Preseason look at the Fighting Zebras in 2011

Preview of cross country, girls golf, and boys soccer
By: Andrew Hazard News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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Lincoln News Messenger Sports takes a look at the Fighting Zebras for the fall, 2011. Cross Country Lincoln High School varsity cross country head coach Doug Croall said it is still too early to get a handle on what he will have as a team this season. “I still haven't seen some of the athletes that I expect to join us when school starts,” Croall said. “Our numbers are up but so far I have not seen anything to suggest we have any new budding superstars.” Lincoln will have a young team in 2011. Croall said if they’re willing to work there could be considerable improvement. Both the boys and girls squads finished third in the Pioneer Valley League in 2010. Croall said he sees potential for both teams to move up the league standings this season, especially the boys. A couple of key returnees are sophomore Kyle Ebert and senior Travis Miskell. “Kyle has had a good summer and I expect he’ll be our top scorer early in the season,” he said. “Travis has been recuperating from an injury and is one of the big question marks for us.” He went on to say the rest of the varsity boys are a mixed bag. Croall said a number of his runners put in good work this summer and are looking stronger. Sophomores Dylan Torepe and Jake Palmyra in particular are in that category. On the girl’s side, Lincoln’s key returnee is Junior Abi Lund. “Abi spent her summer working on her other sport (softball) so she’s just now transitioning to her cross-country mode,” Croall said. Due to injuries the younger girls will have to take a bigger role in 2011. Croall said the Zebras had a successful frosh/soph team last year, but he’ll have to see how they perform in the longer varsity races. The varsity girls will certainly miss graduates Shannon Snook and Heather Felt, who were perennial All-League performers. Croall said Placer High School would definitely be the Fighting Zebras’ toughest opponent this season. “There’s no doubt that Placer High School is the league favorite for both boys and girls, he said. “They are always in great shape and tough to beat.” Girls Golf Lincoln’s varsity girl’s golf team should have a pretty good season in 2011. The Fighting Zebras finished in second in the PVL last season. Seniors Ally Koehler and Jisu Yoo made All League. Lincoln should also have solid returnees in senior Kirstie MacQueen, juniors Kayla Green, and Andrea Mills, and sophomores Abbie Faingold and Sydney Wilkerson. Freshman Kaitlyn McKinney could also have an impact on the varsity squad. Boys Soccer The varsity boy’s soccer team has a new coach in 2011, Jason Treanor. However, Treanor has plenty of experience working with former head coach Javier Banuelos, who gave up his post after last season. “Javier Banuelos stepped down after a very long and successful tutelage including the CIF championship in 2006 and Coach of the Year award,” Treanor said. “I will have some very big shoes to fill. I truly enjoyed working with and coaching with a great guy.” Treanor coached the JV boys the last four years, and they contended for first-place each of those years. The Fighting Zebras varsity should have a good core of players, who played for Treanor before and know his expectations. “Jonathan De La Torre is a good striker and outside mid; Pedro Zepeda hasn’t played in two years but he was a strong player as a ninth-grader on the JV team,” Treanor said. “Joel Terriquez, look for some things from this player on the outside, he’s a workhorse. Arley Ibarra is new to the program but can play striker or defender.” Other key returning players for Treanor should be Alex Paz, Luis Lopez, Ryan Longley, Many Vazquez and Eddie Hernandez. The Fighting Zebras are in a tough division but Treanor said that is no excuse. They are ready to compete. “Foothill won league, Placer, Center and Colfax are always tough. I expect us to battle all year with these teams,” Treanor said. “I expect us to battle and qualify for a playoff spot with these teams.” Treanor has been coaching soccer for over 20 years. Now at 187 career victories, he has set a goal for himself, and for his team. “I’m hoping to get these young men to play an exciting brand of soccer, play as a team,” Treanor said. “And personally I would like to reach 200 high school varsity wins this year.”