Loyal Student-Athlete Matthew Szymanski: Loves the Hometown Crowd, Student Section Support

Loyal (OnFocus) – Loyal Greyhound Matthew Szymanski is a three sport athlete who has excelled for Loyal in his four year career. Well known for his accomplishments as a durable and rugged running back for Loyal, Szymanski’s efforts in all sports are impressive.

We caught up with Szymanski with our world-famous interview, ‘Pancakes or Waffles?’ to learn more about the standout student-athlete within and beyond the world of sports.

OnFocus: What classes are you taking this year?

Szymanski: I am taking Honors English, Senior Investing, Band, Business, Welding, and Advanced Auto, just to name a few.

“Never take a sport for granted. Appreciate the team and the lessons you learn while participating in the sports.” – Matthew Szymanski

OnFocus: What is your favorite class?

Szymanski: I really enjoy the technical classes, such as welding and auto.

OnFocus: What are your hobbies?

Szymanski: I enjoy hunting, fishing, truck and tractor pulls, and being outside.

OnFocus: Who is/was your favorite teacher?

Szymanski: My favorite teacher is Mr. Schiller because he teaches well, but makes classes
enjoyable to be in.

OnFocus: What is the most unusual food you have eaten?

Szymanski: Poutine, and it was delicious.

OnFocus: What is your favorite music to listen to?

Szymanski: Hard Rock, preferably Five Finger Death Punch.

OnFocus: What are your plans after high school?

Szymanski: I plan to attend Mid-State Technical College for Diesel and Heavy Equipment
Technician.

OnFocus: If they made a movie about you, and your life, what would it be called?

Szymanski: Dumb Adventures with Matthew.

OnFocus: What sports do you play?

Szymanski: I play Football, Basketball, and Baseball.

OnFocus: Which teammate would you not want to be stranded with on a deserted
island?

Szymanski: I wouldn’t want to be stuck with Lupe because he would eat all the available food without sharing.

OnFocus: What is your most memorable moment as an athlete?

Szymanski: I feel the most memorable moment was when I got 1,000 rushing yards in our football season. I could not have gotten this achievement without my team.

OnFocus: Who is your favorite athlete?

Szymanski: Christian McCaffrey.

OnFocus: What do you enjoy most about playing home games?

Szymanski: I love the hometown crowd and student sections yelling at the top of their lungs.

OnFocus: What’s the best thing about being a student-athlete at Loyal?

Szymanski: The best thing about being a student athlete at Loyal is the support by all the teachers and staff, both academically and sports.

OnFocus: What words of wisdom can you give to other student-athletes?

Szymanski: Never take a sport for granted. Appreciate the team and the lessons you learn while participating in the sports.

OnFocus: Lastly, pancakes or waffles?

Szymanski: Pancakes!

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David Keech
Author: David Keech

David Keech is a math teacher in Wisconsin Rapids and public address announcer for Abbotsord High School. He officiates basketball, baseball, and softball in central Wisconsin. He has reported on amateur sports since 2011, known as 'KeechDaVoice.' David can be reached at [email protected]