By Gabby Ryals
Ryan Hughes is a hilarious, yet laid back and soft-spoken junior who is always there to make you laugh when you’re down. However, most people don’t know that, really, he is a quiet and sensitive musician who also enjoys dodging a ball on Friday nights.
Ryan’s favorite Friday night activity is the competitive and adrenaline-pumping game that most everyone loves: dodgeball!
“Dodgeball is a huge part of who I am as a person,” Ryan said.
Ryan has been playing dodgeball for the past ten years in a league at the Indian Valley YMCA.
Why, you might ask? It is actually pretty simple: because he enjoys the rush of adrenaline, and otherwise, he would be bored out of his mind.
While playing for ten years may seem like a long time, it is worth it when you are truly invested in an activity and enjoy it.
“I’ve met some amazing people and reconnected with old friends,” Ryan said. “I also like helping others play that are newer to the game. Dodgeball is like my life at this point, aside from music. It’s the one thing that I like about the weekdays during the school year.”
Sometimes, it is about playing for fun, and sometimes it’s for competitive reasons. While dodgeball is an enjoyable and mostly easy game to play, “the hard part about dodgeball is catching,” Ryan said.
Two tips from Ryan on how to win at dodgeball are: 1) Aim for the legs and 2) Throw as a group.
Ryan not only loves to participate in a great game of dodgeball, he also enjoys playing the bass guitar and writing music with his band.
Ryan is in a rock band with sophomores Wayne Ireland and Kyndale Mitchell. Their band, Reversed Future, practices outside of school.
Ryan accompanies his band on bass guitar, as well as with his voice as co-lead singer.
“Playing music,” Ryan said, “helps me forget the past and get me through the struggles I face.”