Bulldogs edge Rails in Shootout in Ottumwa

Highlights Vs. Ottumwa

The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team looked to snap a three-game losing streak in Ottumwa on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs stretched that Lincoln losing streak to four on the back of a 13-for-15 shooting night in the paint. Ottumwa outgunned the Rails in the end of a 32-minute shootout, 63-60.


The Bulldogs showed their teeth early, jumping out to an 8-2 lead. Ottumwa’s offense stayed efficient all night as it dominated the paint, stayed consistent from three, and buried one midrange shot after another. The Rails had the offense rolling as well, shooting 44 percent on the night and connecting on 11 threes.

The Railsplitters took a 40-30 lead midway through the third quarter before Ottumwa answered with a run to cut the deficit to three going into the final period. The two teams traded blows throughout the fourth quarter. The Rails would take a lead between two and four points, the Bulldogs would erase it. In the end, free throws and loose balls were the difference.

Ottumwa shot 11-for-12 from the free throw line while Lincoln connected on just 1-of-5. The Bulldogs also picked up three loose balls in the fourth quarter, giving them three extra possessions down the stretch.

Josiah Conkrite had a shot to tie at the buzzer but the shot found iron and Lincoln fell to 2-4 on the year.

Ben Knoebel came off the bench to score 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Conkrite added 14 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Junior guard Ben Badger scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

The Rails were 11-for-29 from three and finished with 11 assists against 8 turnovers. Lincoln closes the first third of the season with a home clash with rival Roosevelt on Friday, December 21. Tip scheduled for 7:45pm.

CIML Metro Standings:

Hoover (3-0), 6-2 Overall

North (3-0), 5-2 Overall

Ottumwa (1-2), 2-6 Overall

Lincoln (1-2), 2-4 Overall

East (1-2), 1-5 Overall

Roosevelt (0-3), 2-5 Overall



Huskies Top Rails 68-63 in a Roundhouse Barnburner Friday

Game Highlights

The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team came out firing on Friday night but the Hoover Huskies rode the talents of two players on to a 68-63 win over the Rails at the Roundhouse.

With both teams coming off of losses Tuesday, there was a sense of desperation in the air right from the opening tip. The two teams who had been struggling for offense early in the season closed the first half 20-19, Lincoln on top. Hoover took a three point advantage into the locker rooms in what was a see-saw game through the first half.

Hoover’s senior wing Adam Jackson was the story of the night. Jackson came into the game averaging 11 points per game and was 11 percent from three. Jackson exploded for 40 points, almost all off of isolations off the dribble against various, and sometimes all, Lincoln defenders. Jackson was 11-for-23 from the field and 5-for-11 from three.

Adding a second punch was Hoover’s Manny Austin, who scored 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting. Only six Husky points came from players other than Jackson and Austin as Hoover employed an all-ISO offense for the majority of the game.

Lincoln was led by junior point guard Ben Badger, who got his second start of the year. Badger had 22 points including a key three-pointer from deep to cut Hoover’s lead to 65-63 late in the game. Ben Knoebel scored 16 points off the bench for Lincoln.

Hoover was able to stretch a three-point lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter to a double digit lead with 6:00 minutes remaining in the period. With their backs against the wall, Lincoln got some key stops and forced some key turnovers in the press that gave them chances to cut into the deficit.

After Badger’s three that made the score 65-63, Lincoln Coach Justin Einerson called his final timeout to set-up a trap on the inbound. The Rails were called for a foul on the inbound and the Huskies went to the line. The first free-throw rimmed out, the second went in. As Ben Badger cut to catch the inbound pass, he slipped and Manny Austin stole the ball and finished a layin to seal the game for Hoover.

Lincoln moves back on the road to take on Ottumwa Tuesday night. The Rails return to the Roundhouse on Friday, December 21 in a clash with Roosevelt.

CIML Metro Standings:

Hoover (2-0) Metro, 5-2 overall

North (2-0), 4-2

Lincoln (1-1), 2-3

East (1-1), 1-5

Roosevelt (0-2), 2-4

Ottumwa (0-2), 1-5








Ames’ Stars Shine as Rails Fall to Little Cyclones



The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team finally came home to the Roundhouse for its home opener on Tuesday night. Ames was coming off a two-point loss to Johnston and the Little Cyclones were red-hot Tuesday night, dropping the Railsplitters 65-45.

Lincoln, coming off a strong defensive performance at Ankeny last week, struggled to stop Ames’ two stars, Japannah Kellogg (Green Bay Commit) and freshman Tamin Lipsey, who’s receiving a lot of attention by Division I recruiters. Kellogg and Lipsey combined for 40 points on 17-of-28 shooting.

Missing from the Railsplitters lineup was defensive and rebounding specialist Felix Gallagher, who received a suspension due to a flagrant foul called at Ankeny. Stepping into the starting lineup was Maiwut Jock, who finished with four points and two rebounds in his 15 minutes.

Josiah Conkrite once again led the Rails in scoring with 15, but he struggled from the field, connecting on 5-of-15. Nate Feller added 12 on 5-of-10 shooting.

Ames got out to a 8-2 lead in the first quarter before the Rails answered with back-to-back threes. The Little Cyclones responded, jumping out to a 20-10 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter.

Lincoln had a strong second quarter and stabilized the deficit at 10 going into halftime. Ames flexed its muscle in the third, winning the period 17-4 and opening the lead to 50-27 into the fourth. Lincoln finished the game strong, but the damage was done by that third quarter Little Cyclones run.

Lincoln shot 37.5 percent from the field and connected on just 6-of-25 three point attempts. Ames shot a very efficient 54.2 percent and finished 5-of-13 from deep.

The Rails are back to CIML Metro play Friday night with a clash at the Roundhouse with Hoover. Hoover took a loss at home Tuesday night as well, dropping a low-scoring affair with Fort Dodge.

CIML Standings:

Hoover (1-0) Metro, 4-1 overall

North (1-0), 3-2

Lincoln (1-0), 2-2

Roosevelt (0-1), 2-3

Ottumwa (0-1), 1-4

East (0-1), 0-5


Lincoln’s Defense Shines but Rails Fall Short to Ankeny


The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team traveled up to Ankeny Tuesday night for a showdown with the Hawks, who have been getting a lot of attention in local rankings since the start of the new season. The Rails led early and finished strong but it was Ankeny who picked up a 55-45 victory.

Lincoln (2-1) was without leading scorer and senior floor leader Josiah Conkrite, who injured his ankle in the fourth quarter against East on Saturday. Junior point guard Ben Badger filled the role nicely, leading the Rails with 16 points on a very efficient 5-of-10 shooting. Senior Logan Sharp added 10 points of his own to go with 8 rebounds.

The Rails stormed out to an early 8-2 lead before Ankeny’s Dillon Carlson gave the Hawks the lead on a trio of three pointers. Carlson would finish 3-of-3 from deep with 13 points. Ankeny took a 12 point lead into the locker room but Lincoln stormed back once again, cutting the deficit to six.

The Hawks responded with a big run to stretch the advantage to 19 before the Railsplitters were able to trim it back to 10 before the finish.

Lincoln struggled offensively, turning the ball over 20 times to go with just five assists. The Railsplitters shot 38.1 percent from the field and were 3-of-12 from deep.

On the bright side, Lincoln’s defense was stout on the road once again. Ankeny scored over 80 points in each of their first two games but the Rails held them to 55 points on 37.5 percent from the field. Ankeny was just 6-of-21 from deep.

The Railsplitters will try to get the offense back and rolling for the home opener at the Roundhouse on Tuesday, November 11.




Lincoln Wins a Spirited Battle with East Downtown, Rails Move to 2-0

With a total of 40 turnovers in the contest, it wasn’t pretty, but the Lincoln Varsity Boys Basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season with a 75-61 win over East on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. (The scoreboard read 76-63 but official stats have changed after film review confirmed a 75-61 final).

Lincoln got out to a fast start, grabbing a 14-3 lead over the Scarlets in the first four minutes. As East has done in all three of their contests so far this season, the Scarlets battled back, closing the gap to 19-16 after one.

The Railsplitters’ advantage grew to double digits multiple times in the game, only to shrink when East’s active full court pressure was able to turn Lincoln over. The Rails had 20 turnovers on the night to go with just 12 assists. Lincoln carried a 16-point advantage into the fourth quarter and went on to win by 14.

Once again, senior point guard Josiah Conkrite led the way for Lincoln, scoring 21 points with eight rebounds and five assists. Junior Nate Feller had 11 points to go along with eight rebounds and three assists. Both big men for Lincoln got into the scoring act as well as Logan Sharp and Maiwut Jock each netted 10 points. Jock also had eight rebounds while Sharp added six.

Lincoln shot 41.3 percent on the night compared to East’s 36.2. The Rails connected on just 4-of-17 three pointers in the cavernous Wells Fargo Arena and struggled from the free-throw line as well, converting on 19-of-32 for 59.4 percent.

The Rails are 2-0 for the first time since 2007 but the road gets tougher as Lincoln heads to Ankeny to take on the 2-0 Hawks on Tuesday night.

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Lincoln Tops Fort Dodge for first 1-0 Start Since 2010


The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team had a tough assignment to open the 2018-2019 campaign on Tuesday night. Fort Dodge is long, athletic, well-coached and regularly sends players to college on scholarship. The Dodgers, who are traditionally very good at home, finished 14-9 a year ago and as always, were up to the challenge the Rails presented them.

With the offense sputtering for Lincoln, the defense shined in what turned out to be a grind-it-out 52-47 win for the Railsplitters in hostile territory.

Ben Knoebel made a splash early, connecting on three from behind the arch to give the Rails and early 9-2 lead. Knoebel finished with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting, all from deep.

The Dodgers were able to slow the pace of the game throughout the remainder of the first half and Lincoln brought a slim 22-19 lead into the locker rooms.

The grind continued in the third quarter. The Rails jumped out to a nine-point lead when a run of turnovers brought the Dodgers right back within three by the end of the period.

Josiah Conkrite, who had 35 points for the Rails in the exhibition game against Winterset, was held scoreless through the first two periods. In the second half, Conkrite came to life, scoring 15 points to give Lincoln the boost needed to pull away for the win.

Conkrite finished with 15 points, 4 assists and 3 rebounds. Knoebel finished with 18 points and four rebounds as well. Junior Nate Feller scored 10 points on eight shots and grabbed six rebounds.

In the front court, Logan Sharp and Felix Gallagher grabbed 25 rebounds between them. Gallagher grabbed 13 to go along with his four points.

Fort Dodge was held to just 27.6 percent from the field and 2-of-11 from three. Lincoln shot 36.4 percent from the field and connected on 7-of-25 from three.

The 1-0 Lincoln Railsplitters take on Des Moines East downtown on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 3:30pm and a ticket for the Lincoln-East game is also good for the Wolves-Suns game that tips at 7pm.

To buy tickets for a discounted price, click here: Lincoln Vs. East Tickets


The 2018-2019 Lincoln Boys Basketball Schedule

2018-2019 Schedule

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.

The point guard position will be patrolled by 2nd-team all-Metro selection, Josiah Conkrite. Joining the senior at the “one” is junior Ben Badger, who saw solid playing time as a sophomore.

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.

Schedule Highlights

  • The December 7th game against East has been moved to December 1st. It’s also been moved downtown to Wells Fargo Arena. Tip is at 3:30pm and discounted tickets can be bought early here.
  • The regular season home opener for Lincoln is late this year. December 11th will see Lincoln lock horns with Ames and Green Bay Phoenix commit Jappannah Kellogg.
  • The home schedule features some heavy hitters once again. Ames, Hoover, Johnston and Ankeny Centennial will come to the Roundhouse in CIML non-Metro competition.
  • The CIML Metro has some titans at the top. Des Moines North returns four-year starter and South Alabama commit Tyreke Locure while Hoover returns point guard Kenny Quinn and sharpshooter Hosea Treadwell. Last year, Hoover and North were a combined 39-6 overall.

Lights, Camera, Action

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.

“Biggest Sleeper

Maiwut Jock, Des Moines Lincoln  — 2020

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.”



Rails Look to Finish Strong in Week Four


After rolling to a 9-1 start in the first half of summer season, the Lincoln Varsity Boys Basketball team dropped three of four contests in week three. The Railsplitters saw a dip in scoring over the four game span but still put together some gritty defensive performances.

Senior point guard Josiah Conkrite missed week three with an ankle injury, giving Ben Badger and James Anderson a prime opportunity take control at the point. Badger averaged 6.8 points per game in week three.

With Felix Gallagher out of town, Kameron Young and Karon Allen also had a chance to slide into more prominent roles in the Rails offense. Karon scored 4.5 points per game and grabbed three rebounds per game in week three.

Logan Sharp led the Rails in scoring and rebounding, averaging just under 10 points and eight boards.

Norwalk 59, Lincoln 36:

Almost exactly a week after Lincoln cruised to a 64-52 win over Norwalk at Simpson College, the Warriors turned the tables in a big way at Urbandale’s Summer Shootout.

Once again, Lincoln was able to hold Norwalk under 40 percent from the field but a woeful offensive outing by the Railsplitters sealed a runaway win for the 2018 3A State Qualifiers.

Lincoln shot 23.5 percent from the field, 15 percent from three and 39 percent from the free throw line in the loss. Ben Badger and Logan Sharp each netted 11 for the Rails.

Urbandale 56, Lincoln 42:

Unfortunately for Lincoln, the shooting slump continued in game two. And for the second game in a row, the Rails were defeated by a team they beat at Simpson the week before. The host Urbandale Jayhawks held the Rails to 27 percent from the field. Lincoln took 29 three point attempts in the 32-minute contest but only connected on six of them.

Nate Feller finished with 14 points. The Rails had the deficit hovering in the 6-8 range before a final push in the closing minutes sealed the win for Urbandale.

Lincoln 58, Winterset 50:

The lone bright spot of Saturday’s competition was a 58-50 win over 3A rising power Winterset. Facing a zone defense for the majority of the day, the Rails continued to struggle shooting the ball but saw a boost in offensive rebounding and defense that helped them cruise to a 38-25 halftime lead.

Winterset fought to the end, but the Rails used a 30 rebound advantage to hold off the Huskies.

Senior post Logan Sharp finished with 18 points on nine shot attempts and 14 rebounds. Ben Knoebel added 11 points.

Des Moines North 66, Lincoln 60:

The North Polar Bears were lightning hot in the first half of Central Iowa Summer League, running out to a 44-25 advantage.

Lincoln fought back, riding a furious charge in the closing minutes that saw the deficit close to six. Though North finished the game at 49 percent from the field, the Rails saw one of their best shooting performances of the summer as they converted at 46.4 percent on the night.

Nate Feller scored 14 points while Maiwut Jock and Felix Gallagher added 10 of their own.

Week Four Schedule:

Friday, June 22 at Grand View:

8:00- Lincoln Varsity vs Newton, Court 2

9:15- Lincoln JV vs Dowling JV, Court 3

11:45- Lincoln Varsity vs GV Christian, Court 1

11:45- Lincoln JV vs Fort Dodge JV, Court 3

3:30- Lincoln Varsity vs Ankeny, Court 1

Saturday, June 23 at Grand View:

9:15- Lincoln Varsity vs Ballard, Court 2

1:00- Lincoln Varsity vs Winterset, Court 3

6:00- Lincoln JV vs Ballard JV, Court 3

7:15- Lincoln JV vs North JV, Court 3

Summer Week Three Primer


The Lincoln Boys Varsity Basketball team has a big challenge ahead in week three of the summer season. The Railsplitters join seven other central Iowa programs in the Urbandale Summer Shootout Saturday, June 16 at Urbandale High School.

The classic format of the tournament and the shot clock will make Saturday a bit unique to the June schedule for the Rails.

2018 Summer Shootout Bracket – 8 Team

Lincoln opens with Norwalk at 9am in the North Gym. The Rails opened the Simpson Classic with the same opponent last weekend. Norwalk is a 3A power with Division I prospect Bowen Born leading the Warriors from the backcourt.

Game two’s 11:40am tip will feature either a rematch with Urbandale or Ames depending on the winners in round one. The Rails rode a 26-6 second half run to pick up a 47-41 victory over Urbandale on Saturday in Indianola. Ames has had Lincoln’s number over the past few years. Last winter Ames took the win on the southside by holding the Rails to only eight points in the second half.

Game three will be at either 2:20, 3:40 or 5:00 depending on the success the Rails find in the first two. 5pm’s championship tip will feature either Dowling Catholic, Southeast Polk, Valley or Winterset from the other side of the eight team bracket.

On Tuesday June 19, the Railsplitters are back at Urbandale High School for an 8pm tip with CIML Metro rival Des Moines North.


Rails Defense Shines in a 4-0 Week Two

The Lincoln Boys Varsity Basketball team picked up three wins at Simpson College this past weekend and a Central Iowa Summer League win over DC-G on Tuesday night. The 4-0 week put them at 9-1 overall at the halfway point of the June live period.

Josiah Conkrite led the Railsplitters in scoring over the last four games at 14 points per game. During that span Conkrite shot 59 percent from two and 33 percent behind the arc.

Nate Feller averaged 9.5 points and six boards per game on 46 percent shooting from the field. Feller led the Rails with a +/- rating of +48 over the last four games. This means that the entire team was 48 points to the good during Nate’s time on the floor.

Senior center Logan Sharp had a big week for the Rails as well, scoring just under eight points per game on 65 percent shooting. Sharp also averaged eight rebounds. Logan’s counterpart, junior Maiwut Jock, gained a lot of attention for a block that led to a dunk in the Urbandale game. Jock shot 54 percent in week two with three blocks and five rebounds per game.

Lincoln 64, Norwalk 52:


Norwalk won 22 games last year and was a state qualifier in class 3A. In the 2017-2018 campaign, the Warriors shot 52 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from three.

On Saturday morning at Simpson College, the Rails held Norwalk to 37 percent shooting and 37 percent from three.

The Warriors edged the Rails in three point makes and percentage but Lincoln outscored Norwalk 36-18 in the paint and out-rebounded the Warriors by 17.

Conkrite and Feller each had 11 for the Rails. Felix Gallagher finished with nine points and eight rebounds.

Lincoln 62, Carlisle 49:


Much like game one, Lincoln held Carlisle to 37 percent shooting in the afternoon game at Simpson. The Rails struggled from the field, only shooting 33 percent but were able to draw 22 free throw attempts, converting on 16.

Feller led the Rails in scoring with 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting while grabbing seven rebounds. Conkrite scored 13 on a 3-of-7 performance behind the three point line.

Lincoln 47, Urbandale 41:

The nightcap of the Simpson Classic saw Lincoln stumble out of the gate against Urbandale, but ride a 26-6 second half run to victory.

Urbandale was held to 35 percent shooting from the field and 23 percent from deep as the Rails converted on 40 percent of their field goal attempts.

Again, Lincoln won the points in the paint battle, 32-18. The Rails also out-rebounded the Jayhawks by a count of 44-22.

Conkrite led the Rails in scoring with 15 on 6-of-10 from the field. Logan Sharp had seven points and nine rebounds while fellow post Maiwut Jock had six points and seven rebounds.

Lincoln 57, Dallas Center-Grimes 43:

A red hot Mustangs three point effort to start the Central Iowa Summer League contest on Tuesday night left the Rails in a 20-20 tie as the end of the first half approached.

DC-G put on a three-point air show in the first half before the Rails buckled down and turned a 20-20 tie into a 50-28 lead.

The Mustangs finished at just 37.8 percent from the field but were 6-of-14 from deep. Lincoln shot a touch under 40 percent from the field and connected on just 5-of-19 from deep.

The separation came in the hustle stats. The Rails scored 19 points off turnovers, 21 second chance points and beat DC-G 34-20 on points in the paint.

Conkrite scored 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting despite struggling from three at 1-for-6. Nate Feller scored nine points and had six rebounds. Logan Sharp finished with eight points and eight rebounds. Maiwut Jock came down with six rebounds, two assists and three steals from the center spot.

Juniors Ben Badger and Kamron Francis each scored seven points.2017_Basketball_1208-39