Jace Heller of Teays Valley Christian School
Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Male Gamer of the Week Award to Jace Heller of Teays Valley Christian School.
Teays Valley Christian Lions wrapped up their season with a loss to Greater Beckley Christian in the WVCAT championship game.
"We lost to them early in the season by nearly 50 points, but this time our boys did everything we asked them to do. We executed our game plan and were only down 2 with (one minute) to play but just couldn't get it done," said Head Coach Jody Sowards.
Although they didn't win, senior guard Jace Heller was happy with their success, "It was a fun season. Our goal from the beginning was to make it to the championship, which we did, and we played really well as a team in that game," he said.
Jace finished his career at TVCS with more than 1,100 points and a lot of great memories. "Getting to 1000 points was cool, but I never really wanted it to be a big deal. The most important thing was always doing whatever it takes to win. I felt like we played really well together and everyone played hard this season; it was never about individual stats."
Coach Sowards had high praises for his senior leader, saying, "Jace was a major asset for us this year. He always brought intensity; he was a guy you could always go to and trust in tough situations. This wasn't only true on the court but in the classroom and in life as well. He is always striving for excellence, is giving God the glory and is maintaining a positive attitude. Those attributes and how he conducted himself as a leader really stood out and made him an excellent captain for us throughout the course of the season."
Jace is a very mature and mild mannered young man. He has a 3.1 GPA and plans on attending Liberty University in the fall, either on-campus, or online. His parents, Chris and Lisa Heller, are happy with either, but I'm sure would prefer the latter. He plans on pursing a degree in either athletic training or physical therapy.
Jace is not shy about his faith and is very up front about why he was committed to playing so hard, "How you play is very dependent on for whom you are playing. I've always tried to play my best because God has given me these abilities and I wanted to glorify him through that."
Coach Sowards had this to say in closing, "Jace is very valuable, not just in points, but more so in his leadership. Our guys were always looking to him as a leader during practice and games. You never had to question whether he was giving it all he had or not and the rest of the team really responded well and worked harder as a result."
Please look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Male Gamer of the Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. & The Putnam Herald.
Matt Smith, MS, ATC, CSCS, is the Potential PLUS Program Director for Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.
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