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Spring sports season is here

You wouldn’t believe it when you look out your front window or head outdoors, but those keeping tabs on local high school sports are aware that the spring sports season is upon us.

It may feel like winter, but the spring sports season is already here, with the first of the season’s events getting underway Saturday, as the Lincoln County High School track and field teams travel to Somerset for the Southwestern Warrior Invitational. Missy Slone is the girls coach and Jose Pope is the boys coach.

The track and field teams, which are scheduled to compete in 11 regular-season meets, will be closer to home for their second meet. The Pats and Lady Pats will compete in the Boyle County All-Comers on Tuesday, March 20.

The LCHS tennis teams, which are coached by Allen Lewis, were originally the first Lincoln springs sports teams scheduled to see action, but Sunday’s dumping of eight to 11 inches of snow in the area forced the cancellation of their home matches with Garrard County and Pulaski County Monday and Tuesday. The tennis teams are scheduled to host Southwestern Pulaski at 5 p.m. today (Thursday). They will play their first away match on Monday, March 19, at McCreary Central then return home to host Berea on Tuesday.

The Lincoln Bat Patriots will get their bats swinging on Tuesday, March 20, opening the 2018 season at home against Corbin at 6 p.m. Lincoln, which is coached by Tee Ellis, will follow its opener with three straight road games, playing at Southwestern at 6 p.m. on March 22, at Rockcastle County at 5:30 p.m. on March 23 then heading to East Jessamine on March 24 for a 1 p.m. ballgame.

The Lady Patriots softball team, led by Jeff Young, takes the diamond for the first time this season on Thursday, March 22 at Russell County. The first pitch is set for 5 p.m. The Lady Pats will be participating in the Lafayette Triangle Tournament on Saturday, March 24, with the first of their two scheduled games a noon matchup with Mercer County.