Manogue’s Luke Metzker overcomes adversity, prepares for college baseball

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 5:55 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - A Manogue High School baseball star is heading to Kansas...

Luke Metzker is the son of JK Metzker. The well known and well liked local sports broadcaster tragically killed in a hit-and-run crash in 2011. Luke would lose his mom, Jaimie, 3 years later to breast cancer.

“Getting to this point has definitely been a battle for me,” said Luke Metzker. “Dealing with adversity and dealing the things I’ve dealt with in my life has definitely made me stronger.”

Metzker has been playing baseball his whole life. and it’s helped him through the ups and the downs.

“It’s more than just a game. It’s something that I can turn to whenever. Like, if I’m having a bad day, I can come here, I can hit in the facility. I can just turn to baseball and I love it. It’s just like an outlet for me.”

Metzker is a Dodgers fan and likes the MLB, but prefers watching college baseball, perfect for where he’s heading next.

“I’m so excited to go and get the chance and so blessed to have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level, especially for a team like Kansas and I’m so excited”

Metzker was also considering playing at Nevada and says choosing Kansas over the local team wasn’t an easy decision.

“Leaving home is definitely a scary next step in my life, but it’s something I think will be best for me. I’ll get to learn and grow in ways I just couldn’t do if I stayed here and it’ll be a really good experience.”

Even though he’s leaving his hometown, he won’t soon forget the support he’s gotten from Northern Nevada.

“I love reno. I love everyone and I love the community here. It’s amazing and it’s just so nice knowing there are so many people that are wanting my best interests and have me in their thoughts and prayers.”

Luke plans on going into pre-dental and becoming either a dentist or an orthodontist. He says it’s because he likes to make other people smile.

At Manogue, he’s plays on first and third base and pitches. At Kansas, he plans to work exclusively on pitching.

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