12.20.2017

Gamer of the Week

Rodney Toler is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to sophomore Rodney Toler of St. Albans High School.
The Dragon’s boy’s basketball team is five games into their season under first year head coach Bryan England with a record of 2-3. Last week the Dragons defeated Independence High School in the FCA Hoops Classic 70-50 but dropped two games to a stingy Spring Valley squad 62-54, and George Washington 62-39. The Dragons fought hard last week but are overcoming inexperience and are starting to show signs of improvement along the way. One standout player for the Dragons that played well was sophomore shooting guard Rodney Toler. The two guard scored 16 points vs. Independence, a career high 25 points vs. Spring Valley, and 14 points vs. George Washington. Toler averaged 18 points per game last week and improved his scoring average to 16 points per game. His is also averaging a respectable 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals to go along with his productive scoring ability.

When Rodney was asked what motivates him he responded, ‘‘receiving an athletic scholarship to attend college is my main goal. This will allow me to continue sports and provide an education for me. Anything I can do to make this dream happen is what I plan to do.’’ When Rodney was asked about his personal goals for the season he replied, ‘’ I want our team to make it to Charleston for the State Tournament. .’’

The Red Dragons are ushering in a regime as Bryan England is at the helm in St. Albans. Revamping the culture of a once storied and respected Red Dragon program isn’t going to happen over night. When Coach England took the job he looked to the past and sought guidance from former West Virginia high school head coaching legend Tex Williams. After learning from the man the put St. Albans on the map, England and the Red Dragons have come out of hiding and are ready to rise again.

When asked about Rodney’s play this year head coach Bryan England said, “He is a very coachable young man and a joy to be around.’’ When Coach England was asked what his team has to do to improve as the season progresses, he responded, ‘’We need to respect the process and focus on bringing greater effort every day in practice and hope it translates to our games. We need to improve on the little things such as consistency with boxing out, defensive positioning, and offensively we have to learn our roles. Most importantly our main goal is to be better tomorrow than we were today.’’ The Dragons are aiming to make it back to the state tournament, a place they haven’t been since Coach Tex Williams final season at St. Albans in 2004.

Rodney currently has a 3.2 GPA and is the son Rodney Toler II and Meredith Eadens. Rodney is also a member of the football team and says he wants to pursue a degree in marine biology when he attends college in the future.  

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.