Burghers strive to uphold local tradition

No less than 11 of the 12 Burgher starters of the 2009 team graduated, and this year, players will need to step up and take the place of those talented athletes, Bump said.

"A hurricane clears things out, allowing for a brand-new start," Bump said. "We've got a total rebuild ahead from the bottom up - Anybody and everybody has the opportunity to find the All-Stars within themselves."

Key elements of this rebuilding process are junior Montana Sheridan, who Bump said provides a vital spark, senior goalie Kayce Duell, and the three captains, Isabella Szabo, Kate Kuklinski and Molly-Kate Webster.

They'll be assisted in the effort by a triple wild card - the return of three players who took a year off last year - seniors Lindsey Wood, Kelsey Williams and junior Makayla Hill.

Bump said the 2010 squad, which has already demonstrated considerable improvement during the first several days of practice, appears to have the determination to live up to the Burgher legacy.

"If the players all discover their strengths and weaknesses and work on them, they can achieve any goal they seek," she said. "They have an opportunity for a dream season."

During a recent practic, Bump yelled instructions to the players as they set off for a half-mile run in the early morning fog.

"Pair off and talk as you run - find out three things you didn't know before about your partner," she said.

Bump watched them disappear into the grey mist, and said the players were developing team chemistry.

"If they play like their chattering now, we'll go far this year," she said.

Warrensburg Central School

2010 Varsity Field Hockey schedule

Sept. 2 Queensbury Away 10:00 a.m.

Sept. 8 Schuylerville Home 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 10 WCS tourney Home 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 11 WCS tourney Home 10:30 a.m.

Sept. 15 Lake George Home 4:00 p.m. Sept. 17 Corinth Home 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 20 Hoosick Falls Away 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 22 North Warren Away 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 24 Johnsburg Home 4:00 p.m.

Sept. 29 Salem Home 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 Lake George Away 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 4 Greenwich Away 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 6 Corinth Away 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 8 North Warren Home 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 13 Johnsburg Away 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 15 Salem Dome 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 18 Granville Away 4:30 p.m.

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