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'08-'09 Covington Buccs...

The Buccs will need leadership from senior Andy Sparks in order to get back to playing winning basketball.
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2008-09 BASKETBALL LINKS
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2008-09 SCHEDULE

12/05/08
12/06/08
12/12/08
12/13/08
12/16/08
12/27/08
01/02/09
01/03/09
01/09/09
01/16/09
01/17/09
01/23/09
01/24/09
01/31/09
02/03/09
02/06/09
02/07/09
02/13/09
02/16/09
02/20/09
02/27/09
03/04/09

Tri-County North
Fairlawn
National Trail
@ Versailles
@ Miami East
@ Marion Local
@ Piqua
@ Piqua vs Russia
@ Ansonia
Tri-Village
New Bremen
@ Newton
Milton Union
Anna
@ Franklin Monroe
Bradford
Bethel
@ Arcanum
Mississinawa
@ Twin Valley South
Bradford (T)
Ft. Loramie (T)

59-58
63-51
59-42
26-47
54-65
34-48
56-63
33-51
36-47
50-54
50-59
39-26
66-52
53-59
36-54
58-34
40-39
36-52
64-56
49-52
50-27
34-47

2008-09 CCC STANDINGS

Team

CCC

ALL

Miami East 11-1 18-1
Arcanum 11-1 13-6
Tri-Village 10-2 14-6
Bethel 9-3 12-8
Ansonia 7-5 9-11
Franklin Monroe 6-6 11-9
Mississinawa 6-6 9-11
Covington 6-6 8-12
Twin Valley South 5-7 10-10
Tri-County North 3-9 4-16
Newton 2-10 3-17
Bradford 1-11 5-15
National Trail 1-11 1-19

Covington begins their 18th year in the Cross County Conference enthusiastically with a team, which has worked extremely hard over the off-season an enter the 2008-09 season coming off a 5-16 record & (3-9) in the Cross County Conference.

"We had a good summer," said Buccaneer coach Roger Craft. "We had a solid showing in the summer league and in our Gym Rat program. Hopefully that carries over into the season."

The Buccs graduated four seniors off of last years team - (Jordy Burelison, Bill Dickey, Kody Thiebeau and JJ Thompson). But the varsity team this year will have some experience, as seven-letterman return to the roster.

"We'll still be fairly young, but we have more experience than we did last year," Craft said. "That should bode well for us in close games, something that hurt us a little last year. We came up short in some close games last season."

The team will once again face some stiff competition in the CCC and like always will have a more than competitive non-league schedule.

Covington travels to Versailles and Marion Local and will play in the WPTW Holiday Tournament to be held at Piqua High School on January 2nd and 3rd. The Buccs also have tough non-league games at home against Fairlawn, New Bremen, Milton, and Anna.

"We like to schedule tough non-league games," Craft explained. "You know you'll get tested against teams like Versailles and Marion Local. Throw in the rest of the non-league games, our schedule is pretty tough."

The Buccaneer players on the varsity roster this season will be expected to provide the leadership necessary in order to challenge for the league title and be tournament ready.

"That's always our first goal (winning the league title)," Craft said. "Our league schedule is demanding and we have to be on top of our game every night. Hopefully our schedule prepares us for what we'll see in the tournament."

Senior Andy Sparks (6'3) will bring the team athleticism to the post position and he is versatile enough to play on the perimeter as well.

"Andy has great instincts," said Craft. "He's a very athletic and versatile player. He's able to play inside or on the perimeter, which allows us to do some different things at both ends of the floor."

Senior Nate Lavey (5'11) will return and provide the necessary leadership in all areas. Nate will play in the backcourt after a good season last year at the varsity level.

"Nate is a quiet leader," Craft stated. "He has a nice floor game and is a solid defender."

Senior Kyle Kanet (5'7) will compete for the point guard position and will be counted on for a solid floor game.

"Kyle will be in the mix for the point guard position," said Craft. "We have some options at the point and he'll have the opportunity to contribute."

Other returning letterman are juniors Ben Christian, Jordy Meyer and Adam Craft.

"Jordy has a nice touch around the basket and is solid on the boards," Craft explained. "Ben's also strong on the boards and is a good enough athlete to play inside or outside. Adam ran the point a lot for us last year, but he's also big and strong enough to take his game inside as well."

Josh Boehringer, a sophomore, also returns after contributing at the varsity level last season.

"Josh is an aggressive, strong kid," said Craft. "He'll definitely compete for varsity action this season."

Several other sophomores, including Jake Bitner (5'10), Eric Beckstedt (5'10) and Martin Leistner (5'7), all played primarily at the reserve level last season and each will compete for varsity action during the course of the season.

"All three of those kids will be in the mix for varsity time," Craft said. "Jake is a great competitor. He ran the point for us last year at the JV level and Beckstedt is a good shooter from the outside. Along with Martin, they provide us some depth on the roster."

All of the players on this year's team will provide the Buccs with plenty of effort and heart as they attempt to get Covington back to its winning ways.

The 2008-09 Buccaneer hoopsters enter this campaign with optimism and excitement. However, the Cross County Conference will provide some tough competition. Add to this the non-league foes, and you can see that the Buccs will have many challenges to overcome as they strive to continue the tradition of excellence.


2008-09 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS - Kneeling: Head Coach Roger Craft. Standing (L-R): Martin Leistner, Eric Beckstedt, Garrett Clark, Ben Christian, Josh Boehringer, Jordy Meyer, Andy Sparks, Adam Craft, Garrett Sprankle, Nate Lavey, Jake Bitner, Tyler Noffsinger and Kyle Kanet.

2008-09 RESERVE BASKETBALL: Kneeling: Coach Josh Long. Standing (L-R): C.J. Poling, Garrett Clark, Andrew Tobias, Jake Stewart, Kody Spade, Brian Hitchcock, Dylan Fortner, Garrett Sprankle, Tyler Noffsinger and Martin Leistner.

2008-09 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS FRESHMAN TEAM: (L-R) Christian Carder, Isaiah Winston, Wes Root, Darren Clark, Sam Christian, Sam Earick, Steven Blei and Coach Dave Hart.