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Geoffrey Bevil of Nitro named this week's top student athlete

Oct. 12, 2012 @ 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 Geoffrey Bevil of Nitro High School.

It's been some time now since the Nitro High School Boys Soccer team has enjoyed as successful a season as they are having this year with an 11-8 record. The Wildcats have outstanding leadership in senior captain Geoffrey Bevil. Geoff says, "Being successful takes a lot of hard work in the offseason and in practice; that's what I've tried to do this year."

However, Bevil was very quick to clarify how great his team has performed as a whole this season saying, "This year we've all had one common goal of getting as many wins as possible and going as far as possible. We've kept that goal in focus and haven't let egos or personalities get in the way."

When asked what transpired before the season that contributed to their success, Bevil answered, "We started out with a bunch of conditioning just trying to get us into shape, then transitioned into specific drills in order to get a better concept of the game. That eventually all translated onto the field and has reflected on our record so far."

Nitro Head Coach Brian Young was beaming about his senior defender, saying, "Geoff works really hard and is a natural defender. He's a very determined kid that loves to win and play by the rules. He is extremely tough and aggressive when he plays and there's no way to replace that. He's one of the most valuable players we have on our team. He runs our defense when we are out there and will be very hard to replace once he graduates. He's the kind of kid who puts the team on his shoulders and wills his team to victory."

Geoffrey is a senior at Nitro with a 3.72 GPA and is also on the wrestling team and plays club soccer for the WVSC Wizards. He would love to play collegiate soccer but is keeping his options open. If that doesn't work out, he has a pretty good back-up plan though, attending WVU to study Pre-Pharmacy and then go on to WVU's Pharmacy school. Geoff is a true competitor in every way imaginable saying, "Winning is definitely my motivation. It's just a better feeling after a win, you aren't focusing on the negatives but rather how great it feels to beat your opponent." He went on to comment on his expectations for the post season saying, "Hopefully we can win a state championship, but anything further than where we have gone in the past is a success to me. We are going to try to go as far as we can and ride this wave as far as it will take us."

Please look for 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.