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 Bucs Tennis junior Madelyn Frye, took the 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 stands out to you about your high school athletic career?
“I would say my major highlights are improving over the past two years and winning more matches because that shows how much I have improved. I truly believe I can improve more from each match and learn from my mistakes while having fun with it too! I feel that not much stands out for me except my improvement and how I can make others happy by complimenting their hits or serves. I always feel that it is mature to cheer on your opponent even if they are mean and don’t say anything back,” said Frye.
Question 1: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities are you involved in during high school?
“I have ran cross country since sixth grade, participated in 4-H, started tennis two years ago and just helping around with the community. I believe that everyone should find an extracurricular that interests them and impacts their lives in a positive way,” stated Frye.
Question 2: Why are you so passionate about playing tennis? What drew you to the sport? What sets tennis apart from other sports in your mind?
“I discovered tennis from my best friend Malia Bowers and within those first couple days of practice I fell in love. I truly believe that she caused me to become so passionate about tennis by being my doubles partner my whole first year. Tennis is different from the other sports because it makes you utilize your mind and athletic ability the whole time. It is a mentally challenging sport compared to others,” explained Frye.
Question 4: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“I feel that my coaches and teammates would describe be as the caring and bubbly teammate! I always come prepare with extra materials and things to keep everyone warm. I’m also very cheerful so when I’m not playing on the courts you will see me cheering on my team,” said Frye.
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 tennis differs from other sports?
“Make a commitment and stick with it. Move on from your mistakes and learn from it, you can always try again’ said one of my coaches. Ever since he said that I’ve made it my goal to keep my head up when things look rough in a match. He has made a huge impact in my life by inspiring me to be better for myself and the others around me. I feel that tennis is different because of the mentality you have to use every minute you are in that court as well as running around after a ball for almost an hour for each match,” stated Frye.
Question 6: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“I make it a point to be early. I try to communicate with my coach. I also make and extra effort to get my school work done in a timely fashion. Time management is important as a school athlete so I learned at a young age to balance school, sports, and other activities,” explained Frye.
Question 7: What is the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?
“I have learned how to prioritize my responsibilities and manage my time with my sports and other activities. I have also learned how to have fun with the match even if it’s very competitive. Playing sports has shaped me into the person I am now,” said Frye.
Question 8: How long have you been involved in tennis? How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses?
“I have been involved in tennis for almost two years. I’m serious when it’s time to be serious but I can also laugh at myself when I make mistakes. I feel that my weaknesses are my net play and spot hitting in my matches and my strengths are serving, hitting back and returning powerful serves and hits,” stated Frye.
Question 9: How has been involved in sports positively impacted your life?
“I have made new friends while staying active and training to become better. With sports I have made friends from all over West Virginia. I have learned new skills from my teammates, my opponents and my coaches. Sports also teach me important lessons in my life that other activities can’t,” explained Frye.
Question 10: What has representing Buckhannon Upshur as a student athlete meant to you? What’s your best memory?
“I am proud and honored to play for my school and my community. Being a student athlete comes with responsibilities that may be hard to juggle but it is an honor to represent my school in sports. It is important to me to be a good role model for our younger athletes. The best memory was when I won my first match ever. I was playing Elkins and the match was constantly back and forth, but then I got up by one, then two. Eventually I won the match. As soon as I walked off the courts my teammates went crazy. They were cheering me on and congratulating me on my win. The memories I’ve created with the team are some of the best ones I have,” said Frye.
Question 11: What is one thing you want to be remembered as you leave high school? What is the legacy you wish to leave?
“I want to be remembered as the teammate who could make everyone laugh and have fun, but when I’m on the court I’m a beast who try’s their hardest. I want to leave the legacy of trying new sports. I would have never expected to be here but I tried something new and I would suggest that to everyone, even if you aren’t sure about it. It may be a risk but you never know what you may get out of it,” stated Frye.
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 attend college and possibly play tennis wherever I choose. I want to Major in something in the medical field and work with kids. I feel that I will end up working in the medical field while having a family. I also believe that balancing work and a family can be hard but I’m willing to push myself to make things work. I also would continue playing tennis even if I’m not on a team,” explained Frye.