Q&A: Megan McKeel, Niles

Published 8:21 am Monday, April 27, 2015

Megan McKeel is a senior on the Niles softball team.


Megan McKeel

Megan McKeel

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

MK: Receiving all-district first baseman my junior year.


What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?


MK: Taking a called third strike in the 2014 district game and letting my team down.


What has been a hardship in your life?

MK: When I was 12, I began experiencing excruciating pain in my lower back. My sophomore year I found out that I had been playing with two fractured vertebrae.


Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

MK: A hero is someone who selflessly protects you from the evils of the world.  Fortunately, I have two that take on this role — my mother and my father.


When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

MK: When I have an 0-2 count with the bases loaded and two outs.


Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

MK: Taking the third strike in the 2014 district game.


How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

MK: Recently I’ve taken up lifting, but especially during the summer I enjoy going for runs.


What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

MK: Volleyball, when I fractured my back, I decided to choose softball over it.


Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?

MK: My mother. No matter what sport it was, she always made sure to be in attendance.


How would you give away $50,000?

MK: All of it to the Humane Society to better the living conditions for the animals.


If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

MK: The University of Michigan softball team.


If I did not play sports, I would…?

MK: I can’t answer this honestly because sports have always been a part of my life.


What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

MK: Watch other girls pitch. I would do anything to be able to pitch in a game without any back pain.


If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

MK: The drop-third strike. As a pitcher, I get furious when a player receives a base on a strikeout.


What is the best compliment you have ever received?

MK: A teacher once told me that they hope that when they have a daughter that she will be like me.


What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

MK: I try to avoid scary things, but I conquered my fear of roller coasters and I’m glad I did.


What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?


MK: This isn’t a person, but over spring break I saw a dog ride a skateboard. It was impressive.


What is your favorite hobby? Why?

MK: Aside from softball, my favorite hobby would have to be spending time with my boyfriend and friends.


Choose one word to describe yourself:

MK: Competitive.