Article: Metcalfe Signs w/ Quinnipiac & Wins Thomas M. Nichols Award

Metcalfe Signs w/ Quinnipiac & Wins Thomas M. Nichols Award

Jane, Keegan and Scott Metcalfe. (Standing, l-r) Rick Altier, Gage and Langdon.

Churchville-Chili senior and 2020 All-County Cross Country/Track and Field pick Keegan Metcalfe has signed a National Letter of Intent to run cross country for the Quinnipiac University Division I Bobcats this fall. In addition, the versatile athlete received the prestigious Thomas M. Nichols Scholarship Award from the Rochester Americans Hockey Club, honoring his achievements as a member of the C-C Saints’ Section V hockey team.

“Keegan is extremely deserving of his scholarship and this special award,” said C-CHS Athletic Director Michael Murray. “He is the type of student-athlete all coaches love to have on their team. He is very hard working, extremely responsible, respectful and always puts the team first. It has been a pleasure to see his hard work result in so much growth and success.”

Metcalfe is looking forward to studying physical therapy at Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University while competing at a higher level with the Bobcats. He is an active member of Churchville-Chili’s National Honor Society and regularly volunteers in the community. The high school student has been a Scholar Athlete recipient each season, earning a GPA above 90.0 every year.

The four-year varsity athlete has competed in cross country (XC), track and field, and hockey throughout his high school career, and will earn the Varsity 3-Sport Award. He was a scoring team member in every XC race, and earned multiple individual XC awards. He helped the Varsity Boys XC win the Monroe County Team Championship in 2018, the Monroe County Sportsmanship Award, and take first place in their race at the McQuaid Invitational in 2019.

C-CHS Varsity Cross Country Coach Paul Glor said, “I have really enjoyed working with Keegan over the past four years. He is extremely motivated and disciplined. He was able to do a nice job balancing several sports with school and community activities. Keegan is a role model for his peers and has always done an excellent job representing our program. His leadership will be missed next year. I know he will be very successful in college.”  

C-CHS Varsity Track and Field Coach Dennis Pynn said, “Keegan is a quiet leader. He works harder than any other distance runners on our team. I know his work ethic, character and drive will make him very successful at the next level. We look forward to watching his career for the next four years.”  

The Thomas M. Nichols Award honors a high school hockey player who has consistently given maximum effort and shown total dedication to his team. Established in memory of the former owner of the Rochester Americans Hockey Club, Thomas M. Nichols, award nominations are made by coaches and the scholarship is applied to tuition costs at the winner’s chosen college.

For the 2020-21 season, Metcalfe scored 11 goals (one a game-winner) for 25 points, and had 14 assists. C-CHS Varsity Hockey Coach Brian Young said, “Keegan led the team in the plus minus category and was often called upon to take the ice in a critical moment when we needed defense. His work ethic is one of the most impressive I have seen in years. It did not matter what drill we were running or what team we were playing, Keegan gave it his all.”

Feature photo: Senior Keegan Metcalfe (center) celebrates his signed commitment to compete for Quinnipiac University with his parents, Jane and Scott Metcalfe.

This page: Rochester Americans Hall of Famers Jody Gage and Steve Langdon joined the family of their fellow Amerks Hall of Famer Scott Metcalfe to celebrate Keegan Metcalfe’s success.  (Seated, l-r) Jane, Keegan and Scott Metcalfe. (Standing, l-r) Rick Altier, Gage and Langdon. 

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