Mashpee’s senior class will go down as having some of the best athletes to ever wear the school colors for their athletic teams. If you were having a competition to determine the most athletic of them all there’s a good chance that this week’s Outside The Lines featured athlete might be the one with the championship belt at the end.
Camron Kergo has all the tools at his disposal. He’s one of the fastest kids at the school, and he has the best hops by far. He can catch a football on the run, and run with one that’s he caught. Kergo is simply the type of athlete whom every boys’ coach in the school would find a way to use if he went out for their team, regardless of how much experience he had with that sport.
The son of Chris and Mark Kergo is just that gifted when it comes to sports. He played on three Super Bowl championship-winning football teams at Mashpee, and was an all-star his senior season. He is also a four-time track all-star who has set all kinds of records for both the indoor and outdoor track and field teams.
Kergo said that English has been his favorite subject over the years in school. His car is his most-prized possession. “I plan on keeping that until the wheels fall off,” he said. Cam said that the old “Godzilla” movie is his favorite one and “The Night Shift” is his favorite TV show. He’s also a big fan of ’80s hard rock, saying Van Halen and Motley Crue are his favorite bands. As for food, his favorite meal is the tips and tenders from The 99 and a Coke, along with a side of Marshland fries with the house dressing. For dessert, a cannoli from Lambert’s.
How did you get involved with track? How much do you enjoy it?
I got involved in track in 7th grade as a way to stay in shape for football season. It quickly turned into something I enjoyed immensely and I loved taking the time to learn all the events.
The season is just getting underway. How do you prepare yourself for the new year? Do you have a regular workout routine in the winter, or do you just pick it back up when practice gets going?
Being prepared for me means visualizing what I want to do this season, PRs, better times; it’s what motivates me to be ready. As far as working out, I keep it steady all week throughout the year, so that I have no doubt I’m in shape for the season.
You already have the Mashpee High School record for the high jump. What are your goals for your last season?
I want to break the seven-foot mark in high jump. I get excited even talking about that because I want it so bad. Other than that, I want to improve in all my events as well as being a good captain and leader; hopefully I can pass a good work ethic down to the younger kids. I just want to be a good role model.
As a track athlete you compete in several events. How do you manage your energy and effort levels when you are going back and forth from one to the next?
I try to take some time to myself between events and remember to take care of myself, because half the battle at track meets is remembering to stay hydrated, fed, stretched, et cetera. I also try to see how my teammates are doing because it takes your mind off of what you have left for events.
You were also a standout football player at Mashpee the past several years. What are some of your top memories from that amazing run?
Coming back my junior year a whole different player, mentally and physically, was one of my favorite memories. I wasn’t where I wanted to be the year before, and I had put all my time into improving. It was nice to see where my work got me. Besides winning our Super Bowls, my top memory is one of my worst: losing our last playoff game. It still means a lot to me because of how much of a learning moment it was. It doesn’t matter how hard you work; that’s just how sports are sometimes and accepting my high school career was over was the hardest part.
Having been to the top of the mountain three straight years, how disappointing was it to have your shot at a fourth ended in such a strange way against Cohasset?
It was more a shock than disappointing. In our mind we won the game. I mean we’ve never played that hard before, and I was proud of the team. I’d like to say that I’ve forgotten about it and moved on, but anytime that game is brought up it leaves a bitter taste in my mouth
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think a scouting report on me would comment on my obliterating speed, my ability to put the DB into a state of total confusion and discomfort, and maybe a little side note about not being able to keep my temper on the field, creating an overall positive report.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
Of course, it would be the Cohasset game. Being able to whoop them once again would be my pleasure. Besides, I want my revenge.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
Being there to compete with my team and win our last Super Bowl is the highlight of my athletic career. As a football player that’s what you dream about in the beginning of the season—until you slowly make that dream a reality. It doesn’t hit you until the last seconds run off the clock and you’re crying like a little baby in the stands with everyone. I never took that experience for granted.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
Xavier Gonsalves is the best person and teammate I’ve ever known. The way he treats his teammates is something I modeled my game after. He makes the best out of every moment, good or bad, and he will never let you feel alone.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I can’t measure out my high jump mark before I jump or else I’ll blow it. I usually just find a spot and go. I also could never get ready in front of my locker before football games, I would always go to a different part of the locker room and drink my jar of pickle juice alone until it was game time.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned from playing sports?
I’ve learned how to deal with adversity through sports; during injury, losses and losing teammates, sports is one of those things that teaches you to keep going, no matter what.
Who has been your inspiration?
My inspiration has always been my Dad. He worked hard to make a life for our family, and I never overlook that. He’s always been an overall happy and positive person and those things tend to rub off. If I wanted to be anyone, it would be him. My mom inspires me because she puts up with him.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my coaches, my family, girlfriend Hannah, teachers, my teammates, mentors and my friend Chris. All these people are the reason I am able to succeed and grow, and I would be nowhere without them
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I’ve ever visited would be the Bahamas. Life is very different there, as well as the people, and I’ve always wondered what Australia is like. That place seems interesting, for sure.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
The biggest difference between the freshman me and senior me is my respect for others. The younger me was pretty self-centered and if I could go back, I would tell myself to shut up and listen.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
People would be surprised to know that I absolutely despise mashed potatoes. I would rather go on a three-mile run with no shoes than eat them.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would trade places with Drake and buy as many things as I could: cars, takeout food, houses, and I would put my name on everything, so that when he comes back, he has to fix all the stuff I messed up.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
It’d be summertime, and I wake up at 8 and go straight to the Xbox and play until my coffee gets cold. Then eat, shower, and work out; it’s usually 11 AM to noon by now. Go pick up Hannah, go to Peters Pond for the day, grill burgers, take the boat out and have friends over. Start the fire when it starts to get dark and just stay up as late as I can until it’s just me, my dad and my mom, where we have the most memorable conversations.
What are your post high school plans?
Right after I graduate, I go to work full-time landscaping for most of the summer. Actually, as I was writing this, I got my acceptance letter to Worcester State. I’m going into criminal justice there, where I’ll also play football and run track. I can’t wait to play football again.
Where will you be in 10 years, and what will you be doing?
In 10 years hopefully I’ll have a steady job that I love working every day, weekends off preferably, with a family and a nice house, probably helping out with the local youth sports. All I want for future me is to be content and happy. I’m also still going to have the same Toyota 4 Runner I have today; I’ll pump more money into that car than I would pay for a new one.