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Friday, June 20

Lincoln College plans evening at Peoria Chiefs

[JUNE 20, 2003]  Lincoln College Alumni Relations is currently planning its first LC Night at the Peoria Chiefs. Gates will open at 6 p.m. July 26 at O’Brien Stadium as the Peoria Chiefs take on the Dayton Dragons.

Lincoln College alumni, family and friends are invited to attend a fun-filled evening of food, baseball and fireworks. Kids will get the opportunity to walk on the field before the game, and former Lynx baseball coach Chuck Lindstrom will throw out the first pitch.

Debbie Ackerman, executive director of alumni relations, says the idea came from members of the Lincoln/Logan County Lincoln College Alumni chapter. "We had talked about several different events, but everyone agreed that going to a baseball game in the summertime would be the most fun," she said.

"It’s a great deal for everyone looking to get the most bang for their buck. The Pepsi Picnic Plaza has been reserved exclusively for Lincoln College friends to enjoy an incredible view of the game, and a special buffet is being planned that features tasty pork chops, cheeseburgers, hot dogs and more. Free Pepsi and popcorn will be offered through the eighth inning to Lincoln College participants. Fireworks will immediately follow the game, which will complete the entire evening."


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Cost is $25 per person, which includes the buffet and game ticket. Reservations can be made online at or by calling 732-3155, Ext. 217. Participants with reservations can pick up their tickets on game night at the LC table in front of the main box office. Payment can be in the form of cash, checks, MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. Transportation leaving from Lincoln College is available for an additional $2 per person.

[Lincoln College press release]

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Golf nirvana mutterings

By Jeff Mayfield

[JUNE 17, 2003]  Happy belated Father's Day to all you dads in the audience. I'm really getting into these dads' days! Shouldn't they be celebrated a little more often? Thirteen years ago to the day, I took my dad to the U.S. Open in Chicago. While it was a gift to him long overdue, we had a great time nonetheless as the ageless Hale Irwin prevailed. So, enough of the trip down memory lane, let's get right to it…

Is there a better man to have as the U.S. Open champion than Jim Furyk? A consistent, hardworking, highly respected individual just seems like the kind of guy you'd like to see win a major. And even though the TV ratings probably don't reflect it, I personally like it a lot better when you turn on your TV and have no idea who is going to win. How many times have you turned it off on a Saturday knowing that Tiger wasn't in contention? Having guys like Furyk, Nick Price, Vijay Singh and a host of other names that you don't follow as closely as say, Tiger, Phil, Ernie and the boys actually makes the golf tourneys much more exciting to follow. I think that the rest of the tournaments this summer are going to be up for grabs and may make for one of the most exciting summers of golf in recent memory.

Several local residents took in the tournament festivities, but none more conspicuous than our own Elks pro, Adam Walsh. We spotted him following the Justin Leonard group. Perhaps Leonard should've grabbed some tips from the pro as he went by.

This is also that time of year when we are almost overrun by the number of scramble tournaments in the area… Don't you just love it? I doubt that I will ever be good enough to compete in tourneys by myself, but for some reason I can really get focused in a scramble and hit enough decent shots that usually I can beg a threesome somewhere to pick me up! And pick me up they usually do, making for a lot more fun than I usually have playing this great game.

Do the Cardinals have the worst timing of any team in any sport? First, they meet the Reds after they had played horribly for two months. The result was the Reds taking a four-game sweep and also winning in St. Louis, which has become more of a trend than I care to see. Then they played the Astros, who had just been stinking it up everywhere. The result was more losses. This past weekend they go into the house that Babe built, with all the Clemens hoopla, and lay an egg for three straight days! What's up with that?


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However, with all of these losses and all of this mediocre play, the Redbirds are ONLY two games out of first place! How is that possible? This bullpen has struggled in every way imaginable, and there seems to be no end in sight. Will even the addition of Izzy make any appreciable difference? I have an idea… Why not bring Rick Ankiel back? Our pen is an adventure anyway… Maybe Rick would be motivated to be “the man!” It's just a thought.

Through it all, the Cubs are just a few days away from being in first place into July. How do you like Dusty Baker now?

Congratulations to the Spurs on winning another NBA title! On the most recent edition of “FANdamonium” many kids out at the Railer basketball camp told you fans that they would indeed win it all. Congrats also to Tim Duncan on another MVP award. Any doubters now? We were thrilled to see the Admiral, David Robinson go out on the highest note possible -- 13 points, 17 rebounds and two blocked shots. Happy sailing, David!

Wouldn't the Spurs be a nice team for Lincoln's Brian Cook to end up on? We're still hearing middle to end of the first round for Brian, with teams like Phoenix and Utah showing considerable interest.

Still lots of basketball, volleyball and other sports camps going on in the area. Call your local college to find out which ones still have openings.

Have a great week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]


ISU offers youth baseball clinic

[JUNE 20, 2003]  After three highly successful clinics this summer, the Illinois State baseball staff still has openings for their final clinic of the summer.

The last clinic is open to youths ages 11-17 and will focus on offensive and defensive fundamentals of the game. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon June 23-26. The registration fee is $100.

Players interested are encouraged to enter in advance; however, the coaching staff will be accepting entry forms from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on Monday, June 23, the camp's opening day.

Participants will receive a T-shirt and an in-depth take-home evaluation at the end of camp.

For further information, please contact Seth Kenny, assistant baseball coach at Illinois State, at (309) 438-3338 or via e-mail to

Registration forms are also available online on the Illinois State baseball page at [Click here to download the Adobe Acrobat reader for the registration form.]

[Aaron Johnston, athletics media relations,
Illinois State University]


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