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, Bucs Senior point guard/shooting guard Mason Hyre, took time to give the community an inside look at his journey in Upshur County sports.
Question 1: Can you describe your major sport highlights and achievements in the past? What stand out to you about your high school athletic career?
“If I had to choose one of my biggest accomplishments from my last 4 years of playing basketball, it would be being a part of the some of the teams that really turned our program around. Going from horrendous losing records for years into stringing multiple winning seasons together in a row. That’s something special to be a part of and to accomplish,” said Hyre.
Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities have you been involved in during high school?
“Through high school I’ve been involved in 4-H as well as Youth and Government. I have also started a lawn care business and obtained my business license,” explained Hyre.
Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing sports?
“I’m so passionate about playing sports because the front of my jersey represents my town and the back of my jersey (my last name) represents my family,” stated Hyre.
Question 4: What is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to the sport?
“I’ve only played basketball in high school, so I would have to say that basketball is my favorite sport. It’s hard to describe the enjoyment I get from playing. The memories of the hype in the locker room after a big win is something I’ll never forget,” said Hyre.
Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“For the most part, I would say they’d describe me as a quiet leader. I think that they would consider me as someone who brings energy and they can count on in big moments,” explained Hyre.
Question 6: 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’ve gotten in these last four years is whatever you do, don’t cheat yourself. Not finishing a rep, not watching film, it all falls back on you. Your worst enemy can be yourself if you aren’t careful,” stated Hyre.
Question 7: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“I manage all my activities and responsibilities by having priorities. By prioritizing my life and taking one thing at a time, I find it easier to keep things organized,” said Hyre.
Question 8: What’s the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?
“That if even one teammate or person in a group isn’t in it for the team, the team or group will fail. Sports has taught me how important genuine teamwork is,” explained Hyre.
Question 9: How long have you been playing basketball? How would you describe yourself as a player?
“I have been playing basketball for as long as I can remember. I played in the Stockert Youth Center’s youth leagues all the way up until middle school and have played school ball ever since. I would describe myself as a player that can do a little bit of everything, an all-around player,” stated Hyre.
Question 10: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student-athlete meant to you? What’s your best memory?
“Representing the school has been important to me, there’s a certain standard held within our program that we all work to meet. Meeting that standard is what pushed us to previous high rankings and big wins. The best memories of my basketball career at B-UHS are from film room sessions and some conversations that ensue after or while watching film,” said Hyre.
Question 11: 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?
“In the short term athletically speaking, I want to do everything I can to help our team get to Charleston this year. As a student, my short-term academic goal is to maintain my 4.4 GPA throughout the rest of my senior year. As far long-term goals, they mostly pertain to my future in the field of aviation. I want to work towards getting my flight hours logged in order to become certified in various pilot licenses. In 10 years, I see myself flying airplanes for a living,” exclaimed Hyre.