Articles in the Sports Category
By Sam Cejda
During their Friday game against the Youngstown Phantoms, the Lincoln Stars honored former coach Chad Johnson who passed away Nov. 18 in Fargo, North Dakota. Johnson was a player for the University of North Dakota and a coach for the Lincoln Stars and the Fargo Force. Johnson started his career in Lincoln during the 1996-1997 season, and went on to coach three seasons as the head coach for the Stars, winning 110 games.
East junior Nick Courtney knew Coach Johnson well.
“He was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever …
By Jacob Friend
On Oct. 18, Spartan Tennis finished off their season at state. Finishing an honorable sixth out of 20 teams, they ended the year on a hopeful note. Last year, East took fifth at the state tournament.
“Our competition was much harder this year, and we had lost many of our seniors from last year,” said senior Hunter Dunlap.
In addition, the Spartans had honorable finishes in individual events as well. Dunlap was knocked out in quarter-finals against Southwest in number 1 singles. Senior Alex Haywood was beat by Omaha …
Story by Imani Wilson
For many winter athletes, fall is not the time to kick back and relax. Fall is the time to stay in shape. As the winter season nears, many athletes have made an effort to participate in some pre-season conditioning to get ready for tryouts. Junior swimmer Emma Ebito has taken “pre-season conditioning” to a whole different level. As part of a club swim team, Lincoln Select, Ebito is almost always in the water.
“We practice six days a week,” said Ebito. In addition to swimming with her club …
By Matt Reynoldson
Quarterback Shane Watteyne racked up 231 yards and three total touchdowns, Hunter Kelley returned a fumble for a touchdown late in the first quarter to make the score 14-3, and East finished off Southwest 35-22 at Seacrest Field.
Under the lights Friday night in one of the biggest regular season games in East football history, the Spartans took on and took down a tough Southwest team to clinch the district title and the city championship. It was a game full of emotions, high energy, mistakes, and big plays, but …
By Amantha Dickman
With a season that starts and ends early, students at East often miss out on the phenomenon that is Varsity Softball. Starting in August, the group of long-time friends hurried through tryouts and two weeks of practice. The rest of the season– lasting until early October– was spent focusing on the games and strengthening the teams’ friendship.
As is the case with many varsity teams, many of the players have played together for a long time. Many underclassman who joined the team played together at their previous schools, while …
By Rachel Dweikat
There’s no question that the Spartans take student sections seriously. A couple of the fans from the student section at the girl’s varsity volleyball games are speaking out about the games and why they love cheering at every spike and set.
“I really like the student section and it’s definitely my favorite part, everyone cares so much and they are there for the game, not just to socialize. The team has a lot of talent this year and they have a really good spirit!” -Sophomore Max Zitek
“It’s so fun …
By: Mackenzie Busekist
The boys varsity tennis team were on a roll this season. A couple of the boys even placed at State this year! Here is what a couple of students have to say about our very own Spartan tennis team.
Alex Heywood (Senior): “They are a great group of guys and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend my last year with anyone else.”
Myrissa Nearman (Junior): “I don’t know much about tennis, but I hear the boys varsity team had a great year!”
Amanda Ewerth (Senior): “The boys tennis team did really well this year! Congrats …
Photo and Story by Matt Reynoldson
They say a team is defined by not only how they begin and end the season, but how they perform down the stretch. Well, in 2013, the East Spartans football team heard that loud and clear – and stood up to the challenge.
Following a tough loss to Papillion-La Vista in their first home game, the Spartans have roared to a run of six straight, including wins against rivals Northeast and Southeast. Now 7-1, the East has its best football team in the last six years, …
Story By Alex Andersen
Usually you expect older students with more experience to be on a JV Tennis team in high school, but students Alexander Batelan and David Leggiadro defy that by expectation as freshman members of the squad.
“I had to play well during the tryouts,” said Batelan, who practices tennis everyday.
The tryouts are only the beginning of the work, however, and players must continue to play well through out the season and beyond. Players must make sure that they played with good form and are ready to compete.
Leggiadro likes the challenge.
“You get …