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Junior Journalist Update from Lincoln Prairie – By Kunal R.

The Lincoln Prairie cross country and girl’s basketball teams were quite successful throughout their seasons this year.

The cross country team finished in the top three for each of their dual meets in at least one age group. Once, two of our racers both finished in the top five for the 7th grade boys race. The best time this season was a 9:41 by Kunal R. and many others made great improvements. Vijay K. was a great improver this season, starting out with a 10:57 and ending with a 10:14. In the conference meet, one 7th grade girl (Emma T.), three 7th grade boys (Kunal R., Ernie M., and Vijay K.), and three 8th grade boys (Connor M., Matt G. and Nick M.) represented LP in the championship flights. Only one representative, however, was able to make it into the top 10 and receive a medal for his efforts. The coaches are very satisfied with the efforts by the players and the improvements made and are looking forward to next season.

The seventh grade basketball team ended their season against the Addams Crusaders in the tournament at Keller. The first quarter was close, but unfortunately, the starting point guard, Isabella M., was injured and was taken out of the game. After this, the game started to get out of reach. However, late in the 4th quarter, with the score at 24-6, LP started to attempt a comeback led by Paige H. LP made the score 24-14 but eventually, time ran out, and the final score was 27-14. Sadly, the 7th grade team had a winless season, but hopefully, they will bounce back next year. The biggest problem for LP in the game was the turnovers, caused by steals and travels. However, they played a great defensive game with 11 steals in total. Also, LP scored the most points of their season while Paige H. had an MVP game. Stepping in for Isabella M. at point guard, she ended up scoring 10 points, two rebounds, and five steals. This performance definitely gave Paige the sure shot at MVP. The coaches were very impressed with the team and their season.

“They improved a lot,” said Coach Michelle Truax.

“It was a fun season and there was a lot of improvement,” said Coach April Rakestraw.

Unfortunately, the Prairie Dogs’ season is over, since it was an elimination game.

The 8th grade basketball team played a nail biting game against Keller in the tournament. It was a very defensive game for LP as they forced 23 turnovers over the course of the game. LP took a 24-18 lead in the fourth quarter but then let six consecutive points in. The game eventually ended, and the final score was 30-29 – Keller won. The highlight of the game was Ashley O.’s double double, racking up 12 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks, and five steals.

The coaches said, “Words cannot describe it. Lots of amazing athletes working together. Amazing season.” The LP basketball team ended the season with a 5-4 record.

The LP sports teams had great seasons and now the school is moving on to boys basketball and cheerleading. Both are hoping to have great seasons.

District 54’s Junior Journalists are seventh- and eighth-grade students from each of our junior high schools and Lincoln Prairie School who write monthly stories about their building for the District 54 website.