Matt Holter sets up for an extra point against Hibbing as Tom Oraskovich holds, Eric Makitalo prepares to snap the ball and Jon Macey gets ready to block.

Rails soccer player plays two sports

By Katy Mickelson - Proctor Mallet Staff

“Football is a game played with arms, legs and shoulders but mostly from the neck up.” This is a quote from Merle Kessler and explains the life of a kicker. They have to sit the whole game and then suddenly go out to kick, what could be the game winning/losing points.
Senior Matt Holter was put into this stressful position during the first game. Even the head coach Mr. Parendo felt bad for Matt at the start of the season. He was put into extremely challenging circumstances and it was his first time ever as a football player.
This meant his kicking started out bumpy. But recently against International Falls things started coming together. At that game, Holter went 4/5 on his extra point attempts and also made a 25 yard field goal. Holter continues to improve becoming better and better each game.
Why and how did Matt come to play for the football team? Well, it actually started last season after Kevin Schubert was hurt. Matt practiced with the team a couple times but nothing came of it. But this year Matt was talking to Jon Macey and Mr. Parendo in the parking lot and they decided he would try to be the kicker this year.
Matt would only be allowed on the team if he was clearly better than the other possible kickers Mauricio Palen and Jordy Carlson. Mr. Parendo did believe Matt was better than those two, so he was added to the roster.
After Matt “made the team” Mr. Parendo and Mr. Sorenson made an agreement that Matt would only be the kicker for the football team and nothing else. Matt also made the decision that soccer always had top priority over football. So making it to football practice was a rare occasion with soccer taking up much of his time.
“Soccer has a lot more tradition, but football would be a good change of pace,” Matt said when asked to compare the two sports. Playing both of the sports simultaneously is tough at times but is definitely worth it in the long run to Holter.

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