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CIF SF Spring Sports Records

Badminton

V. Lincoln, Lowell, Washington 6-0

Baseball

V. DIV 1. Lowell 10-0 DIV 2 O’Conell 9-1

FS: Washington 8-1

Fencing

BV: Lowell 9-0 GV: Washington 9-0

Flag Football

GV: Balboa 9-1

Golf

BV: Lowell 3-0 Soccer GV: Lowell, Washington 22 pts Softball GV: DIV 1: Lowell 10-0

DIV 2: Wallenberg 6-4

Swimming

BV: Lowell 6-0|BJV: Lowell 6-0 GV: Lowell 6-0|GJV: Lowell 7-0 Tennis BV: Lowell 6-0

Track: See CIFSF.ORG Volleyball BV: Washington 5-0

Mustangs wrap up Winter sports with two champions

by Robert Chan

Boys Frosh/Soph Basketball League Record: 82

Although the team only placed third in the regular sea- son, they ended up becoming champions after a very close and exciting game. The Mission Bears battled the Mustangs during the championships, bringing the game into over- time. Within the last seconds of the game, Lincoln pulled ahead by only one point to win the championships. This was a great come back for Lincoln, as earlier in the season the Bears defeated the Mustangs 74 to 51. Lincoln had clinched their spot in the playoffs after defeating the Washington Eagles 36 to 34.

Girls J.VBasketball League Record: 9-0

Lincoln dominated the section, destroying almost every team in its path. Many teams battled hard against the Mus- tangs but proved no match. Lin- coln improved compared to last year’s record, going from 6 to 3 to being undefeated. Lincoln beat the defending champion Washington 45 to 21 during the regular season. On the path to the championship Lincoln elimi- nated the Balboa Buccaneers 40 to 20, moving on to face the 2014 runner up, Lowell. The Lowell Cardinals posed no threat to the Mustangs in the championship, losing to Lincoln 56 to 43.

Girls Varsity Basketball League Record: 6-3

The girls varsity basketball team fought hard in the championships, losing to Lowell only 56 to 39. 

Prior to Lincoln’s defeat, the Mustangs triumphed over weeks earlier. Although Lincoln lost the championships, the team prepares for an even bigger challenge: the NorCal tournament, where many schools from Northern California go to compete for a spot in the state tournament.

Boys Varsity Basketball League Record: 104

The Lincoln boys basket- ball team fell off the road to the championship after losing to Washington 65 to 50 in the play- offs.

Overall, Lincoln remained a strong team, ending up in third place in the San Francisco Sec- tion. A week before the playoffs, the Mustangs faced the section champion, Mission Bears. The Mustangs fought the Bears with intensity. However, the Bears outmaneuvered the Mustangs, defeating Lincoln 82 to 75. One of Lincoln’s most memorable game during the regular season was against Lowell, where the audience poured onto the court after Lincoln made a victorious winning layup with only three seconds left on the clock'

Varsity Wrestling League Record: 3-5

Individuals who have placed in the CIF SF Section Finals:

Senior Robert Chan 140 lbs Senior Kevin Wong 172 lbs Senior Jonathan Tinetti 197 lbs Senior Jimmy Zhou 225 lbs

The Mustang wrestlers took sixth place in the CIF sec- tion, with a three to five record. Lincoln has faced two very close calls, losing to San Francisco In- ternational Huskies 36-33 and Lowell Cardinals 40-36. Lincoln faced the difficulty of having a small team, giving up forfeits in many weight classes, and having a number of first year wrestlers. However, despite these losses, Lincoln made a standing in the CIF SF All City Champi- onships, leaving four Mustangs with medals.

Senior Robert Chan finished 31 in the city finals, pinning 2 of his 4 opponents. In the match for third, Chan pinned the captain from Balboa, win- ning a bronze medal. Senior Kevin Wong ended up third, winning his match for the med- al after facing a loss in the first round. Earlier that day, Zhou al- most pinned the 220 city cham- pion from O’Connell. However, the tides turned and Zhou loss. Zhou placed third after pinning his opponent on the match for third. Jonathan Tinetti achieved his medal after he pinned his opponent in the match for third place

Mustang Athlete awarded for outstanding performance

by Robert Chan

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Congratulations to Devyn Dao, who was awarded the 2014-2015 Herb Blanchard Award. Every year, the San Francisco Section presents the award to the male varsity basketball player who best exhibits unselfishness, perseverance, sportsmanship team spirit, and citizenship as voted by a committee of selected coaches. The committee only awards one per- son per season.

Dao is proud to be presented with the award. “[It is] a good way to analyze my finalchapter of basketball,” he says. He states that it is a reflection of the big picture of his overall basketball career and all he has worked on.

Dao describes all the qualities he believed led him to this award.

“I showed leadership on and off the court, and being un- selfish when I didn’t have playing time,” he says.

Dao emphasizes positive criticism telling others to keep working hard and cheer each other on. Dao started playing basketball after his West Portal Elementary school friend senior John Fernandez insisted he join a basketball team. Afterwards, he became very interested in the sport, playing on teams outside of his school such as the Asian League basketball team. After graduating elementary school, Dao continued his career to A.P Giannini Middle School.

“It was a new experience,” Dao said. “There are much different and better players.”

Dao honed his skills from advice given from older players on the team. In addition, he learned about sportsmanship, including the foundation of bas- ketball: teamwork and helping others.

High school basketball, however, posed a much larger challenge for Dao.

“It was tougher to get on the team because there are more people in the school,” Dao said.

He also described Lincoln’s team as very different from middle school, with many good players. He said that freshman year was one of the Junior Varsity’s best years, being undefeated in the regular season. However, the team had paperwork errors, making them ineligible to participate in the playoffs.

Dao was bumped up to the varsity team his sophomore year as a point guard and shoot guard. During his junior year, he and the team won the championships. Dao promoted teamwork and told the team to never give up throughout the year.

“Keep on working even if things get rough,” he said.

Dao had a setback during his senior year 2014. Dao was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer that left him out of school for several months.

“I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma,” said Dao. It is a form of cancer that starts in immune cells called Bcells. It is one of the fastest growing human tumor, which impairs the immune system and can be rap- idly fatal if left untreated

In his battle with stage III cancer, Dao found treatment to be long and boring. He describes feeling “worse” after going in for treatment.

“I didn’t feel like eating,” Dao said describing after chemotherapy. He however didn’t require any radiation.

Dao is now in remission, a decrease in or disappearance of signs and symptoms of cancer. Cancer may have pushed Dao back, but he went straight back into his basketball career, play- ing in the 2015 season.

To Dao, the award is something more than a object. It is an overall reflection of all the ups and downs he had, all the victories and losses he faced and the hardships that he conquered.

Ping Pong and Badminton club lives the simple and fun life

by Philip Wang

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Moving with calculated footwork, junior Philip Liang, a ping pong and badminton club member, smashes the birdie over the net, leaving his opponent defenseless. On Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch, club a visors Don HarrisandChadChiparoopenthe doors of the North Gym for anyone wants to play ping pong and badminton. According to Chiparo, the ping pong and badminton club is hugely popular with all students because no one has to keep score while playing. “The theme of this club is to have fun,” Chiparo says. “It’s not competitive and the

members can have many benefits such as socializing, raising selfesteem and getting exercise.”

To add onto the theme of fun and relaxation, Chiparo says Harris usually brings a music``boombox. “Working together to improve and stronger play- ers building and encouraging weaker players make this club fun and popular,” Chiparo adds. According to Chiparo, ping pong has its strategies and techniques to win such as using topspin, where the paddle strikes the ball with an upward motion to generate spin that keeps the ball on the table, spik- ing and handeye coordination. The club provides a fun environment for com- petitive badminton players.

“I play for both the team and this club,” Liang says. “I come here to relax and to hang out with my friends, who also play for the team” According to Liang, badminton requires a lot of footwork to hit the birdie with power and balance. He has been playing for both the club and team for three years and says many team members of the badminton team often come to the club. “I do not play as hard in this club as I play for the team be- cause I want to relax, but it still helps me train,” Liang says. As it goes with the motto of the club, people come here to relax and enjoy smack- ing little white balls and birdies over the net without any fear.