Vale’s Matt McBride tackles adversity with focus

Vale’s Matt McBride said his dedication to sports reaped dividends in his academic endeavors. (Submitted photo)

VALE – The first thing he liked about the kid was his love of baseball.

Then Lucas Tackman saw that the young boy radiated a desire to learn.

Fresh out of high school and a former standout on the Vale High School baseball team, Tackman was an instructional assistant at the elementary school when a teacher approached him.

The teacher, Alisha McBride, told Tackman her son, Matt, wanted to be a great baseball player.

“She offered to stay after school and find something to do so he and I could play,” said Tackman. 

So, Tackman found time in his schedule after school to play catch with the young McBride and began teaching him about baseball.

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