Exceeding expectations

Q & A -- Kevin Seker, Marriotts Ridge, Football

November 14, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun reporter

The Marriotts Ridge football team, in its second year of varsity play, has grown up immensely this season. After coming away with just one win in their inaugural season, the Mustangs closed out this season at 6-4. Senior quarterback Kevin Seker is a microcosm of the team's growth. Seker, who says he is on the shy side, knew he had to step up and take charge with his play on the field and voice as a leader.

Seker, who attended Centennial his freshman year, was reluctant to come to Marriotts Ridge when the school opened in 2005, but now he said it was the best thing for him. Also a guard on the basketball team, he is a self-proclaimed sports junkie. Seker grew up playing all sorts of sports with his older brother, Drew, who plays basketball at Penn State-Behrend. He also enjoys playing tennis with his mother and golf with his father.

Seker, who has a 3.3 grade point average, is still not sure where he will go to college, but he plans to study education to become a teacher and also wants to coach at the high school level.

How rewarding has this season been for you?

It's been awesome. I didn't think we were going to do as well as we have. We've definitely exceeded my expectations. We thought we could compete this year. And you can say that, but it's another thing to do it. It was great being able to get wins over some of the better teams like Atholton and Reservoir - getting over the hump.

As a captain and playing quarterback, what have you learned about leadership skills?

For one, I'm kind of a quiet kid. But I learned I can voice my opinion, and I need to do that more often. Sometimes, I think one thing and I don't always say it, but it turns out right. I'm not the type of kid that goes out and yells at people, but I've learned that I need to do that sometimes for us to succeed. I think I've grown a lot this season. Last year, I wasn't really very vocal or loud about anything. Beginning of this year, I was really motivated and knew I had to step up because this is my last year. You can't leave anything back, so it's helped me become a better leader.

What was your best moment on the football field this season?

Winning our first game this year. We were down four or five points with 1:30 left and we had 80 yards to go, needing a touchdown or we would lose. We got the touchdown with six seconds left - it was pretty exciting. I just remember throwing the ball to Kyle Feldman. I was just zoned in and he was wide open.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

It came from my mom. She always says: "Make the best of every situation because everything in life is not going to happen the way you want it, the way you plan it. But if you make the best of it, that's all you can do." She always says that and it's always stuck with me. Everything that happens, I think about that - just make the best of it.

Do you have any role models?

I look up to my older brother, Drew. He plays college basketball, and I've always looked up to him as far as the way he goes about everything. He's a lot like me; he's a little shy, but just seeing him go through life and how hard he works at everything has been impressive. I learned if you work your hardest at something, then you can achieve your goals. And it seemed like he's always worked real hard and everything is working out real well for him.

How important is sports in your life?

It's been huge in my life - I've played in sports since I can remember. Everything I do relates to sports, whether we're losing in a game and we have to come back - that's how I approach schoolwork, too. If I have a B and really want an A - it's the same mental approach. Everything I do in sports relates to life somehow.

What have you gotten from your senior year so far?

High school has been awesome for me. Coming from Centennial to a new school, I met a lot of new people, a lot of new teachers - people who have impacted my life greatly, like my coaches. I've learned that you've got to go for your goal, and even if you don't get it, you can still be proud of yourself that you tried. You don't want to go through life with any regrets.

Next year when you come home from college, what's the first thing you will ask your mom to cook for you?

I'd say her homemade spaghetti or shrimp scampi. She's Italian and is such a great cook.

Do you have a favorite television show?

Before school every morning I watch SportsCenter. I can't go to school without watching it. I think it would be cool to be a sports anchor or broadcaster, so I might minor in communications.

What was the best day of your life?

It was probably the day I came to Marriotts Ridge. At first, I didn't really want to come here at all. We fought about it. I went to the county Board of Education and gave a speech about how I wanted to stay at Centennial. But when they told me I wasn't able to stay, my mom told me to make the best of it. The school has been awesome for me. It's been a really unique opportunity and I'm so glad I came here.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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