Ryan Maier named at Taylor County Athlete of the Week

This week’s Taylor County Athlete of the Week is sure to go down as a legend of Grafton High School (GHS) basketball. 

Playing the sport for nearly his entire life, starting out at a young age in Taylor County Biddy League and playing for area travel and all-star teams, continuing at the middle school level and excelling for four years at the high school, GHS senior Ryan Maier has recently ended his career as a Bearcat, leaving a mark on the program that will not soon be forgotten. 

The 5’10 guard for the Bearcats brought an undeniable fire every time he stepped onto the court, being an essential part of play both offensively and defensively. 

Defensively, Maier’s athleticism and off-season training pays off, as he can easily keep up with fast-paced play. His quick movement allows him to disrupt his opponents and force turnovers, and while he may not have the vertical that some high school post players possess that doesn’t keep him from crashing the glass and pulling down valuable rebounds for his team.

Offensively he is explosive, using his speed to blow past his defenders and breaking into the paint for easy lay ins, with the ability to shoot a high percentage from the free throw line when drawing the foul. Maier also possess an outside game, recording more than 50 made threes throughout his senior season. 

During his junior year, Maier earned his single game career high with more than 40 points in Grafton’s matchup against Elkins, and early this season, hit a career milestone. 

On January 21, during the Bearcats’ 92-59 road win over Preston County, Maier tallied nine points in the first quarter. With his first basket of the second, he hit 1,000 career points. 

Maier went on to lead the Bearcats to state tournament play, averaging 21 points per game. 

And now that the season has ended, Maier’s hard work and the impact he had on the court is being recognized. 

Maier has now become the first player in the history of Grafton High School to be named Big Ten Player of the Year and is also the first Bearcat to be named to First Team All-State since Mike Moats in 1995. 

In addition, he has been selected to the Class AAA All-Tournament Team, as the first Bearcat to do so since John Cochran received the award in 1983.

Knowing no off-season, Maier has put in years of work all year-around to grow into the player he is today, with a heart and passion for the game coupled with a fierce determination and work ethic that has led him to excellence. 

Congratulations Ryan, and good luck on your future endeavors! 


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