WARRENSBURG-Each new season, coaches at Warrensburg High School look with concern at their roster of new players, wondering how they're going to recover from the loss of a group of stellar athletes.
But year after year, new talented athletes emerge and create their own legacy for the Burghers.
In 2010, the Warrensburg baseball team lost Mike Perrone, Brendan Frye, Ben Nicols, Jason Power and Ryan Belden to graduation. However, they've got six returning veterans - John Joseph, Jacob Siletti, Nick Monroe, Aaron Seeley, Lucas Nelson, and Mike Curtis - who are well-known for their athleticism and determination. Undoubtedly, these six will be inspiring the rest of their squad to step up and create their own waves, Coach Rex Reynolds said.
"We hope to fill spots, and I think we have the talent to do that," he said. "Our young guys are working hard to gain an advantage - We have some players who can push the older guys for starting spots and playing time."
In 2010 - an extremely competitive year in the Adirondack League - Warrensburg held its own with an 8-6 record, and they tallied 9-12 overall.
The 2011 group has been honing their defensive skills in pre-season, while they've been working on conditioning and batting, Reynolds said.
"We hope to be competitive when we take the field," he said. "We are looking to improve on last years record and make the second round of the playoffs."