Gamers of the Week

 Katie Adams of Hurricane High School

Katie Adams 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 Senior Katie Adams of Hurricane High School.

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

The Lady Redskins softball team is off to another hot start this year going 3-0 in the opening week of the season. The Redskins dominated the competition beating St. Albans, Woodrow Wilson, and Parkersburg by a combined 23-2. Seeking a third championship in three years, the Redskins aim to defend their crown in AAA competition. One standout player that has helped to lead the Redskins along the way was pitcher/catcher Katie Adams. The already college-committed prospect is the Redskins go-to pitcher in big games and has been a terror at the plate against opposing pitchers. Adams pitched two contests against Woodrow Wilson and Parkersburg striking out a combined 17 batters. Adams also got it done at the plate going 5-7 over the three game span.

When asked about what motivates her, Adams said, ”My parents are by biggest influence. My father played baseball in the Minor Leagues and he pushes me to improve every day. My mother helps to bring me back down to earth during my successes and my failures.” When asked about what inspires their team this year Adams said, “This season our main goal is to win our third straight AAA title. We feel we have to prove we are the number one team in state game in and game out.” When asked about what she would like to achieve on a personal level Adams responded, ‘‘My personal goal is to be the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year in West Virginia. It would be great to reap the rewards of the hard work my teammates and I have put in over my career in softball.”

The Lady Redskins are loaded with talent this year as a number of its team has already committed to play in college or are heavily recruited by college’s nation wide. Last season the Redskins replaced more than half of their starting line up and won a second straight AAA title. This year the Redskins return a host of players and are loaded at many positions. When Head Coach Josh Caldwell was asked about his star pitcher/catcher he said, “Katie is a rare talent. She’s been a four-year starter and played at a high level since starting as a freshman. We hope to end her senior year with another state title”. Depth will continue to be one of the strongest attributes of this team. Others say it is their hard working mentality and ability to persevere in the face of adversity. If the Redskins can cut down on the mental errors and not beat themselves, they have a good chance to be able to write another storied-chapter in already prestigious program’s rich softball history.

Katie currently has a 4.0 GPA and is the daughter of Steve and Joy Adams. Katie is part of the Student Council, Media, Link Crew, and also plays travel softball for the WV Outlaws. She will continue softball at Marshall University and will study exercise science.

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.