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Gamer of the Week: Joe Muto of Hurricane High School

January 9, 2019
Courtesy of Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc. Luke Nelson, right, B.S. in Health Sciences and Revved Up Fitness Coach.at Teays Physical Therapy Center, Inc., presents the Gamer of the Week award to Joe Muto, left, of Hurricane High School.

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to senior Joe Muto of Hurricane High School.

As an upperclassman, Joe assumes the responsibility of being a leader for the Redskins basketball program. Thus far, Hurricane has had a great start to the 2018-19 season with a 9-1 record. As the center, Joe averages nearly 17 points per game. Currently, he is tied fifth in most points scored across the state. With his height advantage at 6 feet, 4 inches, he leads his team in rebounds.

Recently, the Redskins traveled to Savannah, Georgia, to participate in the Doyle Kelley Classic. While away, Hurricane posted two dominating wins over Hilton Head and Bryan County by scores of 87-41 and 66-39 respectively.

With conference play continuing, his goal is to remain on top of the MSAC and work toward the conference championship and make another appearance at the state tournament.

Since the first grade, Joe played alongside his older brother in several leagues up until middle school. Basketball has become a big part of his life. When asked about what he loves most about the sport, he said, “The atmosphere is amazing I like the feeling of having the community behind us when we play.”

That sense of cohesiveness is what Joe claims to be the path to his team’s success. Rather than one person, the power of everyone working together is much more powerful. “Our team mentality, and not being selfish with the ball is our key to success,” he said.

Joe states that he is inspired by past players he has played with on the team. He now realizes he’s a figure he once looked up to. Setting the pace for his teammates is what he wants to accomplish, and becoming a good example for the younger players is a responsibility he accepts.

Besides basketball, Joe is involved with student council and with various clubs at HHS. A well-rounded individual, this young man has a lot of potential in both academia and athletics.

Mr. Muto currently holds a 4.1 GPA and is the son of Mike and Bobbi Muto. As graduation is approaching, he plans to attend WVU to pursue a bachelor’s degree and eventually obtain his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and start his own practice.

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

Luke Nelson B.S. in Health Sciences, is a Physical Therapy Technician and is a RevvedUp Fitness Coach at Teays Physical Therapy Center.

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