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Athlete of the Week

Bryce Mattson


March 31. 2014 11:50PM

By - psokoloski@civitasmedia.com - (570) 991-6392






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School: Dallas


Grade: Senior


Sport: Boys Volleyball


Position: Hitter


All in the Family: Bryce is the son of Robert and Mary Beth Mattson of Dallas. His twin brother Travis is a senior on Dallas’ track and field team, and his sister Ruby is a sophomore soccer player at Dallas.


Statistically Speaking: Mattson made 51 kills over two matches to grab the league’s early-season lead while getting the Mountaineers off to a 2-0 start. Mattson added 11 blocks during the week, served seven points during a season-opening victory over Berwick and fired two aces in another win against Back Mountain rival Lake-Lehman.


Dropping the hammer: Those who believed Dallas would be depleted this season after the graduation of nine seniors might have underestimated the one the Mountaineers had coming back. As the lone fourth-year player in Dallas’ lineup, Mattson showed his younger teammates the way to victory with 22 kills and seven blocks in a 3-2 victory over Berwick to open the season. He followed that with 29 kills and four blocks to push Dallas past Lake-Lehman. Then Mattson, a cross country all-star who ran at the state championships in the fall, put together an even bigger weekend. He led everyone in kills to earn the MVP of the Wyoming Valley West tournament while serving notice he’ll certainly be a major weapon for Dallas in the Wyoming Valley Conference this season.


Coach’s Corner: “He’s a born leader,” Dallas coach Nick Diaco said of Mattson. “The way he can speak to a team, the way he plays the court, he’s just born to lead. I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Bryce the past four years. This year, he really came into his own. He took the liberty of playing club volleyball — he plays year ‘round. He does it all, he definitely contributes to our back row by passing. But he’s a force at the net. He’s aggressive. He’ll go up and make the other team work for it. It is a great leeway to have him get the ball, go up and make a play.”


Did you know? Mattson enjoys playing the guitar and cleaning up a golf course — hopefully not at the same time. He says friends influenced him to give both a try, especially when it comes to playing music. “My best friends play guitar,” Mattson says. “We don’t have a band, but a couple of my friends, we just kind of get together and play.” When the fairways play well at Huntsville Golf Club, golfers can give some thanks to Mattson. “My one friend worked there and I needed a job, so I applied,” Mattson said. “I help maintain the greens. I like it, being outside, and it’s such a beautiful area.”


From his angle: “I think it’s great, especially since we have such a young team,” Mattson said of his fast start and that of his team. “With the two wins, it kind of lifts our spirit. Junior year was kind of my big year at the net. I think junior year I realized I was going to be a huge asset to my team. My freshman year, I thought of trying out volleyball — my dad was a volleyball player. It (accumulating kills) is something I want to keep up. But it’s not the biggest deal to me. I’m going to help my team out. I just want to see my team improve and help the younger guys out. That’s really my goal.”


Week in Review: GAR’s Anthony Maurent certainly got off to a fast start when the boys track and field season opened last week. He captured the 100 and 200 meters, and won the 110 hurdles to help the Grenadiers down Hanover Area. …


Olivia Seely is on the fast track to success in girls track and field. She paced Berwick with three individual victories in field events as the Bulldogs down Coughlin, winning the shot put, javelin and discus throws. Meanwhile, Tunkhannock’s Mya Toczko went the distance in a victory over Wyoming Valley West, winning the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, and sparking the winning 1,600 relay team. …


Chris Kim continued his early-season dominance for Wyoming Seminary at No. 1 singles in boys tennis, taking a 6-1, 6-0 victory as the Blue Knights went to 3-0 with a victory over Wyoming Valley West. And Dallas’ top singles player Trent Woodruff won in straight sets during the team’s victory over Pittston Area. …


Mattson was quick to give credit for his early volleyball success to Dallas setter Patrick Madaya, who dished out 26 assists and also made four blocks in the team’s season-opening victory over Berwick. Holy Redeemer’s Mike Prociak opened the season with 15 kills and four blocks in a three-set victory over Crestwood, while his teammate Mike Conlon registered 21 assists and served 16 points. Valley West standout Mark Burridge had a big opening week for the Spartans, starting with his 22 kills, three blocks and 18 service points in a victory over Hazleton Area, and recording 14 kills, eight blocks and seven digs against Crestwood. Crestwood’s Corey Manship made 18 kills against Valley West, his teammate Luke Casey made 17 kills and Comets setter Kyle Price had 30 assists and nine digs. Hazleton Area’s Alex Gergine pounded home 22 kills against Wyoming Valley West, while his Cougars teammate Gavin Kotzynskie had 11 kills and 10 blocks in that match. Dallas’ Steve Durling had 27 assists and five aces in a victory over Lake-Lehman, Nanticoke’s Ed Lukowski had 23 assists against Delaware Valley and Coughlin’s Sal Purpura had 20 assists in a victory over Delaware Valley. Also for Coughlin, Christopher Dennis had 14 kills in a season-opening victory over Berwick while teammate Danny Sales had 26 assists, seven kills and 18 service points — including four aces — in that season-opening win. …


The Wyoming Seminary girls lacrosse team got off to a strong start with a couple of players taking off on scoring sprees. Madison Dowd scored three goals in an opening day victory over Lake-Lehman, then Becca Schulman punched home four goals in a victory over Scranton Prep. …


In boys lacrosse, Sean Andres scored three of Tunkhannock’s four goals during a loss to Scranton Prep.




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