Athlete of the Week: Keith Secon

AOTWSeconBy LAUREN DEMPSEY
As a result of his versatile skills and team-first attitude, baseball player Keith Secon has been named Rye’s Athlete of the Week.

Secon, known affectionately as “The Big Cat” by his teammates and coaches, pitches and plays third base for the Garnets. Secon has helped the team get off to a fast start this season.

While primarily a starting pitcher, he has also entered games as a reliever. Utilizing his vast repertoire of pitches including a knuckleball, Secon threw a complete game shutout against Saint Joseph’s Collegiate Institute at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida during spring break. Closer to home, Secon pitched two innings of no-hits and no-runs against Valhalla and followed that with three plus innings of no-hits and no-runs against Rye Neck.

“Big Cat is a great teammate” pitcher Ryan Anderson said. “He brings a positive attitude and a nasty knuckleball.”

Head coach Mike Bruno concurs.

“Keith has had an outstanding start to the 2014 varsity season,” Bruno said. “Keith has been a starting pitcher and infielder for the team this season. He is the ultimate team player who continues to put team first and self second. Keith continues to master the knuckleball and develop other parts of his game.”

In the fall, he was a member of the football team. In the summer, he participates in travel baseball. Secon, who is only a junior, will be a key member of the football and baseball teams next season.

Outside of athletics, Secon is also a member of the high honor roll and volunteers at Teaching for Change.