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, Buccaneer Baseball’s junior Zach Calef-Boring, took time to give the community an inside look at his 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
“Last year in my first varsity baseball season I earned First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-State. Also, last year in soccer I received Second Team All-Region. Something that stands out to me would be what hard work can get you if you put your mind to it,” said Calef-Boring.
Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities are you involved in during high school?
“Currently I am involved in three sports teams at B-U, baseball, basketball and soccer. My freshman year I was involved in YLA,” explained Calef-Boring.
Question 3: Why are you so passionate about playing sports?
“I am passionate about sports because of the lessons they can teach you as you play them. Along with this, the lifelong friends you make while you compete,” expressed Calef-Boring.
Question 4: What is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What drew you to that sport?
“Baseball is definitely my favorite sport. It is my favorite because I have played from such a young age and to this day, some of my best friends have been made while playing baseball. What drew me to play was always watching my brother play and wanting to be like him,” stated Calef-Boring.
Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“I would think they would say I am a leader by example. I don’t really lead my teammates by telling them what to do but by producing during games,” said Calef-Boring.
Question 6: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gained from a coach over your years playing sports?
“One of my coaches Danny Marple told me when things go wrong believe in your training and all the work you’ve put in. Not only that but believe in yourself and that you can get the job done,” explained Calef-Boring.
Question 7: How do you manage your athletic responsibilities and other outside recreational and non-recreational activities?
“For me, getting all necessary things done comes first, like schoolwork, errands and chores. But after that, I like to work on my athletics at least once every day,” expressed. Calef-Boring.
Question 8: What’s the biggest lesson you have picked up from playing sports?
“Probably, how much being a good teammate can help you win. Despite your performance, you should always cheer on your teammates because after all it’s not all about you, You are a team for a reason,” stated Calef-Boring.
Question 9: In your opinion, what’s the key to being a good baseball player? What qualities do you think are important for a baseball team to find success?
“To be good, you need to be able to perform all the basic fundamentals, at any time during the game, especially in close games and pressure situations. To be a good team, you have to believe in each other and work together,” said Calef-Boring.
Question 10: How long have you played baseball? How would you describe yourself as a baseball player? What are some of your strengths?
“I’ve been playing ball since I was very young. Even before I started playing here in the Pony League I would always swing in the yard and throw as a toddler. I would describe myself as a contact guy at the plate, very speedy on the bases, and a guy that can get the job done in the field. My strengths are definitely being able to make contact with any pitch and hit it where I want to at any point during the game,” said Calef-Boring.
Question 11: How has being involved in sports positively impacted your life?
“Sports have taught me a lot of life lessons. Sports taught me how to believe in yourself and others and how to stay the course when things go wrong. Most importantly, it’s taught me the value of hard work and the respect it can earn you,” explained Calef-Boring.
Question 12: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur, as a student-athlete, meant to you? What’s your best high school sports memory?
“I’ve been very fortunate to be able to represent this community. All the hard work people in the community do for us athletes does not go unnoticed. It means a lot to be able to represent this town on the court and the field. My best memory so far would have to be from this past year in soccer where I scored 2 goals within the last 10 minutes to come back and beat Liberty,” expressed Calef-Boring.
Question 13: Finally, are there any short-term goals you would like to accomplish in the next few months? What about in the next 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/career paths?
“A goal I’ve been working hard to accomplish is signing to play college baseball. Along with this, I would like to major in Sports Management. Further down the road, I would like to work for a college or pro team,” stated Calef-Boring.