BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior Logan Kelley to see what he enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Kelley was a stand-out keeper for the boys’ soccer team this past fall.
15 Questions With…Logan Kelley
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
I’ve had a ton of great moments in my time at Buckhannon, but I think my favorite would have to be holding the sectional championship plaque for the high school boys’ soccer team in my sophomore year. Just the energy from the stadium that night was like no other.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
When asked this question, there is only one practice that comes to my mind. This practice was during my freshman year and was my return to soccer after a dislocated shoulder and a 3rd degree shoulder separation. I had just finished warming up, when Coach Orwig had us do a diving drill. As soon as I hit the ground, I felt extreme pain. I hurt so badly that I had to sit and watch the remainder of the practice. I had waited so long to return to play, but my body was just not ready for the challenge.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
“You guys look great in blue, have I ever told you that?” – Coach Donato would tell us that and then I would tell him I’m not wearing blue Coach. It’s black but good try. (I’m a goalie and my jersey must be a different color than the rest of the team).
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 is stained glass. I’m not the most artistic person and this class is not easy for me. The reason this class has been my favorite is because I can make whatever I want with glass in whatever color I chose based on whatever inspires me. Ms. Meese is my teacher’s name and my best friend, Jared, is in the same class.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
My favorite thing about being a Buccaneer is the atmosphere. The fans are very supportive and encouraging, even if we do not win every game.
6. Who is your hero and why?
Chris Orwig is the person I most admired growing up. I liked to go and watch him play goalie when he was in high school. He inspired me to work hard to be a better goalie. When I was in high school, Chris ended up being one of my coaches and was able to give me tips and pointers firsthand.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I am not exactly sure what I want to do after college. I am interested in Cyber-Security and possibly going to work for the FBI.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
After graduation, I plan to work locally this summer, if the Covid-19 quarantine is over and I can find a job. I am still narrowing down the college I plan to attend. I hope to stay in the state of WV and play college soccer, if possible.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
Since I play goalie, the worst question to answer is, “How tall are you?” I sigh and answer the question 5 ft 8 inches.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family (include yourself).
I have followed in my brother and my father’s footsteps in playing soccer. My brother and I also played lacrosse. I believe I’m the best athlete in the family followed by my brother when he was in high school.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
My favorite restaurant probably has to be Joe’s Crab Shack because I love crab legs. I wish we had more places with good seafood closer to home.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
I like to go camping with my family.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
Social media is a great thing, as long as it is used appropriately. I am in favor of keeping it because it is a great tool to get information and stay connected to family and friends.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
I think the worst movie that I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I had high expectations of the movie because I like Johnny Depp, but I did not like it. The best movies that I have ever seen were the Star Wars movies. I like them because of all the action.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
If you want to do anything as an athlete, you need to make sure you have good grades. My best advice is to practice outside of school to become the best athlete that you can be. This could be playing in a club team or even at your house by yourself or with family or friends. I also believe that you should never let someone dictate how you play your game.