BUCKHANNON – In this edition of 15 Questions With…we interview senior volleyball player, basketball player, swimmer and track performer McKenzie Reynolds 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?
The 2020 state swim meet where Cameron, Alayna, and I watched Cadence finish off the 200 free relay championship.
2. Describe your toughest practice at Buckhannon-Upshur.
Wednesday night practices were definitely the toughest; I would finish up basketball with sweet sixteens, show up to travel volleyball and get smacked around a little bit by the older players, and then run across campus to go to swim practice where coach Squires and coach Roessing would be waiting to make sure I did not forget how to swim.
3. Do you have a favorite saying from one of your head coaches?
There is definitely one saying that has stuck around with me since I played softball. “If you’re early you are on time, if you’re on time you are late, if you are late, unacceptable.”
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 Allied Health with Mrs. Hawkins. It is my favorite because I get to do hands-on activities and overall an awesome atmosphere to be a part of.
5. What is your favorite thing about being a Buccaneer?
Seeing the older gentlemen at the majority of our sporting events who constantly shine their support onto our athletic programs and knowing that winning or losing, they are always supportive.
6. If you were asked to play another sport, what would it be and why?
I have been very blessed with the opportunity to play multiple sports, but my dad already said no to football.
7. Who is your hero and why?
My hero is my dad (B-U athletic director Rick Reynolds)because he did not have much growing up, but he made the best out of what he had. He grew up and worked hard every day for what he wanted and accomplished great things. Thanks to him and my mom, they have provided my sister and I with the knowledge and mindset to take on whatever comes toward us.
8. What do you want to be when you grow up?
I know that I at least want to do something in the medical field, preferably a pharmacist.
9. What are your initial plans after graduation this spring?
I want to continue my education at either West Virginia Wesleyan or Glenville State and play volleyball.
10. What question do you hate to answer?
My least favorite question to answer has to do with my shoe size. Placing an order for shoes and the fitter asks, “a nine and an eleven? Do you really two different sized shoes?” Yes, yes, I do.
11. Who is the best athlete in your family?
Currently, this is an ongoing debate right now, because my dad was a national champion in college football, my mom swam in two national championships in college, my sister was an All-State athlete in two sports and went on to play a college sport, and many of my other family members are record holders or state champions.
12. Do you have a favorite vacation spot? If so, where?
I definitely love going to the Outer Banks with my family and the Woods.
13. Social media…in favor of it or wish it would go away?
It truly depends on the day; it has its advantages and disadvantages.
14. What is the worst movie you have ever seen? Best movie you have ever seen?
Any movie that is not a Disney movie, is my least favorite. Anything that has the words “Scooby-Doo” on it is on my watch list.
15. What advice would you give to a young athlete ready to start his/her time as a Buccaneer?
Even though I love sports, do not shut yourself out from other opportunities offered at school, be involved, try new things, and if you start something, finish.