GRAFTON—The Taylor County Middle School winter sports season is just around the corner, and all of the teams are looking to have outstanding seasons.
The Taylor County Middle School wrestling team will open their season with 13 wrestlers on December 5, against Preston County Middle School.
“Coach Paul (Allman) and I are looking forward to starting the season to see how the newcomers will perform,” said veteran head coach Ed Moore.
“We have six returning wrestlers, including two 8th graders that should be the nucleus of the team, and many newcomers that will add a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to the season,” he added.
The TCMS cheerleaders have been tumbling all over the TCMS gym in preparation for the upcoming season. The girls come into basketball season with seven eighth graders, four seventh graders and five sixth graders.
“I am really excited for this upcoming basketball season,” said head coach Chatera Morris. “The girls have worked really hard to get ready to cheer on the Knights,” she added.
The TCMS boys basketball team will open their season this weekend, as the varsity team will travel to Clarksburg to play in the Mountaineers Middle School preseason tournament.
The first regular season game will be a home contest on December 4, against East Fairmont.
“We are looking forward to working with this fine group of young men,” said head coach Doug Kirkpatrick. “Our varsity team has seven returners. We will lean on them heavily until the first year varsity players develop.”
“The Junior Varsity is a pleasant surprise this season with the additions of several very talented sixth graders, and we are excited to see what they can accomplish,” he added.
The Lady Knights basketball team will also open their varsity season in the Mountaineer Middle School tournament this weekend in Clarksburg.
The first regular season game is December 4, at East Fairmont.
“We are coming back after a pretty successful 2016 - 2017 season, and our varsity team should be very competitive, with several players who have a lot of experience having been with us since sixth grade,” said head coach Kurtis Davis.
“They are fast, aggressive and nasty defenders who also shoot well. They’ve been chomping at the bit for weeks to play someone, and are eager to get back at it,” said Davis.
“Our JV’s are young, but I think in middle school that goes without saying. They are a competitive group who have learned quite a lot in a few weeks. I’m confident that once they get a few games under their belt, they are going to be a very tough group to play,” he added.