Spotlight: Valley’s Hunter Wood
This weeks Spot-Light is on the Valley Lumberjacks Hunter Wood. Hunter is a very good kid that works his tail-off practice after practice and game-after-game, day-in-and-day-out. This 4-year player comes to work ready to get it on once the season starts. He is a team-player that gets a long with anyone, and will do anything his coaches tell him to do, and never asks why, just goes with the flow, and because of his actions he is very well liked, both on and off the field.
Besides being a strong kid, he is is very versatile, and after giving his all in the first half of a game, he takes his gear off and starts all over again in the band during half-time activities.
Hunter is a senior Trombone player, and has been in the band for 8-years. He is the Low Brass section leader for the 2019-2020 season, and was selected to participate in the Marshall University honor band, Virginia Tech Honor Band, and Glenville State College Honor Band. He was also a participant in the 2018 WVU Trombone Day. Hunter was a featured soloist in the 2018 field show and has been a participant of the Wetzel County All County Band for the last 3-years.
The Wetzel Chronicle Sports Department asked him to answer a few questions so people can get to know this athlete a little better.
What are three reasons you like being part of a team sport? Creating friendships, building team work, and to have fun.
What is the best part about competing? Playing for the fans.
How do your teammates make practice fun? We tell jokes all the time.
What is your favorite sports quote? Play for the name on the front of the jersey, and they’ll remember the name on the back.
What emotions do you feel when you play well? Pride in myself and my teammates
Who do you wish was watching you perform at every game or match? My Grandma Wood
What is your favorite song to listen to prior to competing? Eye of the Tiger.
What is your favorite movie about sports? We Are Marshall
Where do you feel confident in your body? My leg strength
What qualities do you think make a teammate a good team captain? Leadership and dedication.
How does being an athlete make you a better person? It teaches you responsibility and leadership.
What is the one thing you always do after a good performance? Go find my Pap, Harry Wright.
What do you do to calm your butterflies while you compete? Talk to my coaches about the game plan.
If you could play another sport what would it be? Lacrosse.
What age were you when you started your sport? 14.
Do you have a plan to help you get to your best-focused state? Listening to music.
What is your favorite food to eat the night before a big competition? Grilled chicken.
Do you use visual cues of your environment to help you focus? My focus is always the football.
Who inspired you as a young athlete? Ray Lewis.
What one word describes you? Confident.
Who was your favorite coach and why? Coach Logan Miller because he gave me the opportunity to show my potential.
What do you give up to play sports? Time with my family.
What is your favorite place to compete? My home field.
What mental tool do you use under pressure? Anger.
Do you think attitude is a factor in winning? Yes, a positive attitude is essential to winning.
What image gets you ready to compete? The fans, cheerleaders and band.
How does being an athlete inspire you to do good? It helps build character.
How does athletics make you a better student or worker? It gives me a reason to make good grades.
If you could go back in time, what one person you would want to talk to for 30 minutes and why? Jay Dee Dallison. I would want him to see the athlete he helped to shape.
Are you mindful: of others, of your body, of your strengths and weaknesses? What is it that truly separates the average athlete from the good or the good athlete from the great? Heart, dedication and attitude.
Can you see yourself playing this sport(s) at the next level, and if it is what would your coach to do to help you get their? Yes. My coaches can help me to become a better player.
Is there anything you would like to tell people that most people don’t know about you that you would like to let people know about you? I love to play golf