South Pontotoc is coming off a 2015 season that saw them earn a playoff berth in the 3A north before falling to state runner-up Belmont in the second round.

South Pontotoc head coach Bryan Buckner is counting on an improved offense and playing good defense, a to make a big impact on this years success.

Having experienced players coming back is always a good thing and the Cougars have several key contributors back for the 2016 campaign.

“I look for us to be much improved offensively and on defense because we are going into the year with more experience,” said Buckner.

The strength of the team will be the pitching depth which is led by Jonathon Weeks, Dayton Butler, and Colt Priest

“I feel like our pitching will be our strength,” said Buckner. “We should have a lot of depth there.”

South Pontotoc returns three seniors and eight juniors to this years team. Hard work in the off season and 11 upperclassmen returning is a good sign for any team.

“The guys have worked hard in the off season,” said Buckner. “This group has the ability to make a return to the playoffs but what we do with that opportunity will depend on how we are playing then.”

South Pontotoc will be competing against different opposition in the division this year. Winona and Louisville is no longer a part of the division. Hatley and North Pontotoc will join South Pontotoc, Aberdeen, and Nettleton to create a powerful playoff division.

The Cougars kick off their season when they travel to Mooreville for a tournament this Saturday. The first home game will take place on March 4, where they will take on Vardaman.


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