2021 Year in Review

Late and abbreviated 2020-21 spring basketball season still proves to be remarkable

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[January 13, 2022] 

Railer Basketball

As high school sports resumed in early February the Railer Basketball Team wasted no time in making a notable impression in the Apollo Conference. In addition, the tail end of the 2020-21 school year with its abbreviated game play season still left plenty of time for LCHS players to hit some excellent milestones.

February 3
Lincoln defeats Taylorville 41-25 in the season opener

February 6
Railers win over Lanphier answers unfinished 2020 business

- Dylan Singleton scores a career-high 26 points
- Big game interviews

Railers defeat Teutopolis 43-37 in home opener

March 5
Lincoln Railers defeat Charleston 56-35

- Brody Whiteman scores a career-high 24 points

March 13
Lincoln wins final home game over Taylorville 45-29

- Singleton and Hullinger combine for 40 points

March 15
Railers fall to Bloomington Central Catholic 53-40

- Dylan Singleton scores his 1,000th career point

Lincoln Railers win final game of the 2021 season over Peoria Quest Charter Academy 58-26
- Hullinger finishes career with 625 points and 101 three-pointers
- Neil Alexander moves into second place in IHSA history with 882 career basketball coaching wins

Lady Railer basketball

Like their male counterparts, the Lady Railers hit the ground running when sports resumed in February of 2021. While the team lost their season opener, they came back with a vengeance for the rest of the season.
Kloe Froebe gained a reputation of leading the Railer ladies in scoring in consecutive games and broke an old school record for Freshman performance.

February 5

Kloe Froebe shoots a free throw in the Lincoln game versus Teutopolis. Froebe led all scorers with 20 points.

February 5
Lady Railer Basketball is BACK!
Lincoln falls to Teutopolis 59-36 in the season opener

February 19
Lady Railers defeat Mahomet-Seymour 48-38
- Kloe Froebe leads all scorers with 28 points

February 23
Teutopolis hands Lady Railers a 66-47 loss
- Kloe Froebe scores a season-high 31 points

February 24
Lady Railers crush the Purple Raiders 61-34
~ Kloe Froebe scores a career-high 36 points

Lady Railers crush Mount Zion 58-38
- Kloe Froebe breaks Steph Reichle's Varsity freshman scoring record held

Interview with Lady Railer sensation Kloe Froebe [YouTube]

Mount Pulaski Basketball

Mount Pulaski High School enjoyed the return of sports in February with a notable end of the school year season.

February 6
Mount Pulaski defeats Illini Central 68-32 in home opener

February 22
Mount Pulaski edges out Midwest Central 63-60
Grant Davis leads Hilltoppers with 22 points

Junior High Girls Volleyball

February 6
Hartem Stags 7-A and 8-A open 2021 volleyball launch season with wins over Delevan and Little Flower

High School Girls Volleyball

March 25
Hartem Stags open season winning a thriller

March 26
Maroa-Forsyth defeats Mount Pulaski 25-8 and 25-19

Sacred Heart-Griffin defeats Lincoln

High School Wrestling & Lincoln Youth Wrestling

June 4
Austin O’Donoghue becomes the all-time career wins record holder for Railer Wrestling

June 12
Austin O’Donoghue awarded the Walt Landers Wrestling Scholarship for 2020/2021

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High School Baseball

The LCHS Railer Baseball Team got off to a strong start and continued playing well throughout their season.

April 15
Lincoln Railsplitters Baseball off to a 2-0 start

April 15

Lincoln Head Coach August Casson talks to his team following the 17-1 win over PORTA

The Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers Baseball Team stormed the competition throughout their season, winning Regional, and their Super-sectional. The team made history as the first team in school history to make the trip to State competition.

June 8
The Hilltoppers are Regional Baseball Champs

June 16
Toppers Top Titans 11-1 in Super-Sectional Championship
Drew Martin and friends have a "Date at State" on Thursday

Toppers vs. Titans in baseball Super-Sectionals - slideshow

Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers Super-Sectional Champions - slideshow

June 19
Mount Pulaski’s historic 4th place finish at State

Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers make school history - first team ever to play in a state tournament - slideshow

July 1
Mount Pulaski senior Drew Martin and Warrensburg-Latham senior Brayden Closs named to 2021 Illinois High School Baseball 1A All-State Team - Pdf

Track & Field

The end of the 2020-21 school year saw two Lady Railer track stars standout with a record-breaking start for Becca Heitzig and a trip to State for Heitzig and Reese McCuan. Brenden Heitzig, Garrett Slack, Drake Rutledge, Jayson Butler, Jalen Franz, and Aidan Gowin also made the trip to State representing the LCHS Boys Track Team.

May 20
LCHS Track standout Becca Heitzig off to a triple record-breaking start

June 14
LCHS Track and Field Coach Rademaker and athletes Heitzig and McCuan reflect on IHSA State Championship

LCHS lady track stars in action - slideshow

June 21
LCHS athletes place in IHSA 2A BOYS Track and Field Championships

LCHS athletes headed to State Track and Field Tournament

Notable moments in local sports

There were also other notable moments in local sports news that made the page on Lincoln Daily News. Starting with the announcement that LCHS alumni Jermaine Hamlin would not be playing basketball for the fighting Illini in the new school year.

April 22
Lincoln's Jermaine Hamlin leaving the Fighting Illini

May 15
Lincoln's Jermaine Hamlin headed to Eastern Illinois University, Charleston

The LCHS Railsplitter Baseball Team had the exciting opportunity to play at Busch Stadium

June 1
Railsplitters win exhibition game at Busch Stadium in St. Louis

LCHS Railer Baseball takes on Mount Vernon in Busch Stadium - slideshow

Railer fans enjoy a great game in Busch Stadium - slideshow

Mount Pulaski High School saw the departure of long-time Head Volleyball Coach Donna Dulle. LCHS Basketball Coach Neil Alexander was IHSA Coach of the Year.

May 20
Mount Pulaski Varsity Volleyball Coach Donna Dulle's career concludes with two state tiles and 12 state trophies

July 6
LCHS Coach Neil Alexander named 2021 IHSA Boys Basketball Coach of the Year, Class 3A, District 18 - Pdf

[Nila Smith]


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