GRAFTON—In this edition of Reed Between the Lines, Sports Editor Scott Reed sits down with Grafton High School Athlete Logan Beltner.
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
Obviously I love sports whether I’m watching or playing them. I also like spending time with my friends and family.
You play a couple different sports. Which one is your favorite and why?
I play football and basketball but basketball is my favorite sport because I have played it since I was 4 years old.
Who is your favorite sports hero and why?
Kobe Bryant. I like his mentality and his will to win.
What is the best part about competing?
The best part of competing is that you help control the outcome of the game.
How do you or your teammates try to make practices fun?
We all get along really well, so we actually like being there.
Do you have a favorite sports quote?
“There may be people that have more talent than you but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” - Derek Jeter
Do you have a favorite band/musician/song you listen to prior to a game?
Anything by Drake.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
What qualities would make a player a good team captain?
Putting the team before themselves.
What is the one thing you always do after having a really good game?
Go out to eat with my teammates and celebrate.
What do you do to calm your butterflies before an important game?
Listen to music.
If you could be a successful athlete in another sport what would it be?
What one word or phrase do you think describes you?
If you could spend the day with someone famous who would you choose?
North Carolina Coach Roy Williams.
Where is your favorite gymnasium to play an away game?
Philip Barbour because it’s always hostile.
Which is more important to an athlete’s success: hard work or natural talent?
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
What do you think you do well as a player?
Knowing my role in whatever sport I’m playing at the time.
What do you think you need to work on as a player?
Learning to live in the moment and enjoy every practice and game because it goes by so fast.
*Each week the Mountain Statesman features a coach or player from a different Taylor County sport. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.