Classroom Champions: Abbott's Matthew Pevehouse

ABBOTT, Texas (KWTX) Matthew Pevehouse stands out at Abbott High School, but not just because he's 6'3".

"He's our only senior this year that came out to play and he's just the leader of our team," Abbott coach Kevin Scheler said. "We had a few injuries this year, key injuries and he stepped up and kinda kept the team together. He taught a lot of these young freshmen that are having to play. "He taught them how to play the game and just helped them grow in their game as well."

Pevehouse is a leader on the court and on the diamond as well. He is an outstanding pitcher and third basemen who plans to play baseball in college. No matter the sport, he's there to compete.

"I like to joke around and stuff, but also when it comes down to playing games and stuff, I'm serious about it because I like to win a lot," Pevehouse said. "I'm not a big fan of losing."

He's grown up in Abbott all his life and his coach is proud of the way he represents this community.

"He just grew up here and he represents Abbott just with his work ethic and the way he plays on the court," Scheler said. "He's a great teammate, great in the classroom, and that's what you look for in a student like that."

Matthew credits this community for his success..

"Probably everybody I'm around like the teachers they are very nice people my friends are encouraging me to do this at my max potential."

He hasn't committed to a college, yet, but he heads into this final high school baseball season as a top-five player to watch in 1A.