2021 Year in Review

2021-22 School year begins with plenty happening in local sports

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[January 13, 2022]   As the 2020-21 school year was coming to an end, and students were already looking forward to the return of sports in the fall, the Lincoln Community High School Board of Education made a milestone decision to return to the Central State Eight Conference. The school had been with CS8 for many years, then made the change to the Apollo Conference. The high school sports and academic activities will continue to be part of the Apollo until the school year 2022-23.

May 11
Open forum meeting held to discuss LCHS returning to the Central State Eight Conference
Part One: An overview of the topic

May 12
Open forum meeting held to discuss LCHS returning to the Central State Eight Conference
Part Two: Community members speak on proposed LCHS conference move

May 18
LCHS Board votes to rejoin the Central State Eight Conference
Switch could take place for 2022-23 school year

Railer Football

In the fall of 2021, students returned to classes and to their high school sports. As teams began practicing for those respective sports, it became clear that this could be a milestone year for Railer Football. Though known to be gallant warriors on the field, the Railers have not in the past enjoyed many wins.

This year would be different, and fans were thrilled. While the team took some losses, they also won several games this year, accomplishing something that will long be remembered by all.

August 21
Meet the Railers 2021 football debut

Meet the Railers First Scrimmage - Album
Meet the Railers - slideshow

August 28
Railers fly high to open season in 58-6 rout of Clinton

September 4
Railer football team makes the plays it needs in win over Charleston, moves record to 2-0

September 11
Valiant effort by Railers against Jersey Panthers 32-16

September 18
Railers compete early, fall to Mahomet-Seymour 53-22

September 25
Railers vs Braves: The almost but not quite

October 2
Railers get strong, timely play on both sides of the ball to secure 35-34 homecoming win

Ooctober 9
Railers football: Effingham -- It just wasn’t meant to be!

October 16
Gandolfi leads disciplined Railer football team to 42-0 win over Taylorville

October 23
LCHS football team outscores opponent 22-12 in second half but falls 46-28 to Triad

Railer Boys Basketball

The LCHS Railer Basketball Team has long been a force to be reckoned with on the court and the 2021 by the end of the year was proving to be no exception. The team started strong and was undefeated going into the Christmas break. Railers took the championship at the Eaton Tournament, but stumbled a bit at the Collinsville games finishing the tournament in fifth place.

November 23

Railers defeat Cahokia 50-33 to start the 2021-22 season
The Railers are ready to start the 2021-22 season.

November 24

The 2021 Lincoln/Eaton Thanksgiving Tournament Champions ~ your Lincoln Railers!

November 29

2021 Lincoln/Eaton Thanksgiving Tournament Team - Lincoln's Jake Bivin and Payton Cook lead the all-tournament team

From left to right: Trae Warren, Jack Young, Jake Bivin and Payton Cook battled it out for the tournament championship and were named to the all-tournament team following Lincoln’s 44-30 win over Champaign Centennial.

Payton Cook reached double-figures in all four games of the tournament, averaging 14.5 points per game.

Jake Bivin averaged 13.3 points per game for the tournament. His 20 points scored Saturday night is a career-high so far at the Varsity level.

Congratulations, Payton and Jake!

2021 Lincoln/Eaton Thanksgiving Tournament team

Jake Bivin ~ Lincoln (junior)
Payton Cook ~ Lincoln (junior)
Daylen Byrd ~ Belleville West (sophomore)
Zach Hawkinson ~ Sacred Heart-Griffin (junior)
Martez Rhodes ~ Danville (senior)
JaVaughn Robinson ~ Danville (freshman)
D'Necco Rucker ~ Belleville Althoff (junior)
Trae Warren ~ Champaign Centennial (senior)
Jack Young ~ Champaign Centennial (senior)
Blake Wolters ~ Mahomet-Seymour (junior)

December 22
Railers remain undefeated heading into Christmas Break

December 28
Railers defeat Alton 35-17 in Collinsville Tournament

December 29
Railers defeat Madison 24-19 in Collinsville Tournament

Quincy edges Railers in Collinsville Tournament

December 30
Lincoln claims 5th place in the Collinsville Tournament

Lady Railer Basketball

Not to be outdone by their male counterparts the Lady Railer Basketball Team was having a remarkable season as the 2021 calendar year came to an end.

The team has wins in the double digits and claims ownership of the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament and the Peoria Manuel Tournament championship trophies.

November 17
Lady Railers sweep Rochester in 2021-22 season opener

November 20
Lady Railers fall to Mattoon 54-45 in Pana Thanksgiving Tournament

November 22
Lady Toppers win the 2021 Turkey Tussle Tournament

November 29
Lady Railers win the Pana Thanksgiving Tournament over Mattoon

December 2
Lady Railers sweep Pleasant Plains

December 2 – SPORTS

Kloe Froebe battled the tough Cardinal defense all night long.

Lady Railers sweep Pleasant Plains

December 7
High School Girls Basketball - Lincoln Crushes Rantoul 86-6

December 10
Lady Railers defeat Taylorville

December 15
Lady Railers crush Charleston

Lady Railers pick up 10th win on the season

December 20
Lady Railers defeat Champaign Centennial

Lady Railers top Effingham

December 23
Lincoln defeats Chatham Glenwood 55-16

December 29
Lady Railers stun state-ranked Peoria 46-38 in the Peoria Manual Tournament

December 30

The 2021 champions of the Peoria Manual Tournament - your Lady Railers!

December 30
Lincoln wins the Peoria Manual Tournament

Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers Boys Basketball

November 24

The Mount Pulaski Hilltoppers picked up their first win of the season over Illini Central.

Hilltoppers defeat Illini Central 66-53 in the Bill Rucks Tournament

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Lady Hilltoppers Basketball

November 17
Mount Pulaski girls off to a 2-0 start in the 8th Annual Turkey Tussle Tournament

November 19
High School Girls Basketball: Lady Toppers headed to tournament championship

Hartem Stags Girls High School Volleyball

September 23
Hartem Stags defeat Warrensburg-Latham in volleyball

Hartem Stags win the 2021 St. Anthony High School Volleyball Tournament

November 1

Stags volleyball regional championship picture courtesy of Hartem Volleyball

The Stags beat Monmouth United 25-12 and 25-14 on Thursday night to win the Regional Championship at West Prairie.

Hartem will play Roanoke-Benson tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the Sectional semifinal at Abingdon High School.

The Stags improve to 31-5 on the season.

Stags leaders

Gentri Fangmeier 8 kills
Addie Beekman 7 kills 7 digs
Avah Classen 17 assists
Violet Merz 10 points
Lexi Becker 5.5 blocks

Junior High Girls Basketball

October 22

Alyson Murphy reached 1,000 points in her basketball career on Tuesday night. She is pictured here with Clay Leonard and Luke Martin.

Murphy reaches 1,000 points for the Honeybears

Mount Pulaski’s Alyson Murphy reached the elite milestone of scoring 1,000 points in her Honeybear basketball career on Tuesday night. Murphy achieved her longtime goal of being a member of this exclusive club by nailing a three in the second quarter versus Williamsville.

With 3:34 showing on the clock, the eighth-grader collected a pass from the corner from teammate Audrey Cooper and drained the basket from the wing. The crowd rose to their feet and erupted in applause as the ball fell through the hoop.

MPGS Coach Jamie Anderson called a timeout to recognize Murphy. Murphy’s classmates, Luke Martin and Clay Leonard, carried a banner congratulating Murphy onto the court. Balloons revealing “1,000” were also unveiled on the gym’s stage. Murphy would finish the game with 22 points as Mount Pulaski defeated Williamsville 39-20.

The Honeybears improve to 10-1 on the season.

Congratulations, Alyson!

December 3

Sectional Champs heading to State ~ the WLB Lady Wolverines

Team pic courtesy of WLB Lady Wolverines Basketball

West Lincoln Broadwell 7th Grade Girls going to State

Sectional Champs heading to State ~ Mount Pulaski Honeybears

Team pic courtesy of MPGS Honeybears Basketball

Mount Pulaski 7th Grade Girls going to State

December 6

The 8th Grade Regional Champions ~ The Mount Pulaski Honeybears

The 8th Grade Regional Champions ~ The WLB Lady Wolverines.

December 6
Mount Pulaski 7th Grade Girls to play for IESA State Championship

Mount Pulaski 7th Grade earns 2nd Place at State Class 2A

Honeybears 8th Grade Girls win Regionals

West Lincoln Broadwell 7th Grade Girls to play for Class 1A Third Place at State

Lady Wolverines 8th Grade Girls win Regionals

December 10
Mount Pulaski 8th Grade Girls Going to State

Washington St. Patrick ends 8th Grade Lady Wolverines season

7th Grade Lady Wolverines earn 4th Place at State

December 14
Honeybears fall to Teutopolis at State

Mount Pulaski Junior High Baseball

The Mount Pulaski Junior High Bruins Baseball Team had a great end of the season in fall of 2021.

September 9
Mount Pulaski Bruins Baseball Team crowned 2021 Logan County Champions

September 22
Mount Pulaski clinches Regional Championshipon a Walk-Off

September 28
The State-Bound MPGS Bruins Baseball Team

October 4
Mustangs hand Bruins an 8-2 loss at State

October 5
Mount Pulaski brings home 4th place in State

In other local sports news

November 2
Mount Pulaski’s Volley for the Cure a huge success

December 9
Lincoln Youth Wrestling Results from the 2021 Lincoln Railer Rumble

December 21
Lincoln Youth Wrestling Results from the 2021 Clinton Challenge

December 10
Lincoln Junior High wrestlers begin season on the road

December 16
Trojan Wrestlers drop two

December 17
Trojan Wrestlers split dual competition

December 18
Trojan Wrestlers defeat three on the road at Litchfield

December 20

Junior High Wrestlers take championship
at Dawson Duals

Photo provided by Dan Fulscher

December 20
Junior High Wrestlers take championship
at Dawson Duals

October 8
ISU stadium to be re-named for Hartem Alumnus Rudy Klokkenga

[Nila Smith]


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