5.19.2017

Gamers of the Week

Male Gamer of the Week award to Connor Fields, Senior, Buffalo High School.

Male Gamer of the Week – Connor Fields of Buffalo High School

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s Male Gamer of the Week award to Connor Fields, Senior, Buffalo High School.


By Micaiah Branch, Assistant Potential Plus Director

Buffalo High School’s baseball record wouldn’t stand out at first glance. However, if you were to look closely at their schedule, it may seem more impressive. Of Buffalo’s twenty-six scheduled games, eighteen were against AA and AAA opponents. Connor Fields is the captain, center fielder, and a catalyst for the team’s success. Fields explained why their record sets at 500, “Coach set up an extremely hard schedule for us. It consisted almost entirely of AA and AAA schools. We knew that it was going to be tough, but we also knew that it was going to make us better. The tough schedule has prepared the team for sectionals.”

Fields had a lot of goals and expectations for himself going into his final year of high school.  Being a team captain was a dream for him, but he also wanted to be the guy to lead the Bisons out of sectionals and regionals.  Wanting to get past previous disappointments has driven Connor to become better for himself and for the team.  Although their record is average, this senior hasn’t allowed it to drag him down.  He still feels that the season has met his expectations, and the senior class will continue the success they’ve had in sectionals. Confidence drives this team, and no matter who they play, success is found because they are grounded in the basic fundamentals of baseball.

Preparing for games is simplistic for Fields. Taking batting practice is typically all he needs to physically prepare for a game. However, mentally preparing for a game becomes more tedious. We all experience some type of anxiety prior to a game, but it is the perception of the anxiety which decides whether it will be detrimental or helpful to our play. Fields realizes that this is his final season playing baseball, and just wants to have fun. Becoming overly stress typically causes a decline in his play. To combat the stress, you can find this Bison goofing around with his teammates.   

Fields is very appreciative of what his coach, Jimmy Tribble, has done for the team. “Our staff is loaded with talent and experience.  They’ve helped ground us in the fundamentals and prepared us well this season,” said Connor. Coach Tribble has paid attention to this ball player’s hard work. “Connor is extremely hard working, dedicated, and is a committed student athlete at BHS. He is not only Valedictorian of his class, but also one of the best centerfielder in class A ball.”

Fields has Buffalo High School’s Highest Honor as the Valedictorian.  His GPA is almost 4.2 and he is the vice-president of the National Honor Society. NHS allows him to participate with many volunteer activities such as the blood drives and other events. Connor also wanted to thank his parents, Kevin and Chantal Fields. They’ve taught him a hard work ethic and it will certainly prepare him for greater things in life.

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 Micaiah at Teays Physical Therapy Center at (304) 757-7293