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Rocklin graduate Matt Stover headed to Humboldt for hoops

Already on 16-man team, will try to make traveling roster
By: Russ Edmondson The Placer Herald
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Rocklin High graduate Matt Stover watched his younger siblings, Pat and Katie, star athletically through high school and he has decided to try to continue his own athletic career. Matt Stover, a 2007 graduate who played hoops for the Thunder as a 6-foot-4 forward, has made the men’s basketball team at Humboldt State. The roster has 16 players on it but just 12 make the traveling team so one of Stover’s major goals is to earn a top-12 spot. If he does he will be in uniform when Humboldt visits UCLA on Nov. 10, in what could be a match-up against former Thunder teammate Brendan Lane. He has attended Sierra College since high school, going through the fire program and earning his EMT license. The only basketball he has played has been in recreational leagues. He made the team as a walk-on. “I’m definitely excited. But there is always that, you don’t really know what’s going to happen until it happens,” Stover said. “But all I can do is go up there and if it works out, keep doing it. And if not, then it wasn’t meant to be. I was already kind of regretting that I didn’t play (basketball) after high school so that’s a big part of this. And I just don’t want to go through life with any regrets.” Stover received some basketball interest from junior colleges after high school but he decided not to play. Another motivation to return to athletics has been the success of Pat and Katie, both of whom graduated in June and earned Division I scholarships. Pat starred in baseball and basketball at Rocklin and will play baseball at Santa Clara University. He was also drafted in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft in June by the Oakland A’s. Katie will swim on scholarship at the University of Santa Barbara. She turned down scholarship offers from the University of Southern California and UC Davis. “It’s great having a brother and sister both going to DI schools,” said Matt, who also played some baseball and football at Rocklin High. “I’m my own person but that fires me up and keeps me motivated. It’s great being the big brother, watching two little siblings get scholarships and do what they want to do.” Matt’s former AAU basketball coach Bobby Kilgore had a lot to do with convincing Matt to return to the hardwood. Bobby’s daughter Taylor also plays basketball for Humboldt State and Bobby thought that Matt would be a good fit for the men’s team. Matt, who says practice begins Aug. 24, worked out for the coaches in July and they liked what they saw. “I’ve played on rec teams and just kind of said, ‘what the heck?’ I decided to give it a shot,” said Matt, the son of Rocklin’s Jeff and Carol Stover. Humboldt does not have a fire program so Matt will enroll as a kinesiology major.