Union’s Polier looks back on senior season

Kevin Mays • May 23, 2020 at 2:00 PM

BIG STONE GAP — Union senior Mason Polier starred in three sports this past year.

Highly recruited primarily as a defensive player during football season, Polier recorded 130 tackles, three interceptions and a defensive touchdown in 2019. He also was a star on offense, rushing for 1,808 yards with 30 touchdowns.

Polier, who signed to play football at Virginia-Wise this fall, was the Times News All-Southwest Virginia Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on that honorary squad as a second-team running back.

He was voted to the offensive and defensive units on both the All-Region 2D and Mountain 7 District teams, earning the district’s defensive player of the year award.

He was a second-team all-state selection on both offense and defense.

This past season, Polier finished second in the shot put in the VHSL Class 2 indoor track championships and placed third in the 220-pound division at the state wrestling championships.

Polier recently took time out to answer some questions about his senior season, the toll of having no sports to play this spring and his future.

This spring has been tough on all high school athletes, especially seniors. How have you been dealing with the oddness of the pandemic and the effect it has had on you?

I’ve been dealing with the oddness of this pandemic by just staying active mostly. I try and find something to do every day. Sometimes I go golf and other times I’m just watching a movie.

You move into the college football scene this fall. With the absence of spring camp and no team gatherings because of COVID-19, what have you been doing to stay in shape?

I’ve been staying in shape by lifting weights three days a week and running two days a week. My dad bought me a squat rack so that I could keep lifting.

Looking back at your senior year, it was a pretty successful one for you in football, wrestling and indoor track. Can you talk about those memories?

I just have memories of all the good times I had with my teammates. All the big games like Graham and Ridgeview. I’m going to miss all those memories and all my teammates.

Other than keeping in shape for football season, what are some your favorite things to do during this strange time?

Some of my favorite things to do are golf, go fishing, hang with my friends and try and find something new to do every day.

What’s your advice for underclassmen coming up through the high school ranks who aspire to continue their playing days on the college level?

Give it everything you got and enjoy every single moment because you only got one high school career. If you work hard every day and are dedicated, then things will work out and the colleges will find you. You can only control your dedication and hard work.

Heading into the fall season and when practice can begin, what are your goals for your freshman year at UVA Wise?

My goals are to make the travel team and hopefully compete for a spot on the two-deep roster. I’m just going to go in and compete and show them that I want to play and I’m willing to work for it.

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