Trayvon Toney has done an awful lot for the Blue Devil athletic program, but now it's time for Huntington High School senior to move on. The teenager will attend Hobart College in the fall and play linebacker on the football team for the Statesmen.
"He's an awesome young man and I wish nothing but best," Blue Devil head coach Steve Muller said. "I enjoyed every moment coaching, mentoring and teaching him. He is truly an amazing gift that was given to us to nurture and raise. He's overcome every obstacle that life threw at him."
Toney has been a running back and linebacker for the Blue Devil football squad and thrown the shot put and discus as well as being a sprinter and relay runner for Huntington's winter and spring track teams.
"I've known Trayvon for the past four years in many capacities," said Ron Wilson, a high school dean who has coached Toney in both football and track. "He has grown to become an outstanding young man."
Captain of both the football and track teams, Toney is known for his positive attitude and strong work ethic, both of which were contagious. "Many of the young men in our athletic program have looked up to him because he's a natural leader who makes decisions based on logic and then accepts responsibility for the outcomes," Wilson said. "He's passionate about his craft as an athlete. This young man is an athlete that will not be out-worked."
The Hobart football team went 7-2 last season. The Statesmen earned a share of their seventh Liberty League championship with a 5-1 record and earned the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs by virtue of a 41-24 win over co-champion Union. The Statesmen dropped a heart-breaking 35-28 decision in the first round at No. 7 Wesley.
Toney was injured last fall, but battled back, resuming play and earning All-County honors for the second consecutive season. "It has truly been an amazing experience for his coaches to watch this young man grow and become the athlete that he is today," Wilson said. "We are very proud of him and know that he will represent Huntington well at Hobart University."
Toney intends to pursue business related studies at Hobart.
Source: Huntington UFSD