Lincoln’s winter season to get underway

Soccer joins the lineup
By: Jim Linsdau of The News Messenger
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With fall sports in the history books, it’s time to turn attention to basketball, wrestling and, this year, soccer.

So, don’t put away that jacket and warm socks just because football season is over. The Lincoln High boys and girls soccer teams will offer plenty of reason to keep them within arm’s reach.


Head coach Robert Ash will have a taller team than he had in 2015-16 with 6-foot-5-inch senior Danny Allen and 6-4 senior Connor Donnell. In fact, eight of the 14 Fighting Zebras are over 6-feet.

The team will also feature sophomore Austin Waymire and freshman Angelo Nicandro.

Ash’s cagers will open Saturday hosting Del Oro at 6 p.m.; the freshmen start at 3. The varsity then plays in a Foundation Game at Rio Americano Monday. After that, it’s three playing days at the annual Wheatland Tournament, Dec. 1-3, and then the Bret Harte Tournament Dec. 8-10.


For the first time in three years, as well as the first time for Lincoln head coach Tim Sprinkles, the Zebras will not be led by all-league player Cassie Pisik.

The girls club has been graced with four straight home games to open the preseason. Union Mine comes in Monday and Golden Sierra Tuesday. Both varsity games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Woodland visits Dec. 2 and Inderkum is on the schedule for Dec. 5.


Head coach George Bonilla will begin his fourth campaign at the head of the boys team. His club was 17-4-3 last season and won the Pioneer Valley League crown with a 9-1 record.

With the exception of six players from that team graduating, Bonilla will get back most of that championship team.

Soccer fans will also get a good look at the first winterized Zebras’ team during their three-game home stand beginning Tuesday against Nevada Union.

Next up is Inderkum Dec. 2 and Marysville drops in Dec. 6.

The team will then compete in the River Valley High tournament.


Head Coach David Zinzun gets an early start on his season, since the last one ended April 30. His Zebras had a sweet win over eventual PVL champion Placer last season and them made the playoffs.

The girls will travel to Nevada Union for a preseason match Tuesday, but will return Dec. 6 to host Marysville.

To confirm the above schedules, visit or call (916) 645-6360.