BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior basketball and baseball player Zach White. We find out 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?
My favorite moment had to of been last year when we went on an overnight trip to Brooke High school for a two-day tournament and knocked off Meadville, who was ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania for the tournament championship.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
When one of the players on the team forgot to watch film and we had to run every line in the parking lot. It was exhausting but we learned a valuable lesson that day.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
My favorite quote is when head coach Travis Foster would yell, and he still does “DON’T GIVE ZACH THE BALL AT HALF COURT!”
4. What was or is your favorite class you have taken at Buckhannon-Upshur and who taught it? Why was it your favorite?
It’s a tossup between two classes. The first is Civics with Lucas Stalnaker because he gives work and understands high school kids and how we function. He gave us time to turn in the assignment. The second is Agriculture Mechanics with Joe Hymes where he taught different things about construction and welding even though we had to learn through covid restrictions.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
Being recognized as the Buckhannon-Upshur superfan and being able to go to all the sporting events and cheering our players on. If you hear someone yelling from the student section it’s most likely me.
6. If you were asked to play another sport, what would it be and why?
If I were to play another sport it would be football because so many of my friends, teachers, and coaches said that I would be really good at it. I never followed through because I feared I would get injured and not be able to play the sport that I love which is basketball.
7. Who is your hero and why?
Even though he isn’t the greatest role model, Dennis Rodman is one of my heroes. His style of play is the same style I play. I don’t let anyone intimidate me and my job is to control the boards.
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
No matter where life takes me, I want to be the best at whatever I do.
9. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
Since eighth grade I always wanted to be a Marine, and I followed through and enlisted in the Marine Corp. I will continue my dream by reporting to basic training on Aug. 9 to Paris Island, South Carolina.
10. What question do you hate to answer?
I hate to answer the question my dad always asks me, “What time do you have to go to work in the morning?” because mornings aren’t my strong suit, but I have to get up anyway.
11. Who is the best athlete in your family?
It all depends on the sport. If we are talking baseball it would be my brother, if we are talking basketball it would be me. We both learned from each other and our dad.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
After a hard day of working on the farm, I just like to take a small vacation on my front porch.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
I like social media so I can keep in touch with my friends but, if it weren’t a real thing it wouldn’t bother me.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
Any of the Taken movies were the worst because they all had the same plot. The best movies I have watched are, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Gran Torino and The Mule all starring Clint Eastwood.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
I would tell them always give 110% because you never know when your name will be called. I went into my freshman year planning on playing basketball for the freshman team and due to hard work and effort I played mostly junior varsity and some varsity. By my sophomore year I was playing varsity full time, so never give up and always give your best.