Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light: Gaidian Adams

Gaidian Adams. ROBERTA HATCHER/The Record Delta

BUCKHANNON — 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 will go in-depth with one of B-U’s student athletes, allowing readers to get to know a little more about who athletically represents the community. This week, Lady Buccaneer Lacrosse senior Gaidian Adams took time to give the community an inside look at her journey in Upshur County sports. 

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

“My major highlights and achievements are lettering my freshman, junior and soon to be senior year, making First Team All-State for defense my junior year and placing second in the state for ground balls my junior year,” said Adams. 

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

“I played soccer my freshman year and also attended Youth and Government my freshman year,” stated Adams. 

Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing sports? What defines you as a competitor? 

“I am so passionate about lacrosse because I love the sport. I have gained so many friends/ teammates throughout the years. I love getting better each day. I believe what defines me is my teamwork. I love encouraging everyone and helping us all enjoy the game,” explained Adams. 

Question 4: What would you say is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to the sport? 

“My favorite sport is lacrosse. I was introduced to it in seventh grade. I wanted to try something new and I’m so glad I did. It drew me in because it was so new to Buckhannon and not many people knew of it. I wanted to be in the start of the upcoming lacrosse team,” explained Adams. 

Question 5: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from a coach over your years playing any sport? 

“The best piece of advice I have received is probably from Coach Derick Crihfield, he always says ‘Not one person makes a team, everyone does. If you want it, you have to be a team.’ Something like that,” said Adams. 

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

“I manage everything by being on time. I have to be on time or it stresses me out. I have school, work and lacrosse and it’s a lot; but it’s all worth it,” stated Adams. 

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

“The biggest lesson I have learned is to never be selfish. Encourage your teammates, pass the ball, look out for others. A team is not just one person and I’m glad I have learned that over the years,” explained Adams. 

Question 8: How long have you been competing in lacrosse? How would you describe yourself as a player, as an athlete, as a person? 

“I have been playing lacrosse for 6 years. It is so different than other sports. The people who play are different, the rules, the actual game is just so unique. The skills it takes to play lacrosse are intense. I would describe myself as hardworking, competitive, goofy, focused and caring,” said Adams. 

Question 9: How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life? How has being an athlete impacted your growth as a young adult? 

“Being an athlete has made high school much more enjoyable. Being a part of a team and seeing my friends everyday always puts me in a good mood. It has impacted me in many ways such as maintaining my grades while being an athlete and working. It has taught me lessons that I will use outside of lacrosse,” stated Adams. 

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

“Representing the B-U Lax team this year, and previous years has made me so proud. We have done so good, we’re currently 15-1 and we’re on the road to states and I couldn’t be more excited,” explained Adams. 

Question 11: What is one thing you want to be remembered for as you leave high school, both athletically and academically? 

“I want to be remembered as the fun teammate and student. I hope I have had a positive impact on the younger athletes and they continue to play the sport we all love,” said Adams. 

Question 12: Finally, are there any short-term goals you’d 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 will end up? College plans? 

“I am attending WVWC in the fall of 2022. I will be on the lacrosse team and I am majoring in graphic design. I’m super excited for this journey and my future lacrosse career. I want to give a big thanks to all of my coaches; Jamie Greene, Dave Lewelynn, Derick Crihfield and my future coach Hannah Lively,” stated Adams.

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