Rampart's Jack McReynolds excels at soccer, football; adds basketball to mix

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Photo - Senior Ram Mid-Fielder, Jack McReynolds (10), defends the ball against Raider Defender, Carlos Castellanos (15), as Rampart battles against a 2-1 defeat against Rangeview Saturday September 30, 2017 at D20 Stadium. Photo by Jeff Kearney.
Senior Ram Mid-Fielder, Jack McReynolds (10), defends the ball against Raider Defender, Carlos Castellanos (15), as Rampart battles against a 2-1 defeat against Rangeview Saturday September 30, 2017 at D20 Stadium. Photo by Jeff Kearney.

Jack McReynolds had a busy fall.

And there's no indication the Rampart senior will slow down anytime soon.

McReynolds was a key member of the Rams' boys soccer team, which won the 5A Colorado Springs Metro League championship, and was the latest addition to the football team, which won its second straight league title this season.

With 23 goals and 20 assists McReynolds led the soccer team to an 11-5 record and a trip to the 5A playoffs. And in his first year on the gridiron, McReynolds made 34-of-35 point-after attempts and four field goals - his longest from 46 yards.

He was named a Gazette Preps boys' soccer first-team all-star, and earned a second-team nod on the Gazette Preps 5A-4A football all-stars.

Rampart seniors Jack McReynolds (18) and Jared Behm (20) celebrate after a play in the second quarter. The Liberty Lancers hosted the Rampart Rams in boys' football action on Friday, August 25, 2017 at District 20 Stadium. Photo by Isaiah J. Downing 

Football coach Rob Royer said McReynolds is the first soccer player to join the team as a kicker in his four-year tenure, and said it was a perfect match.

"He had an outstanding soccer season and wins their league MVP and comes out for us and wins the special teams MVP," Royer said. "He's the full package. He's a great kid and doing great in school, and he wants to go to the Air Force Academy."

Royer said he worked with soccer coach Karl Anderson to insure that McReynolds was properly conditioned for both sports and wasn't stretched too thin during the busy fall season.

But despite balancing practices and games with two varsity sports, McReynolds didn't mind the extra work.

"I always keep a to-do list," McReynolds said. "I think it's getting me ready for college and ready for playing a college sport, which is going to be so much more than high school and it's just preparing me earlier."

McReynolds, who is in the process of selecting a college, said coaches and recruiters are happy that he joined another varsity sport.

"All of the college coaches are praising that I'm playing all of these sports and doing well with it," McReynolds said. "So It's definitely going to be huge for me going into my freshman year as the underdog again."

And even after playing two varsity sports, balancing schoolwork and college applications, McReynolds wanted another challenge this winter season - which led him to the basketball court.

"He played freshman basketball for us, so he has an idea of what the coaches are expecting from him and he brings that leadership," Rampart boys' basketball coach Jo'n St. Clair said. "Jack brings varsity experience and toughness from soccer. I'm glad to have him back."

McReynolds averages about 17 minutes and five points for the Rams as the team started the season 5-2.