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Katie Bowers

Macon stares down the pitcher while getting ready for his next at-bat.

Tyler Macon

University of Memphis

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When opposing football and baseball teams arrive at KHS, there is one player who is always circled on their scouting reports: Tyler Macon. According to KHS varsity football head coach, Jeremy Maclin, Macon’s skills have made him one of the best athletes to walk the halls of KHS. 

“First and foremost, he’s athletic,” Maclin said. “His want and will to succeed is why he’s so competitive. There’s been times in practice where I’ve had to dial him back because of his competitiveness. That’s why he’s one of the best athletes at KHS.”

Due to COVID-19, the class of 2023’s first year of high school athletics was cut short. However, for Macon, it was a chance to improve his skills.

His want and will to succeed is why he’s so competitive.

— Jeremy Maclin

“I was small coming into high school,” Macon said.  “COVID-19 gave me a chance to stay home and get bigger, so I came back better.” 

Scott Weismann, head varsity baseball coach, said Macon works hard and it shows. He said since he was sophomore, Macon has been one of the program’s best players.

“His sophomore year he made some plays and got some hits that stuck in my mind a lot because he was a sophomore,” Weismann said. “He played with a chip on his shoulder [that year] and forced us to play him.”

Both coaches said Macon’s time at Kirkwood was truly special and he has a bright future ahead of him. They said there are a lot of moments that they’ll never forget during his time at KHS.

“He’s a great person, a great student and a great athlete,” Maclin said. “I’m excited about his future.” 

Macon said he enjoyed his time in both the baseball and football programs. He said he made a lot of great memories and was taught a lot of lessons. 

“[The football program] taught me a lot about life and hard work,” Macon said. “[The baseball program] has helped me develop as a player and a leader.”

Macon said he will continue his baseball career at the University of Memphis and would like to go pro if he is presented with that opportunity. 

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