Spirited senior Nick Quinday makes a positive impact on the field and in the stands

There might not be another Calaveras High School student-athlete who had as much fun this past school year as Nick Quinday. Between playing football and golf and being in the middle of nearly every student activity, the Class of 2017 graduate made the most out of his senior year.

Being named the Calaveras Enterprise Male Student-Athlete of the Year for Calaveras High School was the perfect way for Quinday to take a final bow.

“It’s definitely a great honor,” Quinday said. “It’s something that you see in the newspaper and it’s something that you strive for. It’s a guy you look up to and a great athlete.”

Quinday was a cornerstone of the Calaveras football program for the past two seasons. He played middle linebacker and was a jack-of-all-trades on the offensive line, lining up at center, guard and tackle.

Calaveras finished the 2016 season in third place in a competitive Mother Lode League, but went 8-2 overall in the regular season. The team was littered with talent and had high hopes of making a deep run in the postseason, but a 38-7 home loss to Marysville in the first round of the Sac-Joaquin Division V playoffs ended that dream.

+4  No. 51 Nick Quinday executes a seal block.

Although Quinday never was able to capture a Mother Lode League or section championship, he never looks back on his time playing football at Calaveras with anything less than a smile.  

“You can’t really surpass Calaveras football,” Quinday said. “It’s just a great experience here. The coaches do a great job and the players all grow up together. It’s a family atmosphere. And then you go out there and play hard every Friday night.”

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Nick Quinday was an all-MLL linebacker for the CHS football team.

When the football season came to a close, Quinday went from making an impact on the field to making one in the stands. He became the vocal leader of the popular “Red Sea” cheering section that always made life difficult for opposing basketball teams entering Calaveras High’s Mike Flock Gymnasium.

Whether he had his face painted red, or was dressed in some creative outfit or costume, Quinday could always be found front and center in the CHS student cheering section.

“I enjoyed dressing up for every game and coming up with different ideas on how we could get people involved,” Quinday said. “Once you start getting people involved, they have more fun and everyone is out there having a good time and doing it for a good cause and that’s rooting for our team.”

+4  Nick Quinday, front row, third from right holding pole, was always front and center leading the student cheering section at Calaveras High home basketball games this winter. Photo by Gordon Long

When spring arrived, Quinday didn’t feel like sitting idle for his final few months at Calaveras. Longtime friend and classmate Hunter Gore persuaded Quinday to join the Calaveras boys golf team. Although he had never played on a golf team before, that didn’t deter Quinday from taking a swing.

Quinday had played a few rounds of golf in his free time, but adapting to the way team golf is played took some time to get used to.

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Nick Quinday joined the CHS boys golf team in the spring. Enterprise photo by Guy Dossi

“It’s difficult because there is a whole new set of rules that you have to learn and you are playing with guys who take it a little more serious than other guys are,” Quinday said. “It’s kind of difficult to (acquaint) yourself to each situation and who you are playing against.”

Although Quinday may not have had the same impact on the golf links that he had on the football field, he did help Calaveras have an outstanding season that nearly ended in a league championship. CHS entered the final day of the MLL season tied for first place and ended up third behind Sonora and Bret Harte.

Quinday’s high school football days were not finished once the 2016 season came to an end. He, along with teammate Noah Preuss, represented Calaveras in the annual Lions All-Star Game, which was played last Saturday, June 17.

Hall of Fame

Calaveras High School winners of the Calaveras Enterprise Male Student-Athlete of the Year award:

2005: Elliott Joses

2006: Matt Harvey

2007: Jeremy Kautz

2008: Joey Gellerman

2009: Steven Klith

2010: Gary Gellerman

2011: Chris Ussery and Monti Wilson

2012: Gino Alberts

2013: Zack Johnson

2014: Mike Seawell

2015: Taylor Manning

2016: Dylan Byrd

2017: Nick Quinday

Although Quinday will no longer play football for Calaveras, he has not hung up his cleats for good. Quinday and Preuss, along with Bret Harte’s Colin Preston, plan on playing for the Modesto Junior College football team this fall.

Regardless of what kind of athletic success Quinday has in the future, nothing will compare to his time at Calaveras High School.

“It’s just a big family,” Quinday said. “Everyone participates and everyone has a good time. We are a very successful program.”

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