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Tag: Lincoln


Boys basketball: Lincoln beats Foss, 64-55

For Lincoln High, the mission was simple – return the favor.

“We had to get a little payback,” Abes junior guard Tre’Shaun Lexing said.

After falling to Foss at home three weeks ago, Lincoln beat the Falcons 64-55 in a key Narrows League 3A boys basketball contest Friday night.

“We wanted this, Foss is our biggest rival in the city,” Abes coach Aubrey Shelton said. “(Last time) Foss kind of embarrassed us because we played so flat and weren’t ready to go and they outworked us.”

Winning did more than exact revenge for Lincoln.
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Rounding up the Kitna news, plus coaching staff news

Here’s the story written by myself and education reporter Debbie Cafazzo that ran in Friday’s paper.

Here’s video from Thursday’s news conference.

And here are some nuggets that didn’t make it into the story:

Kitna has already put together some pieces of a coaching staff. Here

— Eric Boles, a 1988 Foss graduate who played receiver at CWU when Kitna was there and later in the NFL.

— Tony Brooks, a 1990 Mount Tahoma graduate who played receiver at EWU and in the Canadian Football League

— Evan Brady, an honorable mention all-American linebacker at EWU in 1994

— Kitna’s brother Matt and father Martin will also be on staff.
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Football: Kitna plans to make Abes a state, national power

Here’s a quick-and-dirty recap of Lincoln alumn Jon Kitna’s introductory press conference. I’ll post more later tonight, but I’ve got to cover Puyallup High offensive lineman Joshua Garnett’s college announcement at 3 p.m.

Jon Kitna’s vision for Lincoln High football is big.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon to introduce the 1991 graduate as head football coach of his alma mater, Kitna spoke about using sports to produce men of integrity and future leaders.

He also stated an ambitious and inspiring goal to turn Lincoln into one of the top football programs in the Northwest.

“A program that will be relevant and competitive statewide within five years,” he said, “and nationally within 10 years.”
More than 100 people, including a few former mayors, local politicians old classmates and teachers, crammed the library at Lincoln to listen to Kitna speak.

Kitna’s vision for success goes far beyond the football field.
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Lincoln will introduce Jon Kitna as its head football coach on Thursday

Lincoln High will announce Jon Kitna Thursday as the Abes head football coach.

Kitna, a Lincoln graduate, will be introduced at a news conference at 1 p.m. in the school’s library.

Kitna, who retired this month after a 15-year career as a NFL quarterback, returned to Lincoln earlier this week as a part-time math teacher. Kitna graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in math education.

Kitna has been open about his desire to lead a high school football team.

“My wife and I always felt like these years in the NFL have prepared us for what our real calling in life is going to be as teachers and running a high school football program,” Kitna told The News Tribune in December.
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Lincoln alum Jon Kitna expected to be new Abes football coach

Jon Kitna played the first four seasons of a 15-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks.

Lincoln High alum Jon Kitna returned to his alma mater on Monday, starting a part-time teaching position.

Could the 15-year NFL quarterback fill the Abes’ head football coach vacancy, too?

“Nothing is set in stone,” a source said, “but you can connect the dots.”

One thing’s for sure: no announcement will come before Wednesday. That’s when the football coaching position closes.

Lincoln athletic director Char Davenport confirmed Kitna had applied for the coaching job and that she was not aware of any other applicants.
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Boys Basketball: Lincoln falls to Lake Washington, 68-58

Contributing Writer

Despite a strong comeback, Lincoln had no answer for Lake Washington’s Darien Nelson-Henry, as the seventh-ranked Abes fell 68-58 in the King Holiday Hoopfest Monday at the University of Washington.

Lincoln coach Aubrey Shelton was less than pleased with his team’s performance.

“We played terrible,” Shelton said. “You have to give credit to Lake Washington. They totally exposed our biggest weakness, which is we can’t guard a big guy. So that’s something we absolutely have to work on.”

Nelson-Henry, a University of Pennsylvania commit, used his massive 6-foot-10 frame – four inches taller than any Lincoln player – to score a game-high 35 points, going 16-for-20 from the field. He also added 15 rebounds, four blocks and three assists.

“He was a load,” Shelton said. “We couldn’t stop him. We tried to adjust our defenses a bunch, but we just weren’t ready. With a 9 a.m. game, you never know what you’re going to get and we got a bunch of sleepy guys that weren’t ready to play.”
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Basketball: Narrows League 3A boys, girls preview capsules


1. Lincoln (21-4)
2. Foss (15-9
3. Wilson (17-5)
4. Capital (12-7)
5. Timberline (6-13)
6. Yelm (3-16)
*2010-11 records

G Isaac Barsh 6-4 Sr. Lincoln

Has really grown into the mold of big, smooth guard with clutch shooting stroke.

G Marcus Chambers 5-10 Jr. Foss
An ankle-breaking penetrator who is a lot to handle defensively out on perimeter.

F Tre’Shaun Lexing 6-5 Jr. Lincoln
A deluxe DI attraction – can shoot long range, but asked a lot to be “point” forward.

F Dezmyn Trent 6-4 Jr. Foss
He plays with energy and edge. Now that he has a year under his belt at Foss, watch out.

G Phoenix Waters 5-9 Jr. Wilson
The Rams’ leader is the best pass-first threat in the league; poised to take next step.

Defending Narrows 3A and West Central District champion Lincoln is still deep, motivated and extremely defensive-minded. Read more »