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Burgess chosen for Nationals, looks for support to defray costs



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June 30, 2010
CAPAC — Matt Burgess, a 2010 graduate of Capac High School, has been selected to play basketball for Team Michigan at the USA Junior Nationals Tournament July 19-25 in Columbus, Ohio. Teams from all 50 states and Canada have been invited to compete.

Thanks to an outstanding performance in the All-State High School Basketball Competition earlier this year, he has been asked to participate in the USA Junior Nationals Tournament. His advanced skills, team leadership and good sportsmanship are the attributes that earned him a spot on the team. This prestigious event not only gives Matt a chance to represent Capac, the Blue Water Area Conference, and Michigan, but also gives him the opportunity to earn a college scholarship.

The costs that Matt will need to cover to attend the upcoming USA Junior Nationals Tournament include his team uniform, entry fee, insurance as well as housing and travel.

In today's tough economic times, it is difficult for Matt and his family to cover these aforementioned expenses. That is why they are seeking some support to help make his dream of testing his court skills in the upcoming event a reality.

As you may already know, Matt was named the Blue Water Area's Player of the Year this past winter. He holds his conference's league record for blocked shots for 2008-09 and 2009-10.

In addition to that, he was Class B All-State honorable mention as well an All-Blue Water Area Conference and Tri-City Times All-Area first team selection his junior and senior seasons.

Academically, Matt also has excelled. He has been a member of the National Honor Society for the past two -and-a-half years. His classroom accomplishments earned him All-League Academic recognition six times.

The goal is to raise $1,500 to help to defray his expenses. Donations can be sent to Kim or Ron Tosch, with a designation of "Matt's Junior National Fund,".

There will also be an opportunity to provide support for Matt on Friday, July 16th with a fundraiser from 4-9 p.m. at Capac's Main Street Villa Restaurant. A portion of the proceeds will help Matt cover his expenses. Dinner will include a pasta, pizza, salad, soft drinks and dessert.

"This great opportunity has presented itself and through hard work, determination and support, I will do everything in my power to make it happen," Matt said. "My life dream has always been to play basketball at a university," he noted.

"I am going to do my best to get myself there. I had an outstanding senior basketball season to end my Capac High School career. Next, I plan to make everyone proud as I do my best to walk on at either Oakland University or Saginaw Valley State. I'd like to major in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine. Thanks to Coach Bob Shoemaker, the Capac Coaching staff, my teammates, and last but not least, my friends, family and community for their continued support in making all of this possible."

Kevin Kissane has been covering high school sports for the Tri-City Times since 1985. When not standing on a field or court with his camera and notepad, he enjoys golf, travel and family. Kevin is a 1980 graduate of Capac High School, and is also a grad of St. Clair Community College and earned a degree in journalism from Central Michigan University.
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