Posted by John Raffel on March 23rd, 2019
BIG RAPIDS — Keegan McKinnon has been busy in the classroom and in the sports circle for Crossroads Charter Academy this school year.
“He has a 3.88 GPA and is setting the school record by playing six varsity sports in one school year,” Crossroads athletic director Kevin Sankey said.
“It’s not unusual for student-athletes to double up on sports in one season and make it five for the school year.
This season, McKinnon did football and cross country in the fall, basketball and bowling in the winter and will do track and baseball this spring.
It’s the first school year he’s done all six.
His freshman year he did football, basketball and track. As a sophomore he added cross country. As a junior, he added baseball. This year, he added bowling.
For football, he usually plays tight end and defensive end. He was academic all-state for eight-man football.
He noted cross country was a challenge on Saturday morning invitationals since he had played a hard physical football contest the night before.
It was a highlight playing as a post player on a CCA team that went to the state semifinals.
On bowling, “even though it was my first year, I was able to be good enough and go to the regional,” McKinnon said. “Luckily a lot of the bowling was on Saturday so I could go to basketball practice during the week and bowl on Saturday.”
For baseball, he was an outfielder last year but may play a different position this season.
“Last year, it was my first time since T-ball and it was hard getting back into it,” McKinnon said. “This year I hope to help myself get better and help the team enough so we can do well.”
McKinnon pole vaults in track and will do it again this season along with the 3,200-meter run and relays.
He indicated football is his best sport, followed by basketball, which has been the most successful sport at CCA this year.
“It’s fun playing in all the sports and it’s cool to have relationships with all the different people,” McKinnon said.
He’s still considering what he’ll do academically after high school.