He’s go­ing ‘all out’ for lit­tle sis­ter

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS FRIDAY - By J.C. Car­na­han

Wekiva se­nior Lynch plays on as Jazz’myne, 5, fights brain stem tu­mor

Wekiva se­nior line­backer James Lynch Jr. spent Mon­day com­fort­ing his 5-year-old sis­ter while she un­der­went an­other round of chemo­ther­apy treat­ment.

Di­ag­nosed with a can­cer­ous brain stem tu­mor in April, the nee­dles are what scare Jazz’myne Lynch the most. She turns to her big brother, who at 6-foot-2 and 227 pounds of­fers a calm­ing pres­ence through such a gru­el­ing process.

“I’ve looked at this sea­son as go­ing all out for her,” Lynch said. “I’m try­ing to put ev­ery­thing I do into ev­ery play in be­tween the whis­tle for her, to make sure she knows I’m play­ing for her and that I’ve got her back.”

Wekiva, ranked No. 1 in the Sen­tinel Su­per 16 and the top seed in the Class 8A, Re­gion 1 play­offs, hosts No. 8 West Or­ange in a re­gion quar­ter­fi­nal Fri­day at 7:30 p.m.

West Or­ange (7-3) handed the Mus­tangs (9-1) their only loss of the sea­son on Sept. 28 when they

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Wekiva se­nior James Lynch Jr. has of­fered com­fort for his younger sis­ter this year while play­ing a big role on de­fense for the Mus­tangs.

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