It takes hard work and discipline to excel in a sport. Student athletes must commit to physical training, team practices and also work hard in school. Imagine what it takes to excel in a sport and then imagine what it takes to excel in three sports.
Skipper Hall of Fame inductee Ryan Klocksien did just that.
In baseball he made the starting lineup by his sophomore year. He set many records in Minnetonka and still holds the single season records for hits (42) and batting average for a single season (.551) and for his high school career (.551) – almost 20 years later! Ryan was chosen as an all-conference pick during his junior and senior years, was selected for the 1998 All-Metro team, and was the 1998 Metro Player of the Year.
After high school, Ryan attended Kansas University, where he continued to play baseball and majored in sports management. "My time at Minnetonka prepared me well for college," explained Ryan, "both academically as well as on the field." While playing for the Kansas Jayhawks, Ryan was in the starting lineup and in his junior year led the team with a .321 batting average and was named second-team All-Big 12 for the second time. He received the Bob Allison Rookie-of-the-Year Award his freshman year and was the Jayhawks MVP his sophomore and junior years.
Ryan's athletic achievements extended to football and basketball as well.
As a football player at Minnetonka, Ryan was in the starting lineup for the varsity team in his sophomore year and by the time he was a senior he was an all-state wide receiver and was selected for the high school all-star game. Ryan still ranks near the top in many MHS football records, including receiving yards in a single season (1,042), and points scored in a single game (24), season (86) and during his high school career (132).
In basketball, Ryan made the varsity team as a sophomore and "by the time he was a senior he was a starter who played a key role in helping Minnetonka win the 1998 state championship," explained teammate Ryan Keating.
Ryan is currently the president of Green Stuff Outdoor Services, a local lawn care company started by his parents. It was voted Best Lawn Care Company by the City of Plymouth in 2008. "My family is very important to me," said Ryan. "Spending time together, being outdoors and vacationing with my family are what makes me happy."
Being inducted into the Skippers Hall of Fame "is an honor for me and for my family," Ryan remarked. "Words can't express how I feel. It is fun to reflect on the achievements that I had in high school."
Ryan's advice to current students: "Time goes by quickly. Take advantage of being young and do your best to soak it in. Just remember that what you feel is important to you in high school will most likely not be what is important to you in 20 years."