Gamers of the Week

Luke Pauley 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 sophomore Luke Pauley of Calvary Baptist Academy.
The Patriot’s boys basketball team have started the year on a terror as they are 4-0. Before Thanksgiving the Patriots beat Elk Valley Christian by a dominating score of 84-29. One standout player for the Patriots that led to a convincing win was sophomore shooting guard Luke Pauley. Pauley led all scorers with 13 points while using his speed to create scoring opportunities and provide defensive pressure to create turnovers.  The Patriots led a fast paced offense that made it rain threes. Before Elk Valley knew it the Patriots ran away with the game.
When asked what motivates him, Luke responded, ‘‘my teammates, coaches and my Dad. All have been very supportive of me since I started playing basketball at CBA and I am excited to have another three seasons playing here.’’ When asked about his personal goals for his sophomore year he said, “do whatever the team needs me to do in order for us to repeat as WVCAT champions.’’

The Patriots won the 2017 season WVCAT championship and are looking to defend their belt. Although the Patriots graduated a great group of seniors that led them in scoring, this year’s squad has grown up and is willing to take on the challenge. The Patriots are running a four-guard offense and are utilizing their ball handling and three point shooting range to stretch the court and score from multiple players. On defense the Patriots plan to play fundamental defense while playing aggressive and under control. When asked about Luke’s play this year, head coach David Spencer said, “Luke played a lot for us as a freshman and he has been asked to grow rather quickly as we depend on him to contribute on both sides of the ball. One of his best qualities is his hard work ethic and the high speed at which he can play.’’ When asked about what his team needs to do in order to be successful this year Coach Spencer said, ‘’being able to rebound well and limit our turnovers will be two big factors that will determine how the rest of our season will go. The boys are very motivated to repeat as champions and we look forward to the challenge ahead.’’

Luke currently has a 3.65 GPA and is the son of Donald and Mellissa Pauley. Luke is also a member of CBA’s Fishing Club. He is currently undecided where he will attend college but would like to pursue a degree in forensic science.

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.