Lincoln Northwest High School to forgo varsity basketball season

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Lincoln’s newest high school will be forgoing a varsity basketball team this upcoming season.

Lincoln Public Schools and Northwest High School, which opened this fall, made the announcement Friday.

The Falcons will only play junior varsity, reserve and freshman-level games for both girls and boys, according to a press release.

“We have learned valuable lessons during our fall sports season that we carry with us as we navigate the rest of our first year,” said Rob Psencik, the high school’s activities director.

In September, the school canceled the rest of its varsity football season due to several players dealing with injuries.

SEE ALSO: Rest of season canceled for Lincoln Northwest varsity football

The Falcons only played three games and were blown out in all of them, as nearly half of the team were freshmen.

“Putting student safety first, we can focus on the junior varsity, reserve and freshman level, we can focus on developing our young players,” Psencik said in the release.

The expectation for next season is for the Falcons to put up varsity teams for both boys and girls basketball, Psencik added.

JJ Toczek, LPS athletic and activities director, supported the school’s decision to forgo the varsity basketball season.

“This was a difficult but appropriate decision,” he said.  “I appreciate the administration at Northwest being thoughtful and putting student safety, learning and success first.”

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