Written by: Bob Redd
Published by: J.T. Powell
Blake Hartman of (W.Va.) High School turned heads on both sides of the ball in 2018 as a sophomore. The Appleman scored 31 touchdowns, rushed for more than 1,400 yards, had more than 700 yards receiving, had three special teams scores, and 70 tackles.
Looking forward to his junior season in 2019 Hartman has some goals.
“I want to make it to the state championship. My freshman year we had a good year, and last year, my sophomore year we made it further in the playoffs,” Hartman said. However, standing in the way of the Musselman Applemen are their West Virginia Eastern Panhandle neighbors, the Martinsburg Bulldogs, who have won three consecutive AAA State Championships.
“They (Martinsburg) are definitely tough. We are just going to have to out-work them. We have to work every day. We are really close, like a family and we are going to have to work together, really just bond as teammates and that will help your chemistry on the field.”
On a personal level, Hartman wants to continue to improve his game.
Hartman also plays basketball at MHS and as a freshman was an All-State baseball player. He lifts weights on a daily basis to stay in shape.
At present a couple of schools have expressed interest in his skills.
“I’ve spoken to West Virginia, went to a couple of their games last year, and I’ve been down to Wofford, in Spartanburg, S.C. Those are the two schools that have shown interest,” Hartman said.
“I just try to get better in everything, really,” Hartman said.
He draws his inspiration on the gridiron from a former MHS player.
“Jacob Northcraft was a senior when I was a freshman and he’s our school’s all-time leading rusher. I’ve always looked up to him,” Hartman said. “I’ve always tried to be like him. He set a good example of what a leader is. Those seniors helped me build my game and make me a better player.”
Hartman is yet to take the SAT or ACT, but currently has a 4.5 GPA.
To the coaches out there he says, “I’m always going to work hard wherever I’m at, no matter what I’m doing.”
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