Senior Athlete Of The Week: Matt McKeown


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Athletes drill, day after day, to make sure they have the key moves exactly right. To make sure they turn the right way when the ball is snapped or passed, to make sure they always catch and carry the ball the same way.

That’s something Matt McKeown can’t do right now. The senior running back broke his right thumb in the second game this season and has been sporting a bulky cast ever since on the hand that has been, for three seasons of Hillbilly football, his ball-carrying hand. Did is slow him down? For about a Hillbilly minute. McKeown has managed to completely change his playing style, and carry on. For this, Matt McKeown is the Verona Sports Boosters Senior Athlete of the Week.

Though last Saturday’s game against Cedar Grove didn’t go Verona’s way, McKeown rarely lost his way. He rushed for 119 yards in 19 carries, one of which went more than 40 yards down the Verona sideline. Playing linebacker on defense, he had eight tackles against the Panthers. A co-captain who is known as a very tough and determined player, McKeown consistently finds opportunities where none seem to exist. In spring, he trades his football cleats for baseball cleats and takes his determination to the Hillbilly outfield.

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During the 2013-2014 school year, the Verona Sports Boosters recognizes a different senior athlete at Verona High School every week. The Boosters support male and female athletes in all VHS sports through a variety of fundraisers and recognition events.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]


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