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Senior Richard Canan will spark the 2005-06 Buccs as they strive to continue the tradition of excellence.


Dusty Kimmel returns for his fourth season at the varsity level.
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at Fairlawn
at Bradford
Versailles
at Arcanum
Mississinawa Valley
Russia
Marion Local
at Franklin Monroe
at Milton Union
Newton
at Ansonia
at National Trail
at New Bremen
Tri-Village
at Anna
Bethel
Miami East
Twin Valley South
Tri-County North
at Tipp City
vs Botkins (Piqua)
vs Ft. Loramie (Piqua)
vs Houston (Piqua)

W 67-62
W 80-31
W 66-53
W 47-46
W 64-48
L 63-70
W 45-42
W 69-57
W 72-47
W 73-51
W 58-54
W 65-50
L 57-62
W 53-47
W 62-55
L 43-52
W 64-37
W 70-49
W 53-31
L 42-53
W 68-55
W 71-59
L 58-59

Team

CCC

ALL

Covington

10-1

16-4

Bethel

10-1

15-5

Tri-Village

9-2

13-7

Twin Valley South

8-3

15-5

Arcanum

8-3

15-5

Newton

5-6

7-13

Ansonia

5-6

8-12

Franklin Monroe

4-7

5-15

Mississinawa Valley

3-8

6-14

Tri-County North

3-8

6-14

National Trail

1-10

1-19

Bradford

0-11

1-19

Covington begins its 15th year in the Cross County Conference enthusiastically with a team, which has worked extremely hard over the off-season. The Covington Buccaneers enter the 2005-06 season coming off a 11-10 record.

The Buccs return the nucleus of last years team with six seniors and five juniors on the varsity roster. No seniors were lost from a year ago giving the Buccs a complete line-up with varsity experience.

Last season Covington finished third in the Cross County Conference at 7-4 in league play. The Buccaneers then lost a heartbreaker to the #1 seeded Jackson Center Tigers in the opening round of the Piqua Sectionals. With the experience and a disappointing taste of losing a close tournament game, a hunger returns for 05-06.

The Buccs will once again face stiff competition in the CCC and, like always, will have a more than competitive non-league schedule. Covington once again has one of the toughest schedules around with the likes of Russia, Marion Local, Versailles, and Miami East at home. (East joins the CCC next year). The Buccs have tough non-league games on the road as well against Fairlawn, New Bremen, West Milton, Anna, and Tipp City.

With an experience line-up, the Buccaneer players on the varsity this season will be expected to provide the leadership necessary in order to challenge for the league title and be tournament ready.

Three-year letterman and all-league senior Darin Rhoades (6'0") will play in the back-court and provide the necessary leadership in all phases of the game. Rhoades has worked very hard in the off-season to become a complete all-around player. Darin led the Buccs in scoring a year ago with 16.9 points-per-game.

A two-year letterman and junior Gene Studebaker, (6'2") will also return after two solid years at the varsity level as a freshman and sophomore. Gene is very athletic and can play either on the perimeter, the point, or in the post.

Senior Dusty Kimmel (6'4") is another three-year letterman who is a very intense competitor. Kimmel was the second leading rebounder last season and will also be counted on to be a leader for this season.

The third three-year letterman is senior Richard Canan (6'0"). Richard is a n excellent floor general, a very good defender, and has great court awareness. Canan led the Buccs in assists a year ago with 99 and was second on the team in scoring with 10.6 points-per-game.

Another senior and a two-year letterman is Nick Meyer (6'3"), a post player who will give the team a solid inside scoring threat and an aggressive rebounder.

Junior Seth Mohler (6'3") returns as a staring post player after leading the team in rebounds last year. Mohler is a very athletic and versatile player who can play in the post and on the perimeter.

Two more seniors, Corey Sprankle (6'3") and Tyler Iddings (5'10") will provide valued minutes off the bench. Sprankle has a soft touch and will give the Buccs much needed depth in the post. Iddings returns to Covington after two years at Valley View and will provide depth in the back-court.

Rounding out the varsity roster are three juniors. Corey Patty (6'1"), Derek Brumbaugh (6'4"), and Drew Craft (6'1") all played primarily at the reserve level last season. All three of these players will provide depth to the varsity team this year.

The 2005-06 Buccaneers enter this campaign with optimism and excitement. However, the league and non-conference schedules will provide some tough competition as the Buccs strive to continue the tradition of excellence.