BY: D’Ante Smith
The Lincoln Lions prepare to embark on their second full season in the CIAA conference. After a great first year filled with accomplishments, awards, and accolades, the Lincoln Lions look to take the program to the next level. The Lions are looking to make sure to build off their first year’s success. The fall sports which consist of Men’s Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, and Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Track are all looking forward to the challenge.
The Lions football season begins on September 3rd with one of the biggest games of the season against long time rival Cheyney Wolves. “The Battle of the Firsts” has become the name of this intense rivalry game. The Lions have won the past two games verse Cheyney and look to add another win this season. The Lions will also face Kentucky State and West Virginia Wesleyan as out of conference games for the first time since the team has been restored.
The Lions have returned several starters on both sides of the ball, including Pre-Season CIAA 1st Teamer Middle Line Backer Bruce-Lee Sterile. Sterile believes this will be a great year for the team. “Were going to have a winning record, and will dominate the CIAA North Division,” he says. “This season will be special, especially for the seniors. I can feel it in the air. Tell Lincoln to get ready to ride the ‘Winning Wave!”
The Lions look to have more wins than in the past three years, giving Coach Abanishe his first winning season as the Lions Head Coach, and sending their first freshman recruiting class off in style. The season begins on September 3rd, at Cheyney University, PA at 1 P.M.
The Lions volleyball season not only will be a fresh start for the athletes, but for the coach as well. Coach Lynsey Grace, the 2011 Lions Head Softball Coach is now the new Head Volleyball Coach. “First and foremost, I am blessed to have been given this position,” says Coach Grace about getting this position. She also adds that it helps having most of the volleyball players from last year returning.
The Lady Lions are returning seven out of eleven players from last year, giving much knowledge and experience on the floor. Coach Grace went on to say, “I have high expectations and standards for this year, I really look forward to the girls giving their all on the floor this year, and we will be respected as a team.” The Lady Lions will begin the season on September 2-3rd at the East Stroudsburg Tournament at East Stroudsburg University, PA at 8 P.M.
The Men’s Head Soccer Coach, Fabio Boateng, looks to build the team’s success as he enters his second year as the head coach. Coach Fabio has brought an influx of freshman from all over the world to help improve the team. “We have players from Italy, Texas, and Kenya. We try to get as many good athletes as possible to take the program to the next level, that’s what we have to do as coaches.”
Coach Fabio believes with the incoming freshman, mixed with another year of experience under his returning player’s belts, this season will be better than last year’s. “The way we play this year will be more phenomenal than we did last year” The season starts on September 3rd at West Chester University, PA.
Boateng is also the Women’s Head Soccer Coach. He used his international recruiting techniques for the women’s team as well. Coach Fabio landed freshman from the Bahamas, the U.K., and a prospect from New Hampshire. He admits that it is difficult being the head coach of two different teams because they are both full time jobs, but he has experience in both and is willing to step up to the challenge to help both programs reach the next level.
It helps having Stephanie Anderson, the Lions 2007-2009 leading scorer, return from an ACL tear in the 2010 season. “The love of the sport brought me back this extra year,” says the senior. “I am very confident in the team this year, I feel this is the best team overall I have played with at Lincoln. I expect us to win this year.” The season begins on September 3rd as well, at Oxford High School, PA at 3 P.M.
The Lions Men’s and Women’s cross country team are coached by Rafeal Williams, who enters his second year as the team’s coach. Under him last year, the Men’s Cross Country Team was home to the first Lincoln athlete to be announced to the All-CIAA 1st Team, Vincent Thomas ( Sr.). Women’s team member Kristina Rembert just missed the qualification for the ALL-CIAA Team but had a career year being named the 2009-2010 Lions Woman Athlete of the Year. The two seniors have both graduated, but with most of the athletes from both teams returning this year, the Lions look for more great accomplishments this year. The season starts on September 1st for both teams at the Cheyney University Invitational at 3 P.M.