Polk Middle boys, rest of county teams gear up for busy hoops week

Teamwork. Polk County Middle School head boys basketball coach Billy Alm sees it as the key to the Wolverines’ 2013-14 season.

“We’re very athletic,” Alm said. “But I tell them every day that we’ve got to trust each other and work together as teammates.”

Alm will get two chances this week to see how well that lesson is taking hold as the first full week of the 2013-14 basketball season kicks off Tuesday for all county middle school and high school squads.

Polk Middle’s girls and boys teams host Brevard Middle School on Tuesday, with action beginning at 4:30 p.m., while Polk County’s high school squads make their home debut, hosting North Henderson. Varsity girls play begins at 6:30 p.m., with the varsity boys to follow. For those unable to make it, audio Webcasts of both varsity games will be available via Teamline.

The North Henderson games are the first of three home games this week for Polk County, which hosts Chase on Wednesday and Landrum on Friday. There will be no junior varsity games on Wednesday, and those games will begin at 6 p.m.

Polk Middle will hit the road on Thursday, traveling to Rugby for its first away game of the season. Both PCMS squads opened their seasons last week with wins, including a 49-29 win over Canton Middle for the Polk boys.

With 11 eighth graders on the roster, Alm will also have an experienced squad in addition to an athletic one.

“We are very, very deep,” Alm said. “We can mix and match and do a lot of things. We don’t have as many post players as we do guards, so our post players are going to see more playing time.”

Arne Twitty and Holden Owens led Polk’s offense in its opener, with Kendal Wilkins also playing a key role. Dillion Overholt and DJ Twitty will also play important roles this season. The rest of the roster includes Wilson Edwards, Zach Byars, Jaylon Bontrager, Jared Wolfe, Rahjay Hines, Markel Lipscomb, Peyton Kemmerlin, Clark Phipps, Jake Justice and Amir Gary.