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Spotlight: Jakob Barrows

June 6, 2018
Bruce Crawford - Sports Writer , Wetzel Chronicle

This week, the Wetzel Chronicle is shining its sports spotlight on Magnolia High School junior Jakob Barrows. Jakob is well known in the sports community as an all-around natural athlete that can do many things very well.

Jakob just brought home his first state Class-A championship in the shot put, which also propelled the Magnolia boys track team to an OVAC Class-AAA and a WVSSAC Class-A state championship.

Jakob is also an avid guitar picker who has played the National Anthem at various local basketball games this past season. He is also quite the hunter as well.

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Magnolia’s Jakob Barrows poses with his medal after claiming the Class A shot put title.

Besides being on the boys track team, Jakob is also a very talented football player as well. He, along with his twin brother Jared, give the Blue Eagles quarterback protection, as well as talented defense. The Barrows brothers give the Blue Eagles an opportunity to get back on the horse and chase another WVSSAC football playoff and state title.

Jakob is a well known weight lifter, who has won quite a few weight lifting championships as well.

The Wetzel County sports staff asked Jakob a few questions about himself and his athletic teams; this is what he had to say:

If you could step inside a time machine, what year do you want it to be and why? 1997, so I could see my dad high jump 7'1 at the Shadyside relays.

What expectations do you have of yourself as a player, and what do you expect from your coach? I expect myself to earn everything and to have a coach who supports me no matter the outcome.

Who is your favorite sports celebrity and why? My favorite sports celebrity is Arnold Schwarzenegger, because of his constant work ethic. What have you learned about teamwork from being on this team? How does the team make you a better player? Team work is the most important asset in sports. I have learned that if you find that bond within your team, the team as a whole can accomplish anything. Athletes have to eat healthy foods to be in top shape. What foods do you have to give up when you're in training? In track season I eat EVERTHNG. When throwing shot put and discus, you must have mass to move mass. What words of advice or encouragement do you have to share with younger athletes? When people ask me for advice, I give them the simplest answer. That is, train hard in silence, and let your success make the noise.

What is your role in this off-season? My role this off season is to train harder than ever and chase greatness for the upcoming season. What coaches, teacher or other people have been great influences in your life and why or how? Coach Travis Emch has been my biggest influence in track. He currently holds the school record in the shot put, and he is coaching his tail of to get me to beat it.What is one key event that changed your life in a positive or negative way? A key event that changed me in a positive way was not making it to the state track meet last year, and that drove me to work harder for this year.

Who is your greatest role model either personally or as a coach? My greatest role model as far as a coach is Coach Travis Emch, because he is always positive and an awesome motivator.

What one word or phrase do you want people to associate with your name? Dedicated.

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a football player and track athlete? My strengths as a football player and track athlete is that I'm strong and fast, and a weakness is that I'm not very tall.

What are your best and worst memories, while you are in high school? My best memory in high school has been winning the state track meet as a team, and also winning the shot put individually. My worst high school memory is when we lost to Wheeling Central, the class A state champs by three points in the 2017 season.

What do the coaches/parents/other adults do that makes sports more enjoyable for you? The constant support is what makes it enjoyable. What do the coaches/parents/other adults do that makes sports more stressful and less enjoyable? When coaches argue and disagree heavily it creates conflict and takes the focus out of the game, which makes a sport more stressful.

On the bus ride home after the game, do you like to talk about the game, or would you rather wait later or the next day? If we win, the mood is positive and collaboration between the team is awesome. If we lose, but know we left it all on the line, then it is ok to still collaborate, but make sure it's about going forward and getting better.

What are your individual goals for this season? Make sure they are specific, and how do you plan of achieving these goals?

My goal is to train insane and do nothing but better myself in every way possible.

What are your goals for your team next season in both football and track, and how do you plan on achieving your team goals? As far as football goes, our goal is to make it to the playoffs and stick together as a unit. In track, everyone must execute what they're doing as far as events go.

What is something about you that most people don't know? Something most people don't know about me is no matter how strong I look, I am very soft-hearted and caring.

What are some of your hobbies outside of school? Some of my out-of-school hobbies are hunting, shredding guitar, lifting weights, and hanging out with my friends.



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