New Ath­letic Train­ing Pro­grams Sprout Up At Lin­coln

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - SPORTS - By Mark Humphrey

LIN­COLN — Things play­ers and coaches have dreamed of in the past are fast be­com­ing re­al­ity in the sea­son of the un­prece­dented.

With the com­ple­tion of Lin­coln’s new Foot­ball Field­house at the high school, Lin­coln head base­ball coach Justin Bounds, who teaches at the ju­nior high and dou­bles as as­sis­tant foot­ball coach, has been quick to make use of the va­cated weight room across town at the ju­nior high. Work­ing in con­junc­tion with fel­low as­sis­tant foot­ball coach and head softball coach Beau Collins, Bounds es­tab­lished a train­ing regimen for base­ball and softball play­ers not in­volved in fall sports. He is also help­ing basketball ath­letes train.

“The ma­jor­ity of the base­ball team are out here on the foot­ball field, which I think is good,” Bounds said. “A few are over in basketball. A hand­ful are over with me.”

“Ev­ery­body kind of has their own space now. We’re not all crammed into the same room. We’re ex­cited, the kids are ex­cited. It’s a good day to be a Wolf.”

Collins ap­pre­ci­ates Bounds’ ini­tia­tive and his will­ing­ness to pick up high school ath­letes and su­per­vise their work­outs.

“The big­gest de­vel­op­ment is the base­ball and softball play­ers that don’t play fall sports are in there lift­ing weights,” Collins said. “Once or twice a week they get to work on skill train­ing.”

Collins said the work­outs are in­tended to make both the base­ball and softball pro­grams bet­ter and give Lin­coln an edge.

Bounds drew from an Al­pha Wolf work­out week di­rected by Lin­coln ath­letic di­rec­tor Deon Birkes in July, which brought all Lin­coln ath­letes to­gether from var­i­ous sports for a com­bined train­ing regimen.

“We had a big Al­pha Wolf Work­out this sum­mer with Coach Birkes, I’m try­ing to con­tinue that this fall,” Bounds said. “We’re try­ing to bring ev­ery­body to­gether. Coach Collins and I have tried to sched­ule home games on the same day. We’re try­ing to build more school spirit and to­geth­er­ness.”

“We’re try­ing to build more school spirit and to­geth­er­ness.” Justin Bounds Lin­coln Head Base­ball Coach

MARK HUMPHREY EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

Lin­coln as­sis­tant foot­ball coach and head base­ball coach Justin Bounds shows off the new var­sity foot­ball dress­ing area of the newly con­structed Foot­ball Field­house at the high school cam­pus. Bounds is mak­ing use of the old field­house by con­duct­ing work­out ses­sions and weight train­ing for base­ball and softball play­ers not in­volved in fall sports.

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