Gamers of the Week

Male Gamer of the Week – Justice Hutchison of Calvary Baptist Academy

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Justice Hutchison, senior, Calvary Baptist Academy.

By Casey Fallon, Potential Plus Director

The Patriots of Calvary Baptist are quickly gaining momentum as the basketball season rolls toward the playoffs.  With an emphatic victory over Ambassador on Tuesday night, the boys move to 17-2.  The 80-57 win avenged one of their two losses suffered so far.  While the Patriots are getting contributions from several players, Justice Hutchison, a senior transfer from Hurricane, has made his presence felt in a big way.  Against Grace Christian he scored 30 points in a win and added another 20 to help the Patriots win the rematch against Ambassador during homecoming night.

While the scoring is there for Justice, he prides himself on, “always looking for the extra pass.  I don’t set out to be a scorer, I want to involve my team as much as possible and just make the shots when I get them,” says Hutchison.   At 17-2 the Patriots are having a superb season, but that isn’t allowing Justice or his teammates to let up. “We had two rough losses, one we blew a big lead and kind of gave away, but that is constructive, we can build from that,” says Hutchison. 

“Hutch” has made a smooth transition from Hurricane to Calvary saying, “It’s been great and I have enjoyed everything here a lot.  It is definitely a better environment for me.”  His coach, David Spencer, has noticed the comfort and enthusiasm that Justice brings.  “He has been a great addition to Calvary, not just for the basketball program, but for the whole school. You can tell by the way the other guys look to him, especially the younger ones, they all respect him and he has been a true leader on and off the court.”

While the ultimate goal for Calvary is to win the WVCAT, Coach Spencer and Justice both know that it will be a tough road.  “We have 5 or 6 straight games against really good teams,” said Spencer.  “We are just focusing on each game and being prepared.  As long as we all play to our abilities we will be in position to win every game.  Sometimes we just need to calm ourselves down a little when we get in these big games.  It can become a mental thing for us.  We just can’t lose our heads,” adds Justice. 

Justice has a great support system helping him reach his goals.  His parents David and Taunja, as well as Justice’s AAU coach Mike Stevens and Uncle Jared Stevens, have been very influential in Hutch’s success.  With that encouragement he is hoping to play basketball in college next year although has not committed to any school yet.

Look for more Gamers of the Week presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. every Friday.

If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week please have a coach or Athletic Director contact Casey at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293