ACROSS THE SPORTS DESK
The Lincoln High Fighting Zebras have entered the 2018 sports campaign almost with a vengeance, winning big and often.
The stock for runners Destiny Everett and Saedy Williamson went up at the Bret Harte Frogtown Invitational at Angels Camp Saturday. The pair finished one-two in the large-school girls varsity competition.
Everett (19:55) and Williamson (20:46) literally blistered the 3-mile course, with the third-place runner finishing almost 12 seconds behind Williamson.
Also scoring for Lincoln were Alexis Hinojosa 26:10 and Tara Budge 27:36. The team did not have a fifth runner.
The boys were led by Christopher Pickett (19:44) and Bailey Oran (19:46). Although they finished well back overall, they came in seventh and eighth in Division II competition.
Filling out the Zebras’ top five were Tyler Nielsen 20:34, Nathan Stewart 21:05 and Matt Parotte 22:21.
Also running were Mathew Flanagan, Bryce Alma and Joerell Fulmore.
Cameron Noreen was third in the freshman boys 2-mile, just five seconds behind the winner.
The Lincoln junior varsity shut out Center in Cougars’ stadium Friday, 30-0. The Zebras’ DJ Johnson had three touchdowns and 138 yards rushing.
The freshmen remained unbeaten, slapping down McClatchy 41-6 on the Lions’ home turf Thursday.
Lincoln won their first preseason match Tuesday at home, 8-1, over Cordova High.
Zebras’ winners in singles play were Bethany Nguyen 6-4, 6-2, Dakotah Behrendt 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 (tiebreaker), Citlaly Lazaro 6-1, 6-0, Gabrielle Camba 6-0, 6-0 and Denise Solis 7-5, 7-5.
Assistant coach Peter Schor said Lazaro has improved her serves and court skills and Solis is an up-and-coming freshman.
Lincoln doubles winners were Sophia Nutter and Cady Me 6-0, 6-1, and Allison Adair and Mary Bordiso 6-0, 6-0.
The next home match is Thursday against Ponderosa.
At 10-2, the Lincoln girls entered FVL play this week at Oakmont (6-10) Monday. The Vikings came away with a 3-1 victory.
Co-head coach Emma Oehler said Oakmont’s speed caught the Zebras off guard, winning two sets 25-13, 25-13. However, the Zebras claimed set No. 2 25-17 and chased the Vikes to a 25-21 score before falling.
Thursday, Lincoln played host to the state’s No. 3 ranked Division II team Ponderosa. Although the Bruins managed a 3-0 sweep, the Zebras made them work for it.
Ponderosa took the first set 25-12, but the Zebras rallied in the second set to erase a seven-point deficit before dropping a 25-20 decision.
In the final set, Lincoln led 16-11 at one point, but the Bruins rallied for a 25-22 victory.
Next up, Rio Linda at Lincoln Monday and the Zebras at Nevada Union Wednesday.