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Mark Grissom outside during the start of Summer Vacation.

Mark Grissom outside during the start of Summer Vacation.

Matthew Grissom

Matthew Grissom

Mark Grissom outside during the start of Summer Vacation.

by Matthew Grissom, Staff writer

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Every person has something that makes them different. Some people have special skills in sports. Other people live in really cool places; some have gone to places that no one has gone before. For sophomore Mark Grissom, not only is he a football and baseball player for our school, but his dad is right there coaching him the entire time.

Grissom has been an athlete all his life and his dad has been their entire time. When he played on his first softball team, his dad was always there on the field to coach him. While some would find this annoying and they would tell their dad to go away, Mark likes his dad being with him on the field.

“Instead of whining and complaining,” Grissom said. “I embrace my father being there and I look forward to his guidance.”

It didn’t stop there though, because when he went to high school, his dad was still there. Grissom’s dad is a football coach and the head baseball coach. His entire life people have told him that he is only on the team because of his dad.

“In middle school, people use to tell me all the time that I’m only were I’m at in sports because of my father,” Grissom said. “It really bug me. During the summer after 8th grade, I played with all my peers in the summer team and I finally earned the respect from my friends and teammates.”

Through his life, he has had special privileges then other kids though. He could get into games or LISD events for free, all the coaches knew him, and has went to a lot of colleges and meet great players. Even after a hard fought game and having to see each other and coach and player, they still have time in the day to go home and be father and son.

“Even after all the things that people would say to me,” Grissom said. “I would not think for a minute of being someone else’s son and I love who I’m turning out to be.”

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Matthew Grissom, Staff Writer

Guess who’s back more ready then ever? Matthew Grissom returns to the Leander High Newspaper staff and plans to publish twice as many stories as last year. I like playing, watching, and discussing baseball with my dad and my twin brother, Mark.

I’m a huge movie buff and will pretty much watch anything like action, drama, horror, or even animated. My favorite movies are Empire Strikes Back, Predator, Lonesome Dove (it counts!), Guardians of the Galaxy, The Dark Knight and all of the Toy Story movies.

My favorite sport is baseball and my favorite teams are the Chicago Cubs and the Texas Rangers. I am in the Leander Rotary Club and I help with the football field whenever I can. I can’t wait to try new things this year and you can expect more movie reviews out of me like Army of Darkness, Ant-Man, Batman V Superman, suicide squad, and Arkham Knight.

Go Lions Baseball and Football!!!

 

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