Mountain Statesman | Grafton Sports-light: Meet GHS Soccer’s Layne England

Our regional sports editor got a look at the outstanding Layne England of Grafton High School Bearcat Soccer for this edition of Grafton High Sports-light.

Question 1: Describe your greatest sporting highlights and successes in the past. What stands out for you about your high school athletic career?

Growing up, my Rec League football team won many tournaments. I have a shelf full of medals from those rec tournaments. The team that won all the tournaments back then sticks together and I’m proud to have been part of the section champion team last year and part of the section/regional champion team this year. A big highlight are definitely my two hat-tricks this season.

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

I’m part of the GHS Soccer Team and also swim for the Bearcats.

Question 3: Why are you so passionate about your sport? What attracted you to the sport? In your opinion, what makes golf different from other sports?

I have such a great passion for football because it was my life growing up. I’ve always been a fan of soccer video games, and I loved watching the boys on the high school team play when I had the chance. Soccer is so far removed from other sports because it’s not easy to get that level of coordination with your feet, unless you played soccer growing up or played it for years in a row.

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

My coaches and teammates would most likely describe me as a leader, passionate, motivating, hardworking, determined, trustworthy, helpful, supportive, generous.

Question 5: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received from a coach in all your years of playing sports? How do you think golf differs from other sports?

The best advice I’ve ever received from a trainer came from my current trainer, Arthur Knight. With the state semifinals approaching, he told all the seniors that they would be playing our game for the next three days no matter what. Knowing this, he told us not to hesitate about anything. If you have an open shot, shoot it. If you want to make a pass, make a pass. Just do whatever you can to keep it all out there.

Question 6: How do you deal with your sporting commitments and other leisure and non-leisure activities?

I try to do everything in my power to help me out on the field. I always make sure to stay hydrated to avoid cramping and cut back whenever a muscle needs a day off. I never push my body further than it can go. I take the managerial responsibility towards the younger players in the team very seriously. I give them my input and try to do whatever it takes to make them the best possible player they can be.

Question 7: What is the most important lesson you have learned from playing sports?

I have learned to devote myself to your goals. When I was younger I always looked up to the high school football players and seeing them make it to the States made me want to make it there myself one day. That’s been my goal ever since. And now we’re going to Beckley tomorrow to play in the semifinals of the state tournament. After all those years of dreaming about making it in States, it finally came true.

Question 8: How long have you been playing golf? How would you describe yourself as a player? What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses?

I’ve been playing soccer for 14 years (I’m 17 now). Over the years I would say that I have become quick to make decisions and I never doubt the decisions I make. I can distribute the ball very well and hit when necessary.

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

Football has had a huge impact on my life. Many of my best memories come from sports and some of my best friendships too.

Question 10: What did it mean to you to represent Grafton as a student athlete? What’s your best memory?

It has been great representing Grafton playing football for the past 4 years. My fondest memory is receiving all the love and support from the community when sectional/regional events come around.

Question 11: What would you like to remember when you graduate from high school? What legacy would you like to leave behind?

I hope my senior season will always be remembered. It’s been a great season for everyone on the team, not just the seniors. It wasn’t easy making it to the States and I think this season should definitely be one to be remembered by the community. This team has made a name for themselves with Grafton boys football and I hope we’ve inspired more kids to try football.

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

The biggest short-term goal for me is to find a stable job after graduation that offers benefits and pays well. I want to save a lot of money and be able to move out of state and rent an apartment until I’m able to buy a house and maybe start a family.

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