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Scholar Athlete of the Week
from Eyewitness Sports Online


Student: Marshall Wood
School: Riverside High School
Primary Sport: Basketball

It's been a rebuilding year for boys' basketball at Riverside High School with yet another coaching change. That can be difficult for players, especially those in their senior season. Marshall Wood has tried to remain positive throughout it all.

In the span of a year, Wood is playing for his third different head coach. He's taken a lot from each one and has enjoyed his time with new leader Duane Estep.

"Having a new coach this year, you've really got to honor him," said Wood. "He's coming in new with new plays and stuff like that. You've got to get the chemistry going. I love him; I love Coach Estep."

Wood has evolved into a fine player while wearing the purple and black.

"Every time we play like South Charleston or Capital, you've got to play good," he said. "Because they are some of the top teams in the state. You've got to play good against them."

He knew to survive in the Mountain State Athletic Conference, stepping up his game was a must.

"It's (all about) work," he said, "(playing) AAU, the coaching staff and hard work. That's basically it: hard work."

Wood currently has a grade point average of 4.2 in the classroom. He's planning to be a student athlete at the next level.

He feels the Warriors have talent and would love to see them become a Cinderella story in the postseason. If they take the attitude of Marshall Wood, anything is possible.

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