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Improved Lincoln Park team shapes up for 2014 PHOTOS

  • An improved Lincoln Park Railsplitters team heads into the 2014 season after snapping a 66-game losing streak last year. News-Herald File Photo
  • An improved Lincoln Park Railsplitters team heads into the 2014 season after snapping a 66-game losing streak last year. News-Herald File Photo
  • An improved Lincoln Park Railsplitters team heads into the 2014 season after snapping a 66-game losing streak last year. News-Herald File Photo
For the 2014 Lincoln Park football team, it looked to be a case of out with the bad and in with the good at the team’s first day of official practice.

Gone is the ugly, multi-year losing streak that the team had been saddled with, as the skid was halted last year at 66 games.

Losing and selfish attitudes are now on the way out, as well, said Railsplitters Coach Jamie Grignon.

“We had that “pink elephant,” the dark cloud, over every practice,” he said. “Our kids were afraid to care. Now we’re teaching them that it’s okay to care about something.

“We have to get rid of the concept that they used to have (of) ‘we lost the game, but I played pretty good, so it’s okay.’ We are really building that team unity where nothing is good if you lose. That’s coming together real nice.”

Heading into the new season is a big, talented team that features players who have tasted some success in other Lincoln Park sports, such as track and field, wrestling and on the 2014 district champion baseball team.

“All of us coaches at the high school (varsity) level right now all are on the same page, we’re pushing other kids to play in all the sports and winning breeds winning,” Grignon said.

While the first day of practice was hampered by bad weather, Grignon said that when his team actually hits the gridiron, several players are ready to step into their positions and excel, with others serving as capable back-ups.

However, one major test for Lincoln Park will be how well it can rebound from adversity, which is something that has been an Achilles’ heel for the squad in recent years.

“We figure we don’t really have a weak spot in any of our positions,” Grignon said. “Our depth is okay, the big thing is how are we going to react when something negative happens to us.

“With our past record, we’re really not used to rebounding quick from something negative. I feel if we can get past that hump, we should be okay this year.”

The Rails open up the 2014 campaign with a Downriver League battle on Aug. 28 at Anderson.

Last Updated: 8/11/2014 6:52:40 PM EST

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