First-year B-U coach pleased with team’s fight against adversity

Bucs host Lewis County tonight

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur first-year coach Travis Foster is hoping the flu-bug which has plagued his team the past two weeks is in the past.

The Bucs will return home at 7:30 p.m. today to face old Big 10 Conference rival Lewis County.

“We have been battling the [flu] within our team really bad and are still trying to get over it,” Foster said. “We’re also fighting several other little things that have been out of our control, but through it all these kids have been giving me everything they have.”

Along with battling sickness, B-U had faced a schedule loaded with state-ranked teams. The Bucs enter tonight’s game 4-10 but Foster is confident his team can continue to improve before the start of postseason play.

“I’m excited to see how these kids react with the opportunity to keep changing things within our program,” he said. “We’re not too healthy right now but one of our goals is teaching these kids how to be mentally tough, and that’s fighting sickness and years of a program getting beat down.

“I couldn’t be more proud of my seniors and [our] players for fighting the best they can to get B-U back on the map.”

Foster said beating Lewis County for a second time this season would be a great stepping stone for a late-season push.

“From my understanding, we haven’t [defeated Lewis County] twice in a season in a very long time,” Foster said. “I will expect our guys to be ready or they won’t be allowed to suit up.

“I hope to see the stands packed to get these kids the support they deserve that has been missing in this program.”

After tonight’s game, the Bucs will travel to John Marshall on Saturday afternoon before returning home Wednesday to face another old rival in Elkins.

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