Winter Sports Prep Previews anchor this expanded edition of Star City Sports. The front-cover images are gleaned from the Lincoln Journal Star photo archives.

Girls basketball – Lincoln Lutheran High School’s Paige Ravenscroft and two fellow Warrior defenders apply pressure during C1-3 subdistrict basketball action last season. Lincoln Lutheran’s path to the state tournament was blocked by crosstown rival and eventual champion Lincoln Christian. With the Warriors fielding three starters at 6-feet or taller, defeating Lincoln Lutheran this season will be a tall order. Star City Sports Editor Dennis Buckley talks with Ravenscroft, a senior forward for the Warriors, on Page .

Swimming – Alana Palmer competes in the 200-yard individual medley during Heartland Athletic Conference action last season. Palmer’s swimming talents contributed to another state team championship for Lincoln Southwest High School last season. She is back for her senior season as the Silver Hawks take aim at repeating. L Magazine Editor Mark Schwaninger talks with the future Wisconsin Badgers swimmer in an interview on Page .

Boys basketball – Basketball brothers Tucker and Tanner Pinyan of Lincoln's Parkview Christian School spell double trouble for Wynot’s Cael Sudbeck during state basketball tournament action March 9, 2017. Tucker Pinyan is the Patriots’ lone returning starter from last year’s state tournament team, but a couple of talented transfers and a few reserves from the state tournament team are expected to help. Tucker Pinyan talks about this year’s Patriots team on Page in this issue.

Wrestling – Lincoln East’s Maxx Mayfield attempts to gain an advantage against Fremont’s Cody Fiedler at the Heartland Athletic Conference meet Jan. 14, 2017. The heralded freshman had his way with most of his opponents last season en route to a second-place finish at the Class A state meet. The seasoned sophomore talks about this year’s Spartan squad on Page in this issue.

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