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Hurricane High's Meadows earns Gamer of the Week

Oct. 25, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Gamer of the Week Award to Loran Meadows of Hurricane High School.

The Hurricane High Boys Soccer Team has had an up-and-down year, but has been able to post a respectable 12-6-2 record. Junior forward Loran Meadows has played a key role in the Redskins' offensive game plan this year. He has 23 goals on the year going into Wednesday night's sectional game at St. Albans, which is the highest on the team.

"He's a big force for us; he wins lots of balls, is hard to knock off the ball and finishes really strong up front. He's also someone we look to for leadership as well as for our offense up field. He has been a great example for the younger forwards on our team, just showing them how to play the position and keeping them in line to score," said first-year head coach Derek Ragle.

When asked what he likes most about their play as a team, Loran answered, "I think we move the ball around the field well and are able to put together a solid offensive attack when we are at our best."

There was a time last year when Loran didn't know if he would even play soccer again. "Last year I hurt my knee, so this year my goal has been to stay positive and get as many goals for my team as possible. I've worked really heard this offseason to get the strength back in my leg after fracturing my patella," says Meadows.

Expectations weren't as high as they have been in the past after a late coaching change that put the team behind the eight ball a bit with their offseason preparation. "Most people thought we wouldn't do very well this year, but we've been able to put together a good record and we are going to try to do our best in the post season," said Loran.

Loran is an exceptional athlete. He plays, and excels, at three sports: soccer, golf and basketball. On top of all that, he is able to maintain an outstanding 3.75 GPA. Someone who is that involved and able to maintain grades has to have a solid support structure at home and Loran is no exception, "My dad has been there a lot for me, especially when I have bad games he's there to help me. I pride myself in doing the best I possibly can for the team and try to improve each day."

Please look for Loran and other local area high school athletes to be named next week's 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 at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc.



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