Greendale trio attains All-Suburban honors
Brees, Miller, Maxwell all on NOW football team
Talent and versatility abounded on this season's Greendale football team, and those qualities were certainly shown by seniors Mitchell Brees and Nate Miller.
Brees put together a fabulous season on both sides of the ball for the WIAA Division 3 runner-up Panthers.
He hauled in 80 passes for 1,308 yards and 14 touchdowns as Greendale's top wide receiver, and he collected four interceptions, returning two for touchdowns, as the Panthers' key defensive back.
Miller was equally effective both ways. At tight end, he caught 28 balls for 534 yards and nine touchdowns, capped by his state championship game record 97-yard reception against Monona Grove.
At linebacker, Miller racked up 34 solo tackles, 67 assists, two interceptions and three pass breakups this season. He also made the fourth-down stop against Monona Grove at Greendale's 3-yard line that set up his own 97-yard score.
It is appropriate, then, that both Brees and Miller earned spots on the 2013 NOW Newspapers All-Suburban Football Team on both offense and defense.
They are joined by their teammate, senior offensive lineman Jake Maxwell, who is now bound for the University of Wisconsin.
Coupled with NOW Player of the Year Josh Ringelberg, Greendale had a total of six entries on this year's team, which is certainly appropriate given the season the Panthers enjoyed.
Brees made key plays
Brees was especially vital to Greendale's success, as he just kept making big plays all over the field.
People noticed, as he won the Al Toon Award for the state's best receiver.
"Mitchell is a special talent, as evidenced by his success on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game," head coach Rob Stoltz said. "In open space, we have not had a player do quite what Mitchell did this year.
"Mitchell must be accounted for at all times, and along with Cody Kmetz, he was part of the best receiving tandem I have seen — ever."
When asked whether he prefers playing receiver or defensive back, Brees replied, "I like both, but it is more fun with the ball in your hands."
He is now working on his college decision. Brees has an offer from Division I-AA Illinois State and is also looking at Western Illinois and Iowa State, among others.
"Most of them are looking at me as an athlete first, and they will decide my position later," he said.
Miller reviews record play
Miller will be in the state record books for his 97-yard reception, and he said he felt confident about the play.
"It was an over-the-middle pass, and there was one high safety," he recalled. "I just broke two tackles and was gone."
His season was about much more than that play, however, as he was consistent on both offense and defense all year.
"Nate was the heart and soul of our team," Stoltz said. "He is a 100 percent kid, in the off-season and in practice. This makes it easy for him to perform at that level on game day.
"Nate's presence will be missed next year as much as anyone we've had in my time at Greendale."
Miller is looking at Division II colleges such as Augustana (S.D.), Mayville (N.D.) and Mankato State (Minn.).
Maxwell is a Badger
Maxwell already has his college lined up, as he will accept a scholarship from Wisconsin.
"I couldn't pass up an opportunity to be a Badger," said Maxwell, who had verbally committed to Northern Illinois University.
Stoltz said, "Jake is one of the most complete linemen I have seen in 15 years of high school football in this state. Panther Nation is proud to have its first scholarship Wisconsin Badger player in Jake. It's truly an earned and deserved honor."
Maxwell was the runner-up for the Joe Thomas Award, given to the top offensive lineman. Ironically enough, he finished second behind a lineman from Monona Grove.
"Our offense was able to score points, and our line executed when we needed to," Maxwell said. "We all had good technique."
Along with many teammates, Brees, Miller and Maxwell all made major contributions to a season that will forever be remembered in Greendale.
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