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MAC honors Vasconcellos-Mattocks

The Clackamas sophomore excels on and off the hardcourt

CLACKAMAS - Clackamas High athletic standout Shelby Vasconcellos-Mattocks has been selected as a Multnomah Athletic Club 'Sophomore Scholar-Athlete' for the 2010-11 school year. MAC will honor her and scholar-athletes from other Portland area high schools at a banquet in mid-May.

A three-sport athlete, Vasconcellos-Mattocks has excelled in the classroom as well as on the athletic floor. She has been a varsity participant in volleyball, basketball and track and field, while maintaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Last fall, Vasconcellos-Mattocks was a starter on Clackamas' volleyball team that earned Three Rivers League co-champion honors with West Linn. This past winter Vasconcellos-Mattocks was a starter for Clackamas' basketball team that made school history, advancing to the state final for the first time.

She was a first-team all-league selection in volleyball last fall. She was honored as Clackamas' 'Player of the Game' in the Cavaliers' championship final with Jesuit at the 2011 Class 6A Basketball Tournament.

Last season, as a freshman, Vasconcellos-Mattocks had personal bests of 32-3 in the triple jump and 15-3 in the long jump. She plans to also compete in the high jump and javelin this spring.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks also makes time for community service, participating in a mother-daughter charity league. Most recently she helped out at a food bank and in spreading barkdust at schools.

Vasconcellos-Mattocks said of the MAC honor, 'It's huge! I didn't even know about it. I think it's great that they are recognizing kids who work so hard.'

Vasconcellos-Mattocks has ambitious goals as she continues her high school athletic career.

'I'd like our basketball team to make it to the Rose Garden again,' she said. 'In volleyball, I'd like for our team to make it past the second round, because we've been out in the second round [both my freshmen and sophomore years]. And I'd like to go to state in track.'

Vasconcellos-Mattocks turned out for this track season on Monday, March 14, two days after playing in the state basketball tournament.

After completing her education, Vasconcellos-Mattocks says she would like to become a physical therapist.