Senior Ryan Stutler, slot receiver of the Viking 2013-14 football team, is sad and nervous for his final season. He wants to go out on a high note, which could understandably put on some pressure. Even though he’s been playing since he was six, his favorite memory was when our team won against South Charleston last year. If you were to ask him what his favorite high school memory is, Stutler would pause and think. “I couldn’t even tell you.” One of his favorites, though, was when he and coach Steve Sayre had to trade shoes. Stutler forgot his cleats so he used Sayre’s, which led to Sayre having to wear Stutler’s high-top Adidas.
The new coach is a change from the past three years at Ripley, but Stutler likes him and he thinks the new coach knows what he is doing. Stutler has actually been coached by him before.
“The summer training went great as well. We wished more players came out, but the ones that were there worked hard and got stronger,” Stutler said.
Stutler is still undecided on where he wants to go to college, but he is thinking about the University of Charleston to study sports management. Of course, he’d like to play football there, too.
Stutler wants the fans to know that he will continue to work hard, stay dedicated, and help the team have a successful season this year.
When he is not playing football, he is preparing to run track. His events are the 100 and 200 meter dash, and the 4x100 and 4x200 meter relays.
Despite the nerves, the fans are sure that Stutler’s dedication will help the senior players have an amazing final season filled with triumphant memories.