Spotlight: PC’s Saxon
The Tyler Star News is taking a look at upcoming athletes for the 2018-19 school year. This is the perfect time to shed the spotlight on some of the fine athletes from Paden City and Tyler Consolidated high schools, as they will be working hard all summer honing their skills, conditioning and doing what they do to get ready for the next school year.
Paden City junior Matt Saxon is one of those athletes who you can count on to work on his game during his spare time. Saxon has turned into a quality player for the Wildcats. Last year, as a member of the Wildcats basketball team, he often provided the spark his team needed to stay in the game.
He used his speed and defense to lead the team in steals with 81 on the year. As a scorer he could go to the bucket or pull up and knock down the jumper. He averaged around 10 points per game and at times was deadly from beyond the three point line where he finished the year as the Wildcats’ second leading three point shooter
Getting to the foul line was another asset of his as opposing teams were forced to foul him when he decided to score. At 5’6,” he could still get in among the big guys and come away with the ball. He also led the team in assists.
“I plan on putting a lot of time in over the summer working on my game. I want to be able to contribute in anyway possible to make us competitive as a team. We will have several starters back, and with a little help from some newcomers, we should be able to play with anyone on our schedule. I am hoping to improve on my overall game to become a more complete player,” said Saxon.
Coach Jeff Hohn said he likes Saxon’s desire to improve. “He hustles and is always trying to make something happen. I look for him to come into the new year a much-improved player. This past season he was still learning, and we brought in a new system which everyone, including Matt, had to pick upon. I believe the sky’s the limit for him, if he puts in the work he can be a big asset to our program.”
Saxon is also a standout baseball player and will be working on improving his skill in that sport as well. His summer may not include much vacation time. However, to get to the next level, you must be willing to sacrifice, and that’s what his plans include.
“I might not go to all those fancy camps, but I plan on staying busy. I want to compete against better players. I know better competition makes you a better athlete,” said Saxon.
Saxon recently tried out for the Fairmont West Virginia Reign, a traveling basketball team comprised of players from around the state. He was selected to the club. He plans on using what he learns to help Paden City in the coming season. If that isn’t enough, he will also be playing American Legion baseball, where he hopes to improve as a pitcher and infielder.
Although he has never played high school football, he said he will also be lifting and conditioning, with hopes of helping the football team his senior year. Add to that his desire to play on the golf team, and you have what we consider an all-around athlete. Add all that up, and then throw in track in his spare time, and you have just the recipe to help make Paden City sports great.
“I know I can’t do it alone, but I want to set an example for some of the younger kids to follow. We will have several quality athletes returning, and all of us are committed to improving over the summer. It will be our last year, and we want to leave on a winning note,” said Saxon.
The Tyler Star News believes they can do it as well. So, good luck to Matt Saxon and the Paden City Wildcats.