December 1, 2021

Meet Mckenzie Burrows: the 2-sport athlete from West Haven


This archived article was written by: Kyndall Gardner

Playing two sports for USU Eastern is time consuming as Mckenzie Burrows is never off the court.
Born and raised in West Haven, Utah, she is living in Price, playing basketball and volleyball for the Eagles as a sophomore. She has four siblings; two brothers and two sisters and two parents. Her favorite color is blue, she enjoys chips and salsa and would never say no to a glass of strawberry lemonade.
Burrows best quality is, “I have a really good work ethic and know that I’m going to have to work hard to get the things that I want.” Her favorite aspect about herself, “would be my hair.” Burrows plans, “on getting a nursing degree and getting a job as a part-time nurse, along with coaching basketball at a high school level.” She does not shy away from looks, or going after what she wants.
One thing that scares Burrows most is, “raising my children and worrying that I might mess up.
“One of the most dreadful dates for Burrows was, “when a boy asked me to a dance over text message. I ended up driving my car the whole day and had to drive the other couples as well. We ended up rock climbing for our date… but only climbed the cliff once, then my date decided that he was done and wanted to go home.
“The boys then made us the most disgusting pancakes that ended up being a greenish color. I then went home and put on my formal dress and we headed off to the dance. Once we arrived, I looked around and noticed that it was an Ugly Sweater dance. Then my date stood in the corner the whole time and wouldn’t dance with me, or talk to any of the other couples.”
Her dream date would include, “going horseback riding in mountains and being able to see the sunrise.”
If Burrows only had 24 hours left on Earth, she would, “spend it with my family, just because I am super attached to them and we are all really close.” Her most embarrassing moment was when, “I was in ninth grade gym class, playing flag football. A boy in my class went to go pull my flag and pulled my pants down with it. My whole class watched my pants come off.”
One of Burrows’ most victorious sports moments was, “winning the state championship in basketball, then getting to play in Madison Square Gardens.”
If Burrows could live anywhere in the world she would choose, “Utah, because it’s sheltered. I love living somewhere where we have four seasons.” Her greatest hero in life is, “my high school basketball coach. She really cared about her players as people rather than just a simple athlete. She was always pushing me to be better.”
Being energetic was normal for Burrows at a young age. “I would play soccer in the house every day and my parents would make me go outside. One day my parents left the house and reminded me that I wasn’t allowed to play inside. With my friend over and my parents gone, we started kicking the ball all over the house. My friend kicked that ball so hard that it bounced off the wall hitting our fireplace, shattering the glass cover. My parents were not very happy with me after that.” One of Burrows hidden talents include, “[I am really good at] sewing and embroidery.”
Playing a double sport isn’t anything new for Burrows. She constantly devotes time to the court whether for volleyball or basketball.

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