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Winfield's Nelson is Gamer of the Week

May. 10, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Gamer of the Week award to Luke Nelson of Winfield High School.

Winfield High School had its first tennis player make states since it joined AAA just a few seasons ago. Sophomore sensation, Luke Nelson, has had made incredible strides since the beginning of the season and became the surprise of the year for the team.

"At the beginning I thought I really didn't have a chance then I started getting better which made me want to keep working hard, and it's really paid off," said Nelson.

"He's a silent leader on our team. He supports everyone, leads by example, and is probably our most improved player on the team," said head coach Tom Guetzloff.

Luke has been working extremely hard all offseason to prepare himself for his sophomore season.

"I've been doing really well and practicing year round. My coaches have really pushed me to play my best and it's really helped," said Coach Guetzloff. "He's been playing in an AAU type of tennis league which has helped him tremendously. His play is always steady, his on court presence is superb and he has the stamina to endure very long matches."

When asked what has led to his success this season, he answered, "Ball placement is really important in my game and my coaches have really helped me improve over the last year. Also, our team has a lot of chemistry. We all compete against each other which make practice and games really fun."

Coach Guetzloff went on to sing Luke's praises saying, "Luke's very shy. He's the type of boy that you love having on your team. He's technically sound and has improved a lot since the beginning of the season. He has a strong, confident style of play and will play that way through an entire match."

Luke has s 3.75 GPA and has really grown to love this great sport.

"I started playing in 8th grade and I really liked how much of an individual sport tennis is."

Please look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Gamer of Week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. and The Putnam Herald.

Courtesy of Matt Smith of Teays Physical Therapy Center.