TENNERTON — The Buckhannon-Upshur High School fall sports season has officially concluded. It has certainly been an eventful Fall 2021 season for the Buccaneers’ teams and athletes. The football, soccer, volleyball and cheer teams, along with the cross country team runners, all provided the community with many highlights this year.
Led by second year Head Coach Taylor Stacey, both the cross country teams excelled. He has already built quite the program in his short time at the helm.
The Lady Bucs cross country team qualified for the state meet as a team this year for the first time since 2014. Freshman Samantha Shreve placed 9th at the regional meet, allowing her to qualify on her own as an individual to states. It was her performance, aided by a strong pack of Lady Bucs behind her, consisting of Mia Sappey (13th), Jessica Williams (14th), Miah Reger (19th), Malia Bowers (33rd), Pressley Bowers (34th) and Harlee Gillum (46th) that fueled the team to a 3rd place finish, which sealed an appearance at the state meet.
The Bucs cross country team won a seven-team invitational that they hosted at their home course. The boys also finished second at the Big 10 conference meet, led by Jordan Gillum who finished 3rd and two other top 20 finishes, as Reis Leonard placed 15th, Jack Waggy finished 17th, and Logan Wyatt and Brycen Allen placed 24th and 31st, respectively. Gillum had strong finishes in each of these two season-defining meets. This, paired with consistent finishes near the top of leaderboards in meets all year long, earned him First-Team All-Conference honors. Both Leonard and Waggy earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
The Lady Bucs volleyball team led by Coach Ashley Stanton had a very strong season, finishing 7-10-1. This veteran group played competitively all season long against some of the toughest competition in the state. They had several standout performers, mostly relying on their senior leaders, Caroline Frye, Meghan Bailey, Shelby McDaniels, Cadence Ringer and Kloey Chapman. These upperclassmen were supported by a supporting cast of underclassmen that will look to take the reins heading into next season.
The Bucs soccer team guided by experienced Head Coach Mike Donato finished the season 7-8-6. The season was highlighted by a 7-0 victory over Lincoln in Shinnston and a victory over University on penalty kicks in a home playoff game. The Bucs found themselves in a lot of close games this year, as shown by their six ties. Junior Zach Boring led the team by netting 12 goals this season, while sophomore Noah Radabaugh chipped in seven of his own to finish as the second leading scorer on the team. The senior trio of Caden Andrick (6 goals), Julian Larcher (5 goals), and Branson Carpenter (4 goals) also were major scoring threats this season for the Bucs. Junior goalkeeper Dalton Auvil kept opposing teams off the board more often than not this year, finishing the season with four shutouts. Auvil stood out all year with his quick reflexes coming in handy, deflecting shots on goal. Larcher and Andrick were both named First Team All-Conference, while junior Auvil earned Second Team All-Conference honors.
The Lady Bucs soccer team also had a very successful season, finishing 13-6-2. They absolutely dominated in conference play, notching a 10-1-2 record against Big 10 opponents. Seniors Cameron Zuliani and Kierra Arbogast made First Team All-Conference, while fellow senior Miranda Greene was earned Second Team All-Conference Honors. Zuliani was potent offensively, putting up a total of 15 goals and 16 assists. Arbogast was a part of nine shutouts this season. Greene complemented Zuliani perfectly, adding three goals, while showing skill as a playmaker tallying seven assists on the season.
The Bucs football team led by Head Coach Zach Davis entered the year young, but hungry. Coach Davis’ first year manning the helm of the Bucs’ football program was a resounding success. The Bucs finished 3-7 on the season, but swept Route 33 rivals Philip Barbour, Lewis County, and Elkins. Any season in which the Bucs see victories that bring both “The Pick” and “The Axe” back to Tennerton can be counted as a major success. The Bucs will look to carry positive momentum from this season into next year. While losing talent to graduation is always a factor in high school sports, the Bucs will bring back a lot of players who gained experience at key positions this season. It will be interesting to see how this team grows heading into next season.
The Bucs cheer squad had a quality competition this season. The B-UHS cheerleaders managed to put on two solid routines in both the regional competition and the Big 10 conference competition. Despite the pressure that comes along with the sports’ razor-thin margin of error, the cheerleaders maintained their composure and performed their best when the lights were the brightest.
Overall, it was a very successful Fall sports period for the teams and athletes representing B-UHS. These teams and individuals managed to accomplish all that while competing in what is often thought of as one of the toughest regions in West Virginia. As a strong fall sports season draws to a close, Buckhannon-Upshur’s student-athletes turn their attention to winter sports. Basketball, swimming, and wrestling are right around the corner. With those sports contests starting soon, it’s an exciting time to be a Buccaneer!