talkers take sectionals, advance to state
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In a tightly contested
race with the regional runner-up, Lincoln won this weekend's
Heyworth Sectional, edging out Pekin 48.5 to 44. The team as a
whole advanced several events to the state tournament this coming
weekend at Naperville Central High School.
Advancing competitors are Kathryn
Muck, who placed first in dramatic interpretation; Tom Swanson,
who placed first in prose reading and special occasion speaking;
Audrey Beach, who placed second in radio and oratory; Doug Rohrer
and Brandon Davis, who placed second in dramatic duet; and Brian
Welter, who placed second in original comedy.
Finalists for Lincoln but not
advancing to state were Erica Brickey, fourth in verse; Doug
Rohrer and Lindsey Boerma, fourth in humorous duet; Lindsey Boerma,
fifth in humorous interpretation; Brandon Davis, fifth in
declamation; and Kasey Pepperell, sixth in impromptu. Lincoln's
performance in the round finished fifth, not advancing to the
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Ed Jodlowski, one of the head coaches
for the Lincoln team, stated: "We tell the kids all year long that
we coach for the sectional tournament and to advance them to the
state tournament. Not to sound too greedy, but the events we did
not advance to state have been very strong all year, and at the
end of the day, it was difficult to think that they would not be
advancing... It certainly was a bittersweet day. Winning a
sectional trophy is sweet, but seeing kids disappointed because
they were so close to advancing was bitter.
all we are proud. We won the sectional, we advanced seven events
to state, and now we have to get them ready for next weekend."