TENNERTON – It will be a family affair when Buckhannon-Upshur soccer standout Lane Tenney continues his athletic career at West Virginia Wesleyan.
Tenney will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Josh and will join his father Michael as he signed a letter of intent to play soccer at West Virginia Wesleyan College under long time head coach Gavin Donaldson.
Tenney signed last Wednesday as part of a special ceremony at the high school.
It capped off a stellar week of accolades for the talented senior midfielder.
Tenney raked in the honors last week as he was named to the Big 10 All-Conference First Team, selected to the WVHSSCA All-Region I First Team and the WVHSSCA All-State First Team.
While his brother Josh just wrapped up his collegiate soccer career and graduated from Wesleyan last year, Tenney will be on the sidelines with his father who is a volunteer assistant coach for the ‘Cats after previously serving in that role for the Bucs.
“It will be great having him on the sidelines again,” stated Tenney. “He always treats me as a player when we are on the field and that is what I like. It’s a little disappointing that my brother and I were five years apart in age and I didn’t have the opportunity to play with him at Wesleyan or Buckhannon-Upshur.”
Tenney said signing with Wesleyan has long been a dream of his.
“It means a lot for me to sign with Wesleyan,” remarked Tenney. “I have always wanted to play at Wesleyan. I have been around the campus my entire life and it is really a special place for me. Coach Donaldson has been watching me these last two seasons. I have went to some of his summer camps when I was younger. It’s where I have always wanted to go.”
Tenney started playing the game when he was just four and it has been a passion that has stuck with him.
“I just love the game, remarked Tenney. “Whenever I get on the field, all my problems sort of go away and I can just be myself on the field.”
Tenney, who tallied seven goals and five assists for the Bucs this past season as a midfielder, says it means a lot to him to not only have the opportunity to play at the next level but to be able to represent Buckhannon-Upshur High School as well.
“Not all players get this opportunity to go to the next level and I have the opportunity to do so, so I am very grateful for that,” stated Tenney. “And it means a lot to me to represent Buckhannon-Upshur at the next level. Knowing that I can represent them in a good way and bring positivity to local players that want to go onto the next level.”
Buckhannon-Upshur head coach Mike Donato believes Lane will be a perfect representative for the Bucs in the orange and black of Wesleyan.
“Tenney is a high character player and person,” remarked Donato. “He is proof that you can make it to the next level with hard work. He did everything a college coach would want, making good grades and going to class and working hard. It’s always a great honor to see one of your players go to the next level. He has always had his dream to play for Wesleyan. He has a strong connection with that college. He loves the school and wanted to stay in the area. This was his goal for several years and I am very proud of him for seeing it through.”
Tenney said he expects that he will be as a midfielder for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats, when they last took the field in the fall of 2019, finished third in the Mountain East Conference with an 11-4-1 record and owned a 12-5-2 mark overall.