Hurricane High School Student-Athletes Honored
Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. is pleased to present this week’s male “Gamer of the Week” Award to Austin Dearing, Freshman, and Bo Adkins, Junior of Hurricane High School.
It is coming down to the suspenseful portion of the 2017 high school baseball season. Championship games, sectionals and playoffs are finally here, and for Hurricane High, the season has gone smoothly. The Redskins secured a twenty plus win season and a ticket to the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game as the number one seed in the west conference. They defeated Cabell Midland in the championship game.
While veteran players power the Putnam County school, they are also get exceptional production from younger players like Austin Dearing. Both Adkins and Dearingcredit their team’s achievement to hitting the ball successfully. “Our game plan each game is to put the bat on the ball. When we accomplish that, it puts pressure on the opponent to keep up with us,” Bo says while Austin concurs.
Dearing is a freshman, this season, and plays center field for Hurricane. At first, he didn’t have any expectation to be on the varsity team although he knew he was more than capable to play for them. Austin explains his initial JV status, “I play basketball, and it didn’t allow me to get the same time to practice as much as the other guys. I knew that I was going to have to work hard to get a position on the varsity squad after basketball was over.”
Adkins, an upper classman, plays outfield and pitches for the Redskins. He has experience with the varsity team, and he has been able to capitalize and utilize it this season.
This previous weekend, and rolling into Monday both players have hit extremely well. Dearing is five for seven at the plate with a couple doubles and eight RBI during that stretch. Adkins has batted just as well. He is went five-for-six with a home run and seven RBIs over the same span. This has helped propel the team into the championship game against Cabell Midland.
Both players say they rely on every teammate. They help each other when anyone gets down, and everyone helps lift them up. Dearing cited that he particularly looks up to each upperclassman on the team to help show him the ropes of playing baseball at a high level. Both players wanted to thank their parents for their support this season. Austin’s parents are Rob and Deb Dearing. Bo’s parents are Matt and Billie Adkins. They also voice their appreciation of head coach, Brian Sutphin for preparing them for each game this season. “Each person has a different way to prepare, and he knows how to bring it all together for the game,” complements Adkins.
Sutphin praises each player and the skill set they brought to the team. “Austin is a young player. He also played basketball prior to this season. However, he has been able to bring his game around at the right time and we are able to capitalize on it. Bo is also a tremendous player. He’s one of our upperclassmen, and a big leader for us on the team. He’s able to utilize his experience to help our team.”
Both players are doing exceptionally well in school. Each is earning straight-A’s in their classes. While focusing on a state championship ring, they are also making sure to study hard in the class room.
Do you know of someone who you think should be next week’s ‘Gamer of the Week’? Please email us at MSmith@TeaysPTCenter.com and tell us why you think they should receive the award.
Please check back with us next week for the next “Gamer of the Week” sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
Teays Physical Therapy has centers in St. Albans and Teays Valley.
Publisher’s note: This news release was provided by Teays Physical Therapy.