Saturday, November 24th is unofficially opening day for all three Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball teams. Winterset takes a trip to the Roundhouse this year for the Annual Pride Scrimmage between the two programs. Varsity will start at 4:30pm with the sophomore and 9th grade games following. Saturday’s exhibition will be mark the tip-off to a season that’s seeing some raised expectations for the Railsplitters.
After a 5-18 campaign that featured 14 games decided by 11 points or less last year, Lincoln brings back the majority of its varsity contributors for the first time in Head Coach Justin Einerson’s tenure.
At the wings, junior Nate Feller returns for his third year as a starter, joined by senior sniper Ben Knoebel. Seniors Felix Gallagher and Karon Allen return in the front court as senior Logan Sharp and junior Maiwut Jock hold down the center position.
Varsity newcomers include junior point guard Andrew Klein, junior guard James Anderson, junior forward Alex Crimmins and senior wing Marcos Sandoval. Freshmen Aidan Cord and Victor Hatungimana have been spending some practice time with the varsity and are on the fringe of being contributors in their ninth grade season.
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TJ Rushing and PrepHoops.com predicted the Rails to finish third in the CIML Metro behind North and Hoover.
“Des Moines Lincoln (5-18)
An intriguing group of guys will take the floor for the Railsplitters this winter. They’ve put in the time this offseason to cultivate a solid squad, and are looking to start building a winning culture on Des Moines’ Southside starting now. Josiah Conkrite will be one of the more dynamic players in the conference. Felix Gallagher will bring the energy and leadership. Nate Feller and Ben Knoebel have the experience. And Maiwut Jock could be electrifying.”
Rushing also featured junior Maiwut Jock as the league’s biggest sleeper.
You wouldn’t be able to check the stats to see this big and long center could be a dynamo for the Rails this season, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds a season ago. But after seeing him in action this summer with Lincoln, it was clear that the 6’8 big-man has rim-wrecking ability and mega shot-blocking potential. He makes Lincoln just that much more intriguing this season.”