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Lincoln wrestler takes down the competition

by Hans Oberschelp

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            You are face to face with a grimacing opponent, slowly circling for position, and BAM. Where did your legs go? You get rolled over to your side, the referee blows his whistle, and as you stand up you get a glimpse of your rival: Justin Wong.

            Senior Justin Wong began wrestling four years ago at Balboa High School. He transferred to Lincoln this school year. Wong explained, “I just wanted to try a new sport. I had no idea what it had in store for me.”

            Wong likes to wrestle from a distance, and then jump in and throw down his opponents. One of Wong's favorite takedowns is called “double legs.” He likes to keep at a distance, and then shoot in, grab both his opponent's legs and pull them down.

            Teammate Tian Huang describes Wong as formidable in wrestling. Huang expressed, “He's really aggressive, always pushing everyone, always yelling. During training and conditioning he gets pretty serious.”

            Huang elaborated, “In practice he treats me like an enemy.”

            Huang also emphasizes that tough Wong is intense in his wrestling, he's a kind guy outside of the sport. Huang noted,  “He's a funny guy that everyone gets along with.”

            Wrestling coach George Ethan praises Wong's wrestling, saying, “I've got a lot of confidence in Justin to do well in dual meets and tournaments.  As long as he keeps working as hard as he has been, he'll be really successful.

            Wong isn't just an asset to the team in his own matches. Ethan commented about a previous meet, “Before and after his match Justin was really engaged in the matches that were happening. He's not just concerned with his own matches: also with his teammates.”

            Even outside of meets, Wong helps the team. Ethan mentioned that Wong arrives first to practice and cleans up the wrestling room. And in practice, he pushes the team to work as hard as they can.

            Wong enjoys wrestling and plans to continue the sport in college. He said, “I like the intensity and being part of the team aspect. You aren't working for yourself. You're working for the team as well.”

 

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Winter sports are coming to town!

by Serina Fang

 

Cheerleading
Coach: Adela Lee, Bertha Lee and Susan Kenney
Captains: Jessica Bautista and Albina Protich
    
    The cheerleading team competed in the AAA league competition, placing second in stunt, first in cheer and first in dance. Co-Captain Albina Protich says the the team has been practicing really hard and has added additional practice days to get ready for competition. “We  competed in a JAMZ  competition and placed second in stunt and first in cheer.”

 

Wrestling
Coach: Ethan George

Wrestling has not selected official captains yet, but currently four seniors lead the team: Justin Wong (152 lbs), Jonathan Limon (182 lbs), Skylar Huang (145 lbs), and Justin Chiong (160 lbs). This year the number of Lincoln wrestlers has doubled, and the team is looking forward to being more competitive among section teams. “We will be strong in the middle and upper weight classes, but unfortunately we have not had success in recruiting many lightweight wrestlers,” says Coach Ethan George. Wrestling officially starts after winter break.

 

Boys Basketball
Coach: Matt Jackson
Captains: Seth Snoddy, Davion Telfor

Regular season hasn’t started for the boys basketball team, but currently they are playing a preseason schedule against schools like DeLa Salle and St. Ignatius. The team believes the preseason games will prepare them for the league play starting in January “This year we have a very balanced attack with four players averaging nearly double figures,” says Coach Matt Jackson. “Our hope is to make it back to the AAA Championship and win this year.”

 

Girls Basketball
Coach: Jason Lee
Captains: Ezra DeAsis, Cheray Piper, Alyssa Wu
Current stats: Two wins, one home and one neutral

This year the girls basketball team is relatively new with four freshmen players and two sophomore players. Coach Jason Lee promises that Lincoln will be among the top four schools in the league if they work hard to improve and shoot for the best. “If we continue to improve and continue to play our A game, we may be able to surprise and battle for the championship.”

 

Mustangs are Dishin’ and Swishin’

by Alan Lew

 

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    After a heart-breaking end to last season, the Mustangs are ready to dominate.  Last season, the boys varsity basketball team at Lincoln High School finished 9-1 in the regular season but lost the championship game in triple overtime to Mission.  


Following an offseason full of blood, sweat, and tears the Mustangs returned to the court.  Lincoln opened it’s preseason with a loss to the St. Ignatius Wildcats on December 3.  They had flashes of greatness but still fell 55-44.


The Mustangs held the Wildcats scoreless for the first four minutes of the game, but the Wildcats took over shortly after.  The second quarter featured more turnovers than points (4) for Lincoln.  The Wildcats scored 11 in the quarter to take a 21-15 lead heading into halftime.  


Midway through the second quarter Lincoln’s Seth Snoddy swatted a shot from St. Ignatius’ Troy Rike.  On the following possession Rike continued the party with an emphatic rejection of his own on Snoddy to get both sides of the crowd cheering.


Coming out of halftime the Mustangs got physical as they were called for 7 fouls in the third contributing to the Wildcat’s 17 points.  With the game out of reach, both teams emptied their benches in the fourth.  Lincoln showed how good they could be by putting together a 14-5 run over the final four minutes and 30 seconds.


The Mustangs were inconsistent throughout the game but still managed to keep the crowd in it.  A few threes late in the fourth period had Lincoln fans roaring.  


Lincoln still managed to show off some of the defense that brought them to the championship game last year.  For stretches they were closing out on shooters, communicating with each other, and rotating well.  St. Ignatius’ superstar guard Trevor Dunbar was held to 10 points in the game.  In the upcoming season fans can expect a solid defensive effort every night from every player.


The offense on the other hand was sloppy.  The Mustangs turned the ball over 17 times giving the Wildcats plenty of fast break points.  Lincoln passed well but at times made too many passes forcing a bad shot as the shot clock expired.  As this was the first preseason game it was expected they would be rusty.


Even with the score not in their favor, the faithful Lincoln fans stayed until the final buzzer sounded.  The crowd got a good laugh when senior Tyree Marzetta played vocal defense on his man in the second quarter.


Lincoln senior Calvin Huang expressed his satisfaction after the game, “The whole game was really exciting, and I can’t wait for the season to start!”


The regular season begins January 8 against Galileo.