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Raptor Baseball celebrates senior night to conclude the regular season

The Ravenwood High School baseball team celebrated Senior night and capped off the night with a ceremony to honor the accomplishments of all the 2015 senior baseball players. This year’s group includes 11 seniors who led the team to a regular season district championship and a 21-4 overall record. This group is very talented on the playing field but is also very accomplished off the field as well. Each senior was recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom, in the community, and their future plans after graduation.

Ryan Beamish- Ryan is the son of Valerie Pappas. Ryan has represented the Ravenwood Baseball team all 4 years of high school. Ryan is planning on playing college baseball and is going to major in business.

Bryce Denton- Bryce is the son of Tracie Denton and the late Denny Denton. Bryce has been a 4 year starter for Ravenwood varsity baseball. Bryce’s future plans are to play baseball at Vanderbilt University and Bryce also has major league draft opportunities coming up in June.

Matthew Dudas- Matthew is the son of Dave and Karen Dudas. Matthew has represented Ravenwood Baseball for 4 years and is a member of the National Honor Society. He has also been involved with Athletes for Autism. Matthew is going to attend the University of Alabama, where he will major in engineering.

Darrell Freeman- Darrell is the son of Darrell and Gloria Freeman. Darrell has represented the Ravenwood Baseball team for 4 years. Darrell also led the student section during sporting events. Darrell plans to play baseball at MTSU and major in Finance with a minor in Spanish.

Austin Gentile- Austin is the son of Scott and Karen Gentile. Austin has represented Ravenwood Baseball for 4 years as well as being a member of the Ravenwood ROTC for 4 years. Austin is a member of the National Honors Society. Austin's future plans are to attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where he will be a member of the ROTC and will study kinesiology.

Daniel Hopfensperger- Daniel is the son of Dan and Susan Hopfensperger. While at Ravenwood Daniel has been involved in student council, where he served as treasurer, National Honor Society, English Honor Society, where he served as vice president, Spanish Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and the Engineering Honor Society. He has also been a flag runner, been involved in the freshman mentor program, and is an eagle scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Daniel plans to study civil engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, or UCLA.

Hunter Hughes- Hunter is the son of Lee and Angie Hughes. Hunter has represented Ravenwood Baseball for 3 years. Hunter’s plans to attend Columbia State Community College and to work part time.

Micah Kaczor- Micah is the son of Nate and Angie Kaczor. Micah has represented the Ravenwood Baseball team for 3 years. Micah also led the student section during sporting events. Micah’s future plans are to play baseball at Western Kentucky and study Exercise Science.

Matthew Vezina- Matthew is the son of Mike and Mary Vezina. Matthew has represented Ravenwood Baseball for 4 years and has been involved in DECA. Matthew will be attending the University of Mississippi in the fall and will be majoring in Business Administration.

Bailey Whitten- Bailey is the son of Sam and Kedran Whitten. Bailey has represented Ravenwood Baseball for 4 years and has additionally been involved in DECA and is member of the National Honor Society. Bailey’s plans to attend University of Alabama’s Honor College with a double major in Business Management and Economics.

Luke Yates- Luke is the son of Carmen and Kendle Yates. Luke has represented Ravenwood Baseball for 4 years and has additionally been on the Ravenwood football team, and been involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Ping-Pong club, and Habitat for Humanity. Luke’s future plans are to study pre-medicine at Samford University with a major in biology.

Head Coach Teddy Craig capped off the night with a speech to all the seniors. Craig stated, “Thank you for all the things that each of you have done for our baseball program. You have spent many hours in the weight room and playing field to help get our program to this point. Your dedication, leadership, and discipline have paved the way for future Raptors to follow your lead. Each of you will truly be missed; however, you will always be a part of the Raptor Baseball Program. Good luck in your future endeavors. RUN TO THE ROAR!!!

Good Luck Seniors.

Danny Borne - Athletic Director