By Todd Stanford
The Daily Item
It was a moment that defined Nathaniel Brown's amazing athletic school year, and yet it didn't happen on the gridiron or on the mats.
No, it happened during a pep rally in anticipation of last November's District 4 Class AA football championship game between Lewisburg and Danville. Brown, the Green Dragons' senior fullback/linebacker, talked about the team's disappointing finish the year before, in which Lewisburg lost to Loyalsock in the district final.
"Silver sucks, let's not do that again," Brown declared.
By the time his senior year came around, Brown -- the son of Dr. Michael Brown and Jan Reichard-Brown of Lewisburg -- was indeed tired of silver. As a junior, he had settled for silver in both football and in the state wrestling tournament at 171 pounds. But it was all about the gold in 2010-11. Brown was a star player on a Lewisburg football team that won its first 14 games (including a 18-13 win over Danville for the district title) and advanced to the state semifinals; he later went undefeated in wrestling to bring home his first state title.
For his efforts, Brown is The Daily Item Male Athlete of the Year.
(This year) was a culmination of hard work and a ton of help," Brown says. "I had so many people all along the way giving me advice, giving me tips, giving me words of encouragement."
Brown will wrestle at Lehigh University -- he's considering majoring in pre med -- and has some big goals for his collegiate career.
"I really want to be an All-American three to four times," he says. "It's a really lofty goal. ... I really want to see Lehigh every year be a top 10 finisher. I'd like to push (reigning champ) Penn State for a national title."