COVINGTON — Veteran coach Lonnie Cain is back to coach Covingotn volleyball.
Covington finished 10-13 overall last year and 8-5 in the CCC.
Graduating off that team were Brooke Gostomsky and Arianna Richards.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Rachel York, Savannah Schaurer and Ashley Cecil; and juniors Brie Dieperink and Breanna Kimmel.
“This is a fun group that is eager to learn and natural competitors,” Cain said. “Last season we dropped a few five set matches that hopefully with another year of maturity we will come out on top this season. I am hopeful that we can improve on last season’s 8-5 league record and match the challenges presented by some top notch non-league matches against Jackson Center, Anna, New Bremen, Versailles and Miami East in the CCC.
“I expect the Buccs to improve every time we touch the court, be fun to watch and to be competitive while representing Covington in a positive manner on and off the court.”
Cain hopes to be in the mix in the CCC this season.
Boys Cross Country
Josh Long returns as coach.
Leading the way will be senior Josh Sowers, juniors Nate Lyle, Hunter Brumbaugh, Mason Dilley, Dylan Kelly and Tanner Kimmel; and sophomores Ashby Rench and Tyler Travers.
New to the team are Zane Barhorst, Ian Benedict, Ryan Gengler, Spencer Hogue, Hunter Evans, Fletcher Metz and Andrew Parker.
“They have all been working extremely hard,” Long said. “So, it will be fun to watch how much they have improved.”
The goal is for the Buccs to be running their best at the end of the season.
Girls Cross Country
The Covington girls cross country team is coming off another successful season.
The Buccs were CCC champs, district runnerup, regional runnerup and ninth in D-III at state.
The top returners include seniors Allison Angle, Allison Babylon, and Anna Dunn; juniors Sarabeth Anderson, Daneille Alexander, Emma Dammeyer, Kelsey Dysinger, and Tori Lyle; and sophomores Paige Boehringer, Ashlyn Plessinger, Sarah Remley, and Olivia Vombaur.
New Runners include Chelsea Ford, Alexis Meyer, Shae Robinson, Savannah Travers, and Sammi Whiteman.
Leading the way for the Buccs will be returning state qualifiers Danielle Alexander, Paige Boehringer, Emma Dammeyer, Kelsey Dysinger, Ashlyn Plessinger, and Anna Dunn, a three-time state qualifier.
‘We have a solid group of runners returning and I think we could have some new runners that will be competing for a varsity spot by the end of the year, which will make our whole team better in the end,” Long said. “They have all worked extremely hard, so it will be another fun season with a great group of girls.”
Covington girls hope to be in the mix for another league title.
Bill Wise returns for his 11th season as coach.
The Buccs finished 28-80 overall last year and 11-11 in the CCC.
Graduating off that team were Levi Winn and James Grilliot.
The lone returning letterwinner is Andrew Slusher.
With only one returning letterman, we will be very young and inexperienced this season,” Wise said. “Two seniors graduated and two other lettermen from last season are not playing this year. Our one returning letterman (Andrew Slusher) will be very good this season and should be among the top five players in the league.
“Beyond that, we will need to dramatically improve to compete for a league title. Derek McCool (senior), Hunter Alexander (sophomore), Jack Shell (sophomore), and Dylan Lucas (freshman) will round out the top five and newcomers Garrett Warner (sophomore) and Thomas Keuther (freshman) will be rotated in the sixth spot throughout the season. Our goal this season is to keep improving throughout the season while picking up valuable playing experience.”
Wise is hopeful to compete for a middle of the pack finish in the CCC.
Adam Sweigart returns as coach.
The Lady Buccs finished 4-12 overall last year and 4-4 in the CCC.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Addison Metz, Kelsey McReynolds and Megan Alexander; junior Noelle Gast; and sophomore Emily Thompson.
Rounding out the roster are sophomores Mackenzie Gambill and Emily Hedrick; and freshman Bailey Tipps.
“This season is a season full of experienced golfers, with five of our six players returning,” Sweigart said. “We have a strong core of seniors (3) who will anchor our scoring efforts. All of the ladies have plenty of ability to provide a strong showing each match we play.
“We have three new players this year who are new to the game, so they will have valuable learning experiences this year to continue to build on their skill moving forward. Our team is full of players who are using each day at practice and each match they play to improve their scores and build their confidence in their overall golf game.
“My hope as a coach is to compete at each match we play and produce a good team result, but also allow the girls to improve their scores each time they go out on the course. We hope to be more successful each and every year, and our team has the skill to do so.”
The Buccs hope to finish in the top three in the conference.