|2013 GOLF PREVIEWS..
There are high expectations once again for the Covington boys and girls golf teams.
Bill Wise returns for his eighth season as coach.
The Buccs were 63-24 last season and 20-0 in the CCC, winning the conference title.
Graduating off that team were first team All-CCC players Sam Slusher and D.J. Seger; special mention all-CCC Ryan Craft and Tres Wirt.
Returning letterwinners include first team All-CCC player Joe Slusher, junior Jacob Blair and sophomore Levi Winn.
"This year, Joe Slusher (junior) will be our top golfer," Wise said. " Jacob Blair and Levi Winnwill compete for the second spot. Juniors Ty Boehringer and Matt Carder should fill the fourth and fifth position. The sixth spot will be a question mark as three freshman (Derek McCool, Jaret Vanhoose, and Jesse Wall) that are new to the game will be rotated in throughout the season.
"Obviously, with no seniors on the squad, someone will need to step up into a leadership position. Hopefully, Joe Slusher can pick up where his brother Sam left off last season and lead by example.
"The top five golfers have spent an incredible amount of time at the course this summer and if they can play up to their abilities each match, we should complete for a league title.
"With most golfers returning from last year, Franklin Monroe and Arcanum will be tough to beat."
Ron Schultz returns as coach.
The Lady Buccs were 27-32 overall last year, 14-4 in dual matches and 8-0 in the CCC.
Covington had the second best scoring average in school history (193.2).
Graduating off that team were CCC Player of the Year Cassie Ingle, first team All-CCC players Jamie Crowell and Katie Blair and Jordan Blanton.
Returning letterwinners include seniors Allison Ingle and Morgan McReynolds. Ingle was a first team All-CCC selection last year.
The new players include junior Sadie Canan, sophomore Kristie Romie and freshman Kelsey McReynolds and Addison Metz.
"I look for good seasons from Allison (Ingle) and Morgan (McReynolds), as well as strong leadership," Schultz said. "We want to see improvement in skill level from all the first year golfers.""