2.17.2017

Gamers of the Week

Male Gamer of the Week – Jimmy Demuth of Teays Valley Christian School

Male Gamer of the Week – Jimmy Demuth of Teays Valley Christian School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Jimmy Demuth, Senior, Teays Valley Christian School.


By Casey Fallon, Potential Plus Director

After missing 5 games with a grade 3 ankle sprain, Teays Valley senior Jimmy Demuth returned to action last Friday.  He returned in style, scoring 20 points in a 65-60 win for the Lions over Victory Baptist.  Jimmy, who is in his second year at Teays Valley Christian, has really developed in his senior season.  His team is profiting from his development as a leader this during the 2017 campaign.  After a strong start, Jimmy suffered a sprained ankle which kept him out for several games.  During his absence, several players were asked to help take over his production, and while Jimmy’s presence was missed on the court, he was able to help his team from the sidelines. “The whole team did really well while I was out, I just tried to help them out wherever I could,” said Jimmy.
It took a little while for Jimmy to knock the rust off in the game, but once he got going Victory’s defense did not have an answer for him.  In a close game, Teays Valley needed Jimmy to step up and regain his form.  He did just that, adding 9 boards and 6 assists to his stat line on the night.  Even with Jimmy back in the lineup there was plenty of opportunity to go around, “the bench has really stepped up for us, I couldn’t be more blessed to be part of this team,” Demuth said.

Coach Keith Thomas has driven a lot of the success with the team.  He has the team watching game tape to prepare for specific matchups.  Coach Thomas gets to see firsthand how dedicated Jimmy is.  “He’s a great teammate.  You can always expect 100% from him in games and practice, he just works really hard.”  The hard work is paying off as Jimmy recently received an offer to play basketball at Salem International University.

Sitting on the bench was not easy for Jimmy, but he did everything he could to stay upbeat during the games.  He helped coach some of the younger players who were suddenly getting more playing time.  While losing a player who averages nearly a double-double is never good, the Lions may have found some new talent as they come to a close on the season.
Jimmy is now splitting time with the Teays Valley varsity team as well as the Prep team and as the season winds down he is preparing to help the Lions repeat as WVCAT champions. 
Having transferred from Hurricane High school after his sophomore year Jimmy is doing very well with his academics as well as in athletics.  Jimmy said there has been one noticeable difference coming to Teays Valley, “I have been able to get more one on one time with teachers when I need it here, and it has made a big difference for me.”  He is maintaining a 3.6 GPA so far this year, and is hoping to carry that over to college where he wants to study sports management.

While out with his injury, Jimmy credits his parents Connie and Jamie, along with his coaches for keeping him upbeat and positive through his recovery.
 
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