L-R: #12 HAGEN TERRY SENIOR- CENTER, #4 MADI BRAY SENIOR- GUARD, #4 LOGAN BENEDICT SENIOR- GUARD, #11 IVEY WHITAKER SENIOR- POINT GUARD, #23 CHLOE SHAW SENIOR- CENTER, #30 TRENT COTHRAN JUNIOR- GUARD
Boys: Tim Puckett
Girls: Michelle Arp
After a 3-19 campaign last year, the Armuchee boys are looking to build off the growth they had throughout last season. While the win total wasn’t high, they were competitive with many of their region opponents and with several key players back in the mix, they are focused on coming out on the winning end of those close games.
“We have been focusing on coming together as a team so we can achieve our goals,” says Boys Head Coach Tim Puckett. “We want to play fast and that requires us to play together and build chemistry. If we can do that week in, week out, hopefully, we can peak at the right time and make a run at the playoffs.”
To play with that kind of intensity requires a lot of conditioning and that has been a huge focus in getting ready for the season. That regiment comes straight from the head coach, as Puckett also serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the Indians.
“To be the best we can be, we have to put the work in on the court and off the court,” says Puckett. “These boys understand that and I’m excited to see them play.”
The Girls finished 13-12 last season and fell just short of a state playoff berth. They held their own against most of their region competition but will look to move to the upper echelon of the region this season. Coach Michelle Arp is excited about the product they will put on the court for Indian fans this year.
“We have a great group of girls that are putting in the work to be a really fun team to watch this season,” says Head Coach Michelle Arp. “They show up ready to work and they know if we focus on getting better each day we can put ourselves in a position to advance throughout the season.”
With four seniors graduating last year, it’s up to a small, but proven group of upperclassmen to lead the team this season.
“We have a total of four upperclassmen, but the energy our younger players are bringing has me so excited about this team,” says Arp. “The atmosphere at practice is outstanding and I think that energy will bleed over into the way we perform when it’s game time.”