TENNERTON — The Record Delta’s commitment to recognizing the athletic figures who represent the community in Buckhannon and across Upshur County extends to learning and understanding the individual. This week, Christian Dowell, a standout Sophomore athlete, who plays Soccer at Buckhannon-Upshur High School gave an insight into what has defined him and created his competitive spirit.
Question 1: Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past. What stands out to you about your high school athletic career?
“My highlights and achievements in my high school athletic career include the adjustments I was able to make from freshman year to improve for this past season. Something else that I’ll always remember is beating Bridgeport this year in the sectional semi-final game in PKs that moment really helped the team realize how important keeping composure is in those moments. Something that’s stands out to me is creating so many great bonds with my teammates, it’s amazing how close a group of people can become when you come together to do what you love,” said Dowell.
Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities are you involved in during high school?
“Apart from high school soccer, I play Rec soccer in the spring and go to the gym,” stated Dowell.
Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing your sport? What drew you to the sport? What sets soccer apart from other sports in your mind?
“The reason for me being so passionate about my sport is the excitement and joy the sport brings me every time I step on that field to compete alongside my teammates, how fast and competitive the game can be, and seeing the support from the teachers, parents, and classmates. I honestly couldn’t tell you what really drew me to the sport I just decided to play when I was younger and ended up loving it but having Dusty Loudin as my soccer coach for so many years before high school really helped me develop such a deep bond to this game. I think something that sets soccer apart from other sports is how fast the game moves you must always think ahead and know what you’re doing even when you’re not the one with the ball,” explained Dowell.
Question 4: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“I would like to think my coaches and teammates would describe me as a competitor, hard worker, and someone who brings a good environment to the team,” said Dowell.
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 soccer differs from other sports from a both a team and individual aspect?
“Some of the best advice I’ve gained from coaches is from Dusty Loudin he always said ‘All it takes is all you got’ it’s nothing big but hearing it since I first started playing hearing something like that at a young age it just stuck with me and pushed me to always leave everything I had out there on the field. Another is from my current coach, Mike Donato, when we lost in the sectional Final games last year and this year both times he said, ‘This is where you realize it’s not all about the loss it’s about how you carry on from this loss and work even harder for next year you just have to decide which way, you’re going to let this game affect you as a player,” said Dowell.
Question 6: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“I manage my responsibilities by having an order to everything school is always first, then comes soccer because without good grades I can’t even play, then lastly comes everything else work, friends and etc.,” stated Dowell.
Question 7: What is the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?
“The biggest lesson I picked up is that it’s never really about the losses it’s about what you do after the losses to improve yourself for the next step ahead,” explained Dowell.
Question 8: How long have you been involved in soccer? How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your strengths?
“I’ve been playing soccer since I was 8 years old, so I’ve played soccer for almost 9 years now. If I were described myself, I would say I’m very competitive, hardworking, and passionate. Some of my strengths are my speed, being able to make quick decisions, and keeping composure in stressful games,” explained Dowell.
Question 9: How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life?
“Sports have impacted my life a lot your sport gives you somewhere to go away from everyone else it’s just you and your team it’s also gave me great bonds with people I’ll never forget,” stated Dowell.
Question 10: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student athlete meant to you? What’s your best memory?
“Representing B-U as a student athlete to me means doing my best in the classroom, soccer field, and being a good person outside of school and sports as well. My best memory would probably be the Sectional Semi-Final game this year against Bridgeport because that game showed us how competitive we could be and that having composure in games carry as a big factor I feel like that game and the university game can push us to work even harder this off-season,” said Dowell.
Question 11: What is one thing you want to be remembered when you leave high school? What is the legacy you wish to leave?
“When I leave, I want to be remembered as someone who was fun and exciting to watch someone who made watching the game a little more interesting. The legacy I wish to leave is being someone my teammates looked up to someone my coaches were proud to coach and to make it to Regionals once before my last game at B-U,” explained Dowell.
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?
“In the next couple months to couple years, I would like to make it to regionals, be more discipline, be a better leader not just for myself but teammates, increase my fitness level and technical skill. In the next 10 years I hope to have gone to college for diesel mechanic and continue playing soccer and after college I hope to get hired at a dealership as a diesel mechanic for the first 2 to 3 years out of college,” said Dowell.
Highlighting team sports is common, but understanding the individuals involved is crucial to engage the community with those representing them on the field, in the classroom and guiding the future.