BUCKHANNON – With the local sports scene under quarantine until the middle of January, on orders from Gov. Jim Justice, we decided to bring back our popular 15 Questions With...segment.
In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior cross country runner, lacrosse player and a member of the marching band Leah Crihfield to see what she enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
My favorite athletic moment would have to be when I would stop a ball while in goal during a lacrosse game. I love hearing everyone cheer for me and my teammates congratulating me. It makes me feel good that I was able to help my team get closer to winning.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
A handful of cross country practices have been super tough! Days where it was super hot and we had speed days were hard on me.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
Honestly, I can’t remember a saying any of my coaches had said! However, I do remember my cross county coach, Taylor Stacy, telling me he wished he had a team of Leah Crihfields since I was a hard worker and always tried my best, which always stuck with me.
4. What was or is your favorite class you have taken at Buckhannon-Upshur and who taught it? Why was it your favorite?
My favorite class has been AP Psychology with Brent Kimble. Psychology has been one of my favorite subjects to learn and Kimble made the learning fun. I always looked forward to that class.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
I really enjoy playing in the band for almost every school event. The football games were always a blast and every homecoming week was an event to remember. I always felt connected to the school and everybody in attendance when we performed!
6. If you were asked to play a third sport, what would it be and why?
If the school had a badminton team, I would join in a heartbeat! One of my favorite summer activities is playing badminton in my backyard. But if I had to choose a sport the school already had, I would choose soccer. Growing up, I played soccer from elementary school through middle school, so sometimes I regret not playing in high school!
7. Who is your hero and why?
One of the members of my favorite band, BTS, could be considered my hero. He inspires me to be the best I can be, stay true to myself, and never give up! He’s also the one who made me want to produce music!
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I’d like to become a recording engineer. A recording engineer is one who operates recording equipment and creates and produces music. Music has had a huge impact on my life and one day I’d like to create something that does the same for someone else.
9. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
I plan to attend college and major in music industry and technology. I haven’t decided if I’ll continue band or keep playing lacrosse yet.
10. What question do you hate to answer?
Questions asking about my personal interest are always a bit embarrassing to answer. Either I’m too shy or my mind completely blanks!
11. Who is the best athlete in your family?
The best athlete would have to be my dad. He’s played about three sports while in school and has coached my soccer and lacrosse teams. Even though he doesn’t play sports now, he can still outrun over half of the lacrosse team!
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
I love going to the beach. The sound of the waves is very relaxing and everything seems quiet and peaceful. I also love collecting seashells while I’m there.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I love social media! It may be a bit toxic at times, but I believe that it’s a great way to express yourself, get caught up on the news and other events, or to have a good laugh.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
The worst movies would have to be the ones where you can tell they were cheaply thrown together or the actors and other staff didn’t really try. There isn’t anything interesting about those kind of movies. The best movie I’ve seen is Parasite. Parasite is a Korean film, but has won Oscars here in America! That movie is easily one of my favorites.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
I would want them to know to always keep trying and it’s never too late to start something new! The memories you make while playing sports are irreplaceable and precious, so enjoy it while you can and make the most out of everything.