Athlete of the Week: Windham's Matt Knight

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By Colin Harris | Staff Writer

In 2006, Matt Knight and fellow senior captain Cameron Pozsgai were team managers on the Windham Bombers basketball team.

It was the last group of Bombers to advance to Columbus as part of the state's postseason Final Four -- a memory that left a lasting impact on the talented duo.

Now in their final season, Knight and Pozsgai, along with fellow senior three-year letterman Tyler Pennington, want to make it a memorable one and add another chapter to of success to Windham basketball's storied history.

Knight, the Bombers' starting point guard and quarterback since his freshman year, is a three-sport start that also has had a standout baseball career.

Windham athletics has always been a part of Knight's life, dating back to his early childhood when he watched his father coach the school's freshman basketball team.

"My dad used to coach the freshman team back when I was just three years old," Knight said. "I remember coming to the gym way back in the day to watching him coach. It seems like I've always had access to the gym."

Adding to Windham's abilities on the court this season will be the junior class.

"Our senior and junior classes, we're friends on and off of the court and we've been playing together (since grade school)," Knight said. "We really want to win the league and a district championship is our goal."

Knight and Pozsgai in particular have been the primary scoring options since the first time they stepped on the court as freshmen.

Some players grow accustomed to being the No. 1 option, but Knight said both he and Pozsgai are excited to shoulder less of the load this season as young names like sophomore Parker Rickey and junior Jared Taylor develop into players that can have an equally strong impact on games.

"Everyone's role has changed a little this year because everyone has gotten better individually," Hill said. "Matt isn't going to be forced to be the scorer as much as he did in the past. Our biggest challenge is to find cohesion as everyone adjusts."

To his credit, Knight said he is excited for any changes that make for a better Bombers rotation.

"The younger guys on our team are growing up and starting to score more," Knight said. "That means Cam and I have to shoot the ball less, and we're going to be able to rely more on our teammates."

Going hard has never been a problem for Knight, who holds a deserved reputation as a high-energy player.

"Matt's biggest strength is that he does everything at a very high intensity level," Hill said. "And that's a special trait because everyone thinks they're playing hard, but very few people really are.

"Matt works hard at everything he does and that's what you hope you can always say of one of your best players," Hill said.

That same hard work, matched with his production on the court, has allowed Knight continued growth as a team leader.

"This year, me, Cam and Tyler are the seniors now and we are the oldest players, and we are ready to be the leaders," Knight said. "Still, I know that being a leader is one thing and it's up to us to go out there and actually win games."

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  • I'm his biggest fan A Great kid I'm so proud of him.His dad and his mom(family) is a class act!!congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • I'm his biggest fan A Great kid I'm so proud of him.His dad and his mom(family) is a class act!!congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!