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Lakeside of Seattle boys 86, Lincoln 67 in 3A semifinal

By Mike Curto

Lincoln’s dream of winning a state title for the first time since 2002 came crashing down on Friday night, as the Abes were blown out by Lakeside in the Class 3A boys’ basketball semifinals at the Tacoma Dome.

Lakeside used a 3-point barrage to build an early lead and never looked back on the way to a 86-67 victory.

Lakeside (24-4) will face Rainier Beach in the 3A championship on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Metro League rivals faced each other three times already this season, with Rainier Beach prevailing twice.

Lakeside jumped out to an 11-2

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Abes guard Abes . . . shut down Abes . . . and try and score on Abes today

The old are not so ragged.

And the new – the recently graduated – have plenty of springs in the legs.

For a few hours today, the two generations collide as the Abes host their sixth annual alumni game at 3 p.m. in the home gymnasium.

Some of the players included forward Justin Holt (2002 graduate); guard Leonard White (2001); Matt Kitna (1995), a center who is currently an Abes’ football assistant under his brother, Jon Kitna; even the Lincoln coach himself, Aubrey Shelton (2001), who has a state-contending team to break this winter in the Class 3A ranks.


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Boys Basketball: Ahmaad Rorie transfers to Lincoln

Ahmaad Rorie plays for Clove Park at the Class 2A boys basketball state tournament in March.

If Ahmaad Rorie adds another basketball state championship to his résumé, it won’t be won wearing a Clover Park High uniform.

Rorie, the Cal-bound rising junior, will attend Lincoln High for the 2012-13 school year, Abes boys basketball coach Aubrey Shelton confirmed Thursday morning.

“He enrolled last week for the upcoming school year,” Shelton said.

Rorie, The News Tribune’s All-Area Player of the Year in 2011, helped Clove Park win the Class 2A state championship in 2011 and led the Warriors to a fourth-place finish at state in 2012.

Shelton knows the caliber of player he’s getting in Rorie. The 6-foot point guard averaged 33.7 points per game in the state tournament.

“I would say he is the best point guard in the state,” Shelton said.

Rorie isn’t the only basketball standout transferring to Lincoln.
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Football: Public invited to hear Lincoln coach Kitna talk about Abes program on April 25

The public is invited to hear new Lincoln High football coach Jon Kitna talk about his vision for the Abes football program at 6 p.m. April 25 at the school’s auditorium.

Here’s the release:

Come hear Lincoln head football coach Jon Kitna speak, Wednesday, April 25th from 6-7 p.m., in the Lincoln High School Auditorium.

He will share his vision for the football program. Where he sees Lincoln now, what’s new, the direction the program is headed and how Lincoln Alumni and Lincoln Abe supporters can partner with him.

There will be a tour of the newly remodeled weight room

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Football: Coaching carousel spinning at high-speed in South Sound

There’s been a lot of coaching turnover among football teams in the South Sound the past few months – more than I can remember in recent years.

Here’s what I can remember on this Saturday night. If you know of others, chime in.

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3A regionals: O’Dea ends Lincoln’s season 67-48

MILL CREEK – With an evening game and the prospect of Friday afternoon traffic through Seattle, Lincoln High boys basketball coach Aubrey Shelton decided his team would leave Tacoma for its Class 3A regional game against O’Dea at 2 p.m.

The good news? The traffic was light and the team arrived at Jackson High School at 3 p.m. The bad news? That left about two hours for the team to sit around with little to do but watch a movie on its charter bus.

The result? A lethargic effort that saw the Abes fall behind big thanks to carelessness with the ball as fourth-ranked O’Dea ended No. 9 Lincoln’s season 67-48.

“We were asleep,” Shelton said. “It’s the most dead we’ve been in warm-ups all season. I don’t know if it was the bus ride or what but we came out flight, we were tight. It was sad to see.”
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Kitna, wife donate $150K worth of weight room equipment to Lincoln High

Lincoln High is getting new weight-room equipment, thanks to Jon and Jennifer Kitna.

The equipment is valued at $150,000.

Jon Kitna, if you’ve been living under a rock, was named Lincoln’s football coach in January.

Because the gift exceeds a certain dollar amount — I admit, I don’t know the threshold — it must be approved by the School Board. Not surprisingly, Tacoma’s assistant superintendent recommends that the Board of Directors accept the gift. The next meeting is Feb. 23.
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