Gamers of the Week

 Male Gamer of the Week award to Nate Dunham, Junior, Hurricane High School

Male Gamer of the Week – Nate Dunham of Hurricane High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Nate Dunham, Junior, Hurricane High School.

By Micaiah Branch, Assistant Potential Plus Director

In the Putnam and Kanawha area, you could say baseball is a big deal.  For Hurricane High, the season started last Thursday, and it began with a bang for Nate Dunham, who hit two dingers for the Redskins.  Dunham is a junior at Hurricane High and this is his third season playing first base for the Redskins.  When asked about his hot start, Dunham had this to say, “My freshman and junior seasons ended in disappointment when we fell to Nitro in the regionals.  Last year, we were a young team because half of our team was comprised of sophomores.  This season, we’re older and more experienced.  I wanted to start hot, and set the stage for the rest of the season.”

“Last season’s final game left me hungry for the next season.  It was strong motivation to work harder during the off-season” Nate continued.  This off-season Nate spent the majority of his time honing his game.  Wanting to get passed the previous disappointments, he lifted weights and spent time working on his swing with Kyle Jones.  He also continued to play baseball throughout the summer with the Huntington Patriots.  In Hurricane’s first showing, Dunham was able to show off his work with two homeruns and six runs batted in.

This year, Nate transitioned into becoming an upper classman.  Naturally, being one of the older players on the team, he now inherits a leadership role. To ensure team unity, Nate spends a lot of time with his teammates on and off the field.  Practices and pre-game warm ups are a chance for the team to bond, even something as simple as grabbing lunch as a team has proved valuable.
Comradery on the Redskins baseball team is something treasured.  Beyond his teammates, Nate values his family and the closeness they have together. “I have a few role models. My mother, Tricia and my father Jeff, are the most important examples for me. They support me with baseball, and everything I’m involved with. I also look up to my brother, Alexander. He helped lead Hurricane to the state championship a few years ago, and has taught me how to be a leader for my team.”

Dunham is very appreciative of what his coach, Brian Sutphin, has done for the team since Nate was a freshman.  Brian has paid attention to Nate’s hard work during the summer, and now he gets to watch Nate enjoy the fruits of his hard work. Coach Sutphin wanted to weigh in on his players progress, “Nate is a great young man who has worked hard to become a better overall player for our team. He is putting the team first and providing us great leadership. The best is yet to come for Nathaniel.”

While he is excelling in athletics he still has focus on his academics as he has a 4.5 GPA.  Between school, training, and baseball, Dunham is very busy.  For every high school athlete, the pinnacle is to win a state championship, but rarely do they put in the effort that Nate does each day.

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