GNADENHUTTEN -- If you walk into the gymnasium at Indian Valley High School as students are flocking to the parking lot after school, you will probably find senior Dalton Bolon burning the nets over and over again on the basketball court before practice even begins.
All of that hard work has paid off for Bolon as he signed to play for West Liberty last week at Indian Valley High.
"This is a dream come true for him and I am so proud of the young man," Indian Valley head coach James Herman said of his senior guard. "He is the hardest worker I have ever had the pleasure of coaching and just to be a part of this is a blessing.
"He just does things the right way," he added. "He is humble and always wants to see his teammates do well and a lot of guys want to be like him, not only on the court but in the classroom as well."
The 17-year old Bolon, the son of Chip and Tami Bolon of Gnadenhutten, has put together a remarkable high school basketball career.
During his sophomore year, Bolon was listed as an all-District honorable mention and attended the OHSBCA Boys Top 100 Showcase at Capital University.
That was just the beginning for the 6-4, 184-pound athlete as he had a junior year that most kids dream about.
After spending part of his summer at the Rick Bolus Blue Chip Basketball Camp in 2014, he went on to win the JJ Huddle Boys Basketball Player of the Week, broke the school record for most points scored in a single game with 38, accounted for 443 points in the season, which is a school record while averaging a school record 19.26 points per game.
Following his junior year, he was named to the all-Eastern District first team, the Principal's Athletic Conference first team and garnered all-Ohio special mention.
"West Liberty head coach Jim Crutchfield is getting a fine young man," Coach Herman stated. "He is a shooter that has added everything to his game and has a non-stop motor. He is a perfect fit for West Liberty.
"He has worked so hard on fundamentals and now has a solid all around game," he added. "Dalton has had a great career and West Lib got a steal."
Bolon was also selected for the All-Star team for the Eastern Ohio Complex Camp that he attended last June, where he played in Las Vegas in late July. He also garnered the Camp MVP Award.
As great as his basketball career has been, Bolon also displayed tremendous athleticism on the football team where he was a two-year letterman and was named first team all-PAC as an outside linebacker his senior year.
The amazing aspect of Bolon's high school career is that despite all of his success on the court, he has also had time to maintain a 4.10 accumulative GPA while ranking seventh in his class.
He also takes College Prep and Post-Secondary classes at the Tuscarawas branch of Kent State University.
Adding to his academic accolades, he was inducted into the Walter Mead Chapter of the National Honor Society during his sophomore year and received the Silver Certificate from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Scholarship Society.
"He is only 17 years old and still has the potential to grow," Herman shared. "As hard as he works, there is nothing outside the realm of possibility for Dalton."
Bolon is undecided on his major at this point but coach Herman mentioned that he has a great interest in math and science.
He will graduate from Indian Valley in May of 2016.