Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light: Bryson Johnston

Bryson Johnston

TENNERTON — It is important to highlight the youth in Upshur County and the hard work they have put in to excelling in the sports they play. This series of articles has returned to go in-depth with one of Buckhannon-Upshur’s student athletes, allowing readers to get to know a little more about who, athletically, represents the community. This week, Buccaneer Football Bryson Johnston took time to give the community an inside look at his journey in Upshur County sports.

Question 1: Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past. What stands out to you about your high school athletic career?  

“Some of my favorite highlights and achievements from my sports career are, lettering in football, being named a First-Team All-Big 10 defensive back my sophomore year. Also, my sophomore year I got a 100-yard pick six against Phillip Barbour. Something that stands out to me about my high school athletic career is that sports bring another meaning of family to the table. There are many highs and lows, but my teammates were always there for each other,” said Johnston.

Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities are you involved in during high school? 

“I play football, basketball and run track at Buckhannon-Upshur High School, I am also in the National Junior Honor Society,” stated Johnston.

Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing your sport? What drew you to the sport? What sets football apart from other sports in your mind?  

“I’m so passionate about playing football because it gives me a chance to prove myself to people. I grew up playing football and going to WVU games at a young age also made me have a love for the game. Football is a sport different sport from any other sport. Football is where I have the most fun. The lifelong friends that I have gained and toughness sets football apart from all the others,” explained Johnston.

Question 4: How would your coaches and teammates describe you? 

“Hardworking, dedicated, confident and humble,” said Johnston. 

Question 5: What is the best piece of advice you have gained from a coach over your years playing any sport? How would you say football differs from other sports?

“The best piece of advice I gained from a coach is, be better than you were yesterday. Football is different from other sports because of the level of physicality and toughness you need to play,” stated Johnston. 

Question 6: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?

“It’s all about balance and hard work and doing what you love,” explained Johnston. 

Question 7: What is the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?

“Always strive to be the best you can be,” said Johnston

Question 8: How long have you been involved in golf? How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your strengths?

“I’ve been playing football since I was in 2nd grade. I’m a gritty player that always tries to do what’s best for the team to win. My strengths are that I’m fast, strong and know the game well,” stated Johnston.

Question 9: How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life? 

“Sports are the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me. Sports kept me in shape, they kept me focused on my goals and has made me lots of friends,” explained Johnston. 

Question 10: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student athlete meant to you? What’s your best memory? 

“Representing BU has meant the world to me. I love all the supporters that come to our games and that have helped me along the way. They really made it feel like a supporting family. My best memory is beating Lewis county my sophomore year and getting the pick back,” said Johnston. 

Question 11: What is one thing you want to be remembered when you leave high school? What is the legacy you wish to leave? 

“I want to be known as the hardest worker in the room. I want to leave a legacy of working hard to get to where you want to be,” stated Johnston. 

Question 12: Are there any short term goals you would like to accomplish in the next few months to a couple of years? What about in the future 10 years or more down the road where do you think you’ll end up?

“I want to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA and go attend college for nursing. I hope things go well in college and I can graduate and have a nice job and support my family,” explained Johnston. 

Keep an eye out for the next editions of The Record Delta to see who is next to be in the “sport”-light.

Bryson Johnston

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