The Monroe City R-1 High School lobby could not be filled with the usual bright smiles and proud expressions for one senior to sign his letter of intent. Keenan Batsell has made his commitment to continue his collegiate football career with an athletic scholarship. Batsell has decided to extend his football talent and studies at Minnesota State Community and Tech College in Fergus Falls. Batsell shared the next step towards his planned journey after high school, stating, “This school seemed to be the best fit. I liked the solid program they have for me to be a part of.”
Keenan is the son of Ericka Batsell, and the grandson of Marvin and Terri Batsell. Keenan stated, “I have been inspired by my grandparents and mom,” adding, “I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet new people and becoming a better person for society.” Keenan plans to major in Health and Fitness Physical Education.
Keenan knows his environment will change as he takes the next step in his life to attend college out of state. He stated, “I am anticipating the difference between the feeling of college life and high school.” As Keenan smiled, he shared the part he would probably not like, stating, “The cold weather.”
Keenan began playing football in the fifth grade where he earned his nickname “Batman”. Keenan explained, “That name came from Coach Brad Williams. I tackled someone out of nowhere and became known as Batman.”
During high school, Keenan has received many awards for his athletic football talent. He received All-State his senior and junior year, All-District and All-Conference his senior, junior and sophomore years. Keenan also participated in Track, FCA, PRIDE and is a member of Promiseland Family Church.
Keenan shared his a favorite memory of being a Monroe City Panther, stating, “The Helias game. Everyone thought we were going to lose, but we are a small town with big heart.”
Keenan knows the competition will increase and is expecting the practices to push him with a higher skill level. Keenan stated, “I will be facing other players on the same level.” He added, “My biggest challenge will be having to be responsible for my own education. I will have to do it all.”