Matt Holba to transfer from Chesterton to Guerin Catholic
By Mike Hutton 648-3139 or email@example.com March 11, 2013 9:12PM
Chesterton's Matt Holba scored 10 points in a 67-56 win over Crown Point on Friday, January 4, 2013. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 13, 2013 6:45AM
Chesterton’s loss will be Guerin Catholic’s gain.
Matt Holba, the 6-6 sophomore center for the Trojans who has drawn interest from Indiana and Purdue and a scholarship offer from Valparaiso University, is leaving the area with his family. His father, Tom Holba, an assistant football coach for the Trojans who works in sales, was transferred to Indianapolis for his job. Holba plans to enroll at Guerin Catholic, a Class 3A school in Noblesville.
Tom Holba said the family has been exploring the move for several months.
The loss of Holba, who averaged 12 points per game, will be a big loss for the Trojans.
It’s the second time in two years Chesterton has lost one of its best players. Two years ago, Mitch McGary, a 6-11 center who is now playing at Michigan, left for prep school instead of returning to Chesterton for his senior year.
Tom Holba said the move will also allow the family to be closer to their daughter, Claire, who will play basketball for Marian University next year.
Tom Holba said that Matt took the news well.
“I’ve kept him abreast of the situation,” he said. “He’s a good mature kid. He’s excited about it.”
Matt also played tight end for the Chesterton football team. Tom, who is from Lansing, Ill., graduated from Michigan State where he was a backup quarterback on the Spartans’ 1988 Rose Bowl team.
The family has five children. That includes a first grader and a fifth grader. Their son, Andrew Holba, plays left tackle for the Air Force Academy. He just finished his sophomore year.