Lindsey Rinker is just beginning her high school basketball career at Moorefield High School, but she has already left an indelible mark both on the game for the Lady Jackets as well as in her Hardy County community. Despite standing just 5 feet 3 inches tall, her mother Amy Kile says Lindsey always gives all-out effort and is a monster on the hardwood. Continue reading “Lindsey Rinker – Standout Athlete of the Week March 17, 2017”
Kylie Shuff is a hard-working girl from a small town in Gilmer County, West Virginia who has combined her natural athletic ability with a fierce determination to succeed and the basketball knowledge passed down from her basketball coach of a father to become a sensation for the Titans and in her community. It is for these reasons Kylie is this week’s Basketball Friday Night in WV Standout Athlete of the Week. Kylie’s father, Gilmer County boys’ coach Steve Shuff says his daughter benefitted from playing against her twin brother and other boys as she was growing up.
Good things come in small packages. That’s an old adage with which most everyone is familiar. However, for Princeton senior Jaime Vest, that isn’t just a sentence, it’s a way of life. Jaime has had to fight for everything she has achieved, including at one point, her life. As her mother Tammy Vest says, Jaime was born premature and she believes her daughter has a higher purpose to mentor children. Continue reading “Jaime Vest – Standout Athlete of the Week March 3, 2017”
Coty Jude uses his focus and fortitude to succeed both on the court as well as off for the Tolsia Rebels and his love for the game of basketball is unquestionably apparent. These factors combine to make him this week’s Basketball Friday Night in WV Standout Athlete of the Week. The 6’7 senior has concentrated heavily on the sport since his days in youth league and as his grandmother, Judy Heskett says, that drive stems from Coty’s love of the game. Continue reading “Coty Jude – Standout Athlete of the Week February 24, 2017”
Shy’Anne Dunham is a hard-nosed and hardworking senior guard for the South Charleston Black Eagles who uses her competitive nature to help her succeed both on and off the court. It is for these reasons she is this week’s Basketball Friday Night in WV Standout Athlete of the Week. Shy’Anne’s mother Sheila says her daughter always gives her best effort, no matter the endeavor. Continue reading “Shy’Anne Dunham – Standout Athlete of the Week February 17, 2017”
It is becoming increasingly rare to find someone that truly embodies a team-first attitude and the traits of selflessness and generosity. However, one such student athlete calls Oak Glen High School home. Marques McHaffie, a senior for the Golden Bears gives all-out effort between the lines and is always looking to assist, both on and off the court. His mother, Michelle, says he is never afraid to put his body on the line for the team. Continue reading “Marques McHaffie – Standout Athlete of the Week February 10, 2017”
Determination, intelligence, amiability and leadership. These are traits that most would be proud to show. Mount View senior Ellis Bryson has been described as having all of these qualities and more. He is also this week’s Basketball Night in WV Standout Athlete of the Week. Ellis, or Bud, as he is often called, is an integral part of the Golden Knights’ basketball team and as his father Ellis says, his son tries to help the team in any way he can. Continue reading “Ellis Bryson III – Standout Athlete of the Week February 3, 2017”
Being intelligent both on the court or field and in the classroom is something many strive to achieve. And often, in order to accomplish that goal, a person must spend countless hours reviewing film or school books. However, for a lucky few, that knowledge just seems to flow naturally. Clay County senior forward Reece Nichols is a member of that fortunate club. As Reece’s mother Amy says, her son rarely has to study and is still able to find great success in his endeavors. Continue reading “Reece Nichols – Standout Athlete of the Week January 27, 2017”
Scoring 1000 points in a high school career is an achievement well worth celebrating. But for Charleston Catholic Senior Vida Imani, just being able to be on the court again is the biggest accomplishment. Vida was nearly halfway to 1000 points by the end of her freshman season and it was only a matter of when, not if, she would reach the milestone. But in the spring of 2015 the weight loss and lack of energy started. Then, in July of that year came the diagnosis of Graves’ disease, which meant that her thyroid was overactive. Vida’s mother, Terri Moore, says that her daughter’s symptoms were widespread and, for a teenage student athlete, debilitating. Continue reading “Vida Imani – Standout Athlete of the Week January 20, 2017”
Seth Meadows is a 6’3 shooting guard for the PikeView Panthers who uses his talents for learning to not only succeed in the classroom, but also on the basketball court. He is a hard-nosed competitor who provides a first-rate example for teammates in all phases of life. For these reasons, Seth is this week’s Basketball Friday Night in WV Standout Athlete of the Week.
His head coach, Colton Thompson, says Seth is invaluable on the court because he has such a good understanding of the game and gameplan and functions as a coach on the floor. Seth’s father, Tucker Meadows, also serves as PikeView’s assistant coach and echoes Coach Thompson’s thoughts on Seth’s value as a de-facto member of the coaching staff.
Coach Thompson says the senior is relied upon for guidance and has no problem showing the younger players both how to play and how to practice.
His father remarks about the dedication Seth shows toward improving and how that extends even beyond normal practice hours.
Seth is also accomplished on the baseball diamond, as he was the starting catcher on this past year’s state runner-up Panthers squad. Coach Thompson says he sees a carryover from the tough nature of baseball to the basketball court for Seth. His father says that toughness and work ethic that Seth displays was put in place at an early age.
Seth is also very successful in the classroom, as he sports a 4.1 GPA and is also a member of the National Honor Society. Coach Thompson says it is because of Seth’s mental acuity that he can function so well not only in the classroom, but on the court as well and his father says schoolwork is something in which Seth takes a lot of pride.
Seth Meadows is a prime example of hard work paying off, but he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. He has already qualified for the PROMISE Scholarship and once his senior year is complete will continue his schooling, most likely in either engineering or education.