|When Matt graduated, he held the distinction of being the only Panther athlete to ever be named to the "All-State" first team in football and also win a state wrestling championship.
Perhaps the school's all-time king of 'pancake blocks', he was considered one of the best linemen in WHS grid history. At 6'3", 270-lbs., Matt dominated both offensively and defensively to earn "All-State" first team grid berths as a junior and senior on both sides of the scrimmage line. He also was an "All-Big 9" selection for two seasons, was named "NCW Football Player of the Year" in 1998, team "Offensive MVP," "Outstanding Lineman" and started for three seasons.
Wrestling in the 275-lb. classification, Matt was the "State Champion" as a senior. During three years as a top grappler at WHS, he claimed a district title as a junior and a regional crown as a senior. Matt earned the team's "Outstanding Wrestler Award" in 1999.
He was a team captain in both football and wrestling and was recognized as WHS's outstanding male athlete and "Panther Best" award recipient in 1999. In all, Matt earned six varsity letters.
He went on to start for three seasons as a center for the University of Idaho football team. Matt was selected to the "second All-Sun Belt Conference" team in 2003 and earned "Vandal Player of the Game" honors three times.
- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.