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home : sports March 26, 2015

Newest Statesmen golfers
Newest Statesmen golfers
Two Lawrenceville High School golfers signed their letters-of-intent to play golf at Lincoln Trail College next season. In front are: (L-R) LHS senior Austin DeLoriea, LTC head coach Nick Shaner and LHS senior Jeff Baxter. In back are DeLoriea's parents Andy and Tina, LHS golf coach Dave Berry and Baxter's mother, Jennifer. (Josh Brown photo)


Pair of Lawrenceville golfers sign with LTC
Two high school teammates will continue to be on the same team in college.

A pair of Lawrenceville High School golfers have decided to continue their careers at Lincoln Trail College next season.

Seniors Jeff Baxter and Austin DeLoriea both recently signed letters-of-intent to play for the Statesmen and are excited about the opportunity.

"It is a strong school and has a long history of being a successful program," Baxter said. "I also have some friends that are going here, so that helped make my decision."

"I am glad to be playing here," DeLoriea said "It's close to home and I know some of the other players on the team."


Thursday, March 19, 2015


Statesmen take 2 of 3 from Rend Lake
Three games in two days netted Lincoln Trail College's baseball team their second series win in as many tries this season.

Lincoln Trail took two of three games from Rend Lake in their Great Rivers Athletic Conference series over the weekend, which was played in Carbondale and Southern Illinois University's Itchy Jones Stadium due to wet grounds at both teams' fields.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Alspach earns IBCA all-state honors
One basketball player from Crawford County recently received some postseason season accolades on the state level.

Hutsonville-Palestine senior Graham Alspach was named recently to one of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association's all-state teams.

Alspach was one of 48 players listed on the IBCA's combined Class 1A/2A Honorable Mention team.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Eight county boys earn all-conference honors
Crawford County was well represented when it came to postseason hardware, as more than a half-dozen boys' basketball players were named to their respective league's all-conference teams.

Each local squad had multiple players named, with Robinson and Oblong receiving three selections apiece and Hutsonville-Palestine posting two.

In all, four players earned First Team recognition, with another gaining Second Team honors and three more getting Honorable Mention.


Monday, March 16, 2015

LTC baseball wins 3 of 4 recently
Wins continue to come for Lincoln Trail College's baseball team.

After sweeping a Great Rivers Athletic Conference doubleheader from Southeastern Illinois Monday, the Statesmen picked up two more wins over Southeastern on Tuesday, then split a twinbill with Cincinnati-Clermont on Wednesday.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Six county girls on all-conference teams
A half-dozen girls' basketball players from Crawford County were recognized for their achievements on the court this past season by being named to one of their league's all-conference teams recently.

Palestine-Hutsonville led the way with three selections, while Oblong received two and Robinson earned one.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Statesmen take pair from SE IL
An extra few days off apparently were beneficial for Lincoln Trail College's baseball team.

After having their first Great Rivers Athletic Conference series rescheduled twice, the Statesmen took advantage of the latest weather change to get a pair of GRAC games in Monday and they came away with positive results.

Lincoln Trail got conference play off on the right foot by beating Southeastern Illinois 8-5 and 3-1 in games that were played at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Lady Statesmen fall to VU, 76-59
The shoe was on the other foot for Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team Tuesday night and the Lady Statesmen were unable to make Cinderella's slipper fit.

After beating Shawnee for the third time this season to advance in the NJCAA District P Tournament, Lincoln Trail was looking to avoid a third straight loss to Vincennes University this season in the quarterfinals.

The seventh-seeded Lady Statesmen played well into the second half, but second-seeded Vincennes proved to be too much and the Lady Trailblazers slowly pulled away for a 76-59 win at Rend Lake College in Ina.

"We played our best game of the year, which is what you want this time of year," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "That is a testament to how hard they have worked. I am proud of their effort. I wish we would have had a couple of calls go our way, because I think it would have been a different game."


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Lincoln Trail baseball goes 1-3 at Mississippi Gulf Coast over weekend
The latest trip down south was not as kind to Lincoln Trail College's baseball team.

For the third straight weekend, the Statesmen headed to Mississippi to get some games in, thanks to the weather not being conducive for any outdoor activities around here.

After a 2-0 start to the season, LTC has gone 1-3 each of the last two weekends, including dropping the first three at Mississippi Gulf Coast this past weekend before salvaging the final game of their four-game set.


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Junior wrestlers fare well at Regional
A successful season continued for several junior wrestlers into the postseason over the weekend.

The Crawford County Wrestling Club took a group of wrestlers to the IKWF Regional Tournament in Edwardsville and brought home quite a bit of hardware, which included getting seven qualifiers for this weekend's Sectional Tournament.


Thursday, March 05, 2015

Lady Statesmen thump Shawnee, 97-49
Beating a team three times in one season is not usually an easy task, but Lincoln Trail College's women's basketball team made it look that way Monday night.

The Lady Statesmen jumped out to an early lead and never looked back en route to an easy 97-49 win over Shawnee Community College in the first round of the NJCAA District P Tournament.

It was the third win of the season for the Lady Statesmen over Shawnee and the second that came in lopsided fashion. Lincoln Trail won in Robinson Dec. 3, 99-54, then won at Shawnee on Feb. 4, 70-63, before rolling to a win in their postseason opener.

"I told the girls this was a game that we couldn't look past," LTC head coach Scott Sparks said. "We needed to hit them hard and hit them early and that's what we did."


Wednesday, March 04, 2015


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