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Monday, April 28

High school baseball

[APRIL 28, 2003] 

At Stanford
Game 1

Peoria Central     100 000 0 - 1-4-0

Olympia              101 000 x - 2-5-1

Fleming (L, 1-4) and Burrows; Dusty Hayes (W, 1-2), Derek Dudgeon (5) and Rush Olson.

Hitting star - Olympia - Derek Foley (2 hits, 2 RBIs).

Game 2

Peoria Central     000 010 2 - 3-4-1

Olympia              112 030 x - 2-5-1

Lyons (L, 0-2), Baker (5), Lewis (6) and Berger; Andrew Lee (W, 2-2), Zack Kuhfuss (5), Tyler Thornton (7) and Foley, Lee (5).

Hitting stars - Olympia - Thornton (2 hits, double), Olson (2 hits, double, RBI).

Records - Olympia 11-7, Peoria Central 2-14.

At Mount Pulaski
Game 1

Blue Ridge          000 100 0 - 1-2-1

Mount Pulaski     002 000 x - 2-5-3

Brandon Roller (L) and GD Risler; Brian Clements (W, 2-0) and Cameron McClellan.

Hitting star - Mount Pulaski - Tyson Durst (2 RBIs).

Pitching stars - Mount Pulaski - Clements (12 strikeouts, 2 walks).

Game 2

Blue Ridge          000 00 - 0-0-0

Mount Pulaski     123 4x - 10-10-1

Called because of 10-run rule.

Josh Adamson (L) and GD Risler; John Foley (W, 2-0), Josh Blaum (5) and Chase Lowery.

Hitting stars - Mount Pulaski - Justin Anderson (3 hits, 5 RBIs, 2 runs scored), Cotton McClellan (2 hits, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored).

Record - Mount Pulaski 11-4.

High school softball

[APRIL 28, 2003] 

At Clinton Tournament

Hartsburg-Emden     000 010 0 - 1-3-2

Fieldcrest                 110 004 x - 6-5-2

Nicole Buse (L), Jenna Leesman (6) and Alyssa Moehring; Amber Pescitelli (W, 4-4) and Casey McNamara.


Maroa Forsyth Tournament
At Maroa
Game 1

Williamsville     000 000 0 - 0-4-1

Olympia           010 000 x - 1-4-1

Smith (L) and Felix; Jessie Shay (W, 11-1) and Amber Lessen.

Hitting star - Olympia - Lessen (2 hits).

Game 2

Dunlap       000 010 0 - 1-3-0

Olympia     210 000 x - 3-6-1

Amy Abbott (L) and Smith; Megan Rich (W, 2-0) and Katie Tucker.

Hitting star - Olympia - Mallory Toliver (2 hits).

Pitching star - Olympia - Megan Rich (7 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk).

Game 3

Maroa-Forsyth      000 00 - 0-0-1

Olympia                 253 0x - 10-10-1

Called because of 10-run rule

Amanda Jobe, Carter (2) and Katie Heckman; Lindsay Watkins (W, 3-0) and Jackie Heck.

Home runs - Olympia - Erin Canopy (2 on in third).

Hitting stars - Olympia - Canopy (3 RBIs), Tiffany Prager (2 RBIs), Mallory Toliver (2 RBIs), Amber Darnall (3 hits).

Pitching star - Olympia - Lindsay Watkins (5 innings, 0 hits, 5 strikeouts).

Record - Olympia 17-1.

Lincoln captain honored on undefeated hockey team

[APRIL 28, 2003]  The Springfield Youth Hockey Mite travel hockey team completed an undefeated season in league play by defeating perennial Illinois power Peoria 3-2 to win the league title in central Illinois. This title complements the Missouri league and championship titles captured earlier with wins over Webster Groves and Afton Americans. These victories solidified the Springfield Mite team as one of the top competitive teams in the state.

Head coach Rik Stone was pleasantly surprised by the success of the team. "We only had six returning players," he said. "The balance of the team had no experience in competitive hockey."

The team combined all the elements of success: a powerful offense supported by stubborn defense.

Offensively the team outshot their opponents 873 to 237. Captain Dylan Miller led the team in scoring. Anthony Rocco, Patrick Flahive and Trevor Stone compiled 205 points as the top producing unit. Known as the "Buzz Saw Line," the trio mounted a tenacious attack by bringing the game to their opponents. Seth Hammond, Michael Hamrick, Noah Johnson, Bryce Meckes and Elek Wellman completed the staggering attack unit that scored 228 goals.

Anchoring the defense were Bryan Adams, Tyler Shures and Hunter Brooks. Securing the goal were Judd Seiber and Jacob Brandon. This group allowed a mere 43 goals, for a per game average of 1.06 goals against.

"As a coaching staff, we broke the game down into individual components. Each component had a goal or measure. For example, each period our objective was 10 shots on goal. You can't score unless you shoot on goal! Throughout the season, our number one goal was always to have fun!" stressed Stone. Supporting Rik Stone in coaching duties were Sonny Adams, John Flahive and Jim Shures.


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"I have been associated with hockey in this area for many years," mused Stone, "and you have to turn a lot of pages to find a team that can rival this teams accomplishments -- Missouri Amateur champs, central Illinois champs and an undefeated season. It doesn't get any better that this!"

Added note:

The captain of the team, Dylan Miller, is from Lincoln. Miller was presented the Coaches Award trophy at the team's awards banquet on Sunday, April 27. He also received patches for most "hat tricks" in one game and "playmaker." Dylan is a third-grader at Jefferson School in Lincoln.  

Miller's younger brother Wyatt was also presented a medal for "learning to play hockey." Wyatt is in kindergarten at Jefferson School.

[From the Springfield Youth Hockey
Association Newsletter]

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'Spring has sprung' mutterings

By Jeff Mayfield

[APRIL 28, 2003]  The Lincoln Railers put up a nice 4-3 win over Lanphier after losing to them 9-4 earlier in the week. These were two real Jekyll and Hyde performances, but according to coach Pat Hake, if the Railers come to play every night, they can expect more winning outcomes. With the victory Lincoln was able to even their league mark to 3-3 and push their season record over the .500 level at 8-7.

The Lady Railers track squad also took an impressive triad win over Pekin and Peoria Manual last week.

CONGRATULATIONS to Chris Bunch as he has inked with Parkland College. Also, to Matthew Stoltzenburg, who was named District 15 Coach of the Year!

The St. Louis Cardinals pulled out an epic 7-6 win over the Florida Marlins at Pro Player Stadium on Sunday. The win enabled the Birds to take the series, to move one game under the .500 mark and most importantly move within two games of the Cubs. Fernando Vina, who had gone 0-for-9 in the game, not the series, went from goat to hero as he knocked in the winning run. Hopefully, that will get him and his mates started back in the right direction. The Redbirds will be entertaining the pond scum, otherwise known as the New York Mets, starting on Tuesday.

Illinois' Eugene Wilson was drafted by the New England Patriots after the Bears passed on him. Don't know what the thinking was there, as he seems like an excellent fit for them. Brandon Lloyd went to San Francisco, as the Niners are anticipating pass catching needs. Two Illini O-lineman went in the fifth round, as Dave Diehl ended up with the Giants in New York and Tony Pashos was selected by the Baltimore Ravens. And the Carolina Panthers nabbed Walter Young in the seventh round. After the two-day draft event was over four more Illini inked free agent deals, with Greg Lewis to Philadelphia, Antoineo Harris to San Diego, Aaron Moorehead to Indianapolis and Jerry Schumacher to the Bears!


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All in all, it was a great weekend for Fighting Illini gridders. While I'm happy to see them realize their dreams in the NFL, I am sad to see them go, as I get way too attached to them while they are playing for us! They have all treated the LDN staff with great respect as they have given us tremendous accessibility. The LDN wishes them all great success at the next level!

How 'bout that Fred Couples winning the Houston Open? It's great to see a superstar coming back, after injuries and losing his edge, to recapture the swing and return to glory. Judging by the fans' reactions, they were glad to see him back on top!

Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]


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