CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Raeshawn Breckenridge has been a part of winning athletic programs in each of the three high school sports seasons.
As a freshman and sophomore Breckenridge attended George Washington High, where he served as the backup to starting quarterback Trevor Bell in the Patriots' 2011 season that ended with a state championship game loss to Martinsburg.
The 2012 school year was even better for the athletic lefthander, both on and off the field.
The year was somewhat of a homecoming for Breckenridge, who returned to Valley High school for his junior season and played a major role in what turned out to be a playoff season for the Greyhounds' athletic program.
"I went to GW my freshman and sophomore years because of a family situation here," Breckenridge said. "My dad just felt it was better to live there."
Breckenridge said he enjoyed his time in South Hills, but was glad to make the move back to Smithers.
"I was raised up here so I was familiar with everybody and it felt good to come back home with all my friends and family," Breckenridge said. "Playing at GW helped me a lot with some of the things I experienced there, but it was a great relief because I felt like I was away from home.
"I feel more comfortable here because it's the people that I grew up with."
Breckenridge's comfort level with his Greyhound teammates was evident as he helped guide the football team to an 8-3 record and a berth in the Class A playoffs while sharing the quarterback duties with senior Matt Whiteside.
"I just hope that the experience of playing helps him this year," Valley Coach Benny Hopkins said. "Last year he was just getting his feet wet with that we do. He came from another school and we had to start out kind of slow with him, but he came a long way during the season.
"I hope that experience of playing under us will help him this year."
Hopkins likes the added athleticism that Breckenridge brings to the Greyhounds' offense, especially with his big-play ability.