Lancers Open Up Play At Waverly


Even in a bizarre year like 2021, the Lincolnwood boys basketball team’s return to play after two weeks of COVID-19 quarantine was strange. On Sunday, March 7, the Lancers began play at the Waverly Holiday Tournament against... Lincolnwood.

With Pawnee and South County (the host team for the tournament) under their own two-week forced vacations due to COVID-19, junior varsity squads from New Berlin and Lincolnwood were added to the 16-team bracket at Waverly, with the Lancers taking on the Lancers in their opening game. 

Sunday was the first day the boys from Montgomery County’s panhandle (and Morrisonville) were able to hit the hardwood, so they opted to square off in Raymond so the second round of the tournament (scheduled for March 8), wouldn’t be delayed.

As for the game itself, not surprisingly, the Lancers won. The varsity to be specific, by a 64-18 final score. Will Jenkins scored 23 points in the game, including 12 in the first quarter as the varsity led 24-9 after eight minutes. Braden Whalen also had eight in the first for the varsity, while Brady Schmedeke led the JV with seven of their nine.

Jenkins added seven more to make it a 45-11 lead at halftime, with Zake Guzman also contributing six off a pair of threes. Cole Sidwell hit two triples in the third quarter for the varsity, who led 61-13 going into the fourth.

With a running clock, the JV outscored the varsity 5-3 in the fourth, going 5-for-10 from the free-throw line, while Sidwell hit the varsity’s seventh three for their points.

In addition to Jenkins’ 23, Braden Whalen finished with ten, Sidwell added nine and Devin Brown, Jhadyn Walker and Guzman had six each. Braxton Schmedeke rounded out the scoring with four for the varsity Lancers.

Brady Schmedeke and Vince Edwards led the JV with seven points each, with Levi Davis and Gabe Armentrout finishing out the scoring with two apiece.

Round Two

With the win, the Lincolnwood varsity boys earned a shot at North Mac in round two, a team that had beaten them in overtime in their last game before the quarantine. After a two week break, the Lancers were still finding their legs going into Monday’s game and fell to the Panthers 58-24.

Only two North Mac players scored in the first quarter, but they scored a lot as the senior duo of Tanner Wilson and Matt Hendricks put in 13 and five points respectively to give the Panthers an 18-9 lead.

The nine point first quarter would be the most prolific of the game for the Lancers, who had quarters of six, six and three points the rest of the game.

Braden Whalen and Will Jenkins paced Lincolnwood with six points each, while Braxton Schmedeke and Devin Brown added five apiece. Free throws by Zake Guzman and Cole Sidwell accounted for the other two points.

Tanner Wilson finished with 22 to lead North Mac, while Matt Hendricks addEd ten.

The JV Lancers drew Calvary, who lost to North Mac 70-43 in the first round, and had similar results to the big club. The Saints would outscore the junior varsity 55-28 in the game to move on in the consolation bracket.

Calvary led 15-6 after one and 31-8 at halftime. A 24-point third quarter by the Saints started the running clock as Lincolnwood JV trailed 55-17 going into the fourth. Calvary would stay at 55 for the remaining eight minutes, while Lincolnwood scored 11 to finish up the game.

Gabe Armentrout led the JV with 11 points, followed by Brady Schmedeke with five and Lance Weitekamp and Izayah Matli with four each. Levi Davis and Kaden Weakley also scored for Lincolnwood, adding two apiece.

The losses meant that the Lincolnwood JV team would play North Greene on Wednesday, March 10 at Franklin High School, while the Lincolnwood Varsity played New Berlin the same day on the Pretzels’ home court. The tournament wraps up on Saturday, March 13, with games streamed on the NFHS network.

March 7 at Raymond

70th Waverly Holiday Tournament

Lincolnwood V 24 21 16 3 64

Lincolnwood JV 9 2 2 5 18

Lincolnwood Varsity (64) - Will Jenkins 23, Braden Whalen 10, Cole Sidwell 9, Jhadyn Walker 6, Zake Guzman 6, Devin Brown 6, Braxton Schmedeke 4. Totals: 26 5-7 64.

Lincolnwood JV (18) - Brady Schmedeke 7, Vince Edwards 7, Levi Davis 2, Gabe Armentrout 2. Totals: 4 9-19 18. 

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood Varsity 7 (Sidwell 3, Jenkins 2, Guzman 2); Lincolnwood JV 1 (Brady Schmedeke 1).

March 8 at Franklin

70th Waverly Holiday Tournament

Lincolnwood 9 6 6 3 24

North Mac 18 15 19 6 58

Lincolnwood (24) - Will Jenkins 6, Braden Whalen 6, Braxton Schemedeke 5, Devin Brown 5, Zake Guzman 1, Cole Sidwell 1. Totals: 9 4-9 24.

North Mac (58) - Tanner Wilson 22, Matt Hendricks 10, Gabe Givens 8, Austin Dohleman 6, Kannon Kirk 5, Carson Raynor 3, Ryley Marko 3, Reed Lewis 1. Totals: 20 9-12 58.

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 2 (Schmedeke 1, Brown 1); North Mac 9 (Wilson 4, Givens 2, Hendricks 1, Kirk 1, Raynor 1).

Record: Lincolnwood (3-5).

March 8 at Franklin

70th Waverly Holiday Tournament

Lincolnwood JV 6 2 17 11 28

Calvary 15 16 24 0 55

Lincolnwood JV (28) - Gabe Armentrout 11, Brady Schmedeke 5, Lance Weitekamp 4, Izayah Matli 4, Levi Davis 2, Kaden Weakley 2. Totals: 12 3-4 28.

Calvary (55) - Brennan Crowder 11, Trae Caldwell 10, Ben Crowder 9, Connor Brown 6, Justin Marshall 6, Nick Holcomb 5, James Toller 4, Jeremiah Sortor 4. Totals: 24 6-14 55.

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood JV 1 (Schmedeke 1); Calvary 1 (Caldwell 1).

Lancers Hold Off Lutheran To Score Fourth Win

With snow and a two-week quarantine hindering their ability to hit the court, it had been a while since the Lincolnwood boys basketball team had put a number in the win column against someone other than themselves (Lincolnwood did get a victory March 7, against their own JV team in the Waverly Holiday Tournament). 

That came to an end on Tuesday, March 9, as the Lancers hung on to defeat Springfield Lutheran 39-37 on the Crusaders’ home court.

The Lancers would be outscored in each of the last two quarters, but not by much and less than they outscored the Crusaders in the first two frames.

Coach Matt Millburg’s squad held the home team to just 11 first half points and only two field goals, both of which came in the first quarter.

Lincolnwood clicked offensively in the first from behind the three-point arc, with Will Jenkins hitting a pair of treys and Cole Sidwell knocking down a third for a 12-8 Lancer lead after one.

Braden Whalen would add a fourth three in the second quarter and Sidwell scored four points as the Lincolnwood advantage grew to 19-11 at the break.

They would need every one of those points too, as Lutheran turned the tables and outscored Lincolnwood 14-11 in the third, with Nikko Boston and Pat Vespa combining for three three-pointers for the Crusaders.

The Lancers would be forced to hold on in the fourth quarter as the Crusaders continued to claw their way back into the game.

Down three, Lutheran would miss a potential game tying shot, but got the rebound and put in a two, cutting the Lincolnwood lead to 38-37.

Will Jenkins would be fouled on the inbounds with less than five seconds to play and made the first free throw to up the lead to one.

Lutheran would try to get a last gasp game-winner to fall from half court, but the shot missed its mark to give Lincolnwood their first win since Feb. 13.

Jenkins would lead all scorers with 14 points, six coming in the first quarter and six coming in the last quarter.

Braden Whalen would add in 12 points for the Lancers, seven coming in the second half, while Cole Sidwell contributed nine. Jhadyn Walker (two), Devin Brown (one) and Braxton Schmedeke (one) rounded out the scoring for the Lancers, who improved to 4-5 on the season.

March 9 at Springfield

Lincolnwood 12 7 11 9 39

Lutheran 8 3 14 12 37

Lincolnwood (39) - Will Jenkins 14, Braden Whalen 12, Cole Sidwell 9, Jhadyn Walker 2, Braxton Schmedeke 1, Devin Brown 1. Totals: 14 6-12 39.

Springfield Lutheran (37) - Nikko Boston 10, Isaac Groth 8, Wes Mullen 5, Pat Vespa 4, Ryan Reavis 4, Geno Daniels 3. Totals: 11 12-22 37.

Three-point field goals: Lincolnwood 5 (Jenkins 3, Whalen 1, Sidwell 1); Springfield Lutheran 3 (Boston 2, Vespa 1).

Record: Lincolnwood (4-5, 1-2).


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