St. Albans' Jack Wiles earns Gamer of the Week
Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. & The Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week's Gamer of the Week award to Jack Wiles of St. Albans High School.
This is the senior class' first winning season since before they started their high school careers. Senior forward and captain, Jack Wiles has led the Red Dragons to a 10-win season and has his sights set on an individual scoring title as sectionals approach.
"This year I have been very serious about putting out a great team every game and giving my best effort every day," says Wiles. Jack attributes both his and the overall success of the team to their offseason training. "We play all year long with travel ball and high school ball. We haven't had a lot of success since I've been here and I really wanted to make something special happen."
St. Albans head soccer coach Cameron Ashley had this to say about his senior captain, "Jack is the definition of a leader and is an extremely dynamic player. He is a pure scorer and is an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses. He has incredible drive and vision to the goal whether with his own shots or creating shots for his teammates."
Jack had lots to say about the outstanding play of his teammates and is very impressed with their progression and understanding of the game. He praised the younger players especially for playing up to the level of their older counterparts saying, "In the beginning of the year they were just dumping the ball in the corner and letting me run in and try to score, but now we are communicating much better and are able to pass the ball around to create scoring chances. We have five starting freshman who are all phenomenal and who will continue to lead this team to great things over the next few years. They have really contributed to our team in a big way; we would not have the success we've had if not for their efforts."
He went on to talk about their goals for the post season saying, "My personal goal for our team is to win a sectional game, something that hasn't been done since my eighth-grade year before I joined the team. So the success we have had is something that has been a long time coming for me."
Jack is a leader both on and off the field. He has a 3.85 GPA and plans on attending WVU in the fall to study healthcare administration. He is also involved in Ski Club and the Boy's Tennis Team. His work ethic on and off the field is contagious and the younger players have all caught on to what it really means to work hard.
"As an individual, I had to really work hard so that work ethic would rub off on the rest of the team," says Wiles.
Coach Ashley went on to say, "He helps all the freshman and sophomores as much as he can. They all look up to him and listen to what he has to say."
When it comes to motivation, Jack credits his parents wholeheartedly saying, "Mainly I want to thank my parents. I wouldn't have the opportunities to grow and mature as a soccer player without their support. Also I have to give credit to the older players who have gone on to graduate who really helped me grow as a player."
Please look for Jack 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.