Graduated eighth-grader Holly Hansen of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln is learning about varsity softball pitching on the fly.
Fourth-ranked and defending champion Ankeny Centennial, which blasted A.L. 7-0 last year in the first round at state, squeezed past the No. 5 Lynx 3-2 Thursday in another Class 3-A state quarterfinal at Cownie Soccer Park.
For the first 40 minutes Monday night at Gale Wickersham stadium, the No. 9 ranked Johnston Dragons were utilizing their skill and the wind to put all kinds of pressure on the No. 5 ranked Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln Lynx, forcing numerous corner kicks and putting the ball in dangerous, s…
Six different girls scored in Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln’s 6-0 romp over Council Bluffs St. Albert Thursday at the Y soccer fields, and coach Robbie Miller said that’s a perfect example of why his team is so good.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln returns seven starters from last year’s baseball team that finished 15-23 overall and 10-14 in the Missouri River Conference.
It appeared early on that the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln boys would win going away at Gale Wickersham Stadium to secure an outright Missouri River Conference title as the Lynx scored twice in the first 12:04 to go up 2-0 on Sioux City West.
With 1:03 left in the match, Abraham Lincoln was celebrating its first lead after Darby Thomas scored her second goal of the game to propel the Lynx past a shocked Lewis Central squad.
It has become tradition for the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln main office workers to mark off in tape the distance Darby Thomas leaped to win a Drake Relays or state championship in the long jump. There was more cause for celebration later Monday.
Darby Thomas didn’t begin hurdling until last season, but she just added a Drake Relay hurdling title to her haul.
COUNCIL BLUFFS — After allowing two goals in the first two minutes of a season-opening 3-0 loss to Council Bluffs Lewis Central, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln was looking for a better start this time around against the Titans.
Throughout Darby Thomas’ high school track career, she has displayed the rare ability to peak in the most pressure-filled moments. It happened again Thursday.
If this weekend’s matches are any indication, the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln girls soccer program might be ready to make the jump into Iowa’s elite.
The Abraham Lincoln girls entered the Class 5-A Region 4 opening round with the goal of making every Thomas Jefferson possession difficult. Mission accomplished.
The last time Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln lost a game to a city opponent, Josh Dix was in third grade. Since then, the Lynx had rattled off 26 straight wins against city teams and captured five straight city titles.
When things started getting close down the stretch between visiting Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln and Lewis Central, the Lynx’s Jadin Johnson decided to take over.
Last month, Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln’s 26-game girls basketball win streak against Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson was snapped in dramatic fashion, on Hannah Belt’s 3-pointer at the buzzer. “We’ve been thinking about that ever since we lost,” Abraham Lincoln junior Lucy Turner said.
With its unblemished record on the line at Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, 4-A No. 9 Sioux City East saved its best for last. Aidan Vanderloo led the charge as the Black Raiders erupted for 33 fourth-quarter points to earn a 73-66 come-from-behind win over the Lynx to remain unbeaten at 9-0.
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln was clicking defensively and Council Bluffs St. Albert was struggling to find its way on offense.
That combination resulted in a 53-31 blowout win for the visiting Lynx.
Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson sophomore Hannah Belt may have scored just five points against Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln, but those five happened to be the Yellow Jackets' biggest of the game — and maybe in almost a decade in the rivalry.
If the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln players have nightmares about 3-pointers flying over their heads, Sioux City West provided the Lynx with a reason for those sleepless nights.
Abraham Lincoln senior Darby Thomas announced on Twitter Thursday night that she will continue her career with the Huskers next year.
Abraham Lincoln coach Katie Darrington said she stressed pouncing early on visiting crosstown rival Thomas Jefferson in the Class 5-A Region 2 regional round just as her team tries to do against every opponent.
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln was looking for some momentum to end the season after the Lynx got their first win of the year last week against Des Moines North. But Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson would have none of it.
Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln volleyball coach Katie Darrington knows the team’s program doesn’t do Liam Lutz justice. He’s listed as a manager, and while that’s technically true, it’s not an accurate representation of the role he’s played this season.
The days of Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln sneaking up on highly touted volleyball opponents likely are over. Now the Lynx’s task is maintaining a consistent quality effort, even against the state’s elite teams.
Sioux City East entered the contest having been shutout twice already this season while the Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln defense had given up 148 points in its three losses. But the Lincoln defense was unable to stop East, too, as the Raiders torched the Lynx 49-0 at Gale Wickersham Stadium.