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Sport fan turned sports writer: Nicholas Mattson is Atascadero News’ new sports writer

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 5th, 2013

ATASCADERO — Longtime Sports Editor Aaron Crutchfield’s promotion to Editor of the South County Newspapers on Oct. 31 left some big shoes to fill. Fortunately, at 6-feet-3-inches, Nicholas Mattson is a pretty big guy.

Mattson is a local boy who went to Templeton High School, where he played a lot of basketball. And a year of football.

“One year of football, that was all I needed,” he said, smiling.

After graduating in 1997, Mattson did a lot of traveling, working jobs that supported his spending time in cool places. One example is that he worked for a political campaign consulting firm in Las Vegas for three years.

An even better example is that he ran a rental shop in Mammoth to support his snow-boarding habit.

He even tried living on Hawaii, but didn’t realize he needed to make a reservation to stay at the $25-per-night hostel. So it was full, and there was nothing for it but to pay about $100 a night. So instead of having a month to find a job and lodgings, he had a week. That fell through and he came back to Atascadero.

Now, when in high school, Mattson dated a girl named Hayley. Mattson said that the two were a great pair, and that the first time Mattson’s mother met Hayley, she knew Hayley would be the girl Mattson married.

That plan was thwarted when Hayley’s family moved away to Arizona.

But a few jobs and a few years later, when Mattson was back in Templeton, Hayley found him on MySpace — a sort of precursor to Facebook. She had just exited a marriage and was ready for a change. She came back to Templeton as well, and the two hit it off again so well that they were married in May 2012, after four years together.

As a couple, they are raising Elle, 8, a third-grader at Vineyard Elementary and the brand new boy, Mirac, who is 4 months old.

Mattson said that one of the bigger regrets of his life is not pursuing college scholarships in basketball. He was a co-captain in high school, but said that nobody mentioned, “hey, you can get some college paid for if you ask.”

That’s one of the things he said he hopes he can do as a sports reporter: help open doors that some students may not know are there. Between that and being able to ply his talents as a writer as aimed toward sports, and the human stories sports tell, he said he feels like the new position is a pretty good fit.

And he still plays local basketball and loves watching sports. In particular, he likes the Lakers and the Bulls, but he also became a Raiders fan recently.

“I didn’t know it would be such a disappointing endeavor,” he said. “But I like watching athletes, people pushing limits.”

For more information on Mattson, ask him yourself. Call 466-2585 ext. 112 or email

For the complete article see the 12-14-2012 issue.

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