Matthew Pavlis, Class of 2003, was a three-sport star for Bartlett High School, playing football, basketball, and baseball, earning 10 varsity letters throughout his career.
On the football field, Matt starred as an all-purpose player on both sides of the ball and special teams. As a sophomore, Matt led the team with 848 total yards from scrimmage including a 70-yard game winning catch and run to stun visiting Grafton as time ran out. Matt's dominance as a long play threat continued into his junior year where he opened the first game of the season with an 86-yard kickoff return against David Prouty and finished the season scoring the only points for Bartlett on Thanksgiving Day against Southbridge with a 69-yard run. As a senior, Matt was a co-captain and had 1,391 all-purpose yards, including rushing for over 1,000 yards. He was named the Elk's MVP against Shepherd Hill, having rushed for over 200 yards and making a key interception to end the game, giving Bartlett its first win over Shepherd Hill in nine years. He also had a 96-yard kickoff return against Northbridge. For his efforts as a senior, Matt was named a Telegram & Gazette All-Star. Coach Scott Holland was quoted as saying "In pressure situations Pavlis is the guy we want to give the ball to; he is the key to our Offense. (He) is the heart and soul of the team."
On the baseball field, Matt was a starter for five years, beginning in his 8th grade year, playing over 90 varsity games in his career. His speed threat on the gridiron carried over to the diamond where the left-handed hitting outfielder had a knack for laying down a perfect drop bunt and beating out an infield single that should have been a routine out. His speed also boded well in center field where he could cover enormous ground to snag a fly ball. Matt was a career .382 batter and hit over .400 during his senior year. For his efforts, Matt was selected as a SWCL All-Star in both his junior and senior seasons.
On the basketball court, Matt was a solid player during his junior and senior years, averaging 10 points per game and 6 assists. He was known for his strong defense and his clutch foul shooting.
At graduation, Matt was presented with the George Finnegan Athletic Award, recognizing his ability, character, and accomplishment in boys' athletics.
Matt continued his athletic career at Thomas College in Waterville, ME where he played baseball for four years and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2015. Matt earned his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to serve as a member of the Air Force National Guard.
Matt currently resides in North Yarmouth, ME with his wife Kim and their twin sons Jack and Brady. He serves as a K9 Officer with the Portland Police Department.