Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light: Sterlin Thropp

Senior Sterlin Thropp. DALTON WRIGHT /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, Bucs senior combo guard Sterlin Thropp, took time to give the community an inside look at his journey in Upshur County sports.

Question 1: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities have you been involved in during high school?

“I take part in football, basketball, and track,” said Thropp.

Question 2: Why are you so passionate about playing sports?

“I am passionate about sports because they have been a part of my life ever since I was a little kid. I am a very competitive and driven person. I love to overcome the obstacles thrown in my path. I like to focus on getting better every day. Sports gives me an outlet to channel that drive,” explained Thropp.

Question 3: What is your favorite sport?

“That is always one of the hardest questions to answer. Honestly, I would have to say that I don’t have a favorite sport. I like football, basketball, and track equally. I think that I’m pretty well-rounded, giving max effort whether I’m on field, court, or track,” stated Thropp. 

Question 4: Describe your major highlights and achievements in sports in the past.

“That’s a tough call, I would almost say it was topping the 100-yard mark in a football game or maybe having an especially good basketball game, but I have to say my favorite sports highlight was medaling twice at the State Track Meet and finishing ranked #3 in the state,” explained Thropp.

Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?

“I’d say that my teammates and coaches would describe me as goofy and dedicated. I’m a fun-loving person, but I also know when it’s time to get serious,” said Thropp.

Question 6: How would you describe your play style (any sport you play):

“My play style is defined by my never back down, never give up mentality. I am all about outworking my opponent,” stated Thropp.

Question 7: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from a coach over your years playing any sport?

“The best two pieces of advice I have gotten from a coach over my years in sports was to never give up regardless of the situation and that hard work will lead to success,” explained Thropp.

Question 8: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?

“I believe that people have to set aside time for school, sports, and yourself. Outside of balancing school and sports, I find time to stat active. In my free time, I go to the gym and also participate in workouts aimed to work on my craft depending what sport is in at the time,” said Thropp

Question 9: What’s the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?

“The biggest lesson I have learned from playing sports is that if you fall always get back up. Sports can have a roller-coaster effect on your mood. You aren’t always going to be perfect. Your team isn’t always going to be perfect. Mistakes are a part of sports and life. If you have a bad game or face some sort of adversity, the best thing to do is put it in the past and work to bounce back,” stated Thropp.

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

“Being a student-athlete means that you represent your school and compete for your community. I have been blessed with great teammates and coaches coming up as an athlete. The support in this community doesn’t go unnoticed, we appreciate all of you! I have had way too many good memories to count. I have made friends and memories that will last a lifetime,” explained Thropp.

Question 11: Finally, are there any short-term goals you would like to accomplish in the next few months or 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, I am focus on doing whatever it takes to help our team get to Charleston. I also have my eye on winning States in my track events this year. As far as college, I’m still undecided about which school I want to attend, but I know that I want to continue to pursue my football and track careers at the collegiate level,” said Thropp.

Watch for next week’s edition of The Record Delta to see who is in the “sport”-light.


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