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Playoffs still within reach for Fighting Zebras

Lincoln High sports update
By: Andrew Hazard News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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The Lincoln High School varsity boys soccer team’s match against Foothill High School, Oct. 20, did not necessarily go well for the Fighting Zebras, but it was not bad, either. The blue-and-gold fought to a 0-0 draw with the Mustangs. Junior Josh Von Pohle made five saves on net in the tie. Oct. 18 – Lincoln ended up in a tie on the road earlier in the week, as well. The Fighting Zebras finished its match at Colfax High School in a 1-1 draw. Lincoln had an early 1-0 lead when senior Arley Ibarra scored his 12th goal of the season. He took six shots on goal in the game. The Zebras looked like they were heading to victory until Ben Rooker tied the game for Colfax. Von Pohle saved four of five shots he faced and Lincoln took 24 shots as a team. Lincoln is now in second in the Pioneer Valley standings and appears to be headed to the playoffs. Pioneer Valley Standings 1. Placer 7-1-0 2. Lincoln 3-2-3 3. Foothill 3-2-3 4. Colfax 2-2-4 5. Center 2-3-3 6. Bear River 0-7-1 Volleyball Oct. 24 – The Fighting Zebras improved their chances of a playoff bid by knocking off Center, 3-1, on the Cougars’ home court. However, Center has not won a game in the PVL so far this season. After taking the first game, 25-18, Lincoln dropped the second, 22-25. The club then rallied to sweep the next two sets, 25-17, and 25-16. Oct. 22 –Lincoln ended a brutal three-game stretch with a tough 2-1 loss at home against Northgate High School. The Fighting Zebras fell 20-25, 25-19, 15-17. Oct. 19 – Lincoln was swept in front of the home crowd, 3-0, against conference foe Bear River. The Fighting Zebras lost 25-18, 25-21, 25-19. Junior Shelby Workman led Lincoln with 21 attacks and six kills. Emily Bell had 17 attacks and five kills, while Taylor Emerson recorded 13 attacks and three kills. Emerson and Cailyn Shaw each scored a team-leading five points. Seline Richard led Lincoln with 16 assists and Stephanie McMillan recorded 15 digs. Oct. 17 – The week started with a speed bump for the Fighting Zebras as they were swept at home, 3-0, against Colfax. Lincoln was swept 26-24, 25-14, 25-21. Wells recorded 20 attacks and three kills and Workman had 12 attacks to go along with seven kills in the loss. McMillan had a team-high seven points and Richard recorded all 15 assists for Lincoln. She also led the Fighting Zebras with 18 digs. The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division III volleyball power ratings had Lincoln ranked 17th, with 16 seeds available to make the playoffs. The Zebras were 2-2 in the PVL at that point, but have since fallen to 2-4. With two games left in the regular season, at home against Placer (5-1), and Colfax (4-2), the Zebras probably cannot afford to lose either match. Pioneer Valley Standings 1. Bear River 5-1-0 2. Placer 5-1-0 3. Colfax 4-1-0 4. Lincoln 2-4-0 5. Foothill 1-4-0 6. Center 0-6-0