Junior Taiwo-Babawale Thropp has endeared himself to the Upshur County community for his combination of talent, drive to succeed and ability to be coachable. A multi-sport athlete, who also played football and basketball, Taiwo is now putting his athletic prowess to the test on track and field as a sprinter for the Buccaneers. Babawale-Thropp edged out fellow junior classmate Shawn Blandino to claim the boys 100-meter title in the Bucs last home track meet back on Tuesday, April 12. Thropp’s time of 11.24 seconds narrowly bested Blandino’s time of 11.35 seconds, in a perfect example of two teammates pushing each other to compete at the best of their abilities.
The Bucs swept all the meets relay events to continue this streak of strong early season outings. In the 4x100-meter relay, the Bucs’ team consisting of Snyder, junior Savion Farmer, and the two Thropp boys cruised to a win with a time of 45.10. In the boys 4x200 relay, the Bucs team of senior Julien Larcher, Blandino and the Thropp duo, took the win with a combined time of 1:33.74.
Lady Bucs Softball pitcher, #4 sophomore Jansen Kimble, a young rising star pitcher for the Buckhannon-Upshur High School softball team helped head coach Levi Bender’s team close out a win over the Bridgeport Indians. Following an early offensive explosion, the game morphed into a defensive struggled, highlighted by the pitcher’s duel between Kimble and Bridgeport’s starter. Kimble and the Bucs came out on top in that duel, as the sophomore pitched a complete game that featured 3 scoreless innings, only 5 total hits and 2 runs, only 1 of which was an earned run, all the while sitting down 6 Indian batters and walking zero; that was the true player of the game. Kimble’s tremendous control and velocity from the mound gave the Bucs a definite advantage, aiding them in picking up the win.