NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- Senior Matt Magnani would have played in the outfield for the Pioneers this year -- this would have been his first year on varsity. 

New Providence High School closed its doors for the school year in mid-March, corresponding with the declaration of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Two weeks ago, the NJSIAA confirmed that the entire spring sports season would be canceled statewide.

As part of the program for four years, New Providence head coach Chris Brodeur said Matt is someone who grew a lot as a young man, and a player in four years. "Matt stands out as someone the team gravitated to, he showed some great leadership qualities, and had a terrific attitude," he said. "He is an engaging young man who was very well liked by his teammates."

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 Although Magnani was an outfielder, the memory that stands out was his high school debut on the mound. "I got to pitch last year against Rahway. I'm not a pitcher," said Magnani. "But I was lights out going two and a third with four strikeouts and no hits allowed."

He is proud to be a NP Pioneer. "I think the biggest thing about wearing the NP uniform is pride," said Magnani. "You have pride when you put it on, pride when you walk on the field, and pride when you walk off the field no matter what the result of the game is. Being a Pioneer is an honor."

TAPinto: What is your favorite youth highlight?

Matt: I think it would be my first ever home run in 9u. The fence was only 180 feet so take it as you will but still a great moment.

TAPinto: How are you doing during this period of COVID-19 isolation?

Matt: I’m doing okay, but not being able to play the game or watch the game or watch NBA and NHL playoffs is really getting to me.

TAPinto: What will be the first thing you do once restrictions are lifted?

Matt: Play Wiffle ball with the boys.

Editor's Note: TAPinto New Providence will feature New Providence High School senior athletes in a spotlight series to be published in random order. Seniors, click here for form. 


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