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ACROSS THE SPORTS DESK

Everett, Williamson qualify for sections

Epperson makes it to Masters
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The playoffs have arrived and the Lincoln High football team entered the CIF Sac-Joaquin Division II bracket as the No. 9 seed, but lost in the opening round to Tracy Friday.

Meanwhile, other Fighting Zebras’ athletes have completed their postseason or are currently competing.

Cross-Country

Destiny Everett and Saedy Williamson will both head for Folsom next weekend to compete in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships at Willow Hill.

Everett was unable to overtake Ponderosa’s Natalie Wieland, but took second in the Division II girls varsity 3-mile event at Frogtown, Angels Camp Saturday. The senior crossed the finish line in 19:05.5.

Her Fighting Zebras teammate Saedy Williams also qualified for sections, coming in 11th in 19:39.1, giving an indication of the fierceness of the competition. However, Williamson was the second-fastest individual qualifier, as runners three through 10 all qualified as members of a qualifying team.

The state meet could well be in the near future for Everett and Williamson.

St. Francis dominated the subsection’s Division II with 32 points. Whitney was second at 104.

Freshman Peyton Derepentig qualified as an individual for D-II frosh/soph girls. Derepentig was 17th, running the 2-mile course in a time of 14:24.8.

Others qualifying for sections were the freshmen boys team, taking fourth with 141 points in the 2-mile race; led by Cameron Noreen’s 12:22 for eighth place, Matt Hochstatter (16th, 12:44.3), Zach Barney (23rd, 12:58.0), Justin Hinson (43rd, 13:32.4) and Trevor Campbell (51st, 13:45.2). Also competing were Hunter Janssen (13:47.6) and Jack Fidler (15:53.1).

John Hoang qualified as an individual in the boys sophomore 2-mile event. Hoang’s time was 12:25.2 for 30th place.

Girls Golf

Lincoln’s Tuesday Epperson shot a 79 at the section Division III tournament held at Rancho Del Rey Golf Club in Atwater Oct. 22 to qualify for Masters.

At Masters Monday, Epperson tied for ninth place, shooting an 89 over The Reserve at Spanos Park. It was not good enough to qualify for the Nor Cal Tournament, but the junior had a great season.

Epperson earned MVP honors in the Foothill Valley League, the first for that newly formed conference.

Football

Both the Fighting Zebras junior varsity and freshmen teams finished No. 1 in the FVL with 5-0 records. The frosh (10-0) went undefeated this season.

JV quarterback JT Willis had 1,335 yards, completing nearly 59 percent of his passes. He threw for 19 touchdowns and earned a 111.4 quarterback rating.

Running backs DJ Johnson, Brennen Burlew and Devin Sherman combined for 1,030 yards rushing.

Receiving, Kyle Remigio caught 32 passes for 471 yards and seven TDs. Jack Nilsson had 18 catches for 343 yards and six touchdowns.

On defense, freshman Dylan Shoro had 51 tackles, followed by Logan Faddis’ 50. Shoro also led the team in sacks with eight; Zack Faria recorded five.

Tyler Adams had three interceptions and Shoro two. Preston Bean kicked off 44 times, with 13 touchbacks and Chase Christopherson punted 17 times, averaging more than 34 yards per punt.