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Ashlyn Messinger is a member of the new generation. She’s a link from Northern Lebanon’s glorious past to the Vikings’ future.

It may be a lot to put on her shoulders, but Messinger has been charged with the task of carrying on the Vikings’ tradition of success. To this point, the junior forward has done an admirable in her role of leading Northern Lebanon, despite two setbacks this week.

On Saturday, Messinger pumped in a dozen points during the Vikings’ heart-breaking 36-35 home loss to Susquenita. Messinger also struck for 15 points, on a three-pointer and four-for-five foul shooting, in Tuesday’s 51-36 loss at Elco.

Despite the losses, Messinger’s Vikings still remained very much in the District Three Class AAAA playoff hunt.

For the season, Messinger leads Northern Lebanon in scoring, free throw shooting and three-point field goals. In addition, Messinger is one of the Vikings’ top rebounders.

During the fall, Messinger played goalkeeper for the Northern Lebanon girls’ soccer team and backstopped the Vikings to their most successful season in program history.

  • Jeff Falk

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