Middle School Football

WMS boys closing in on BRC championship

Rogers’ team plays Hendersonville, while CMS girls play Mountaineers in today’s semifinal in Waynesville
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Jan 30, 2014
Photo by: Donated Front row, from left, are Slade Schulhofer, Jaxson Langston, Bailey Ewart, Peyton Pressel and Riley Bell. Middle row, from left, Brandon Cullins, Davis Reynolds, Jack Sutton, Zane Edwards, Grayson Perkins and Quinn Morgan. Back row, from left, are head coach Neil Rogers, Patrick Broom, Landon Henley, Isley McClure, assistants Shawn Messer, Willie Perkins and Jodie Ward.

The No. 1 seed Waynesville Middle School boys basketball team improved to 13-1 overall after beating No. 8 seed Apple Valley, 49-32, in the first round of the Blue Ridge Conference Tournament on Monday.  
The Mountaineers, which has won their 13 games by an average margin of 21.2 points, was also the outright champion of the BRC West Division.
Waynesville Middle is the host site for the 2014 tournament and head coach Neil Rogers’ team will play Hendersonville Middle at 5:30 p.m. today — weather permitting. In the girls tournament semifinal matchup, Canton Middle plays WMS, beginning with a 4:30 p.m. tipoff.
“This team is a great bunch of young men,” said Rogers. “These boys are not selfish players. We defend well and pass the ball well. The future is very bright because we are seventh-grade heavy with outstanding eighth-grade leadership. If this bunch of boys stay together, stay hungry, continue to work hard and play as a team, good things are coming to Tuscola.”
The BRC Tournament boys’ (5:30 p.m.) and girls’ (4:30 p.m.) championship games are set for Thursday. The WMS-Hendersonville boys winner will play the Macon-Polk County winner.
In the tourney opener against Apple Valley, Waynesville Middle’s Grayson Perkins pumped in a game-high 16 points, while Landon Henley added 13 and Isley McClure chipped in 12 points. In addition, Jack Sutton, Davis Reynolds, Peyton Pressel and Quinn Morgan scored two points each for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers have a talented starting unit and a deep bench. Coach Rogers starts Sutton (point guard), Reynolds (No. 2 guard), who splits time with Pressel, Perkins (No. 3 guard), McClure (forward) and Henley (center).
Coming off a deep bench are Brandon Cullins, Jaxon Langston, Slade Schulhofer, Quinn Morgan and Zane Edwards.
Waynesville Middle’s only loss was to Canton Middle (28-27) on Dec. 2.