Polk County High School senior and three-sport athlete Alec Philpott, center, is shown Wednesday, May 15 signing with Lenoir-Rhyne University. He’s flanked by parents, Kelli and Todd. Back row, from left: Alec’s older brother Tyler Philpott, Wolverines’ head football coach Bruce Ollis, PCHS Principal Mary Feagan and Polk County School Superintendent Bill Miller. (photo by Mark Schmerling)
Polk County High School senior and three-sport athlete Alec Philpott, center, is shown Wednesday, May 15 signing with Lenoir-Rhyne University. He’s flanked by parents, Kelli and Todd. Back row, from left: Alec’s older brother Tyler Philpott, Wolverines’ head football coach Bruce Ollis, PCHS Principal Mary Feagan and Polk County School Superintendent Bill Miller. (photo by Mark Schmerling)

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Polk athlete Alec Philpott receives football scholarship

Published 8:16pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

Polk County High School head football coach Bruce Ollis said, “We’ve got some big shoes to fill,” Wednesday, May 15 as his two-year starting quarterback, Alec Philpott, signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, N.C.

Philpott, a three-sport (football, basketball and baseball) All-Conference athlete, who was last year’s Conference Offensive Player in football, will show his talents two hours away, after receiving a football scholarship with the Bears.

“That speaks to his athleticism,” said Ollis. “There’s a guy who’s been helping our school in three different sports.”

Ollis also praised Philpott’s unseen efforts.

“Alec did a lot of things behind the scenes,” recalled Ollis, including spending three hours at a time on post-football-game Saturdays, studying game films to be a better player.

Ollis praised Philpot’s “great work ethic,” which will be helpful given the high academic standards held at Lenoir-Rhyne. Ollis also recognized some of Philpott’s other contributions, one of which was as student organizer for the Special Olympics, where “he (Philpott) did all the work.”

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