Gamers of the Week

Nick Muto is Gamer of the Week

By Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to senior Nick Muto of Hurricane High School.
The Redskin’s boys’ basketball team opened their season with an impressive come from behind road victory over Greenbrier East. Down by 21 points near the end of the third quarter, the Redskins battled back and beat Greenbrier East 77-75. One standout player for the Redskins that helped lead the comeback was senior utility player Nick Muto. The senior is listed as the Redskin’s center, but he is as versatile as they come as he is seen playing under the basket on defense or stretched out beyond the three-point line on offense. Muto lead the Redskins in scoring with 29 points all along while cleaning up the glass, defending the rim, and providing pressure on the full court press.

When Nick was asked what motivates him he responded, ‘‘Getting back to the state tournament is our team’s main goal. Some of us were on the 2016 state tournament team that lost in the first round. We tasted what it was like to get there and we want to get back and see what we can do.’’ When Nick was asked about his personal goals for the season he replied, ‘’ it would be great to be named to the all-state team at the end of the year, but believe I have to step up and be a leader for my team. Ultimately, I want to make it to Charleston for the State Tournament again because we have some unfinished business to take care of there.’’

Hurricane shook their pregame jitters a little late but in the end they came out on top. Putnam county’s version of  “Press Virginia’’ will be on display this winter, as Hurricane will look to capitalize on pressuring teams into making mistakes. Just like when WVU plays, the Redskin’s press seems to be most effective toward the last quarter of play. Their relentless defense forced the turnovers necessary to will the Redskins on to victory. When asked about Nick’s play this year head coach Lance Sutherland said, “Nick is a very smart player and is an extension of the coaching staff on the floor. He has grown into the leader we have always wanted him to be and what our team needed. He has worked very hard this offseason to get in shape to compete in the tough style we play and the difficult schedule we have as we move forward.’’ When Coach Sutherland was asked what his team has to do after their exciting opening game of the season he replied, ‘’I was very proud of their toughness and the fact we didn’t give up when we were down by 21 points in the third quarter. Our guys battled back but we have a lot to work on. We have to do a better job in limiting uncontested shots, rebounding the ball, and playing aggressive and efficiently for 32 minutes a night.‘’ The Redskins are riding high over their big win but reality is going to hit them hard once they enter MSAC play. Regarded as the most difficult conference from top to bottom in the state, you have to bring your A game every night.

Nick currently has a 3.87 GPA and is the son Mike and Bobbie Joe Muto. Nick will attend West Virginia University next fall in pursuit of a degree in Law.  

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s Male 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.