TCMS Knights eager to hit hardwood, build off last season’s success

The Taylor County Middle School Knights Basketball program is ready to jump back into action after seeing a successful season last year. The Knights will be returning numerous players, who are ready to see the team return to the championship this year.(Archive/Mountain Statesman)

GRAFTON—Much anticipation surrounds the Taylor County Middle School (TCMS) Knights boys’ basketball team leading into the upcoming 2022-23 season.

Head Coach Mike Moats set high expectations following a successful 2021-22 season, which resulted in a championship victory over Belington Middle School back in February, the Knights racked up numerous wins last season in varsity play, generating momentum heading into this season’s campaign.

The Knights are led by returning players Dylan Andrew, Cameron Poling, Jacob Moats, Tucker Stemple, Caden Taylor, Grant Castle, Lucas Nicholson, Dominic Boylard and Caleb Benedict.

“The eighth graders are long and athletic. If we continue to work hard, good things could happen in the future,” voiced Moats.

Accompanying the returning eighth graders are some new faces Jason Poling, Spencer Morris, Mason Gray and Gavin Ramsey.

“In time I can see them adding good quality depth to the roster,” said Moats on the newest additions. 

Moats would highlight the work ethic of the team, driven mentality, and desire to succeed and exceed expectations, matching the success of last season.

Following the first practice, Assistant Coach Steve Louzy would note the high motor residing in the seventh graders and the work ethic the team possesses combined by the willingness to learn, defines what the team desires to be. 

“The team is coachable, willing to learn and grow as players. That’s something that will take them a long way,” expressed Louzy.

The Knights featured seventh graders: Carter Gillespie, Mason Nestor, Grayson Gobel, Connor Manely-Price, Cameron Gray, Chase Kinsey, Gage Alexander, Madix Trickett, Chase Maier and Brayden Taylor.

The Knights boys’ basketball team is scheduled to scrimmage Tuesday, November 22, 2022, at home against Central Preston. The boys will take to the hardwood with tip-off beginning at 6:00 p.m.

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