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05/21/2017 - From The Press Box: Exciting Year of Athletics In Lincoln's High Schools
From The Press Box

Goodbye 2016-17 school year.

You were here and in an instant, you were gone.

Seems like the older you get, the faster time flies by.  Like the last few yeras, the 2016-17 school year feels like it shouldn't be over with and heading into summer.

Pius X boys tennis, Southwest girls swimming and girls basketball and Lincoln Christian girls basketball were the state championship teams from Lincoln.  Malcolm girls won the Class C state softball title.  The year, simply, was full of success.

Lincoln East football had their greatest finish in the state playoffs in more than 30 years, ending in the semifinals to eventual state runner-up Omaha North.  It's the best finish for the Spartans since they won their last Class A football title in 1979.  It also marked the first time East made it past the first round in 33 years.

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Boys basketball looked very promising.  East won the Heartland Athletic Conference and city titles for the second-straight year, but like a year ago, couldn't get past Norfolk in the district final and failed to qualify for state.  Next season could be the magical year for the Spartans.

Northeast boys were pre-season ranked in the boys basketball top ten, but a couple of games in January, plus losses of key personnel like Trace Tupper due to injury late in the year proved to be costly for the Rockets.  While depth at guard and the return of All-City selection Malcolm Whitlow, Northeast could be competitive.  However, the key will be finding someone who can step up and play inside.

Pius X boys made a great run into the state tournament, but found out how tough Omaha South was in basketball.  The Thunderbolts were one and done in the Class A tourney, but showed that they will be just as competitive next year.

Southwest, Northeast in Class A and Christian in Class C1 will be the girls basketball teams with a lot of potential to make big runs.  East High could be in the fold, too.

Southwest girls swimming and diving continued to make headlines during the winter months, capturing the Class A team title at the State Meet in February.  

Baseball saw Southwest and Southeast make the Class A Tournament field, while Pius X had a great run in the Class B tournament, falling short of making the title game to eventual state champ Omaha Skutt.

Congratulations to East and Lincoln Lutheran boys golf teams!  The Spartans won the Class A team title on Wednesday, edging out Millard West and Norfolk.  East's Patrick Clare, who will play at Nebraska, won the Class A individual championship.  Lutheran's Elijah Foster finished second in the Class C individual standings, while the Warriors captured the Class C title.

Here's to another school year full of excitement!  Looking forward to late August already.
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