After a long battle with school-board over the summer, a meeting was held to determine how to punish the actions of Eldon's coach Jimmy Lincoln. In August, a decision was reached, with Coach Lincoln retaining his job and serving a suspension as punishment.
Last week, that suspension was removed, and Lincoln now will coach for two more years.
After all of this, Lincoln finally found himself on the court once again on Monday night, as the Eldon Mustangs played their first game of the season, where he and his team received a warm welcome from the Eldon faithful, with a large crowd in attendance.
Lincoln and his team put all of that behind them, focusing on the task at hand: defeating the Linn Wildcats in their home opener. After a tough defensive struggle, the Mustangs came out on top, beating the Wildcats in a 41-30 match.
Though the Mustangs pulled out a win, the game was a very close affair, especially in the first half.
Eldon found their way on to the scoreboard first, with a nice three-point shot from senior Blake Randall. The Mustangs would end the first quarter with a 10-5 lead after Beau Roseblock put two points on the board, with both teams' defenses preventing the other from racking up the score.
In the second quarter, the Mustangs quickly added on to their lead, scoring four points in just under a minute of play, taking a nine point lead over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats would then go on to score seven unanswered points, before Eldon would score again, making it a 17-12 affair.
With the Mustangs already racking up the fouls, Linn used a couple of free throw shots and fast breaks to come within one, before junior Zach Neuner of Linn would drive down in the final seconds and be fouled, making one free throw to tie the game before the half.
The Wildcats came out with a vengeance, drawing first blood in the second half as senior point guard Tyler Rush would give Linn their first lead of the game with a nice jumper from the free throw line.
The Mustangs, however, would own the second half, with sophomore Chris Hulsey putting up a three to retake the lead, adding two more three-pointers in the third quarter, along with a short jumper, while senior Zach Schreve would put up seven points and junior Sam Lincoln would add another five to the total, as the third quarter ended with a 31-24 score.
Though the Wildcats would put up a nice effort, they would fail to overcome that deficit in the fourth quarter, and Eldon finished the game with their first win of the season, defeating Linn 41-30.
On the varsity girls side, the Lady Mustangs came out with a lead early on, and managed to hang on to it throughout the remainder of the game, as they defeated the Lady Wildcats in a 57-43 win, their first of the season.