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Senior Showcase: Girard Durbie McReynolds

(PHOTO CREDIT: ALLIE DAVIED)

Girard High School senior Durbie McReynolds has quite the well rounded athletic career in high school for the Trojans.

McReynolds attended school at Bartlett during his elementary grades before his family moved to Girard. The move forced McReynolds to take a few short hiatus from wrestling.

“I’ve wrestled since I was about 5 years old, but took a few years off after moving to Girard, since they didn’t have a wrestling program”

That didn’t keep him from staying busy however. In addition to wrestling, McReynolds played football in the fall and even pulled double duty in the spring, playing baseball and eventually trying his hand, and feet, at track.

“In middle school I ran track and set the middle school pole vault record at Girard in 8th grade. Last year as a junior, I qualified for state in track as a pole vaulter and the anchor of the 4×400 relay team.”

Already off to a hot start on the Girard offense, including an SEK-Sports.com Top 5 play of the week, McReynolds senior year looks to be a highlight reel of sorts from a student-athlete in our region.

We were able to visit with McReynolds about his life beyond the mat, gridiron and track and field.

Girard High School senior Durbie McReynolds has quite the well rounded athletic career in high school for the Trojans.

McReynolds attended school at Bartlett during his elementary grades before his family moved to Girard. The move forced McReynolds to take a few short hiatus from wrestling.

“I’ve wrestled since I was about 5 years old, but took a few years off after moving to Girard, since they didn’t have a wrestling program”

That didn’t keep him from staying busy however. In addition to wrestling, McReynolds played football in the fall and even pulled double duty in the spring, playing baseball and eventually trying his hand, and feet, at track.

“In middle school I ran track and set the middle school pole vault record at Girard in 8th grade. Last year as a junior, I qualified for state in track as a pole vaulter and the anchor of the 4×400 relay team.”

Already off to a hot start on the Girard offense, including an SEK-Sports.com Top 5 play of the week, McReynolds senior year looks to be a highlight reel of sorts from a student-athlete in our region.

We were able to visit with McReynolds about his life beyond the mat, gridiron and track and field.

SEK-Sports.com: It’s your final year of high school. What are your favorite memories during that time and what are your expectations for your senior year?
Durbie McReynolds: Aside from sports, my favorite memories from high school are from being a part of the pep club and cheering on our state champion basketball team.  Every game had a different theme and we all dressed up to fit the theme and made a lot of noise and had a lot of fun cheering the boys on.  The state championship in Hutchinson was the best.  I wrestled at a tournament that day before heading to Hutch, making it just in time to watch the championship game.  It was a great memory.

Another great memory I have from high school is being a part of the first-ever GHS wrestling team.  We co-op’ed and wrestled with the Southeast team but got to wear Trojan singlets for the first time at our district meet.  I am looking forward to this year as we have a true GHS Trojan wrestling team for the first time with our own coach and wrestling room.

As far as expectations for the year, I hope to have successful seasons with Football, Wrestling, and Track.  I will be working hard to help make our teams successful. I want to keep working hard in the weight room and stay healthy to compete the best I can.  My goal is to make every moment with my friends and teammates count while working hard in the classroom to keep my grades up and get ready for the next level.

SEKS: What are some of your interests and hobbies away from school?
DM: Outside of school I love going to the gym and lifting weights, fishing, and hanging out with my friends.  I also love going to the beach every year with my family.

SEKS: Who is your favorite athlete? Favorite sports team?   Favorite music group/singer?
DM:  I don’t really have favorite athletes, but I really enjoy watching the Chiefs and Royals – especially getting to go to games at Arrowhead Stadium.  I like all genres of music. – and the best movie ever is “8 Seconds”  when I was a kid I loved Lane Frost and wanted to grow up to ride bulls.

SEKS: Who are the people that you look up to (role models)?
DM: The people I look up to as role models are my parents and coaches.  They have helped me get to where I am now and always support me whether its sports or schoolwork.

SEKS: What are your plans after graduating?
DM: I would love to go to college to earn a degree while working hard to be an impact player for a football team.  I have been very working hard in the classroom and on the field to make that happen.

SEKS: Finally, what is a fun fact about you that people may, or may not know?
DM: From the end of my Junior year wrestling season in late March to the start of football season I worked my tail off in the weight room and managed to put on 35 pounds of muscle.  I love lifting weights and hate taking days off!