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50th Anniversary of Ships State Basketball Championship

Do you remember the 1967-68 Lincoln Ships Boys Basketball run to State?

The Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter published a fantastic package of stories today commemorating this month's 50th anniversary of the Ships' historic 26-0 season and State Championship. 

HTR sports reporter @Tom_Dombeck interviewed all 12 players, Coach Ed Fleener, two sports editors who covered that epic season and more. That Ships team had just one returning starter!

Manty Lincoln's March 16, 1968 win at the UW Fieldhouse over favorite Beloit (Coach Fleener's alma mater) stoked pride among not just the team and school but the entire community. Some 5,000 strong packed a welcome-home rally in front of the old Mikadow Theater. Even competitors from neighboring communities like Valders waved signs congratulating the Ships; the nuns of the Franciscan Sisters of Holy Family College "were jumping up and down like cheerleaders," Dombeck wrote. 

Read the main story here; a sidebar about the previous summer's important camp in Beaver Dam at Wayland Academy and a where are they now catchup story with the team players and coach, plus video and archived game photos. OR better yet, just go buy today's paper for a keepsake!


Lincoln Grad Novak Named Chamber Champion

Congratulations to 2005 Lincoln alumnus and Manitowoc Ald. Jeremiah Novak for winning the local chamber's "Champion Award" for his efforts to improve downtown Manitowoc.

Novak received the award Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Chamber of Manitowoc County's 101st annual award dinner at the Holiday Inn.

Novak helped with establishing the "Grow it Forward Site" for the community built garden; planting flower pots and distributing them from downtown Manitowoc to the SS Badger dock; and sitting on the steering committee for the Lakeshore Balloon Glow. He also paved the way for an outdoor ice rink in Burger Park and created the Ice on Eighth event.

Read much more about Novak's civic and governmental service in Tuesday's HTR article.


Courtesy of Herald Times Reporter: Novak receives award

MPSD Athletes in Citrus Bowl Halftime Show

Citrus Bowl halftime performanceCongratulations to Kelsey Czaplewski (LHS senior), Rayen Hang (Washington Jr. High freshman) and Courtney Gomm (2017 LHS graduate) for their selection and performance at the January 1, 2018 Citrus Bowl "All-American Halftime Show."

The students tried out last summer and were selected among the High School Cheer, Dance, Color Guard and Baton athletes from 43 other states.

The trio worked very hard on their own time learning choreography for the show and rehearsed at Orlando for 10 hours with the entire cast. We are very PROUD of these athletes, their accomplishments and hard work! #ShipsPride


Kelsey Czaplewski, Rayen Hang, Courtney Gomm

Alum Presents Violin Recital at Silver Lake

2013 Lincoln High alumnus and Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra violinist Jeffrey Erdman will present his senior violin recital Friday, Jan. 5 at Silver Lake College.

The 7 p.m. recital, which is free and open to the public, will feature pieces by composers Antonio Vivaldi, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Jean-Baptiste Accolay and Fritz Kreisler. Erdman has been playing violin for 13 years. He is studying choral, general and instrumental music education at Silver Lake. Read more about Erdman in the Herald Times Reporter.