It's time to introduce our newest member of the 2012 All Scholastic Sports Team. This week's addition is a stud on and off the field, having won a state championship, all while maintaining perfect grades.
He leads in the classroom, on the football field and the baseball diamond; so much so, Matthew Evans goes from being student body president to team captain in two different sports, seamlessly. "Hamer Morgan: He had 25 wins on the pitching mound for us the last two years and he was All-State in 2011 and you know, we've had some success and Matthew has been a big reason on the football field and the baseball field." "Matthew Evans: It's definitely hard. Whatever you do, you got to be dedicated in it. Coach actually tells us that academics come before athletics so you're a student athlete for a reason." Matthew is ranked first in his class. He's the BETA Club president and treasurer for the National Honor Society. "Chantelle Herchenhahn: A really well-rounded mature young man. He's a great problem solver. He works really hard at his academics. He's very... He's gifted but he's willing to help people who need help also." His success in school carries over in sports. Named a first team All-3A selection in football by the Mississippi coaches - two years in a row, Matthew lead his team to the state championship in 2010. In 2011, the Wildcats made it to the third round of post-season play but Matthew suffered a torn LCL, hamstring and ACL in the second round, putting an end to his season. "Matthew Evans: I had to have two surgeries and thankfully we're done with all those and now we're just on the road, the road to recovery but you know, it was pretty tough at first to, you know, not being able to play my senior year of baseball. I think it's made me a better person." As Matthew continues to rehab, his future is still up in the air but one thing is sure; his injury won't stop him from playing sports at the next level. "Matthew Evans: I would love to get a chance to play sports in college, I mean, that's what I've always dreamed of, you know, as a kid, playing sports in college."
Evans was selected as a top ten finalist for the Mississippi Wendy's High School Heisman Award, honoring student-athletes who excel in learning, performing, and leading in the classroom, on the field and in the community. 750 student-athletes applied.