Reagan finishes solid sports career at Evart
EVART -- Donavin Reagan had a very successful athletic career at Evart and he was anxious to continue for the spring season.
Reagan was a standout for the Evart football and basketball teams, and baseball coach Josh Johnson was looking forward to having him return for a squad which was 30-7 overall last year, conference champs and district kings, and lost 3-2 to Beaverton in the regional final.
"Donavin Reagan, a more vocal senior leader, has had a fantastic senior year on the playing field," Johnson said in preseason comments. "He is an outstanding football and basketball player, but an even better baseball player. 'Donny Baseball' will hit in the middle of a potent line-up and play first base for us. Donny hits for power. He is strong, yet disciplined hitter. He is an outstanding defensive player as well."
Because of the conoravirus pandemic the season was canceled.
Reagan was entering his third varsity season. He had some memorable moments for the Wildcats in the first two.
"My junior year, I had a nice catch against Morley Stanwood over the fence (in the district)," Reagan recalled. "Obviously, there was winning our conference and our district and getting in the regional final."
Reagan was academic all-district last season.
He said he's played first base since his freshman season.
"Coach has always been pushing me to do it and has always had me practice so the ball can't get past me," Reagan said, adding he's always been effective in accurately and quickly releasing the ball.
He's usually batted between .270 and .300.
"You have to be patient," Reagan said.
Two days after the basketball season ended for Reagan and his teammates on March in the district semifinals, the MHSAA suspend the spring sports season. They canceled it three weeks later.
"Our schedule was going to be tough this year but we wanted to push through it and win some games," Reagan said.
He indicated football was his best sport. He's planning on being a lineman through Hydaker-Wheatlake out of Reed City.
Reagan said he is planning on watching his friend, Justin O'Dell, play for Cornerstone University as often as possible.