The Stress Of Reaching Expectations

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The stress of reaching expectations raised by others often withers the most promising players, and being the younger brother to one of the most successful Philadelphia Catholic Baseball players definitely sets those lofty anticipations. But William Penn Charter School’s Matt Gorman not only showed the potential reminiscent of his brother Joey Gorman, he is creating his own legacy.

Matt’s freshman campaign yielded multiple accolades highlighted by an All-Inter-Ac Second-Team selection and a spot on the Independents/Inter-Ac Carpenter Cup Classic roster. Personal accomplishments also manifested into team achievements as Gorman aided Penn Charter in winning the Inter-Ac league championship.

While the early success could change the resident of the 300 block of Ritner Street, he prefers to stay grounded and jokes that “I’ll still always be Joey’s little brother.” When selecting a high school, Gorman searched for a place where he can be himself and found that in Penn Charter.

“I visited a few schools during eighth grade, Chestnut Hill Academy, St. Joe’s Prep, [Ss.] Neumann-Goretti and also Penn Charter,” he said. “Once I visited Penn Charter, I liked it a lot. It was more of a comforting feeling, the academics are great, and I don’t mean to put any other school down with baseball, but going to Penn Charter I can start on my own to be me rather than being Joey Gorman’s brother at Neumann-Goretti.”

Although the 16-year-old thrives on making his own name at a different school,…

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