Board of Commissioners recognizes PCHS volleyball state champions

Published 12:19 pm Tuesday, November 21, 2023

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Proclamations of respect and honor issued to athletes and House Representative


COLUMBUS—At the Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday, November 20, the board formally recognized the Polk County High School volleyball team for their state championship win.

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Polk County Schools Superintendent Aaron Greene began the evening, calling the girl’s season “an incredible run for an incredible team, with one extremely supportive community behind them.”

“The season would not have gone as well without the efforts of parents and citizens, who gave so much to and for this team,” said Greene. “We’re extremely proud of our Lady Wolverines and congratulate them on their championship.”

The volleyball team finished their season 28-3, with all three losses to Brevard, who won the 2A championship title. The girls won the championship game at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh on November 4 without losing a single set to their opponent, Falls Lake Charter, and claimed the first volleyball state championship in school history.

Greene then introduced head coach Molly Hill. “This is a special group of young ladies, and I’m so proud to be their coach,” Hill stated. “Their hard work and dedication has shown this season, and we were able to accomplish the ultimate goal of the state championship.”

Commissioner Paul Beiler read a formal proclamation to “recognize and honor the remarkable achievements of the Polk County High School volleyball team, who have displayed exceptional talent, dedication and teamwork.” The document further paid tribute to the team as they “secured their place in the history of North Carolina.”

Tommy Melton also presented a framed proclamation to United States House Representative Chuck Edwards, who was in attendance at the meeting and recognized the girl’s victory on the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The proclamation stated, “Edwards has consistently exhibited a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by our County, and has worked diligently to secure federal resources to support initiatives that directly benefit our County.”

“For y’all to give me something to stand on the House floor and praise and applaud was really special for me,” Edwards said of the honor. “I want you to know how important it was for me to have something to applaud here at home. I can’t help but think we’re going to see another championship team next year.”

Chairman Tommy Melton presents United States House Representative Chuck Edwards with a proclamation thanking him for his support of Polk County at the board meeting on Monday, November 20. (Photo by Grant Langston)

Commissioner Beiler spoke of the team’s difficulties chartering buses to and from games.

“I would ask the board tonight if we could get a consensus to make a substantial contribution to a bus that would be the property of the school, a community bus. I would love to get a consensus that when the time comes, that we would support that with very substantial support,” Beiler proposed. The commissioners issued a motion in unanimous favor of the proposal.

In addition, Chairman Tommy Melton suggested that a sign be placed on I-26, commemorating the girl’s victory, which also passed a unanimous motion with the commissioners. 

“We will continue to support you ladies, and we thank you so much,” Melton said proudly.


United States House Representative Chuck Edwards and the Board of Commissioners posed for photos with the PCHS volleyball team to commemorate the state championship win. (Photo by Grant Langston)