Emerald shines with Dream Team spot

Prep football


ESCANABA — It takes many years for many people to master a craft, but for Manistique senior Kyle Seeley it took only two years to receive a prestigious honor in high school football.

Seeley who started playing football as a junior, was chosen for the All-U.P. Dream Team as a defensive tackle in just his second season playing the game. He also was a unanimious All-Mid-Peninsula Conference selection.

“It’s awesome and very exciting,” said Seeley on being named to the Dream Team. “I’m proud. It was a tough season and I’m just glad I was able to stick it out.”

Manistique was 0-9 the last two seasons and the senior Seeley was one of the few bright spots for the Emeralds even though it can take a toll sometimes on a player.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Seeley. “We kind of went week to week doing our best and trying to compete. It’s tough, but we didn’t want to give up and we made it though the season.”

Manistique coach Todd Kangas has only coached Seeley for one season, but has some high praise for the defensive star.

“It’s an accomplishment for him and it’s well deserved,” said Kangas. “He’s been a tremendous two-way lineman for us. He was a heck of an offensive lineman for us also. The biggest factor for him is he moves so well for somebody his size. He’s 6’2” and almost 300 pounds and he moves extremely well on the defensive line. It’s very difficult to single block him and often times they would have to double team him.”

Seeley is also very active off the field as he participates in youth group at his church, is a member of National Honor Society and student council and is a Boy Scout working toward the rank of Eagle Scout.

“He’s been a great person for our program,” said Kangas. “He played through some injuries this year. I know he had a knee issue and he had a back issue that kept him out of one game but he was able to push his way through that. He’s been somebody who we can look up to and say that he’s giving us all that he has and that shows up to not only his teammates but to everybody in the football program.”

Seeley also plays basketball and golf, but its clear what sport is his favorite.

“I’m definitely passionate about football,” said Seeley. “I love to play it and I love to watch it. I would say basketball would be a close second.”

Outside of sports, Seeley likes to spend time outdoors and has a passion for computers.

He would like to continue his education and major in Computer Science as well as continue his football career.

“I definitely want to play college football,” said Seeley.

“I would love to play for Michigan Tech and that’s kind of my vision at the moment.”

He has already been accepted to Michigan Tech and is currently inquiring if he can play football for the Huskies.

It’s been a rough two years for the Manistique football program, but Seeley is still grateful to play the game of football and is appreciative of his teammates for being there along side him throughout the journey.

“I would like to thank my teammates both this year and last year,” said Seeley. “I would just like to thank them for sticking it out through the tough seasons that we had and not giving up.”