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Lincoln, young Airedales face competition at Hendrix camp 6/3/22

Lincoln, young Airedales face competition at Hendrix camp 

By Kevin Taylor 

Alma Schools 


Dominic Lincoln is ready to see how his young Airedales stack up against elite talent. 


The Airedales’ second-year coach will take his team to Conway next week to compete in the Hendrix Team Camp.


Sophomores Israel Towns-Robinson, Camden Curd, Carmani Smith, Matthew Rodgers, and Miles Kendrick are expected to challenge for playing time in 2022-23. The Airedales also have key pieces back like Matthew Schlegel and Branson Brogan. 


“The Hendrix team camp is where all the programs go that have high expectations for themselves,” Lincoln said. “There are a lot of winning programs that go there.”


First up for the Airedales is Conway. The Wampus Cats, who recently hired a new coach (Conway native Brian Longing), finished 14-13 this past season. Fayetteville, White Hall, Little Rock Mills, Farmington, and Bryant are also on the Airedales’ schedule. 


The Airedales defeated Mills (73-72) for their first state championship in 2005. 


“For me, I wanted to take our young group of kids that we have a lot of confidence and faith in, but also expose them to different brands of basketball. I think it’s going to be a good test for us; I think we’re going to learn a lot about ourselves. I think it’s really good for us, for what we’re trying to do in our program moving forward.”


The expectations, Lincoln said, are to put the winning stamp back on the program, something Alma enjoyed plenty of between 2000-19. 


The Airedales combined for just 14 wins over the last two seasons. 


“Yes, we’re going to get our feet wet, and yes, it’s going to be a wake-up call,” Lincoln said. “But I’m looking forward to going there for six games and just competing and fighting, and to show that we belong. That’s my expectation … for us to go and gain some respect.” 


In addition to Conway, Alma’s first day of competition includes games with White Hall and Fayetteville. “We play Little Rock Mills, Farmington, and Bryant the second day,” Lincoln said. “We’re just going to go down there and mix it up.”