Lincoln High sets new records for tennis

Zebras’ program on the rise
By: Peter Schor for The News Messenger
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The Lincoln High tennis team not only had a record number of program victories this season, it also had a record turnout of more than 50 players this season.

Co-head coaches Chris Bender and Phillip Roberts hung banners at the tennis courts with the message: The Fighting Zebras have a winning attitude!

The coaches said the improvement in Lincoln tennis was remarkable. In 2016, the program improved from the previous year with 15 individual victories and no team wins. This year, the Zebras claimed four team victories, including one over the Pioneer Valley League’s No. 3 team, and 60 individual wins.

Seeded in the PVL tournament were Caleb Bender for singles, Bender and Ramon Cardenas in doubles, and Nikki Allen and Aubrey Owen for girls doubles.

In singles, Bender made it to the semifinals before being eliminated by the No. 1 seed. Drake Hipe and Taylor Derossett made the quarterfinals in mixed doubles. And Allen and Owen made the semifinals and placed third out of 12 teams.

Bender and Cardenas advanced to the semifinals and pushed Placer’s No. 1 seeded doubles team to a three-set, nail-biting finish before losing. The pair then beat Foothill in a tie-breaker for third place.

Caleb Bender was also named All-League by the PVL.

At the team awards banquet May 15, Ramon Cardenas, Rebecca Cowan, Michael Gage and Deep Singh were all honored.

Ramon was MVP for the boys for the second year in a row and Cowan was MVP for the girls. Gage was voted most improved, going from No. 7 to No. 3 on the team. Singh was picked as the team’s most inspirational player.

For more information on Lincoln High tennis email Coach Bender at or Coach Roberts at

Jimenez Park

The four, new lighted tennis courts at Jimenez Park were scheduled to be open for play June 1.

The 17-acre park also includes two basketball courts, restrooms, landscaping and a parking lot. The park is named after former Lincoln Police Chief Robert Jimenez and is located at the intersection of Ferrari Ranch Road and Groveland Lane.

Youth Tennis Camp

Information on a summer tennis camp at the Antelope Community Tennis Association in Antelope for players ages 5-18 can be found at or call (530) 345-5343.

The facility can be reached by freeway or take Fiddyment Road and is about 20 minutes from Lincoln.