Gamers of the Week

Taylor Ritz is Gamer of the Week

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s female Gamer of the Week to Sophomore Taylor Ritz of Winfield High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The General Girl’s Volleyball team made it to a second consecutive state championship tournament this time in the AA ranks. The Generals were riding high on an impressive 18-game winning streak heading into their first game of the tournament, but fell short of victory against a battle-tested PikeView High School. One player that stood out for the Winfield Generals this season was newcomer Taylor Ritz. A transfer student from Arizona, Ritz joined the Generals in her first year as an outside hitter. Playing very well in a new environment, Ritz quickly gained notoriety as a versatile and dependable player for the Generals. 

Coming from a different state from far across the country, Ritz admits she is glad to escape the harsh Arizona heat but is hesitant as winter starts in West Virginia. When Ritz was asked what she expected when her parents told her they were moving to Winfield, West Virginia, Ritz probably couldn’t have guessed where Winfield was on a map. Now in her new environment, Ritz is excelling at sports and in the classroom. When asked about Winfield High School Taylor replied, “I didn’t know too much about the town or high school. When I started school I quickly learned how well this small school excels in sports and in the classroom. I’m excited that the sports and the academics will challenge me and allow me to compete at my highest level.”

The General’s head volleyball coach Rebecca Lovejoy is in her second season at the helm after she led the Generals to semifinals of the AAA state tournament game last year. This season Coach Lovejoy made a repeat visit to the state tournament with a new squad and in a different AA classification. When asked about Ritz’s play this year Coach Lovejoy replied, “From the three week practice period to the end of the season she has been one of our most dedicated players. She comes in each day ready to work and she’s been a great all-around player for us in the front and back rows. She has been a great influence to her teammates as she always has a positive attitude and her hard work is paying off for her individually and for our team.’’ The General’s season may be over but they will be back to work during the offseason focusing on a third consecutive appearance in the AA state tournament next year. 

Taylor currently carries a 4.6 GPA and is the daughter of Karen and Brian Ritz. Taylor also plans to compete on girl’s track team at Winfield high school this spring running in the 1600m and 3200m events. She plans to attend college in Pennsylvania and wants to study business.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Female 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