|2019 LADY BUCCS SOFTBALL...
The roster may be small, but the Covington Lady Buccs continue to have high expectations - on and off the field.
COVINGTON - Phil Smith returns for his second season as coach.
The Buccaneers finished 10-8 overall and 7-5 in the CCC last year.
Graduating off that team were Sarah Hubbard, Emma Dammeyer and Noelle Gast.
Returning letterwinners include senior Makenna Gostomsky, juniors Kirstie Barnes, Layklyn Kemp, Kenzie Long and Morgan Studebaker and sophomores Allie Garman, Hailey Jackson, Ra Shell Reed and Bethany Weldy.
Gostomsky is the lone four-year player on the team, while Long and Studebaker are junior who have been in the starting lineup since their freshmen years. Barnes, Kemp and Garman also received significant playing time a year ago.
As usual, the Cross County Conference is stacked against this year with returning state final four participant Bradford entrenched as the favorite. However, traditional powers Newton, Arcanum and Franklin Monroe are also expected to field strong teams.
For Covington, the expectations are always high - on and off the field.
"Our goal is to have another winning season, avoid injuries and to maintain high GPAs," Smith said.