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Monday, March 3

Lincoln swimmers, a big name
in age-group championships

[MARCH 3, 2003]  The Lincoln Gators traveled to Quincy this weekend to participate in the Illinois Age Group "A" Championships. While there they marked the name of Lincoln high on the records. Every swimmer set at least one team record in addition to placing well in all their events.

Brennan Elsas earned a Junior Olympic time in his 100-yard breaststroke, and Brie Ernst earned a JO time in the 1,000-yard free. Both Brennan and Brie will compete in the Illinois JO meet at the University of Illinois at Chicago on March 21-23.

Heidi Heidbreder is coach of the Lincoln Gator Swim Club.

Gator results

Go-The-Distance meet

Feb. 28, Quincy

10 and under girls:

Sarah Fuller -- 500 free, fifth, 8:37.39, team record; 200 breast, ninth, 4:18.87, team record; 400 IM, sixth, 8:14.72, team record

10 and under boys:

Brennan Elsas -- 500 free, first, 6:24.12

11 and 12 boys:

Sam Wood -- 200 fly, third, 2:57.04, team record; 1,000 free, second, 13:38.59, team record

13 and 14 girls:

Brie Ernst -- 1,000 free, first, 11:53.54, JO, team record


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Illinois Age Group "A" Championships

March 1-2, Quincy

10 and under boys:

Brennan Elsas -- 100 breast, first, 1:29.83, JO, team record

11 and 12 boys:

Sam Wood -- 500 free, second, 6:27.20; 50 free, seventh, 29.91; 200 free, fourth, 2:25.50; 100 free, fourth, 1:05.67

13 and 14 girls:

Brie Ernst -- 500 free, second, 5:42.80; 100 fly, sixth, 1:12.22; 50 free, first, 26.45, team record; 200 free, first, 2:08.67, team record; 100 free, third, 58.64, team record

[News release and LDN]

High school basketball

[MARCH 3, 2003] 

Upcoming games

Class AA regionals

At Lincoln

Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. -- Lincoln vs. Springfield

Class A sectionals

Fieldcrest Sectional
     At Minonk

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. -- Illini Central vs. Putnam County

Shelbyville Sectional
At Shelbyville

Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. -- Gillespie vs. Warrensburg-Latham

Preachers end season in regional final

[MARCH 3, 2003]  The Lincoln Christian College Preachers ended the 2002-2003 season Saturday afternoon, losing in the regional championship game to Maranatha Baptist Bible College, 79-45. LCC trailed 44-25 at halftime.

The Preachers finished with an overall record of 11-20.

[Aaron Johnson]

Men's basketball pre-game notes

Illinois State vs. Southern Illinois

[MARCH 3, 2003]   The Illinois State Redbirds play the Southern Illinois Salukis Monday night at Redbird Arena in Normal. Game time is 6:07 p.m. See below for pre-game notes from both teams.

From Illinois State

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From Southern Illinois

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[Provided by Todd Kober,
 director of media relations,
Illinois State University]

Articles from the past week


  • High school basketball results

  • LCC basketball results

  • Large challenge ahead for Redbirds

  • Big Ten single-session tickets on sale Monday

  • Zion Lutheran Lady Eagles heading for state


  • High school basketball

  • LCC vs. Northland Baptist

  • Cook chosen for NABC Division I all-district team

  • Men's basketball pre-game notes:

  • Illinois State at Indiana State

  • Illinois at Michigan


  • High school basketball

  • Redbirds drop Valley road game to Drake


  • High school basketball

  • High school wrestling

  • LCC 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

  • Men's basketball pre-game notes:

  • Illinois State at Drake

  • Illinois vs. Indiana


It was all Lincoln

By Jeff Mayfield

[MARCH. 3, 2003]  Sometimes the planets and stars align just right. Sometimes the good karma is flowing your way. And sometimes even the sports gods are looking favorably upon you. That's the way many sporting events have turned out for area residents through the last week. One of those contests was the always tough Lincoln-Lanphier battle…

Lincoln does it again

The Lincoln Railsplitters had one last tough assignment in CS8 play. And that was to beat the always difficult Lions of Lanphier High. No coach prides himself more on scouting and being prepared for Lincoln than former Railer coach Craig Patton. And late in the third quarter and early in the fourth quarter when Lanphier cut a substantial lead to four points, you began to worry. They even had chances to cut into the lead further, but the Railers would have none of that!

With the victory Lincoln now stands at an incredible 28-2 and ends up sharing the league title with Springfield Southeast. Postseason play is the next level for Lincoln, as they will host Springfield Tuesday night in their own regional.

Illini win one of biggest games ever

You may be wondering if you read that subtitle correctly. Is it just another Mayfield overstatement? In a word, no. It is one of the biggest victories ever because of the possible implications or consequences. The Illini had to at least split their remaining road games.

Kudos and props to Greg Taylor, Brad Neal, Tom Seggelke and a host of others who felt all along that Illinois could win at Michigan easier than at Wisconsin.


Normally, I would've agreed with them. But that was before I watched Michigan do everything but beat us in their last trip to the Hall. Thank God for Brian Cook, or we would've already been eliminated from the league race. It was also before I saw how much Michigan had improved and saw for myself that they were as good as anybody and better than most. Then, when you consider how tough it is to win on the road, especially the last few years in the league… Or when you analyze how young the Illini truly are… Not to mention that since Michigan is on probation (something I might vote for on a permanent basis), winning the league championship and tourney title is the only postseason that they will have. Weighing those options, the scales seemed to tip in favor of Michigan.

But, I didn't know that they weren't going to watch film and remember that No. 34 lit them up in the last meeting. I didn't know that Sean Harrington would find himself, and I didn't know that Dee Brown would want the ball in crunch time and make a huge midrange jumper to deliver a dagger.

And did you happen to see the ball screen that Cook used to free up Brown? Or how 'bout the pick Cook displayed freeing up James Augustine for another nail in the coffin? Cook only had 26 points, seven rebounds, five assists and may have even helped usher some of the patrons to their seats, especially with the last 3-pointer that he nailed!

I agree with longtime central Illinois resident John Coady, who once said that if you could place microphones over the TV rooms of fans all over the state in games like yesterday's, the noise level would be nuclear or louder. The final possessions of either half would certainly, I think, prove Mr. Coady's hypothesis!


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Oh, and the biggest reason that I think this win was one of the biggest ever was because the victory gives Illinois a chance to three-peat for the first time ever in their history.

In an unrelated development, I think that Brian Cook may have solidified his position as the possible player of the year in the league. It may also help him get consideration for national player of the year honors.

STILL if you would've told me in November that this team would be 20-5 with a realistic shot at yet another Big Ten championship, I would've laughed, given you a stamp and mailed it in for you! Who knows? Maybe we can even win at Wisconsin…

Congratulations, Lynx

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lincoln College Lynx on winning the Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois league title with a 15-1 record. With Saturday's 83-64 victory over John Wood, LC extended their sparkling record to 22-7 overall. They will play a first-round game in the Region XXIV Tournament Friday at Southwestern.

Lady Lynx tonight

We believe you can catch the Lady Lynx in a first-round game at home tonight at 5:30, as LC is seeded seventh. They will take a 16-14 record into the postseason.

Not everyone…

…had the karma flowing. LCC's teams did for at least one night, as both the ladies and the men won exciting first-round regional matchups. The ladies had their chances in round two in Wyoming, Mich., but just came up short. The LCC men, on the other hand, had their hands full with the always phenomenal Maranatha Baptist team. Maranatha took out the Preachers early and often, and before you knew it, their season was over.

But what a nice feature on them on WAND! And congratulations to coach Randy Kirk and the men for sticking through one of the most obstacle-filled seasons this reporter can ever remember. Lesser men would've folded up their tent and gone home months ago. What you men did by sticking out the season with dignity is a testament to your strong character. Too bad there are no trophies for that.


Please join my good friend Greg Taylor tonight at 6 right here on LDN or on CITV Channel 5 or FIX 96.3 as he hosts Josh Gallagher and John Peters from the Lincoln Railers basketball team. Call 735-3306 with your question or comment on the Railers, the Illini, the Cubs, the Cards or yesterday's wrestling!

Have a good week, everyone, and good luck, Railers and Illini!!!

[Jeff Mayfield]


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