TENNERTON – Elijah Arbogast was named the 2021 winner of the John L. Tenney Memorial Baseball Award that is presented annually to a Buckhannon-Upshur High School senior baseball player who displays athletic ability, character and leadership skills.
It was the 13th year the award has been presented and is selected by members of the Buckhannon-Upshur baseball coaching staff.
The award is named in honor of John L. Tenney, father of long time Buckhannon-Upshur head baseball coach Mickey Tenney and current West Virginia Wesleyan head baseball coach Randy Tenney.
Mickey Tenney presented the award to Arbogast during a ceremony at William E. Phillips Memorial Field Thursday afternoon.
“It’s a wonderful honor,” stated Arbogast. “I’ve put 110 percent into anything baseball related since day one. The Tenney family is still talked about by today’s team and I am very proud to receive the award from the family.”
Arbogast was a pitcher and played shortstop for the Bucs this year.
Arbogast was second on the team in hitting with a .380 average getting 30 hits in 79 at-bats.
He had eight extra base hits with a home run and seven doubles which placed him second on the team.
He drove in a team-high 27 runs from his clean-up spot in the batting order.
As a pitcher, Arbogast started a team-high seven games and posted a 3-4 record with a 4.81 earned-run average.
For his efforts, he was named to the Big 10 All-Conference Second Team.
“Elijah was an easy choice for the award,” stated Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Adam Squires. “He is a great kid and a hard worker. You never have to worry about him being late for something or not working hard in practice. He is a natural baseball talent. When we put him on the mound, you knew you were going to be in the game and he played a very good shortstop for us.”
A plaque honoring the past winners of the John L. Tenney Award, and now Arbogast, resides inside of B-UHS.