Prep Athlete of the Week: Eli Lininger

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      EUGENE, Ore. - The South Eugene High School boys basketball team didn't finish where it wanted to last season.

      Heading into this year, the axemen are reloaded and lead by one of the best players in 6a.

      Eli Lininger is the prep athlete of the week for December 5.

      Last season, South Eugene made an early exit in the playoffs, losing to Century 80-64..

      Lininger, a junior forward, said the loss served as motivation to improve during the off-season.

      Lininger has started on the varsity team since his freshman year.

      In terms of his style of play, Lininger averaged almost 18 points per game last season.

      Committed to play in college at Yale University, Lininger said he's been influenced and humbled by his parents.