Editor’s note: Recently Hometown Sportswriter Kenny Varner caught up with future Lycoming Warrior and current Bald Eagle athlete Kaleb Matis. We talked about his recent signing to play college football as a Warrior.
HS: How did it feel to get the official word you would be going to Lycoming college?
KM: I was hoping to play college ball and it’s a big milestone for me.
HS: I know it’s early but do u know what you might be majoring in?
KM: I’d like to Major in psychology.
HS: When will start classes there?
KM: I will starting in the fall.
HS: What was it about Lycoming that made you know that’s where you wanted to go?
KM: Well, Coach Wiser who is obviously a Bald Eagle graduate. It really felt like a family there. It felt like like the same feeling that I had playing high school football.
HS: How long have you been playing football?
KM: I’ve been playing football since seventh grade.
HS: Who got you started in the sport?
KM: I would say probably my friends. They all decided to play and I wanted to fit in so I decided to try out in junior high and I fell in love with it. I loved it!
HS: What position do you play?
KM: I play defensive end.
HS: How much fun was it to be playing for one of the best teams in Central Pennsylvania and possibly the state itself?
KM: it was incredible! I have nothing but respect for my teammates, especially the group from three years ago when we went to the final four. I had an amazing time. I learned a great number of things from a lot of people.
HS: Any favorite moments that come to mind looking back?
KM: That’s a hard question. I’d have to say…probably our district championship game against Westmont Hilltop. That was a pretty incredible moment for me.
HS: What advice would you give to any young player just starting their football career?
KM: It’s a tough sport you have to put your mind into it and you have to stick with it. It’s a sport where you have to put a lot of time into it. That time has great rewards obviously. Keep your head down and grind it out.