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Experience leads to improvement

By: Jim Linsdau News Messenger Sports Editor
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School is just about out, which brings us to the point where we look back to see what we?ve done and where we can improve. Last year, I started just about the time Little League was wrapping up the Tournament of Champions and selecting its All Stars. Thanks to a lot of help from Haley Manley, Raymond Garcia, and Rob Higgins I learned a lot about Lincoln Little League and look forward to an even better season this year. Haley was also instrumental in bringing me up to speed on the Jr. Zebras program as well. Greg Easter provided the play-by-play in which three of the teams made the playoffs and one came away with a championship. High school sports opened in the fall and the Fighting Zebras hit the ground running. The boys soccer team surprised the Pioneer Valley League and finished in a tie with Foothill for second place. The club then went into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed. I?m sorry to report head coach Jason Treanor won?t be back next season but the grind wore him down and he needs time to heal. Jisu Yoo, Allison Koehler and Kaitlyn McKinney made the playoffs in golf and the cross-country team gave some surprises. Although the cross-country competition was fierce, Lincoln?s Kyle Ebert took first for sophomore boys at Sac-Joaquin Sections. For the frosh/soph girls Silvia Fernstrom and Katy Mercier finish eighth and ninth. The freshman football team was tops in the PVL. The boys basketball team appeared to be headed to the playoffs but came up a bit short. They?ll get a lot of help from the JV players moving up next year, as will the girls. Thanks to head wrestling Coach Michael Maul we managed to get the wrestling team some coverage. He has a tremendous program and now I have an inside track for next year. The surprise team was Lincoln tennis. Head coach Tim Allen took his club to the playoffs for the first time in a decade. The baseball team made the playoffs and the future looks bright there, as well as with the softball team. The Zebras had some terrific, young track athletes and senior Matt Probst rode his discus into the Masters Championship where he placed seventh breaking his previous personal best. I was also introduced to California High School Rodeo thanks to Kathy and Dennis Prendergast. I haven?t seen that much action since I left Wyoming. We do our best at the News Messenger to provide the best local coverage we can in all areas. Sports are my field and I welcome all input whether good, bad or contrary. Community sports cannot be done without the help of the community and I have gotten that in Lincoln. Still, I?m aware we could do more so I am open to suggestion. Let me know your thoughts on newsprint and the Internet and what we can do to improve both. Please e-mail jiml@goldcountrymedia.com or call (916) 774-7943 and let us hear your side of the story.