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Jr. Zebras ready for playoffs playing Jr. Vikings

Lincoln High is host site for four postseason games
By: Greg Easter Courtesy/Lincoln Jr. Zebras
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With their regular season completed, the Lincoln Jr. Zebras filled their open weekend by playing non-league opponent Valley Jr. Vikings while waiting to find out who their playoff opponents would be. Again, the Jr. Midgets were idle as the Jr. Vikings did not field a team at that level. The action was marked by bookend losses at the youngest and oldest levels, and strong performances by the two middle teams. Both the Mitey Mites and the Midgets ran into buzz saw Jr. Vikings’ teams with each game being decided, mostly, by halftime. While both Lincoln teams were on the short end of the scoreboard, the Midgets excited the fans with solid hits on the Jr. Vikings. The Jr. PeeWees were led by a tremendous defensive effort to shut out Valley 13-0. Luke Wiley picked off his fourth pass of the year and Miles Pleich logged his first. On offense, Deven Coffer and Jacob Lemus each found the end zone for the Jr. Zebras. The Jr. PeeWees ended up tied for second in league action and will be looking to avenge a regular-season loss to Roseville in the first round of the Sierra Valley USA playoffs. The PeeWees, having secured a first place tie in league play, looked to keep the ball rolling against the athletic Jr. Vikings. In a hard hitting, action packed game; the Jr. Zebras played well but fell just short in a 20-14 loss. Ryan Graham dashed into the end zone, and Michael Hamp bulled his way in, as the PeeWees showed they are both swift and strong. The PeeWees will also look to avenge their only loss when they host Granite Bay in first round playoff action. The Jr. Midgets will go into the playoffs undefeated, and the No. 1 seed. They host Woodland. The Jr. Zebras soundly defeated the Jr. Wolves during the regular season. While the Jr. Zebras defense was the story for much of the year, giving up only 12 total points, the offense was equally impressive. The Jr. Midgets rolled up 264 points in eight games, to average 33 points a game. Lincoln’s Mitey Mites and Midgets will wrap up their seasons in consolation bowl games this weekend. The format is double elimination, jamboree style at Antelope High School, beginning 8 a.m., Saturday. The Midgets will face the Sheldon Jr. Huskies, 5 p.m., Smedberg Middle School, 8239 Kingsbridge Dr., Sacramento. The playoff games in Lincoln begin 1 p.m., Jr. PeeWees, 3 p.m., PeeWees, and 5 p.m., Jr. Midgets. The 7 p.m. Midgets game begins 7 p.m., between No. 1 Placer Jr. Hillmen and No. 4 Granite Bay Jr. Grizzlies. Greg Easter is a coach with the Lincoln Jr. Zebras