Nate Seymour made the most of his short time in Germantown, becoming a top-flight infielder and pitcher for the baseball team and an exciting, strong-armed seat-of-his-pants quarterback in football.
The 2016 Now All-Suburban baseball choice at utility did the old trick of using sports to build good friendships after arriving from Georgia with his family following his freshmen year.
He will remember many people, especially his quarterback's coach from 2014, forever.
Yes, Nate Seymour felt the impact of the late Phil Datka, too.
His dad, Jeff Seymour, coached for Datka decades ago, long before Nate was born and the family moved to Georgia. The legend's death, which came a few months after the end of Nate's junior season of football in 2014, impacted both father and son.
"We were close to him," Nate said. "He left a great legacy here. It's why you see so many great young men come out of the (football) program."
You could count Nate among those fine young gentlemen, too. He chuckles and says though he was raised in Georgia, from the time he was 3 months old until after his freshman year, his parents brought him up to have "good Midwestern values".
Plus a good combination of Midwestern- and southern-based sports skills.
He will be known famously on the Germantown side of Mequon for his large role as quarterback in spoiling Homestead's dedication of it's new all-turf field last September. He and All-Suburban end Brad Zachowski terrorized the Highlander defensive backfield all night. That the eventual D2 state champion Highlanders came back to beat the Warhawks in the WIAA state playoffs is a sore spot to Seymour, but he and the Warhawks can still crow about their role as spoilers.
Seymour then came back to lead an up-and-down baseball team to a 20-12 record. He earned first-team All-North Shore Conference honors at infield. He was the ace on a balanced pitching staff, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.162 ERA with 31 strikeouts and 20 walks. Playing a sound third base (.969 fielding percentage), he hit .432 (41 of 95) with 25 runs scored, 20 RBIs and eight doubles with an impressive OPS of 1,040.
"He was our best pitcher all season," said coach Jeff Wolf. "He was a guy who always wanted the ball in the toughest situations. He was also our most consistent player day in and day out. He never took a day off."
His dad always emphasized leadership, along with improving young Nate's skills. Nate started playing football at age 7 and baseball even before that. He never worried about becoming the star.
"I always worked at making friends, building the camaraderie on the team and becoming a better teammate," he said.
He really credits head football coach Jake Davis and head baseball coach Wolf for helping foster player relationships.
"They wanted us to be good players but even better young men," he said. "I took real pride when they expressed confidence in me."
Seymour made himself effective on the pitching mound by becoming adept at four pitches, the cutter, the fastball, the curveball and the change-up.
"My biggest improvement this year was improving my mental toughness, at the plate and on the mound," he said. "I wanted to take the assertiveness and aggressiveness I had on the mound to the plate, too. I learned I needed to swing at good pitches early in the count."
The Warhawks' baseball season came to a tough end with a regional final loss to North Shore Conference champion West Bend West, but Seymour was pleased with how competitive the team was this season.
"I liked that we improved as the season went along," he said."'I just didn't want to let down my coaches or my teammates; I did whatever the team needed me to do."
He said he learned a great deal from the coaching staff, especially the veteran assistants Wolf brought on this season, including former Whitefish Bay head coach Frank Klode.
This baseball season was his last go-around in formal, competitive athletics. He will transfer his competitive energies to his education now.
That's because Seymour's head-first, determined attitude carried over into the classroom too. He finished at Germantown with a 3.52 GPA, scoring an impressive 35 on the ACT ("I got lucky that day," he laughed). It all helped him earn an academic scholarship to Mississippi State where he plans on studying international business with an emphasis in finance and Spanish.
There was a method to his madness in where he chose to go to college, too, because though he was raised with "good Midwestern values," he learned to love the southern weather.
"I just couldn't stand the winters (in Wisconsin)," he said laughing out loud.