In an effort to keep our Damonte Ranch graduates connected to the school and community, I am going to be dedicating a little time and space to a “Where Are They Now?” segment. If you have someone you would like us to feature, please send a message to @LynnOAult on Twitter or Lynn Ault on Facebook. Our first feature is a member of the class of 2018, a three-sport athlete, Ryon Hurley.
Ryon wrestled, played football, and lacrosse for Damonte. Ryon was a part of the 2016 football team that won the North and two Sierra League championships. Ryon said that his favorite Damonte Ranch memory is, “Winning the Northern Championship my junior year.” Ryon was named second team All-League in 2017, had 140 carries for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior, and totaled 1,545 rushing and receiving yards and 18 TDs in two varsity seasons for the Mustangs.
Ryon is attending Portland State University where he plans on pursing a degree in science/pre-dentistry. Ryon wears number 47 for the Vikings, red-shirted his freshman year, and is a running back. Ryon’s Portland State squad opened the season at Arkansas and kept it close with the powerful SEC school, losing 13-20. They picked up a win over Simon Fraser, 70-7, before dropping one to Boise State 10-45. Portland State is a D1 school playing in the Big Sky Conference. They play their home games in the beautiful, and newly refurbished, Providence Park, home of the Portland Timbers of Major League Soccer.
Ryon has some advice for current student-athletes, “Freshman year of college is going to be one of your most important years, you’re going to get the chance to really grow and mature. That being said, if you get the chance to move out of your house and live on your own or in the dorms make sure to jump at that opportunity and make new friends! College sports are difficult because it is a long process to prove yourself to the coaches and to balance everything in your life, but it is doable as long as you keep yourself motivated and know that you can accomplish all of it in the end.”