Scholar athlete: Seth Shirley, Bayside Academy

Scholar athlete: Seth Shirley, Bayside Academy

He's a force to be reckoned with on the turf.

Coach Phil Lazenby said Seth Shirley is in a league of his own.

"He's a very good football player and a very good leader for our football team," Lazenby said.

One of only three seniors on this year's team, Seth is feeling the pressure to step up.

"I've always liked to think of myself as a leader, but this year I've really tried to take it upon myself to influence all the younger kids," Seth explained.

Seth's approach is 'lead by example' and Coach Lazenby said that example is hard work and dedication.

"He's started for three years and he's earned that right to be a leader," Lazenby said. "He's taken it by the horns and run with it."

He's able to balance his athleticism and leadership skills with homework, a social life, and maintaining a 4.2 GPA.

It's easy to see why Seth joins the Elite Group of Bayside's Scholar Athletes.

"I kind of put a lot of stress on myself to get all my work done, but once I get it done I can go play my sport and be stress-free," Seth said.

For Seth, it's more than school and sports. After losing a best friend, his entire outlook on life has changed.

"They were riding around on jet skis and he was trying to cut into the boat," Seth explained. "Make it splash on the boat, just like he always does. He's probably done it a million times. He did it and the wave hit just right and he flipped off the jet ski and went right under the boat. The propeller hit and him and he never up."

Especially if a friend and teammate, like Henry Wise, whose legacy will always live on with Seth.

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