Grand Haven equestrian coach Jo Kosanic welcomed back only one returner from last year’s state championship squad this season – but she isn’t surprised see her Buccaneers back in the state finals again.
“I really expected to get back at least to regionals,” said Kosanic, whose team recently wrapped up an undefeated regular season. “The girls have worked really hard, and they are a very talented group.
“ I think they were probably not as sure as I was that we were going to make it this far. They’re always a little apprehensive, and I know they don’t want to jinx themselves by getting too confident – but I expected that we would be here.”
The undefeated Buccaneers will be one of ten squads competing for the Division C state crown, which is for teams with five riders or under. The competition takes place from today through Sunday at the Midland County Fairgrounds.
As for the Bucs’ chances of a repeat?
“I’m not as confident as I was last year, because last year I had two girls that were seniors who had done it before,” Kosanic said of Stephanie Szymas and Kaitlin Brace. “This year I just have one girl that is a sophomore who went with us last year. The other three girls are all freshmen.
“I have lots of confidence in them, but you never know who else is going to show up to the party until you get there. I’m feeling fairly confident in that I know they’ll do a great job. I guess it will just have to play out, but they’re very prepared. They’re (also) very good kids, and we’ve got some really good horses this year.”
Two squads which Kosanic could see crashing Grand Haven’s party are Caledonia and Ludington.
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