Johnson County CC: Went 4-4 with 55 strikeouts in 52 innings of work during his freshman campaign ... During his sophomore year, he recorded 85 strikeouts in 52 innings ... Earned second team All-Jawhawk League honors for Johnson County.
Olathe Northwest HS:Lettered one year at Olathe Northwest HS ... Earned 6-A first team honors by the Kansas Baseball Coaches Association ... Was named the 2011 Olathe Pitcher of the Year ... Earned All-Sunflower and All-Kansas City Metro league honors during his senior season ... Boasted a 7-2 record with a 2.23 ERA with 72 strikeouts, while recording a .353 batting average for the Ravens.
Personal: Full name is Matthew Izol Blackham ... Son of Jeff Weatherton and Becky Blackham ... One of five siblings ... His brother Adam played baseball at Utah State.