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"Seniors take the lead in the Powderpuff football game"

 

by Penny Cosey

 

        The Powderpuff football is here to stay. Powder-puff is touch football played by girls!

The term originates from the powderpuff used in cosmetics for powdering. Typical female behavior at the time and in the place the term originated included repeatedly taking out a powder-puff and a small mirror to powder themselves in public. 

Powderpuff football games are an annual tradition at many high schools and universities in the United States and Canada. The game usually puts girls from the junior class against girls in the senior class or cross-town school rivals in a flag football or touch football contest. Boys from the classes, usually athletes, are the cheerleaders. 

Powder-puff returned with the planning from our director of spirit Vincent Corea. “PowderPuff Football” is what the sign said in the main hallway next to the cage. The list has spots for up to 10 people but, by the end of the day there were 34 girls signed up. 

     The Powder-puff football players were required to be a junior or senior girl. The game took place on April 20, 2012 on the football field.

  Powderpuff football  has been here at Abraham Lincoln on and off. 

“This year was a good game”, said Nicole Hatfeild, 11th grader. 

There were so many  excited and inpatient students wondering how the game was going to end. “I wanted the juniors to win and I was very confident that they were going to win”, said Kamia Langley, 11th grader.

The game took place on April 20th after spring festival. The score was 48 to 12 with the seniors taking the blowout win.There were a lot of smiles on 2012 graduating class. 

Mustang Athlete Spotlight

by William Tien

Managing to maintain stellar grades while being on a sports team is an easy task for junior Rory Grant. Grant, the half Irish and half Japanese soccer menace is a starting midfielder on the boys soccer team, and has been playing soccer since first grade. Grant has been on Lincoln’s soccer team on his freshman year, and his junior year, Grant managed to land a spot on varsity and has been on it ever since.

 

This yeah the boys soccer team had a very exciting season. Lincoln made it all the way to the playoffs, finishing with a 19-5-1 record. Grant played a big part of this  by playing a strong defense accompanied by an aggressive offense.

 

On the field, Grant’s position is usually a midfielder, which is the player who has the job of playing both defense and offense. They must have an incredible amount of endurance and stamina to always be on guard and focused. Grant can also play the position of  forward, a main offensive player. Grant practices soccer almost every day, even with objects that aren’t even soccer balls. Often at lunch one can find Grant kicking an orange or two with great dexterity.

 

Grant started playing soccer in first grade, following in his big brother’s footsteps. They played recreationally and on a team together and have been playing soccer ever since. Connor Grant, who graduated from Lincoln in ‘10 was also on the boys soccer team.

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Grant has maintained a steady GPA of at least 3.5 since the start of his junior year to now. Grant also is in several advanced placement classes this year. Soccer season was during the first semester, but Grant felt that the stress was never there.

 

“When I was on the soccer team, I didn’t think much about the balancing part of school and sports,” Grant stated. “It was just an activity I did after school and so it would be the same thing if I were to just hang out after school.”

 

Grant loves the sport of soccer and hopes to play in the future whether or not it is at a professional level or not. Any hint of soccer being in his future will be satisfactory enough.

Spring Sports Blurbs

 

by William Tien

 

Boys Volleyball

 

The season started mid-march for boys volleyball and things have gone quite well since then. Boys volleyball have entered playoffs and hopefully they can bring home the championship! This year’s head coach is Vincent Tang, assisted by Curtis Lee.

 

Fencing

 

Fencing season began early March, and ended in late April. Head coach Al Carter, assisted by Jonathan Chimento, have helped teach the new fencers and are nearing a well played season. Junior Jacky Huang and sophomore Christine Ong were captains of the fencing team this year.

 

Dragon-Boat

 

Dragon-boat season just ended late april at the final race event held at Park Merced. Lincoln placed 1st place on several boats. Doug Wong coaches and leads the dragon-boat team to yet another victory! 

 

Boys Tennis

 

Tennis season began March 10th as Lincoln played Galileo for their first game on home turf. David Dinh, a junior and president of Lincoln’s tennis team made it all the way to All-City finals and placed second place overall in the end. 

 

Badminton

 

Badminton season started early March and will end in mid May. This year’s head coach is Norman Lam and the season has been going well so far. With potential playoffs in the midst, badminton is one of Lincoln’s rising sports! Support them by going to one of their games!

 

 

Track & Field

 

Track & Field, the sport that allows athletes to try a variety of events had practice year-long all in preparation for the season going on now. Support Lincoln Mustangs at their meets!

"En Garde Fencers on Guard"

 

by Douglas Wong

 

           To many people’s surprise, the fencing team has been at our school since the 90s.  Fencing is not yet a popular sport at Abraham Lincoln High School or globally around the world. The team is looking for new members to join the club and once again win All-City, something Lincoln has not done since 1998.

      Practices for the team are on Tuesdays and Thursdays ranging from two to three hours inside the dance room. They are coached by Al Carter of Xcel Fencing. They currently have one win and are still practicing and improving quickly. The team is looking to increase their numbers from 16 fencers.

           Students can join fencing with just a small interest much like how Sophomore Christine Ong saw the fencing option when looking at an application. “I thought it would be super cool to try it. When did I ever have the opportunity to poke someone with a sword? Never!” said Ong.

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Injuries are not at all serious, unless a person has a fear of bruising from the poke of the foil. All fencers wear full body protection from the foil, or the sword, they fight with. A fencer cannot be stabbed by the foil because of the fact that it is flat at the end of it. However, “It depends how hard the opponent hits them with the foil,” said Ong. Fencers also compete against the opposite gender, not usually seen in sports.

           A bout or a one on one match up is scored up to five by hitting the person’s target area for one point. The target area is the chest region, anywhere else does not matter.  A fencer must also stay in the rectangular region called the strip. Rounds last three minutes each but are increased by referees.

Fencing has all the potential to be popular at Abraham Lincoln and globally. The fencing team has already faced several other schools in San Francisco, such as Stuart Hall, land gaining popularity. It only requires students to join and to spread the word about it.