Name: Peter Matt
School: Mamaroneck High School
Athletic accomplishments: On the young season, Matt is 5 for 10 (.500), with four runs scored, three doubles, a triple, five RBI and four stolen bases from the 3-spot in the lineup for the defending state champion Tigers. The Tigers’ captain also has a win, throwing 1 1/3 innings, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out four. Matt was named as one of the top recruits from New York state by Collegiate Baseball. He’ll be playing third base for Penn. Matt was a member of the basketball and football teams. Matt, the captain of the football team, was an all-section player and honorable mention for the Golden Dozen Award. Matt’s an NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete.
Academic accomplishments: Matt has a 91.04 GPA. He scored a 27 on the ACTs. He’s taking AP Calculus AB, AP Biology, Spanish 5, Psych & Lit, and Journalism. He’s undecided about what he will major in at Penn. He’s a member of the National Honor Society and a Peer Leader at Mamaroneck.
Getting to know Peter Matt
The Journal News: We’re still early in the spring season, but how’s the season going?
Peter Matt: It’s going well so far. We have an inexperienced team. We lost six of our nine starters from last year but a lot of the guys are stepping up. We have some solid bats in the lineup and we’re playing some good defense. We just have to defend what we did last year.
TJN: How is it being the team that is chased rather than doing the chasing after winning the state title last year?
PM: It’s definitely different than last year. Last year, teams knew we were good but we didn’t have the title of state champions. This time Chap (coach Mike Chiapparelli) tells us we’re going to have a big target on our back. Others are going to be gunning for us and will be giving us their best effort. We have to be prepared for that every time we step out on the field and play our best game.
TJN: You got 10 scholarship offers to some pretty amazing schools, what made UPenn the right choice?
PM: I just think the combination of athletics and academics. I wanted to find a good fit where I can play baseball at a really high level but then also be able to get educated and get a great education because I know one day I’m going to have to stop playing baseball and I’m going to have to use my education, so that was the biggest thing. I found a nice, happy medium in between athletics and academics. I’m really happy to end up where I’m going. I had some really good choices and I really liked the coaches at UPenn. They were really awesome in the recruiting process. They’re young guys and nice guys. They were nice to me during the recruiting process.
TJN: Have you thought about your major yet?
PM: I don’t know. I’m leaning towards economics. I’m taking this great AP macroeconomics class and I’m really enjoying that class.
TJN: Do you like the fact you’re going into college next year as an open book, not knowing what you want to major in but have an idea?
PM: Yeah definitely. I hope college will at least help me realize what I really like to do other than sports. I’ll really be able to dive into the academic aspect of myself and try to find out what I’d like to study. When I have to stop playing sports, I’ll know what I want to do.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.