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Lincoln’s iron man earning third letter

Pallas sets standard
By: Jim Linsdau, Sports Editor
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As school sizes increase and the competition for each sport becomes keener, it’s relative rare to find a three-letter athlete; one who plays a sport during every season of the school year. However, Lincoln High School has one of those rare individuals.

James Pallas is in his senior year and will earn his third letter at the end of the baseball season. He already holds them in football and basketball.

“This is my first full year,” Pallas said. “I did it my freshman year but I broke my ankle in the first (play from) scrimmage of the first game and I didn’t get to keep playing football.”

Pallas carries a 3.4 grade point average so his academic eligibility has never posed a problem.

In football, Pallas played both tight end and defensive end. His greatest contribution was on defense with 34 solo tackles, four sacks, an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Pallas was also a part of the 2012-13 basketball team that went 20-8 and were runners up in the Pioneer Valley League. A chronic knee issue kept him from playing the full season but he was able to earn his letter.

The senior is now playing his favorite sport and the one he hopes will earn him a scholarship. As a third baseman, Pallas is averaging .341 at the plate in helping the Fighting Zebras sit at 4-0 in the PVL.

“If I can get a scholarship that would be awesome,” Pallas said. “I’ve already been accepted to (Chico State). If I don’t get any scholarships or anything I can walk on and try out and maybe make the team.”

As one of the few contemporary student/athletes to earn three letters in one year, don’t be surprised to see the former Zebra in a Wildcats’ uniform playing for California State University Chico.