Kayaking in the Pool!

Our Grade 11 students stepped up their preparations for Service Nepal by kayaking in our heated swimming pool. This was an opportunity for our students and teachers to meet their river and kayaking guides, while practicing important kayaking and water safety skills in a controlled environment.

Lincoln Football Tournament: Great Experience for Lady Leopards!

The Lincoln School Girls’ Football team divided and conquered in the Lincoln Invitational this past weekend. All girls trying out for SAISA were broken into two teams – Lincoln Red and Lincoln White – and were joined by a further 3 teams from other schools in the valley. It was a great learning opportunity for both our newer and more experienced players with lots of hard fought matches against Rato Bangala, TSS, and team United. Our Lincoln Red team finished the tournament as runner’s up with both teams contributing to some great football and team spirit. Congratulations to all!

Lincoln Hoops: Boys Show Their Class at Invitational

The Lincoln School Boys’ Basketball Team stepped up its preparations for SAISA at our local tournament this past weekend. With four teams competing for the trophy, our skilled and experienced players swept all other school opposition aside before meeting their match against the sharp-shooting Kirtipur Club team. In what would be a tight contest, the boys lost to a three in the final minute, but were pleased with their performances.

This tournament was also a wonderful experience for our JV squad, who got some valuable time on the court in game situations. Congratulations to the coaches and student-athletes on their efforts!

Lincoln Shuttlers Return from Chennai!

CHENNAI, India. — Our Lincoln Badminton team came back from the SAISA tournament in Chennai, India, with a number of wins under their belts, some individually-awarded and team-awarded sportsmanship pins, a huge amount of improvement and experience, and a whole heap of smiles. Throughout the exhausting three days of singles, doubles and mixed doubles play, our players demonstrated their endurance, perseverance and excellent sportsmanship traits.

Our Snow Leopards were knocked out in the tournament, but that doesn’t mean our players didn’t leave it all out on the courts, having incredibly close matches and showing their best effort. The development of our badminton athletes’ skills over the weekend alone was tremendous and I’m already excited to see where this growth takes us next year! I was also very impressed with the amount of peer coaching and support each student gave one another between and during each game.

Our players also helped make our long travel days run smoothly and enjoyably as we hung out in the airports, showing extreme patience in all the long lines and helping each other through the various checkpoints. It was especially pleasurable having our Seniors play with us for a final time, and we look forward to seeing the rest of our athletes out again for badminton next year!

Coach Brydie McMullan

Lincoln Tennis Team Rallies in Chennai

CHENNAI, India. — Lincoln School’s tennis team headed to India to brave the heat on the outdoor ground and rooftop courts of the American International School of Chennai.  First, we played round-robin ranked singles and doubles for boys and girls. With a handful of wins under our belt and a number of impressive (and long) matches behind us, the Snow Leopards headed into the mixed doubles portion of the meet where two of our teams made it to the quarterfinals, due to a strong showing from our newer players. In mixed teams play, Lincoln students co-won the 3/4 mixed category and placed second and third in the 1/2 mixed category. Our Snow Leopards played in quarters, semis, and finals, hitting shots and winning games that elicited gasps of shock and admiration from the watching crowd.

Despite having one of the youngest teams (and the only middle schoolers) at the tournament, every member of the team played long and hard, fighting for every point, game, and match. That competitive edge truly embodies the Snow Leopard spirit!

–  Coach Eve

Lincoln Boys Football Reach SAISA Semis!

MUSCAT, Oman. — The Lincoln Boys’ Football Team headed to the Gulf to defend their SAISA title against 9 nine other international schools.

Expectations were high heading into the tournament, and we kicked off in the heat of the day against a tough Dhaka team. The boys took a while to get going and went into the 2nd half a goal down, but then began to play their football and equalized from a penalty. Despite us having the momentum and the better play, Dhaka scored off a free-kick in the dying minutes to win 2-1.

We bounced back in style a couple of hours later, putting in a smooth and assured performance against Colombo. The boys threaded some nice passing together and capped their strong team play with a few spectacular goals, including a bicycle kick, to win 4-1!
Lincoln got the job done on day 2, with a strong performance against the Raptors from Chennai – winning 3-1. Great team play resulted in some fantastic opportunities and goals. This win took us into the quarter finals.
However, we had a quick turnaround and had to play Jordan a couple of hours later, who were also looking to seal their spot in the quarters. We took our collective feet off the pedal a bit too much in this match and ended up losing 2-1.
The boys played like poet warriors against ASB in the quarters. Despite controlling most of the game, we conceded two goals on the break and found ourselves with a mountain to climb with about 10 minutes remaining. However, we pulled a goal back from a penalty, and then found an equalizer off a corner, to send the game into extra time. It was in this grueling stage of the match that one of our 8th graders curled a ball into the top corner and the comeback was complete. What-a-game!!!
However, this left us with very little time to prepare for our semi-final vs Dhaka, who were playing their first match of the day. The opposition came out firing; we found ourselves a couple of goals down early on and were not able to recover this time, with physical and mental fatigue taking its toll.
We finished the tournament in 4th place. Not what we hoped for as defending champions, but it was great to see our boys keep their composure in challenging circumstances in the heat of Muscat.
At the awards banquet, our boys received a multitude of S-pins, both as individuals and the team as a whole, for their character, their friendship, and the respect they showed to all those associated with the tournament.

Go Snow Leopards!
LS Boys’ Football Coaches

Girls’ Basketball Travels to Jordan for SAISA Tournament

The 2019 SAISA Championships in Amman, Jordan came with many highs and lows over the 3-day event. The Snow Leopards came into the tournament with only two returning starters and some unfortunate injuries, yet, they still held their own. Captains, Sarya and Akshara showed all of SAISA why they are the leaders in the way that they both played and led both on and off the court. 8th-grade sensation, Ihra H, grew up in front of everyone on the court and was one of the leading scorers in the tournament.

Deeya and Celine, while new to basketball, improved each game giving the team chances defensively. Next year, they will even have more of an impact.

 

The entire bench (Riyasha, Ishika, Ashwini and Anisha) were able to get some valuable minutes, and each of them were able to score.

This team, after medaling for the past three years did not manage to this season. However, they won. They won so much more, the respect of every player, coach and spectator in the gym with a gutsy fight to the end spirit for family and pride. This was noted during the awards ceremony where the team was awarded several S-pins.

 

Coach Nielsen and Z couldn’t be more proud of this bunch of great kids.

 

 

 

LS Shuttlers Ramp Up Tournament Preparations

On Friday, Jan. 25th, the SAISA badminton team had the opportunity to travel to St. Xavier’s School in Jawalakhel to play in singles, doubles and mixed doubles matches. It was a great chance to test our skill against a formidable team of players. We had many wins and some losses, but most importantly, we walked away with a clear view of what to focus on before flying off to the SAISA tournament. It was also a great chance to mix with some students from another school!

-Coach Brydie

Lincoln Peps Up For SAISA!

The 2nd season pep-rally was a raving success with elementary students also in attendance to cheer on our art, band, basketball, badminton, football, music and tennis teams. Fun activities included a Principals’ charade challenge, and a whole-school rock-paper-scissors contest! Good luck to all our teams and go Snow Leopards!

Boys’ Football Team Reach LS Invitational Finals!

As well as hosting the Lincoln Invitational Girls’ Basketball Tournament, this weekend saw an action packed day on the LS turf with football matches galore. Two squads from Lincoln – LS Red and LS White – were joined by local schools and clubs, ULLENS, GEMS and SWSCFA, as well as the International School of Dhaka, who flew in for the 7-a-side tournament.

With two pools of three teams, the action got underway at 8AM with Lincoln Red running out 4-1 winners against ISD. This team was mostly comprised of more experienced Lincoln Seniors, while the LS White team was mostly made of up underclassmen. The Seniors followed up this performance with a resounding 4-2 victory against ULLENS, which meant they topped their pool heading into the semis. The Lincoln White team had a tough group, with club team SWSCFA, as well as GEMS, providing formidable opposition. While they lost both their group games, it was fantastic experience for this young group of boys.

In the semis, Lincoln Red found themselves up against GEMS, a team they have traditionally struggled to beat. However, the boys raced out of the blocks with a 3-0 lead only to take their collective feet off the pedal and find the game in the balance at 3-2. In what turned out to be an extremely exciting affair for the neutral, the Lincoln Red team progressed to the finals with a 6-4 win!

In the finals, the seniors would face the club team of SWSCFA, in what would turn out to be both a tactical and physical battle. However, the club team’s top player scored a screamer of goal in the first half and then their keeper came up trumps with some fantastic saves to deny the Reds the championship trophy.

All in all, this was a great day of football for all the teams that participated and we hope to come back and do it all again next season! Go Snow Leopards!