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Molly Ballard of Poca is Gamer of the Week

Apr. 19, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Female Gamer of the Week to Molly Ballard of Poca High School.

The Poca High girls tennis team is making an early statement that they want to improve on their 3rd place finish at State's in 2012. A crucial part not only of the teams current success but their success over the past 4 years, has been Molly Ballard. She finished last season top 4 in the state and was part of the WV AA girls 1st team, the first girl to do this in Poca's history. She and her partner, Courtney Mobley, are currently undefeated in both singles and doubles. Her goals are to play both on Saturday during the finals of the WV State Tennis Tournament.

"Things are already looking good. We have only lost one match overall and we are proving that we are stronger than we thought going in to the season," said Molly about the team's success. To prepare for the 2013 season she spent a great deal of time at the Huntington Tennis Club in Barboursville and dedicated herself to becoming a stronger and smarter player. "It has been great to see my hard work in the offseason pay off. I played at least 2-3 times a week and made it a point to play more competitive opponents. I have restructured my strokes to make stronger and smarter shots. I also had a home workout program developed by Potential PLUS specifically for tennis that got me physically stronger and more conditioned," said Molly. She says that overall she is a tougher, stronger and a smarter player this year.

Coach Kim Sigman, Poca's girls coach, says it has been a pleasure to coach this great athlete, not just because of her success on the tennis court, but because of her leadership and dedication to the game and her team. "Through Molly's leadership and willingness to work diligently during the off season, she has been instrumental in helping build the girl's tennis program at Poca," said Coach Sigman. "She is willing to help the younger players learn the game and works with all her team members in doing drills and refining their game. Her Christian witness is evident to all who meet her and her willingness to share of makes her a friend to many."

Molly and her team have dedicated this season to coach Jim Frasier, who pasted away last summer. "He was an offseason coach for our team at the Huntington Tennis Club with Coach Andy Ball. He would come to all our matches and support our team. His memory and legacy is our whole team's motivation for this season," said Molly.

Molly is active in her community and school. Here are a few of the groups and activities she is a part of: she is the starter and president of a community service club called Interact, a HOBY ambassador, the current Miss Putnam County, student body president, a member of both the National Honor Society (NHS) and Science NHS, and an active member of River Ridge Church and the Rotary Club. She has plans to attend Marietta College in the fall majoring in public relations and minoring in leadership studies and also playing on the tennis team. Molly has a 4.2 GPA.

Look for other local area high school athletes to be named next week's Female Gamer of the week sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald.

Brad Coleman MS, ATC, CSCS, works at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.