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The Tradition Will Continue

Posted: February 5, 2008 11:38 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2008 2:01 a.m.
Another Hart High shortstop is moving on to play baseball at the next level.

Senior Trevor Matern recently accepted a baseball scholarship and will be playing at the University of San Francisco.

Matern is a long, rangy shortstop who is now in his third varsity season with the Indians.

He hit .355 in 2007 and is a career .312 hitter at the varsity level.

The 6-foot-3 shortstop was a catcher who was moved to the middle infield when he arrived at Hart.

Hart head coach Jim Ozella said he has a "way-high upside."

The 4.35 GPA-student turned down an opportunity to play baseball at Harvard in favor of playing with better competition at San Francisco.

Location was also a factor in his choice.

"It was probably one of the hardest decisions I've made," Matern said. "The Harvard name is huge."

Matern joins an elite class of Hart shortstops who have moved on to play college baseball in the last decade.

J.T. Stotts, a 1998 Hart graduate, went on to play baseball at Cal State Northridge before being drafted by the Oakland Athletics.

Tim Hutting followed in 1999, as he moved on to play at Long Beach State before being drafted by the San Francisco Giants.

Chris Valaika went to UC Santa Barbara and was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.

Then, most recently, Shane Carlson and Matt Valaika, secured scholarships to UCSB.

"Oh definitely," Matern said on wanting to continue that tradition. "I came up with Matt Valaika. I played with him sophomore year. He really helped me learn more - the experience factor more than anything else. He was definitely somebody I looked up to when I played with him."

"We've had a nice run of shortstops and good athletes," Ozella said. "It's a testament to them. They're working hard to maintain the tradition."

Matern is the fourth player currently on the Indians roster to attain a scholarship.

Pitcher Michael Montgomery will be going to Cal State Fullerton and third baseman Jenzen Torres and catcher Bryan Lucas received scholarships to Cal Poly Pomona.


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