By Jarrod Harris
Times West Virginian
Fairmont Senior High School’s Travon Horton can now refer to himself as the Times West Virginian All Mon Valley Player of the Year.
There are many players who can score, players who can pass and players who can play defense.
But Horton was a player who could do it all.
“I try to play hard all of the time,” Horton said. “Just hustling. It doesn’t matter if I’m not scoring or if I’m turning the ball over. That doesn’t matter because I’m going to hustle and play defense.”
The senior shooting guard tallied nearly 18 points per game and contributed six boards a game.
Whenever Coach Dave Retton needed someone to step up, Horton would take the task and then bury a shot or make a no-look pass to one of his teammates.
“I helped my team get to where we wanted to be, and when I was able to play I did everything in order to win,” Horton said. “I rebounded, I tried to score and I gave Shaquille Washington the ball in the post. He finished while getting good looks. And trying to get the ball to Jarin Hilson and DeVante’ Waites in order to get good looks. When everyone was hitting, that’s when we were at our best.”
During the Polar Bears’ state championship run, a game that stuck out the most wasn’t a game in which he dominated, but a game where his team rallied with him on the bench — the Robert C. Byrd-FSHS showdown Feb. 6 at the Woody Williams Armory.