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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 takes on Ypsi Friday

Lincoln Consolidated will take on the Ypsilanti Phoenix Friday night at Lincoln. This is the first time the teams have played against each other since the Mega Conference, which Ypsilanti belonged to, was disbanded last year. Photo by Lincoln, Ypsilanti Athletics.

Lincoln Consolidated will take on the Ypsilanti Phoenix Friday night at Lincoln. This is the first time the teams have played against each other since the Mega Conference, which Ypsilanti belonged to, was disbanded last year.
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Teams excited for first football matchup

By Josh Curmi
Oct. 8, 2009    ·    1:19 p.m.


Nine miles separate the two city high schools; they even share the same zip code.

However, Friday marks the first time Lincoln Consolidated and Ypsilanti High will compete on the gridiron.

Kids who grew up together, played pee wee football together, even shared a snack at daycare will be asked to forget about that for 48 minutes as the Phoenix visit the Railsplitters Friday night.

Lincoln’s head coach Chris Westfall knows these teams are very familiar with one another.

“We have been watching film and they are pointing every one out; they are excited,” Westfall said. “The kids grew up so close and played together growing up.”

Interim Ypsilanti head coach Jason Malloy even has a history at Lincoln. Malloy was the head coach at Lincoln in 2006, where he coached current seniors when they were freshman.

“I coached some of those guys, Friday night you have to forget those things until the game is over,” Malloy said.

Ypsilanti is in its first year of joining Lincoln in the Southeastern Conference. Previously, Ypsilanti belonged to the Mega Conference, along with Willow Run. The Mega Conference was disbanded last year.

To make this historic meeting even more intriguing, this isn’t just any other game on the schedule; it is the Railsplitter’s homecoming game.

Both coaches know this game needs no fuel to instigate a matchup already full of anticipation and excitement.

“There are so many factors burning inside you for this game,” Malloy said. “We just need to take care of the things we need to take care of to win a football game.”

Westfall has no worries his kids know the importance of this game.

“We don’t have to create extra emphasis, the kids to it themselves,” he said. They are excited to get back to winning.”

Preparation for both teams has been non-stop.

“We have to expect the unexpected,” Westfall said. “A coaching change happened; they have had a week to prepare. We have to be ready for what we haven’t seen.”

“They will be ready to play,” Malloy said. “They have a good coaching staff; it will come down to who makes the right decisions.”

Lincoln is 2-4 and Ypsi is 0-6. Kickoff is 7 p.m. Friday at Lincoln.



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