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Lincoln Football Team wins Turkey Day

by Albina Protich

From the very first game of Lincoln’s varsity football team against the Balboa Buccaneers to the very last game on Thanksgiving Day, turkeyday 093.JPGLincoln versus Mission, the Lincoln Mustangs have remained undefeated.

 

After a season of long and hard practices, all of the effort paid off when the ALHS football team won Turkey Day, making them the new AAA champions! With a final score of 22-21, Lincoln football won by one point.

The game started out with Lincoln in the lead with a score of 6-0, and then it became 14-0 by half time. However, Mission eventually caught up and by the fourth quarter Mission was in the lead with a score of 21 leaving the Mustangs behind with a score of 14.

"When Mission came back and took the lead, a lot of us were crying on the field because we could see the victory slipping away. we buckled down and were reminded that no other team has practiced longer than us; every holiday, every weekend, we came out and gave it our all. All of that would have been a waste unless we won. We wiped off our tears, and tried to take the lead again, which we deserved," says junior Joshua Bonse-Davis number 88, who plays tight end and defensive end.

The bleachers were filled with excitement! The football players were pumping the crowd up, and everyone was on their toes the last minute of the game. It was looking like the Mission Bears had the game. With barely a minute left of the game, Derek Morrell scored a touchdown, and Tyree Marzetta scored the two point conversion to win the game.

“We got to win, so of course I am happy with the outcome. The team was so confident, in a good way, not in a cocky way. There was a calm in the field, and they all believed that it was going to happen. There was a point in the game where it did not look good, but I didn’t think once that we were going to lose,” says Coach Ferrigno.

The crowd went wild, along with the overjoyed football players when the game was won by exactly one point.

Concerns about girls tennis coach leads to troubled team

by Christine Ong

What happens when a coach appears to have given up on a team? The Lincoln girls tennis team has had this problem for the past two years, and it has produced many complaints fromtennis-1.jpg the team members. 

 

When asked about what Coach Gregory Simmons, the current girls tennis coach, has done to cause problems for the team, an anonymous team member said, “For one, canceling practice most days of the week and then not showing up to practice the days we were supposed to. That or not telling us practice was cancelled and not leaving us passes to get out of class, then yelling at us because we're late. He expects stuff from us that he doesn't even do himself, like show up on time.”

 

Serious problems such as these undoubtedly affect student enthusiasm in a school sport. If the coach fails to lead a team properly, he or she will not be seen as a leader and will lose authority over time. “I barely even consider him a coach because he wasn't there most of the time,” says the anonymous member.

 

Simmons has been the girls tennis coach for more than a decade and tennis is an important sport to him; he doesn’t coach just for the extra money. “If it was about the money I guess, I wouldn’t be doing it. It’s more about, I guess, the love of [the] game, the love of kids…” says Simmons.

 

 He is also a security guard at Hoover Middle School during school hours. Simmons's tardiness is due to the walk to ALHS from Hoover, which lets out from between 3:30 to 3:45. Matches are the only days he is let out early. 

 

Simmons says that practices have been so scarce because not everyone shows up to practice every day. Many girls are on the team, but five or fewer show up everyday according to Simmons. The others are busy with other activities or show up about an hour late. He says that it is not worth it to show up to practice if the girls are not there or are not dedicated. 

 

In the hypothetical situation that Coach Simmons is let go, the school would have to go through a long, arduous process in order to find another coach.

 

In order to hire a coach, the school needs to advertise to its faculty and to the city. If anyone is interested, the applicant has to fulfill many requirements before being hired. First aid and CPR training, experience in the sport and fingerprinting are among some of the requirements. And to add to the situation, girls tennis is one of the hardest sports to find a coach for because of the timing of the fall season.

 

The fall season starts on the same day school starts, which means people are often too busy readjusting to the school schedule to worry about sports. Also, coaches usually have jobs outside of coaching, which may interfere with their availability. 

Coaches are under a one-year contract and are only replaced for a few reasons. Improper conduct, misuse of funds and not fulfilling duties are the major factors. If students have concerns about a coach’s behavior, they can become leaders by expressing their concerns directly to the coach. “I feel like the team should step up as well as the adults who should be there for them… They should do what's best for the team,” says senior Jenny Kha, a member of the team.  

 

If the problem still fails to be resolved, the students can talk to one of the athletic directors, Kevin Grayson or Carl Jacobs. If the coach continues to show unsatisfactory behavior, the issue will be taken to the principal. 

Getting rid of the tennis coach would most likely result in the absence of a girls tennis program until a new coach is hired. Deciding whether to take action to try and improve the coach’s behavior or to cut the program seem to be the two options in this situation. “You have to weigh what is the balance to achieving the high ideals [of coaching] and still having participation [in the sport], and that’s a delicate balance,” says Kenyatta Scott, the athletic director for the past eight years.

 

The season may be over, but this issue is one that will carry on if no action is taken. 

Play as team win as a team

by Bobo Giang

Kevin Grayson tackles more than the average teacher can handle as he is this year's athletic director,softball coach, modern worlds teacher and  The Principle of Finance and is no GRAYSON.jpglonger teaching Career Ed.

Grayson played baseball a lot as a kid and now as an adult, he enjoys playing slow pitch softball in parks and rec league. He had previously coached for little league baseball and middle school basketball for total of three season. Abraham Lincoln was in need of a softball coach when Grayson first came to Lincoln in 1994. Grayson took on the position and has been coaching softball at Lincoln for a total of 15 successful seasons.

The two things he enjoys most about coaching the softball team is watching the players grow as  individual and as a team. He focuses on helping the players to overcome their fear and become more confident. Grayson says, "My main goal for this year’s team is to have them play up to their potential. This team is young, and we don't have a lot of experience playing in and winning big games. We have a lot of really talented young players on the team who are all coming into their own at the same time, and it’s time for all the potential we have to show itself on the field. I think it’s going to happen this year, but it won't be easy."

 The competition keeps Grayson passionate about softball. Competing against the other coaches and teams excites Grayson and drives him to improve as a coach.

Kristi Wong, one of the team members says, “Mr. Grayson is a very enthusiastic coach. He is very energetic and always has us laughing, but he is very motivational and is a great leader that we all look up to.”

Grayson as the Athletic Director has been tough. He express that† "One good thing about being the Athletic Director that I get to go to the games of the other sports at Lincoln which is very enjoyable"

Occasionally on Grayson’s free time he adore watching movies, playing video games, riding his bike, trying out new restaurants and travelling.

Mustang Athlete Spotlight: Jenni Angeles

by William Tien

 

For many, senior year is a time to relax and avoid as much stress as possible. However, this isn’t the case for senior Jenni Angeles. JenniAngeles.jpgThis year Angeles is president of Lincoln’s La Raza club, enrolled in Lincoln’s Academy of Finance, enrolled in an extracurricular class at City College and on Lincoln’s soccer team.

Angeles has been on the soccer team since her freshman year. Soccer was new to her, as she had close to no experience with the sport beforehand. Angeles originally joined the team to follow in her older sister’s footsteps, who was a senior on the soccer team when Angeles was a freshman.

“At first, I just really wanted to join a sport in high school and figured it would also be a great way to make new friends,” Angeles stated. “My sister then pushed me to join soccer, and I’m really thankful for that since now the new friends I have made are like another family to me.”

Angeles mostly plays as a forward on the soccer team, though her preferred position is middle right. Constantly playing on the offense can get tiring, but with Angeles’ skill, having her Randy Ng on offense benefits the team as a whole. She is also known to be an excellent motivator to her teammates, and a lighthearted goofball who makes practices more enjoyable.

“Jenny is a great teammate and friend,” expressed teammate Kelly Graber. “She’s always reliable and puts in her best effort. I can count on her for just about anything!”

Outside of soccer, Angeles is highly involved with as many extracurricular programs as she can partake in. She was appointed president of the La Raza club at Lincoln this year after being in the club since her sophomore year, also the year she enrolled in Lincoln’s Academy of Finance. Moreover, Angeles has been attending an extracurricular class at City College of San Francisco every Wednesday since the start of the school year. This class is an extension class to her Academy of Finance.

Goals of Angeles include getting into a decent university, sustaining her parent-pleasing grades, and having the best high school experience ever. Soccer isn’t something Angeles believes will be in her future after high school. However, she will always love the sport and the memories she has created here at Lincoln with her team will never be forgotten.