This week’s athlete of the week is Crookston Pirate Tennis’,
a 5’9 senior. Matt will wrap up his Pirate athletic career by making a trip to
the State Boys Tennis tournament for the third straight year. In the section
championship match and the team score tied at 3-3, Matt knew it was up to him
and after he lost the first set he bounced back to win the second and third set
by 7-5 scores and had the Pirates going back to state for the third straight
year with a 4-3 team victory. Matt is a leader on the team and showed why in
the section championship, he didn’t let pressure affect him and when he was in a
tough spot, he came away with the point and the victory.
Matt and his brother Nick, finished third place in the section individual doubles tournament two days after the team advanced to state. Mat has had a great career and has been a member of the Pirate Boys Varsity Tennis team (since seventh grade) and has been to state three times with the team and once in the individual tournament. As an individual he and Bobby Tiedemann won the Section 8A double tournament last spring and participated in the state doubles tournament.
Matt was named the Crookston High School Male Athlete of the Year earlier this month, along with the senior award for playing three sports a year from his freshman to senior years. He also received the Lions award for excellence in athletics, Academic Achievement, CHS Citizenship, and Ron Thompson memorial scholarship award to name a few.
Matt has had a tremendous season as the floor general for the Pirate boys basketball team and a major reason why they received the third seed in the Section 8AA tournament that starts on Thursday. Matt averaged 10 points per game, had over 110 assists and 100 rebounds, over 60 steals steals and only had 55 turnovers on the year. He shot an outstanding 84% from the free throw line, 48% from the field and 35% on three pointers. His assist to turnover margin is over 2 to 1. Matt was a four year varsity player in basketball.
He played football in the fall and was a four year varsity player as a defensive back and wide receiver. Matt had nine receptions for 116 yards this fall and defensively he had 31 defensive points.
Matt isn’t only a tremendous athlete, he is also active in many things. He is in the LEO Club, student council, and choir. He was Crookston High School’s representative for the MSHSL’s AAA award, he is a member of the National Honor Society and the honor roll.
started playing tennis-
What do you feel is the strongest part of your game – My feet and footwork
Part of your game that needs work –
Toughest tennis opponent you’ve ever faced – Bobby Tiedemann
Biggest thrill in your athletic career so far- Going to state in tennis this year
Do you have a pre-match ritual – Mess around with the guys
Favorite sport - Basketball
Favorite courts –
Crookston High School
Favorite sports team – Minnesota Timberwolves
Favorite athlete – Andrew Wiggins
Last movie you’ve seen - Ride Along
Favorite TV program – Sportscenter
Favorite food - Pizza
What music are you listening to – Everything
Something about you that people don’t know – I like to gopher trap
Your stranded on a deserted island and you can have ANY three people with you – My mom, dad and Jesus.
Plans after graduation – Attend NDSU in Agriculture or Education and coaching
Dad - Greg (Crookston High School Activities Director and Head Boys Basketball coach)
Mom- Sue (Highland School fifth grade teacher)
Brothers- Nick (Sophomore – teammate in football, basketball and tennis)
Jack (7th grader – also plays tennis, football, and basketball)
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