Warrensburg Field Hockey player Korynn Raymond pursues the ball during the recent game versus Corinth which resulted in the Burghers capturing the Adirondack League Championship. This was a turnaround year for the Burghers, who endured a 0-6 record in 2011, but worked hard to earn a 6-0 record in 2012. Coach Mary ann Bump predicted this week the team will have a stellar season in 2013.
In a remarkable turnaround effort, the Warrensburg High School girls field hockey team has enjoyed a victory-laden season — and prospects for the squad are stellar for next year.
In mid-October, the Burghers secured the Adirondack League Championship with a 6-0 record, quite a rebound from 2012’s 0-6 season tally.
Mary ann Bump said this season was quite memorable, and that she and the 2013 players are now missing the time they spent together this fall in daily after-school practices.
“This was one of the top five hockey teams I’ve ever coached — and it’s not a matter of win-loss record, but it’s about people and character,” she said.
In post-season play contending for the Class C Section II championship, the Burghers met up with Greenwich, the 2012 Class C Runner-Up State Champions.
The Burghers lost 3-2 in a hard-fought, competitive game that could have gone either way. Monday Nov. 12, Greenwich beat Bronxville, earning a shot at the state championship title this weekend.
Bump said that despite the loss, the Burghers’ game against Greenwich demonstrated her players’ talents.
“It was an outstanding game, and it showed the major growth our players have accomplished this year,” she said. “It was everything that a championship game should be.”
Bump continued that for the 2013 season, the sky’s the limit for the WCS Field Hockey team.
Although five outstanding seniors are graduating, the team includes a deep roster of talented veteran players: 11 juniors and three sophomores, joined by a freshman.
Bump, however, may not be at the helm — which could be a deep loss to regional field hockey, as she is a virtual legend for her accomplishments spanning more than three decades.
She’s is retiring in June from Warrensburg Central as a physical education instructor, which would normally mean giving up the coaching post.
But whether Bump stays on to coach field hockey at WCS depends on whether the school’s new hire has solid experience coaching field hockey, she said.
“If the school is able to hire a Division I college coach who needs a teaching job, I’ll work as her assistant,” she said with a smile. “At this point, it’s hard to turn away from my group of juniors.”
Bump continued that the hockey team’s success was bolstered by parents, friends, fellow students, and area citizens-at-large.
“Our community has been wonderful this year,” she said, noting that over 100 fans showed up for the Adirondack League Championship game.
Bump continued that the character and athleticism of the returning field hockey players will result in a 2013 season repeating or surpassing the success earned in 2012.
“Everything is in place for us to continue where we left off,” she said.