2023 LCHS Homecoming Parade
LDN’s Teena Lowery leads the parade as Grand Marshal
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[September 16, 2023]
afternoon was a perfect setting for the 2023 LCHS Homecoming Parade.
The sun was bright, the sky was virtually cloudless, and the
temperatures were warm but not so warm as to exhaust those who were
walking from Wyatt Avenue to the downtown area and around the Logan
County Courthouse Square.
Among the many entries in the parade was one that made Lincoln Daily
News especially proud. This year the grand marshal for the event was
LDN’s own Teena Lowery.
While most all of Lincoln know Teena from her years as a delivery
person for the Lincoln Post Office, those who follow high school and
junior high sports know Teena as an enthusiastic sports fan, writer
and photographer. The staff at LDN know her as that gal who one day
decided to take a few pictures, and over the years has become the
star reporter of local sports.
The current owners wish that they could take credit for Lowery being
a part of the daily publications, but all they can really do is feel
gratitude that when the ownership of the paper changed one year ago
this coming October 1st, that Lowery graciously agreed to continue
on with them at the helm and her handling all the sports coverage in
So, how did it all begin? Lowery was a postal carrier
who several years ago delivered daily to the offices of CCAonline
and Lincoln Daily News on Keokuk Street in Lincoln.
One day when she stopped in to deliver mail, she saw then owner Jim
Youngquist and told him she had gone to a game at the high school
and had taken some pictures. She wondered if Jim might want a few,
just for fun, not for money.
Anyone in small business will tell you that when someone offers
something for nothing, one should take advantage of that. Lowery’s
pictures were stellar. The quality, the action, the expressions she
captured on the faces of young athletes got everyone’s attention.
Soon, Lowery was asked to make sports photography an ongoing gig,
exclusively for Lincoln Daily News.
Digging a little bit, LDN learned that Lowery had a passion for
sports, that she had initially tuned her education in that direction
but had taken a small turn. Now, she was turning back to her passion
on a part time basis that worked well for her and LDN.
At that time there was another sportswriter on staff, so Lowery
stuck to pictures for a while. Then circumstances shifted and there
came a need for someone to cover Railer basketball. Lowery was more
than happy to come on board as a stringer for LDN.
“Since that time, Teena has been completely invested in youth sports
in Logan County, and we are so grateful that she shares her love for
young people and sports with the readers of our publication,” says
managing editor Nila Smith. “She knows the kids by name, she knows
the parents of most of them, has built lasting relationships with
coaches and all in all has become the ‘go-to’ person for sports
In 2022, Lowery saw early in the season that the Lady Railers
basketball team was going to go far, and she stuck to those girls
like glue. She covered every game, and she still covered sports at
Hartem, in Mt. Pulaski, junior high sports, volleyball on the junior
high and high school levels, and covered the Railer boys’ basketball
season as well.
She spent a lot of time with the Lady Railers. Her instincts were
right on the money and that team impressed not just Logan County but
the entire state, and Lowery was there, cheering them on, and
telling their story.
Her writing style is free and happy and energetic.
When readers click to her coverage, they are transported into the
gym with Lowery, but they are also transported into the
personalities of the young players. They learn that Taylor Swift
inspires them, and that Lowery knows almost as much about the
superstar singer as the girls do.
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Readers see the heart of the
players and they see the heart of Lowery. The Ladies are in it
to win it, and Lowery is right there with them.
Lowery also spent a great deal of time with the boy’s
team, and she touted their accomplishments last year as well. And
then there is Railer Nation. Lowery never let a game go by that she
didn’t comment on Railer Nation and their enthusiastic support of
the basketball teams.
When the ladies from basketball past got in the mix and started
chowing up in force to support the 2022-23 team, Lowery was on it,
drawing attention to them and to the superstars of Logan County
basketball from the past.
So, it stands to reason that with all the bonds she has created
within Lincoln sports, that when it came time to choose a grand
marshal for the 2023 Homecoming parade Lowery was the name that came
When LDN heard that Lowery would have that honor, congratulations
were sent out quickly. Teena, in her usual humble yet funny way
quipped, “Well, they wanted Taylor Swift but she wasn’t available,
so they settled for me!”
Then she chuckled and said “those kids!”
It was a grand parade and Teena Lowery leading it as the grand
marshal just got it off to a great start. The floats this year were
amazing, the bands were well tuned, and candy was flying into the
large crowds of people gathered to watch and cheer.
The Logan County Fair Royalty was there along with the high school
freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior attendants as well as this
year’s homecoming king and queen.
Several clubs and organizations were represented
including the Lincoln Youth Football team, Lincoln Youth
Cheerleaders, Lincoln Futbol Club, high school sports including the
Railer Football team that is off to a really good start this year,
LCHS Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball, the
Railettes and the LCHS Foundation. The LCHS FFA was represented, and
Logan County 4-H. The Lincoln Park District, Logan County Pride and
Logan County Animal Rescue also had entries in the parade. Junior
High School sports was represented and the schools’ bands,
cheerleaders and more were on hand. The city of Lincoln Third Friday
Committee was in the parade as were some of the local businesses
such as UCB Bank and Tremont Bank in Lincoln.
And, another big treat, team members from the 1973 Railer Big 12
Football Championship were driven through town in a Lincoln Fire
See The Boys of Fall – The 1973 Big 12
Champs return to Hamblin Field in today’s edition.
All in all, it was a great day, and by the way it came to a great
ending with the Railsplitters beating Peoria Manual with a score of