Cimarron High School senior Tate Seabolt is looking to be one of the best 2A players in the state this season for head coach Mike Schartz.
Last season, the Bluejays had an impressive 9-1 season and return key pieces to have another great year in 2020. Seabolt has been an impact player since his freshman season in which he rushed for 418 yards before having a huge sophomore year with 1,531 rushing yards (17 TD) and another solid campaign last season with 894 yards (15 TD). He also had 113 tackles on the defensive side of the football last season from his linebacker spot. He has earned all-state and all-league honors over the last two football seasons.
He's not just a football player either as he’s one of the best wrestlers in the state. He took 2nd in 3-2-1A last year at the 170-pound class, earning all-state honors from Sports in Kansas. He also took second as a sophomore at 160 pounds to earn SIK all-state honors in 3-2-1A. He’s also an all-league golfer earning third place as a freshman and league champions as a sophomore before COVID cancelled his junior season.
Seabolt’s older brother, Josh, is now an NAIA All-American candidate linebacker at Bethel College in North Newton. He was also an all-state pick multiple times from Sports in Kansas.
He also gets it done in the classroom with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He listed math as his favorite subject and could see himself working in a pharmacy later on in life.
For now, his focus is all football as 10 starters return for the Bluejays in 2020. Also returning are Hunter Renick (6'2" 245 FB/TE/ATH) and Braxton Harrison (6-0 185 QB). Cimarron, who joins the highly loaded GWAC this season, opens with Holcomb on 9/4 at home. Their lone loss last season came to eventual 2A state runner-up Norton in the 2A playoffs. We caught up with the potential all-state pick below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Seabolt
How did you get involved in football?
For as long as I can remember, our Fridays & Saturdays were full of football. My dad coached pee wee and has been an asst High School coach for 10 years. I saw my brother playing tackle football and I knew that is what I wanted to do. I started tackle football in 3rd grade and have been playing ever since.
What are your goals this season?
My goals for this season are to first, have a great season like we did last year. I want to break the school rushing record. Another goal is to lead my team farther than we have gone before.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
I think that we have a shot. Our team has really grown together over the past few years. I think the bond and teamwork will help us strive to not let our brothers down.
What makes you such a force as a player?
I think that my background in wrestling has helped me with balance. I also think that my vision allows me to see holes that others would not see.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
There is nothing like Friday night lights in Bluejay Country. Most of the community comes out to support us and fill the stands. Every time we score or make a stop on defense the roar from the crowd is almost deafening.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Cimarron relies heavily on our run game and our defense always plays fast and hard.
Who are other key players on your team?
The key players on our team are our offensive and defensive line. Our team relies on our big men to lead the way up front. We also have a great group of senior leaders that show the underclassman that everyone on our team is a key player. Everyone has a job to do and they all work hard to get that job done.
Favorite thing about football?
I like the fact that it is a team sport and I get to play beside my brothers. I also love the contact and competitiveness of the game.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
Wrestling has been a big part of my life. I started in kids wrestling at the age of 3. Again, I believe that wrestling has been a huge contributor to my football success. It has taught me a great sense of balance, to be self-confident and to work hard.
Golf is also another sport that I love. It has definitely taught me patience.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Our coaches are very passionate about the sport of football and more than that, about the well-being of the team and turning us into better young men.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
We hit the weights hard and also conditioned hard on our own.
What interest are you seeing at the next level and what are your plans?
I have had some great conversations with some great coaches, with a couple of offers. As of now, I am undecided on my future plans.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
I love fishing and hunting with my dad and brother. I also am a huge gamer.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In 10 years, I see myself with a great career in Pharmacy and hoping to be settled down and starting a family.
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
Math, GPA 4.0
Who is your role model?
My role model is my dad. He taught me not only how to be a good athlete, but also how to be a good man. He has always supported me whether it be on the sideline as a football coach or in the stands at wrestling meets. He has been a football coach for as long as I can remember. My dad has been a high school coach since I was in 6th grade. He always pushes me to do my best and he also has instilled in me to work hard and never give up.
Best place to eat in your town or the surrounding area?
I am a huge fan of Freddy’s & Popeye’s
One thing the average person wouldn’t know about you?
I am a very quiet person. I do not really say too much on the field or mat, I lead by example.
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