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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

Lincoln gearing up for hockey

Jarrett Pfeiffer will be one of the Railsplitters' top offensive threats this season. Lincoln begins its hockey season against Hudsonville on Saturday with a positive attitude about a fresh roster. Photo by Tom Perkins

Jarrett Pfeiffer will be one of the Railsplitters' top offensive threats this season. Lincoln begins its hockey season against Hudsonville on Saturday with a positive attitude about a fresh roster.
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Railsplitters begin season with new roster Saturday

By Tom Perkins
Nov. 16, 2009    ·    8:52 a.m.

Last year the Lincoln hockey program earned the respect of their Southeast Conference counterparts by winning their first conference games ever and elevating themselves out of long-held spot in the basement of a talent-rich league.

This year, with a roster listing 20 seniors, head coach Mike Ferguson is looking beyond just earning respect – he sees no reason his team can’t win the league.

“I feel pretty good about this year,” he said. “I think with this much experience that if we’re going to have a big year, than this is it.”

The Railsplitters only graduated four seniors last season, but they were all big names. Gone are Nikko Keider, James Himes, Cory Pfeiffer and goalie Patrick Summers, who now plays for the University of Michigan.

But several unexpected transfers, two freshmen and a new student who was home-schooled last year, will fill in the gaps.

As far as the youth in the line up goes, Ferguson is particularly excited about freshmen defensemen Nick Smith, who will take Himes’s place, and freshmen forward Jerry Jordan.

“They are definitely going to add to our depth,” Ferguson said. “Nick coming in gives us four solid defensemen.”

David Skeans, who played for Lincoln his freshman year, on a club team his sophomore year and at Saline last season will once again don a Lincoln jersey for his senior year, and Ferguson expects high production out of the known-sniper.

“He’ll fit right in on our top line with Drew Harper and Jarrett Pfeiffer,” Ferguson said.

Harper and Pfeiffer led the Splitters in scoring last season, and with Chase Rieberger, Ryan Elkins and Blaze Keider all returning, offense is not a concern.

“We have pretty much all our top scorers back,” Ferguson said.

Justin Pfeiffer and Josh Eastman, who attends Milan, will split netminding duties. Ferguson said he is pleased with Pfeiffer’s strong showing in the summer and fall leagues.

“He has really improved,” he said.

Lincoln will see a far different schedule this season than they did last year. With the folding of the Mega Conference, Monroe has joined the SEC, meaning the Railsplitters will play 10 league games.

Their region now includes Dearborn, Taylor Unified and Monroe, which means they very well could advance past the early rounds of the post season.

Straightaway, Lincoln face several tests, opening their season at perennial power Hudsonville on Saturday and returning next weekend to face Troy at the Ann Arbor Tournament.

Following the tournament, Dexter visits to open up SEC play, and Lincoln must skate in the early match ups with several injuries, but Ferguson is confident about the season.

“For four years in a row we’ve had a better season each year in and this will be the fifth because we are going to have our best ever,” he said.


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