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By Jeff Mayfield

[FEB. 2, 2004]  Again, the Super Bowl was actually super! Although it appeared that Carolina deserved a better fate. At least it was an entertaining game that kept most people's attention throughout the night.

And again for me it was a very light sports weekend. I don't know how long it will be before I can get back into the things.

I should report that the basketball gods were kind to me this past Saturday. I stupidly tried to run up and down the court with all the young former LCC stars and stallions. I figured that if I didn't get injured and if I didn't fall and trip and totally embarrass myself, that the event would be a success. That was accomplished. Then I actually took four shots, one from 60 feet away (coach used to always say to establish your range… I'm STILL working on that) and somehow slopped three 3s into the hoop… You wanted to talk about UFOs?! Hey, they weren't pretty but they went in, and we old foggies hammered those young punks. If I were smart, I'd immediately announce my retirement… but, I want to get 'em again next year! Without any further ado, let's get to it!

Laughlin and crew enshrined

With the dedication of the Laughlin Center over a year ago came the formation of the Lincoln Christian College Sports Hall of Fame. Last year, in its inaugural year, former player and coach Marion Henderson was rightly selected as the first inductee into this remarkably prestigious hall of fame. This year four new members were added. The leader of this class was longtime athletic director and men's basketball coach Lynn Laughlin. Laughlin coached the Preachers for 17 seasons, without scholarships, without modern facilities and at a very competitive time in the history of small-college basketball. That did not stop him and his players from accumulating over 200 collegiate victories, and many of those were upsets over top NAIA and NCAA III teams!

Laughlin epitomizes what the college game should be about: solid instruction, attention to academic ministry and life issues, while almost demanding a lot of fun along the way. My life would be the poorer had I not encountered this man!

After my first-ever visit to Illinois and LCC, just after my freshman year at Southwest Missouri State, I received a letter from Laughlin. I don't know if he'd heard about me or if a family member or friend called him or what. While I was wanting a letter from John Wooden, a letter from ANYONE would do! After I got his letter, I knew I had to come to Lincoln… and the rest, as they say, is history. He let me play here for four years and actually let me see the court some on the school's first-ever 20-win team.

At any rate, he always modeled what it meant to be a decent, Christ-centered man, and he had a huge impact on me from that standpoint! We had more fun than the law ought to allow, but that his been his secret to attracting thousands of students to a cornfield in Logan County!

I and the LDN certainly salute Lynn Laughlin on his induction to the LCC Athletic Hall of Fame!

We also salute Nancy Siddens, Galen Winters and Chuck Webb, who also were inducted this past weekend.

Nancy was an all-star player and a great coach in her tenure with the Angels. She also basically ran the athletic program at the college for long periods of time. We salute her induction as well.

We'll try to give you more info on the others at a later time.


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Railers claim huge road victory

The Lincoln Railers went on the road to Canton and came away with a hard-fought 44-41 victory to improve their record to 15-7.

Coach Neil Alexander joins me and central Illinois' sports voice, Greg Taylor, tonight at 6. We'll find out if he's doing it with mirrors or if these guys are really as good as this record indicates!

Illini back on track…

At least at home. But, can they win on the road? LDN staffers said the Illini looked great in their win over Michigan, especially Luther Head and the rest of the guards! We have to get our post players more involved IF we're going to do any damage this season! Tuesday night in Indiana will give us a better indication of where this team is at in the proceedings!

ISU loses a showstopper

Sources on the scene said that ISU lost a heartbreaking squeaker at home to Bradley. The Braves threw a zone at the Redbirds, and apparently the shots just wouldn't fall for ISU. It doesn't get any easier for ISU as they entertain a tough Wichita State squad on Wednesday night.


The only report I got on the Lynx was that they took a bitter defeat Saturday afternoon at home. [See "Lincoln College vs. Lincoln Land"]

LCC's Angels playing heavenly

Some of the only hoops action that I did catch was the LCC Angels, who are playing some of their best ball in their history! They swept two games this weekend, and IF they continue to play that way, they WILL go to the national tournament!


The Preachers played one great game in a Friday night win over Cincinnati and one not-so-good one Saturday versus Grace. However, there is still time to draw something up to knock Grace out and advance. I think this LCC team may still surprise the doubters before it is all said and done!

A welcome to Rob

I know this is brief, but that's all we've got this week. I do want to salute Rob Orr, who is the new economic development director for Lincoln and Logan County!

Good luck, Rob. I think you'll do a fantastic job!

Have a GREAT week, everybody!

[Jeff Mayfield]

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