The Lincoln Boys Basketball team completed a grueling 21 days of practice, agility and weights. On top of that, the Varsity team played a 22-game schedule while Rails Freshmen and Sophomores played 24 games of their own.
In week one, the Lincoln Boys played a three-game tilt at Ankeny Centennial with the highlight being a 59-44 win over Johnston. In the following week, Lincoln Assistant and Youth Player Development Coordinator Dominique Shirley led the annual Lincoln Boys Basketball Camp with assistance from the Railsplitter players and Head Coach Justin Einerson. The Lincoln High School Activities Golf Outing took place on Friday, June 9 and the entire basketball program was involved with the event in some manner.
The Rails spent the following Saturday at the Simpson Team Camp where they were at full strength for one of the only times of the summer. Lincoln won all three games at Simpson, defeating Marshalltown, Dallas Center-Grimes and Gilbert. Freshman Trovary Cavil came out firing, while seniors Nate Feller, Ben Badger and Kameron Young led the Rails in scoring over the weekend.
During week two, the Rails prepared for a five-game slate at Drake University in a team camp that featured high-quality teams from all over the country. With Kameron Young and Andrew Klein unavailable, the Rails called up sophomores Joseph Daughenbaugh, Zander Kehoe and freshmen Benno Cooper and Jamal West. The highlight of the Drake University weekend was a 66-58 win over Minnesota 2A State Title Defenders Minnehaha.
The Lincoln Basketball and Football guys spent week three at the Iowa National Guard in a physically demanding week of warrior workouts run by members of the Guard. Kameron Young was named MVP of the Fitness Camp for the second straight year. The Rails were hit by the injury bug however as Nate Feller, Alex Crimmins and Aidan Cord were all out for the weekend team camp at Grand View because of potential concussions. In game one at Grand View, Joseph Daughenbaugh lacerated his shin and sophomore Victor Hatungimana banged up his shoulder.
With Badger, Feller, Crimmins and Cord unavailable, the weekend at Grand View was a great opportunity for the young guys to compete as many Lincoln Basketball freshmen and sophomores played a staggering nine games in two days on the East Side. Freshmen Kyrell Moore and Kobe Mikele joined the varsity squad while sophomore D’Angelo Olson joined the fray as well. The Rails dropped all four games but fought to single-digit deficits against Indianola and Urbandale in the second half.
Rob Newton took over the head coaching reigns in week four due to a biking injury to Coach Einerson. With Badger, Cord, Crimmins and Klein back in the lineup, the Rails went 2-2 on the final weekend at All-Iowa Attack in the June High School Jamboree. Lincoln dropped game on to Pella 65-64, won big over Fort Madison and Ottumwa, and fought the Polar Bears to a halftime tie before falling to North Sunday.
The Rails finished the summer season with a 57-29 victory over Ames at the Urbandale Summer League.
Varsity Players to Watch this Winter:
#0 Nate Feller, 6-2 Senior- Feller had two incredible games on the arena floor at the Drake Team Camp. Feller is able to create his own shot, whether it’s from deep, off the dribble or in the post. His hard fall at Urbandale Summer League in week two was a big blow to the team performance because he’s Lincoln’s best scorer, rebounder and a five-position defender.
#5 Ben Badger, 5-10 Senior- Badger is the leading returing scorer for the Rails and he was able to get to the rim possession-after-possession throughout the summer. Ben rebounds well for a point guard and has the ability to create opportunities for points with every one of his touches this winter.
#15 Kameron Young, 6-2 Senior- Kameron Young was given the keys to the entire program during the Grand View team camp as all of experienced players were out with injuries. With the program on his back, Kameron shined as an all-purpose scorer. With his size and athleticism, he’s become a talented driver who can also score in the post. As his jump shot continues to improve, he becomes a tough matchup. Kam has potential to be a leading rebounder and scorer in the CIML Metro this year.
#1 Trovary Cavil, 5-5 Freshman- Trovary got a ton of varsity minutes in his first summer with the program and did not disappoint. A lights-out shooter, Trovary is also able to score off the bounce and showed his grit on the defensive glass and gave his body up for the team, taking charges when the opportunity presented itself.
#32 Alex Crimmins, 6-1 Senior- The Rails just look better with Alex Crimmins on the floor. Crimmins battled injuries during the summer but in his healthy games, he was a force on the offensive and defensive glass. His three-point shot is becoming a heck of a weapon as well.
#3 Andrew Klein, 5-9 Senior- Talented runner Andrew Klein has become a weapon from the three-point line as well. In the final game of summer, Klein nailed four threes, opening the floor for drives for Badger and Young. The Lincoln coaching staff regards Klein as the best on-ball defender in the program today.
#20 Aidan Cord, 6-0 Sophomore- Aidan battled injuries as well this summer, a concussion in week two and a foot ligament issue in the final tournament of the year. When healthy, Aidan was a spark of energy for the Rails, starting in some spots. Aidan has always been a hustle player focused on rebounding, defense and floor burns, but an improving ability off the bounce and as a catch & shoot player make him an even more valuable player at the varsity level as a sophomore.
#2 Victor Hatungimana, 5-9 Sophomore- Victor’s ceiling has always been high and how with some improved length and athleticism to go with his dribbling, shooting and passing skills, we are starting to see Vic take over games. Split between JV and Varsity minutes this summer, Vic showed that he can lead and influence every possession.
Head Coach Justin Einerson said, “This group could be special. We won’t have size but we have skill, speed, athleticism and heart. This senior class is full of great leaders with great futures, one of the most exciting things about this program right now is that this senior class is directly leading so many young, talented players at the freshman and sophomore levels.”