Lincoln continues to roll in league matches

Zebras beat Casa Roble, Center
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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The Lincoln High competitive cheer stunt team defeated both Casa Roble and Center Thursday at Lincoln High to remain undefeated in the Capital Athletic League.

Although the sport comes under the heading of cheer, there are girls on Lincoln’s team that have never participated in cheerleading.

“I have girls on our team that have never cheered before and they are in our jumps and tumbling routines because they had tumbling,” said Lincoln adviser and head coach Marina Setzer. “So it’s a diverse situation and we’ve had girls through the whole school who have never cheered before and still make the team.”

Casa Roble’s Rams got off to a great start and won three of the first four exercises to go up 3-1.

The second quarter featured pyramids and the Rams claimed the first exercise. The following routines were skill level three, one and five and were all swept by the Zebras. That tied the score 4-4 at halftime.

“They know the skills; they know the counts,” Setzer said of her team. “It’s just a matter of the girls performing the best that they can.”

Jump and tumble were the elements for quarter three and the two teams were up to the tasks. Lincoln took the first two points and Casa Roble rallied for the final two. The teams remain knotted at 6-6.

The fourth quarter combined first, second and third quarter exercises in a single routine and is where the Zebras pulled away.

The Rams earned the first point in routine No. 1, but Lincoln claimed the next two for an 8-7 lead. The Zebras then dominated the next two routines for a 13-8 victory.

Setzer said each team is limited to 30 athletes and 28 Zebras made her squad this season. The coach said the larger the team the better, considering there are 21 routines required each match.

“I have a girl that’s on the team that only does one routine. It kind of spreads it out a little bit to help the team as a whole,” Coach Setzer said. “I have a few girls that are in five routines; a few girls that are in two routines.

 “So when we go into tryouts, we want a good amount.”

The Zebras also defeated Center Thursday and now stand a 6-0 in CAL competition and are 7-2 overall.