On the other hand, some sports players may not have any rituals, superstitions or keepsakes. Senior basketball player Cody Hilton, for instance, does not have a special item or custom.
"It had never really crossed my mind to do anything or have something before a game," said Hilton.
Likewise, freshman football player Ben Fincham believes superstitions are useless.
"It's pointless," he said. "I never play any better when I have something special with me on the field."
Junior golf player Josh Skidmore does not have a routine before matches either.
"I just don't do anything," he said.
When it comes to superstitions, Hilton, Golinsky and Hopen are sometimes apprehensive before big games. Golinsky, aside from praying, sometimes feels as if she needs her special black crew socks before an important race, but she is usually indifferent.
"Sometimes I want to have my black crew socks, but I can race just the same without them," Golinsky said.
As for Hopen, she prides herself on being superstitious. "I always say 'break a leg' instead of 'good luck,' like in theater."
(In most theatrical structures, saying "good luck" is considered the opposite: bad luck. The actors and actresses will instead say, "Break a leg.")
At Braxton County High School, sports and rituals go hand-in-hand for some players while others will simply brush them aside and stay confident in themselves and their teammates.