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Dragonboat transforms Nick Hu from scrawny freshman to bodacious senior

by Nathan Seidman

 

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Oh goodness me! Who is that burly, beastly, bodacious boy coming down the halls?! That is Lincoln High School senior Nick Hu. Yes, but what is his last name? Hu. The guy coming down the halls, that’s who. No no no, his name is Nick Hu, spelled H­U. Hu is a paddler for the Lincoln dragonboat team.

 

    Dragonboat is a water sport that involves paddling a traditional canoe, complete with a dragon head, as fast as possible from the start to the finish. The team practices three days a week, but many of the athletes, including Hu, put in extra work in the gym to be the best they can be. It has been attitude of commitment that has allowed Hu to become the man he is today.

 

As the man himself puts it: “Dragonboat changed my life.” Hu went from being a shrimpy little freshman to a full blown tuna of a senior. Hu joined dragonboat as a freshman and embarked on a journey to become the best man he could possibly be, and, according to head coach Crystal Cheung, Hu is “one of the better athletes on the team.”

 

    When Hu joined, he was small. He was put in the worst boat and, for the most part, disregarded. But he did not falter. Through the sport he learned persistence, dedication and hard work, and with these qualities, he fought his way up the food chain until he could swim, or paddle comfortably, knowing that he was the big fish in the pond of Lake Merced.

 

    Now Hu resides in the fastest boat. Along with the mental fortitude and dedication, came physical prowess as well. Not only did Hu work hard during practice for two hours every day, he alsodedicated his own time to go to 24 Hour Fitness, a popular gym for the dragonboat team, after practice and on his off days in order to further improve his dragonboating skills.

 

Hu has used his strength and knowledge to benefit not only himself but others as well. As good friend and dragonboat team captain Brian Lee puts it, “Nick motivates everyone to work harder every practice.”

 

    It is this leadership that has caused Hu to call himself, although unrecognized by head coach Cheung, “assistant to the captain.” From shrimpy freshman to “assistant to the captain,” Hu has been transformed because of dragonboat, and he hopes to improve himself further and to take himself to new heights.

The Bell comes back to Lincoln

by Charlotte Woo

 

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The sun lit half of Washington’s football field and the visitors’ stands at the Bell Game November 1. The air was crisp, and anticipation hung in the air as spectators waited to find out if their team would win the coveted Bell.

 

    Washington had the first possession of the game. Within three minutes of gameplay, Lincoln intercepted the ball and scored the first touchdown of the game. Lincoln then scored three more touchdowns, one of which being due to a fumble by Washington at their own 10-yard line.

 

    Washington’s lone touchdown was a spectacle for the few students that stayed after school for the game. After catching a kickoff ball in the first half of the game, senior Ricky Johnson ran about 95 yards to score the lone touchdown. He ran through an almost completely open field. No one was able to catch up with him.

 

    Lincoln went on to score two more touchdowns in the first half and one more touchdown in the third quarter. The sore ended 40-7 Lincoln.

 

    During half time, Lincoln’s cheerleaders performed their cheer routine from the Bell Game Rally to no music before Washington’s marching band took the field. As part of their performance, the marching band faced Washington’s stands and spread out into a “W” formation, which was immediately interpreted as an “M” for the Lincoln Mustangs and made the Lincoln crowd cheer.