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)
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.
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
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.
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."
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.
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.
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."