Hard work paying off for Brownstown Central senior in three sports


Seth Borden’s schedule has a constant theme throughout the year: It’s packed with athletics.

The Brownstown Central High School senior doesn’t get much free time. In the 2018-19 school year, Borden will wrap up four years of playing football, basketball and baseball for the Braves.

Borden, who has played football since the fifth grade, returns to the field this fall after missing most of last season with a broken collarbone. He said he’s glad to be back in his senior season.

“I feel like I can do what I need to do now,” Borden said. “I can help the team instead of standing on the sidelines.”

He plays as a defensive back and receiver for the Braves.

This season, Borden has 19 tackles (nine solo) and an interception. On offense, he leads the team with nine receptions and 151 receiving yards.

Borden said he changed positions once he got to high school, and he enjoys his current roles.

“I was a quarterback but got hurt in my eighth grade year, and then we changed quarterbacks around,” he said. “I like where I’m playing now. I like the man-to-man role. I think it’s hard to do, but you have fewer reads.”

While he has been a part of sectional and regional championship teams, Borden’s fondest memory thus far into his career is his first varsity touchdown.

“My best memory is scoring my first touchdown my sophomore year against Brown County. It happened to also be in a sectional game,” he said.

In the winter, Borden will return to the hardwood.

He said he has played basketball since he was a first-grader.

“We had an AAU team and played together all the way up to middle school,” he said. “That is when (school) team basketball started. When I was younger, I was bigger than everyone else, and it was my best sport. Everyone passed the ball to me, and I liked it.”

Borden, listed at 6-foot-2, expects a lot out of himself this season.

“I’m going to be a rebounder and probably guard the other team’s best player,” Borden said. “My height and quickness help with that. We’re not the tallest team in the conference.”

He was presented the outstanding defense, highest field goal percentage and most rebounds award at the conclusion of his junior season.

In the spring, Borden will return to his favorite sport: Baseball.

He said he has loved baseball his entire life and has played since preschool.

“I love the competitiveness,” Borden said. “You can go out there, play offense and defense, hit the ball and run the bases. I like playing shortstop and being a leader.”

Last spring, Borden was named All-Mid-Southern Conference for his work at shortstop. He led the team in hitting last season, finishing with 43 hits and a batting average of .443.

“I’ve grown the most in baseball,” Borden said. “It’s my best sport, and it is also my brother and my dad’s favorite sport. It grew on me. I like it the most.”

While his schedule hardly slows down, Borden is OK with it.

“I like being around people. I’m a people person,” Borden said. “I like spending time with my friends and keeping the brotherhood alive.”

Borden said he wants to continue his baseball career in college and stay involved in athletics with his career path.

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Name: Seth Borden

School: Brownstown Central High School

Parents: Paul and Lee Ann Borden

Siblings: Cole and Kalee Borden

Sports: Football, four years; baseball, four years; basketball, four years

Athletic highlights: In baseball, All-Mid-Southern Conference, leading hitter award, sectional champions; in basketball, highest field goal percentage; in football, sectional and regional champions

Organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Booster Club, Lettermen’s Club

Plans after high school: Attend college and play baseball

Favorite food: Sushi

Favorite TV show: “Family Guy”

Favorite musician: J. Cole

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite athlete/team: Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

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The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 42-0 win at North Harrison.

Earning honors are Derek Thompson, Offensive Back MVP; Robbie Branaman, Offensive Line MVP; Lucas Hines, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Braden Neal, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Ethan Sevakis, Special Teams MVP; Dustyn Kocsis, Scout Team MVP; Matthew Bell, Branaman, Neal, Luke Shelton, Bruce Spicer, black jersey winners.

Brownstown’s junior varsity (4-1) defeated North Harrison 36-7 on Monday. Jayden Steinkamp was Offensive MVP, Bradley Nolan was Defensive MVP and Ethan Owens was Special Teams MVP.


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