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[FEB. 27, 2003]
Class A regionals
19 23 42 64
Central Catholic 10 20
Olympia -- Olson 8-2-20, Schmidgall 6-1-13, Schultz 3-1-7, Kieser
2-8-12, Dillenburg 2-6-11, Elliott 0-0-0, Williams 0-1-1, Boudeman
0-0-0, Springer 0-0-0. Totals: 21-19-64. Three-point
field goals (3): Olson 2, Dillenburg
At Mount Pulaski
Warrensburg-Latham 51, Mount Pulaski 39.
Corn Belt Conference all-stars
Second team: Jill Floyd (Olympia)
Honorable mention: Laura Beth Litwiller (Olympia), Tiffany
Valley road game to Drake
[FEB. 27, 2003]
MOINES, Iowa -- Trey Guidry led Illinois State with 15 points, but
the Redbirds were unable to extend their winning streak to three
games and fell to Drake, 70-63, in Valley basketball action at the
Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa.
Illinois State, 6-19 overall, 4-12 in
the Valley, led by as many as nine points in the second half but
could not put the Bulldogs away late in the game. Marcus Arnold also
scored in double figures for the Birds, with 10 points, while Andy
Strandmark contributed seven points and a team-high seven rebounds.
Drake, 10-17 overall, 5-11 Valley, was
led by J.J. Sola with 16 points, while Luke McDonald chipped in 14.
The Bulldogs shot 52 percent (14-for-27) in the second half and
outscored the Birds 18-8 in points off turnovers.
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Illinois State had the lead at 63-62
with 1:55 left after Vince Greene drove to the basket for a layup,
but Drake responded with a McDonald 3-pointer to put the Bulldogs up
by one. Baboucarr Bojang missed a pair of free throws with 1:15
remaining in regulation, and Sola was able to score on the ensuing
possession, driving to the basket for a layup.
Drake made three of its four free
throws in the closing minute to seal the victory and ended the game
on an 8-0 run.
State continues its Valley road trip by heading to Indiana on
Saturday, March 1, for an afternoon game against Indiana State. The
contest is slated for a 1:05 p.m. start.
[Rob Huizenga, athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]
Articles from the past week
High school basketball
teams enter postseason
Birds hope to continue as 'Willie Nelson's team'
Illini pay back Hoosiers in grand fashion
Cook makes life bearable for me
- High school basketball
- High school wrestling
- Defensive challenges will continue for Redbirds
Junior high basketball
Men's basketball pre-game notes:
Illinois State at Marshall
Coach Alexander new
By Jeff Mayfield
[FEB. 24, 2003]
With Lincoln High School's
55-30 victory over Peoria Woodruff on Saturday night, coach Neil
Alexander boldly went where NO former Railer coach had ever gone
before -- to a record No. 272 win! IF he stays here, he'll easily
surpass 300 and may get as many as 500 or more!
Yes, LCHS has had a lot of good players
during his tenure, but few know how to put them together to produce
poetry in motion out on the court. And that's what Railsplitter
basketball is synonymous with.
For those of us who've been treated to
great basketball in Roy S. Anderson gymnasium for several decades,
we're probably too close to it. We may not even be able to truly
appreciate what we have while we have it.
Try this test sometime: Find someone in
the crowd who is NOT from Lincoln. Ask THEM their assessment of
Railer hoops. I have done this. I invited several friends to games
over a three- to five-year period and asked them their thoughts.
They couldn't get over it -- a town our size being able to not only
compete with the Chicago Kings and Proviso Easts, but oftentimes
Not many towns can lay claim to the
kind of domination that coach Alexander's teams have had, but then
few really know what goes into making a championship team and
The LDN just pauses now to say
CONGRATULATIONS, Railers and Coach "Al." May there be many more to
gives Northwestern double vision
The Illinois Fighting Illini rode the
second-half hot shooting of senior Brian Cook to send Northwestern
down to defeat 73-61. Cook's dominating play accounted for a line
that showed 17 points, 10 rebounds while limiting himself to just
two fouls. Cook, however, did receive a great amount of help from
Roger Powell's 20 tallies and Dee Brown's 18 markers. But, it was
Cook's work on the glass that sent the Illini to a resounding 32-24
edge on the boards, to the delight of 15,429 happy United Center
fans. Illinois shot 55 percent from the field while holding the
Wildcats to 45 percent shooting. Cook is some 90 points from
climbing into fifth place on Illinois' all-time scoring list. Also,
with the win, coach Bill Self netted his 200th collegiate victory!
Next up for the Illini is a Tuesday night home date with the pesky
Hoosiers of Indiana University.
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lifts Redbirds over Marshall in Bracket-Buster
Gregg Alexander's outstanding play
lifted the ISU Redbirds to their first road win of the season, at
Marshall in ESPN's Bracket Buster series. Alexander continues to
will this struggling team back to life. [Click
here for game report from ISU.]
8A brings home the gold
CONGRATULATIONS to coach Matthew
Stoltzenburg and his team for winning the 8A state basketball title!
Look for these young hoopsters at an upcoming installment of "FANdamonium"…
Taylor and his guests, Jeff Benjamin and Tom Larry, as they discuss
Lincoln Railer hoops and a host of other topics tonight at 6. You
can link to them right here
on the LDN, watch them on CITV Channel 5 or listen to them on FIX
96.3 on your FM radio dial. It promises to be a great show. Call
them at 735-3306 with your question or comment.
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