Athletes can have several people that they look up to try and model themselves after. Whether it is a celebrity, professional athlete, or maybe someone who is a part of their everyday life, the impact that they make on the athlete can be enormous. Mateo Terriquez has someone that he is close to that has had the biggest influence on him.
“One of my biggest role models is my grandpa,” he said. “He has always been there for me and has taught me so much over the years. I would not be the person that I am today if it wasn’t for him.”
As a member of the class of 2022 at Morris High School, Mateo was a multi-sport athlete for the Eagles. He played baseball, football, and was a powerlifter. He was also a member of the archery team and the student council.
Throughout his career, Mateo has worked hard to be the best athlete he can be. That has also allowed him to have some great experiences on and off the field.
“It has taken everything I have to be successful,” he said. “I have missed vacations and family gatherings and time with my friends so I can do what I need to do to improve my game. The highlight moment for me was in district game three last year. I was pitching and it was one of the best games I’ve ever pitched. Also, as a team, we played really well. It was all around a fun game.”
The teammates that he competes alongside are an important part of his success and have helped him become better.
“I have some really great teammates,” Terriquez said. “While we work hard, we also have fun too. Sometimes, during games, Keegan Burgess and I would go up against each other to see who would have more hits. Dakoda Smith is probably an underrated player on our team. He is a freshman and even though he didn’t start, he was in the game and cheering us on and helping keep everyone’s attitude up.”