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Lucas Drengwitz

Lucas Drengwitz, Staff Writer

Lucas Drengwitz is a senior and is on both the football and baseball teams. He is a first-year staff writer for the Inkspot.

My hidden talent is that I am actually pretty good at golf.

Someday I'd really like to meet Justin Fields.

On the weekends I like to hang out with friends and watch sports.

My favorite film is “Shawshank Redemption.”




All content by Lucas Drengwitz
Image Courtesy: New York Giants Twitter // @Giants

From Normal to New York: Marcellus Johnson’s journey to the Giants

Former Ironmen secures NFL contract with New York Giants, signs as free agent
Lucas Drengwitz, Staff Writer May 21, 2024

Community graduate Marcellus Johnson signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent on April 28, securing a three-year, $2,850,000 contract, which includes $170,000 in guaranteed money. The 2018 graduate was a two-year starter on the offensive line for the Ironmen before spending five...

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Fishing, Niekamp says, is about 25% luck, 75% skill. That skill Niekamp has worked to hone fishing a lake near his grandpas home in Wisconsin each summer. 
Photo Courtesy: Dexter Niekamp

Niekamp’s big catch

The three-sport varsity athlete's fourth season
Lucas Drengwitz, Staff Writer May 9, 2024

Dexter Niekamp squints against the glare of the lights, a towering figure with a focused gaze. The senior’s eyes are filled with determination and anticipation as he waits to strike.  There is the snap, the jerk of the line... His movements—fluid and precise.  This is another chance...

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Emma Reichert is third on the team in scoring with four goals; she leads the team in assists with five assists.

Girls soccer claim Intercity Title, look to improve on 6-1 record

Lucas Drengwitz and Terrion Darnell Apr 9, 2024

The girls soccer team looks to improve on their 6-1 record tonight when they host the 4-5 Urbana Tigers at 4:30 p.m. The Iron enter the match after April 1’s Intercity Title-clinching victory over the Bloomington Raiders. Community outscored Intercity opponents 22-1 on the way to a 4-0 record, shutting...

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The quarterback is entering his fourth season as the Chicago Bears quarterback after being drafted out of Ohio State. It is too soon to give up on Fields under center. 
Image Courtesy: Chicago Bears

Sticking with Fields: The best move for the Bears’ future success

Lucas Drengwitz, Staff Writer Mar 7, 2024

The Chicago Bears are confronted with a pivotal, potential franchise-altering decision this offseason: Stick with Justin Fields at quarterback or draft the franchise’s future QB with the first overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. Following a dismal 2022 season, finishing with the worst record in...

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The Up-Beat – Ep. 2 – Lumber, leprechauns and the lottery

The Up-Beat – Ep. 2 – Lumber, leprechauns and the lottery

Welcome to "The Up-Beat," where each week a group of Inkspot reporters take a break from breaking news to share what's been making them smile this week. Abigail Ziemer, Brayden Blackwell, Anysia Russell and Lucas Drengwitz share what is making them happy this week.  

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Inside the Paint: Talking Ironmen basketball heading into the 4th quarter of the regular season [podcast]

[Inside the Paint podcast Ep. 2]

Inside the Paint is a roundtable discussion where the Inkspot’s basketball beat reporters dive deep into the Ironmen boys and girls basketball seasons. Zachary Knox-Doyle, B.J. Dumas, Lucas Drengwitz, Bella Green and Ben Kerber offer a courtside pass to all things Ironmen basketball, breaking down...

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The Ironmen won a third consecutive Regional title last season with a 61-45 win over the Yorkville Foxes. 
The team returns eight players from that roster in Braylon Roman, Jaheem Webber, Dexter Niekamp, Kobe Walker, Terrion Darnell, Mac Brennan, Marcus Russell and Owen Osborn.

Photo Courtesy of: Mr. Nic Kearfott

Towering talent, high expectations

2023-24 Ironmen boys basketball roster ‘most talented team’ in nearly 3 decades [season preview]

The 2023-24 Ironmen boys basketball roster is the most talented team head coach Mr. Dave Witzig says he has coached in 29 seasons. And the Hall of Fame coach has seen some talent on his way to a 488-232 record in his 25 years helming the Iron. In the 2010-11 season, Witzig led an Ironmen squad that...

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The Ironmens season came to an end with less than 10 seconds on the clock in a hard-fought 1-0 playoff loss. 
Photo Courtesy of: Brad Bovenkerk

Last-second shot propels Moline Maroons to 1-0 victory over Ironmen in Soccer Sectional semis

Lucas Drengwitz and Ben Kerber Oct 27, 2023

For nearly 100 minutes, the Ironmen and Moline Maroons were knotted at 0-0 in the 3A Soccer Sectional Semifinal’s match. Scoreless for 80 minutes of regulation, for the first 10-minute overtime period, tied as 9:53 ticked off the clock of the second overtime. But those final seven seconds were...

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In honor of Croctober the Inkspot investigates the Croc fashion phenomenon. 
Promotional Image // Crocs Inc.

Sole searching: Exploring the Crocs craze

The Inkspot investigates the footwear frenzy
Inkspot Staff Oct 27, 2023

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Fall sports season updates

Fall sports season updates

Golf, soccer, volleyball, cross country... Check out the Inkspot's fall sports updates, the first coverage from some of the Inkspot's Journalism I students.
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Boys soccer takes second in 2023 Intercity tournament after narrow loss to U-High

Boys soccer takes second in 2023 Intercity tournament after narrow loss to U-High

The boys soccer team finished second in the 2023 Intercity tournament, their lone loss coming in the tournament’s opening round to eventual Intercity champions U-High. Community fell 1-0 to the Pioneers in Aug. 30’s match at U-High. Despite the Ironmen recording a 10-9 advantage in shots on...

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