|2010 COVINGTON LADY BUCCS...
The Covington Lady Buccs enter the 2010 season with plenty of motivation to improve on a 21-2 season that ended in the sectional final.
The Covington Lady Buccs walked off the field with a bitter taste in their mouths after a 2-1 loss to Twin Valley South in the sectional final a year ago.
The loss was just three days after the unexpected passing of Doug Swartz, a teacher the kids were so close to - but excuses were never made even though Covington beat the same Twin Valley South team 7-0 just ten days earlier.
It spoiled an impressive 21-2 regular season in which Covington avenged one of its losses.
With the majority of the roster returning from last season, the fire in the players burns hotter than ever at a chance of redemption.
And the six seniors are the fuel that feeds the flame.
Halley Roberts, Shelby Hoblit, Kristin Swabb, Sarah Westfall, Emily Hicks and Carole Bayse all return to give Covington leadership. Each are talented players who contribute in various ways, whether it is playing several different positions or being vocal leaders in the dugout.
Also returning are juniors Chloe Shell and Aubrye Cain, along with sophomore Hannah Pond.
Covington ads eight very talented freshman to the roster, all capable of seeing significant action. The freshman class consists of Brittanie Flora, Casey Yingst, Connor Schaffer, Heidi Snipes, Jesse Shilt, Krystyn Boyer, Samantha Slusher and Zoe Reck.
There are plenty of strengths to the team, highlighted by several options on the mound. Chloe Shell and Halley Roberts were the one-two punch for Covington a year ago and will likely be in the rotation once again this year.
They'll be pushed greatly by Aubrye Cain and Casey Yingst, both outstanding young pitchers.
Speed will be improved with the return of Hannah Pond and Emily Hicks and the addition of Heidi Snipes. Covington likes to be aggressive on the bases and Head Coach Dean Denlinger has even more weapons this year to work with.
Covington will have to find a way to replace the middle of its defense as Kristen Boggs (shortstop), Michelle Leistner (second base) and Katie Dickey (center field) all graduated. They were the strength of the defense a year ago as they made it difficult for teams to hit up the middle.
Fortunately Covington has a talented lineup once again and with another year of maturity with Dean Denlinger's system, the Lady Buccs are primed for another stellar season - hopefully ending in redemption for the Lady Buccs.