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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

Sliders looking for area host families

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Owners accepting applications from residents

By Josh Curmi
Jan. 28, 2009    ·    12:20 a.m.


The Midwest Sliders of Ypsilanti, belonging to the Frontier Baseball League, is accepting applications for families to host players for the upcoming season.

Sliders Owner and Managing Partner Rob Hilliard said the family and the player can learn and benefit from the experience.

“I have seen many of these friendships last, they keep in touch long after the season is over and players move on,” Hilliard said.

Hilliard also said children can benefit from living and building friendships with the players.

“It is great when they can learn from the players," he said. "The players offer more than just baseball, they can become friends, or a big brother.”

A host family is responsible for providing the player with two meals a day, laundry necessities, an understanding of travel times and a comfortable atmosphere for the players to experience while adjusting to their new lifestyle.

“For many of these players it is their first time playing pro baseball, six or seven days a week is an incredible grind,” he said. “Some guys will want to be alone; some guys will want someone to talk to.”

Dan Meikle, of Ypsilanti, has already expressed interest in hosting multiple players if necessary to help these players fulfill their dream.

“I want to be able to give something to people who have aspiring dreams and are doing well in society,” Meikle said. “People helped me out, giving back what was given to me when I was in their position.”

Meikle also said he would house as many players as he could.

“I can have two, three or four," he said. "If they don’t mind a college dorm atmosphere it will be fine.”

Mandy Majchrzak, who has children, said she has always had a great experience. Majchrzak and her family are now housing their third player. She said the first player ended up coming back to live with her family again after the season.

“We initially fell in love with him, the kids loved having him around and he contacted us after the season was over and came back," she said. "He ended up finding a job here and still lives with us.”

Majchrzak, of Waterford, said the players are grateful and appreciate all the host families provide them with.

“They all have contributed to this family, and became a part of it,” she said.

The Sliders will be playing all of their 45 home games at Eastern Michigan University’s Oestrike Stadium this season. After this season, the team will move to Waterford as the Oakland County Cruisers, where their new stadium is currently being constructed. The Frontier League season begins with spring training in early May and ends in early September.

If you are interested in becoming a host family, click here.

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