@ Tri-County North
@ National Trail
@ Milton Union
@ New Bremen
Houston @ Tri-Village
Twin Valley South
Sectional @ Tipp
Covington begins their 21st year in the Cross County Conference enthusiastically with a team, which has worked extremely hard over the off-season. The Covington Buccaneers enter the 2011-12 season coming off a 12-9 overall record and (8-4) in the Cross County Conference. The varsity team this year will have some experience, as four-letterman return for the BUCCS.
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 will play host to Versailles, Houston & Marion Local and the BUCCS will attempt to defend their 2010-11 championship in the Buckeye Insurance Holiday Tourney to be held at Piqua High School. The BUCCS' also have tough non-league games on the road against a new opponent in Coldwater, and also will see Milton and New Bremen on the road. This season the Buccs have moved up one division to Division 3, therefore they will not be playing in the Piqua Sectional either of the next two seasons.
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. Senior Sam Earick (5’10) begins his first season of varsity basketball. Sam will bring the team athleticism at the guard-position and will provide leadership in all areas. Senior Steven Blei (5’10), will begins his first full season of varsity action in the post position. Steven is under-sized for his position, but has never lacked in effort and has a knack for rebounding the basketball. Senior Dustin Hildreath (5’11) joins the Covington Basketball program for the first time.
The returning letterman for the varsity team are Juniors: (6’5)-Cole Owens, (6’0)-Dylan Owens, (5’8)-Troy Cron and (6’5)-Gabe Mohler. Cole Owens gained valuable experience the last two seasons at the varsity level and will give the BUCC’S a very strong post presence. Troy Cron will add quickness to this year’s line-up and will be counted on for leadership from the point guard position. Dylan Owens returns after a solid sophomore season at the varsity level and Dylan is a versatile player with a fine touch from the perimeter and around the basket. Gabe Mohler will add size and athleticism in the post-position after splitting last season between the varsity & reserve levels.
Several more Junior’s including Alex Baskerville (6’0), Ryan Craft (6’2), Trent Tobias (5’11) and Austin Angle (6’3) are all promising players who will see varsity action during the 2011-12 campaign. These four players played primarily at the reserve level last season and each will add depth to the Buccaneer varsity roster. All of the players on this year’s team will provide the BUCC’S with plenty of effort and heart each and every contest. Junior Dale Brant (5’10) looks to improve his skill level at the reserve level along with Cody Adams also a junior.
The 2011-12 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.
2011-12 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS - Kneeling (L-R): Manager Mason Dilley, Steven Blei, Sam Earick, Dustin Hildreth, Manager Bryan Miller. Standing (L-R): Assistant Coach Matt Rutledge, Bobby Alexander, Dylan Owens, Andre Benedict, Austin Angle, Gabe Mohler, Cole Owens, Ryan Craft, Alex Baskerville, Trent Tobias, Troy Cron, Head Coach Roger Craft. (Alex Baskerville and Dustin Hildreth quit the team).
2011-12 RESERVE BASKETBALL: Kneeling (L-R): Drew Schaurer, Dale Brant, Tyler Clark, Austin Lefeld. Standing (L-R): Cody Adams, Bobby Alexander, Tyler Henry, Robert Gengler, Andre Benedict, Ty Boehringer, Josh Earick, Sam Sherman. (Dale Brant quit the team).
2011-12 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS FRESHMAN TEAM: Kneeling: Coach Rob Cron. Standing (L-R): Dillon Risner, Austin lefeld, Sam Sherman, Jared Hagen, Robert Gengler, Ty Boehringer, Josh Earick, Bryan Kelly, Drew Schaurer.