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By Jeff Mayfield       Send a link to a friend

[NOV. 15, 2004]  If you like volleyball, you live in the right place. And if you like championship volleyball, there are so many local teams to follow that it is virtually impossible to keep up the pace. This week the LDN starts the week by congratulating all the special teams of Lincoln and Logan County who have represented us and made us proudů

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lincoln Christian College Angels, who finished second in the national tournament. They hosted it in fine fashion and showed why they are the class of the NCCAA. We're betting that the NCAA III wants no part of them!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Mount Pulaski Lady Hilltoppers for their second-place showing at the Illinois state tournament. They are also the best "public" school in the state in Class A volleyball. Their program is not only the envy of most volleyball programs in the state, it is the envy of most sports programs in the state!

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lincoln High School Lady Railers for another regional championship and for another appearance in the sectional title game. Though things didn't go our way, we are all so proud of your great season.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Lady Stags of Hartsburg-Emden for an amazing run and a trip to state. That is no small accomplishment, and we're betting that people will be talking about it for years.

Lots of other area teams had great runs, and you won't hurt our feelings if you write in and tell us about them. We couldn't even get to all of these games, so I'm sure that there might be others that we missed. Whatever the case, the LDN salutes these fine athletes and their coaches for showing the state and the nation why Lincoln and Logan County is the Capital of Volleyball!!!

ISU stuns Lions

The Illinois State Redbirds shocked the Penn State Nittany Lions 82-73 last night in the Black Coaches Association Classic in Milwaukee. It was ISU's first win over a Big Ten opponent since 1996 and only their fifth such win in history! Lincoln's Gregg Alexander helped lead the charge by draining two more 3-pointers as he takes assault on the record books. [See report from ISU.]

With the win ISU advances to a premier matchup with the Marquette Warriors tonight at the Bradley Center at 7:30.

Illini raise banner and the roof

The Illinois Fighting Illini raised their first outright Big Ten Title banner to the roof last night before sending Lewis University out the door with a 92-61 drubbing. Members of the LDN press corps were on hand to see the Illini ready themselves for the start of the season.

The Illini host Delaware State this Friday night at the Assembly Hall. There are still a few tickets left for a few games by calling 1 (866) ILLINI1 or by Internet via www.fightingillini.com!

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Bears, Rams and Colts all win

That's a phrase that I truly thought I would use more of this season, but it has been rare. You Bears fans have got to be loving Lovey Smith. And if the front office can sign some offensive players, your future might be so bright you will have to get some new shades for Christmas. The Bears upended the Titans on a safety, the Rams used early fireworks to take out the Seahawks and Peyton Manning, and the Colts just exploded again.

A quick glance at the standings shows nine NFC teams with 5-4, 4-5 or better records, while eight AFC teams are at 6-3 or better. Can you say "parity"? Let's all say it together: parity! I love it because fans in all those cities are STILL entertaining Super Bowl talk.

Cook update

Lincoln's Brian Cook netted nine points, four rebounds and one blocked shot in only 15 minutes of action as he helped lead his LA Lakers to an 84-79 win over the Rockets and Yao Ming. Next up for the Lakers is a home game versus their neighbors the Clippers.

Hoops action heating up

I know that the Lincoln College Lynx won their first two games, but I didn't get an update since then. [Click here for LC report on game with Rend Lake.] LCC tips off the season tonight at SIU-E, followed by a tournament at Marion, Ind., in what looks like a very challenging schedule. Lincoln High School should be tipping off before too long as well.

Non-sports item of the week

My son and I took in the movie "The Incredibles," and it was an interesting flick. We took my wife with us to see "The Polar Express," and we all gave it two thumbs up. For those who really get into the whole Christmas thing, this is one movie you'll want to see as part of the whole experience. However, never forget the real reason for the season!

There's probably lots of stuff that I'm forgetting. For one, if you're planning to spend any time in Arizona over the next few months, please call me for some golf course recommendations. That's it for me.

Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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