- Post by: mcalibrary
- January 11, 2024
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MALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Like others before him, Steve Matzura has been able to find the balance necessary to combine athletics and academics at a level high enough to be named the scholar athlete of the Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports hall of Fame.
Steve not only took his game to another level, he established a new one as he became the school’s all-time leading tackler with 425 stops in his four year career, Steve did it consistently by going over the 100 mark in each of three seasons – only the third player in MCA history to accomplish the fete. But his game wasn’t one dimensional as he also established a new season record for receptions with 53. His career totals of 113 catches for 1650 yards ranks second on the MCA top ten list. Steve’s efforts did not go unnoticed as he was named first team All State by the Associated Press as well as Pennsylvania Football News. He was named defensive player of the year by The Reading Eagle, Shamokin News Item, and Pottsville Republican. He was named player of the year by The Sunbury Daily Item and Linebacker of the year by the Bloomsburg Press Enterprise. Steve is one of only a few three- time Mike Terry Award winners and was a Fox TV Athlete of the Week.
Steve has also lettered for 4 years in baseball, playing as a utility player on the team that went to the Dist IV final in 2000 and as a starter on the Dist IV playoff team in 2001. Steve has played all outfield positions, shortstop, second base, caught, and pitched; showing his versatility as an athlete.
Academically, Steve ranks 10th in a class of 123 with a 96.4 GPA and 1130 on his SATs. He is the Vice President of Student Council and is a vice president of the Ski Club. Steve has been recognized by Who’s Who Among American High School Students, Who’s Who Among High School Athletes and as The Ed Romance Chapter Athlete of the month for September. Matzura is the President of the Chess Club and the 2001 Tournament Champion. He was also named to the Pennsylvania Football New All Academic Team in 2000,2001, and 2002.
Steve is active in his church and community as a member of the Holy Name Society at Holy Angels Church in Kulpmont, as well as a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 4281. Steve will continue his football career at Bucknell University for coach Tim Landis. Steve is the son of Steve and Marsha Matzura, Kulpmont.