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DHS Soccer Fields Named for Floyd & Vicki Lincoln

VIDEO: Watch Dedication, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of Durand's New Lincoln Soccer Complex
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PLUS: Watch Vintage RTV Interview Clip with Floyd Lincoln and See Photos from the Ceremony and Alumni Game

Updated at 10:30pm 10/20/19 - Posted by Durand Now at 1:17pm 10/20/19

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22 years ago, Floyd Lincoln was coaching Durand High School's Varsity Boys Soccer program.  On Saturday morning, he was coaching Durand area AYSO 7 and 8 year old girls.  That pretty well encapsulates the story of Floyd and Vicki Lincoln's dedication to the sport and to Durand athletics.  

"Floyd was a coach of both boys and girls varsity soccer teams for 25 years and has achieved more than 200 wins.  Vicki was always taking part in running concessions, planning banquets and putting on fundraisers," Dave Hensel said on Saturday evening, as the Lincolns were honored for their unwavering commitment to soccer in Durand, with the unveiling of the high school soccer fields new name: Lincoln Soccer Complex.  Two new signs welcoming guests -- one marking the fields at the roadside and an arch that spectators walk under as they enter the fields -- each bare the new name.

Vicki addressed the crowd, saying "This has been a love of Floyd and mine for a lotta, lotta years, but we were able to do all of this because of all the help from all of you people, that kept us coming back."

Floyd got emotional as he recalled specific instances with players and teams; "You make an investment of your time.  You make an investment of your life.  And when you make investments in life, they have impact," he said.  "Make those investments in your life," he continued. "Reach out to other people.  Make an impact.  And make it positive."

Floyd got laughs when he told the crowd he was shocked to hear of the plans of the dedication.  "I wasn't anywhere near expecting something like this to take place!  ...at least while I'm alive!  They don't normally do that for people that are still able to put you in their will!"

He called the gesture touching and said it went above and beyond.  "This creates a moment for our lives.  This is something the both of us will cherish forever." 

Together, as always, Floyd and Vicki cut the ceremonial ribbon.

After walking under the arch, Lincoln looked up and read aloud words painted on the arch's backside; "Soccer...it's a beautiful game."  He then shared the emotion of sitting in the press box over a freshly mowed and painted pitch, the lights shining bright and kids on the field, and said "Let's go have us a beautiful game."

The first game to be played at the new Lincoln Soccer Complex: the 2019 Durand Soccer alumni game.

Former Durand soccer players spanning two decades showed up to honor Floyd and Vicki and to play or watch the game, including current Durand Girls Varsity Soccer Coach, Marc Smith, who graduated from Durand in 1996.  Like Floyd Lincoln, Smith is also involved with AYSO, having served as Region 814 Regional Commissioner and a coach.  He also serves as referee for some games.  

Smith played a little more than half the alumni game before letting some more recent Durand graduates finish up.  Among those on the alumni roster, Clayton Strobridge (2001), Eric Thornsburg (2002), Justin Demo (2005), Jacob Karhoff (2007), Rachael Karhoff (2010), Steven Rix (2011), Tyler Burlingame, Alex Cherney and Zack Graham (2012), Emily Wooten, Zane Perrin and Michael Perrin (2013), P.J. Folaron and Jordyann Ellis (2014), Cassie Podulka and Josh Emmerling (2016), Hannah Ford and Nikki Morrish (2017), Alexa Hensel, Zach Foust, Caleb Burlingame, Devin Harris, Ally Burr, Katie Domby and Tanner Rogers (2018) and Travis Burlingame (2019).  Jackson Tillman, class of 2020, was also set to join in.

Elaine Green, a Durand soccer alum under Lincoln's tutelage, who went on to play college ball for four years at Tennessee's Tusculum University (then-College) and then three years semi-pro in Maryland before joining the Air Force and playing with the All Armed Forces team in 2012, including a tournament in Warendorf Germany against other countries' military teams, made the drive from Ohio, just days after arriving back in the United States following three years living in Germany and a year prior to that in Korea, to be witness to the special event. 

Lincoln introduced Green to Hadley Taylor, an accomplished player on Lincoln's young AYSO team. He told Green that Taylor is "you at 8 years old," and encouraged Taylor to continue, suggesting she's on the same path to success that Green took.

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Graff Chevy Durand is a longtime local sponsor of AYSO Region 814, that serves the Durand area. Graff is also one of the Durand Now partners that allows us to bring you this content.
 
Keep scrolling to read more, to watch the full video of the ceremony, to see photos from the Alumni soccer game and to watch, from the "Rchives," a vintage video clip from Durand High School's "RTV" television news program in which then-Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Floyd Lincoln, interviewed by Chris Banãles, announces the first-ever trophy for Durand soccer. The full interview was broadcast October 24th 1997.

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Watch the Ceremony

Couldn't make the dedication ceremony on Saturday night?  See the whole thing here.

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2019 Alumni Game

More than 20 former Durand soccer players came to play again; for the first time, at the Lincoln Soccer Complex.

Teams were assembled using a poker chip selection process, we're told.  Each team featured alumni and/or present seniors.  The final score of the game was 6-2.  Players that remained at the end of the game gathered for a group photo with Coach Lincoln.  More reminiscing continued at an Eagles Club after party.

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From the Rchives - RTV

On November 23rd 1994, the first broadcast of the student-produced news program at Durand High School, "RTV" (aka "Railroader Television") took place.

2019 marks the 25th Anniversary of the TV news club, first organized by William Green and Josh Strickland (who would later become Publisher of Durand Now), that grew from a handful of students meeting after school and using old equipment found in the school's storerooms, to a well-financed, well-established program of more than 50 volunteers, to eventually, a full-blown high school course for credit.

This clip, found among nearly two hours of footage, in preparation of a 25th Anniversary celebration planned for next month, is from a fall 1997 season recap by Boys Varsity Soccer Coach, Floyd Lincoln, who notes that the season brought Durand its first-ever trophy in soccer.  The full interview was broadcast October 24th 1997.  It was conducted by Chris Banãles and produced by Josh Strickland.

Work to digitize old footage, including the full Floyd Lincoln interview, for a 25th Anniversary celebration of RTV, has begun.

Congrats

Coach Floyd and Vicki Lincoln

and Welcome Home, alumni.

The original version of this story incorrectly stated that Marc Smith played for Coach Lincoln.  Smith played for Coach Steele.  Story has been updated.

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