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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Matt Bodamer has been named a MaxPreps Small School All-American

Port Allegany quarterback Matt Bodamer has been named a MaxPreps Small School All-American.

The Pennsylvania Football News and Gatorade had already named Bodamer the State Player of the Year after he became the state's career yardage leader with 10,948 yards. This year he completed 227 of 323 passes for 3,951 yards and 52 touchdowns.

Bodamer’s teammate, wide receiver Nick Conway, was named a second team All American.

33 comments :

Carol Logue said...

Good for you Matt, & Congrats. Tho your not from Austin, being in our area still makes me proud, as it should for everyone. Much success in your future kiddo!! Kudos also to you Nick!! Great job.

Anonymous said...

Is he going to be playing in any all-American football games...??? has he committed to a collage....???

sharon goss, shnglehouse said...

Carol said it best and I totally agree. You have made our area so very proud.
Your parents must be beaming with pride and well, they should be, young men such as you are our future and I am pleased.
Thank you for being you.

Anonymous said...

He's a really good footbal player, but let's keep it real people. Football does NOT equal life. I hope the very best for him but guys like Doc Tronetti and his dad (a lifelong teacher) are proven heroes!!

Anonymous said...

Tyler Boyd, the kid who whipped his and the rest of Port's ass DIDN'T even make 2nd choice? That's not a valid team!

Anonymous said...

made area so proud..made me sick this is the reason alot of states do not let fathers coach something every school should look at.there parents should be beaming then arrested.

Anonymous said...

Apparently the 7:19 PM anonymous "poster" knows NOTHING about the the integrity of the coaching staff at Port Allegany, including that of Mr. Bodamer. Matt never once received preferntial treatment for being the "coaches son". He achieved because of personal ability, commitment, and dedication. Anyone who knows the family and district knows this to be the case.

Anonymous said...

Once again, 6:59 PM, you post to this site only to demonstrate your ignorance to the rest of us. If you had bothered to read the article, and looked through the entire list, you would find Tyler Boyd listed on the first team defense as a defensive back. But the chance to take another snarky cheap shot at the Port football team shouldn't be passed up by anything as trivial as the facts. You're a real class act.

Anonymous said...

Read the article...Boyd was 1st team DB! Biggest problem with this site is what is says about the school systems around here. Did any of you even graduate?!?

Anonymous said...

People and there negative comments, makes one think you are incredibly jealous! We this day in time new to be thankful there are parents like Mr. Bodamer who take the time to teach our kids and is an involved parent. Too many parents today could care less what their kids are doing!

As far as Matt & Nick go, congrats! Two fine young med who I am proud to say go to my alma mater! You made not only your school district but many in the surrounding areas very proud and excited for what you boys and the rest of the gators football team did! You two are going to be men who contribute to this world in your own way someday and not just excuse of football but because you are excellent role models for other young boys to follow and set goals that others will work hard for trying to beat! Again congrats to you both!

Anonymous said...

I am sure everyone is proud of Matt. I am also am sure his parents are very proud of him as they should be. The only thing that bothers me is that one or two players are singled out on a team that does well. What about the other kids that are on the team. Just saying its like they weren't there to make some of this possible.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being you? LOL Integrity of the coaching staff? No such thing in Port A. Individually possibly, but not as a whole. Nepotism at its finest is more of a description. I am not saying the young man didn't work hard to accomplish what he has. I am only saying he was provided more opportunity than someone with a different last name. If there were two boys with equal ability, one was the son of a coach and the other not related, who do you suppose would be given the time needed to work on and develop skills? It sure wouldn't be the boy not related. Just my opinion based on my experience.

Anonymous said...

integrity of port coaching staff? and thankful for the coaches hard work? he worked hard with matt and will probaby never coach again after this year. he was in it for one reason and one reason only. to call the plays and help build his numbers. well see how well matt does without his dad as his coach

Anonymous said...

Was Matt the only member of the team? Don't know much about football, but it seems to me a quarterback is only as good as his receivers. If the ball isn't caught, the quarterback has no stats. And if the linemen don't protect the quarterback, he is sacked and again has no stats. If credit is to be given, shouldn't the rest of the team be included as well? Or at least mentioned?

Anonymous said...

I am a mother of a daugher who excels in sports, I coached her in one sport at which she excelled and then she went to another sport which she also excelled and I was not her coach.
Some kids are just good athletes and also have court sense or field sense and have a knowledge about the game beyond their years. Those kids should be singled out and praised with good words and awards.. those kids are special.
Very proud to be a Gator.... Good Job Matt and Nick! and thanks to their parents for love, support and guidance to make them the men they are today.

Anonymous said...

I posted at 6:59. Sorry I didn't see the defensive people, but to put Boyd on defense is as much a joke as putting the port kid ahead of him. And the other kid from Port, if anyone saw ANY of the games this year, the OTHER WR was better! Oh well, temper my 'class act' with the fact that you rahrahrah Port like it's some kind of dynasty. 3 years ago they barely had a winning record, last yr and this yr they were up, lets see how they do with a QB that the whole team, system, school, blah blah WASN'NT set up for. Kudos to the people on here who told the truth about prferential treatment. The people who say the kid wasn't coddles and led are dreaming. REmember the first game of his freshman year, when the REALLY good kid was replaced after the first series and the coaches kid took over? I thought so. I got $100 bucks that says Port is MAYBE .500 this year with a different QB, on ethat the whole system isn't set up for.

Anonymous said...

Must be these immature, negative comments are from a Hubber or a disgruntled Gator parent. Get over it and grow up.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Matt!

Do people proofread before posting or are they just that ignorant? If you want to be taken seriously, at least make sure you make sense! Holy crap!

Anonymous said...

So anyone who has an opinion or disagrees with someone on here tootin the port horn is a disgruntled parent or from Smethport? Why can't it be from a gruntled parent or someone from Roulette? If one sees this thing for what it is, a game, then they should be able to comment without being condemned for their views. But YOU go ahead, Joe Gator, and tell everyone who disagrees with you how immature and stupid they are! Tell them if they don't worship this KID and the way his daddy stacked the deck,they must be wrong and not of a sane mind. If he really is the best QB in PA and one of the best in the country, where is he going to play his college ball? One of the big name teams recruiting him? Oh yea.....

Anonymous said...

It's pretty sad that adults have to publicly flog kids to make themselves feel better. Shame on you & grow up!

Anonymous said...

8:17, I agree. Some of these ignorant comments have to be from someone whose kid didn't get the recognition that Matt and Nick got. Hats off to the whole team. It was a team effort that allowed Matt and Nick to be recognized along with hard work and effort on their part. It's just too bad some people are poor sports. Just because Matt is the state's top QB doesn't mean he has to go to division I school. Some of the top players go to division IA or II, depends on what his field of education will be. Maybe he isn't interested in playing college ball. So all you ignorant people get over it. All these negative comments are getting to be old so keep them to yourself.

Jason Tanner said...

So many uninformed people out there. These kids worked their butts off for years to become what they have. Only those close to them know what they did during the off season. The camps, the practices, the weight rooms at 6:30 in the morning before school. Most people haven't even thought about going out the door at that time. Then 7 hours of school and a couple hours of intense practice. Then home to clean up, eat, and get their homework done so they can rest their bodies for it to start all over again the next morning. All of them, as a TEAM.
They didn't do it for recognition from the community or the press. They did it for the love of their TEAMmates and the sport. This was a very special group of young men. A lot of good kids doing good for their community. They weren't out on the streets raising hell. They are honestly a great group of kids that set great examples for our younger students to follow.
As for Matt and Nick getting the recognition, that is the fault of the press and that is how our society functions. The press isn't going to talk about them all individually. They are paid to write stories that people want to read and talk about. But the press is not what made these kids great. Every time Matt was interviewed all he ever did was give credit to his line for the protection they gave him in the pocket or to his receivers for running the route to the tee and getting open. Nick and Tyce would give credit to the other receivers for getting down the field and making blocks for them to gain more yardage after the catch. No matter who was being given the attention of the press they always gave the credit to the rest of the TEAM.
As for the "father of the quarterback", most people don't realize that he never made a single offensive play call during the four years that his son played. And he did not coach because of his son. This man loves football and coached for years prior to his boys coming of age and will continue to do so because he loves the sport and he loves to teach and influence the lives of our children. He surrounded himself with a ton of talent in his assistant coaches and trusted in them to lead these kids to great success. Many of you don't know the pressures of coaching your own child. You have to constantly worry about what the naysayers are going to think. And many times it is unfair to their child athlete because they tend to be much harder on them for their mistakes than anyone else on the TEAM. I witnessed Matt getting some major ass-chewing’s for making minor mistakes on the field when others did not. It is a tough situation and he handled it great.
As for next year, sure, things won't be the same and everyone knows it. It is an entire new group of kids with only a couple starters left from this season. They will follow in the footsteps of what this group taught them. They will be in the weight room and will work together as a TEAM and will be out next fall to play in a sport that they love. And I can guarantee you that they won't care what the public and press has to say about them not being as good as last year’s TEAM because they won't being trying to be as good as last year’s TEAM. They will be trying to be as good as their TEAM can be. They will be playing for themselves as a TEAM and building memories for themselves while trying to set good examples for the next TEAM.

Jason Tanner

Jason Tanner said...

Continued......
I exceeded the character limitations of the site so I had to post the rest of my "soap box" speech separately.

My son was a freshman this year and learned a great deal about football, friends, life, and TEAM from these boys and knows that the years to come may not bring as much success as far as the record goes but will bring just as much success for the group of kids that will be on that football field.
For those that don't understand how success on the football field can lead to success in life, I'm sorry that you are so narrow minded. You cannot see how lessons in football, or any other sport for that matter, lead to success in life? Kids learn how to deal with adversity. How to overcome challenges. How to work together as a TEAM. How be humble in victory. How to learn from their mistakes. How to support the success of others around them. How to work hard for what they want. On the football field and in life.

Jason Tanner

Anonymous said...

Well said Mr. Tanner! I played volleyball for Coach Bodamer years ago when he first came to our school. I still to this day praise him as "The BEST coach I ever played for!!" His passion was football and when given the chance to coach that, he took it. If I am not mistaken, that was before they even had a son. Very proud of all the talented kids on that team.

Anonymous said...

Holy cow, Mr. Tanner, you make them sound like..... well..... football players!! Guess what? ALL the teams around here do the same things. Coudy, Bradford, ECC, they all get up early and work out, go to camps, etc. The difference with this team is that they were much more talented than the others.... this year. Except for Clairton.... and maybe some of the East teams. No one is debating that. What people are saying is that the Port mentality is that the coaches like a certain 'group' of kids, you know who they are. The ones with the names and the parents who toot the horns. The ones who play even when others with the same talent but not the same opportunities don't. I remember a kid a few years ago whose mom had to go to the school board to get him a helmet. I bet his mom and/or dad wasn't at every practice or buddies with the coaches, just sayin. You can write all you want about the TEAM (see, I can spell it too, but that won't get my kid a starting spot) but the fact is the name goes in Port, always has, and some people writing in here seem to see it the same way. For example, the kid who was dominant on defense this year, the little short one. Why didn't he get all the press that the 'names' didn't? If it weren't for him on defense, Port would have been maybe 5-4, yet no all star state teams for him. He dominated the game on D with Clairton, much more than any other Port kid, but again, no all-state for him cause he's not got the 'name'. I don't expect you to agree or even know... you're not from Port, even with that Gator apparel. One more thing.... HUMBLE in victory? I wish I saw the games you did this season, humble wasn't on the field until the game down at Deer Lake. Probably someone who played inwhen they were young would 'get it' better.

Jason Tanner said...

I refuse to have a discussion with someone that doesn't believe enough in what they say to post there name.

Jason Tanner

Anonymous said...

Actually, I think the better response would be, "I refuse to engage in a battle of wits against an unarmed opponent."

Anonymous said...

Lmao, you discussed it until you were confronted with facts that couldn't be refuted though, didn't you?
Oh well, since nothing will ever change in Port I will post my name for you. It's a common name, I guess, because I see it all the time on here, even though I do write and post a lot myself.
Signed,
Anon E. Mouse

PS.. I would sign my own name, but why give even more fuel to the coaches at Port who prefer that the only kids who participate in 'their' sports are friends with their kids and themselves? My kid wouldn't get a helmet if I did sign, or wait, do I have kids in sports??

Anonymous said...

By the way, it's "their" name, not "there".

Just sayin.....

Signed,
Unarmed

Anonymous said...

I love when people bring up the "name game" term. There are a couple of starting lineman and skill position players on that team that possess a last name that is not one of the "names" of the community. So why did they get to start? Because they were the best ones for the position. I doubt that the coaches even read these blogs because they get their fill of crap from people like you running your mouths at the games. Any kid can earn a spot with enough hard work. It is usually their parents that do the most harm.
I don't know him but I am sure that Mr. Tanner would be willing to discuss this further with you. Obviously you know him and can easily spot him in his "Gator apparel". I'm assuming he didn't play football when he was young based on your comment but it sounds to me like he does 'get it'.

Anonymous said...

Oh, johnny-come-lately!!!
So NOW you throw your 1 cent into the ring? Where you been boy?
You speak for the coaches? You in the program? If you are, let us know.
I noticed you don't sign your name, so I don't think Mr. Tanner wants you or needs you on his side.
And, you suggest my point is correct that if it's not the 'right' parent, then the kid is harmed.
Your contention that a kid working hard is the whole argument.... It's not true just because YOU say so johnny... I been watching the program for quite a while and it's just not true. Even if you're right, if anyone takes your 'word' on it, a '...couple of linemen and skill positions' would be 4 (four) out of 22 (twenty two) positions, a whopping 18%! Them's slim pickings for a valid argument.
How bout this... you reread all the comments, then come back in with a decent argument instead of just your tiny little opinion, okay johhny?

For your information too, I don't say a word at the games, I run my mouth here, under the cloak of anonymity. Want to know why? Reread the comments boy. Get with the game and maybe you'll be a playa on here... you don't have to have 'the name' to play on here.... just a computer!!
One last thing, if you're still reading this far into the conversation... it's not just the name, which you'll see if you read enough. My and others' contention is that the ones who get the vast majority opportunities are the coaches' friends, family, AND names.

Anonymous said...

"It is usually their parents that do the most harm."
Bingo!!!
If who the parents are and what they say or don't say influences the coaches choice of who plays and who doesn't then those coaches shouldn't be coaching.
Port has a long history of prejudice against the kids who are 'have nots'. It happened when I was in school years ago and its happening now when my kids want to play sports.
Terrible.

Anonymous said...

That post from 1:50 pm on January 16 sounds like it was written by a coach.