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 soccer player and swimmer Sam Squires to see what he enjoys about being a Buccaneer and life in general.
1. What has been your favorite athletic moment at Buckhannon-Upshur that you participated in?
Being a dual sport athlete at B-U, makes it hard to choose a single moment. For soccer, it was going undefeated in conference play my junior year. In swimming, it was breaking the school record in the 100 breaststroke.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
For me the toughest practice at B-U was a swim practice my freshman year. I had just gotten back into the water after my ACL surgery and we were doing a long-distance set. The set included multiple 1000's and 500's which for me wasn't fun being a sprinter. On top of that I was unable to do flip turns due to my knee injury so the touch and go turns on the wall became very exhausting.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
When I think of coach Mike Donato sayings the “Have I ever told you all look good in the blues?” comes to mind, but for me I have learned if you listen close enough to the things Donato says, you will learn he says some pretty funny stuff when you least expect it.
4. What was or is your favorite class you have taken at Buckhannon-Upshur and who taught it? Why was it your favorite?
While most people's favorite class may not be math, mine was, because of Mrs. Reger. I am not going to lie, I was terrified the first year I had her, but the next year I began to appreciate her and her teaching style.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
My favorite thing about being a Buccaneer is the atmosphere we bring to sporting events. There were many occasions where we had a larger number of fans at an away game than the home team had.
6. If you were asked to play a third sport, what would it be and why?
If I was asked to play a third sport and volleyball was an option that would be my first choice. But since it is not, I would probably choose tennis. Growing up I went to the courts and would watch my mom play as well as hit around with her.
7. Who is your hero and why?
My heroes are my family. Each one of them plays a role in shaping who I am and who I want to be.
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I have a job in the future, I want it to be something I enjoy. So, I am still trying to find my passions.
9. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
I plan to attend college and begin to discover a career path that I will enjoy.
10. What question do you hate to answer?
Flash back to my Sophomore swim season — I had just received my medal for the 50 freestyle at states and am walking back to my team when a reporter pulls me aside to ask me questions. One of the questions he asked was, “Your brother, Tim, is up on the record board (referring to the WVU record board) do you want to be as fast as him?” In my mind all I could think was, “Of course, who doesn't want to be?” But instead, I gave a polite answer. The question, "Do you want to be or are you as fast as Tim?" is the question I hate the most because I simply am not Tim. I am Sam and while I may swim the same events as him, I also swim my own, and I just wish people would appreciate that.
11. Who is the best athlete in your family?
I think between the four of us we all have our own specialties and depending on the sport/event we could all be considered the best athlete in the family. (But the answer everyone would expect me to say is Timmy haha!!)
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
I have had the opportunity to see a lot of the country, but I think Maine is my favorite. I found the beauty in Portland and Bar Harbor to be intriguing.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I am in favor of social media because it helps me stay connected. Especially over the last nine months I found social media to be a way to keep up with my friends without being face to face.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
The worst movie I have seen would be Spiderman 3. As for the best movie, two come to mind, the whole Star Wars series is a must watch but if there is one movie that never fails to make me laugh it is Mr. Beans Holiday.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
If there is one thing I would tell a young B-U athlete, it is to stick with your sport. At the end of my freshman year, I was ready to walk away from soccer, but the best decision I ever made was coming back to the sport the next year. Not every practice is going to be smooth sailing, you will have days when you want to give up, but you just have to push through. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. But most importantly enjoy the time you have with your teammates because you don't realize it in the moment, but you will never play with those exact people ever again.