North Vermilion's Matthews does it all

High school athletes often participate in multiple sports throughout their high school career. Kelvin Matthews, a senior at North Vermilion High School, is one of those athletes.

Matthews has been a member of the North Vermilion basketball team all four years. He has also been a part of the track team for two years. He will also be a part of the Patriot football team in his final year of high school.

“Football has always been a game that I love,” said Matthews. “I’ve missed it pursuing my love for drumming, but I couldn’t graduate high school without having played football, knowing that I could be an asset to the team.”

Although Matthews is in his first year of high school football, he has played youth football and played for North Vermilion Middle School in seventh and eighth grade.

He recently got his first taste of high school football when North Vermilion took on Marksville in the spring football game.

“It almost felt like I had been playing all these years,” said Matthews on his experience in the spring football game. “I felt in tune with my teammates and pumped up about just playing. I took from that game that I needed to work on my reads of the quarterback, but of course there will always be something that I know I need to work on.”

As a member of the track and field team at North Vermilion, Matthews was part of a 4 by 200 meter relay team that advanced to the regional track meet this past track season.

In his final year of track, Matthews would like to focus on running the 400 meter and 800 meter races. He hopes to make it back to the regional meet, and advance even further to the state track meet.

Matthews has been a part of the basketball team all four years of high school. His most recent accomplishment was being named a member of the All-District Defensive Team.

“It’s a great honor,” said Matthews. “It was a gargantuan accomplishment in my eyes. It’s also a huge motivator, because with that accomplishment, my confidence level doubled which improves my decision-making and skills.”

After a disappointing basketball season in his junior year, things are looking more positive for his senior basketball season. Matthews and the rest of the North Vermilion basketball team recently captured the championship of the ESA summer league with a win over Notre Dame.

“It was like knocking out Muhammad Ali in his prime,” said Matthews on winning the tournament. “In the championship game I played one of my worst scoring games. At the same time, I had one of my best games as far as rebounds, assists, and steals. It’s one of those times that the Lord humbles you and teaches you a lesson while blessing you with the win.”

There is no doubt that Matthews will be busy throughout his senior year of high school, although, it is something that he seems prepared for.

“It’s my last year, and I want to live it to the fullest,” admitted Matthews. “I’m game for anything.”

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