BUCKHANNON – The Record Delta is going to start a new periodical feature starting with this issue – 15 Questions With...
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The Delta will select a Buckhannon-Upshur student-athlete and ask them 15 questions to see what they enjoy about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
Our first student-athlete we interviewed is senior Ryan Strader.
Ryan was a quarterback on the football team and a forward on the basketball team. He is also a member of the baseball team.
15 Questions With…Ryan Strader
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
Running on the field before a football game, there is no better feeling.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
My very first two-a-day workouts in football. It was really hot, and we had to run a lot that day. After that practice I was completely exhausted.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
From football, it’s “Don't wait on the defense." Coach Rob Carr would say this about 20 times a practice, when we went on offense.
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 Forensic Science with Mrs. Compton. I like it because it’s very interesting to me and it deals with what I want to do as a career.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
The atmosphere at football games or getting to talk to former Buccaneers and learning from them. I love seeing their love for the Buccaneers.
6. Who is your hero and why?
Tanner McGrew is kind of a hero to me. He worked so hard and has really accomplished a lot. Him coming back and giving back to his hometown really means something to me.
7. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I would like to be a state trooper or a DNR officer.
8. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
Try to get a job and make some money before college. I'd also like to go fishing a good bit.
9. What question do you hate to answer?
"What happened this past football season?" I don't like answering it because I didn't like the outcome of the season. The team and I worked as hard as we could, and we did everything we could to be successful.
10. Who is the best athlete in your family?
I think the best athlete in my family right now is me, although my little brother Ian might beat me at that here soon, so I guess we'll see.
11. What is your favorite restaurant and why?
I honestly don't have a favorite restaurant. I'm not a picky eater and I'll eat almost anything. So, if you ask mom and dad, it’s not hard to feed me at all.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
My favorite vacation spot is fishing by a lake or river. Being out on the water fishing is the best.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I don't really care about social media. I don't mind having it to keep up with friends, however, it can cause a lot of problems with people.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
I honestly don't have a worst movie. Every movie that I have watched I have liked. Now my favorite movie is Friday Night Lights or the Fast and Furious movies.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his time as a Buccaneer?
I would tell them to work as hard as they can every day and never skip a practice. Then I'd say never, ever give up, and play with heart.