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Bay Port football players sign National Letter of Intent

By Rich Palzewic
Sports Editor

SUAMICO – Two Bay Port senior football players – Matt Grzybowski and Alex Sylvester – recently signed their National Letter of Intent to continue their playing careers at Division II colleges.

Grzybowski to play for Sioux Falls

Grzybowski, a running back, will call the University of Sioux Falls (South Dakota) his home beginning this summer.

As the Pirates’ second-leading rusher during the 2019 season, Grzybowski carried the ball 103 times for 853 yards with 12 touchdowns.

Bay Port senior Matt Grzybowski will be continuing his football career at the University of Sioux Falls. Submitted Photo

Bay Port, which lost in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division 1 state title game that season, also had the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Large School Offensive Player of the Year in Isaiah Gash on the roster.

Gash rushed for almost 2,000 yards and recorded 30 touchdowns in 2019.

“I chose Sioux Falls because of its family atmosphere, competitiveness and professionalism,” said Grzybowski. “When I took a visit, I knew by the time I left it was the school I wanted to play for. Freshmen report in early July – a month before everyone else – to get situated and comfortable with the transition, which will be beneficial.”

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Grzybowski, also an accomplished wrestler, said he didn’t get many other offers.

“Because I didn’t get many other interests, I committed to Sioux Falls shortly after it offered,” he said.

Bay Port moved all of its fall sports last year to the alternate spring season being offered by the WIAA this year.

The Pirates start practice March 8.

“It was unfortunate our season was canceled in the fall, but the team has stayed focused and is ready for the chance to play this spring,” Grzybowski said. “It’s going to be different starting in the cold weather this year, but our team will be ready.”

Matt is the son of Mike and Melissa Grzybowski and plans to study exercise science at Sioux Falls.

Sylvester follows in his brother’s footsteps

Sylvester, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back, will be heading to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

Sylvester’s older brother, Austin, also played for the Bulldogs before repeated concussions forced him to walk away.

Bay Port senior Alex Sylvester will be continuing his football career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Submitted Photo

“Duluth seemed like the right place for me,” said Sylvester, who said he’ll most likely play safety in college. “The coaches were a huge role in my final decision, and they made me feel special and showed me they cared about me. I’m not sure about my freshman year, but I’ll most likely redshirt.”

Sylvester, who also had interest from Minnesota State University-Mankato and Bemidji State, said having Austin attend Duluth also helped in his decision.

“Knowing he went there and loved it gave me the confidence I was making the right decision,” he said.

Like Grzybowski, Sylvester said he’s looking forward to playing this spring.

“I was upset when we didn’t play in the fall,” he said. “I looked on the bright side and realized it was more time for me to develop and come back stronger. As a team, we’re looking good, and everybody has worked hard. I’m excited to be a part of this group and can’t wait for the season.”

In 10 games played his junior year, Sylvester recorded 34 tackles and recovered a fumble.

He is the son of Jennifer Mayer and David Sylvester and plans to study something in the business field.

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