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G-R grad goes into Wartburg Hall of Fame

November 2, 2012
By TIMES-REPUBLICAN STAFF ( , Times-Republican

WAVERLY - Matt Thede, a 1997 graduate of Gladbrook-Reinbeck, was inducted into the Wartburg College Athletic Hall of Fame during Homecoming festivities?on Oct. 20.

Thede was a four-year member of the Wartburg baseball team, playing in 156 games and compiling a .410 career batting average. He is the Knights' all-time leader with a .715 slugging percentage and 28 home runs.

A four-time all-Iowa Conference selection as a catcher, Thede was twice named the league's Most Valuable Player. He was a two-time All-American and Regional MVP and still holds the Iowa Conference single-season record with 45 RBIs in 2000.

Thede was an honorable mention all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association as a high school senior at Gladbrook-Reinbeck. After college he signed a minor league contract with the Montreal Expos in 2001 and played three years in their minor league system. He is currently a biology teacher and the head baseball coach at Cedar Rapids Prairie.



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