Football

Lansing Lions football program anticipates banner year

2013-07-15T22:00:00Z 2013-07-15T23:07:50Z Lansing Lions football program anticipates banner yearJohn Burbridge john.burbridge@nwi.com, (219) 933-3371 nwitimes.com

LANSING | Where does a lion sleep?

Where ever it wants.

Where does the Lansing Lions youth football and cheer program play  home games?

Where ever it can find a swath of flat green, which is currently behind Heritage Middle School.

That may change, according to Lions public relations and team coach Mike Herrick.

"We have something in the works that may help us get our own field," Herrick said. "We're still in the negotiating phase right now, and we can't say (on the record) what it is until it's finalized, but if everything goes as planned, it's going to be great exposure for the league."

Last season, the Lions garnered attention from their playing exploits. Lansing claimed four Southwest Midget Football League "Super Bowl" titles.

"We plan to have an even bigger turnout for this season," said Terry Earp, who has just taken over at the Lions' president.

"Not only do we have more players, we're getting more volunteers," Earp said. "Everyone has a specialty ... something they do better than most. And we like to put those people in the right positions to help us out."

The Lions were holding conditioning sessions at Heritage. Among the conditioning coaches was former University of Kentucky defensive back Marcus McClinton.

"I do a lot of personal training around the area, and I decided to come out here and help the kids," said McClinton, a native of Calumet City.

McClinton nearly hooked up with the New England Patriots when he was a free agent signee in 2009.

"But I wasn't able to stay as long as l liked," said McClinton, who was cut before the season began.

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