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Lincoln soccer closes out season with win.
By Kevin Korpal
Jun. 1, 2010   ·   10:45 a.m.

Strong defense led the Lincoln Railsplitters to a 3-1 victory over the undersized Ypsilanti Phoenix to close out the season on Lincoln’s Senior Night last Thursday....read more

Lincoln lacrosse dominates Ypsilanti
By Kevin Korpal
May. 20, 2010   ·   6:23 p.m.

Wind and rain were the names of the game when the Lincoln High School lacrosse team defeated visiting Ypsilanti High School 13-3 Monday night.

The Railsplitters...read more

Flyers softball drop season opener
By Jeremiah Juncker
Mar. 31, 2010   ·   5:50 p.m.

Willow Run junior starting pitcher Katie Mullins in the third inning in the team's home-opener against Huron Valley Lutheran High School. Flyers lost 13-4 against the Hawks Tuesday.

It was a mix of inexperience, first game jitters and a strong opposing pitcher which saw the Willow Run High School girl’s softball team drop its season-opener...read more

Lincoln High School sports roundup
By Jeremiah Juncker
Mar. 30, 2010   ·   10:39 a.m.

Baseball: Ace Andrew Dillon leads a young Railspitters team as fourth-year coach Marty Lozano tries to turn things around after a 12-21 season in 2009. Lozano has...read more

Lincoln hockey earns fourth straight win
By Tom Perkins
Dec. 22, 2009   ·   9:47 a.m.

Railsplitter David Skeans fires in the game winning goal against Chelsea.

For two periods it looked as if Lincoln hockey was not only going to break their winless streak against Chelsea, but they were going to decimate the Bulldogs in...read more

Defensive pressure leads Willow Run over Ypsilanti

Scott Hunter, head coach for Willow Run's varsity basketball team. The Flyers won against the Ypsilanti Phoenix in Thursday night's game. Photo by Willow Run Athletics

Scott Hunter, head coach for Willow Run's varsity basketball team. The Flyers won against the Ypsilanti Phoenix in Thursday night's game.
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Cogdell's 13 helps end losing streak

By Justin Souva
Jan. 30, 2009    ·    1:19 a.m.


Making shots can do a lot for a basketball team. Not only does it result in points, but also can set up solid defense. Just ask the Willow Run boy’s basketball team.

After making shots it was able to utilize the full-court press on Thursday to force Ypsilanti into turnovers that resulted into a lot of easy layups and a 51-41 Willow Run victory on the road.

“The full-court press gave us a spark of energy,” said senior Brian Cogdell, who led all scorers with 13. “We just knew if we came out with the press we could stop them and get into our half-court offense.”

Like any coach who is always looking for his team to get better, even in a win, Willow Run coach Scott Hunter saw it differently.

“I thought our press was O.K.,” he said. “We got a lot of room for improvement on our press. I thought we got beat early on it a few times.”

And he was right. Ypsilanti was able to gain a 14-6 lead in the first quarter, highlighted by Jevonte McGuire’s and Conner Heine’s dunks. Both of the dunks, which each sent the crowd into an uproar, were courtesy of breaking the press.

Willow Run (5-6, 1-4 Mega) trailed 14-8 after one quarter, but was able to take an 18-6 lead it wouldn’t relinquish on a Cogdell layup half way through the second.

Ypsilanti (3-8, 1-4) scored four points in the second and trailed 26-18 at halftime. Its biggest deficit was 11 points late in the third.

Ypsilanti was 6 of 17 from the free-throw line and coach Steve Brooks attributed that to the jitters involved in a cross-town rivalry.

“The kids know each other,” Brooks said. “I don’t know if it was just anxiety or just playing the guys you know and go to church with.

“These two schools, regardless of their record, they always give you effort. I think Willow Run just wanted it a little bit more than us.”

Cogdell feels the same way, and said he hopes the win can get the team on the right track. Willow Run was on a four-game losing streak.

“It’s definitely a rivalry,” he said. “It’s been a rivalry for many years, and it’s going to continue to be a rivalry. I’m just happy we came up with the win.”

McGuire, a junior, led Ypsilanti with 12 points. Senior Brian Walker and Heine, a junior, each scored seven.

Ypsilanti won the junior varsity game 59-22.



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