Rails Drop Two Over the Weekend

Roosevelt Game Highlights

Johnston Game Highlights

The Lincoln Boys Basketball team had been on an offensive tear during its 5-game winning streak but the deep freeze that hit central Iowa over the past week transferred over to the Railsplitters on Friday and Saturday night.

On Friday night, the Rails trailed 31-27 at halftime before Roosevelt put a lid on the rim and stretched a small first-half advantage into a dominating 69-48 win over Lincoln.

On Saturday night, the Rails led Johnston 41-38 late in the third quarter before the Dragons benefited from a 12-0 run to flip the script. Johnston escaped the Roundhouse with a 65-58 win.

Senior Josiah Conkrite, who came in averaging 19 points per game, struggled mightily in the back-to-back contests, shooting 5-for-26 from the field and netting just 13 points overall.

Ben Badger and Ben Knoebel reached double figures for Lincoln on Friday night with 11 and 10 respectively, but shot 33 percent between the two of them in tough atmosphere on the northwest side.

After a morning shootaround, it was clear that the confidence had returned to the Rails rotation and Lincoln controlled the second and third quarters against Johnston, who came in winners of six straight games.

Nate Feller tallied his first double-double of the year with 20 points and 11 rebounds for Lincoln. Ben Badger scored 15 points on 10 shots and Ben Knoebel got his shooting stroke back with 12 points on 4-of-8 from deep.

Despite the disappointing results on the scoreboard, the Rails were able to limit the turnovers over the course of the weekend, recording just nine in each game. Lincoln shot 31 percent from the field Friday night and 33 percent on Saturday night. Coming into the game, Lincoln had averaged 52 percent from the field over the five-game win streak.

Roosevelt was on fire Friday night, shooting 9-of-17 from three and 48 percent. On Saturday, free throw attempts were the story as Johnston shot 27 compared to Lincoln’s 14. The difference led to seven more made free throws in a game separated by seven points.

The Rails drop to 9-8 on the year and prepare to take on another tough test Tuesday night as CIML powerhouse Valley waits at 14-3 on the season.



Lincoln Picks Up Fifth Straight Win, First Ever on John Carle Court


On a night where legendary Lincoln Basketball coach John Carle was recognized with the Roundhouse floor named in his honor, the Lincoln Boys Basketball team won its fifth straight game for the first time since 2008.

After losing to the Bulldogs 63-60 without Logan Sharp on December 18, Sharp gave the Rails a double-double, 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 73-57 win for LHS. Josiah Conkrite led the scoring charge for the Rails, finishing with 27 points on 11-of-23 shooting. Ben Badger finished with 15 points and three assists. Nate Feller finished with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Lincoln got out to an early lead and held an advantage between 10 and 18 points through the duration of the night. Unlike the night before in Urbandale, the Rails were sharp offensively throughout the contest. Lincoln shot just under 50 percent from the field and 15-for-19 from the free throw line. The Rails finished with just six assists but only six turnovers to go with it.

The win moves Lincoln to 9-6 overall and into a tie with Hoover for second place in the CIML Metro and the Railsplitters are back at home Tuesday night with red-hot Johnston.

CIML Metro Standings

North 8-0, 12-3 Overall

Lincoln 5-3, 9-6 Overall

Hoover 5-3, 10-5 Overall

Ottumwa 3-5, 4-11 Overall

East 1-6, 1-12 Overall

Roosevelt 1-6, 3-10 Overall


Late Stops and Free Throws Lift Lincoln over Urbandale, 49-47


On Urbandale’s Senior Night, facing a spirited Jayhawks squad, the Lincoln Boys Basketball team needed some clutch performances down the stretch to grab its fourth straight victory.

Though Josiah Conkrite and Ben Knoebel gave the Rails 17 and 12 points respectively, the Rails got a spark from their bench at the free throw line late. Kameron Young was fouled with the Rails up one in the final minute of the fourth quarter. The junior stepped up and stuck two free throws to extend the lead to three.

When Urbandale answered with a three to tie it, Karon Allen rebounded Josiah Conkrite’s missed go-ahead attempt and was immediately fouled. Alone at the line with 4.7 seconds left, Karon knocked down the front half of a one-and-one and converted on the second as well to give the Railsplitters a 49-47 lead.

Head Coach Justin Einerson called a timeout to organize the defense but Urbandale completed a pass to half court and called timeout right in front of the home bench with 2.5 seconds left. Six-foot-eight center Logan Sharp was subbed in to protect the rim and the Jayhawks went right at him with the inbound pass, but the ball was fumbled and the clock expired.

“We knew it was going to take quite a bit from our guys to come in here and grab a win on senior night. Urbandale plays so hard and they were very sharp tonight. It says a lot about our fortitude to keep fighting with the same vigor whether we were up or down. We didn’t always have it rolling but our guys weren’t leaving that gym without a win,” said Einerson.

Conkrite finished with 17 points on 7-of-15 from the field. Knoebel was 4-for-10 with 12 points, all on made threes. Ben Badger had six points, six rebounds and five steals while Logan Sharp had six points and seven rebounds for the Rails.

Lincoln is back at it tonight, Friday January 25th, against Ottumwa in a rematch of a 63-60 Bulldog win back on December 18th. Come out tonight to support legendary Lincoln coach John Carle as Lincoln High School names the court at the Roundhouse in his name.

CIML Metro Standings:

North 7-0, 11-2 Overall

Hoover 5-2, 10-4 Overall

Lincoln 4-3, 8-6 Overall

Ottumwa 3-4, 4-10 Overall

East 1-5, 1-10 Overall

Roosevelt 0-6, 2-10 Overall




Rails Red-Hot in 71-44 Monday Night Win


The Lincoln Boys Basketball team came out firing on Monday night and rode two monster quarters to a 71-44 win over Atlantic at the Roundhouse.

Josiah Conkrite continued his hot streak, netting 28 points on an 11-for-16 performance from the field that featured four made threes in six attempts. After starting a bit slow this season, Conkrite is now up to 18.5 points per game on the season and up over 40 percent from the field.

Lincoln shot over 54 percent from the field and made 8-of-19 three point attempts. The Rails also finished with 14 assists.

While the offense was the show for the Railsplitters on Monday night, the defense has been getting it done as well. For the third straight game, Lincoln held its opponent below 50 points. Atlantic connected on just 32 percent from the field and the Rails out-rebounded the Trojans 35-22.

All twelve players saw action for Lincoln on Monday night and 10 of them scored. Logan Sharp and Nate Feller finished with eight points while Ben Badger and Ben Knoebel finished with seven and six respectively.

Lincoln’s Tuesday night matchup at Urbandale High School was snowed out and will now be played Thursday night at 7:45. The Rails return home to the Roundhouse on Friday to take on Ottumwa in a CIML Metro rematch.

CIML Metro Standings

North 7-0, 11-2 Overall

Hoover 5-2, 10-4 Overall

Lincoln 4-3, 7-6 Overall

Ottumwa 3-4, 4-10 Overall

East 1-5, 1-10 Overall

Roosevelt 0-6, 2-10 Overall


Lincoln Tops Hoover In Defensive Battle, 43-27

Game Highlights

The Lincoln Boys Basketball team had to wait an extra day to take on CIML Metro rival Hoover due to the Friday snowstorm, but the Rails defense was as sharp as it needed to be in a 43-27 win over the Huskies.

Hoover, running a 3-2 zone for the majority of the game, was able to slow the pace of the game from the start and the Rails held a slight 9-5 advantage after one period. Lincoln picked up the pace in quarter number two and tightened up the packline defense to take a 26-7 lead into halftime. In the second half, the Huskies outscored Lincoln 20-17.

Senior Josiah Conkrite led the way for Lincoln with 13 points and five rebounds. Junior Nate Feller found double figures as well, finishing with 11 points and three steals. Ben Badger and Ben Knoebel finished with 7 and 6 points respectively. Felix Gallagher led Lincoln on the boards with eight.

Lincoln held Hoover to 23.4 percent shooting and 2-of-13 from three. The Rails finished with eight assists and seven turnovers on the night. Lincoln gets right back to action in celebration of MLK Day on Monday night with a 7pm tip at the Roundhouse against Atlantic.

CIML Metro Standings:

North 7-0, 11-2 Overall

Hoover 5-2, 10-4 Overall

Lincoln 4-3, 6-6 Overall

Ottumwa 3-4, 4-9 Overall

East 1-5, 1-10 Overall

Roosevelt 0-6, 2-10 Overall






Lincoln Outlasts Marshalltown, 54-45 Tuesday Night

The Lincoln Boys Basketball team was coming off a loss at North where the Railsplitters gave up 26 points in the final seven minutes after tying the game in the fourth quarter. The Rails were not going to make that mistake again. In a see-saw battle at the Roundhouse Tuesday night, Lincoln put on the clamps in the fourth quarter, limiting the Bobcats to just four points in the final frame as the Rails escaped with a 54-45 win.

Marshalltown came into the game at 7-4 with some impressive victories on the Bobcats resume. An overtime win at Ankeny Centennial and a one point win against Dowling shows the kind of mettle the Rails had to deal with Tuesday night. From the tip, the action didn’t disappoint.

Lincoln and Marshalltown traded leads throughout the first quarter and Ben Badger’s buzzer beating heave left the Railsplitters down 18-16 heading into the second. The two teams stayed on the see-saw through the second and third periods and Lincoln went into the final frame with a 43-41 advantage.

Up three with three minutes left, the Bobcats forced a turnover and sprinted the length of the floor. Lincoln senior Josiah Conkrite chased down the ball and picked up a crucial steal, sprinted up the floor and finished a contested layup to give the Rails a 5-point lead. Lincoln never looked back as the defensive intensity continued through the final whistle.

In his return to the lineup after missing the North game with the flu, Josiah Conkrite scored 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting with three assists. Junior guard Ben Badger scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting with two assists. Senior sniper Ben Knoebel finished the game with 10 points and six rebounds.

The Railsplitters held Marshalltown to 34 percent from the field and 6-of-23 from three. Lincoln heads up to Hoover on Friday night for a CIML Metro rematch with Hoover. Game time is set for 7:45 pm.

CIML Metro Standings

North (6-0), 10-2

Hoover (5-1), 10-3

Ottumwa (3-3), 4-8

Lincoln (3-3), 5-6

East (1-5), 1-10

Roosevelt (0-6), 2-1047013639_715981885453618_5689813927454572544_n


Polar Bears Outgun Rails in a North side Shootout, 87-76


The Lincoln Boys Basketball team was in for a tough test against the high-ranked North Polar Bears Friday Night. To add to the challenge, the Railsplitters were without star guard Josiah Conkrite, who averages just shy of 19 points per game due to the flu.

Lincoln came out firing behind senior wing Ben Knoebel, who was red-hot all night. Knoebel hit two threes in the opening possessions in the game on his way to a 7-for-13 night from behind the arch and a team-high 26 points.

The Rails were hit by the turnover bug in the second quarter and North was able to turn those turnovers into points, grabbing a 13 point lead into the halftime break.

The Rails found their stride in the third and early fourth quarter, riding the broad shoulders of 6-8 senior Logan Sharp, who finished with 19 points on just nine attempts to go with eight rebounds.

With six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Lincoln tied the game at 60 before the Polar Bears made a decisive 10 point run to ice the game. The turnovers ended up being the story of the game as Lincoln had 24 compared to North’s 13.┬áLincoln finished with 18 assists, a new season high.

The Rails return home Tuesday night to take on Marshalltown.

CIML Metro Standings:

North (6-0), 9-2

Hoover (5-1), 9-3

Ottumwa (3-3), 4-8

Lincoln (3-3), 4-6

East (1-5), 1-9

Roosevelt (0-6), 2-8




Railsplitters Schooled by Unbeaten Warriors in Waukee


After two consecutive wins, the Lincoln Boys Basketball team strolled into a packed Waukee Fieldhouse with confidence on Tuesday night. Lincoln’s quest to take down the undefeated Warriors fell away in the third quarter when Waukee was able to stretch the 13-point WHS halftime lead out to 29 on the back of a 24-8 period.

Lincoln’s offense struggled mightily and the Railsplitters finished with just 41 points, which was 21 points below average for the Rails and the lowest scoring total on the year for the Southsiders.

On the flip side, Waukee was red-hot in all facets offensively. Waukee’s 25 made baskets came on 20 assists. The Warriors shot 57 percent from the field and 10-of-19 from three, which put their effective field goal percentage at an astounding 69 percent.

Waukee also owned the paint, besting the Rails 26-20 in paint points and out-rebounding them 34-26.

Lincoln did show its teeth in the first half, jumping out to an early lead midway through the first and closing the last two minutes of the half with a big run to cut the deficit from 18 to 11.

Another big test awaits the Rails as they travel to the north side to take on the 8-2 North Polar Bears on Friday night. Varsity tip-off is scheduled for 7:45pm.

CIML Metro Standings

North (5-0), 8-2 Overall

Hoover (4-1), 8-3 Overall

Lincoln (3-2), 4-5 Overall

Ottumwa (2-3), 3-8 Overall

East (1-4), 1-8 Overall

Roosevelt (0-5), 2-8 Overall



Rails Catch Fire in 86-47 Win over East

Game Highlights

The Des Moines Lincoln Boys Basketball team was red-hot Friday night in a 86-47 win over East at the Roundhouse. Senior guard Josiah Conkrite led Lincoln with 28 points on a very efficient 10-for-17 from the field, hitting 7-of-12 from three. Conkrite also added five assists. The most impressive of them was a 75-foot baseball pass that hit teammate Ben Knoebel in stride for a layup.

Knoebel finished with 15 points on a 4-for-10 performance from the field. Senior center Logan Sharp tallied a double-double for the Railsplitters in his return from an illness, recording 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Lincoln raced out to a 21-12 lead at the end of the first quarter and kept the foot on the gas all the way through the third, tallying 21 in the second and 29 in the third.

The Railsplitters connected on 31-of-55 from the field and 10-of-23 from three. Lincoln did struggle from the free throw line, converting on just 14-of-24.

The Rails take on 8-0 Waukee on Tuesday night at the Waukee Fieldhouse. Tip off is scheduled for 7:45pm.

CIML Metro Standings:

North (5-0), 8-2 Overall

Hoover (4-1), 7-3 Overall

Lincoln (3-2), 4-4 Overall

Ottumwa (2-3), 3-7 Overall

East (1-4), 1-8 Overall

Roosevelt (0-5), 2-7 Overall


Rails Snap Streak with 61-53 Win over Roosevelt


The Lincoln High School Boys Basketball team has had a tough two weeks since its 2-0 start, dropping four straight games. The last two games for the Rails came down to the final possession. On Friday night in a battle between two teams with their backs against the wall in the CIML Metro, the Railsplitters took three straight fourth quarter charges to build the deficit and clinch the win over Roosevelt 61-53 at the Roundhouse.

The Roughriders came in to the game Friday with a five-game losing streak but had star point guard Marcus Edwards back in the lineup after missing two games. Roosevelt also had talented junior wing Romanique Hellems ready to play his second game of the season.

On the other side of the coin was a Lincoln team who was without senior center Logan Sharp, who missed his second straight game with a sickness. The Rails were also without junior guard Nate Feller who injured his chin in a second quarter collision in Ottumwa Tuesday night.

With two starters out, the Rails played a seven-man rotaton that included Karon Allen and Kameron Young at the forward spots, moving Felix Gallagher to the starting center spot, backed up by Maiwut Jock. Lincoln guards Ben Badger, Josiah Conkrite and Ben Knoebel played all 32 minutes.

The Roughriders came out firing, taking a 16-14 lead at the end of the first quarter on some sharpshooting by Edwards and Peter Ngo. The Lincoln offense came alive in quarter number two through four threes by Josiah Conkrite, taking a 34-31 lead into locker rooms.

Lincoln stretched the lead out to 10 in the middle of the third quarter, simulating the exact situation the Rails were in on Tuesday night in Ottumwa. On Tuesday, the Rails relinquished the lead, giving the Bulldogs a chance to capitalize down the stretch. Again, on Friday night, Lincoln’s lead shrunk to one and the Roughriders sat down one with a few minutes to play in the fourth.

In three consecutive possessions, the Railsplitters took charges. One by Josiah Conkrite, one by Ben Badger and one by Kameron Young. Leading by one with two minutes left, Felix Gallagher stepped up and knocked down an open three to stretch the Lincoln lead to four. The Rails never looked back, winning 61-53.

Conkrite finished with 26 points on six threes. Badger finished with 18 points and four assists. Gallagher grabbed ten rebounds to go along with his eight points.

Lincoln shot 13-of-16 from the free throw line and connected on 40.8 percent from the field. The Rails made 8-of-23 from the three point line. Roosevelt shot 37 percent from the field and just 40 percent from the free throw line.

The Rails are off until Friday, December 28th when they begin preparation for Des Moines East on January 4th at the Roundhouse.


North (4-0), 7-2 Overall

Hoover (3-1), 6-3

Ottumwa (2-2), 3-6

Lincoln (2-2), 3-4

East (1-3), 1-7

Roosevelt (0-4), 2-6