Weeki Wachee‘s Hill tabbed Athlete of the Year

Seytia Hill                                                                                                                                                   Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Three-sport Hornet.

four-time state qualifier

returns home with second medal

By TONY CASTRO

HernandoSport.com

 

The FHSAA State Finals at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida served as a fitting back drop for the prep career of Seytia Coreyn Hill.

Weeki Wachee High’s Seytia Hill gauges a foul shot in the Class 6A, District 7 semi final match at Nature Coast Technical High in Brooksville. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

Hill, in her fourth State Track and Field Finals, returned home with her second-ever state medal – a fifth-place medallion following the Class 2A discus competition.

After participating in a trio of varsity sports for four seasons – including volleyball and basketball – the 5-foot-10. 160-pound Hill relished the moment.

She hadn’t earned a state medal since her freshman campaign.

Her terrific senior season, however, had tipped the voting locally for Girls Track Athlete of the Year.

Area coaches praised her efforts.

“One of the best athletes around, “ insisted Springstead skipper John Capel. “She’s so well-rounded ,,, Type of athlete who could literally do what ever she set her mind to … In terms of competency, she could turn it loose.”

“Incredible three-sport athlete,” declared Hernando High’s Dominique Jacobs.

“She might be the best female athlete in any sport this year,” explained Central High’s Kris Brooks.
“Anybody who played her realizes how good she is … You don’t see many Seytia Hill-type players walking in the hallways.”

“She’s competed here for four years,” added ex-NCT mentor Rudy Story. “If she had decided that track was her thing, the sky is the limit with her ability …It’s scary thinking how good she could have been if she’d just stuck to track.”

Born in Nebraska

Seytia was born in Kearney, Nebraska as the oldest of three children to Corey and Lauran Hill.

Corey was a multi-sport standout for Springstead High in football, wrestling and track and field.

Seytia’s mom was also athletic. She played volleyball and was a member of the dance team.

After Corey tragically passed away, the Hill’s have resided in Weeki Wachee.

Retracing Seytia’s athletic roots, she served as a cheerleader for the Screaming Eagles at 7 years old.

Next, arrived a stint with Erin’s Dance Works in Spring Hill.

In middle school, Seytia attended West Hernando and made the junior varsity volleyball team as a sixth-grader.

West Hernando Golden Eagles2

In seventh-grade, she transferred to Winding Waters and played for the varsity volleyball and basketball programs.

As an eighth-grader, she added track and field concentrating in 400 open, 4×400 relay, discus and shot put besides playing volleyball and basketball.

The following year, she enrolled at Weeki Wachee High School.

She ended up lettering in four years of volleyball under Kelly and Allen Werkmeister, four years of hoops under Mike Munro and served four seasons of track under various coaches.

The brown-tressed and brown-eyed Hill helped the volleyball program reach the Elite Eight and claim a pair of district titles.

In basketball, Hill’s teams eventually won districts as juniors and seniors and reached the Class 6A Final Four in 2019.

Weeki Wachee High’s Seytia Hill drives for a lay up after a steal late in the Class 6A, District 7 final at Nature Coast Technical High in Brooksville. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

She admits she’s a fan of every sport.

“I love all my sports,” explained Hill. “I’m probably best at track, but I love playing volleyball and basketball.

“In basketball, I had to learn to control my anger. You can’t afford to lose it on the court. I’m a very aggressive player. I’m a very competitive person.”

“I’d say basketball is a very demanding sport. Its extremely physical, but you have control yourself. I’m fortunate, because I was a captain in all three sports. I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by great teammates and great coaches.”

Her key athletic moments include being a four-time district champion in track and field, scoring over 1,000 career points and hauling down over 1,000 career rebounds in basketball.

“I have so many great memories of my team. I couldn’t have reached my goals without my teammates.”

“There are players I broke in with – like Hernando High’s Ali Bronson,” noted Hill. “I didn’t initially like but I liked the way they played the game.

“There are coaches like the Werkmeisters that taught us the correct way to hit a volleyball. I always looked up to someone like Miranda Werkmeister. She’s someone I admired. The thing about great players is they don’t take plays off.”

PHSC-bound

On being named Athlete of the Year, “I was shocked at first,“ expressed Hill. “I was definitely pleased that I got it as a senior. It just seemed like a good payoff for the all the work I’ve put in.”

Recalling her State Finals, “I knew I had to bring it. I was nervous, but really so was everybody else. I knew (Hernando’s) Nakayla (Roberts) was either on or off. The weather was going to be tricky, but the wind and rain never bothered me. I had to just sing a song and make it through the day.“

“I remember I wasn’t trying to impress anyone else, but just trying to get thru the day.”

“My first throw wasn’t great but I got a mark. My second throw was pretty good that’s when I realized I had a chance to medal,” noted Hill. “The rain kinda freaked out some of the other kids.”

“It was the best feeling in the world to have medaled that day. I remember how upset I was after not medaling as a junior. I tried channeling that energy. I kept te

Weeki Wachee High’s Seytia Hill tries to hit past NCT High’s ,11, Karla Cantero. Photo by JOE DiCRISTOFALO

lling myself to go hard or go home. I wasn’t accepting anything else than my best efforts.”

Hill recalls the growth of her basketball days from 0-55 to the FHSAA State Final Four.

“Shayleese and I were part of 0-55,” grinned Hill. “But we part of the growth, too. Even when we lost in Lakeland, I remember the charter bus filled with our fans.

“That’s when I felt extremely blessed to have been a part of this. It was just a cool experience.“

These days

Hill, who graduated with a 3.1 unweighted grade point average, signed to play volleyball with Pasco-Hernando State College.

“Since my dad passed away my mom is a single mother raising two boys.” noted Hill. “I’m going to be around to help mom out.”

Though Hill hasn’t decided what she wants to study her primary focus is on making the PHSC team beginning Monday in New Port Richey.

“I want to ride out my volleyball skills for as long as I can,” shared Hill. “I feel like I’m walking into PHSC hungry.“

Before playing for the Lady Quistas, “People are going to remember me for different things. I want to continue to push my teammates and friends to greatness. That’s the cost involved with being a leader.”

By the Numbers: Weeki Wachee’s Seytia Hill

Compiled by TONY CASTRO

2019: Discus

Seytia Hill
 

DATE

 

MEET

 

PL

 

DIST

 

03-07

 

@ Cypress Creek

 

3rd

 

89’3.25”

 

03-14

 

@ Brooksville-Hernando Kiwanis

 

1st

 

120’57”

 

04-03

 

@ Hernando-Citrus Invitational

 

2nd

 

108’6.25”

 

04-11

 

@ Hudson-Fivay 2A-7 Meet

 

1st

 

119’5.0”

 

04-27

 

@ Winter Park 2A-II

 

1st

 

126’3”

05-03

@ JAX-UNF 2A State Finals

5th

116’7.25”

 

 

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