Is it hot in here?
At Lincoln County, the answer is yes. The Lincoln boys are turning up the heat on their opponents by turning up the temperature in their gymnasium. Even with a typically good home crowd warming up the place during Tuesday’s game against Danville, the building’s heaters worked hard throughout the game to keep the temperature in the mid-70s.
That’s a little on the warm side when there’s a big crowd in the house, but it’s just where the Patriots want it. Lincoln coach Jeff Jackson said didn’t say whether the advantage was physical or psychological, but he said the coaches want to make sure the players are perspiring whether at games or practices. “We like it hot, even at practice,” Jackson said. “They need to sweat and get good and loose.”
Regardless of the room temperature, Lincoln one of the hottest teams in the 12th Region, with wins in five of its last six games and a 2-0 start in 45th District play. At 11-5 overall, the Patriots’ record is better than every team in the region except McCreary Central, which has won seven straight games and is 11-4. Oh, and they’re 5-0 at home.
But if you’re going to see them play at home, wear short sleeves.