Rev. Ted Mattie was recently inducted into the Port Angeles High School Roughrider Athletic Volunteer Hall of Fame for his decades of service as the statistician for the football and basketball teams. I asked Ted to share some of his thoughts on the years of service.
As near as I can tell, I have been the football statistician sitting beside broadcaster, Scooter Chapman, on Radio KONP for the last 16 years. Scooter has been doing broadcasts for nearly 60 years. Scooter is also a long-time member of our First Presbyterian Church in Port Angeles, having joined just a few months after I was born. He is now 81 years old and a member of several Halls of Fame, including the WIAA Hall of Fame.
I kept the individual and team offensive stats during the live radio broadcasts, slipping notes to Scooter when something of note happened. After the game, my stats were given to the football coach and became the team stats. They were also used by the local newspaper periodically. That amounts to over 150 games, road and away. As you can imagine, road trips could get quite lengthy. I would estimate that the average length of a road trip was nine hours. I missed just one game over those years on the weekend we held Marilyn’s mother’s memorial service in Seattle. I also entered my stats into my computer at home and kept running totals for the season to be given to the coach, the athletic director, and Scooter.
I kept stats for most of the home basketball games as well. When Scooter was broadcasting the game, I would primarily keep team shooting percentages by quarter and for the game. When Scooter was on the road with either the boys or girls, I would keep all the stats at the home game and phone in the quarter scores to the radio station, so that they could be passed on to Scooter while he was on the air. For some of the games, I was asked to write a summary article for the KONP website and post it. Scooter would then keep my stats for the broadcasts on the second time through the league. While the hours involved in these games were not quite as extensive, it was still a huge time commitment as we frequently had two or three games a week.
Independent of Scooter, I was asked this year by the baseball coaches if I would keep the scorebook at the home baseball games, with my book becoming the official score book. This was easy as I have been doing baseball books since I was a kid. I loved being on the field and in the dugout, where I could hear the banter of the team and the coaches.
Being a sports fan (as many can understand), I enjoyed being actively engaged in the games. While the road trips were not always easy, I knew I was helping Scooter and performing a service to him and the teams. I will miss talking sports with Scooter and having people in the community indicate that they heard my voice in the background on the broadcasts. Scooter would never let me close to the microphone. He did have me read my stats at the end of one game but that was it. Other than that, I was his silent broadcast partner. I was pleased to let the community know that pastors are regular folks (and could even be sports fans) and willing to serve the community. It gave community visibility to me and the Church.
Notice that Scooter is one of three others in this particular Hall of Fame. The other two are team doctors. Roger Oakes is retired now and Dirk Gouge is the current team doc. I had aspired to make the Hall of Fame as an athlete but I guess I should be glad I made it in any capacity.
Congrats to Ted Mattie!