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'15-'16 Covington Buccs...


2015-16 SCHEDULE


@ Bradford
@ Newton
TV South
@ TC North
Russia @ Piqua
Troy Ch. @ Piqua
@ Milton
@ National Trail
@ New Bremen
Miami East
@ Bethel
Marion Local
@ Tri-Village
@ Coldwater
@ Mississinawa Valley
Franklin Monroe
Anna (Senior Night)
Botkins (Sec)

Jackson Center (Sec)

W 56-48
L 38-80
L 55-67
L 39-57
W 69-63
W 47-46
L 64-71
W 48-41
W 53-46
W 44-31
W 57-56
L 42-56
L 46-55
L 45-53
L 45-55
W 51-38
L 46-78
L 60-63
L 61-64
L 53-56
W 69-52
L 35-49
W 55-46
L 31-55





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

By Rob Kiser - Piqua Daily Call
Covington boys basketball coach Matt Pond and his team are looking to improve on last year's 6-17 season.

And if the effort in the off-season is any indication, that won't be a problem.

"This has been the best turnout of my four years with the work they have done in the off-season," Pond said. "Once we got past the non-contact period, from showing up in the weight room to all the off-season stuff, this is the largest group I have had. They have put the work in."

And the cupboard is not bare from last year.

Returning are leading scorer Jordan Maschino, a 6-2 senior guard-forward; Tristan Sowers, a 6-4 junior who started a year ago in the post; and Nathan Blei, a 6-foot junior guard who is starting for the third season.

Maschino averaged around 13 points a year ago.

"He is our lone senior," Pond said. "He is coming off a big junior year and we expect him to be a leader for us. The kids look to him in practice as a guy to follow."

Blei brings plenty of experience.

"He has started for us since he was a freshman," Pond said. "He is a guy who continues to get better each year and provides leadership."

Sowers started for the first time last season.

"He gives us some size and was a nice surprise last season," Pond said. "He is a guy who can step out and play on the wing as well."

Covington also has a group of young players that Pond likes.

"Quite a few of them have some varsity experience," he said. "This is one of the most athletic teams we've had."

Also seeing action at the guard position will be 5-7 sophomore Jett Murphy and 5-7 junior Jayce Pond.

"Jett (Murphy) is a guy up off the JV team," Pond said. "He is a guy who can really get after it defensively. Jayce (Pond) can do a little bit of everything. Shoot the ball, handle the ball and play defense. It gives us (with Nathan Blei) three good guards."

Also seeing action inside will be 6-3 junior Kenny Atkinson, 6-3 junior Trevor Miller, 6-3 sophomore Zach Parrett and 5-11 junior Adam Lefeld.

"Kenny (Atkinson) is a guy who can play the wing or in the post," Pond said. "Trevor (Miller) is a kid who works hard and plays taller than he is. Zach (Parrett) is a sophomore who saw some varsity time last year. He had a lot of crucial minutes in crunch time of games. He is an athletic kid with a lot of upside. Adam (Lefeld) is a kid who gives us a lot of strength in the post area."

Without a lot of size, Pond hopes to take advantage of his teams strength.

"We talk about getting out in transition and getting easy baskets," Pond said. "But, you don't want to get in too much of a transition game and trying to do it every time. We want to be able to play both styles, depending on who we are playing against."

Pond knows there will be no nights off in the CCC.

"You have the returning state champions (Tri-Village)," Pond said. "But, this league is full of quality coaches and quality athletes in every program."

Pond just wants to see his young team progress throughout the season.

"You would hope so," he said. "We need to learn the things you need to do to be successful as a team like sharing the basketball, making that extra pass - those kind of things."

The off-season commitment already has the Buccs ahead of the game.

SENIORS: #10 Jordan Maschino.

2015-16 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS - Standing (L-R): Coach Steve Dunn, Head Coach Matt Pond, Jayce Pond, Zach Parrett, Trevor Miller, Tristan Sowers, Jordan Maschino, Kenny Atkinson, Nathan Blei, Adam Lefeld, Jett Murphy, Coach Dean Maxson.

2015-16 RESERVE BASKETBALL: Standing (L-R): Coach Dean Maxson, Jack Shell, Christian Warden, Bradley Wiggins, Braden Miller, Tyler Fraley, Hunter Alexander, Mason Dilley, Cade Harshbarger, Ty Freeman, Gray Harshbarger, Nathan Lyle, Bryan Miller, Chad Yohey.

2015-16 RETURNING LETTERMEN: #5 Jayce Pond, #10 Jordan Maschino, #13 Trevor Miller, #40 Zach Parrett, #32 Tristan Sowers, #15 Nathan Blei.

2015-16 COACHING STAFF: Assistant Coach Steve Dunn, Head Coach Matt Pond, Junior Varsity Coach Dean Maxson.