BUCCS BASKETBALL HISTORY
The earliest recorded basketball team in Covington was in 1904 in which was at the time a club team consisting of high school aged players. Coach by James Bartmess, a graduate of 1904, the team was then known as the Cubs. Covington continued with the club program until it was officially introduced as a school sport in time for the 1925-26 season.
Since, Covington has recorded six 20-win seasons beginning with a 20-2 record in the 1940-41 season under Hall of Fame coach Burr Simpson. Bob Huelsman is the only other coach in the history of boys basketball at Covington to win twenty games in a season as he accomplished the milestone five times: 20-3 in 1976-77, 20-2 in 1978-79, 22-3 in 1979-80, 24-1 in 1980-81, and 20-5 in 1983-84. Huelsman’s 1980-81 team was one of six Buccaneer teams to win a district championship and was inducted into the Covington Athletic Hall of Fame as a group.
Huelsman is also program’s most winningest coach as he recorded 228 wins against just 68 losses in 13 years of coaching from 1972-73 through 1985-86. He also owns the highest career winning percentage in school history by winning 77% of his games.
Covington has also had some great players over the years, beginning with arguably the best player in school history, Tom Dunn. Dunn, who went on to a stellar basketball career at Wittenberg University after high school, played from 1968-1972 and still remains the school’s all-time scoring leader with 1,721 points in 78 games for a 22.1 per-game average.
Six other Buccaneers have reached the 1,000-point milestone in their careers; Jason Meyer (1998-02) with 1,492 points, Lane Evans (1984-1988) with 1,129 points, Darin Rhoades (2002-06) with 1,125 points, Ed Hartley (1967-71) with 1,105 points, Mike Schmidt (1976-79) with 1,027 points and Jay Meyer (1974-77) with 1,000 points. Ed Hartley also owns the career record for rebounds with 816 rebounds in 73 games for an 11.2 per-game average.
TEAMS FROM THE EARLY YEARS
1976-77 District Champions (20-3)
Left to Right: Rick Monnier, Steve Johnson, Chris Robertson, Jeff Hardenbrook, Chris Runyan, Mike Schmidt, Jay Meyer, Joe Hitchcock, Ed Boggs, Brent Cavender; (kneeling) Bob Huelsman.
1979-80 District Champions (22-3)
Front Row (left to right): Ed Barger, Dave Tobias, Kevin Finfrock, Mark Landis, Rick Schmidt, Jim Tobias. Standing (left to right): Don Fosnight, Joe Schmidt, Jerry Minnick, Jeff Ryan, Steve Simon, Scott Manson.
1980-81 District Champions (24-1)
Front Row (left to right): Jim Tobias, Steve Simon, Jeff Ryan, Jerry Minnick, Dale Barger, Rick Schmidt. Standing (left to right): Kevin Finfrock, John Hackett, Scott Manson, Ed Barger, Don Fosnight, Phil Reck, Coach Bob Huelsman.
1982-83 District Champions (18-8)
Front Row (left to right): Tony Perrine, Chris “Radar” Graves, Marty Dieprerink, Todd Owens, Jack Hilligross, Pete Boehringer, Joe Christian, Head Coach Bob Huelsman. Back Row (left to right): Dan Hoblit, Doug Pond, Todd Alexander, Allen Mack, Steve Dunn, Assistant Coach Steve Fisher.
1983-84 District Champions (20-5)
Left to Right: Head Coach Bob Huelsman, Tony Perrine, Steve Dunn, Rob Cron, Chris “Radar” Graves, Joe Christian, Jack Hilligross, Todd Alexander, Scott McDade, Todd Owens, Marty Solomon, Assistant Coach Steve Fisher.
2000-01 District Champions (19-5)
Sitting – Managers Tom Finfrock and Trevor Willis. Kneeling (L-R) – Coach Karl Ratterman, Clint Mohler, Boomer Schmidt, Jared Meyer, Josh Burelison, Dusty Blythe, Bert Roeth, Doug Brooks, Alex Hague. Standing (L-R) – Coach Steve Dunn, Mike Molseky, Jason Studebaker, Derek Shively, Derrick Brumbaugh, Nick Meijer, Head Coach Roger Craft.
1940-41 Covington Buccs (20-2)
First Row (left to right): “Balckie” Brant, Darwin Hunt, Keith Longenecker, Dick Tower, Galen Mutzner, Jim Shade. Second Row (left to right): Bob Dunham, Bill Flick, Von Eshelman, Bill Etter, Linus Grilliot, Bob Smith, J. Eldon Flory, John Stevenson, John Beeman. Third Row (left to right): Coach Burr Simpson, Lowell Grilliot, Bill Routzan, Harold Garman, Paul Bolt, Don Johnson, Bob Feeser, John Tobias, Bob Streib, Clyde Millhouse.
1943-44 Covington Buccs (18-1)
First Row (left to right): Dale “Blackie” Brant, Fred Flory, Darwin Hunt. Second Row (left to right): Coach Everett Snyder, Bob Streib, Keith Longenecker, Bruce Johnson, Ralph Boggs.