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 Lacrosse star senior Miranda Greene, 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 standouts out to you about your high school athletic career?
“I’ve lettered both my freshman and junior year and finishing in first in the state leading in goals for my freshman and junior year along with receiving first team all-state both years! I was awarded the All-American Award by U. S. Lacrosse. Along with getting as far as the semifinals all in my junior year. But this year has my biggest achievement yet and that is making it to states my senior year,” said Greene.
Question 2- What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities were you involved in during high school?
“I joined a travel team for lacrosse after last year’s season. The organization is called Mountain state and it’s for any upcoming or returning lacrosse players throughout the region,” stated Greene.
Question 3- Why are you so passionate about playing sports? What defines you as a competitor?
“I’m very passionate about sports because it’s a good high school experience to push yourself to your limits and learning new skills and making friends. What defines me is definitely my hard head at working towards what I want every practice and every game,” explained Greene.
Question 4- What would you say is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to the sport?
“Lacrosse is absolutely my favorite sport of all time, I started playing in 6th grade and from that moment on it has caught my interest. Playing in games and making memories in practice it has always been my favorite,” said Greene.
Question 5- How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“My coaches would describe me as a hard-working athlete who doesn’t let their head down and is always giving a 110% even if it is more. One of my teammates Reese Hutson had stated this ‘team player, always lifts everyone up and is definitely always the team hype girl. She is driven and really pulls us all together on the field and off. She is kind and makes sure everyone knows what’s going on. She is a strong player and as a team we know when we get tired she will still be pushing herself which makes us want to push ourselves too. You are the glue that holds our team together,” stated Greene.
Question 6- What is the best piece of advice you have gained from a coach over your years playing any sport?
“We don’t win our games from one person making the shots but as a team who works together to make those shots happen,” explained Greene.
Question 7- How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“All by time management, it’s easy to work with sports and other activities as long as you keep a well-organized time schedule and plan your days out ahead,” said Greene.
Question 8- What is the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?
“My biggest lesson I have ever learned is yes, it’s always best to give it your all and work as hard as you can but you cannot give more than what you can. If you try your hardest that’s good enough, but don’t over commit too much,” stated Greene
Question 10- 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 7 years, as a player I would like to say I help my team in all aspects being helping them on the field and off. as an athlete I would say that I strive to be the best player I can be for myself and my team. and as a person I’m always helping others as best as I can and still managing to help myself. I’m always having fun and going places but still having time to get things done like household chores, school and lacrosse,” explained Greene.
Question 11- What would you say sets lacrosse apart from other sports?
“I think that the coaches, players, and even opponents are the main thing that differs from other sports. The coaches are the best I could ever ask for and the girls are the most loving and fun group of girls I could ever play with. As for the opponents I’m glad to be friends with many of the girls on the other teams but not letting it affect me or my team in a game situation. The practices also differ from other sports by being involved more and learning more things other than just lacrosse skills,” said Greene.
Question 12- How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life? How has being an athlete impacted your growth as a young adult?
“Being in sports such as lacrosse has made a huge impact on who I am today, meaning that out of sports I am still working hard, I have made numerous friends over the 7 years I have played and the sport has kept me in shape, we’ll exercised and mainly very healthy. It’s impacted my growth by learning how to work with others and use mental skills such as using physical skills,” stated Greene.
Question 13- What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur as a student-athlete meant to you? What is your best memory?
“Being a student athlete at Buckhannon Upshur has been an experience. It really depends on the sports you play at the school to really get the recommendation or support you need. It means so much to being involved in the school with sports and representing the school when I go out and play. My favorite memory is the moment I joined the Lacrosse team to now and every little moment at practice or every second in a game with the team has always been an amazing memory each time,” explained Greene.
Question 14- What is one thing you want to be remembered for as you leave high school, both athletically and academically?
“There’s only one thing I want to be remembered as at my school and that is my ability of lacrosse, with that being getting the honor of being an All-American, helping the team to states and just being the talk of other schools and mine when it comes to lacrosse,” said Greene.
Question 15- Finally, 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 will end up? College plans?
“I am attending Fairmont State University, majoring in graphic design and photography. As of right now FSU does not have a lacrosse team and I don’t plan on playing past high school but maybe as time goes and FSU where to get a lacrosse team I would consider playing again,” stated Greene.