Gamers of the Week

Austin Dearing, Freshman, and Bo Adkins, Junior of Hurricane High School

Male Gamer of the Week – Austin Dearing and Bo Adkins 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 Austin Dearing, Freshman, and Bo Adkins, Junior of Hurricane High School.

By Micaiah Branch, Assistant Potential Plus Director

It is coming down to the suspenseful portion of the 2017 high school baseball season. Championship games, sectionals and playoffs are finally here, and for Hurricane High, the season has gone smoothly.  The Redskins secured a twenty plus win season and a ticket to the Mountain State Athletic Conference championship game as the number one seed in the west conference.  They defeated Cabell Midland in the championship game. While veteran players power the Putnam county school, they are also get exceptional production from younger players like Austin Dearing.  Both Austin and Bo credit their team’s achievement to hitting the ball successfully.  “Our game plan each game is to put the bat on the ball.  When we accomplish that, it puts pressure on the opponent to keep up with us,” Bo said while Austin concurred.

Dearing is a freshman this season and plays center field for the Redskins. At first, he didn’t have any expectation to be on the varsity team although he knew he was more than capable to play for them. Austin explained his initial JV status, “I play basketball, and it didn’t allow me to get the same time to practice as much as the other guys. I knew that I was going to have to work hard to get a position on the varsity squad after basketball was over.”  Bo, an upper classmen, plays outfield and pitches for Hurricane. He has experience with the varsity team, and he has been able to capitalize and utilize it this season. 

This previous weekend, and rolling into Monday both players have hit extremely well.  Dearing is five for seven at the plate with a couple doubles and eight RBI during that stretch.  Bo has batted just as well. He is went five for six with a home run and seven RBI over the same span. This has helped propel the team into the championship game against Cabell Midland. 

Both players said they rely on every teammate.  They help each other when anyone gets down, and everyone helps lift them up.  Austin cited that he particularly looks up to each upper classman on the team to help show him the ropes of playing baseball at a high level.  Both players wanted to thank their parents for their support this season.  Austin’s parents are Rob and Deb Dearing.  Bo’s parents are Matt and Billie Adkins.  They also voiced their appreciation of head coach, Brian Sutphin for preparing them for each game this season. “Each person has a different way to prepare, and he knows how to bring it all together for the game,” complemented Bo.

Coach Sutphin praised each player and the skill set they brought to the team.  “Austin is a young player.  He also played basketball prior to this season.  However, he has been able to bring his game around at the right time and we are able to capitalize on it.  Bo is also a tremendous player. He’s one of our upper classmen, and a big leader for us on the team.  He’s able to utilize his experience to help our team,” said Sutphin.

Both players are doing exceptionally well in school. Both are making straight A’s in their classes. While focusing on a state championship ring, they are also making sure to study hard in the class room.

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