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Mustang Athlete Spotlight: Douglas Snoddy

by Douglas Wong

Senior Douglas Snoddy can be seen towering other students in the halls of Abraham Lincoln High School with one of the friendliest smiles. doug.jpgHis smile turns into the face of a competitor when playing his favorite sport, basketball.

Much like any child, Snoddy spent hours watching professional athletes play on TV, which helped to pushed him to play sports. Snoddy began his athletic career with the Boys and Girls Club playing various sports as a child.

“My first sport I felt a connection with was baseball; I just loved hitting,” expressed Snoddy.

His love for sports eventually turned toward basketball with countless hours of playing at his local recreation center. Snoddy’s hard work paid off when he made it onto the Lincoln boys basketball team in his freshmen year.

Snoddy chose basketball over football during his freshmen year due to conflicting schedules. “My program was interfering with my practices for football, but he [his coach] was nice enough to let me go. And I understood I had to choose one,” stated Snoddy.

Snoddy’s love for the game has been shown through his effort and skill on the court. “Even though I came off the bench this year, I didn’t really mind,” said Snoddy. “I still got my buckets.”

“Doug Snoddy’s hair is almost as big as his game,” jokingly stated Joshua Lau. “Doug is a great teammate and one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Lau continues. “He always asks me for Milanos [cookies] every single day at practice, but I don’t mind since he’s so nice.”

“My favorite part about basketball is the dunks and the highlights,” stated Snoddy. “To have that power over a person while dunking just makes a person feel empowered and of course, the rush from the dunk.”

Currently, Snoddy is playing for the Boys volleyball team. He has been on the team since his sophomore year. This year the team has a 9-5 record with help from Snoddy. They have competed in the boys volleyball playoffs but lost to Lowell in the semi-finals.

Outside of the court, Snoddy is balancing a 3.0 GPA with the support of his college guidance program, First Graduate. “I’m very proud to be with them as they help me reach my dream of becoming a physical therapist,” Snoddy stated.

Being a senior, Snoddy has decided to take his talents to San Francisco State University. He plans to continue being his kind hearted self and his athletic career whether playing on their basketball team or playing intramural sports.

Lincoln dominates All-City Finals despite Lowell’s overall win

by William Tien

    Lincoln’s swimming team was stellar this year, JVU.jpgwith both varsity boys and girls placing second in the San Francisco Academic Athletic Association (AAA) league. Lowell has been dominating the swimming league for what seems like countless years, but this year Lincoln sought to end that streak. At this year’s all city finals, Lincoln found a way to dominate the whole event, despite Lowell’s expected overall win.

    All City Finals for swimming took place on April 27th, at City College of San Francisco. Jared Vu broke the 200 meter individual medley record with a time of 1.54.82; he will now have his name on the best all around swimmer trophy for the fourth straight time. Vu also broke the 100 meter fly record with a 49.82, which made him an All-American Swimmer Considerate, and broke the 100 freestyle with 47.01.

    Vu’s younger brother, Jordan Vu, a freshman on varsity, broke the 100 meter back record with a 54.31,  the previous record being set during the year 2003.

    The relay team which consisted of swimmers Jared Vu, Jordan Vu, Roy Tam and Dylan Tang smashed two relay records that were both held by Lowell. The 200 meter individual medley was 1.43.73 and Lincoln’s relay smashed the record with a 1.40.80. Then the 4x100 freestyle record was 3.23.67 before Lincoln yet again smashed that record with a 3.20.95.

    “Jared and Jordan are both very talented swimmers. They are some of the best, if not the best swimmers in San Francisco right now. Jared Vu is one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever seen, and Jordan Vu has great potential with his talents for a very promising future ahead of him. Swimming is not a sport where luck is involved, there are no such things called lucky shots or lucky passes, it’s a sport where dedication manifests in with each stroke. They have proven themselves each time they’ve splashed into the pool,” head coach Brian Cheung expressed.

    Lincoln’s varsity boys also held a combined number of 12 gold medals by the end of the event, the highest any school had accumulated that day. Washington trailed with seven gold medals, and Lowell only with one. Lincoln senior Emily Gong of the girls varsity team took home five of her own gold medals, obtaining the highest number of medals for a single person swimming for Lincoln.

    “This swim team is probably the fastest team we ever had for the past 10 years in Lincoln history, we definitely got more number of swimmers than before,” stated Cheung. “I saw all of swimmers swim their best at the championships, and it was really great!”

    With a promising roster of athletes this year, head coach Brian Cheung determined to finish strong, and finish strong they did.There were four divisions to the swimming league: varsity boys, junior varsity boys, varsity girls and junior varsity girls. The varsity boys currently placed second in the standings, trailing Lowell by one win. The varsity girls stands third, trailing Lowell by two wins and Balboa by one. Tensions were definitely high this year as the competitions for first place are so close.

    “I really am going to miss swimming for Lincoln,” senior Emily Gong expressed. “It was a great four years that pretty much changed my life. It was definitely a memorable experience and the highlight of my years at Lincoln.”

    Cheung exclaimed,  “To the following seniors, Sienna Mok-Reader, Melody Cheung, Eric Dang, Emily Gong and Jared Vu, they all swam four years for Lincoln High School. It’s nice to see them keep coming back every year to support the sport they like doing. I wish the best of luck for them in the future!”

Lincoln’s boys volleyball team plays hard but gets outplayed

by Charles Wat

In 2012 one major problem for the Lincoln’s boys volleyball team was that they were missing the most experience leaders of the team.922737_535058053202646_996357552_n.jpg

They had no seniors to lead the team because the past seniors graduated in 2011, putting them in a critical condition of rebuilding the team. “The 2012 season started out a little rough because we were a new team,” says junior Anthony Saito. “Pretty much everyone was a first year starter and we were all learning how everything worked.”

            “This year majority of the starters have had at least one season of playing experience under their belt,” says Coach Vince Tang. “This has helped them grow as a team, and, because of it, we have set the bar higher for ourselves.”

Boys’ volleyball season started in March this year and ends in early May. Vigorous practice is held every day after school in the south gym, where they work on hitting the ball and passing it.

The biggest challenge in the league right now is Lowell. Captain junior Ryan Szeto, plans on taking them down, “We can beat them if our team works hard and plays smart. Our secret weapon is Douglas Snoddy, he’s a superb hitter, and that is our key part of all our victories.” On April 15 and 26, Lincoln played against Lowell, but lost in both matches.

Playoffs held on May 8, where Lincoln would face off against Lowell for the third time. Lincoln would lose by a landslide in the first two sets; the scores were 11-25 and 9-25. Lincoln missed a considered amount of serves in the first two sets, which ultimately “killed our energy and our talking,” according to captain Szeto. Hope was still there for Lincoln to come back if they can win the third set and fourth set. On the third set, Lincoln put up a better match against Lowell, hitting more serves but still ended up losing with a score of 17-25. “I think passing is something we struggled this season,” says Saito.

This year, the team acquired six new players to their roster. “There is always room for improvement but this group of new players has shown a lot of promise,” comments Coach Tang. “These guys have added a new energy to the team that can hopefully aid us in success for the remainder of this season and seasons to come.”

New tennis windscreens raise concerns about school advertising

by Gloria Jeung

The Mustang Tennis Club installed new tennis windscreens fence covers that block out wind all around the tennis courts.DSCF0372.JPG Andre Jordan, history teacher and tennis club sponsor at Lincoln, decided to get windscreens three years ago. The reason why it took three years to get windscreens is because they are pricey.

"We [the Mustang Tennis Club] raised $4,100, and the USTA [United States Tennis Association] matched us for another $4,100 so that's going to cover, like, three-quarters," Jordan said. He raised the rest of the money from Fallfest, Springfest and sponsors.

About fourteen small panels hang on the tennis courts fences. “I think they make the yard look kind of neat,” Jordan said. “Those are panels from sponsors, people who support us. Those are the people who stood by us. We have DH Tennis, Lincoln Market, Eagle’s Pizza, Mr. Doherty’s weightlifting class, ROTC [Reserve Officer Training Corps] for Mr. Gardner, just people that trust us.”

“They [sponsors] paid us $100,” Jordan continued. “That was actually an underpayment. We took the extra money that they had to pay from the Mustang Tennis Club. I think they [the panels] basically cost about $125. We showed them that we cared and paid $25 for each one of those. I didn’t sell them [the panels], pretty much. I just said we are going to get windscreens and we need some money, and so the sponsor said, ‘How much money do you need?’ and I said, ‘We need about $100.’”

“I can't believe all the people who've supported us.” Jordan said.

On the other hand, some Mustangs aren’t so happy about the content on some of panels.

Jorge Goncalves, Academy of Information Technology teacher, said, “I noticed the panels when I was coming to school in the morning one day after they were put up. I just wasn’t sure what they were saying from a distance, so I walk up closer and I read each of the panels. Some of them are just messages from the ASB [Associated Student Body] and student and school organizations, but then I noticed there were other panels that had business names and logos and company names such as Lincoln Market and Eagle’s Pizzeria.”

“My issue is for the ones that have business names and [business] addresses and [business] phone numbers," Goncalves continued, "because pretty much the Mustang Tennis Club, if they’re able to just go into the neighborhood or call up businesses and say, ‘Would you like to donate to our organization?’ for whatever reason, whether it's for tennis, for windscreens, or for uniforms, or whatever, then anyone on campus can do that..”

Goncalves described his concerns for the school's future. “What happens when another club or another sports club says, ‘We're going to use this wall and put up a bunch of ads and collect money from this company’? The school is going to turn into all advertising. If we let this stay up, other organizations or teams will do the same thing.”

“You guys [the students] are a captive audience, you can't go anywhere," Goncalves elaborated. "You have to be in the hallways you have to look at that. If you’re watching TV or you’re on the Internet, you can choose not to look at that ad and go to another website. You can change the channel; you don't have to look at an advertising poster.”

“This is nothing against Mr. Jordan or the tennis club," Goncalves added, "it’s the idea that this will open the door for other groups and clubs to solicit donations from people in the community.”

“I have brought up my concerns about it to Mr. Jordan, Mr. Payne, Ms. Eng, Ms. Kamkar, and asked other teachers during Springfest, because we were all standing out there," Goncalves said. "Every teacher I asked said, ‘I don’t think they [the panels] should be up there. I didn’t notice them yet, but now that I see them I don’t think that there should be advertising on campus.’”

When Susan Akram, the assistant principal, first saw the panels, she said, “They're nice.” But when she looked closer at some of them, Akram said, “That's kind of strange,” and concluded, “Oh, they're sponsors.”

Jordan doesn’t think of the panels as advertisements, though. "They’re not really advertisements,” Jordan said. “I tend to think of them as people who sponsor tennis. It’s like PTSA [Parent Teacher Student Association], why would they advertise? I think it’s just mostly people who care about tennis.”

Girls soccer team smashes through their season

by Emannuelle Paez

Lincoln’s varsity girls soccer team finished a strong spring season, winning nine matches, losing three and tying two. DSCF0141.JPGThey went to the city playoffs, where they lost to mission in the  4 round by a score of four to one .

            The team is coached by Luis Soriano and assisted Ricardo Menendez.

            They won their first nine matches because of hard work.” To win, we tried to get everybody to involved. All of them team played a key role in success, so whenever one person wasn’t doing there job it affected the game” says by Briana Caba who plays forward        .

. Girl soccer team where winning matches and then, they lost their next three matches to Lowell, O’Connell and the play offs.  Their match against Washington was a close call and ended up in a tied game.

      Margarita Hernandez explains, “We couldn’t make it this far without our amazing captains, Laura Alvarez and Kelly Graber, and coaches. Every athlete has a favorite moments during there season so Briana Caba said “My favorite match was again Galileo because we worked together and played as a team not just a team a family! Because in the past we struggle in the past about that”. Laura Alvarez one of the captains explains what’s her favorite match “My favorite match would have to be the Burton game because I felt that we all worked as a team that was the first time in a long time that I felt connected to every single person on the field. Burton was fun game and then what  made it more memorable was scoring a goal everyone played so well and no one game mercy we did what we intended to do which was to win together”.

            “As I practice with them can see how much insanity and you can see how much this girls has concentration on” said Briana Caba

Alvarez said “Being a captain is complicated at times. You have to to be the leader and you your reliable for the teams actions. Being captains means responsibility and commitment. You have to be ready to take orders from coaches and turn them into actions on the field I realied on to keep the peace. After w hole you get used to it. You have learn how to balance the responsibility as the leader and the player”

           

            Juliana Martinez, who plays middle field, says, “I’ll miss Laura and Kelly next year, and I really like how organized they are!” Alvarez also explains how they prepare for their matches” In order to win games we had to make sure first that we had the right type of line up for the match. Then we would all talk and I would explain what I wanted to be done we would over each person position. Kelly and I would make sure that our defenders never made mistakes that could cost is a goal, then we would all work together. Whether that was clearing a ball giving a pass or even just shielding a ball. Communication also helped a lot. We made sure that everyone talked and communicated.”

Next season, Juliana Martinez will come back and she’ll try her hardest to get Abraham Lincoln girl soccer team to be number in the next spring season seems like girl soccer next year would be the year winning there championship in the playoffs.