Hizer Considered To Be a ‘Coach on the Court’
Becoming interested in sports at a young age and continuing on through out your high school days can be a hard thing to accomplish in this day and age, but that’s exactly what Paden City’s Hayden Hizer has done. Hizer, a senior, started playing baseball at the age of four as a T-Baller and has been hooked on the game ever since.
Moving up through the youth leagues, he started making a name for himself with his consistent hitting and fine field play. He soon found himself playing in one of the elite baseball tournaments in the country as a pitcher and infielder. The beast of the east tournament is made up of teams from all over the country, including teams from Canada, New York, Florida Washington D.C, Texas and more. To go from T-Ball to the likes of club ball takes a special player. Hizer is just that! As a Wildcat, Hizer has excelled in every sport he’s tried.
But Hizer is not all brawn, but has a good head on shoulders. He is an honor student who carries a 3.8 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has been selected to attend the Peoples Bank top 15 percent awards banquet at TCHS every year.
Sports is the name of the game for Hizer. He has been a starter in football, basketball and baseball for the Wildcats since his freshman year and has been a leader and continues to be a leader. As a freshman, Hizer started at point guard on a Wildcat basketball team loaded with talent and height. His toughness and ball handling skills quickly made a difference in the Wildcats’ game. At 5’8″ and 160 lbs, Hizer springs a lot of hustle and desire to the court. His mental toughness adds another dimension to his game.
Coach Fred King called him, “a coach on the court.”
“He gives us a great leader who is not afraid to stick his head into the middle of the action,” he said. “Hayden is very coachable and takes instructions very well, he never argues or talks back, he’s a listener and that’s part of what makes him a great player.”
Hizer will be competing in football for the fourth straight year. He has played many positions including quarterback, running back and receiver as well as returning kicks and punts. He is a threat to score at any time form anywhere on the field and will be trying for his fourth straight letter in football, basketball and baseball this coming season.
He started playing basketball when he was around 5 years old in the grasshopper league and throughout his high school days has won numerous awards from the Mason-Dixon Conference and OVAC and has received All-State honors as well.
His favorite sport is baseball and his goal is to play baseball in college. He has talked with WVU, who expressed an interest in him.
“I have really enjoyed my years in Paden City and my time with the Wildcats,” he said. “I have learned a lot and have played with some great guys, I want to thank everyone who has supported me and especially my parents who have gone above and beyond and always stood behind me.”
If you get a chance this coming year go to a Paden City game when Hayden is playing and get a look at another one of Paden City’s finest.