The Delta Record | Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”
BUCKHANNON— It is important to acknowledge the young people of Upshur County and the hard work they have put in to excel in the sports they play. This series of articles will go in-depth with one of BU’s student athletes, allowing readers to learn a little more about who athletically represents the community. This week, Buccaneer Baseball junior Zach Calef-Boring took the time to give the community a glimpse into his journey in Upshur County sports.
Question 1: Describe your major highlights and accomplishments in sport in the past. What stood out to you in your high school sports career?
“Last year, in my freshman season of college baseball, I won first-team all-conference and second-team all-state. In addition, last year, in soccer, I received the second team all regions. Something that stands out for me would be what hard work can get you if you put your mind to it,” Calef-Boring said.
Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities did you participate in while in high school?
“Currently I am involved with three sports teams at BU, baseball, basketball and soccer. My freshman year I was involved with YLA,” Calef-Boring explained.
Question 3: Why are you so passionate about sports?
“I’m passionate about sports because of the lessons they can teach you by playing them. Along with that, the lifelong friends you make while you compete,” Calef-Boring said.
Question 4: What is your favorite sport? What made it your favorite? What attracted you to this sport?
“Baseball is definitely my favorite sport. It’s my favorite because I played from a young age and to this day some of my best friends have made playing baseball. What drove me to play was always watching my brother play and wanting to be like him,” Calef-Boring said.
Question 5: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?
“I think they would say I’m a leader for example. I don’t really direct my teammates by telling them what to do, but by producing during games,” Calef-Boring said.
Question 6: What is the best advice you have received from a coach during your years of sports practice?
“One of my coaches, Danny Marple, told me that when things go wrong, believe in your training and all the hard work you put in. Not only that, but believe in yourself and that you can do the job. “, explained Calef-Boring.
Question 7: How do you manage your sports responsibilities and other recreational and non-recreational outdoor activities?
“For me, doing whatever is necessary comes first, like schoolwork, errands, and chores. But after that, I like to work on my athleticism at least once a day,” Calef-Boring said. .
Question 8: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from playing a sport?
“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,” said Calef-Boring.
Question 9: What do you think is the key to being a good baseball player? What qualities do you think are important for a baseball team to be successful?
“To be good you have to be able to perform all the basic fundamentals, at all times during the game, especially in tight matches and pressure situations. To be a good team, you have to believe in each other and work together,” Calef-Boring said.
Question 10: How long have you been playing 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 was still swinging in the yard and throwing when I was a toddler. I would describe myself as a plate contact guy, very quick on base and a guy who can get the job done on the field. My strengths are definitely being able to make contact with any court and hit it anywhere I want at any point in the game,” Calef-Boring said.
Question 11: How has practicing a sport had a positive impact on your life?
“Sport has taught me a lot of life lessons. Sport taught me to believe in myself and in others and to stay the course when things go wrong. More importantly, it taught me the value of hard work and the respect it can earn you,” Calef-Boring explained.
Question 12: What has representing Buckhannon-Upshur, as a student-athlete, meant to you? What is your best sporting memory in high school?
“I was very lucky 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 city on the court and on the pitch. My best memory so far would have to be that last year in football where I scored 2 goals in the last 10 minutes to come back and beat Liberty,” said Calef-Boring.
Question 13: Finally, are there any short-term goals that you would like to accomplish in the next few months? What about the next two years? What about in the next 10+ years down the road, where do you think you’ll end up? Academic plans/career paths?
“A goal I worked hard for is to sign to play college baseball. Along with that, I would like to major in sports management. Later, I would like to work for a college or professional team,” Calef said. -Boring.