Lincoln County returns four men from the starting lineup last season, but coach Matt Cameron says after that the Lynx are “going to be young. We don’t really have any returning varsity players beyond those four.”
Derek Shumway, McClain O’Connor, Preston Robbins and Mike Wood all return as the team will try to be as competitive as possible in the tough Division III Southern League. Chris Florence, who was a starter, is out for the season with a torn ACL.
Charlie Scott and Sam Anderson also return.
Lincoln was 7-10 last year and did not make the playoffs, and Cameron said the key word on the outlook for the team this season is “Rebuilding. We’re small and don’t have a lot of size, but we’re quick, so we’re really going to push the ball and put a lot of pressure on the opponents, taking advantage of our speed and quickness.”
“Agassi Prep brings back everybody from last year,” Cameron said, and he expects the Stars (25-1), the defending league and state champions, will be the odds on favorite again, followed by The Meadows, Needles, and Calvary Chapel, which leaves Lincoln looking to do their best to get a playoff spot. “We’re hoping to make the playoffs, that’s our goal,” he said.
“Agassi has picked up a couple of new players,” he added, “kids who were going to Gorman, but not getting a lot of playing time, have transferred to Agassi and probably will see a lot of playing time.”
The Lynx open the season this weekend at the Serpent Classic in Hawthorne. They have games with Yerington, Pyramid Lake, Pershing County, Smith Valley and Bishop, Calif.
Lincoln jumps right into league play Dec. 12-13 with a couple of road games at Lake Mead and Mt. View.
Cameron’s assistant coaches are Henry Frehner and Brian Jackson.