The Delta Record | Buckhannon-Upshur “Sport”-light: Dalton Auvil

BUCKHANNON — It is important to acknowledge the young people of Upshur County and the hard work they have done to excel in the sports they play. This series of articles has returned to dig deeper into one of Buckhannon-Upshur’s student-athletes, allowing readers to learn a little more about who, athletically, represents the community. This week, Buccaneer Soccer senior goaltender Dalton Auvil 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?

“I was ranked 5th in the state in the preseason for goalies. I was second-team all-region and second-team all-state and player of the game four times,” said Auvil.

Question 2: What clubs, teams or other extracurricular activities did you participate in while in high school?

“As well as football, I also participate in basketball. I am also currently registered with the NHS, as well as a bunch of various youth activities. I am a youth leader. And I also maintain a 4.0 GPA,” Auvil said.

Question 3: Why are you so passionate about practicing your sport? What drew you to the sport? In your opinion, what distinguishes golf from other sports?

“I have drawn my passion for the sport from playing it since I was a child. When you play a sport for so long, you gain such a deep passion for it and the people you play with are your family. And the simple fact to have parents who push me to be the best I can be is the reason I grew up There is no sport like football, an 80 minute game, full of running all the time, to understand races, to understand your rotations, to understand chemistry and bonding. The only sport where you can be down 0-3 and still win in 10 minutes. The game of football, there is nothing like it. L Adrenaline and everything you feel is awesome,” Auvil explained.

Question 4: How would your coaches and teammates describe you?

“My teammates would consider me a captain and a leader. I think my presence elevates a room. I’m someone they can look up to. I think my coach sees me as someone he can count on at the end of the game. Coach Donato knows he has a leader and someone to rely on late. I’m proud to be an experienced player, a veteran who won’t make simple mistakes,” said Auvil.

Question 5: What is the best advice you have received from a coach in your years playing any sport? How would you say football differs from other sports?

“One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received comes from Kevin Nicholson. The person who trained me into the goalkeeper I am today. Just a reminder that the team plays as well as the leader. If your leader is joking in practice, the team will follow and if you’re not prepared for the game, your team won’t be either. Leaders play a big role in how the team plays. He also told me and called me back. This effort beats talent. You won’t always have your best game, but if you try and give your best, it will show and you will perform,” Auvil said.

Question 6: How do you manage your sports responsibilities and other outdoor recreational and non-recreational activities?

“Usually after soccer practice I like to lift and go to school. It’s nice to have a good balance between school and soccer,” Auvil explained.

Question 7: What is the biggest lesson you have learned from playing a sport?

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned from sports is that games aren’t always going to go your way. You’re not always going to have a good game or win. And I’ve applied that to my life, you don’t you won’t always get what you want, or you won’t always get what you want. So appreciate and be grateful for the opportunities and the things that you get and have,” Auvil said.

Question 8: How long have you been involved in football? How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? What distinguishes the position of goalkeeper from other positions? What made you successful as a goalkeeper?

“I’ve been playing football since I was 6 years old. I didn’t start being a goalkeeper until I was in 7th grade. I would describe myself as someone who accepts challenges, someone who is ready anything. I describe myself as fearless. Not afraid of anything. I think I’m a mentor to others, I have young people who want me to teach them and show them some of my techniques,” said said Auvil. “I think I have a lot of strengths as a player. I have to say my height and build helps, but I also have a ton of travel football experience and knowledge. I worked tirelessly to have a much higher football IQ than many other players. I’m strong, so I can outplay my opponents. As a goalie, you’re basically a quarterback, you see the whole field, so you can guide your whole team. You are the person who should guide your team; you must be the person leading your team. And motivate them. What made me so successful is that I stayed consistent. Even after a tough loss I don’t let that get to me, I come into the next game with the same mindset and play my game. Consistency is so important. And it all depends on your state of mind. You will have a motivating and positive state of mind.

Question 9: How has practicing a sport had a positive impact on your life?

“I learned that I am a student-athlete. I am the reflection of this team and this school. When people think of a buccaneer, I want them to not just think of an athlete, but someone who is good in class and has good grades and someone who makes a difference in the lives of others . It motivated me to keep being better, I have little kids watching me and even other classmates and I want to be the best buccaneer I can be. So it’s a positive reminder to keep striving to be better,” said Auvil.

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

“It means a lot to me. These are great shoes to fill the role of buccaneer student athlete. So, I try my best to be that buccaneer that others want to be. My best memory is the seniors night where we went out with kids. One kid in particular chose me and wanted to be a goalie one day. Not just because of my talent, but because of the kindness I had with him. It’s more than abdominal sports,” explained Auvil.

Question 11: What is one thing you would like to be remembered when you leave high school? What is the legacy you want to leave?

“I want to be one of the best goalkeepers to leave this school. I want people to remember the name and remember the man I was. I want to leave a legacy of people who remember my impact on the game as well as on the class and the people,” said Auvil.

Question 12: Are there any short-term goals that you would like to achieve in the next few months to a few years? What about 10 or more years from now, where do you think you will end up?

“I want to get a football scholarship somewhere because I want to pursue my football career. And I’d also like to be named an all-state guardian. This has been my goal since my freshman year. In the next few years, I want to get a 4-year degree in information technology and I want to work in the FBI in at least 6-7 years as an agent,” Auvil said.

Tune in next week to see who will be attending The delta of records “Sport”-light!

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