TCMS Boys Basketball Program to host preseason camp


PRUNTYTOWN—The fall season is beginning to wind down, with many sports teams having already competed in their final games, and that means that winter sports will soon be ramping up and getting ready for their upcoming season.

The Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Boys Basketball program is looking to fill positions left vacant by the departure of last year’s eighth graders.

And with tryouts right around the corner, the TCMS Boys Basketball coaching staff has come up with a great way to get basketballs in the hands of hopefuls, to level the playing field before the young athletes hit the hardwood.

“TCMS Boys Basketball Head Coach Mike Moats and I are excited about the upcoming year,” said Assistant Coach Steve Louzy. “So, to give the boys a taste of what will be expected of them this winter, we have decided to host a preseason camp.”

The program will be using four of their flex days to host the camp, that is set to take place from October 31 through November 3. The camp will be held daily from 4:00-6:00 p.m., at the middle school. 

“We will concentrate on fundamentals that week, so the boys can get comfortable with a ball in their hand and so they get a fair chance the following week of November 7 as we start the tryout process,” Louzy explained.

He revealed that during the signup period for tryouts, the TCMS boys’ basketball program had 84 young ballers put their names down, in hopes of making the team.

“What an impressive number,” Louzy voiced. “That’s the most we’ve had in our three-year tenor with the team!”

The TCMS Knights will hit the hardwood coming off an 11-4 record from the previous year. The team will see nine returners and is looking to fill 11-14 more spots on the varsity squad, as they prepare to build the program for future years.

Louzy believes that the camp will be the perfect way for ballers to get their foot in the door but reminds athletes that just because they take part in the camp, doesn’t automatically give them a place on the team.

Those wishing to take part in the special preseason practice of sorts, will need to provide a current sports physical.

“We ask that any child that wants to participate have a sports physical dated May of 2022 or newer. If they participated in any fall sport, they will already have a physical on file and will not need to provide the information again,” Louzy disclosed. “Students needing to pick up a physical form may do so in the school’s office.”

“Coach Mike and I look forward to this upcoming season as we will continue to work with our boys showing them that work ethic, responsibility and attitude has a lot to do with the outcome on the basketball court, as well as in the classroom,” Louzy imparted.

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