ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Matt Leach is a role model for the community

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A state gold medalist at the Science Olympiad and completing advanced placement physics and calculus, Matt Leach shows peers it's cool to be a student first.

"We're student-athletes not athlete students so it's good to be able to perform in school and get the good grades," says baseball catcher/outfielder, Matt Leach.

"Baseball is also a thinking sport, all sports are, so if you can't think in the classroom it's going to be hard to think on the field," he adds.

As a senior, Matt was named the starting quarterback, a testament to his work ethic and his ability to motivate his peers.

"He led with heart, soul, attitude and kids looked up to him," says football coach, Brian Roemhild. "He's one of three quarterbacks in the history of Boyceville to win a playoff game. And we think that's a pretty big deal. And he led us to Level 3 playoffs this year."

Matt has transferred his leadership to the diamond.

"He's always the first one on the field, always the last. He takes everyone's roles, he's always there for everyone," says teammate Jordan Kuhn.

"Matt's outside my room every morning at 7:30, waiting for me to get here, to take batting practice," says baseball coach Tim Engel. "You know he went from a kid batting a buck 50 his sophomore year on the Varsity to being first team All-Conference his junior year, to leading the Conference with a .600 batting average."

Matt Leach's efforts go beyond the hallways of Boyceville and into the community.

Will is five years old and Matt is his favorite player. Will, why is Matt you're favorite player?

"Because he plays video games with me and when I was sick he gave me a teddy bear and chocolates," says Will.

Matt Leach is that type of guy.

"I've been pretty lucky to get to play sports and everything and I just want to give back to those who come and watch us and they're always there for us," says Matt.

"It's more than baseball. Baseball is a great sport, but being a good person is more important and he's just been an awesome role model for my young men," adds Tim Engel.

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