There might not be anyone on the Fairview baseball team that knows about the unpredicability of life more than SJ Mousseau.
The senior baseball player, though, recalled on Wednesday afternoon at Fairview's Signing Day celebration that even as a freshman for the Knights he could have predicted that there would be an abundance of college-level talent in the Class of 2017.
Mousseau, whose father Oliver "Butch" Mousseau was a hockey official and passed away last year after hitting his head on the ice before a game he was to work, was one of four baseball players to sign letters of intent on Wednesday — joining several more seniors that signed in the early period.
It was a bittersweet day for Mousseau, but one that also brought to light just how much support he's received from his friends, coaches and the school in general since.
"Today means a lot to me, honestly. It's been a rough year, and if there was one person I could ask to come today it would defeinitely be my father," Mousseau said as he directed his baseball path to Barstow College in Barstow, Calif. "He was the person that believed in me, and he and I would work constantly, even when I was tired. I give him a lot of credit for being here today.
"From freshman year, though ... I expected this many guys (to be signing). I came to tryouts and was just like, wow we have a lot of talent. I wondered if I could make this team. But I'm so fortunate to have great teammates and be part of an impressive group."
Mousseau's story has been one of inspiration for his teammates, too. Danny Sheridan, another FHS Knight who signed to play at Monterey Peninsula College, was thrilled to share the stage with him along with Samuel "Cole" Liston (Oberlin College) and Stone Streeter (Johns Hopkins).
To see an entire group of guys that he grew up with put pen to paper was something Sheridan also relished.
"I've known so many of these guys through Little League, and it's fun to see everyone progress and get to this point," Sheridan said. "It shows the hard work we've put in and also seeing guys just stick with it. It builds team chemistry this year, too, for our senior year.
"For SJ, it's nice to see him happy. No one can know what he's gone through, but he's come back and powered through things."
The Knights were also celebrating two girls soccer players and a volleyball player who will be representing Colorado throughout the country. Tea Smith, one of Colorado's premier strikers, will play at North Carolina State, teammate Julia Masciarelli will play for Regis, and Haley Kilday will play volleyball at Cal Lutheran.
Baseball, volleyball and girls soccer were common threads among those signing at Boulder and Monarch on Wednesday, too.
For the Panthers, soccer players Lauren Moss (Florida Gulf Coast) and Siri O'Donnel (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) and volleyball setter Emma Chow (Brown) signed NLI's. Nathan Rock (swimming, Denver), Luke Zacharias (Mississippi State, track and field) and Robert McLoughlin (Puget Sound, football) also were celebrated.
Monarch's baseball contingent included Matt Hoban (Augustana University) and Mitch Trenka (Regis University), while the Coyotes also had soccer commitments from Sophia Chen (SUNY-Albany), Meagan Sours (East Tennessee State) and Talley Kyle (Northwest Nazarene).