Soccer heads to Inderkum for playoffs

Volleyball fate hangs in balance
By: Andrew Hazard News Messenger Sports Correspondent
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With a 0-0 tie against Placer High School, and a 2-1 win over Center High School, the Lincoln High School varsity boys soccer team improved to 4-2-4 in the Pioneer Valley League (11-4-5 overall), and advances to the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Playoffs. Coming in as the PVL’s third seed, the Fighting Zebras will travel to Inderkum High School for their first game. The Fighting Zebras finished second in the PVL behind Placer (8-1-1), but by virtue of their loss to Foothill during the regular season, the Mustangs came in as the No. 2 seed. The Inderkum Tigers are 6-3-1 in the Tri-County Conference, and 9-9-2 overall. If the Fighting Zebras are going to move on to the next round they must stop senior striker Troy Beverly. Beverly accounted for 10 of Inderkum’s 17 regular season goals. With the help of such players as Ibarra, Lincoln will have to get ahead early against goaltender Ceaser Barrientez. The senior saved 50 of 58 shots he faced in the regular season. In the Placer match, junior Josh Von Pohle made seven saves to hold the Hillmen scoreless. Von Pohle and Manuel Vasquez shared time in net in the Fighting Zebras’ 2-1 win over Center. Seniors Jonathan De La Torre (one goal in 2011) and Arley Ibarra (team-leading 13 goals) led the way offensively. Football Oct 28 – The Lincoln High School varsity football team has to go back to the drawing board after the Fighting Zebras lost to Colfax 56-14. The game was scheduled to be in Colfax, but a power outage forced the game to be moved to Lincoln in order to complete it. Lincoln’s (1-3 league, 2-7 overall) final game of the season is at home against Center High School (2-2 league, 4-5 overall). If the Fighting Zebras are going to win, they must stop Center’s running game. The Cougars do not have a passing touchdown this season. Junior Bellaire D’Juan (67 rushes, 502 yards and three touchdowns) is Center’s leading rusher. D’Juan should keep Lincoln’s leading tackler, linebacker Carlos Castro (78 tackles), busy. Lincoln also has a great running game. Senior running back Isaac Allen (127 carries, 1,302 yards and 15 touchdowns) will have to lead the way if the Fighting Zebras are going to end their season on the right foot. Allen (five receptions, 97 yards) is also the team’s leading receiver. Lincoln is 1-3 at home in 2011. Volleyball The Lincoln High School varsity girls finished off a great week of play, although they lost 3-1, at home, against Placer High School. Earlier in the week the Fighting Zebras defeated Foothill 3-1, and Center 3-1. Both matches were on the road. As of Tuesday Lincoln was 4-5 in the PVL, 13-9 overall. That was good enough for fourth in the league. The Fighting Zebras wrapped up the regular season, Wednesday, at home against Colfax. If they were able to contain sophomore Maddie Ittner and earn the victory, they might have a shot at making the playoffs.