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Gamer of the Week: Joni Smith of Buffalo High School

December 5, 2018

Courtesy of Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. Luke Nelson, left, physical therapy technician/Revved Up fitness coach at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc., and Coach Richie Wyant, right, present Joni Smith, center, of Buffalo High School, with the Gamer of the Week award.

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s female Gamer of the Week to sophomore Joni Smith of Buffalo High School.

Although Smith is considered an underclassman, her offensive presence is not belittled as such. She was a key performer in the Bison’s victory over Charleston Catholic by a score of 29-28.

This was their first victory against the Irish in 15 years. As a shooting guard, Joni led her team with 12 points, and was efficient from the free-throw line. With one win under her belt, she and the rest of her teammates are eager to build upon their early success.

Since Joni was very young, she always had a basketball in hand. From midget league to the high school varsity squad, she has come full circle. Over the years she has found a lot of joy in the sport.

“It’s a great stress reliever,” she said.

Balancing school work and extracurricular activities can become overwhelming, but Joni has utilized the sport as an outlet to take her mind off the chaos.

The team mentality at BHS is straightforward.

“Although we are a pretty young team, we want to continue to get better and win more games” Joni says.

Inspiration comes from within. She explains that her teammates and coaches are a cohesive group, and they give themselves the driving force they need to continue being successful.

Besides basketball, Joni plays volleyball and is a member of the National FFA (Future Farmers of America) Organization.

Joni currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is the daughter of Robbie and Carolyn Smith. After high school, she plans to continue her education and explore the field of nursing. Becoming a registered nurse is her ultimate goal.

She’s unsure where she wants to attend college; however, her possibilities are endless.

Please look for other local high school athletes to be named in next week’s female Gamer of the Week Sponsored by Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. & The Putnam Herald.

Luke Nelson is a Physical Therapy Technician and Revved Up Fitness Coach at Teays Physical Therapy Center.

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