Pierson ready to lead Bucks back to playoffs
- Phil Hawkins
- Woodburn Independent - Sports
Coach: Mike Murphy (third year)
Last year: St. Paul finished third in the 1A state tournament after winning 24 games and finishing with the teams best overall record (24-6) since the Bucks 2007 state championship team. The Buckaroos were 13-1 in league, winning the Casco Conference for the sixth time in nine years.
Key athlete: Sara Pierson
Key losses: Natalie Stone, Katie Jo Coleman, Sarah McKay
First home game: Dec. 10 vs. Valley Catholic
Outlook: The Buckaroos must find a way to rebuild after losing two-time Casco Player of the Year Natalie Stone to graduation, along with four other seniors from last years team. Traditionally, the Bucks have been a Casco League power, failing to qualify for the postseason just once in the past nine seasons. Honorable Mention senior Sara Pierson leads the way for this years Bucks, a team that features seniors Carolina Ruvalcaba and Jessica Wilmes, along with a host of players looking to fill the void left by the 2013 graduating class.