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SPORTS The Cardinal Times, SPRING 2021 • PAGE 7

Fantasy Football takes over Lincoln

once again

By REDDING LONGAKER

When the coronavirus hit in late March

of 2020, all sports were put on halt with no

certainty of when they would begin again.

However, there is one safe way for students

stuck at home to have fun with each other:

playing fantasy sports.

Fantasy sports are online games where

participants manage imaginary or virtual

teams made up of real players from a professional

sport. A “league” of players can

have as few as four people to as many as 12.

Once getting a group of friends together,

you are able to draft your own team. You

can choose players you like or the players

you think will be best for your team and

also trade players with your friends, as well

as signing and dropping “free agent” players

who aren’t on any teams.

Many students who play fantasy sports

think it is a very nice distraction from everything

going on in the world.

“I think that it is a mental break. It’s an

outlet for me to play a game with my friends

and have a fun competition in something

Lincoln mens soccer returning for

that I am interested in,” said sophomore

Morgan Miller, who manages a fantasy basketball

team.

This has been the case for other students

as well.

“It takes my mind off of [COVID-19] and

helps me focus on something that I love,”

sophomore Jimmy McCartan said.

Creating a fantasy team not only allows

students to take a mental break from

COVID-19 and school— it serves as a way to

communicate and enjoy time with friends

safely.

It gives students an opportunity to reach

out to each other while giving them something

to discuss that isn’t discouraging

news surrounding COVID-19.

“It keeps me and my friends in touch and

gives us something to talk about without

having to get together,” said McCartan.

Miller feels the same.

“It is a great way to socialize during quarantine,”

said Miller. “It’s a competition and

we pretty much play for bragging rights,

so it is always fun to smack talk with [my

friends].”

restricted season

By MAX EDWARDS

ABOVE: Lincoln’s 2021 varsity soccer team

prepares for their upcoming restricted season.

Courtesy of LINCOLN SOCCER TEAM

In the later months of 2020, there was

doubt about whether or not there would

be a fall sports season for Lincoln athletes.

However, just over a month into 2021, Lincoln

fall sports athletes returned to practices

after OSAA gave the green light.

With the season just around the corner,

questions are being asked regarding the restrictions

due to the pandemic. Will there

be a difference in games or training? Will

the exhilarating atmosphere that Lincoln

varsity games possess return as in previous

seasons?

For Pablo Dipascuale, head coach of the

boys’ varsity soccer team, preparation for

the season has brought only minor challenges

to the table.

“It [preparation] will be similar, only

slightly rushed. A difference may be that we

get limited on the amount of players we can

roster for a given match [due to the limit of

people to a site],” said Dipascuale.

With the pandemic still ongoing, it is a

priority for Dipascuale to keep his coaching

staff and players safe as well as attempting

to construct a successful season.

“Really, we just have to follow a bunch

of protocols. As far as restrictions go, the

one that really stands out is the limit on the

number of people that can be on site at a

time,” he said.

COVID-19 has presented many challenges

this past year, with many doubting the

return of high school sports as a whole, but

from the start Dipascuale had hope in the

return of his beloved sport, “football.”

“The club soccer scene has been holding

competitive matches and running various

leagues since October 2020, so it only made

sense for a high school season to happen

too,” he said.

The first day of tryouts were held Monday

Feb. 22, 2021.

“Our first match would be a week from

then (February 22, 2021) at [the] earliest,

but that has yet to be published by our athletic

department,” Dipascuale said.

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