Sam Seffrood, son of John and Anne (Nef) Seffrood, is a senior football player for the Milbank Bulldogs. He attended school in Summit until the fourth grade, when his mom, an MHS graduate, moved Sam and his siblings to the Milbank School District. Sam says, “I’m glad we switched. Being a Bulldog is a good feeling. I take a lot of pride in getting to play for my school.”
Sam began football in the third grade in the Whetstone Valley Youth Football program. “Later, he says, Coach Carl Larson was an inspiration to him during his middle school football years. “All my coaches have been great,” he says, “but Coach Larson saw potential in me and took me under his wing.
He says, “I have always loved football…I like being with my teammates, especially when we get a win – everyone is really hyped and cheerful. To have all those people cheering for you when you play is nice, too.”
The highlight of his high school football career came recently during the Dakota Valley game. Sam recalls, “I haven’t played much varsity because I got injured last year, but when I get in there I do pretty good. During the Dakota Valley game, I got my first interception. That was pretty cool.”
Sam injured his shoulder during the third week of last year’s football season. He says, “I had surgery on it, and was out of football and basketball all last year. It still gets sore, but it’s better, and I’m glad I can play again.” He says he will not be able to play basketball this winter because of his shoulder, but plans to stay involved with his team as the student manager. He also is looking forward to his final year of track, leaping over hurdles and running on the 3,200-meter relay team – the team that made it to the South Dakota Class A state meet last season.
Sam’s favorite class in school was the DCAC electronics class taught by Mr. Haag, which he took last year. He also likes any type of math class and physics. He plays the trumpet in the band and sings in the choir.
Sam also works at his family’s dairy farm and at his uncle Mark Leddy’s vineyard. “I mostly mow and cut vines to grow them in the right spots,” he says. He attends Hope Lutheran Church in Summit.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing video games and watching the Minnesota Vikings on TV. Snowboarding is also one of his passions. “I’m thinking of going to college in Montana, so, I can be close to the mountains,” he says. Sam plans to pursue a degree in either mechanical or electrical engineering. “It’s pretty cool to me to possibly work with wind turbines, solar panels, or alternative energy stuff. That’s my goal right now.”