Winnacunnet High School maintains a CHILD FIND Program. The purpose of this program is to locate, identify and evaluate any student who may have an educational disability and is in need of special education and related services. Any high school-aged stude
Winnacunnet first baseman Jocelyn Mattison fields an infield grounder during Wednesdays Class L softball game against Dover.
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Jocelyn Mattison led off the Winnacunnet sixth with a single and scored on Gagnon's game-tying single.
Mattison finished 2-for-2 with two runs and an RBI, while Ruffin and Kiel DiPietro each had two hits.
Mattison and DiPietro each laced an RBI single in the first, giving the Warriors a 2-0 lead, but Merrimack got the runs right back in the bottom of the inning as Dewing struggled with her control.
Jocelyn Mattison - Jocelyn is a senior this year and is playing Varsity Softball for Winnacunnet High School.She has been coming to Elite Sports Performance since January 2009.Jocelyn has proved to be a competitive, hard working athlete who knows what it takes to prepare for the next level.
Last year Jocelyn received All State 2nd Team honors and is one of the premiere Softball players on the Seacoast.
She has improved tremendously on her power, speed and strength since January and has no plans of letting up.
Her goal is to play Division 1 Collegiate Softball and she is doing everything she can to make that goal a reality.
Softball: Seabrook's Mattison commits to University of Rhode Island
SEABROOK - While many student-athletes see scholarships as badges of validation or a reward for time invested, Jocelyn Mattison sees it as a chance to pay back her mother for all of her support over the years.
Mattison, who plays softball for Winnacunnet High School, has verbally committed to play for the University of Rhode Island.
That commitment comes with a large financial scholarship as well.
It isn't a full ride, but Mattison said she will have a scholarship for close to 75 percent of her education.
Although the scholarship is a reward for her years of hard work, it is much more than that to Mattison.
"The best part is that it is a way to pay my mother back for everything she's done for me," Mattison said.
"She is a single mother, and she has given up so much to pay for lessons, bats and things like that, to go here, there and everywhere for me.
It will be nice to pay her back and relieve some of that burden (of paying for college) for her."
Winnacunnet softball coach Dennis Bruce said Mattison's mother, Sue Hernandez, has been a big supporter of Jocelyn and the Seacoast Breakers youth softball program.
"(Jocelyn's) mother helped her a ton," Bruce said.
Jocelyn realizes what her mother has done for her, and she appreciates it."
Jocelyn said she sees this opportunity as a way to pay her mother back for all of her support.
"It's really important because she's the one who's always been there for me," Mattison said.
Mattison is glad the extra work she put in over the years has paid off with the opportunity to play at URI.
"Giving up Friday nights and Saturday mornings to practice and work on my game, people always said it would be worth it," she said.
"Now this is proof that it was worth it.
All the time that I put in while my friends were out doing other things is paying off."
Bruce has coached Mattison for several years as a coach for the Seacoast Breakers program, and last year at Winnacunnet (she played for St. Thomas her freshman and sophomore year).
Mattison said one of her proudest moments was being a member of a state championship team at St. Thomasher freshman year, but she made the move to Winnacunnet last season so she could face better pitching on a regular basis, and improve her game.
Mattison knew she was ready to make that leap to URI this past summer when she played at the Golden Nationals competition.
"I was playing there with girls who are going to Pac-10 schools, and Florida, and Alabama, and all these great schools, and I realized I could play with those girls," she said.
"That really opened my eyes."
She said she knew that URI was the best choice for her from the moment she arrived on campus.
She said she really likes Coach Erin Layton, and enjoyed meeting all of her future teammates as well.
Mattison has already set some goals for her time at URI.
"I want to become a better player, of course," she said.
Mattison said the message she would like to leave to younger players who might aspire to reach the Division I level is to work hard, and know the work will pay off.
"The effort people put forth really makes a difference," she said.
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