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2003-04 BUCCS SCHEDULE
DATE OPPONENT W/L
12/05
12/06
12/12
12/19
12/23
12/27
12/30
01/02
01/03
01/09
01/10
01/16
01/17
01/23
01/24
01/30
02/03
02/06
02/07
02/17
02/27
03/03
03/06
at Bradford
at Fairlawn
at Arcanum
Miss. Valley
at New Bremen
Marion Local
Russia
at Franklin Monroe
at Milton Union
Newton
at Tipp City
at National Trail
Versailles
Tri-Village
at Anna
Bethel
TC North
TV South
Miami East
at Ansonia
Botkins
Troy Christian
Russia
67-32
75-63
70-54
50-40
48-61
45-59
56-62
57-45
58-44
61-47
48-50
63-59
40-68
66-50
50-55
47-37
86-40
55-50
44-54
44-60
56-53
58-45
43-63
2003-04 CCC STANDINGS
TEAM CCC ALL
Ansonia
Covington
National Trail
Bethel
TV South
Newton
Tri-Village
Arcanum
TC North
Franklin Monroe
Miss. Valley
Bradford
11-0
10-1
9-2
4-4
5-4
4-4
4-4
4-4
1-8
1-7
2-5
0-11
18-2
12-8
17-3
8-6
9-6
6-9
7-8
6-9
2-13
5-10
2-10
1-19
2003-04 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS...
The Covington Buccaneers rebounded from a 5-18 season a year ago to finish 14-9 overall and runner-up in the CCC with a 10-1 conference mark.
2003-04 BUCCANEERS (14-9): Front row (left to right): Managers, Andrew Craft and Alex Baskerville. Second row (left to right): T.J. Warner, Richard Canan, Darin Rhoades, Dusty Rhoades, Nick Christian, Brady Reck, and Dallas Burelison.
Back row (left to right): Manager, Garret Sprankle, Assistant Coach, Karl Ratterman, Nick Meyer, Gene Studebaker, Cory Sprakle, Dustin Kimmel, Matt McCord, Ross Mohler, Tyler Moore, Head Coach, Roger Craft, Assistant Coach, Josh Long, and Manager, Adam Craft.

The 2003-04 basketball season can be adequately labelled "The Big Turnaround". After all, the Covington Buccaneers improved on a 5-18 record in 2002-03 to a 14-9 record. They also improved dramatically in the Cross County Conference, reversing a 3-8 record to a 10-1 record and runner-up in the conference.

The only defeat the Buccs faced in the Cross County Conference was at the hands of an 18-2 team in Ansonia. This came on the last night of the regular season with both teams coming in unbeaten in the conference. With only four points separating the two teams heading into the final period, the Tigers scored 25 points in the final 8:00 for a 60-44 win.

Despite falling short in their quest to capture a conference championship, the Buccs had some memorable highlights throughout the year.

In the second game of the season, the Buccs went into Shelby County and knocked off a highly regarded Fairlawn team. Matt McCord had a monster night with 34 points and a season-high 22 rebounds as the Buccs recorded a 75-63 win.

The following week McCord did it again. This time Arcanum was on the receiving end of a McCord onslaught. The senior poured in a season-high 37 points along with 20 rebounds in the Buccs' 70-54 win.

Covington remained unbeaten until December 23 when New Bremen handed them a 61-48 defeat. The Buccs then lost their next two games as free poor throw shooting became a problem.

The Buccs kicked off 2004 and the new year with three straight wins over Franklin Monroe, West Milton and Newton. Looking to build on the momentum, the Buccs ran into a very physical Tipp City team. Despite leading throughout most of the contest, the Buccs couldn't prevent Tipp's Adam Smith from canning a 10-foot jumper with 7 seconds left to steal the win.

In perhaps their most impressive win of the season, the Buccs traveled to National Trail and upset the favored Blazers by the score of 63-59. In a solid team effort, the Buccs recorded three players in double figures and held Trail's big man, Tim Beck to 4 second half points.

The celebration was short lived as the Buccs faced unbeaten Versailles the following night. With tired legs and the challenge of trying to contain the Tigers' talented shooters, the Buccs suffered their worst defeat of the season, 68-40. Versailles went on to finish the season unbeaten and the top ranked team in the state.

Determined and resilient, the Buccs rebounded in a hurry. They won 4 out of their next 5 and headed into the final two games of the season with confidence and momentum.

Unfortunately, the Buccs couldn't close out the season the way they had hoped as Miami East spoiled the annual hall of fame night by handing the Buccs a 54-44 loss and then Ansonia took the conference championship ten days later.

Resiliency again became the Buccs' strong suit as the tournaments tipped off. Covington scrapped their way to a 56-53 win over Botkins in the opening round of the sectional tournament.

Troy Christian became the Buccs' net victim as sophomores Darin Rhoades dropped in 19 points and Dustin Kimmel dominated inside the paint despite being under the weather. This set up a rematch of last year's sectional finals between Covington and Russia.

Looking for revenge, the Buccs jumped out to an early lead before Russia went on a 29-7 run. Despite a late run of their own, the Buccs could never cut the Russia lead to within double digits and eventually fell by the score of 63-43.

The Buccs look to the future with optimism despite losing 5 seniors. Matt McCord, Brady Reck, Dallas Burelison, Dusty Rhoades and TJ Warner were the backbone of the team and sparked "The Big Turnaround".

Boys All-Conference Selections
Adam Barga, Ansonia; Jack Steinke, Ansonia; Greg Wentworth, Ansonia; Ty Cates, Arcanum; Zach Jones, Bethel; Matt McCord, Covington; Gene Studebaker, Covington; Brent Halderman, Franklin Monroe; Travis Brunk, Mississinawa Valley; Tim Beck, National Trail; Tony McWhinney, National Trail; Kyle Booher, Newton; Corey Jay, Tri-Village; Caleb Betzner, Twin Valley South; Dale Spitler, Twin Valley South

Special Mention:
Kevin Harrod, Ansonia; Mike Eilerman, Arcanum; Ryan Masin, Bethel; Toby Jones, Bradford; Darin Rhoades, Covington; Barry Koffer, Franklin Monroe; Kyle Linder, Mississinawa Valley; Josh Unger, National Trail; Matt Koopman, Newton; Mitch Heltsley, Tri-County North; Kyler Burns, Tri-Village; David Marker, Twin Valley South

Honorable Mention:
Craig Fosnaugh, Ansonia; Logan Beam, Arcanum; Daniel Roock, Bethel; Jordan Hackett, Bradford; Dustin Kimmel, Covington; Micah Fisher, Franklin Monroe; Michael Leeper, Mississinawa Valley; Andy Blevins, National Trail; Kyle Hutchinson, Newton; Dan Baumbarger, Tri-County North; Sam Lindamood, Tri-Village; Derek Smith, Twin Valley South

Player of the Year - Matt McCord, Covington
Coach of the Year - Chad Cramer, Ansonia

Left to right - Brady Reck, Matt McCord, Dallas Burelison and Dusty Rhoades.