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Young and energetic Spartans head into district softball tournament

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Coach Lance Kingery watches his team warm up at practice before the NSAA District Softball Tournament.

Coach Lance Kingery watches his team warm up at practice before the NSAA District Softball Tournament.

Photo by Jeremiah Zimmerman

Photo by Jeremiah Zimmerman

Coach Lance Kingery watches his team warm up at practice before the NSAA District Softball Tournament.

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The Lincoln East varsity softball team is heading into the A District Tournament 13-18 overall with a 3-3 district record.  “I think we still need to be able to figure out how to be the best we can be,” said head coach Lance Kingery. “So, we certainly haven’t hit that yet.”  With 70% of the team graduating last year, the 2018 Spartans are young and energetic. “The more experience that they can get, whether it be game, practice speed, ethics, whatever it may be, the better off it’s gonna be for us down the road,” said Kingery.

East has not had much trouble generating offense throughout most of the season, but has struggled with constancy.  “We score a lot of runs. And the things we need to do better at, is just being consistent. Right now, we ride the roller coaster of we’re up one game, down another game,” stated Kingery.  Despite all of the ups and downs, the Spartans have remained optimistic.

It is evident that the team gets along well.  “You know, they’re good kids,” declared Kingery.  “I mean they know why they’re here, they know who they play for, hopefully they’re playing for each other, at least that’s the goal.”  The Spartans all have a common goal in mind, to take care of themselves, control what they can control, and not concern themselves with who they are playing.  East begins the NSAA District Tournament Thursday at 10am against Norfolk at Doris Bair Softball Complex.

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Jeremiah Zimmerman, Staff Writer

Senior, Jeremiah Zimmerman, is one of the many new staff members on the 2018-2019 Oracle team. With this being his first year on the newspaper, he’s hoping to take his love for sports and focus on sports writing. In the future, he plans on going to college to play baseball. Last year he was on the junior varsity baseball team here at Lincoln East, and plans to continue this year on the varsity level. Outside of school, Jeremiah spends a lot of time with his family and friends. As the school year begins to commence, you can expect Jeremiah to be reporting on East news and featuring Spartan athletics.

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