Angels advanced to the Elite Eight at nationals. Equally amazingly, they once again made it to the Final Four and brought home a third-place place trophy! That makes six trips to the national tournament, including a national title, two third-place finishes, one fourth and two Elite Eights!

They did lose a tough match to the eventual champions from Mid-America Bible College but went on to beat Baptist Bible of Missouri for the second time in the three-day tournament.

While at the tournament, Becky Nangle and Breanne Prunty were named to both the national all-tourney team and as first team All-Americans! Christine O’Malley was also selected as a second team All-American, and Heather Brock was named a National Scholar athlete. Not to be outdone was head coach Kevin Crawford, who was named NCCAA National Coach of the Year for the second time.

Congratulations, Angels!

[Jeff Mayfield]

College basketball

LC vs. Mineral Area and Three Rivers

[NOV. 5, 2001]  Lincoln College opened the men’s basketball season with a split this past weekend. The Lynx defeated Mineral Area 89-83 on Saturday, after dropping the opener 85-64 to Three Rivers on Friday night.

The Lynx open the home season Monday against Carl Sandburg at 7:30 p.m., following the season opener for the Lady Lynx at 5:30 p.m.

The Lynx used a balanced attack against Mineral Area as four players reached double figures. James Roberson led the way with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor, including 5-of-8 from 3-point range. Derik Hollyfield was close behind with 20 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including 4-of-5 from 3-point land. Also hitting double figures for coach B.J. McCullum were Amir Major with 16 and Steve Turner with 11.

Lincoln won the game at the foul line, hitting on 24-of-33 attempts while Mineral Area was 12-of-20.   The Lynx managed to shoot 38 percent from the floor but hit on 57 percent of its 3-point shots.  Major was the top rebounder for Lincoln with eight, and Roberson contributed five assists to go with his 21 points.

In the opener, the Lynx fell behind early and were not able to recover.  Three Rivers raced to a 39-25 halftime lead as Lincoln managed just 26 percent shooting in the first half.  The Lynx improved to 40 percent the second half, but they could not overtake the winners.

Hollyfield provided the majority of the Lynx scoring, with 29 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 5-of-7 coming from 3-point range.


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Lincoln College (89) — Paris Williams 1-1-0-0-2; James Roberson 7-11-2-2-21; Josh Clark 1-4-3-4-5; Gene Reed 0-0-0-0-0; Mike Fowler 2-7-2-2-7; Steve Turner 3-10-3-4-11; Mike Sams 3-9-1-3-7; Amir Major 3-14-9-12-16; Derik Hollyfield 6-12-4-6-20; Sam Jackson 0-0-0-0-0. Three-point goals: Roberson 5, Fowler 1, Turner 2, Major 1, Hollyfield 4.

Mineral Area (83) — Terry Tessary 4-7-2-2-13; Bryan Turner 4-12-2-2-10;Torry Saxton 7-1-6-12-20;Ryan Weatherspoon 1-4-2-2-4; Norman Prather 10-14-0-0-24; Karnau Catron 4-8-0-2-8; Chavis Landfair 2-6-0-0-4. Three-point goals: Tessary 3, Prather 4.

Lincoln College (64) — Williams 1-2-0-0-2; Roberson 3-6-1-4-8; Clark 0-1-1-2-1; Reed 0-0-0-0-0; Fowler 0-0-0-0-0; Turner 2-11-2-6-7; Kehr 0-2-0-0-0; Sams 2-4-2-3-6; Major 1-5-5-6-8; Hollyfield 8-16-8-9-29; Jackson 1-4-1-2-3.  Three-point goals: Roberson 1, Turner 1, Major 1, Hollyfield 5.

Three Rivers (85) — Gipson 4-11-0-0-12; McKinney 1-4-0-0-3; Ibrahim 1-5-0-0-2; Stamps 4-8-2-4-10; Johnson 6-14-2-3-16; Alston 1-5-2-3-4; Zayas 3-14-1-3-8; Sprewell 5-7-0-0-10; Akintunde 1-2-1-1-3; Mauricette 8-10-1-3-17.  Three-point goals: Gipson 4, McKinney 1, Johnson 2, Zayas 1.

[Bill Martinie,
Lincoln College sports information director]

LCC vs. Kentucky Christian College

[NOV. 5, 2001]  Lincoln Preachers hit the courts in Grayson, Ky., on Friday evening.  LCC held the lead by 10 at the half, 51- 41, but in a hard-fought turnaround they were down by three as the buzzer sounded game’s end for a loss, 96-93.

LCC stats: Clark 14-2-33, Holderby 1-0-2, Below 6-2-14,  Turney 1-0-2, Okusami 9-1-19, Grooms 2-0-4, Searby 6-2-19, totaling 39- 9-93.  


College swimming

LC vs. Principia

[NOV. 5, 2001]  The Lincoln College men defeated Principia College 149-65 in swimming Saturday while the Lady Lynx were beaten by Principia 109-76.

LC placings


200-yard medley relay — 1. Jason Hierman, Zach Welsh, Brandon Davidson, Ronald Kestner, 1:43.94

1,000 freestyle — 1. Carl Kopecky, 10:44.21; 3. Bryan Sherman, 11:33.42

200 freestyle — 1. Scott Sampson, 1:52; 2. Kestner, 1:52.61; 3. James Brooks, 1:57.23.

200 IM — 1. Ramiro Palmer, 1:59.74; 2. Joe Krysak, 2:05.19; 3. Zach Welch, 2:09.63.

100 butterfly — 1. Palmar, :53.98; 2. Welch, :56.90; 3. Kopecky :58.33

100 backstroke — 1. Joe Krysak, :56.92; 2. Jason Hierman, :58.34; 3. Ryan Poss, :58.37

500 freestyle — 1. Scott Sampson, 5:05.52; 3. Sherman, 5:34.32

100 breaststroke — 1. Kestner, 1:05.16

200 freestyle relay — 1. Kopecky, Sampson, Krysak, Palmar, 1:55.01

50 freestyle — 2. Hierman, :24.29; 4. Doug Zimmer, :25.53; 5. Davidson, :25:58

100 freestyle — 2. James Brooks, :52.97; 3. Davidson, :55.71; 4. Zimmer, :57.66

One meter diving — 1. Tim Philosophos, 189.5; 2. Sean Calhoun, 174.75; 4. Brett Chase, 124.35

Diving — 1. Calhoun, 227.20; 2. Philosophos, 226.60


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200 IM — 1. Leslie Seago, 2:22.85

100 butterfly — 2. Rachel Willenborg, 1:04.23

100 freestyle — 2. Angela Couch, :58.20; 3. Erin Nelson, :59.83; 4. Jill Doxsie, 1:02.80

100 backstroke — 3. Bonnie DiFoggio, 1:19.53; 4. Megan Conlen, 1:20.42

500 freestyle — 1. Leslie Seago, 5:35.72

100 breaststroke — 2. Doxsie, 1:18.78; 3. Liz Wilson, 1:26.27

1,000 freestyle — 2. Couch, 11:43.12

200 freestyle — 1. Rachel Willenborg, 2:04.14; 3. Wilson, 2:18.52

50 freestyle — 1. Nelson, :27.7; 4. DiFoggio, :29.12; 5. Conlon, :31.81 

[Bill Martinie,
Lincoln College sports information director]


Illini football

Illinois’ comeback kids pummel Purdue

By Jeff Mayfield

[NOV. 5, 2001]  Usually when your favorite football team is down 13-0 late in the first half of a game against a good team on the road, it’s hard to have any good feelings about it. But somehow, during gut-check time, the Illinois Fighting Illini must have gotten in line twice, as they not only fought back to get close by halftime but went on to clobber the Purdue Boilermakers 38-13 before 61,568 stunned fans at Ross-Ade stadium.

And all of a sudden, the Illini’s bowl schedule is getting rosier week by week. I can almost see myself lying on a beach... I mean, I can see the Illini in a much bigger bowl matchup than I ever dreamed about during the preseason.

If you don’t give the game ball this week to the defense, you should never be allowed to watch another game! The defense kept Illinois in the game in the first half but then returned two INTs for scores in the second half, as the Illini put away a tough Purdue team that most Big 10 teams have struggled against the last three years! Bobby Jackson had a spectacular 83-yard slicin’ and dicin’ interception return for a touchdown. Not to be outdone, our favorite player, Christian Morton returned one 62 yards to the house, and the Illini were heading to a beach somewhere!

I'm not even going to talk about how this game puts Illinois in a tie for first or what bowl implications may loom because of this HUGE victory. The voice of reason says to keep playing them one at a time and we will worry about bowl games when they send out the invitations.

Brandon Lloyd did have yet another stellar effort by making six grabs while piling up 112 yards. Kurt Kittner incredibly threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns in spite of throwing four interceptions. He is due to really cut loose and have a couple of big games. Wouldn’t it be nice to see him ring up PSU, OSU and NW?

Up next on the Illinois schedule is a very tough date with a rejuvenated Penn State team. It is very difficult to beat a Joe Pa team, but if ever there were a sense of urgency, there would be NO time like next Saturday to settle a long-standing score with Mr. Paterno and his Nittany Lions!

[Jeff Mayfield]

College basketball

Lady Lynx, 20-game winners last year, bring more depth to difficult schedule

[NOV. 3, 2001]  Lincoln College begins the women’s basketball season Monday at Carl Sandburg under the direction of fourth-year coach Carol Wilson. Last season the Lady Lynx won 20 games for the first time since the 1995-96 season. "With the players we have returning, and with help from some of our freshman recruits, we are looking for another good season," said Wilson.

Wilson has turned the program into a winning tradition, as she was able to win nine games the first year, 18 in her second season and 20 last year.

Seven letter winners return from last year, led by Ronni Beebe, who averaged 13.3 per game. Tiffany Thomas, who played only 15 games last season, returns with a 9.5 average, and Jesse Dullard and Sarah McLaughlin both return with averages above seven per game. Other letter winners include Tammy Bausley, Heather Dobey and Kim Massenburg.

"Injuries have hindered us early in the practice session," said Wilson. "Bausley, Dobey and Thomas have all missed valuable practice time, but I think they will be able to help at least part-time when the season opens. 

"Jenny Story has played exceptionally well in the preseason and may be one of our more versatile players. She is able to play most positions and is even capable of defending the post. Angie Bossingham, a transfer from ICC, gives us a 3-point threat which should help break zones.  Right now we are rotating her and Ronni Beebe at the point.   We could put five guards on the floor at one time if the competition dictates.

"Story and Jess Dullard play a lot taller than they really are, and they are not afraid to mix it up a little defending the post players. We are looking for Sarah McLaughlin to come off the bench and give us a spark. She gives our lineup a different look, and she is a momentum changer.


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"We should be a lot deeper than last season, I believe we may be able to play as many as 12 players, which should keep us fresh.  Once the girls realize and accept their roles on the team, we could be very competitive.  Most of these girls are used to playing the entire game in high school, and if they can adjust to playing 15-20 minutes a game, we should have fresh players on the court at all times."

Coach Wilson continued, "Lakeisha Graham, Zabrina Harper and Victoria Scott have a lot of athletic ability and quickness, and Scott can play either guard or post up. Kim Calhoun and Ashley Sims give us a physical presence and a lot of bulk; they just need to work on their rebounding and get in their minds that every ball belongs to them.

"Right now our defense is probably our weakest area.  We need to become more aggressive and communicate better. Our weak-side help needs to improve along with our rebounding; however, we have the potential.

 "I feel we can compete for the conference title, with Parkland, John Wood and Lake Land as the strongest contenders. The conference should be stronger from top to bottom than in the past. Our early schedule is very tough, but that should help prepare us for the conference, as there are no easy wins."

[Bill Martinie,
Lincoln College sports information director]


[Lincoln College women’s basketball roster]

[Lincoln College women’s basketball schedule]

Lincoln College women’s basketball roster





High school

Ariel Lamb 5'7" Fr F Glenwood
Tammy Bausley* 5'3" So G Bloomington
Lakeisha Graham 5'6" Fr G Peoria
Jenny Story 5'9" So G Lincoln
Victoria Scott 5'6" Fr G St. Louis
Sarah McLaughlin* 5'7" So G Lincoln
Audrey Hinrichsen 5'5" Fr G Eureka
Angie Bossingham 5'5" So G Lincoln
Ronni Bebbe* 5'3" So G Lewistown
Heather Dobey* 5'4" So G Pekin
Kim Calhoun 6'1" Fr F Rantoul
Kim Massenburg* 5'7" So G Glenwood
Ashley Sims 6'0" Fr F Alexis
Mary Rossio 5'6" Fr F Coal City
Jesse Dullard* 5'8" So F Homewood
Sereida Melker 5'2" Fr G Romeoville
Tiffany Thomas* 6'0" So F Chicago
Zabrina Harper 5'9" Fr F Peoria

* Letter winner

Carol Wilson, head coach

Tony Thomas, assistant

High school volleyball

Lady Railer volleyball makes history

Second sectional trophy in a row

By Rick Hobler

[NOV. 2, 2001]  Never before in Lady Railer volleyball history has the sectional trophy found its way into the LCHS trophy case two years in a row. Until last night. The Lady Railers claimed their second successive sectional title, beating another fired-up underdog, the Champaign Centennial Chargers, 15-13, 15-5.

The Lady Railers will challenge Normal Community High School in the East Peoria super-sectional on Saturday. (If you have one ounce of Railer spirit in your blood, you won’t miss it.) Normal Community defeated its twin-city rival Bloomington last night in the Metamora Sectional final.

While the title was a repeat, it certainly wasn’t a duplicate of last year’s title run. Last year, some sports writers (whose names shall remain anonymous to protect the guilty) tried to suggest that the Lady Railers won because they "snuck up" on other teams. There is an ancient Latin word for that suggestion: hogwash. Last year’s fourth-place team earned every victory they got.

Regardless, this year there was certainly no sneaking up on anyone. The Railers had a big red bull’s-eye painted on them — the No. 1 seed in their sectional complex. They were the favorite and they were expected to win. And win they did!


In last night’s sectional championship match, an adrenaline-powered Centennial team hit the court, with fervor, for Game 1. They were intent on knocking off the No. 1 seed, just as they had knocked off the No. 2 seed in the sectional semifinal match on Tuesday. The adrenaline lasted for most of the first game and never appeared in Game 2 of the match. The Lady Railers withstood the rush.

In Game 1, both teams traded points and side-out calls until the score was Railers 5, Chargers 4. Then, for the next forever, it seemed, the Chargers could do no wrong. Two aces by the Centennial server and some Railer miss-hits and the scoreboard read 5-8 in favor of the Chargers. Coach Howe called timeout.

During the timeout all of the Railer coaches appeared to have some very specific "suggestions" to make to the Railer starters. In spite of this, right after the timeout, Centennial almost immediately scored two more points, and the Railers were down 5-10.

I hoped coach Howe would call another timeout. She didn’t. She was right. Instead, coach Howe let the Railers dig themselves out the hole they had dug for themselves. And, little by little, they did just that. Kari McFadden’s kill stopped the "bleeding" and gave Lincoln the serve. Kari then rotated to the service line and Darcy White finished the matter with an emphatic kill to give the Railers six points. Moments later, with Kelli Gleason serving, Darcy gave the Chargers an instant replay and the Railers trailed 8-10.

But Darcy wasn’t finished by any means. She rotated to the service line, and after a Samantha Conrady kill the Railers had 9.

In a crucial three-point series Missy Aper checked in to serve and Kari McFadden stayed in to take over at the net. Service Missy, Kari dink. Service Missy, Kari kill, times two. The Railers were finally back on top, 12-11. They would never again relinquish the lead. Kelli Gleason got the next Lincoln point, and then "the finisher," Christina Xamis, tallied the final two. Opponent’s adrenaline rush over.

Game 1 statistics showed four service points each for Kari McFadden and Kelli Gleason; three each for Missy Aper and Christina Xamis (who, by the way, tied the LCHS record on Tuesday night for most service aces in a single match, with eight). Darcy White rounded out the first-game scoring with one service point.



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With all of its initial fight gone, Centennial put up only a small challenge in Game 2 of the match. Lincoln quickly jumped out to a 4-0 lead behind the consistently good serving of Kari McFadden. A momentary Charger surge brought the score to 4-3, but Centennial never got closer. The Lady Railers quickly ran the score to 8-3, then 12-5, then 15-5, and it was all over but the shoutin’. The Railer team and fans had an extended floor celebration before making the long drive back to LCHS.

Overall, the Railers were led offensively by the accurate and powerful net play of senior Darcy White, especially in Game 2. While each team member on the front line accounted for several kills and well-placed dinks, Darcy’s accuracy and strength were exceptional. Darcy’s match total stood at nine kills. Kelli Gleason led the scoring with 10 service points, and Kari McFadden added eight more. At crunch time in Game 2, Tina Cook accounted for two of the final three game-finishing points with her net play. Kari and Tina had five kills each. As always, Kelli Gleason was the playmaker, with 23 assists, and also several perfectly placed dinks for points. Missy Aper’s three service points in Game 1 were critical.

Defensively, the front-line "youngster," freshman starter Michelle McFadden, and veteran senior Tina Cook did an excellent job blocking and stuffing the Charger kill attempts. Each of them had three blocks for the match. Darcy, Kari, Missy Aper and Christina Xamis played excellent back-row defense. Samantha Conrady showed a great deal of poise and maturity after a couple of early miss-hits. Samantha came back strong and made several difficult digs (10 total) and kills that turned into Railer points, including match point. (That will teach them not to pick on her on her birthday!)


The Lady Railers will prepare today and tomorrow for their super-sectional match with Normal Community on Saturday. Match time is 7 p.m. The doors will open at 5:45. The super-sectional will be a rematch of last year’s sectional final, which Lincoln won. It would be a gross understatement to say that the two teams know each other well and that each team wants to win badly. Take the intense rivalry that exists between these two teams, add in the fact that Lincoln ended Normal’s season last year, mix in a berth to the state tournament quarterfinal round for the winner, and you have almost all the hype that high school competition can offer.

As for me, I predict a Railer victory in a fight-to-the-death three-game match. But I’m just a 100 percent totally biased Railer fan, partially disguised as a journalist.

Ladies, you’ll have to make your own dream come true. I believe you will. Everyone I talked to last night believes you will. The crucial question is: Do you believe you will? I guess that some (not me) might say you’re the underdog on Saturday. After being the No. 1 seed all week in the sectionals, maybe being the underdog will be a relief. When you win, you’ll do it by what you have been doing all year. Doing whatever it takes. We’ll be cheering you on as always.

Remember, I already have my seat at Redbird secured. I have reserved a whole row of seats for you — right on the floor. I won’t go without you.

[Rick Hobler]


Hilltoppers advance to super-sectional

[NOV. 2, 2001]  The team that sank Olympia in last Tuesday’s sectional playoffs, Central Catholic, was put down in Thursday night’s game with Mount Pulaski. Mount Pulaski defeated Central Catholic in two matches, 15-8, 15-7.

Class A sectional stats

Mount Pulaski — Service points: Laura Reeter 7; kills: Mary Olson, Lindsay Clements 9; assists: Tiffany Conaway 31

Central Catholic — Service points: Rachael Lockett 5; kills: Jaclyn Fike 10; blocks: Michelle Donnelly, Katie Olson 3; assists: Olson 21.

The Hilltoppers play Warrensburg-Lathem in the super-sectionals at 7 p.m. Saturday at Momence.


Mayfield’s Mutterings…

By Jeff Mayfield

[NOV. 2, 2001]   

•  Lady Railers are marching on!!! After a very slow start Thursday night, the Lincoln High School Lady Railers dashed Champaign Centennial’s hopes and dreams by capturing the sectional championship. Up next for the Railers (29-7-1) is a Saturday night date at East Peoria, where they will tangle with a familiar foe, the Normal Community (34-3) bunch. Thank you, Rick Hobler, for an outstanding job of bringing Lady Railer volleyball to our great LDN fans! And good luck, Lady Railers!!!

•  Speaking of championships… the LCC Angels won their sectional-regional championship, I believe for the very first time (even the year they won the national championship, they did not claim the regional title). However, they weren’t finished yet. They won all of their first-round games yesterday at the national tournament at Faith Baptist in Ankeny, Iowa. LCC took matches over North Central, 30-24 and 30-13; Baptist Bible, Mo., 30-25, 28-30, 15-6; and Ozark Christian, 30-19 and 30-22! Today the Angels face their nemesis, Clearwater Christian, at 11 a.m. to determine which flight they will be in, either 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. For more in-depth coverage, go to, click on athletics, then scroll down to the NCCAA tournament logo-icon, and you’ll get more info than you could ever use!

•  The Illinois Fighting Illini start a stretch of what I’m calling four of the most difficult games you could ever have to play. This Saturday they will battle Purdue at West Lafayette, Ind. The LDN thinks that this will be a much harder football game than most people think. If the Illini defense does not throttle the potent Boiler spread-offense it could be a long game. On the other hand, if Illinois can produce some kind of road magic, a quality bowl game looms on our horizon!!!

•  Lincoln Railer boys basketball hits the hardwood for two-a-days starting bright and early Monday morning. Part of the success of Railer hoops is because of the total dedication by players, coaches and all of the support personnel. I think I can speak somewhat knowledgeably on this subject… There is a price if you want to be good. We believe that the Green-White scrimmage should fall on Thursday night, Nov. 15. We’ll bring you more details on the "new look" Railers soon!

•  Also on the Railer news front is Gregg Alexander… Gregg chipped in six points in ISU’s opening exhibition victory last night before an announced crowd of just under 5,000 patrons. All indications are that Gregg is fitting in nicely and that ISU is primed for another outstanding season.

[Jeff Mayfield]


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