WARRENSBURG - For decades, Warrensburg has enjoyed a solid reputation for competitive softball teams.
The Burghers first raised the bar in the mid-1980s by introducing competitive play and raising standards. Just ask Jill Toney, who was a standout, and is now coach at Johnsburg Central. Or have a chat with Amy Monroe Langworthy, who's now the local elementary school principal.
Then in the mid-1990s, it was Burgher Sara Rumrill's blistering speed that confounded opponents and prompted dozens of other players since to attend pitching camps.
Rumrill and her allies, including the unsurpassed Burgher catcher Kim Lamy, set new records and expectations not only for the school, but for athletes all over the region, as they took Warrensburg to the state championship finals for three successive years.
At the helm of the softball teams achieving such legendary success has been Coach Mary ann Bump, who has been the Burger mentor for 26 seasons.
A declining enrollment locally has meant a smaller pool of athletes, and tougher competition.
But regardless of these obstacles, each year, Bump assesses the available talent, and inspires her players to perform at their very best.
Last year, the Burghers were 7-7 in the Adirondack League, and were situated in the middle of the team rankings.
This year, Bump said her team is aiming to boost that record.
Apparently, the 2010 team has a reasonable opportunity to do so, considering that seven Seniors are returning.
The Burghers are blessed with substantial versatility this year, Bump said.
"We've got a lot of players that are talented enough to play in various positions," she said. "We've got a very versatile team."
She said she is expecting a strong chemistry to develop in the players, which include some very talented athletes.
"The kids will do well this year," she said.
Warrensburg Varsity Softball 2010 Schedule