by Kelsey Sheffield
Spurger High School is one of the many high schools blessed with multiple dedicated athletes whose hard work is not only beginning to pay off, but deserves to be recognized.
Nathan Sheffield is an upcoming senior of Spurger High and has high expectations for his senior year. Not only is this coming year one to look forward to, but the past three years of being a varsity role player are commendable. Sheffield has been a very involved athlete who has took part in nearly every sport, that Spurger athletics offers, at some point or another. Though he enjoyed them all he is quick to state his participation was nothing less than used to keep himself in tune for basketball. During his freshmen year, Sheffield was part of the cross country, basketball and track team. He earned the recognition for basketball's second team All-District. All the work and efforts he put into each sport earned him the acknowledgement from his coaching staff as the 2011-2012 Athlete of the Year.
From 2012-2013, his sophomore year, Sheffield grew as an athlete. He and the varsity boy's cross country team advanced to the regional meet. Also that year, he and his tennis partner won third place in the district tennis tournament. The skills Sheffield continued to improve and develop began to shine throughout his junior year. He participated in cross country to stay prepared for the upcoming basketball season and when it finally came around, "Sheffield" became a familiar name to surrounding coaches and competitors. The Pirates took part in Kirbyville's annual basketball tournament, where he was announced the All-Tournament player. Sheffield created a respect for himself not only as a dominant player, but a leader for his team. At the end of the season, he received an honor that was much more than he was expecting by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches when they named him first team All-Region player for the 2013-2014 season. The excitement continued as he excelled in the track season by advancing to area in high jump.
Sheffield has continued to work towards his dream of becoming a college basketball player while earning his degree to be an occupational therapist. Coach Hicks, of Houston, works with players who normally excel to the college level and in some cases the professional level. Hicks had the privilege of working with the young men of Spurger athletics and gave Sheffield a boost of confidence when he stated, "If he continues to put in the hard work, he will have the ability to compete at the division one college level."
Congratulations to Sheffield for his achievements and recognitions this far, and best of luck in the success that is to come.