2009-04-09 / News

Ryan Morris named to Governor's Cup team

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

Ryan Morris
At a time when many high school seniors are hoping to coast through the rest of the school year, islander Ryan Morris is gearing up for an intense few months of baseball and football. Morris played both sports all four years at North Kingstown and as a freshman he also played basketball.

Having just started the baseball season with the Skippers, Morris is refining his shortstop skills and plans to defend his previous postseason honors. He was awarded first team All-Division honors his sophomore and junior years.

As a punter, Morris has also been an outstanding member of the football team at North Kingstown. After being named to the third team All Division his sophomore year and second team All-Division his junior year, as a senior he received first team All-Division and first team All-State honors.

Athletic Director and former head football coach Keith Kenyon said, "Ryan is one of the nicest young men that I have ever coached. He is extremely talented as an athlete, which is evidenced by his success in both football and baseball. He is the best punter I have ever coached."

Recently Morris was chosen by the Rhode Island Chapter of the National Football Foundation as an Honorable Mention selection for their annual awards program. Each school nominates one scholar athlete player and Morris will be honored with the other finalists at a dinner on Monday, May 4.

Morris was also selected to represent Rhode Island in the 11th annual Governor's Cup football game featuring seniors from Rhode Island versus Connecticut to be held in late June. "I'll finish up baseball, and will be graduating and then I will have two weeks of football practice right before the game," Morris said. Known as the senior all-star game, North Kingstown's Josh Brown and Jamestown resident Brian McDevitt will also represent the Skippers.

In September, Morris will be heading to Presbyterian College in South Carolina where he will punt for the football team in the fall and play baseball in the spring for the small Division I school. Although he will miss living in Jamestown, Morris said he is looking forward to playing baseball in the warmer weather. He has not picked a major but is interested in business and accounting.

As for plans to play either sport after college, that is still an unknown for Morris. "I love both football and baseball and I would like to do something after college, I just don't know yet."

Having grown up on the island, Morris began his baseball career with the Jamestown Little League then headed off to North Kingstown where he met some of his current teammates on the Skippers squad. His first experience playing football was in North's freshman football program.

"Baseball has basically been my life growing up. My dad coached at the college level. I grew up playing baseball and hanging around at college games. It is just something I have always loved and I hope I will always love it and always enjoy it," Morris said.

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