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Lincoln cheerleaders steal spotlight at AAA competition


by Albina Protich

Lincoln cheerleaders are on the rise after showing people what they have been working on during their performances in the AAA competition for cheer leading teams in San Francisco .

 The Lincoln Mustangs came in first for the stunt division, first for the cheer division, and third for dance.
"I thought we should have won all three because the cheerleaders performed so well,  but it was fair, " says Lincoln's cheer coach, Susan Kenney. "Our stunt performance has improved by a lot since last year. We are doing more challenging stunts, and our routines are more complex. Our goal will be to win all three categories next year, but there is always room for improvement."

The competition was held at Philip and Sala Burton High School. On Dec. 8th 2012. The bleachers were packed to the max with the crowd, all cheering on their team. 

“I was really pleased with the results, but I felt like the dance portion could have been better. I feel like Balboa should have gotten and deserved first place.” says Kelsi Loo, a junior cheerleader at Abraham Lincoln High School.

During awards, the Lowell Cardinals came in first for dance, with the Balboa Buccaneers coming in second place. For the stunt division, with Lincoln winning first, Lowell came in second. And last but not least, cheer, with the Balboa Buccaneers coming in second place.
“The Lincoln cheer team team has improved a lot I believe that by the certainty and the confidence and the precision," says Lance Tagamori, who came and watched the competition. "Things are a lot more precise, but the precision goes with experience. It's almost like it's second nature. The cheer team was not intimidated by the crowd. When they made a mistake and things don't go as planned they were able to rebound very quickly." 

Alphonse Carter shares his lifelong passion for fencing through coaching

by Jaimie Liu

   Alphonse Carter, commonly known as ‘Al’ or ‘Coach Carter’ amongst our fencing students, has been a part of Lincoln’s fencing program for the past 3 years.

   As a coach, he’s brought years of experience along with him to our school. By engaging willing players in the sport, Coach Carter applies his many skills in teaching the concept of fencing and pulls his own accomplishments to encourage his players.

   Carter grew up surrounded by all kinds of sports and recreation within the city of Los Angeles, California. He was involved in every sport available, and was later recruited to participate in football during his teenage years. 

   However, due to family issues and the incapability to commit such long hours to his recruitment, encouraged by his mother, he chose to participate in a different sport instead. 

   Thus his career of fencing was ignited, as the hours were much more flexible, and it at first worked with his schedule.

   “I was very resistant at first, because I thought it was a sport that didn’t require great athleticism.” Carter explains. I quickly found that to be very untrue. It was the most challenging sport I had ever tried, and the challenge is what drew me in even further.”

   After a year and a half of training, Carter was able to finish sixth place at the Junior Olympics. This result basically propelled his fencing career and motivation. Fencing continued to be a major activity in his life up until his last year in college.      

    At that point, Coach Carter decided to take an eight-year break, to engage himself with the world and discover a little bit more of his other interests that he never had the time to look into. 

   For the next six years after his break, however, he was fully committed. After accomplishing four national titles, being part of many world teams and ranking among the top in the world, Carter decided that it was time to take a permanent break from participating in fencing towards such great events.

   According to Carter, underestimating the sport of fencing is not the sharpest first impression one should have. The ability and skills in order to put many techniques together such as working with the eye, hand and foot coordination is most important, yet to have complete independence (hand moving at various speeds, while feet are constantly changing tempo, rhythm and direction, constantly morphing your own tactical web ‘on the fly’ while trying to read your opponents move).

   Mixing all the date and variables with little to no conscious thought – for Carter it is still very meditative and therapeutic. 

   “When things all come together for that one moment where you do something incredibly complex or simple at a seemingly impossible speed, or, at times, it may feel like ‘slow motion’, if you’re in the zone, and it appears and feels almost effortless and totally spontaneous, it gives you and indescribable amount of an adrenaline rush and satisfaction.”

Lincoln Winter Sports Round Up

by William Tien

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Varsity Boys Basketball                                                                                                

While pre-season began mid-November, the official season started January 9th for Lincoln’s Varsity Boys Basketball team. This year’s captains are senior Mitchell Lee and senior James Gurr. Matt Jackson returns as head coach for the team, this being his third year. Many have high hopes for this year’s team as the previous year, Lincoln came close to clinching the championship, losing during playoff season.

 

Junior Varsity Boys Basketball

         Pre-season also began mid-November for the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team. Their first season game was against Mission High School on January 9th. This year’s head coach is Troy Morrell, and the captain is sophomore Chieh Wang.

 

Varsity Girls Basketball

         The season began early January for Lincoln’s Varsity Girls Basketball team as they played their first game against Mission High School. The team has started off strong, winning their first three games of the season. This year’s captains are Michelle Wong and Ezra De Asus while the head coach remains.

 

Junior Varsity Girls Basketball

         The Junior Varsity Girls Basketball team started their season off with a bang, winning their first four games(streak is still going on, updating) of the season. Season started early January with their first game against Mission High School. Monica Bucholz is the head coach for the team this season.

Wrestling

         Wrestling season started January 10th for the Lincoln Mustangs. The coaching staff consists of many former Lincoln students, such as assistant coaches Kevin Li, Ricky Feng and Valeria Castellanos. This year’s head coaches are Clayton Wu and Calvin Wu with the captains being senior Christopher Avila and junior Jonathan Limon.

 

DragonBoat

After a disappointing start in the fall, Lincoln’s Dragon Boat team is committed to starting off strong Winter-Spring season. Season began January while conditioning while practices have been yearlong. Senior captains Kenneth Ko and Joshua Lee are determined to finish their last year strong. This year’s head coach is Crystal Cheung.

 

CYC

         Community Youth Center’s Dragon Boat team, CYC, which competes in the same league as Lincoln’s Dragon Boat team, looks forward to the winter-spring season. A majority of this interdistrict team consists of Lincoln Mustangs.Lincoln senior James Wang acts as one of the three captains for the team, the other two being Lowell senior Regina Wong, and Balboa senior Victor Tang.

 

Swimming

         Swimming season started late January. With this year’s explosive roster, Lincoln is this year’s team to beat. With the dynamic duo of senior Jared Vu and freshman Jordan Vu, brothers who have made names of themselves throughout the Pacific swimming world, Lincoln’s Varsity is sure to do well this year. Brian Cheung is the head coach again for the team.

Mustang Athlete Spotlight: Jonathan Xie

by Charlotte Woo

The pounding of footsteps is heard as athletes from different schools run with the hope of passing their fellow cross country runners. Junior Jonathan Xie shares this hope.Jonathan Xie.jpg

Xie began running cross country his freshman year after joining track and field in 8th grade. His competitive edge and love for running motivated him to run the 1600m for his middle school team.

Xie also loves the teamwork and camaraderie of cross country. Xie says, "We always run together and stay together; it gives me pride to run not only for myself, but for the team."

He is a major factor in the cross country team's motivation and hard work. Junior Tiffany Lee states, "Jon never complains about workouts no matter how hard they may be. He does what he has to do and encourages the team to work out."

Xie's commitment and dedication to his team led to his achievement of his best time for the 5k(3.1mi). During the 2012-13 athletic season, his dedication was rewarded with the team's co-captain position.

In addition to his leadership role on the cross country team, Xie excels in all of his academic classes. He says he doesn't find a perfect balance of school and athletics, but "sometimes late nights doing homework and sacrificing sleep is necessary."

Cross country has made Xie a more well rounded person. It has given him leadership experience, exemplified that hard work pays off and provided insight into the city. "You get to explore all the great places in San Francisco that no one really explores on a daily basis: Marin Headlands, Mount Davidson, Fort Funston, the San Bruno mountains, etc," exclaimed Xie.

Xie's hard work has also earned him an athletic scholarship for Abraham Lincoln High School's athletic department. This scholarship is given to those athletes who are willing to take the extra step in everything they do.