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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

Ypsi AD settles in

Charles Fuller Photo by Christine Laughren

Charles Fuller

Fuller began the position four months ago

By Christine Laughren
Oct. 23, 2008    ·    9:21 p.m.

His office, across from Ypsilanti’s High School gym, is fairly well organized but still a little bare. Papers litter his desk and shirt ties are strewn about on a table next to it.

Ypsilanti Athletic Director Charles Fuller says he is still getting use to his job but feels like after three months he is finally getting a handle on his day-to-day activities.

Fuller says during the day he runs around the high school with his assistant principal hat on. He makes his rounds to classrooms and oversees the lunchroom and hallways during school hours. Occasionally he says he gets the opportunity to visit the AD office and make some calls. But, for most of the day he is Mr. Fuller - Assistant Principal. After regular school hours, though, Fuller becomes Mr. Fuller – Athletic Director.

“The ties are for the athletes,” Fuller says nodding toward the table overflowing with colorful fabric. “We’re changing the culture around here; during game days all of our athletes have to dress up.”

Fuller said he wants Ypsilanti athletes to succeed in and out of the classroom and he said part of that is making themselves more presentable for game days. He said another key to success is encouraging the athletes to attend study tables after school.

“It’s about making sure our students are well rounded and prepared for the college level and making sure they are ready for anything life throws at them,” Fuller said.

Although he said some of the athletes were a little wary of wearing a shirt and tie to school he said he thinks the students are starting to warm up to the idea. He said the compliments the athletes receive from teachers, administrators and students helps a lot too.

“I think our student athletes are getting use to the changes we are implementing,” Fuller said. “I think they are finally ready for it.”

Fuller said although he has long days, he is ready to make a change in the Ypsilanti Public School system.

“I think people are going to be impressed to see what’s coming out of Ypsilanti and with the expectations we are holding our athletes to,” Fuller said.

Citizen Profile
Charles Fuller graduated from Ypsilanti High School in 1993. After graduation he attended Eastern Michigan University to play football. He came back to Ypsilanti Public School District Several years ago and was given the AD position in July to replace Jacquilyn Dudley.

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